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The Future Chosen: A political romance

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The nation of Isla has a law: No two politicians from the same family. Two elected officials who marry make their families one; only one can continue to serve.

In the future, Maria Lourdes and Andres Miguel could very well be their country's best and most influential leaders. She could be president one day, like her grandmother. He could be a senator one day, like his uncl
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Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published December 23rd 2016 by Bright Girl Books
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Norah Una Sumner
4.5 stars

I absolutely loved the episodic style The Future Chosen has. Not many authors could pull it off but Mina V. Esguerra is definitely not one of them. The entire book was very angsty, filled with secrets, family drama, interesting characters, captivating political plot that just thickens and thickens and a beautiful romance that can't be broken by anything, not even the time itself. I can't wait to read more of Mina's books. Here's to finding fantastic new authors in 2018 as well!
K.J. Charles
And once again I start an Esguerra book at breakfast like an idiot, and end up taking a two hour lunchbreak to glom the lot. Thank goodness she doesn't write fantasy doorstops or I'd never get anything done.

I loved this. Alt-Philippines political romance set in a society where anti-nepotism laws ban any family from having more than one elected official at a time. It doesn't prevent political dynasties altogether, though, it just puts incredible pressure on the candidate. Lourdes and Andres are
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kb
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always admired how experimental the author is, and with this one, she proves once again just how she's capable to pull everything off so well. This book hits three birds in a stone: politics, showbiz entertainment, romance. Enjoyed how the political plot and family drama just thickened and thickened, and how all characters were important in moving the plot forward. While the author has noted that Isla is not the Philippines, I wished it was anyway. Lots of our experiences as a nation are re ...more
Janus the Erudite Artist
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me longer than expected to finish this book because of work and mom duties. I have to say it's been a while since I read one of Mina's books and wow, did I miss her writing. :D

My first impression upon seeing the cover, I thought it was about royalty. Ha! Well, c'mon, the gown. That regal pose. While not accurate, I think our female protagonist here is somewhat her own version of royalty.

I found it surprising that I liked this book. If you know me, or have been following my social media
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Charlotte Anne Hamilton
[[4.5 STARS]]

This was such a unique book! I adored how everything was written and could visualise it in my head. The romance was adorable and total goals. I loved how they persevered through everything and that nothing could ever keep them apart - they were in love with each other and nothing would come between that. The ending was totally wild as well, just what I expected and yet it still had me holding my breath and hoping everything would work out well. The world was just so well developed (
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Ádria
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Demorei muito pra conseguir terminar esse livro. Comecei e parei duas vezes.
Em parte, porque é em inglês - e não to tão acostumada. Mas principalmente porque é chato. Li com a intenção de ser algo leve, romancinho ok... mas não consegui sentir química nenhuma com os dois, não vi amor nem nada disso. E aí teve a política toda, que não era exatamente empolgante. A premissa era boa, entretanto.
leenahreads
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I saw "A Political Romance" I knew I just had to read this!! I mean POLITICS AND ROMANCE COMBINED? YES THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

And it definitely did not disappoint. Every aspect of this story was written so well, and it was very well plotted. It was cute, romantic, manipulative, and thought-provoking. Mina just knew how to get me invested in Lourdes and Andres's romance. I ached for their struggle, I rooted for them, I kept waiting for a way out where they can have their happy ending. I felt l
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alexis
I'm not in the mood for this right now, but I'm coming back to it later this month.
H. Bentham
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one is a little more serious and subtle on the kilig, but it is hot, hot, hot!!! I once told Mina I was planning to write a romance with three different timelines and she said it would have an episodic feel to it and she was right. The three time periods were differentiated well to really show how the characters have evolved internally for a time period, but, as always, MVE pulled it off nicely.

I cannot claim to understand everything on the politics side (I probably need to reread a few tim
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Tammy
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book after hearing the author speak about her experiences as a writer. I was not disappointed. The Future Chosen is a compelling story of forbidden love between two very likeable characters. Their physical attractiveness is matched by their intelligence and dedication to their careers; a refreshing take on the usual self-centred heroes and heroines we often encounter. My one drawback is that there are remnants of what appears to be a short story late in the book, where we are un ...more
Jay Tria
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intense! And that's given my last MVE read was Iris After the Incident, though this is a different kind of intense because politics and legacies and being born into obligations and expectations like you wouldn't believe. Isla felt real, like a Philippines I wish I was living in, specially during these times. Lourdes and Andres are strong characters, not at all perfect, and are in love in the most dangerous way. I rooted for them from the start all while I was wondering how the hell will they mak ...more
Sarah Fuller
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5. The writing style was not my cup of tea. I’m obviously in the minority. It was well written, but the style took me out of all of it. I felt removed from the action and thus my investment in the characters lessened.

There was so much interesting aspects of this book! The originality, the laws, the politics, the scandal, the intrigue was all there. But, I sadly was only mildly interested in it all and really not invested in their happily the way I wanted to be.
Carla Guzman
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this book. It's the book I never realized that I wanted, until I read it. It's timely, relevant, and I love the idea it explored of a whole political system of children being groomed into leaders. Andres and Lourdes falling in love was so organic that you just want to follow them on their journey to fight for them to stay together. I wanted to scream and make them destroy the system that they both loved and hated, even if it was what brought them together. The book has been written in a w ...more
Bianca Mori
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intense, smart and razor-sharp semi-dystopian romance between two brilliant young things, groomed from birth with what you might term 'high expectations' (understatement of the year.) I loved this book--it was kickass and absorbing and written so realistically I did start to ponder the possible pros and cons of the Mayo-Matias Free and Just Election Act. The improbable romance between Andres and Lourdes is nailbiting and anxiety-inducing, since it needed to be hidden and the two very smart pe ...more
Emily
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
2,5

Overall, the romance in The Future Chosen was, like in any other Mina V. Esguerra book, pretty great (will I ever get over Better At Weddings Than You? I don't think so, no). I liked Andreas and Lourdes and I loved that they were both very strong people trying the best with the world they were born and raised into. I loved that Lourdes was the one people went to to solve their problems and all that.

BUT the political part was kinda boring to me? I wasn't sold on that and, to be honest, there
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Sonia
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-priority
I think I love other books by Mina V. Esguerra a little bit more than The Future Chosen. Just a little bit. The urban vibe is more relatable. But I cannot resist a (somewhat) dystopian romance that is not a young adult book with a lot of politics. It's kind of fresh becaues it's not the typical Romeo-and-Juliet trope when the two protagonists cannot be together. I like how they're equally intelligent and capable. And I like how politics has some weight in the novel. Another thing that makes this ...more
Ana Valenzuela
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
If political dynasties were a thing of the past, then this is what it will be.
Lourdes and Andres both come from political families and thus cannot get married (have a relationship even). But just what Zamara said to Andres, who cares if Lourdes and him weren't politicians? Still, there is more to the plot than the political dynasty law, and that is what kept me hooked.
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "I
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