April 21, 2017

Wicked Review: Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes

Format Acquired: Kindle Edition
Date Published: April 2, 2017
Series: Summer Storm #2
Genre: Romance

Five-minute girlfriend. That's what Jett signs up for when she meets Adrian and his band Arabella at beach music festival Summer Storm. One kiss and the attraction is too electric to ignore, but Jett has no room for love and Adrian is Mr. Relationship who's getting over his recent breakup. The solution? Keep it simple. Keep it casual. For three months (that's the rule about breakups, right?), Jett helps Adrian move on and Adrian shows up on Jett's bed whenever she wants.

Then the three months are up and neither of them are in a hurry to be the first to leave. Does Jett walk away from a potential disaster or does she finally let someone into her closely-guarded heart?

To say that I liked this book is an understatement. It is that good. It was dramatic. It was happy. It was funny. It was funny. It was sad. It was 'kilig' inducing.

So, the story starts off with Jett being Adrian's five minute girlfriend. How hard can that be? Right? But obviously, with this kind of setting, things will get more complicated as time goes by. Obviously. When I met Jett, it's easy to relate to her. She knew what she wanted. She wanted Adrian for sex and help him get over his ex.

It's never simple. It's always gonna come back to you and me.

For this kind of trope, you may say it's cliche but the way Six handled Jett was amazing. She developed Jett's character, instead of just focusing on the romance. Jett's heart is black, or so she believes. She doesn't fall in love. She believes that no one can love her with the baggage she carried on a daily basis. All love is temporary. It doesn't last.

Relax, it's not like I'm gonna fall in love with you or anything stupid like that. I don't have enough feelings to do that.

In a way, I understand why she's like this. People do get weird. They lose themselves when they fall in love. They are broken as their hearts at the end of the process. But it's fun to see characters like Jett who thinks they figured everything out already, like nothing ever surprises them anymore. It makes the story more compelling. Clearly, this is really just Jett's story and she's just trying to regroup her feelings for Adrian.

Adrian, on the other hand, is well, at first he seems like a lost puppy. He's the kind of guy who loves you 100%. Giving all and doesn't even bother taking some. That's dangerous, I think. He was just so lost and heartbroken because things ended with his ex and dragging their band down with it. I felt his pain. I knew that from experience.

Take a chance on me, Jett. Don't think of me as just another side quest in the main story.

Their story was the push and pull. It's not just about them simply falling on love and living happily ever after. It's about the struggle they endured and the fears they conquered. Jett wasn't a damsel in distress and neither was Adrian. Suffice to say, this has been a memorable book.

Rock my world, rockstar.

Of course, I'm not going to end here. I need to talk about the band Arabella and how I wish they were real. Damn it, they're just so funny. It's mostly Michael Brian and Franklin being little shits in the story but that's also another thing that makes this story really good. The other characters help the main characters grow throughout the story. They are the anchor. Am I really crazy that I wish they were real? I mean, I found myself poring over songs on Spotify as to see which band fits the description of Arabella. But alas, they are just fictional.

Six de los Reyes has been reading and making up stories for as far as she can remember. In fifth grade, she learned to write about the stories she wanted to read. As a pretend grownup, she writes contemporary romance novels. Her day job doing science has something to do with with being part-time mermaid and a part-time labrat. She currently lives next to the see. Check out her other titles:

- Just for the Record
-Beginner's Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions
-Sounds Like Summer

Connect with her: Twitter

February 18, 2017

All About #romanceclass: The Most Loving Community Ever

If you've been following my new Twitter, then I guess you'll find me going gaga over #romanceclass. So, #romanceclass is a community of Filipino authors that write romance in English and are published independently or under a publishing company locally or internationally.

So I had the pleasure to meet some of these lovely people last October 26, 2015 during the first #SparkNA launch. Mostly they write New Adult romances and can get as steamy as possible. They also tackle real life, the good and the bad.

#romanceclass was spearheaded by none other than fairy godmother extraordinaire, Mina V. Esguerra back in 2013. She is a goddess, I tell you. She facilitates the classes and paved the way for authors to spread the word about romance and well, of course, Filipino authors.

(Hi, Mina. I took this from your Twitter. Hihihi! Follow her here: Twitter || Website || Facebook)

They've published ~hundreds~ of books already in print and digital editions and have held a bunch of book launches and events over the years where readers and authors gather for feels.

Here are just some of the events they've had and joined:

Once you go to these events, you will never stop going. Yes. That's the effect that this community has. You just have to see for yourself just how awesome and how amazing and how loving this community can be.

Another one of my favorite live reader ~couple~ Gracielle "Graie" So and Miguel Almendraz!

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The lovely authors + Gio Gahol and Gab Pangilinan, just two of our many live reader ~couples~

Yes, that's me and my lovely #romanceclass buddy Jera. We're almost always stressed...because there are just so many books to choose from every time we go to a #romanceclass event!

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Live readings are the best part of every #romanceclass event. These people who are loved by the community and loves the community bring the characters that we love to life...sometimes even larger than life.


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Book boyfriends, I mean. Hello??? No question. #romanceclass book boyfriends are the best!

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I mean, need I say more??

This is my recent #romanceclass haul~ But that's nowhere even near the number of books that I currently own~

There you have it. I'm proud to say I'm a bit of a #romanceclass ninja??? warrior??? I don't know the current operative word for it. Hahahaha! But, hey, give romance a chance. After all, we do need some love, right?

January 27, 2017

What Happened To Me? A Long Overdue Update

So, whatever the hell happened to me, you ask? I'm gonna give you one word: WORK

I have job. Yay. Finally. Money. Earning citizen. Gotta pay my taxes you know. That sort of thing. I've been working for roughly eight months now. If you follow me on Twitter then you know what sort of work I'm doing. If not, well, you better follow me on Twitter now and I will give you a gif or two of what I'm doing.

Can't figure it out? Okay fine. So, I teach/talk to students over the phone at night. Simple. So there. Work has been absolutely CRAZY. LITERALLY. I mean, sure, I like what I'm doing. But sometimes, it's really stressful. Add to that the stress I get from TRAFFIC. (Hello, EDSA!) I spend a good two hours on the road going to work and going home. 

But, on the good side, I can spend time reading books or sleeping on the road. I read and reread so much already. I haven't been able to post any reviews on the blog or on Goodreads even. I think I forgot how already.

But anyways, there. Work has been keeping me really busy. That and, I have been quite obsessed with KPop (AGAIN!) and Korean dramas lately.

I may or may not post a list of all the dramas that I have watched or is currently watching. But there are a lot already.

My life. Or, well, how I'm living it anyways. I can't promise that I will be back with the regular programming(?) over at the blog but I will try. If not, well, catch up with me on Twitter. I love you all!