Friday, February 10, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: KEEP THE FAITH BY ANA TEJANO.


My first blog tour for the year (and in a while actually) is Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano! Guys, I have so much love for this book and I couldn't seriously express all my feels but here's my review! Thank you Ana for having me!

Title: Keep the Faith
Author: Ana Tejano
Series: Standalone
Edition: Kindle
Publication: July 31st 2016
Source: Kindle copy provided by the author
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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Whoa. I just finished reading Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano a few minutes ago and WHOAMYGOD, I didn't know that it would affect me this hard. I am literally ugly sobbing right now because of these emotions I couldn't handle all at once. It was such an amazing story that it massacred my heart and I think I will never recover. This book guys, it hot home and this one means the world to me. I am absolutely surprised how deeply in love I am with this story. Tejano writes so beautifully, it felt as if I am reading a 400-page novel when in reality, this is such a short one. There was no rush in it and I felt it in my bones how the story unfolded, how the characters developed and how my heart crushed. This one legit took me by surprise and swept me off of my feet. Words are not enough for me to express how gripping this one was. My God, it's truly beautifully written I cannot reiterate enough.

Keep the Faith is a story about Faith who was trying to move on from James. Her ex-boyfriend of 5 years dumped her before she left for Iloilo. Reasons for the break-up she's unsure of but in IloIlo, she tried to bury the breakup at the back of her mind because she's in denial. As a community development worker, focusing on helping others took most of her attention thus unable to really face the finality of her relationship, her broken heart. When she got back to Manila, most of the people around her were so careful about mentioning her ex. It appeared as if people wanted to cage her so she won't get hurt much further by which only aggravated her denials. Then she met a new employee, Nico. A possible rebound. Then everything went haywire from there.

The story mirrored my past feelings. I am all too familiar with the confusion, betrayal, false hopes, denial and anger enveloped in the story. There's no easy way to move on and it differs for each one of us but Keep the Faith made me relive the feelings. This book reminded me that those feelings were real, that those feelings made me a better person and those feelings are packaged with moments I would surely have with me for the rest of my life. Keep the Faith is as relatable as it gets and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to read such riveting story. The grief and the loss are two absolute reflections of our lives and it can't get any truer than that.

Would have given the book 8 stars if only the story ended at 91%. I just think that sometimes, not all stories have to end the way this has ended. And the full names. What's really up with the full names.

Keep the Faith just went up as my second favorite contemporary romance of all time. I am still incoherent because I am in awe. Tejano's writing style is so flawless and spontaneous. I wish I could write like that! And don't judge this book for being a thin one, you'd be surprised how heavy the feels it could throw right at your face! This book certainly set the bar high for Romance Class books and I am so thrilled know what's in store for me in my next Tejano book!

I loved Keep the Faith. I LOVED IT SO SO DAMN MUCH MY WHOLE LIFE ACHES. Strikingly executed and emotionally direct, it's a story that will touch your heart in unforgettable ways. READ THIS NOW!

Thank you Ana for sending me the Kindle copy!

"One thing so terrible about a relationship ending is you end up with having so much love left in your heart and no one to receive it."
"The thing about heartbreak, I realized, is it's not really about waiting for things to stop hurting before you start moving. A broken heart can and will heal in time, but for time to actually do its job, I needed to acknowledge what I had lost and move on. However, I knew it was going to take a while - that the road would be littered with bumps and possibly smaller heartbreaks that would punch me in the gut and make me grieve again.
Even with all the truths I held in my heart, there were so many uncertainties left and so many things that I had to learn over again on my own. I didn't know if things would turn out the way I wanted then to, until I got there. For now, all I needed to do was to keep moving, because at the one of the day, uncertainties were simply an exercise in faith."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

#FeelsintheAir - THE CHASE OF A LIFETIME.

Remember when I said on Twitter that February will be dedicated to #RomanceClass books on the blog? Here I am with my first RC post for the month. Since February is the "love" month, I felt that featuring Romance Class books would be fitting. These books focus on romance but authors feature and write their takes on different tropes. I think I missed one blog tour review post yesterday (so sorry, my work just fucking eats up so much of my time but I'll make it up soon) but today, I just have to share my feels for this cutie from one of my fave RC books.
CHASE SEVILLA FROM THE BOYFRIEND BACKTRACK

Have you watched HOUSE yet? If yes, you then should know Dr. Robert Chase played by Jesse Spencer. The moment I learned Chase Sevilla is a doctor, Robert's the first one to come to mind. Aside from both are Chases and doctors, they have so much similarities in my head I automatically attached Chase to Robert. Tall, gorgeous, smart, caring, very smart, and did I say smart? Robert has sexy accent while Chase has sexy skin color (he's tan because of his travels I think lol). He's the best friend type, too. Like, uggggh I can't put it into words but Chase's written to be the man you would want your daughter to be with.


Chase could easily be a constant thing in your life which you wouldn't mind being present all the time?? AT ALL? He's so good-hearted and easy-going. Funny, cheesy and definitely reliable. I'm obsessed to be honest. How I wish Dawn would write a 400-page novel all about Chase because damn, guuuuurl. HE. IS. IT.
WHO IS YOUR ULTIMATE BOOK BOYFRIEND/PARTNER WHAT QUALIFIED THEM?
THANK YOU APRIL FOR HOSTING #FEELSINTHEAIR!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASES.


I am so so excited to start reading Empress! I've heard nothing but positive things about it! So grateful to Penguin for sending me a review copy! Wooohooo!

Also, The Wish Granter made the list this month because as I have said before, I loved CJ's writing and this sequel is a must have! I still need to complete my hardbound collection though. I sold all my paperbacks! Thank you to Harper for the eARC!



What February book/s are you most excited for?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

JANUARY BOOK HAUL + BLOG RECAP.


I've had such a good January, bookish aspect wise. It wasn't as busy in the beginning as opposed to the last week of it (UGH) but I still managed to read a few good books. I read 8 books when I was expecting just 4 and I also acquired a lot this month. Blame book sales! I was able to snag MacMillan hardcovers from BookSale Store for roughly 2$ each and one Alice book for about the same price.


My blogger friends and I decided to hangout (yay for our ramen night out!) a few weeks back and OF COURSE WE HAD TO GO TO FULLYBOOKED LIKE, HELLO? HAHA! As usual, we went book shopping there. They were having a sale that time I couldn't be more grateful our night out pushed through! I originally planned to get four books (2$ each) when my ADSOM reservation was all of a sudden ready for pick up! Dafuq! I wasn't ready to pay for 22$ for it! UGGGGHHH! So I said goodbye to my allowance. YOU BETTER WATCH OUT FOR MY REVIEW OF ADSOM ONCE IT'S UP BECAUSE THINGS ARE IN THERE.


~BOUGHT~
All That Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao (3-star read; review tk)

I've also received a few review copies this month and I love them all! Aside from the Harper and Summit Books galleys, I also joined a few blog tours being hosted by Filipino Authors and I seriously am excited to read them!


~FOR REVIEW~

~FREEBIE~
Break-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza (5-star read; review tk)

~GIFTED~

I realized I'll just post book hauls in a monthly basis just like how other bloggers do it. This is way more convenient and economical for me! Also, did you notice my new Funko? I was SO thrilled when I got it! Been wanting to get my own Bella since the preorder sites went live so now I only have to get Edward and Jacob! #TwihardForever

~ JANUARY BLOG RECAP ~
January 01 - Hello, 2017!
January 14 - Accumulated Galleys.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, SUMMIT BOOKS, HARPERCOLLINS INTERNATIONAL, #ROMANCECLASS AUTHORS, FULLYBOOKED AND BOOKSALE STORE!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FAREWELL, MY OLD FRIEND.


Isn't it the hardest? To say goodbye to things you love? To let go of all the good things? To not see the only thing that makes you feel alive?

I didn't see this coming and even if I did, I would've never been prepared enough to say goodbye. But I gotta let go. And today I am saying this: goodbye Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4 Branch. Goodbye, my old friend. Farewell, my love.


Next to Bestsellers, Galleria Branch, this is (was?) the next store under the National Bookstore's umbrella that I truly loved. It was huge, fully stocked (as opposed to other branches) and my go-to place whenever. Well, it's one of my happy places. (Was?) in and out of this store for as long as I can remember and what made it hold a special spot in my heart is because it's the place where I've realized most of my bookish dreams (meeting SJM, LBARDUGO, COHO, ELOCKHART) and gained so SO much friends.


This is (was?) where I attended my first book signing (ANÖEL) and first Blogger's Forum (TMAFI) - an event which like affirmed me as a legit Book Blogger (thank you! The feeling just never gets old!). Here, I met and became friends with the bloggers I look up to. Where we shared so much memories. The place where I talked and listened to a lot of fantastic authors. Where I learned so many things and acquired so many books. A place I called home for the past four years. My heart broke when I learned they were closing and lamented over MY loss.


This branch opened up a lot of doors for me not only as a reader but as a book blogger. I may have not given justice to the store in these photos (most of these are from the second floor) but I will definitely miss this huge place (with cafe inside and smoking area) and will long for the moments I've had in it.


Thank you for all the love, Powerbooks Store, Greenbelt 4 Branch! I will treasure our memories forever! Thank you, National Bookstore for sharing this branch with us! #clingy

What's THE book store you won't be able to part with? Like your most absolute favorite?