Five Cuevas @fivetravels
Three guesses to where I’m going next. Starts with an M. Ends with a U. Has a lechon named after it. #travel
Twenty-something travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets invited to glittering Macau for an all-expense-paid bloggers tour. Think majestic old churches, sparkling casinos, exhilarating bungee jumps, and the world’s most unforgettable egg tarts. The trip is practically perfect, except for one little glitch. She gets assigned to be travel buddies with Jesse, the world’s most infuriating photo blogger, and it’s definitely war at first sight.
Will Five let Jesse turn her dream vacation into a total nightmare? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?
What Drew Me In
THE COVER (Design & illustration by Clarissa Ines)! I mean, would you look at that beauty? Quick backstory: I saw this book listed along with other #romanceclass books in their catalogue back in March last year and had been meaning to buy it but kept on forgetting. I became acquainted with author Chrissie Peria when we became bundlemates for #StrangeLit and I asked her to reserve a print copy of this book for me in time for FilReaderCon–and that’s where I finally got one!
Click on the Read More button for the rest of the review. This also serves as your warning for possible spoilers.
What Made Me Stay
The egg tarts. S’kidding. I was in it for the romance, of course, and Peria served them in tiny doses, from the characters’ meet cute, banter, and eventual falling in love. The kilig in this story is just like the egg tarts Five and Jesse had enjoyed during their Macau trip–sweet but delicate in a way that makes you want more.
Oh, and did I tell you how wonderful the Macau trip parts were written? It’s one of my favorite things about this book, the feeling that I’m there with Five, experiencing Macau and everything it had to offer, long strolls and food trips alike.
Mm-hmm . . . Guuuurl.
I don’t know why but “Tell Mr. Heights to suck it” made me giggle. But the most violent reaction I had while reading this book was when I arrived at this scene:
My literal reaction at the beginning of this scene:
*YELLS AT BOOK* HOW DARE YOU JESSE OMG!
OK PLEASE CONTINUE.
All’s Fair in Blog & War is a quick and light read for those who are looking for kilig in bite-sized (egg tart!) doses. Its easy-flowing narrative and cute character interactions make for an enjoyable read that makes you want to experience Macau just as Five and Jesse did.
This Book Made Me Wanna
- Go to Macau and do/eat All The Things!
- Have my own sweet and attentive Jesse <3
When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.
An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer.
The Kitchen When it Sizzles and Kids These Days are available on paperback at National Bookstore branches nationwide, published under Anvil.
You may get in touch with Chrissie Peria through her website.