Monthly Archives: December 2014

Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

How I came across this book and the author is a perfect example of word-of-mouth marketing/advertising. Well, maybe not intentionally, but I would still categorize myself into that aspect. I had encountered a tweet from one of the people I follow praising the author and her works. My curiosity got the better of me, so I checked out the author’s Twitter account and found out she has a new book coming out! Entranced by the title and the book’s description, I decided to buy a copy for myself. I’m a sucker for romance/love stories.

Here’s the synopsis from the back cover of the book:

Only A Kiss coverWhen she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.

The plot may be simple, but what I’m after is the story building in the middle that will eventually lead us to the conclusion. I’m eager to know how the author would create tensions and kilig moments between the characters as the main characters’ love story begins to unfold. Knowing that love grows from friendship, I already feel biased towards the book. What’s more exciting is that readers will have an opportunity to get into the minds of Chris and Katie as each chapter is told in alternating points of view.

Each chapter narrates the life story of either Chris or Katie, depending on whose point of view it is, at a certain period of time. Significant life phases are covered – from childhood, adolescence, to adulthood. Moreover, character development in all the characters has been made apparent and realistic as the author successfully captures the behaviors and personalities of the characters in situations fit for their ages, and how they’ve grown maturely as time passes. During the process of my reading, it’s evident that the bond between Chris and Katie is immeasurable. I’ve become so invested in their friendship that I yearn for their moments in times of their separation. Friendship like that is hard to come by. I’m actually pretty amazed by the depth of their friendship as they’ve proven not to show any hint of embarrassment, that instead, they stand by each other during highs and lows.

Only A Kiss is a short but entertaining read about friendship, love, and kisses. There are moments when some scenes may seem a bit cliché, but I still can’t help being reeled in into the story. The author knows how to reach into the hearts of the readers and feel what the characters are feeling. It even comes to a point where I almost teared up! That’s how powerful her characters’ emotions are. Readers could see the passion of Chris in love through his art, while Katie’s passion is shown through her dream of marriage in the future. Overall, this book does not disappoint. It also serves as a reflection of my childhood and my views on love as I grow older. Only A Kiss starts with a kiss and ends with a kiss and so much more!


The Lorien Legacies, Book Five: The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

The fifth installment of The Lorien Legacies has now been released! I immediately bought its hardcover copy in one of the local bookstores once the book became available. It only took me a while to finally pick up this book due to my momentary reading slump as I didn’t want to ruin my reading experience of this book. The previous book had left me hanging and craving for more, so now, my body can’t contain the excitement I feel from the thrill and suspense the book shall entail to the readers.

Here’s the plot description from the jacket cover of the book:

The Revenge of Seven coverThe worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth about our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy. . . .

We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that’s impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

I’ve spent my entire life hiding from them, and they’ve stolen everything away from me. But that stops now. We’re going to take the battle to them. We have a new ally who knows their weaknesses. And I finally have the power to fight back.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

Number Three in Kenya.

And Number Eight in Florida.

They killed them all.

I am Number Seven.

I will make them pay.

The story continues where it left off from the fourth book. With Eight’s death, readers will come to understand the title of the fifth book. It’s now told in Ella, Six, and John’s alternating point of views as they are separated with each other. This way, it’s easier for readers to be informed and fill in the missing gaps of what’s happening to all the Garde. At first I find it difficult to figure out who’s narrating per chapter. Despite the change in font, I have to recall the situation the Garde are in before I can comprehend who’s narrating. But as the story progresses, I finally get the hang of it.

As the plot develops further, the excitement intensifies. The suspense continues to push me to turn page after page. I wanted to know immediately what happens next. With all the Garde introduced, plus Malcolm, Sam, Sarah, Mark, and Adam helping them, the story progresses to a whole new level. Moreover, from my complete, utter hatred towards Five, this book is able to show a different side of him which, in turn, helps me empathize with him more. Surprising revelations are slowly revealed that will leave readers guessing and speculating the possible outcomes and fates of the Garde. With the invasion of the Mogadorians on Earth, the idea of the Garde defeating them successfully seems far-fetched. However, towards the end of the book, the author somehow gives us a foretelling on how they will defeat the Mogadorians and prevent the invasion. I just hope it won’t be too cliché or predictable. It may ruin the whole plot line that I have come to love and enjoy.

Overall, The Revenge of Seven once again does not disappoint. I am entertained all throughout. It also got me intrigued on Ella’s role in the future. Just like the previous books, The Revenge of Seven ends with cliffhanger, so it’ll be months before I get to read the next book. The turn of events begins to become more complex and interesting. I’m definitely looking forward to more action-packed scenes in the sixth book.