#BUQOYA BUNDLE1 BLOG TOUR: TAKING CHANCES


Given the chance to read works of Filipino authors, I immediately jumped up on the opportunity because the last time I've read one was ages ago when I was still into Wattpad. I agree that there are a lotof good ones on that site but things started changing when I got my hands on the Twilight Saga (I love that series!) and all my focus changed it s course and went to the big book from foreign authors which are undeniably great. That is why when a mail popped in my inbox for a review opportunity, I immediately signed up.

This is a good thing so fellow Filipinos can read and appreciate the works of these young aspiring authors who managed to make such beautiful young love stories. The appreciation should start from us and while I haven't read everything from the bundle, I would review those that I have finished reading and read the others on the next days to come since my tour stop is already knocking on my door.

I've only read 2/6 and currently in the middle of one so I am just going to review my two favorites. I actually read them based on how they gripped me in the beggining so I've actually read the start of some of this but settled on those that demanded me to find out the ending, so the two that I have read automatically became my faves.

Filipino stories are known to have the most cliché plots and I can't argue with that because even the movies are cliché, but what stands out in Filipino stories are the 'kilig' factors, entertaining exchanges and familiar school settings. We all know this so well and we all love them despite our banters, "That's so cliché", especially if it's really nakakakilig naman talaga!

I'm sorry I am such a blabber person even in writing down what's on my mind, I really can't help it!!! Okay, so in exchange for me not able to review the other four, I am going to put their synopsis below, okay? So make sure to check them out.





Whether looking for closure, proving their worth, or wondering what happens after a moonlit night, the characters from these stories will invite you to take a chance for love. Will they find what they’re looking for? Or will their hearts get broken? Step into their shoes and find out.
PURCHASE








REVIEWS

After The Moment (ATM)
by Six de los Reyes

Under the most normal of circumstances, Aria de Luna could never imagine herself kissing the boy she has always considered to be miles and miles out of her league. She’s known as their year’s resident emo-girl and she plays the part flawlessly with her violet hair, scuffed boots, and her alleged angst from living under the shadow of her over-achieving, perfect, older sister. Meanwhile, Kristoffer Li is living the perfect life. He’s popular, next year’s captain of the basketball team, attractive, if maybe a little too frowny for people’s liking, but he looks very pretty on a chocolate-milk drink carton.

So it is only under the most unusual circumstance that Kris shows up at the Arts and Culture Festival Aria has been looking forward to all year. But does a morning of awkward conversations, an afternoon of provoking discussions, and a moment under the moonlight really change three years of oblivious coexistence? Or will everything go back to the way it was after the moment?


What what!! Heeeh, Kris! Emaghed, Kris! Omgash, I was never a fan of singkit guys, but Kristoffer Li just captured my heart. He's just, wow. Okay, I'm getting speechless now...

So let me start again by saying, Six, I am going to tweet you later and tell you about my new boyfriend called Kris. And again, Six, you are amazing and you are the worst! You just made the worst ending ever and you are going to let me wait?! How dare you?! I need to know what will happen, ugh you did that on purpose!!! You made me want to know what will happen next, and I'm aching to know what will happen when they get back to school!! Haha, okay,  I'm being overdramatic. Forgive me Six, I just want you to know I love ATM and I am looking forward to the next short story. 

This story was not in a school setting so a breath of fresh air for me. I love Kris and Aria and that ending is kilig. ♡

Kris was the star, the famous, the head turner and Aria was the emo, the no one, the nobody and it's a surpise that Kris acknowledged her when they saw each other at the Arts and Culture Festival and to top that, they were together all day, talked a lot wander around and talked more about them. Aria is so bent on telling him to go away, they shouldn't be talking, they're on both ends of the world and they shouldn't be friends. So maybe there was something wrong with Earth that day that's why everything that is impossible for Aria happened.

I know in my heart that there is a story behind Kris all those years of them not batting an eye at each other on their school's corridor and I want to find that out. Six, I am pressuring you by telling you I am looking forward to it. Haha kidding. Good luck my friend and Congratulations ;)


Six de los ReyesSix de los Reyes has been reading and making up stories for as far as she can remember. In fifth grade, she learned to wield dragons and phoenixes through written word. Her day job has absolutely nothing to do with creative writing, and she wishes it did.Twitter

When a KISS Falls 
by Kaye Dee
Do you know someone tagged as a KISS?

Nastasha and Stefano are both aware of the uncanny relationship they have as best friends. Nash has always been the KISS or knight-in-shining skirt - always so protective of Stef. In her, Stef found a personal on-call heroine. Stef, on the other hand, is often seen as vain, weak and feminine, making him the perfect bully target. Until one day, Stef realizes it should be the other way around. It is time to switch their roles and be his best friend’s protector and defender. But being the strong-willed girl that she is, Nash just cannot deal away with her tough nature.

Will Stef prove his worth and fulfill the new role in their friendship? Will this be the bridge that can take their friendship into something more?

A KISS A KISS?!?! What the freak is a KISS?! What? You don't know?! That's probably because you haven't read WAKF yet! Poor you. I've read it so I'm one of the cool kids now. :p haha kidding.

If you haven't noticed yet, of course you haven't nobldy has, Kaye Dee retweeted my tweet about my love for WAKF, and you should envy me! Haha, kidding again. And... I'm blabbing again.

So, KISS means, Knight in Shining Skirt and Nastasha is Stefano's KISS, isn't that sweet? Yes it is. And they're bestfriends, I'm a sucker for those kinds of stories that's why it is no surprise that I loved WAKF more than I should have.

Kaye Dee's writing style, apart from the others in the bundle, was the most interesting. It doesn't dive right away into all of the details of the main chafacter's appearance (only a bit but not givinv away too much and life and that's a good thing because it's what will drive a reader to turn to the next page, so bravo Kaye. The writing is not trying hard at all, it was flowing and it's a great read. 

Problems with short stories arise when an author just starts jamming everything up in a very fast pace that the reader won't appreciate the lack of information and lack of background on what is happening but that didn't happen in this story. Even though it's a really short story, the readers will actually see the build up until you reach the ending, not just the typical, oh, I like him I'll talk to him and then poof, what?! Did you even talk about stuff?! Another thumbs up Kaye, you did an amazing job in letting us be immersed in the character's story even with the few pages you have to write on. Although there are fast forwarded parts especially the one with Liz (the other guy) where it was too fast and too (furious!) I don't know, I didn't like that part.

The ending? I can't even put words on that chapters before the epilogue. It pinched my heart, I felt something inside of me and it's sad, it's really sad that I actually want to cry but I did not. It is a happy ending though, find out if it will be Stef or Liz in the end. :)


Kaye DeeSome people say actions speak louder than words. But actions are temporary. Words are forever.Twitter | Instagram



SYNOPSIS & ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A Portrait of Jade by Justine Camacho-Tajonera

Jade Alverio is dying to get to summer art camp in Baguio, far away from her demanding parents and her ultra-perfect sister, Ruby. She thinks it will be a haven of likeminded spirits until she gets her first critique from Alexander Santamaria III, who seems to have converted all female camp members into his groupies.

Things get worse when she's paired up with him on a major project. Will she survive dream-turned-nightmare art camp, or will she go running back home, the very place she wanted to escape in the first place?
Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Justine Camacho-Tajonera was born and grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. Despite starting a corporate career in telecommunications, she pursued an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies to keep her close to her first loves: reading and writing.

Her poetry has been published in several anthologies and local publications and she has published two books: Artemis Lets Go, a novella, and Gift, her first collection of poetry. She maintains a poetry blog, Claiming Alexandria.

She works full time at a corporate job promoting e-reading in the Philippines, is married, and has two children.
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Second Sight to Forever by Racquel Sarah A. Castro

Sasha Salazar, a passionate A-Girls dancer, met her ‘crush-at-first-sight’ in the stairway of Escuela de Rojo. She ignored him because she was still into Norman Gil. The second sight at the EDR’s rooftop began the daily rooftop moments (RTMs) of Sasha with the famous basketball varsity player, Joshua Bonifacio. Take a glimpse on how their relationship bloomed as they both found out the spy.

Racquel Sarah A. Castro
Racquel Sarah A. Castro is living with Cerebral Palsy. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in AMA Computer College-Binan Campus. She always wanted to inspire people in all ways. She also desires to prove the goodness of God through her life.

Racquel is living with her parents in Binan City, Laguna, Philippines. She is a geek, a math tutor, a food addict, a web designer, and a freelance programmer.

He family is currently a ground volunteer of Basics Global, a non-profit organization based in Dubai, UAE. She also leads a music ministry branch in Jesus Christ Rules Bible Christian Church. She aspires to be an emissary of People with Disabilities. She started the campaign on Novel Cerebral Palsy Awareness Drive by featuring her disability on her works.
Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Loving You All My Life by Rafael P. Pascual

Isang ulirang estudyante, kaibigan at anak si Danielle Natasha Lastimosa. Ang kanyang pagsisikap, talino at kabutihan ang nagdala sa kanya sa Philippine Institute of Arts, Entertainment & Culture (PHINAREC), ang pinaka-una at natatanging paaralan para sa mga nagnanais makapasok sa larangan ng sining, kultura at libangan. Maayos na sana ang kanyang buhay-estudyante nang isang Jairus Roman Vera-Perez ang biglang nagpagulo rito. Ang lalaking iyon ang anak ng may-ari ng PHINAREC, pero ito rin ang pinakalider pagdating sa katamaran, kayabangan at kakulangan ng disiplina. Pagtatagpuin sila ng isang kakaibang proyekto para sa kursong kanilang pinag-aaralan. Maging mitsa kaya ito ng lalong paglala ng kanilang bangayan, o ito na kaya ang magsilbing daan para sila ay maging magkaibigan – at magkatuluyan? Masabi kaya nila sa isa’t isa ang katagang “I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU ALL MY LIFE”?

Rafael P. Pascual
Rafael P. Pascual is a 20-year old Mass Communication student at Universidad de Manila. He is a reader of romance, teen fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and history. He is currently writing under the username raffythequizzard on Wattpad.com.

He also loves to read Wattpad books, particularly those published by Summit Media’s Pop Fiction imprint. He has attended the Wattpad seminar at the 35th Manila International Book Fair, the Pop Fiction Academy at the 1st Philippine Literary Festival, and the 3rd Pop Fiction Festival.
He currently lives in Navotas City with his mother and six other siblings.
Twitter | Instagram
Never Too Late by Jen Suguitan

When Cass goes to a trip to Corregidor, she thinks that it’s the key to finding closure over her sister's death. But things change when she gets mixed up with the wrong tour group where she meets Noah, a budding filmmaker and photographer who wants to relive his grandfather’s war stories through the tour.

As they explore the historic island together, will Cass and Noah find what they are looking for? Or will they find something more, like a chance to fall in love, too?

Jen C. Suguitan
Jen C. Suguitan is a PR practitioner by day and a storyteller by night. Her love affair with words and letters led to a Journalism degree and stories cramped in her hard drive that the world has yet to see. She started writing professionally for a local broadsheet when she was seventeen, and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. When she’s not writing, she’s probably thinking of what to write about next.
Twitter | Instagram

That's it, I enjoyed this review so much and I enjoyed the bundle.
This is the last day of the tour and it would also be great if you check out the past blogs that are part of the tour.


April 27

The Book Pile - Review + Excerpt
racquelsarah - Review
Perksbewithyou - Review + Excerpt
Her Book Thoughts - Review + Excerpt
Post Script - Review
pakwanstripes - Excerpt
Taking Flight - Excerpt


April 28

Perksbewithyou - Review + Excerpt
My Book Musings - Review + Excerpt
@amaeauthor - Review
Paper Planes - Review


April 29

Celestial Pages - Review
Thoughts Brewed - Excerpt
I am Krissy - Promo

April 30

Perksbewithyou - Review + Excerpt
YOLOFORALIVING - Review + Excerpt
Indie Sisiw - Excerpt


May 1

Le Bibliophile~ - Review
The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
Tara Tries to Write - Review
Jessica E Larsen, blogger, reader, writer... a booklover - Review
Ishiee's Book Blog - Review
Raffy The Quizzard - Review
milk tea and cakes - Excerpt
Writer For Misfits - Excerpt
The Lady Is In - Excerpt
Fun to Live the Illusion - Excerptdeal sharing aunt - Excerpt

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