Lovely cover, ain’t it? More so if you get the paper copy. Hee. But this novella is more than just a pretty cover. Here’s a summary from Goodreads:
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?
I admit that the only thing that made me want to read Chrissie Peria’s debut novella, All’s Fair In Blog And War, was because the main character is a blogger — a hobby that I also enjoy doing for a few years now (three years, to be precise) even though what I blog about is different from Five’s. Another theme of the story is traveling, but I had been not so thrilled of reading about Macau. Although I also enjoy traveling, the places I badly want to go to are in the Philippines (still, if I’m given the chance to travel abroad for free like Five, who am I to refuse?) That said, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fun, light, and gave me the right feels I wanted after reading two mind-bending books successively.
Although most of the scenes in the book aren’t new already (i.e. the elevator scene, the wiping of food crumbs scene, the hotel room scare scene) there are still several things that made me love the book: I loved the hashtags as chapter titles. I also loved the references to Twitter and Instagram — social networking sites that I confess I am (a little bit) addicted to. I also like Five. It was so easy to get into Five’s character. She is smart, and also mildly sarcastic, at least when it comes to her personal thoughts. And then, of course, there’s Jessie, aka Jhimboy. I am allowed to swoon over bookish characters, right?
And then there were the egg tarts. Honestly, I haven’t tried any egg tart before but I surely would one of these days. In the same way that I’m going to add Macau in my bucket list for travels now, go to all the places that Five and Jessie went to, and also bungee jump. No, scratch that. Oh wait, I actually wrote that? Crap.
Another thing that made this book such a hit with me was the last few chapters (i.e. post Macau chapters). They brought back very awkward and embarrassing moments — at least, I can say that now — although at the time I thought it was the end of the world for me. Unrequited love, anyone? Haha! 😛
Finally, another thing I liked about All’s Fair In Blog And War is that it did not dwell too much on the characters’ appearances. I didn’t get to read about Jessie’s hair or Five’s hips or Jessie’s abs (although little bit of this would be okay too :P). Despite the lack of attention to the looks, I still enjoyed the kilig moments, because they were given in just the right doses and in perfect timing. Not too hurried, not too prolonged. Perfectly swoon-worthy for some one who is so easy to please such as me.
I thought I’d complain again of an abrupt ending. But this one ended neatly. I loved it. Pass me that egg tart, please?
My copy: a Kindle gift from the lovely Tina (thank you!)