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Quick Reviews: Trese by Budjette Tan | Wedding Night Stand by Mina V. Esguerra | Unseen Moon by Eliza Victoria

*** *Doing this post as a remedy to my ever-growing review backlog. *** Murder on Balete Drive (Trese #1) by Budjette Tan Summary from Goodreads: When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don't you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese. Trese: Murder On Balete Drive contains the following: Case 1: At the Intersection of B...
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HIGH FIDELITY | Nick Hornby

  Summary from Goodreads: "It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby's narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way—on vinyl—and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilari...
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THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT/Jennifer E. Smith

 Summary from Goodreads: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each ot...
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A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD/Jennifer Egan

When this book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction some two years ago, many people from the book club have been raving about how this Jennifer Egan masterpiece is absolutely brilliant and different and really worth the award. I had wanted to join in on the bandwagon then but time was a goon, and it was only now -- two years after -- that I finally read it. Time is a goon. This is the main theme of the story, and the goon squad referred to in the title is time. The book starts with the story of Sasha, a kleptomaniac personal assistant, and from this first chapter, other characters emerge and th...
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PINOY READS: Mina V. Esguerra (again!)

***** Interim Goddess of Love #1 The summary (from Goodreads): College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn't know why everyone tells her their love problems. She's never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she's going to have to take on this responsibility -- but for all humanity. The Goddess of Love has gone AWOL. It's a problem, because her job is to keep in check this world's obsession with love (and lack of it). The God of the Sun, for now a...
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