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Writing has always been Kristel S. Villar’s first love, but it was only in her late 20s when she re-discovered her passion for writing fiction. When she’s not busy daydreaming of story plots, she covers sporting events for a national broadsheet and takes care of her husband and son. She is addicted to coffee.
on Jan. 29, 2016 :
Reading Blast From Two Pasts was like twirling around a room with your eyes closed as confetti falls from above.
B-L-A-S-T = S-W-O-O-N =
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2016 :
This is a cute story that many will relate to. Villar does a great job of capturing the humor, joy, and frustration of relationships. This book is a quick easy read and lots of fun - very much your typical romantic comedy.
I thinking the writing could use some improvement, and I didn't like when the narrator switched from inner dialogue to talking to the reader- it threw me a little. I also did not like the best friend, I felt her character was flat and just bitter.
Overall this was a good book and I enjoyed reading the story.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2016 :
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing is not great, but aside from that, it's a very interesting and funny story. There is a bit of action, though it seems to drag at times. A blind date between two people who don't know that they know each other turns into a disaster. Her knight in shining armor from highschool is a real jerk now. And they are both in the same wedding so they have to spend time together. Just as she starts to get to see through his jerkiness an old flame shows up and puts a twist into things. I enjoyed reading this, all the ups and downs and ins and outs are very entertaining.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Corpus Rictus X
on Jan. 27, 2016 :
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You choose your love story? Well, it’s what it looks like and what it sounds like.
When I went into this book, I wasn’t surprised. It was a predictable book albeit an interesting one. I was hooked from the beginning as I see how wacky the protagonist is. Chic-Lit has always been a guilty pleasure genre for me. I, perhaps, had read my first chic-lit by Meg Cabot. I don’t remember the name. It wasn’t all too great. It was fun for the time I read it, but it was forgettable. It didn’t last an impression.
And same goes with this book. It’s forgettable. I, for once, never felt closely connected to the characters. Sure, Kristel had somethingd different and that was she had fun writing this subject of her choice but other than that, the book falls flat on many levels. It doesn’t interest you with a bizarre, unique concept and it doesn’t make you cringe and sap for your characters. It even neatly ties the book together making you feel all too happy...
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2016 :
The story follows Cara who had a traumatic break-up with her boyfriend Oliver. Cara is also helping out her best friend Ayen plan her wedding while trying to mend her broken heart. Ayen sets her up with Lucas a cousin of the groom, who happens to be Cara’s first love. Cara doesn’t believe that Lucas remembers her from high school, but their first date is a disaster anyway. Lucas doesn’t seem to be interested and Cara leaves confused and upset.
The story really takes off after their first disaster date you get to see how upset that Cara is from her breakup with Oliver and that she is leaning on her friends and workouts for support. I think in a breakup situation it is important to have strong friends to keep you positive. Also, it is important to try and get yourself back out there because you never know what is lurking around the corner. I love that Ayen keeps setting her up to get her back out in the dating world!
I love the idea of rekindling with your first love, even if you think that is might have been unrequited love. Sometimes second chances happen in life and you need to grab them by the horns since you never know if they will happen a third time. I love that the book flashes back into the past so we can see what Cara thought about Lucas and their previous interactions. Also, if you never speak up about your love you will never know if the other person feels the same way. Sometimes the feelings are mutual and a love story develops!
I also like that the book touches on the topic of closure from a previous relationship. Do you actually need closure? Can the closure affect your current/future relationships? I think this is an interesting topic the author brings up because sometimes you just need to know what happens, but in the end maybe that closure doesn’t help your future. I think sometimes not knowing what happens sticks with you, but if you find that right person to be with you don’t actually need to know why your past relationship didn’t work out since you are with the right person now.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Oct. 07, 2014 :
This is my kind of chicklit - realistic, nostalgic, and fast-paced. I first read Kristel's debut novel when it was still on the works at Wattpad, and I fell in love with the first six chapters. When she finally completed the novel, I purchased it right away. I wasn't impressed with how the lead girl's ex-boyfriend was characterized and why he went missing-in-action, but I'm sure Kristel will improve on character build-up in her next works with that talent of hers. Great read!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on May 07, 2014 :
I finished the book in one sitting. I just can't put it down :) I love how it makes me giggle-blush-giddy-sad-excited all at the same time as I flip the pages. Such a good read. Will read it again :)
PS. I love Lucas 💗
(reviewed the day of purchase)