What sets Fairy Tale Fail apart from the other Filipino romances that I've read is that it's highly believable. Mina Esguerra's characters are real -- they're your best friends, your office crush. Her main character in particular, for all her weaknesses and insecurities, has a familiar story. Best of all, I liked how the romance between the main characters was developed, a romance that grew out of genuine friendship (and between two people who were their own persons).
Pinoy readers looking for a fun chick fic shouldn't pass this up. Same goes to foreign readers who aren't afraid to explore a new contemporary setting for their romances. I'll definitely be looking forward to more of Mina Esguerra's work.
Mr McNally knows his way around different fantasy tropes, combining them well enough to create an adventure campaign that is light in tone and quick in pace. The novel manages to balance humorous banter with sobering tension. The characters may be straight out of an RPG but they remain engaging, especially since most of them are given moments of inner conflict. Despite some contrived instances and excessive infodumping, this remains a solid effort and a very promising start to the series.