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?
All’s Fair in Blog and War was an enjoyable 107-paged light and sweet read.
Before I proceed in divulging my thoughts about All’s Fair in Blog and War, I would just like to share with you on how I was able to acquire a copy of it. It came to me as a sweet surprise, actually. Yesterday I received a direct message on Twitter from Ana Tejano (Author of Fall like Rain, which I currently reviewed and featured here on my blog) saying that I won from her giveaway. Apparently my book review for Fall like Rain was the 50th review posted on Goodreads and she has this on-going secret giveaway in which to reward the ones who posted the 49th and 50th review. What were the chances of me getting this lucky? Probably this one time! She asked me to pick any book from #romanceclass as a prize and I got way too flustered. There are a lot of books that I’ve been eyeing from #romanceclass (others are already sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read) and so I asked Ana if she has any suggestion. Then she asked what I’m up for reading and in which I told her that I feel like reading a book under the friends to lovers or love and hate relationship trope.
That’s when this violet-covered book popped into my mind! I told Ana that I’ve chosen All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (since I’ve been wanting to read it) and she proceeded to gift it to me on Kindle. So before yesterday, I wouldn’t have thought of being able to breeze through this book today. Yes, I breezed through it!
Thank you again, Ana for being my Kindle fairy!
All’s Fair in Blog and War follows the story of travel blogger, Five Cuevas, who got invited (along with few selected bloggers) by the Macau Tourism Board for a familiarization trip to the said place. The trip aims to introduce the bloggers and have them enjoy Macau’s different offerings in terms of culture, cuisine, entertainment and attractions. It’s going to be an all-paid expense trip – from the accommodations, airfare, meal and so on. They are going to enjoy the place without spending a dime. Lucky them! Well, except for the pasalubongs. In turn they have to feature their experiences in Macau on their respective blogs which is basically still a win on their side considering the traffic that they could get out of it.
Seems like everything is going smoothly for Five, huh? Well, not for long. When the day of the blogger’s orientation came, luck was certainly not on her side. A string of unfortunate events happened and caused for her to be late. But what made her fume was the unexpected and rude encounter that she had with a guy who chose to close the elevator doors in her face.
Fate must have been playing with her.
When she entered the venue for their orientation, she was surprised to see that the same guy from the elevator is in attendance. Jesse, also a travel blogger and soon to be her buddy in Macau. Oh good, that just made Five even more excited about their trip. Not.
I’ve been attracted to the cover for All’s Fair in Blog and War ever since I first saw it. Just look at the color, how neat and pretty the title is placed. Although it doesn’t boast a travel blogger feel, it definitely got the romance thing down pat. Do take note of all the things that you see on the cover because it plays a big part on Five and Jesse’s story. *winks*
Five Cuevas is an identifiable character. She’s more on the quiet and shy type. But a certain assertiveness comes to play whenever it is needed. Or whenever she knows that she’s in the right. She takes charge and fights for her principles. She’s slightly OC but definitely benefits her as a travel blogger since well-thought of plans are a must for her trips. She’s also street-smart. Despite being called buzzkill, Five is a fun and cool gal. She knows how to have fun in her own way. Though, we also see her breaking out of her comfort-zone and trying new things out. With the help of Jesse. But one thing that’s noticeable about her in the beginning of the story is how fast her prejudice can build up. I know it wasn’t the best first meeting that she had with Jesse but reading her thoughts and how things are escalating quickly in her mind thrown me off. Five’s animosity towards Jesse is amusing.
Here comes Jesse to prove her wrong.
In Five’s mind, Jesse’s the rude elevator guy but just you wait for the reason behind this scene. It’s cute and funny. A quick run through about Jesse: he’s an art director for an elite ad agency, photographer and travel blogger. In spite of being quite loaded in his career aspect, Jesse was nothing but a regular, dorky and nice gentleman towards Five and the crew. He’s the opposite of Five, a go-getter and risk-taker. I love how he accommodated and encouraged Five in doing something out of the ordinary. Just from that, you know that he perfectly complements Five’s strengths and weaknesses and vice versa.
Okay, let’s talk about the romance. Peria totally brought her A-game in this book. I love the tension, slow-burn romance and sweet moments. Five’s animosity fueled sparks to fly between her and Jesse. But once they’ve cleared the air out, their interactions became so chill and sweet. You can feel the air gradually shifting between them. One of the perks in reading a novella is you can easily remember the scenes that transpired in the story. Like the elevator encounter, kilig-worthy gloves scene, when they visited The Ruins of St. Paul and more. But look forward the most to Jesse’s grand gesture towards the end. Damn, boy!
Where can I find my own Jesse?
With travel blogging involved in the plot, I was highly curious on how it will affect the way this story will be told. Kudos to Chrissie Peria for successfully writing a story that managed to transport me all the way from the Philippines to Macau! I haven’t been there but through her descriptive and in detail writing, it felt like I was touring the place alongside Five and Jesse. It was so easy to imagine the streets, attractions that they visited and food that they munched on (that had me salivating, so much). I know I want more of Five and Jesse, let their characters be fleshed out and experience more epic things together. But within 107 pages, Peria was able to let me experience Macau, feel the romance and get her key points across.
All’s Fair in Blog and War brings prejudices in the forefront of its story. On how it can affect our thinking and relationship with the people around us. There’s nothing wrong with having first impressions because that’s normal. But what’s wrong is having those clouding our minds and not being able to get to know the person more because of it. Also a big check mark on how it highlighted conquering our fears or the things that we hide ourselves from.
If you want a romance novella that you can breeze through, I highly suggest that you pick this one up. It’s only $0.99 on Kindle! ❤