Campus Royalties [2013]

Campus RoyaltiesAuthor: Purpleyhan
Year: 2013
Publisher: PSICOM

About (goodreads):
Royalties? Princes and princesses in the 21st century? Tapos sa campus pa? Oo, maniwala man kayo o hindi. Kilalanin si Steff, isang “princess” kahit ayaw niya, at ang babaeng ipagpapalit ang lahat para sa pinakamamahal niyang strawberries at chocolates. Anong mangyayari kung may makilala siyang “prince” na sobrang charming pero walang ginawa kundi pagtripan ang buhay niya? Lalo niya bang isusumpa ang pagiging prinsesa o unti-unti niya itong magugustuhan? Well, this is not your typical prince and princess story. It is a story involving Kingdom University—ang school na may royalties.

I Say…
It’s not exactly the most beautiful book ever written, but the humor will get you hooked. It’s your typical romantic comedy and belongs to the easy read types, not too much conflict, Very light and entertaining.

I can’t imagine a campus so fan crazed! I am glad Kingdom University is fiction! Lol. All they did was stalk couples, play paparazzi and be in the scene through accessing the underground website. And seriously, is there only one girl worth looking at? Is she even human to be that perfect? Lol again. Campus Royalties gave me a good laugh and the “kilig” was there all throughout. You’re a monster if your heart won’t melt with a serenade or a special song sang on stage just for you!

Diary ng Panget

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Author: HaveYouSeenThisGirL

Publisher: PSICOM

Note: The photos above are the official releases by PSICOM. Originally, it has two seasons. The 1st two books are only part of the 1st season.  By the way, before the official PSICOM release, it used to be a popular entry in Wattpad with more than 12M readers!

I Say…

I can’t say this is a little piece of crap, because it’s really amusing, to the point that I laugh my head off in the most quiet time of the night while reading. I just have to know how Eya and Cross will finish their story… if they will end up not killing each other at some point!

Reah Rodriguez equals Shan Cai. Cross Sandford is less than or equal to Dao Ming Si. Chad Jimenez is greater than or equal to Hua Ze Lei. Since I know the in and outs of Liúxīng Huāyuán & Hana Yori Dango, I can’t be wrong with my equation. That’s exactly why DNP charmed me from start to end.

The story is very light, not a tiny bit stressful. Well, a little bit on the end part but since Eya is a tough chick she knows what to do to turn things around in her favor. You may judge the story all you want… I just liked reading it, that’s all. Whatever similarity it has with Tsukushi and Shan Cai, I don’t care. Tough chicks rule always.

Review: A Hundred and One Reasons [2012]

A Hundred And One ReasonsAuthor: Bianca Salindong
Publisher: PSICOM Publishing
Year: 2012

About (goodreads):
There are still many things Ann needed to know, to explore and live the life she’d always imagined. But everything turned upside down when she learned that she is sick. Not cough and colds sick. No, something much complicated than that.

Ann decides that she’d rather fight when she knows she had no chances of winning. And then came a promise of a hundred and one reasons, from someone she never thought cared for her, and gave her the strength she needed to live. This is a story that goes beyond the boundaries of faith, family, hope and love… it may bring you to tears or give you the reasons to live than just to exist.

I Say…
I don’t want to sound mean or anything, but this book is just the worst I’ve ever read in my entire life. I can’t believe it went through any proofreading or editing. It was so raw I’d want to think of it as first draft. The essence of the story didn’t get through me, because I was more absorbed in trying to figure out the right spelling or spotting grammatically incorrect sentences. I don’t know perfect English, and I didn’t acquire a degree in English, but this book is poorly written.  The Filipino language can easily get through any Filipino reader, unlike the distorted English that will make your nose (maybe even the brain) bleed.

Also, it was so unorganized, and seemed to lack timing. One paragraph they’re in school, the next they’re home or doing something else. The flow of their conversation is unpredictable, afterwards almost senseless.

I would like to say sorry to the author, for saying all the most horrible stuff. But I seriously think you need to practice, work out on the phasing and organize the dialogues you generate.I think other Wattpad writers can write a better book yet they weren’t given the chance like you had. Please, always give your readers their money’s worth.

Review: Five Days In Palawan

Author: Zara Inigo

From Psicom

How long is five days? Sometimes longer… 

jan03Especially when you’ve been conned into being someone’s boyfriend like Chris. He has never really been one for spontaneity. Managing his father’s resort in the remote outskirts of Puerto Princesa is not exactly the most eventful job in the world.

Until Mia Garcia checks in. Mia is from Manila – impulsive, unstable, mildly neurotic-hardly Chris’ type. But when she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for exactly five days – no more, no less, no strings attached – Chris rationalizes… Five days. What is the worst thing that can happen, right?

I Say…

The story takes place in Palawan, where romance can be as intimate like beach waves & sand.

Chris meets Mia in the most spontaneous moment and their story begins.

If stories that last decades or even generations are bound to be a hit, why is a week-long love story any different? Sad to say, I am not a believer of one night stands, summer romances and much less of love at first sight… but this particular story caught my attention. To think that this was taken from a boy’s point of view… and boys do fall in love. Hard. Most especially if it comes during the most unexpected time.

While reading, I was hoping for an expected ending… but I wasn’t disappointed either. A second part is most likely welcome, but I don’t mind also if there isn’t any. Clueless? Just read the book and create your own mental picture of Palawan with Chris and Mia in it.  Smile 

Review: The Hagette

Author: Katrina Ramos Atienza


The HagetteSelf-confessed “Hagette” Cynthia de la Rama seems like the perfect girl: she’s tall, thin, pretty, charming, and fashionable. So why hasn’t she found the right man? Her gay friends think it’s a defective gaydar to blame. Most of her exes were in the closet. She’s right about ready to give it all up for a well-dressed, celibate existence. That is until two men enter her life at the same time: the bad boy who disappeared without a trace many years ago (and whom she hasn’t gotten over yet) and an aloof, handsome model with a knack for doing the laundry. The only problem is, will her gaydar let her down yet again?

I Say…

The author of this book has so much love for the third sex. No way can the English language accept Hagette as an adjective that is made for the parts of speech. But who cares? The Hagette put me in a laugh trip state, and it helped me make it through the sleepy 1 hour break. A breath of fresh air for chick lits!

I just can’t imagine myself being like Cynthia, who survives with all the gay friends… and the language! A lot of curses from 1st page to back flap… but you won’t mind at all, really. It’s just so realistic.

Review: Glamour Games

Author: Anna Ishikawa

From Psicom:Glamour Games

The Glamour Games is the competition of the year — and right at the helm is Carlie Gonzales, Lady Glamour chic critic extraordinaire. Smart, sexy, fiercely competitive, and tragically single, Carlie is in control of every aspect of her life– until she learns the hard way that things rarely go according to plan. She loses the man of her dreams, neglects her best friend, enters a contest for a promotion she doesn’t know if she’d win, and finds herself pitted against Lucas Pineda, a talented but geeky writer who spends most of the office hours watching old movies on his PC.

At first, Carlie and Lucas share a love-hate relationship. Soon, however, Carlie is spending more time with Lucas than she ever thought possible. Is romance a game she’s ready to play — or will she sacrifice love in order to win the Glamour Games?

I Say…

Love-hate relationship stories will never, ever run out of material. Ever. Glamour Games is one of them.

101% kilig! I can’t help but create my own mental image of Lucas Pineda. It makes me shiver. Geek guys will forever be a mystery to me. Smile

Review: Pink Shoes

Author: Katrina Ramos Atienza

From: Psicom Publishing

pinkMeet Dina, a bored and perpetually broke 25-year-old with the fashion sense of a blind librarian. Shane’s a tall and gorgeous punk rock princess who masquerades as a bank teller by day. Emily has it all: closets full of green clothes, a semi-glamorous job in an advertising agency, and an unfortunate penchant for sticking to the wrong type of man. When the girls find the Holy Grail of bargain-shopping—universally flattering pink ballet flats that somehow match each of their personalities—the boost of fashion confidence proves to be just the right kick to start a chain reaction of change in their lives. Dina discovers “The Church of Miniskirt.” Shane tries to reclaim past fame and a hunky new guy. Emily tries to give sane relationships a shot. Through it all, the girls discover that the right dose of change just might lead to more than they bargained for.

I Say…

I felt like “reading” a movie instead of watching on big screen. I loved the exchange of dialogue between the three friends.

I wouldn’t mind too if Bobby agonized with Dina a bit more. I guess after that the story will be more fun. 🙂

Nevertheless, it’s a well-written piece of[chic]lit. Amusing enough. Not even No Boyfriend Since Birth can be this amusing. And if you’re looking for girl bonding read, this book is a hit. Thumbs up for Philippine Publications! I am looking forward to reading more…