Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review: Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista - Yao

Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista - Yao
Release Date: November 29, 2014
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing 
PLOT:
(Source: goodreads)

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Reading and writing are close to Ines Bautista Yao's heart ever since she was a child. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in AB Communication Arts. She has been a teacher at the Assumption College San Lorenzo and the Ateneo de Manila University's English department.

Her debut novel One Crazy Summer was first penned in 2007 when she was pregnant with her first daughter Addie. Being a mother has taken much of Ines' time so she was only able to write 13 pages of her novel. She completed her story in April 2011, while three-year-old Addie was sleeping and inspiration struck her again. Two months later her story was complete. After eight months, her dream of publishing her own book came true. The book was only launched last January 26, 2012, but Ines is already writing her second novel.

Most readers can remember Ines as the former editor-in-chief of K-Zone Magazine and Candy Magazine . At present, Ines is working as an editor of Summit Books. She is also married to photographer Marc Yao, whom she says she consults whenever she's stuck in the middle of a story she's writing.
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REVIEW: 
Disclaimer: I got this book free from amazon during a crazy promo and in return I would like to write an HONEST review. 


              This book follows Chris and Katie, and how their friendship blossomed into romance. I really like the friends to lovers trope. I think it's really cute when authors do that because I love the idea of your great love being your best friend. With that being said, a romantic story is nothing without emotions and this book has so much emotions in it. The author wrote it in a way that you can feel the characters' happiness, heartbreak, and etc... Her words are just so expressive. And I may have shed a tear or two while reading it. 

                  My only problem with this book is that it has a really fast pacing that I could not connect with the characters. The story jumps from milestone to another like from childhood to adolescence to adult years that we do not get to know the characters deeply or more in-depth. But I do like that in the style the author presented the story we get to see the development of the characters and their relationship with one another. 

                   Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book. It is a very light and fast read; it's nothing to deep and it's very entertaining. I think that the author did a great job in writing about love and friendship, and the ups and downs that comes with it. I devoured this book in one sitting because I am eager to know the ending that lies between the two characters. I wanted to know it was a happy or a tragic ending (Side note: I was very happy about the ending). To assert, I recommend this book if you are looking for a romance book that is fast paced and light to read. Plus it is a #RomanceClass book so it will definitely have a lot of kilig and swoon moments. 




P.S What is your favorite romance book? 


XOXO,
Isabel 

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