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Fairy Tale Fail (Novella) (Chic Manila) [Kindle Edition]

Mina V. Esguerra
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New adult/contemporary/sweet romance: Ellie Manuel is a hopeless romantic, stuck in a cubicle all day. She's in her twenties and should be having more fun. But instead of doing what she really wants, like traveling wherever her Philippine passport can take her, she's hung up on the guy who dumped her for not being "ambitious enough." Someone should tell her that there are other cool guys -- who probably even eat at the same office cafeteria! -- who would encourage her just to be her fabulous self.

FAIRY TALE FAIL won the 2012 Filipino Readers' Choice award for Chick Lit.

Editorial Reviews


"Fairy Tale Fail is a light and fun contemporary romance that gives a glimpse of middle class life in the Philippines." - Chachic's Book Nook (

"Fairy Tale Fail is a gem. I really can't recommend this book enough! I demand that anyone who wants a cute, quick story to read this book." - Lottie Eve, Book Adoration (

About the Author

Mina V. Esguerra is a writer, editor and communications consultant based in Metro Manila. Her first novel, My Imaginary Ex, is available in print in the Philippines.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1969 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bright Girl Books; 1 edition (April 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HS5PXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, entertaining read August 10, 2010
By VickiT
Format:Kindle Edition
Restless Ellie is always looking for excitement and her own fairy tale. Not surprising then that her hobby is researching and planning travel/trips abroad.

I enjoyed this novella. It's not a "girly" romance but it is an easy read. While there were times I would've liked to have shaken Ellie, her blinkered outlook added to the characterisation. Set in Manila, the story also gives a glimpse into another culture. I learned a few Filipino terms like "barkada" and "kuya" that I hadn't come across before.

Recommended for anyone looking for a quick, entertaining read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Asian Chick Lit April 25, 2010
By L. H.
Format:Kindle Edition
*There may be spoilers in this review*

I enjoyed this short novel/novella - cute chick lit set in the Philippines. I really enjoyed Ellie's voice, and Lucas was adorable. I rooted for them to get together, and I'm so glad that Ellie didn't go back to Don. He may have been a "good guy," but he was a "bad boyfriend."

I'm not totally sure I understood the sprinkling of Tagalog words throughout the story, but that didn't detract from my overall understanding. I was hoping for an author's note or glossary at the end to define these words, but I had to settle for Google ;) Still, I enjoyed learning new words, and I think they added to the feel of the book.

I wanted to see more of the development of Ellie and Lucas's friendship. What we did get to see was really sweet, and I liked it a lot, but I was left wanting to see more. I love stories in which the "true loves" start out as just friends and the friendship just grows and changes into something more, so this story was just the kind of story I like (could be why I love the Anne of Green Gables books so much - I love to watch the friendship between Anne and Gilbert grow into more).

I will definitely be on the lookout for more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Harbinger: I enjoyed every page November 30, 2010
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Ellie Manuel is your average twenty something professional. She has a stable relationship with the good guy Don in her corporate barkada and likes to travel in her spare time. What you wouldn't know from first glance is that she believes in fairy tales. Not just the ones in books, but those in real life. So when her Prince Charming dumps her, Ellie refuses to believe their relationship is over. She figures that her story will just be more tried-and-true-tested than most. After a year of work promotions, exotic vacations, and getting to know the cute stranger at the office, why doesn't she miss him more?

As soon as I read Chachic's review of this light and short Filipino chick lit novella I knew it was for me. I just had to wait for a day where I really needed a quick pick-me-up, and when I did it worked wonders. It's smooth, everyday writing style and succinct descriptions made the reading extremely easy and fast as well as completely entertaining and fun. Ellie is such the quintessential ordinary girl as well that I think you'd find it difficult not to relate to her. I mean she believes in happily ever after fairy tales but is an average, vulnerable and hopelessly hopeful heroine herself - what's not to like? I couldn't help but remember my own best-friend-turned-more high school relationship that backfired when we broke up but shared the same group of friends. I found what Ellie said about her myriad groups of friends to be very true to life:

"Some people had one large group of friends, and that was all they needed. I, on the other hand, had many small circles of friends. High school friends, college blockmates, college orgmates, cousins, friends from my first job, the barkada from my current job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick & Cute April 28, 2011
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This novella was a cute little read with a decent plot & a heroine I could get behind. No, it wasn't perfect, but there weren't that many mistakes. (I've seen much worse by American indie authors.) And if the author is ESL or the book was translated, I'm more impressed.

B/c it's a novella, there's obviously gloss-overs, but Esguerra delivered enough dialogue & character insight that the gloss was acceptable. I enjoyed the references to fairy tales & how Ellie was so obsessed with reclaiming love. I believed Ellie's growth, & b/c I liked her, I was proud of her. Despite the use of non-English words (without any translation but enough clues to infer meaning), I could easily picture this tale in Chicago or some other US city (except, maybe, the typhoon...but that could easily become a blizzard or something). The dialogue was so comfortable to read, I could imagine the characters conversing. The storyline was standard, but it's an enjoyable one, which is why it's still around.

I've read some short stories written by ESL authors before, & this little tale was far superior. Esguerra has skill, & I like her style. Will definitely see what else she offers in English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story February 12, 2011
By robin
Format:Kindle Edition
I love chick lit, and I just wish this story was longer! Very cute story about finding love. Ellie is very sweet and likable. Good quick read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special. September 1, 2012
It didn't work for me. Too short to mean anything. Too shallow for my taste. Fairy Tale Fail is not my kind of story.

I didn't like Ellie. Maybe i just dislike girls in general who are stupid enough pining after an insufferable ex. As for Lucas, nothing special about him, either. Got no swoon from that one.

After reading Interim Goddess of Love, this second Esguerra read is an epic fail.

Don't start with Fairy Tale Fail if you haven't read Mina V. Esguerra. It was too simple to be considered a gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars cute, light, and romantic read
I read this book as my second read for a Women of color Chick Lit reading Challenge. I chose this book because it was one of those 99 cent books that often showed up in the kindle... Read more
Published on January 13, 2013 by Urs
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
This had been on my TBR/wishlist for awhile and I finally got to reading it. I had enjoyed the author's other book, Love Your Frenemies, so I had high hopes for this... Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by Jinky is Reading
3.0 out of 5 stars Life is anything but a Fairy Tale.
Fairy Tale Fail kind of reminds me of the movie, Legally Blonde. You know, the movie where this blonde girl gets dumped by her boyfriend, and she goes into law school where the guy... Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Janus @ The Blair Book Project
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, easy, nice!
Another light and easy romantic short novel from Mina Esguerra. An all-pleasure, definitely no-pressure read. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by NenetteU
3.0 out of 5 stars Short!
This story was cute. I bought it on Kindle and didn't realize how short it actually was. I read it in about 4 hours.
Published on October 6, 2011 by Kristen D
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read
This was a cute and enjoyable read. The heroine was sympathetic and I liked the unusual setting. I'm giving it 4 stars.
Published on July 23, 2011 by Reader&Viewer
3.0 out of 5 stars No Cover
Why can't I view the cover of this book? I actually appreciate seeing the cover art of books that I download. Am I the only one with this problem?
Published on June 29, 2011 by Coverless
4.0 out of 5 stars Short But Sweet
This is the first chick-lit book I've read that wasn't either American or British, and I found it really sweet. Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by VAKindleAddict
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good!
This is the first book that I ever downloaded to my Kindle and didn't finish. I am fairly certain that this was translated from a different language, there were many words that... Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by KTG
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More About the Author

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at Once" for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers' Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

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