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Fairy Tale Fail (Chic Manila Book 1) by [Esguerra, Mina V.]
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"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 (chachic.wordpress.com)

"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 (lalovelystories.wordpress.com)

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: 1989 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bright Girl Books (April 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HS5PXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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*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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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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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 one. I was disappointed. It was a cute romance story and well written but it just didn't pop for me. As short as it was, I struggled to finish it. I just didn't find it captivating. I didn't care for the swearing either, even though it was very minimal. I just found the book as a whole a bit humdrum and pretentious.

It was not an awful book. I was just expecting it to be more interesting.
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Fairy Tale Fail by Mina Esguerra is a cute light hearted short read. It’s the type of book that makes every girl believe in the everyday Prince Charming and wants one for themselves.

Ellie is a twenty something living the life she thought was perfect. She has a corporate job, her boyfriend, and loves to travel on her days off. Sounds perfect, right? Well it absolutely falls apart on her. Ellie and her boyfriend break up and its devastating for her. We’ve all been there so the pain from that was completely relatable. Now Ellie needs to pick up the pieces of her life and figure out where to go from there.

Enter Lucas. Lucas is a guy who works with Ellie. So yes the office romance could get kind of sticky but I like how this one was played out. The attraction between them was gradual. It wasn’t rushed and it wasn’t insta-love which made it so believable. Plus, it takes a little while to nurse a broken heart. Lucas is completely swoon worthy and it’s awesome that the author brought out his imperfections which made this book so much better. He wasn’t Mr. Perfect but his imperfections made him endearing.

I loved the difference you had between the two male characters. They were both very different from one another and there were qualities that I liked in both. I found Ellie to be very relatable as well. Every emotion she went through I felt the same thing. I do wish the author would’ve put footnotes in or a glossary with some of the Filipino words that she used so the readers knew what they were.

This is a good book if you’re looking into a quick read with no angst. It’s just a sweet lovable story about a girl picking up her life and finding her perfect Prince Charming
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