Hey guys and welcome to my stop on the All's Fair in Blog and War + Well Played Tour hosted by Book Junkie Blog Tours. This is my very first time doing a blog tour with them, and I'm so excited to have been invited! Click here to follow along with the blog tour. :D
Title: All's Fair in Blog and War
Author: Chrissie Peria
Published: June 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Source: Review copy
My Rating: 5 / 5
Blog Tour organized by: Book Junkie Blog Tours
~ Synopsis ~
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?
~ My Thoughts ~
How I adore this novella! When I first saw All's Fair in Blog and War, I was drawn to the cover being reminded of the cover for The Assassin's Curse. Once I read the synopsis, I was hooked and knew this would be great to read. I loved that the main character, Five, writes a travel blog and gets invited on a tour of Macau, and the Twitter and Instagram references were a lot of fun. I knew this was a story definitely for me.
I didn't want to do anything else but soak up Five's story. There is not one thing about this girl I don't love! Some of her observations made me laugh ridiculously loud (good thing I was at home!), and it felt so good to laugh like that. Five's sense of humor is infectious and witty, and I would hang out with this character anytime. She'd make a fabulous travel buddy.
A few of my fave Five quotes:
~ "Can you believe this guy? It's like he's the only one among us who tweets and Instagrams."
~ "She proceeded to check her teeth for lipstick stains before puckering her lips, then winking at the mirror. At herself. Who are these people?"
~ "'They can take my money,'" I whimpered. "'My life is worth so much more.'"
There were also sweet moments as well as the heartbreaking ones. I loved the moments Five and Jesse shared - they were having fun without any pressure, just letting themselves go without any worries. They truly were living in the moment and enjoying this fantastic trip on which they were lucky enough to get invited. The relationship that developed between them was natural and easygoing. Even the heartbreaking moments were ones I couldn't tear myself away from, and I felt everything Five felt. I wanted to be her big sister and give her a hug.
So, All's Fair in Blog and War has a little bit of everything to offer. And not only did I get to read a fantastic and fun story, but I also learned a lot about Macau - a place I haven't heard of or been to before. Once I reached the end of the story, I had such a strong desire to hop on the computer and look up all of the attractions mentioned by the author. I want to see photos and read about Macau's history, and I know you will as well after you finish All's Fair in Blog and War.
~ Purchase Links ~
~ Character Links ~
Twitter - Five: @5travels
Twitter - Jesse: @wanderingcamera
~ Meet the Author, Chrissie Peria! ~
Chrissie's first trip to Macau was in the summer of 2010. Like her main character, she fell in love there. Unlike her main character, she didn't fall in love with a guy; she fell in love with egg tarts.
An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking and babysitting. She tweets about food and writerly things as @kitchencow. For thoughts longer than 140 characters, she blogs at http://thewriteside.kingdomcow.net. She still plays with dolls, and she thinks that bacon is the answer.
This is her first novella.
~ Connect with the Author ~
I want want want this book! The blurb was good, but I tell you your review should be added to it. The only story I've read so far with a blogger as a character has been the Lux series by JLA. The setting sounds awesome since I've never been. Can you imagine being a travel blogger? Did you eye your family to see how easily they'd fit in a suitcase so you could hop on a plane and start traveling? Great review, Jennifer!!ReplyDelete
Lol, thanks Robyn! I'm so sad to say I haven't read the Lux series yetDelete
>.<, but I own the first three books. And now the fourth one is out, so I can read them back to back! :D
I know, that would be so cool to be a travel blogger. I always envied that girl Samantha on the travel channel who gets paid to go to different countries and get to do new things and meet new people. I totally eyed my family, lol! Thank you so much, Robyn!! xoxo
This story sounds really fun! Five sounds awesome and the relationship sounds great! Plus the instagram and twitter and Macau sound awesome, too!ReplyDelete
It was! I highly recommend this novella for sure! :)Delete
This seems like such a unique idea, Jennifer! After reading your review, I'm really looking forward to checking out this one. :) Five sounds like the type character I'll enjoy getting to know. And I love the travel aspect too! Although I don't watch much t.v. anymore, I used to love watching Globe Trekker, so the travel element is very appealing! Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Brandee! I almost wish it had been longer even though I enjoy novellas quite a bit. :)Delete