Spreading the Mina V. Esguerra love

Oh look, it’s 12-12-12! I can’t let this day pass by without blogging on my personal blog and here, because this date will not pass by again until the next century. I’m no immortal, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be around by the time 12-12-12 rolls around again. ;)

So, I’m going to use the fancy date to plug some of the books by a favorite local author, Mina V. Esguerra! :) I’ve known Mina ever since I read her first book My Imaginary Ex, and asked her for a pep talk for NaNoWriMo Philippines. Ever since then, we’ve ran around sort of similar circles in writing and in the book club, and I’m always excited to hear of the things she’s cooking up. I’ve pushed her books to so many people because her books are good place to start if you want to read Filipino chick lit/romance books. :) So I’m really, really happy to share these Smashwords discount codes that Mina generously provided for the people who stumble upon my blog. :) You can use it for yourself if you haven’t read her yet, or use it to buy an ebook for a friend as a Christmas gift! :) The codes are valid for a year, so you can use it for birthdays of friends in 2013, too!

Fairy Tale Fail
Smashwords link: Fairy Tale Fail
Code: VF92P
* My review for Fairy Tale Fail

Love Your Frenemies
Smashwords link: Love Your Frenemies
Code: CK34B
* My review for Love Your Frenemies

Interim Goddess of Love
Smashwords link: Interim Goddess of Love
Code: RY33Q
* My review for Interim Goddess of Love

If you’re a paperback fan and you’re in the Philippines — fret not! Summit Books is releasing Philippine editions of these books –Fairy Tale Failis already out, and it’s special to me because it’s my first time to be included in an acknowledgments page of a book:

Love Your Frenemies and Interim Goddess of Love will be out soon, too, I think! Also, I hear Queen of the Clueless, the second book of the Interim Goddess of Love series, will be released in ebook format soon, too. :)

So if you haven’t read any Mina V. Esguerra book yet, this is your chance! I would love to hear from you if you decide to get them — and then let’s gossip about which Mina guy is the hottest, yes? ;)

Formula for Danger

Formula for Danger by Camy TangFormula for Danger by Camy Tang
Publisher: Harlequin
Number of pages: 288
My copy: ebook from Amazon Kindle Store

Someone wants dermatologist Rachel Grant’s latest research, and they’ll do anything to get it. Including trashing the plants needed for her breakthrough scar-reducing cream–and trying to run Rachel down. Desperate for help, she turns to Edward Villa, the only man she trusts. But the greenhouse owner knows too much about Rachel’s research, and now he’s a target, too. Break-ins, muggings, murder…the would-be thief is getting desperate–and getting closer. Edward vows to protect Rachel at all costs. Yet with time ticking away, Edward knows they have to uncover the madman shadowing Rachel before their chance for a future is destroyed.

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I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and dystopia lately so I decided to take a bit of a break and go for a light and fluffy book just to cleanse the palate. I recently got Camy Tang‘s Formula for Danger through my Kindle, and I missed reading Camy’s work, so I thought this would be a perfect in-between book.

Well, I think I may have chosen the wrong book! I’m not saying that because it’s a bad book, but because Formula for Danger is anything but fluffy. Of course, I should have picked up from the title already, but who knew this book would be such a non-stop suspense ride all the way to the end?

Formula for Danger wastes no time with the action as I was dropped immediately in the middle of it right from the start. Rachel Grant, the protagonist, is assaulted just as she goes out of her lab at the family owned Joy Luck Spa. From here bad luck just seemed to follow Rachel, but this luck is not coincidental but planned as someone really wants her dead! Every chapter in Formula for Danger is brimming with suspense and action, and I found myself getting breathless as every threat comes to Rachel’s (and the love interest, Edward’s) life.

It was easy to immerse myself into the Grants’ world again as I’m already familiar with it after reading Deadly Intent, the story of Rachel’s sister, Naomi. This isn’t really a sequel, so you don’t have to read the first book before reading this, although I feel like it may be helpful. Formula for Danger brings in the action quick that there is no time to really get to know and appreciate Rachel’s family with all that’s happening in the novel. Perhaps it was just me, since I haven’t read books in this genre for a while, so I felt like I would be a bit frustrated with reading this and diving right into the action without pausing long enough to know about the surroundings.

The threat in Rachel’s life felt very real, and the suspense in finding out who the culprit was drawn out for so long that I found myself wondering the same thing that the main characters did: when will it end? However, I wasn’t really that surprised when the reveal was made and I’m not sure if it’s because I figured it out beforehand or because it’s really just not that surprising. Compared to Deadly Intent, there seemed to be less red herrings thrown here, so the mystery seemed a bit linear, and the chase to save Rachel’s life took a higher precedence compared to finding out who was behind everything.

I liked the romantic and Christian aspect of the novel, though, more than the suspense. I liked that Camy focused on how Rachel learned that God is in control of everything even in the chaos. I also liked it a lot that Camy gave Edward, the love interest somewhat of a superhero complex and how he was humbled in the end. This is a Christian novel, so expect prayers from the characters and phrases such as “Praise God” and such. I don’t think it’s preachy, but if you’re not used to reading characters do this, well, I’ll leave it up to you if you’d pick it up. Personally, I’d still push this book to others, because the message is good, and well, because I’m a Christian. :D

As a whole, Formula for Danger is a quick and suspenseful read, with a strong Christian foundation. If you would ask me, though, I still liked Deadly Intent better, but it may be because I could relate more to Naomi than Rachel. Nevertheless, this is a good addition to my Camy Tang collection, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next. :)

Rating: [rating=3]