Redemption doesn’t come easy. It involves hardship, righting wrongs, and making tough choices. This four-story bundle showcases characters who made wrong turns in life, and want nothing more than to make things right. Features Era by Jesse David, Turning Points by Yeyet Soriano, A Fateful Encounter by Cali (Angie Sanchez), and Encyclopedia Mystique by Racquel Sarah A. Castro.
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Story introductions of all four stories and quick commentaries on Turning Points and A Fateful Encounter may be found after the jump! There may be spoilers, ladies and gentlemen, so click the Read More button at your own risk.
Imagine you were about to die, and you were given a chance to change something in your past and live for a few hours in the alternate world created with that change. Would you do it? What have you got to lose, right? What if you got stuck in that world, and although you have achieved all of the dreams you never pursued before, you lost everything that you’ve ever held dear? Sandy Garcia, a forty-something working mother of three, did just that. She wished she never met and married her husband, and she got to live in the world where she became a popular theater star instead. The trouble was, since she never met her husband, then she never had her children. Her entire life was different, and she started to realize that maybe she already had it good in her reality. Alex Marquez was a multi-hyphenated star—theater actress-singer-dancer-published author- professional photographer. On the road to success, she made a lot of wrong choices which left her single, with one child, in her forties, remembering the relationships she screwed up and the children she should have had in the past. Suddenly, she got the chance to live the family life since she got stuck in Sandy’s world. As both women navigate the intricate web of the lives they never initially chose to live, they question whether they still have a chance of getting back their own lives. What does it take to reclaim their real lives? Are both willing to do so? Will they succeed?
Disclaimer: Reading the blurb alone made me decide that yes, I was going to read Turning Points and review it, even when the author informed me it packs a whopping 70K words. I probably shouldn’t have tried biting off more than I can chew, because now I am admittedly not even halfway done with it. But! But, I will try my best to tell you something about what I’ve read so far, because it really is a promising novel.
I am always attracted to stories that deal with parallel universes, or parallel lives intersecting somewhere, somewhen. I like it when what ifs are answered, but in a way that would make you contemplate on actually wishing for a different life altogether. Nobody has a perfect life, and even the perfect life one would imagine will, for sure, still have its jagged little edges and painful experiences we do not realize. This is what Turning Points is about: being given the life you wanted and yet feeling like you don’t really belong there for some reason, even if you basically got everything you could have ever dreamed of.
What I like about this story is how it presents its scenes as though it were a movie, or a TV show. It gives the narrative a sense of mystery, and it makes you want to just get on with it to know what exactly was happening, what exactly is going to happen in the end. What was a bit confusing to me, however, was the POV shifts because sometimes I found myself backtracking and thinking, “Wait, who is talking again?” It’s kind of tricky as well when the main character inhabits her “other self” and I quickly lose track of things. Names, actually. That might also say something about my state of mind while I’d been reading, but . . . yeah, sometimes it gets confusing for me.
Overall, I am hooked, and I will continue to read this until all 70K words drown me. In feels, hopefully.
Overall rating (so far): ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Plus points for: Theatre references! ❤ I love theatre references. ^_^
Because of this story, I wish I could: Hug Duke/Chuck. He sounds like such an adorable sweetheart.
A Fateful Encounter
A Fateful Encounter is a story about a college computer science student, Samantha, who just got back from an eight-month holiday. Not a single soul knows why she left in the first place – not her professors, her best friend Aimee and her closest group of friends. She logs in an online chat site and meets Michael, an engineering student from the same university.
The blurb kind of misled me into thinking things about Michael, like he was probably the reason why Samantha was gone for a long time and he’s using a fake identity on a chat site and all . . . I was so wrong. The story starts kind of slow, and fast at the same time. I know that’s confusing but here’s why I thought that: 1) It seemed to chronicle Samantha’s every move, which might make sense in a different, “stalker-ish” standpoint, and 2) the progression of her relationship with Michael ran at LTE speed. It’s probably personal preference, but it kind of bugged me for some reason. Which got me thinking he really was up to no good.
I’m not so sure this has a sequel (?) or a book two, but the ending/cliffhanger seemed to hint at one. There were still a lot of questions there left unanswered, a lot of detail thrown into scenes that I would expect to be used in future chapters. That being said, yes, there’s still a lot of potential in this piece, but I kind of wish it was explored more in this first installment rather than setting everything up and leaving us with a wide open ending.
Also HOW CREEPY IS BRYAN? (See quote above.) Jeez. I got to that part and it gave me serious creeps. Ugh. Please Cali, please tell me Michael beat the shit out of him or something.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Plus points for: Relatable dialogue and setting. UPLB again! Authors must love this place, haha!
Because of this story, I wish I could: Kick Bryan in the gonads. That’d teach him. Blergh.
Racquel Sarah Castro
Amelia Agustin is a digital converter in the National Library of the Philippines by day and a digital artist by night. At 24, she supports Filipino Authors by buying and reading their works. She rates the books honestly but she didn’t have the courage to write a review. She has this habit of doing digital art inspired by her favorite scenes. She loves to go to Korea to visit Incheon, the newly proclaimed book capital of the world. She admires Jay Diaz, a popular newscaster/bachelor in town. Serendipity pulls them together in an embarrassing incident. Take a glimpse on where their relationship would go.
What do we need to live this life to the fullest? For Era, it is money. He realizes that it is hard to live this life to the fullest without money. We need money to travel the world, to eat every food, and to live to in the most beautiful city. But what if, money is not the answer? What if you live your life the wrong way, and it is too late to turn back? What if you had a second chance?
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