The Harder We Fall by Mina V. Esguerra


Source: From publisher

Format: review copy in exchange for a review

Series: Standalone

Category: New Adult

Genres: Contemporary Romance

She knows it won’t last…

Nicholas is unlike anyone Daria has ever dated, and yet he hasn’t left her mind since she got her hands on the 23-year-old rugby player when he took a tumble during a game.

But they aren’t even really dating; a fast fling is all they have time for. He’s heading to Japan to play pro and is only in town to tie loose ends. She’s graduating in three weeks, and is only covering his struggling rugby club to win a internship spot in a documentary that’ll start filming in Europe.

Getting what they want means they don’t get to stay together. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun — as long as they don’t fall hard.

This is the first time I’m reading from one of my local authors so I feel like I’m obliged to promote it in such a way and review it on my blog whether or not it be negative or positive. When I first glanced at the novel, it intrigued me because Filipinos are very conservative and to have never known a New Adult writer is (more…)

Reading or blogging Slumps? No worries!

There’s no such thing as a slump.  It’s just a code word for something else, really in my opinion. Bloggers only say that to make excuses HAHAHA when bloggers have reading slumps it actually means three things it’s either we feel sloppy, uninspired or we’ve been reading horrible books in a row which leads us to slumping and neglecting our blogs and I hope you forgive us for that. We’re very busy and it’s pretty difficult to balance our personal lives along with our school life.

How to get rid of reading/blogging slumps:

  • Reread a super awesome book preferably one of your favourites from 2014 and back.
  • Grab a cup of tea/hot chocolate/coffee and just stare blankly at your blank blog post. You’ll get inspired!
  • Go blog hopping and leave a lovely comment if necessary, it’ll get you to smile when you get a reply.
  • Check out some bookish instagram accounts that are super popular. They take the lovelies photos and they’ll also get you inspired.
  • Stare at your blog and look at your accomplishments. (Must get 1k followers or must reach 1M page views)
  • Smell your books/bookshelves.
  • Gaze upon the beauty of your bookshelves, it’ll feel very pleasant.
  • Set up a reading challenge, it’ll get you to read more books. You’ll love the results.
  • Stalk your favorite blogger (Everyone must have one) if it’s yourself then you have a problem.
  • Chat with your blogger friends on twitter, it charges you up.
  • Check out some lovely/funny book teasers and quotes. I always do this hihi.
  • Count the number of books you’ve already read for the year and you should finally realize if the number is enough to satisfy you.
  • Listen to an audiobook.

How to avoid the so-called slump:

  • Read different genres, do not focus on one type of genre.
  • Once you’ve read a horrible book, talk to someone. It relieves the fury within us. LOL
  • If you’re not doing anything, write a blog post immediately.
  • Once you’ve finished reading a book, draft a review ASAP.
  • Never read 5 books and then write a review for all of them within a day. (I always do this and it’s a bad habit)
  • Watch a TV series to speed up the day. Recommendations: The 100, Reign, Arrow, Flash etc

Movie Review: Insurgent

This review will only be based on the movie because I totally forgot what happened in the book and let us not forget that the book totally sucked eggs. When Insurgent was finally showing in my local theatres, I jumped right in and asked my parents that we should watch Insurgent together. My dad, of course blamed me again for choosing such a horrid movie once again. (We recently watched Cinderella) I couldn’t blame my dad cause even I could see the cheesiness of the plot. I would have appreciated a little more action than some selfless shit going on because the directions/writers tried to enhance the persona of Tris (S. Woodley), she suddenly became a great fighter in martial arts and could beat the ass of Peter. (Recall: Tris was one of the worsts in Divergent) That was totally out of the blue and super abnormal…I couldn’t quite connect with our actress because I really don’t see her as Tris because she doesn’t omit that badassness and or coolness that the book character had. She kinda ruined it because of her emotional strain with her past as well.

The directors changed a lot in the movie, it was mostly focused on the reality of being selfless and how divergents are dangerous…Erudite took great measures to getting where they are, but for a faction based on intelligence they are the stupidest in the movie. Gosh! I can’t count the multiple errors in their choices. They are practically begging for war against the other factions. Caleb is one of those errors…the idiocy in that boy is out of my league. I don’t think it’s a surprise anymore that Caleb would eventually betray his sister (At least they took something original from the book). He got really annoying in the movie because his only strength is his intelligence and I mean his intelligence ONLY. When Tris was getting her ass kicked by some factionless, he just stood there and watched them beat her up. If not for Four, Tris would have died before Allegiant comes out. (Talking about Allegiant Scandal)

And now that I brought that up, that scene where they were fighting some factionless group was out of place because the blood in that scene was unnecessary, the directors just wanted to have more action because it’s one of the main genres in the story. But sorry, I totally noticed the anomaly there. Psch! Finally we get the supposed twist in the novel movie where Four’s mother is actually alive. But that’s not the disappointing part, she is extremely young! She looks about Tris’ age…and she also doesn’t have that golden motherly persona nor does she show leader material. It didn’t surprise anyone that Four’s mother came out because it revealed itself flatly.

Even with this negative review I found myself enjoying the Insurgent movie because I prefer colour than the book itself, I really hated the novel version. Hehe I also love the effects in the movie, the lighting was also great! But it’s nothing to be excited about, really.

Useless scenes:

  • Factionless group fight
  • Supposed twist about Four’s mother
  • Tris being the one and only 100% Divergent
  • The truth serum
  • Many more

Um…is this a love story or an action movie? Can something please explain to me the error in this movie poster. Ugh!

Tris looks abnormal here…

Facts about New Adult & Young Adult


Young Adult-Some dwell what exactly is a YA novel. Some call this category for teens but nonetheless they are somehow both correct. YA is for 14+ if you base it on facts, while Teens is for 12-14, but those are pre-teens. YA doesn’t exactly have a border line to what age you have to read a  YA novel because 55% of YA titles are bought by adults and that includes gifts. Some Young Adult books also have a bit of sex for example Crown of Midnight by Sarah Mass or the Dust Land Trilogy, they call those sexytimes but are still categorised as YA. Most publishers are very miserly when it comes to sex and the F-word. Schools (Catholic Schools) do not want to purposely include books that feature foul words and sex in their libraries or else the incoming generation would find it normal to use such words. This can be frustrating to authors because this is the reality and the world isn’t so immaculate.

New Adult- it focuses on college kids, the protagonist is around 18-25 , you can call this an older version of YA (Sometimes it stretches to 30) and has some explicit scenes. It crosses the boundary between erotica and romance, but it is never erotica. New Adult only has a sidelines of sex and sex is not part of the storyline. The term, NA originated with a writing contest hosted by St. Martin’s Press in 2009, but really began to gain credence in 2012 when many independently published New Adult novels began to appear on bestseller lists before being picked up by traditional publishing houses. Some say that this category only draws readers because of the explicit sex in their stories that is not a fact but only an opinion. A lot of YA readers actually prefer to read NA, it might be because of the age gap or the fact that they want to divulge in a more mature content.

EBSCO | Writer’s Digest | The Guardian

Was this helpful? What book category do you mostly read?

Recommendations: Fall for these teasers and covers!

“I loved you from the first moment I saw you … I love you through all the years of you being made at me when all I tried to do was show you that I loved you. I love you through every girl I’ve ever dated. And I loved you more than any asshole you’ve ever dated. I love you now. Not just because you’re my everything at the moment. But because you’ll always be my everything.”

What is the secret book?

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?” “Two,” I reply cheerfully. “Do you high five yourself?” “Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

What is the secret book?

“You. Are. Mine … I don’t care how wrong we are for each other. I don’t care that I’ll never be good enough for you or that we’re risking everything to be together. Your mother would never approve. Whatever. Fuck it all. You are fucking mine. And I’m yours. And we belong together.”

What is the secret book?

“I didn’t have feelings for Carson—I was in love with him. And what’s worse than falling in love when you don’t want to? Falling in love with someone who can’t love you back.”

What is the secret book?

“Someone told me once that to create true art you must be willing to bleed and let others watch.”

What is the secret book?

“Love is infinite. There is no beginning and no end. There’s no starting point and no finishing line. Love just is. Love is born, grows, matures, and sometimes it dies. But the memory will remain with you for the rest of your breathing hours. You will fall in love, you will fall out of love. But you will love again. You always do.”

What is the secret book?

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