Monday, January 25, 2016

{Blog Tour} Blasts from Two Pasts by Kristel S. Villar - Review & Giveaway

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Blasts from Two Pasts
By Kristel S. Villar  

Fate's been playing tricks on Cara Nicolas lately. She agrees to go on a blind date with her best friend’s fiancĂ©’s cousin, only to discover that the guy is her first love from high school, Lucas Lobregat. Now that would have been a charming story, except that the date turns out to be one of the worst ever. And they can’t even pretend it never happened, because they’re both suddenly part of the wedding preparations.

Just as she is starting to get to know more about the boy she used to love, Oliver Sta. Maria, an old flame who owes her some closure, surprisingly shows up. With two pasts resurfacing, which will Cara choose to rekindle? Or can she have the chance to choose at all?
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Review

The story follows Cara who had a traumatic break-up with her boyfriend Oliver.  Cara is also helping out her best friend Ayen plan her wedding while trying to mend her broken heart.  Ayen sets her up with Lucas a cousin of the groom, who happens to be Cara’s first love.   Cara doesn’t believe that Lucas remembers her from high school, but their first date is a disaster anyway.  Lucas doesn’t seem to be interested and Cara leaves confused and upset.

The story really takes off after their first disaster date you get to see how upset that Cara is from her breakup with Oliver and that she is leaning on her friends and workouts for support.  I think in a breakup situation it is important to have strong friends to keep you positive.  Also, it is important to try and get yourself back out there because you never know what is lurking around the corner.  I love that Ayen keeps setting her up to get her back out in the dating world! 

I love the idea of rekindling with your first love, even if you think that is might have been unrequited love.  Sometimes second chances happen in life and you need to grab them by the horns since you never know if they will happen a third time.  I love that the book flashes back into the past so we can see what Cara thought about Lucas and their previous interactions.  Also, if you never speak up about your love you will never know if the other person feels the same way.  Sometimes the feelings are mutual and a love story develops!  

I also like that the book touches on the topic of closure from a previous relationship.  Do you actually need closure? Can the closure affect your current/future relationships? I think this is an interesting topic the author brings up because sometimes you just need to know what happens, but in the end maybe that closure doesn’t help your future.  I think sometimes not knowing what happens sticks with you, but if you find that right person to be with you don’t actually need to know why your past relationship didn’t work out since you are with the right person now. 

I would suggest reading this book anytime that you need a very positive love story.  It is a super quick read, but makes you remember what first love is like.   I read this at night before bed and it was a perfect ending to the night!
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About the Author

KRISTEL S. VILLAR covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. She has also penned "The Rumor About Me", a short story for the young adult book anthology, Kids These Days: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1 published by Anvil. Her second short story for Luna East Arts Academy, "One on One", is currently featured in Clara, a romance online journal (www.clararomance.com). She graduated Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas.  


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Giveaway
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My Rating 4/5
Length 114
Format Ebook

Buy Links:
paperback -- (through the author) bit.ly/blastform, or at the Uniqube (3/F, University Mall, Vito Cruz, Manila)
ebook - bit.ly/blastamazon (Amazon)  
ebook - bit.ly/blastsmash (Smashwords)

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