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The feels come in all shapes and sizes, with a million different unique stories for every kind. Experience bitter feels, forbidden feels, pretend feels and young feels in this four-story bundle that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings. Features “13th Prayer” by Lee Miyaki, “Never the Princess” by Maria Criselda Santos, “My Ampalaya Story” by iamloid, and “A Bump in Athena’s Life” by Kristine Cuevas.
Since I couldn’t launch into a full-on review for each story in this bundle as of the moment, for now, I will just summarize all the “feels” I acquired from this wonderful set of stories and put them into this. (Maybe I will re-edit this and put full and detailed reviews when I finish my articles for work.)
Before I continue spreading the feelings, I would like to share how these stories came about, because this might just strike up your interest.
“The #JustWritePH workshop, which ran from July 1 to August 8, 2015, challenged participants to write a story and prepare it for publication in a little under 6 weeks. Tips and lessons were delivered online & in person. The reward? Guaranteed distribution on Buqo, plus marketing opportunities like a bundle launch (held at Bo’s Coffee Megamall on August 22), a Facebook party, and a blog tour.”
I signed up for this blog tour, initially because I was interested in local aspiring authors and the works they could come up with. But I didn’t expect this.
I am easily pleased by stories about love just because of the feelings they invoke in me. And this bundle was such a delight to read.
13th Prayer by Lee Miyake tells the story of Eiffel, described as a skeptic young woman, who meets Jem, a seminarian at the church Eiffel’s parents were actively participating in. By her thirteenth prayer, she begins to realize she’s falling in love too recklessly.
For the first ever story, I think it has done its job in inciting unwanted feels in me. I think it’s wittily funny and strangely relatable. The fact that the writer even used Filipino as a medium to tell this story was just admirable since well-written Filipino stories are very rare nowadays.
The flow of the story was fast with the writing constraint but it worked perfectly for the plot. I wished it went on for much longer, though.
Never the Princess by Maria Criselda Santos is an equally enjoying piece and I must say that it exceeded my expectations. It is the story of Meryll Yuson, a 16-year-old bespectacled bookworm, who wishes to dance with the school’s badminton star at the prom. Although this sounded a bit of a cliché, the feels that come with this fiction plummet. I genuinely think the story’s quite entertaining, too.
I like this one very much and I’m sure any hopeless romantic who confesses to be a sucker for cliché but still interesting plots will surely love this one as much as I did (but I will elaborate on this further as soon as I finish my work, I promise).
My Ampalaya Story by iamloid is funny, as I expected it to be, but I share the same sentiments. This is not a story for people who crave for happy endings, the author writes. The character’s bitter thought about love is a major thing in the whole story. If you believe in forever and living happily ever after, then this one may not be for you. (Again, I promise to elaborate on this soon enough)
A Bump in Athena’s Life by Kristine Cuevas is the last story in the bundle. A rejection leads Athena to become Callum Young’s assistant which will eventually direct her into an offer to pretend to be Callum’s girlfriend. But how can an assisting job turned pretend girlfriend role be of help in getting to Juilliard? (Real and more detailed review to follow soon enough)
All in all, the stories in the For the Feels bundle lived up to the bundle title. The feelings were properly conveyed, every single one of them. I think every author somehow had their share of feels, and the abundance of feels in their lives must have been the trigger to write these stories. It’s just a hunch but the pull of their stories are unmistakable.
PIXEL HEART RATING!
3.5 out of 5 pixel hearts. The hearts are in their right place.
Some helpful links are below so you can get to know these authors plus a giveaway link for you to receive this bundle! You’re welcome, in advance! *winky face*