We're doing this thing now where we do a little revival tour for books we previously released, just to bring the books back to life. Like zombies. I kid, of course. We are always trying to find new ways to generate interest in the books we write. It's funny to think that this book is already 'old enough' to qualify. Cities was my first attempt ever to write an original, full novella. My writing style has changed a bit, and I've released other books too. But Cities has a very special place in my heart.
Cities was featured for March! I thought it would be nice to compile everything here, just so we have a record. Haha. Reviews and links after the jump.
"The main appeal of Cities to me is that it unravels the crucial parts perfectly [...] Loss and love are fleshed out as in interplay between people and circumstance – here, emotion is not just a pithy declaration and a few adjectives mashed together. The treatment of romance in Cities is never callous. And I appreciate that tenderness."
"They had to accept that things were not really meant for them to have. Whether there was a particular ending that they want in one of the parallel universe laid out to them, they never wanted it to affect the universe that they considered real and one that could still do something about in order for them to change it."
"Seoul is fun, flirty and swift, propelled by the urgency of young love and the classic obstacle of rich-man-loves-common-spunky-woman. London is a slower, more potent brew of friends and flings. New York is brisk too, but there is a level of comfort there, a warmth against the big city’s inherent zing; even the lines of conflict felt familiar. But Manila is where it all begins and ends, on a wedding day that defied a storm."
"No spoilers, but it is right to say that the ending was extremely well thought out for me. Any person with a clear and rational mind will always end up with that ending. [...] Sometimes, when we incorporate real life scenarios into books, it is usually disastrous. It leaves barely little room to the imagination. But this one made the best choice.It could have gone one way, but it went for the best way. I may be redundant here, but I swear it was satisfying."
Bianca The Ultimate Fangirl (who used Chandler GIFs and just won my day!)
"It’s quite seldom that I get this excited to discuss a contemporary though so please, please, if you haven’t read this yet, go get a copy so we could discuss its wonder together. Okay? Okay."
- A public service announcement from PigeonReads
And finally, Alice Kamatis made a quick but very succinct summary of all the four timelines without spoilers! Yay. Then there's Tine's Reviews, who posted a quick little interview I did for her. She asked me if I traveled a lot, and all I could respond with was 'what is a lot?' Haha!
As a way of giving a little love and saying thank you to these lovely readers for sharing, I raffled off a small collection of goodies for the authors.
Congrats, Jay! These goodies will be coming your way soon! Haha. Thank you everyone for joining the tour, and for bringing Cities back to life!