10/05/2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Scandalized by Tara Frejas

Scandalized
by TARA FREJAS
Published on May 5, 2016
Genre: NA/Contemporary/Romance
Purchase: Amazon
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Fi Legaspi is living the dream working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea's hottest bands, East Genesis Project. Until she isn't. 
When she finds herself in the middle of a scandal and a hostile fangirl witch hunt, Fi seeks the comfort of home, and to her surprise, not the person she had been pining for for years. All too suddenly it's no longer her career on the line, but also her heart. Will she walk away from everything that matters to her or fight to keep her dream alive?
REVIEW

I wasn't really expecting to like it as much as I did to be completely honest. I'm not much of a KPop fan so I was thinking I wouldn't be able to relate and I'd get lost in all the jargon. I tried getting into KPop years ago but it just wasn't my thing. However, despite all that, I was still able to enjoy Scandalized immensely. You don't need to be a fan girl to appreciate the entirety of the story.

The thing about me is... I love the celebrity trope or whatever you call it. I like books that give you a glimpse of how celebrities/personalities live. They might not be as accurate as possible, but it's simply one of those tropes that excites me. (Hey, we all need to get away every now and then, amirite?) Scandalized was no exception. 

The story starts off rather slow with character introductions and plot setting. I only got into it about 4 or 5 chapters in and by then I was already fully immersed in the world that Tara Frejas created. The characters just seemed crawl into my heart ever so subtly that I didn't even notice when I started caring about what happens to them and how they handle the shit storm of drama. Perhaps it was the way the characters were written — they all felt relatable. The minor characters, the love interest, even the band members with their antics all throughout the book. What I liked most though was the way the protagonist was written. Fi is strong and independent but she also had moments of genuine vulnerability. Really, it wasn't that hard to like her because she felt real. Heck, all of them did! I think having that good mix of characters helped bring that realism to the story full of fantasy. 

This is why at the end of the book, I felt like I was leaving people I actually knew. Have you ever encountered that? Like, upon closing the book, you start wondering what happens to them after? Whenever I feel like this, I just know that it's a book that I need to share to other people. It's a book that I enjoyed as a whole and not just because of the feels — which by the way is completely lacking! That may be my only complaint. I got a glimpse of romance between Fi and Gabriel but it didn't go beyond that cutesy phase. But I guess I can let it slide. After all the story is so much more than love, at least the romantic kind.

Other than that, I say, GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY. Let the characters woo you and take you on for quite a ride ;-)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she's not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.
Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes. Scandalized is her second novel after Paper Planes Back Home.
Fun fact: She's a Piscean. Go figure.
Facebook: facebook.com/taratriestowrite
Twitter: @tarafrejas
Blog: taratriestowrite.wordpress.com
East Genesis Project’s website: eastgenesisproject.rocks
Twitter: @eastgenproject

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