Book Review: Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra

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Title: Fairy Tale Fail

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Release Date: April 17, 2010


Of all the twenty-something women who are hopeless romantics, Ellie Manuel is more “hopeless” than “romantic.”

Even after her Prince Charming broke up with her, she just won’t give up … because fairy tale heroines don’t live “happily ever after” right away, silly, they’re tested first!

Determined to pass the test, she spends the next year restoring herself to the girl Prince Charming had fallen in love with in the first place.

Until she discovers that life without him might not be so bad after all: her career is taking off, her confidence is back, and the cute guy at work is no longer a stranger.

So when is it okay to quit on a fairy tale?


This is my first Mina V. Esguerra book and I’m so happy that I started with this one!

I had so much fun reading this. I can totally see myself in the MC which is Ellie (an overthinker and a hopeless romantic). The struggles that she had in finding the “perfect guy” / “Mr. Right” were very relatable. Especially the certain qualities that should be met by the person she dates (religion, same values, mom’s seal of approval).

Aside from the romance aspect, I also loved how the dynamics of her job was discussed. I can totally relate to the certain comments about Ellie’s attitude about her job/career and I was inspired by her journey to self-improvement; that includes being passionate about her job!

Now let’s talk about the guys! Don is perceived as the nice guy but in reality he’s not. He is a total jerk. I’ve met quite a few Dons so be careful with the nice guy act! Ha! Then there’s Lucas, the mysterious, seemingly bad boy but is actually a cinnamon roll!

This is a short but sweet read and I highly recommend this! Looking forward to read Mina V. Esguerra’s other books!

Favorite Quotes:

That point in a relationship when you realize that instead of “happily ever after,” you’re apparently just a few paragraphs below “once upon a time”? It sucks.

“Yeah, well, if people want to give their heart and soul to their job, then good for them. My work doesn’t define me.”

“It was like I could, for once, let my life actually happen and not obsess over every detail.”

“Because he made me feel like it was always the right time. Never too soon or too late. Regrets had their place in the past, those things that made us interesting and hopefully smarter, that helped explain why we moved with caution about everything else.”

Soundtrack: Terrified by Katharine McPhee

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mina-photo-7-223x300About the Author:

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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance novels. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, publisher, and publishing mentor. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).


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