Review + Giveaway: Cities by Carla De Guzman

Cities.tour.banner.2Cities.coverTitle: Cities
Author: Carla de Guzman
Publication Date: November 30th 2014
Rating: ★★★
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Celia has dreams.
She dreams of going to Seoul for that scholarship she never took, of leaving everything behind and moving to New York.
In all those dreams, she finds herself attached to Benedict, the boy she has always loved, who didn’t love her back.

Ben believes in parallel worlds.
Worlds where the things you didn’t do come true—worlds where he went to London and fell in love with Celia, where he shows up on the day she needed him most. He believes that dreams are glimpses into that parallel world, and it’s not a coincidence that Celia’s been having them too.

It’s the day of Ben’s wedding, in the middle of a typhoon in Manila. How will these dreams and unmade decisions change their lives? Will they bring them closer together, or just drive them further apart?


I actually had a hard time reading this book because of the multiverses it offered but it was pretty much enjoyable. I think, I might have just been a bit overwhelmed by the idea of parallel universes. Still, I did enjoy reading this book. It was really a fast read. I devoured this book in four hours or less.

The thing about this book that kept me going was the experience I got from the characters’ perspective of being in Seoul, London and New York. In a span of 119 pages, I got to experience the three places (four if you include Manila).

The characters were interesting, yet a bit unappealing for me. I certainly couldn’t relate to them but they were pretty well-written. I also couldn’t feel the chemistry of Ben and Celia, although I adored their geekyness for things I also like such as TV series. I liked the pop culture references throughout the book such as Doctor Who, TeenWolf, Star Wars, Sherlock and Vampire Weekend (I like this band :D). I really couldn’t describe the characters because they seem different for every chapter except for some, which I assume, is the real universe in which they exist. Well, for starters, they’re definitely Filipino and that’s the only thing I’m familiar to with the characters. I loved Henry though. I shipped him and Celia since the start. Haha

“I wish I was someone else, somewhere or some-when else,” he said, finishing off the last of the churro. Celia felt something pull at her for a second, but ignored it as she tossed their ice cream into the trash. “Maybe you and I could have had a better first meeting. Maybe you would never hate me.

I certainly enjoyed the London chapter of this book. From the way the story was told and the setting to the situation of the characters, I really loved it! It being bands and music fests/gigs to places in the UK that I want to visit sometime.

I certainly enjoyed the ending! That’s for sure. Despite some issues I had with the book, I’d still recommend this especially to fellow Filipinos craving for a contemporary read that’s close to the heart.



Carla-de-GuzmanCarla de Guzman had horrible handwriting as a kid. That didn’t stop her from writing, though. Riddled with too much energy and a vivid imagination, she started writing every midnight. She grew up with her toes in the sand and her bags packed and ready to go on adventures. Her books are chronicles of her journeys, with a little romance mixed it.

When she’s not sitting in a plane or working, Carla writes for her blog, Some Midnights and for When In Manila.

Author Links: Blog // Tumblr // AO3 // Instagram

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