Plain Vanilla by Ines Bautista – Yao

plain vanillaTitle: Plain Vanilla
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publication Date: February 12th 2016
Source: ARC from the Author
Rating: ★★★
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Despite her quirky name and equally quirky family, 16-year-old Tempest Juan knows she’s ordinary. After reading a comment on Facebook which likened her to vanilla ice cream, Tempest decides she has to do something about it or be forever branded as plain, lukewarm, and well, vanilla. It doesn’t help that the comment was made by Paco Lorenzo, her cousin’s cute friend (no longer cute in her book!). When she happens upon a book of dares, she decides to attempt each one, no matter how hard. This is her personality at stake, after all. But somehow, Paco, the cause of all this, finds a way to be at every dare Tempest attempts, confusing her and forcing her to question what’s really going on inside her heart.

I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I have previously read Only A Kiss by the same author and I really liked it. So consider me excited when I heard about this book. The thing about Ines’ way of writing is that it’s very Filipino so it’s close to the heart.

The story was about Tempest, a quirky and adorable young lady who was called “vanilla” by her crush, Paco, so she put it upon herself to try to change it by attempting to do everything in a certain book of dares that she came across. Only to be more confused and distracted by Paco.

Tempest was one of the freshest characters I have ever read. It was so easy to get into her character. She’s close to her family and friends. Paco’s almost the same too! And he’s really sweet so it wasn’t hard to like him.

I adored the writing style, though it may seem simple, but it was really enjoyable! It didn’t make me swoon that hard but I do commend the effort that was put into writing it! Overall, the book was a fun experience and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.



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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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    1. I’m not sure but I have read 2 books from her so far! Thanks for the nomination!

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