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Monday, 9 June 2014

May Book Haul

Monday, 9 June 2014
I know it's June already, but welcome to May Book Haul! I've been wanting to post this exactly on May, before June approaches, but I procrastinate, again. Plus I have something that keeps me occupied last month. So, without further ado, here it is!

YAY. Finally, after looking forward to buy this since last year or so. Bought this in Gramedia Tangcity for only IDR20.000, such a great price, isn't it? 4/5— 1 book to go!

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I was visiting my sister at Siloam Hospitals Lippo Village when I bought this in it's Books&Beyond for IDR125.000. Can't wait to read this!

On May 29th, I went to Jakarta Book Fair 2014 and got these books from Periplus' stand;


Okay.. I just knew that this book is the third installment of the Kathryn Dance series, but guess I can read it without reading the previous books first? I don't know. I actually still in doubt whether I should read this or not since it's a mystery-thriller book and I can get paranoid by myself.



 I honestly don't know what's the book about but since I wanted to read George R.R. Martin's, I decided to buy this. Anyone knows about this? I mean like what kind of book is this? Guess it's not the Game of Thrones series, right?


I actually got this book on June, but since I don't think I'll buy any books again this month (or perhaps till July), I decided to add it here anyway;


You may wonder, why May Book Haul, not like the usual combining haul? Well, as you can see, I bought more books rather than usual, and as stated above, I don't think I'll buy any books on June/July. I have less urge to buy books after I went to Jakarta Book Fair (is it a bad or a good thing? I don't know) and my real summer break is approaching (soooo?). Oh, I haven't read any of the books above.

That's all for last month's book haul. See you soon!

Friday, 6 June 2014

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan

Friday, 6 June 2014
 

"Ever since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them — Set — has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs...."

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After their mom's death, Carter and Sadie Kane lived separately; Carter, 14, with their dad an Egyptologist travelling the world, while Sadie, 12, lived as a normal school girl in a flat in London with their grandparents. Carter and Sadie barely knew each other. Sadie only allowed to meet her father (and Carter, of course) twice a year.

One night, their dad Julius Kane brought them to the British Museum. They thought it was a normal visit to the museum, but their father has another plan. He said he will make things "right" again. Instead of making things "right" again, he accidentally blew up the Rosetta Stone and release 5 Egyptian gods& goddesses, including Set, whom plans on creating destruction. Their father was trapped in a golden coffin by Set. Later they found out they were magicians and were the most powerful descendants of the pharaohs since thousand of years ago.

Their lives changed ever since. They must rescue their dad and save the world.

I've read this book before in Indonesian and really liked it. My second time reading this book (in English), and I still really liked it.

As always, Riordan made his heroes very human, with self-doubts and et cetera. Plus Carter and Sadie were siblings where sometimes they have different opinions, where sometimes jealousy sparked between them. No perfect siblings, right? There's also a bit romance in this book and plot twists, plot twists.

I'm a bit mad at Uncle Rick (well, not really a bit) because Sadie here seems more stand out rather than Carter. Yes, Sadie's characters were more eccentric than Carter but I thought he supposed to have more role than Sadie. Maybe that was my imagination, Sadie having more role than Carter, or Carter did have more role than Sadie but I didn't noticed? I don't know. The thing is, I just hope there would be Carter's character development in the next book (which I'm currently reading). Oh, and Sadie didn't seem like a 12 years old girl.

Told by both Carter and Sadie in their own Point of Views, I thought the English was more simpler than the Heroes of Olympus series.

I really like it, so 4/5 stars. Very recommended.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Book Blogger Test

Saturday, 31 May 2014
Hello, and welcome to Book Blogger Test! This is a book tag and I'd like to thank Winnie at Lemonade Reads for tagging me. I'm about to finish my current reads and while waiting for the review, why not doing this? I have some trouble answering some questions below but finally I can make it.

What are your top three book pet hates?
-Book cover with a close-up face of someone. Don't judge me.
-Moody protagonists. Writing this makes me want to slap "her" even more.
-I-want-him-and-I-also-want-him-I-dont-want-to-lose-one-of-them kind of female protagonists. Seriously.

Describe your perfect reading spot.
Curled up on my sofa.

Tell us three book confessions.
- I rarely use bookmarks when I'm reading unless I got it from the book (which is rare for English books). I have bookmarks but I'm too lazy to pick it up and I'm not comfortable using it anyway. I memorise the page instead.
-I haven't read the whole THG series. Stopped by book 2 because Katniss is such a..
-Lately I've been covering my books. (Well, my sister did, I'm just helping)

When was the last time you cried during a book?
I really hate to admit this but I cried when I was reading 3600 Detik.

How many books are on your bedside table?
One. The one I'm currently reading at the moment.

What is your favorite snack whilst your reading?
I don't think I eat when I'm reading.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.


Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase.
Right now in my house, I only keep my TBR pile of books on my bookshelf, so..

Write how much books mean to you in just three word.
More than words.

What is your biggest reading secret?
I don't like books with quotes/songs lyrics quoted in the opening of each chapter. (You get it)

TAG - You're it!
I tag Stefanie at The Bookie Looker, Meg at Books and Highlighters, and Nur Aulia Afina at The Black In The Book.

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By the way, yes, I redecorated my blog and 1) I can reply to comments; 2) The share buttons on each post is back; 3) Yes it's here, the GFC button. YAY.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

3600 Detik by Charon

Sunday, 18 May 2014

"Sandra sangat terpukul ketika orangtuanya bercerai. Dan hatinya semakin sakit ketika ayahnya memutuskan ia harus tinggal bersama ibunya, yang selama ini tak pernah dekat dengannya. Kemarahan yang dipendam membuat Sandra menjadi remaja yang bandel. Berulang kali ia dikeluarkan dari sekolah karena kenakalannya di luar batas.

Akhirnya ibunya memutuskan untuk pindah kota. Menurut pendapatnya, suasana dan lingkungan baru akan mengubah perilaku Sandra. Tetapi, Sandra sengaja berulah lagi supaya dikeluarkan dari sekolah. Namun ia salah perkiraan. Pak Donny, wali kelasnya, dengan sabar berhasil menghadapi Sandra.

Lambat laun Sandra berubah. Orangtua maupun gurunya heran. Mereka yakin, Leon-lah yang membuat gadis itu berubah. Mereka juga bertanya-tanya kenapa Leon bisa bersahabat dengan Sandra, sementara murid-murid yang lain justru menjauhi gadis urakan itu.

Apa yang membuat Leon tertarik pada Sandra, padahal keduanya bagaikan langit dan bumi?

Selain 3600 DETIK yang sudah dicetak ulang puluhan kali, Charon juga menulis novel laris 7 Hari Menembus Waktu, 1000 Musim Mengejar Bintang, dan Trio Weirdo."

(Rasanya telat banget ya, film udah keluar baru bikin review bukunya...)
Sandra adalah seorang gadis berandalan. Membolos, merokok- sebutkanlah, hampir semua pelanggaran pernah dilakukannya. Tidak ada sekolah yang mampu menampungnya lebih dari dua minggu. Dulunya Sandra adalah siswa berpestasi; dulu, sebelum kedua orangtuanya bercerai dan ia harus tinggal bersama mamanya yang tidak dekat dengannya. Mama Sandra sendiri berpendapat bahwa suasana dan lingkungan baru dapat merubah kelakuan Sandra, dan jadilah mereka berpindah kota.

Di sekolah barunya di kota tersebut, Sandra tetap berusaha mencari akal agar ia dikeluarkan dan membuat mamanya marah. Tapi wali kelasnya, Pak Donny, menghadapinya dengan sabar. Disitu juga Sandra bertemu dengan Leon, yang kepribadiannya sangat bertolak belakang dengan Sandra. Tetapi, secara tidak sadar, mereka berdua malah merubah hidup masing-masing.

Buku ini punya cerita yang ringan dan "remaja banget". Alurnya cepat dan penuturannya sederhana. Sama sekali ga ngebosenin. Sandra yang moody mungkin bisa bikin beberapa orang kesal, tetapi rasanya aku bisa mengerti kenapa dia bisa moody seperti itu, jadi aku fine-fine saja. (Walau sempat terlintas di benakku: "Kenapa labil gini pertama-tama baik tiba-tiba marah-marah..")

Leon.. how I wish you would never... ah. Leon benar-benar tahu bagaimana memperlakukan cewek. He is just so sweet. Cara Leon memanggil Sandra dengan "Non" >>>>>>>
Beberapa hari yang lalu, salah satu temanku membawa novel ini ke kelas, menghabiskannya dalam satu dudukan, dan menangis. 2 temanku yang lain mencoba membacannya dan bam, mereka juga menangis. Di kelas. Aku bertanya-tanya, sesedih itu kah novel ini. Dan aku mencoba membacanya. Pertama-tama, saat aku membacanya di kelas, aku membacanya dengan pace yang lambat karena aku ga terlalu bisa fokus membaca saat keadaan disekitarku berisik dan kebiasaanku mengulang-ulang kalimat yang sama (ini masalah utamanya), tetapi saat membaca di rumah, aku meyakinkan diriku untuk tidak terlalu memikirkan dua hal diatas. Dan jadilah aku membaca novel ini dalam 2 hari, 16-17 Mei. Untaian kata-kata Charon sederhana, tetapi "ngena" (mungkin karena itu juga aku nge-squeal terhadap Leon).

5/5. I love you, Leon.
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This is my first read book after UN was over. Cheers to the great freedom ahead! Now all I need to do is wait for my score. I also have 2 weeks of holiday because my juniors and seniors are having their finals. After UN was over, I actually continue my current reads, This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, but I get tired reading it on e-book and I can't find it anywhere at my nearest bookstores& usually used online bookstore, so I didn't continue it. I picked up Last Minute in Manhattan by Yoana Dianika and got bored with the story, so yeah. Anyway, I'm sorry for anyone who commented on this blog, I cannot reply to your comment! I'm gonna fix this up soon but once again, I'm sorry!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

March Book Haul x April Wrap Up

Sunday, 27 April 2014
I just come to the conclusion to make a wrap up post for April today and I won't let myself procrastinate again. The urge to update this blog regularly is very big but unfortunately, no reviews/ book talks this April. I have some idea in my mind about what post to write and etc, but when I'm about to write it, I'm stuck. It felt like the words can't came out from my mind, even from my favourite place to write (My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations). I'm not finished with my current reads (will talk about this a little below) so no review to post. I actually thought about reviewing books I've read before I started this blog but I never really do it. I challenged myself to review every single book I've finished but I didn't write a review for Monument 14, my last finished book.

Ujian Sekolah for Junior High was held in April for more than a week. I'm kinda glad that when US was held, we went home way more early than usual. But when US was over, we're gonna have a math review on Monday. It's just, we're just having US man. I need to rest my brain for a while. And come along other reviews, tests, and assignments. Sigh. (Though we had pretty many free periods)

Enough for the rant. Why March Book Haul, not March-April Book Haul, as usual? well, I didn't buy any books on April while I decided to haul my March and April books one at a time, so yeah. It's pretty late but I'm gonna post it anyway;

This is my first ever Setiap Tempat Punya Cerita (STPC) series from Bukune and I'm looking forward to read this book, since I've heard good reviews about this. Bought this in Gramedia for IDR.50.000.

Bought this in Books & Beyond for IDR125.000. Pretty cover yo, and the surface of the book is just >>. Can't wait to read it!

 Received this book as a (late) birthday present from my aunt. She bought it for me (I chose the book) on Periplus.com for IDR112.000, including the shipping fee.

I haven't read any books above since it's freaking D-8 till national exams and I don't want my reads messed up, GReads 2014 reading challenge and I owe you guys reviews.

I'm currently reading What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith on e-book and loving it so far!


I will not put my thoughts about this book so far here because I'm saving it for the !!review!! though I'm not even halfway. Since I read it on e-book and I'm not allowed to bring my phone to school, I cannot read it at school. And sometimes I'm too lazy to read it at home.

I guess this would be my last post since the big exams are approaching (May 5th till May 8th). Wish me luck for my National Exam and see you!

Friday, 28 March 2014

How I Read

Friday, 28 March 2014

I was scrolling through my blogger reads and I found this tag from Stefanie @ The Bookie Looker. I haven't post anything for awhile and when I saw this I was like: I wanna do this too. My reading pace slowed down (like, a LOT) due to school thingys (grade 9 problems) and I haven't finished my current reads so I don't have anything to review right now.

Since I'm having a four-days holiday right now, I decided to write something on my blog and here it is!

1. How do you find new book to read?
  • Goodreads is very helpful for me to find a new book, whether by seeing other people's reads or reviews. I can see how other people think toward a book and that really helps me to pick up a new reads.
  • Other people's recommendation and reads. Mostly? Book bloggers. Seeing their reviews and opinions about a book make me want to try and experience reading that book too. I follow some kind of a book photoblog on Tumblr and when I saw books that caught my attention, usually with their catchy titles and covers, I open up Goodreads and check about the book. Believe it or not, Tumblr photography and typography also influence me to pick up a new reads. I also have some friends with the same interest in books with me and they usually recommend me some good reads to buy or even rent me some.
  • Go straight to the bookstore and browse through the shelves. I'm with Stefanie; I will open up Goodreads and check about the book (again) to help me decide whether the book's good enough to buy or not.
2. How did you get into reading?

I believe I've loved to read since I was a kid. When I was a child, I subscribed a kids magazine, and mostly read storybooks and comic-like encyclopedias. I don't really know exactly when did I'm into novels but I'm really into novels since I'm about to enter Year 9. I remember once I thought novels were boring, unlike my storybooks and comic-like encyclopedias (you know, illustrations and all) but see me now? My father also loves to read and maybe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?

3. How has your taste in books changed since you've gotten older?

Do not really change, I think. I still love to read storybooks and comic-like encyclopedias. Maybe only that I'm not into romance these days, like I used to when I first introduced to novels (I can swoon all day after reading a romance novel and that's just make me embarrassed by how myself react.)

4. How often do you buy books?

The average, 2-3 books per month. Sometimes less, sometimes more.

5. How did you get into book-blogging?

By seeing one of my internet friend's book blog, a year ago or so. Since then, I've always wanted to make a book blog but I feel like something's itching in the back of my mind if I can keep my blog updated or I will make my blog a mess by not updating it. She also supported me to make a book blog and here I am!

6. How do you react when you don't like the end of a book?

Rant: "What kind of ending is this" inside of my head.

7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back of the page to see if it's a happy ending?

I've ever do that, sneaking to the last page of the book I'm reading but not to see if it's a happy ending or not, just curious. But I never do that again. Not ever.

8. How many people are you going to tag, and who are they?

Anyone who's interested to answer this.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Friday, 14 March 2014
1. Rainbow Rowell
I've heard people complementing her for making such a perfect book, especially Eleanor&Park, but I haven't read it, or any other Rainbow's works. I want to read Eleanor&Park, I wanna know how 'perfect' it is, but when I saw my friend's review about it having a 'rated x' scene, I don't think I'll read it anytime soon. I might change my mind but I don't like books like that. (No offense)

2. Lauren Oliver
I swear I almost bought Delirium from the bookstore and I ended up buying another books over and over again. This series seems to have mostly good reviews and an ex-senior of mine recommended it to me too, so I guess I should really read this series soon. And Panic.

3. James Dashner
The movie's coming out soon and I haven't read The Maze Runner. Some of my classmates have read it, and when I asked one of them "how was it?" she answered with: "the story's good, but I do not like the writing." Turns out I didn't read it till now. I'm interested with the plot (looking forward to watch the movie!) and The Eye of Minds caught my attention. I almost bought it, though.

4. Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me is out already and I have not read Shatter Me until this very moment. I almost bought Shatter Me from the bookstore and instead I bought a Korean chick-lit (I know, I know) and since then I haven't saw Shatter Me again.

5. Cassandra Clare
Basically The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices got my interest, but the thought that I have to read 6 books for TMI make me re-consider it. Twice, or thrice, I almost bought City of Bones. Almost.
6. J.R.R Tolkien
Didn't read (and watch) LOTR & The Hobbit, yet these series are so popular yo. I once read LOTR's back synopsis from my friend's book and I'm not interested to read it. (sorry not sorry)

7. Markus Zusak
The Book Thief's quotes all over tumblr. Yet I haven't read the book. I almost pick this book from the bookstore (...again), I have a thing for history and I might love historical fiction books, but yeah.

8. Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a hype! Yeah I know. But I haven't read the book and also haven't watched the movie (shame on me). I want to buy the book (preferably the one with the handwriting cover or whatever you call it) but till now..well.. I almost read it on e-book but, almost is never enough..

9. Stephanie Perkins
Perkins' books titles are so nice omg and the cover!! Recently read one of my friend's review of Anna and the French Kiss and it just make me want to read her works more and more. I saw a copy (or so, I forgot) of AATFK in the bookstore and I didn't bought it!! Ahhhhh. (no probs tho I didn't bring enough money to buy it at that time)

10. Kiera Cass
The One is to be released this May, am I right? I almost bought (I felt sorry for you guys hearing me saying this over and over again) The Selection and The Elite, oh I swear, and the cover's so nice I'm not lying.

(Crediting Nad for the pictures)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Athena: Eureka by Erlin Natawiria

Friday, 7 March 2014

"Pembaca tersayang,

Langkahkan kakimu ke kota sang dewi kebijaksanaan, Athena. Dari penulis debut Gagasmedia, Erlin Natawiria, kita akan mengikuti Widha mewujudkan impian masa kecilnya serta mendiang kakaknya yang kembar.

Satu insiden kecil di losmen mempertemukan Widha dengan Nathan. Mereka menjadi rekan seperjalanan; menyusuri Agora, Plaka, lalu ikut larut dalam keriaan sepasang pengantin baru di Rafina. Rasa bertumbuh seiring kaki-kaki mereka melangkah, dan binar tepercik setiap kali keduanya berserobok pandang.

Namun, di sebuah kios buku kuno di Monastiraki, Widha melihat hantu masa lalunya. Seseorang yang tidak seharusnya hadir di kota impiannya. Sosok yang gagal dia lupakan.

Setiap tempat punya cerita,

Di antara puing-puing kuil Parthenon, ada reruntuhan hati yang siap dibangun kembali.

Salam,

Editor"

Widha adalah seorang mahasiswa under-graduate di suatu universitas di Bandung yang sekaligus merupakan seorang jurnalis koran kampusnya. Ia bertemu dengan idolanya, yang secara tidak langsung memberi petunjuk tentang keberadaan seseorang di masa lalunya, dan mengantarkannya berpetualang sampai ke Athena, Yunani. Ia sangat menyukai segala hal tentang negara ini dan selain untuk menemukan hantu masa lalunya, Widha juga sekaligus mewujudkan impian mendiang kakaknya yang kembar.

Di Athena jugalah Widha bertemu dengan Nathan, seorang berkebangsaan Australia yang sedang berlibur di Athena, melarikan diri lebih tepatnya, dan menjadi partner wisata Widha di Athena.

Awal buku ini...ngebosenin. Terlalu banyak detail yang menurutku ga perlu. Sampai pertengahan malah. Di sinopsis ditulis: "Satu insiden kecil di losmen mempertemukan Widha dengan Nathan";
"Namun, di sebuah kios buku kuno di Monastiraki, Widha melihat hantu masa lalunya. Seseorang yang tidak seharusnya hadir di kota impiannya. Sosok yang gagal dia lupakan." 2 penggalan dari sinopsis buku ini, untukku, berkesan bahwa konflik tersebut bakalan bikin aku nge-feel, bikin aku lebih bisa kenal sama tokoh-tokoh di buku ini, tapi kenyataannya di dalam novel dua konflik ini ga bikin aku nge-feel. Di sinopsis belakang kesannya dua hal tersebut merupakan hal major, tetapi nyatanya menurutku tidak, semacam hanya kejadian lewat saja. Masalah antara Widha dan Nathan di bagian mau akhir cerita menurutku kurang jelas, mereka lagi mempersalahin apa.

Walaupun begitu, disini kita serasa benar-benar jalan di Athena. Aku suka melihat Widha dan Nathan berinteraksi, walaupun cuma hal kecil seperti kebiasaan Nathan menarik sebelah earphone Widha. Kadang percakapan beberapa tokoh agak memaksakan juga.

Ending buku ini: ga terduga. Ga terduga dalam arti event yang sedang berlangsung, ini tuh lagi event apa. Aku kira ini tuh lagi event ini, tapi ternyata event itu. Kalau endingnya sih sudah ketauan, siapa berakhir dengan siapa. Endingnya ga mengecewakan, sweet malah.

I've finished this book since March 1st and I just have the time to make the review now. First, try out kota. Second, my phone's keypad is a little bit error, so I can't comfortably write my review (and do other things like before) Bought this in Gramedia last December, and the cover's so nice.

2.5/5 stars.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

January-February Book Haul

Saturday, 1 March 2014
Hello, and welcome to my January and February Book Haul! I decided to haul these books together because I didn't buy much books on January. So, here are they:

 1. Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3 by Rick Riordan)
 My own copy of Mark of Athena, finally. I bought this book in Periplus.com where at that time they're having a 20% sale on Rick's books (well, some), and I thought, why not. I bought this for less than IDR100.000 I'm so happy.
  
2. The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan
I've read this book in Indonesian, it was my friend's, and I loved this book. I've been wanting to continue this series, read this in English, grab my own copy of this book, and voila!

3. The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan

4. The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riordan

In case you're wondering, yes, I bought the Kane Chronicles' boxset. And all of the books above, except number 1, I bought this in Books&Beyond. I've read MoA and I liked it better rather than my first read on May 2013. And it's probably one of my favorite in the series. As for the Kane Chronicles books, they're still laying on my to-read pile of books

I'm going to have Try Out Kota this Monday till Thursday (wish me luck!) and I guess Athena: Eureka (review to come!) is my last read book before it's held. So that's all for these past two months book haul, and see you soon!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

Friday, 28 February 2014

"Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare...."
 

The seven from the prophecy need to sail to Rome to fulfill their quest. War between Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter is about to ignite.

Narrated by four different demigods, this book is fast-paced and action-packed. This book is where the seven from the prophecy, four Greeks and three Romans, met and start their quest together. Unlike the two previous books which focused only at 1 quest, this book is where the seven will sail through Rome for the prophecy, and where Annabeth has to avenge his mother, the goddess of wisdom, by following the Mark of Athena, all by herself.

I love how the seven interact here. Their teamwork is just. Jason and Piper (ULTIMATE OTP). Jason and Percy (I love them omg I ship them both). Hazel, Leo, and Frank (they're just so cute). As for Percy and Annabeth...well, yes, I ship them, but they're not my ultimate otp like Jasper (guess 99% of the fandom's ultimate ship is percabeth ) and Annabeth made me pissed of because her hubris sometimes. When they're together Percy seems to lose his sassiness. They're just...okay. I just prefer Jasper rather than them. #sorrynotsorry

This is random but everytime Jason summoned lightning, I shivered.

I agreed to the saying that this book is better than HoH. Not that HoH is bad, of course, but everything here seems more real. HoH seems to be in order, not natural. I cannot describe this.

This is my first re-read of the year and, feels. First read it last May, and it was my friend's book. I decided to get my own copy of TLH, SoN, and MoA, but I just got the chance to buy MoA on January 26th while Periplus' having an author celebration online (it was Rick's turn at that day) and I only buy it for IDR92.000 (IDR99.000 plus the shipping fee) and it's very worth it. Will include it to my Jan-Feb Book Haul later!

5/5stars.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Wednesday, 12 February 2014
 "Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time."

Me Before You is my first Jojo Moyes' book and until now I kept wondering how on earth a person can write a novel like this. Beautiful and clever.

This book is fast-paced. I don't really mind since Moyes detailed everything without detailing too much unimportant things and that's very okay. Narrated mostly by Lou Clark, there are three chapters where you'll get to see three different people narrating the story from their perspective. I sometimes found it a bit (really, a bit) confusing because at that time I haven't found out it was narrated by a different person and I'm still oblivious whether that person's pov ends already or not. Those three different people's perspectives (despite Lou's) are not in a row.
The characters are so real; everyone here's perfectly flawed. I love watching them interact, Lou and Will. I agree to the saying: "Sometimes their conversations were mundane, sometimes meaningful, often to the point of bickering cutely." And do not forget that this book is also packed with humor ―I even laugh along this book (I rarely laugh when I'm reading a book) and witty things. I can relate to Lou, wanting to change Will's point of view of the world, although sometimes I couldn't get into her head at all. There are also side-stories, like Lou and her boyfriend, Lou and her family, and etc.

Read this for a week though I'm pretty sure I didn't read it seven days in a row.

Last year, I saw one of my classmates reading this book and ask him whether it's a good book or not, and he said yes. He said he could lend me this book anytime I want and so I ask him to brought this on late January. He brought it to school and we had a little chat about it. (and had given me spoilers, thank you very much.)

Glad I gave this book a chance and it's a very nice read to start February. Jojo even replied to my tweet yessh.

4/5 stars. All hail, Jojo Moyes.

P.S: The ending is very satisfying.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

Sunday, 2 February 2014
As a reader, I constantly found myself recommending books to my friends. I don't really expect them to like it too, but there's something satisfying after recommending something that we like to others.

1. Divergent series by Veronica Roth

This series is the most recommended books I have recommended to other, specifically my classmates. Biggest fandom in class, I guess.

2. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
  
Fav. Number 2 of my most recommended books ever

3. Theodore Boone series by John Grisham


4. Ring of Fire (Century Quartet #1) by P.D. Baccalario


5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

Even my classmates and my sister who don't like to read books love this series.

6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Not a fan of this book but I recommend this book to all of you who love romance.

7. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

This one too. Stopped by this book because I didn't like but I did recommend this book to one of my friend (weird, yeah?)

8. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Any reason to not recommend this book? This book made me cringe, every. single. story.

9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Have only read the first two books but recommend it to some people already.

10. Carrie by Stephen King

Not a fan of horror books but thought horror lovers will love this book (I still don't categorize this book as horror though.)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Saturday, 1 February 2014
"The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent."

Finally. After 16 days of reading, after 16 sixteen days of sneaking to read this book in some classes (and free classes, of course), after 16 days of whining "why am I so slow on reading this book", after 16 days of whining "why can't I just finish this book right now".

I was oblivious at the beginning of this book, maybe because I've forgot Insurgent's plot. I was like ".... is dead already?" "There is a character named ....?" and etc. I targeted myself to finish this book before February starts but I finished it in the first day of February instead- which is pretty okay because I went to my relatives' houses (you know, Chinese new year) since afternoon till 11 pm or so. I didn't bring my book at that time (though I have read a few chapters before I leave) and when the book's on my hand, I didn't get the chance to read it so I forgive myself for it.

This book gave me mixed feelings, and that's why I have a little trouble making this review. I love and respect Tris more. I found Tobias' perspectives very interesting, since I got to know Tobias more. Their relationship, Tobias and Tris, seems so real here. Tobias and his mother. Tris and Caleb. I just need them more.

I thought that Divergent is a kind of rare ability, but no really. I do not believe in that "genetically pure" and "genetically damage" thing, just like Tris, and I prefer to live in factions rather than living like the Bureau, divided by whether our genes are pure or not.

I don't know whether this is my favorite book from the series or not, since I've forgotten the two previous books' plot. I've once read someone's review about this book, saying that our questions in Insurgent will be all answered in this book, but not for me. I still have one question unanswered: what is Caleb's motive to betrayed Tris? I still believe Caleb is a good guy, and always will. Another question even popped up IN my mind after 'that' scene (cough*TRIS*cough); how's that happened? Her mother?

The ending is.. okay. I just don't get it.Tobias ending up with Christina? I don't know. And it didn't gave me much feels.

3/5 stars.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

4th Annual End of Year Book Survey 2013

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Welcome to the 4th Annual End of Year Book Survey - 2013 Edition hosted by Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner (click here for the original post) This is my first ever survey and I hope I can make it right, since I'm bad at rating. Without further ado, here it is!


1. Best Book You Read in 2013? (If you have to cheat - you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg and The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Though The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is also my favourite but I have the feeling this book will be mentioned quite a bit in this post.)
2. Books You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't?
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I stopped by book 2 and didn't have the plan to continue it. And The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Cliché. Nothing special. But I can't wait for the movie to be released..
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I mostly recommend this series to my classmates, and they love it!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This series change it all.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
I know I'm cheating but Rick Riordan.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Carrie by Stephen King is my first horror book that I read this year (or perhaps in my life? I can't remember) and I was okay with this bokok.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan. Gah I just want to continue this series!
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Looking for Alaska by John Green. Just beautiful.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
The Son of Jupiter, child of Rome, consul to demigods, Praetor of the First Legion, who slew the Trojan Sea Monster, toppled the Black Throne of Kronos, and destroyed Titan Krios with his own bare hands, Jason Grace, from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games trilogy) by Suzanne Collin.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan. This book brings me to the world of fandom.
14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Maybe House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan. But I didn't wait for it before 2013 because I just read the series in 2013..
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
"Survive first. Figure out crayon drawing of destiny later." (from The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan)
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
*Open up Goodreads*
Shortest: I don't have any idea.
Longest: House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan.
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, Jason's POV, when he's about to destroy Porphyrion. This line got me crazy
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)
Jasper for relationship, Jercy for friendship. (Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan)
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You've read Previously?
Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (Diary of A Wimpy Kid #6) by Jeff Kiney
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan and Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russel.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Fantasy and Dystopian I think.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Jason Grace
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
I don't think I read any.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Divergent, Harry Potter, and Heroes of Olympus.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Ring of Fire (Century Quartet) and Harry Potter.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
TFiOS, nearly cried.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Wings series by Aprillyne Pike.
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Theodore Boone: The Activist (Theodore Boone #4) by John Grisham

Sunday, 12 January 2014
"Theodore Boone is back, and he’s facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what’s right."

Theodore Boone, the kid lawyer from Strattenburg is back in the 4th installment of the series. The town is facing a serious issue and Theo and his friends are counted in.

An ‘un-needed’ bypass is to be build in Strattenburg. It’ll cost two hundreds million dollars that the city doesn’t have and will ruin acres of land. This is just one out of a bunch reasons why the bypass is un-needed.

If you’ve read the last three books, you’ll find Theo’s character developments here. (Still) described as a talented yet down-to-earth kid lawyer, the author will show you another side of Theo in some chapters (that will make you love him more).

The characters seem so real you can feel what they’re feeling at the moment. It’s like you’ve know them for a long time. When you read this book you’ll ask yourself what’ll happened next and the answer for your question is always unexpected. The book is thrilling and heart-breakingly beautiful I even cried.

I read this book for 5 days, according to Goodreads, both at school and my house. I didn’t read this book for two days in a row because I can’t concentrate on reading those past two days but I can’t wait to get my hand on it. Finished it at school on Wednesday as my first read book in 2014 but unfortunately the ending didn’t gave me much feels. Not because it’s not good, I think, but because I’m rushing to finish this book. I’m planning to re-read a bit of the ending again though, so I might get the feel. If you haven’t read the last three books, you still can understand the story because it isn’t related with the previous books. 

I still remember the day when I went to Books&Beyond to buy this book and literally jump because I found it in one of the display and suddenly broke because it’s a hardcover book and I bring money only enough to buy the paperback one (around IDR60.000-IDR70.000) when it costs about IDR180.000 so I left the store with nothing. It was May 2013, a day or two after the book’s published. Everytime I went to the store I was hoping if I could bring this book home right at that moment but with my lack of money, I brought home this book on January 30th.
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