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!


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.
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