Thursday, January 29, 2015

[Review] The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Title: The Art of Lainey
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: The Art of Lainey #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780062238429
Pages: 376

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they're sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few "dates", it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What's a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you're meant to be with if you're still figuring out the person you're meant to be?

[Review] Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9781595141712
Pages: 304

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with  his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen  cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who  committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she  decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll  find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher  weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and  desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

[Meme] Wishful Wednesday #06

Hari rabu adalah waktunya kita untuk bermimpi. Ada yang bilang kalau impian kita ditulis dan bukan hanya diucapkan, apalagi kalau hanya diingat-ingat maka kemungkinan untuk jadi kenyataannya lebih besar loh. Makanya hayuk bareng-bareng nulis buku-buku yang kita mau biar bisa jadi kenyataan, siapa tahu juga ada dermawan di luar sana yang dengan baik hatinya mengirimkan buku-buku di wishlist kita ke rumah :)

Mimpiku minggu ini merupakan novel favoritku sepanjang hayat, aku baca ebooknya dan langsung kesemsem. Dari buku ini juga aku jadi rajin nyari-nyari ebook lainnya, berharap ada yang buku yang bisa memberikan feel yang sama. Sayangnya sampai sekarang belum ketemu. Mungkin ya, karena setiap buku feelnya beda-beda.

Monday, January 19, 2015

[Blabering] Opini Bareng BBI : Ekspektasi Part II


Tidak ada yang melarang saya untuk membuat dua opini kan? Jadi lanjut ya.

Nah, jadi saya kan baca opininya Indah @ Threez's Stack  , dia membahas tentang no ekspektation, "jangan terlalu berharap tinggi kalau mau baca buku, nanti kalau perkiraannya salah yang ada malah kecewa berat". Bener sih, saya juga dulu sebenarnya begitu. Ngga mikir ketinggian kalau mau baca buku apa-apa, secara saya kan masih pemula, belum tahu penulis mana yang tulisannya enak dibaca.

Tapi setelah beberapa kejadian mengecewakan, saya kapok blind date sama buku.

Friday, January 16, 2015

[Review] All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knoph
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 9780385755887
Pages: 384

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

[Review] Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Publisher: Razorbill
PUblished: January 2011
Pages: 398
ISBN: 9781595143976

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

[Meme] Wishful Wednesday #05

Ada satu buku yang pengen banget aku beli dari dulu, satu seri sih, tapi sama aja lah. Intinya semenjak Kat bilang kalau nih buku seru banget, aku jadi kepengen punya, dan baca. Kisahnya -katanya sih- masih sama tentang Shadow Hunters, tapi anehnya, covernya malah ngingetin aku sama Sherlock Homes #lah. Btw, cowoknya ganteng kayaknya :p

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

[Meme] Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

2014 Releases I Didn't Get To Read

Truthfully, there are sooo many books that released last year that I really wanted to read but couldn't, most of them are series, which meant I had to read the previous books first. But today I'll only list books that stand alones (well, one of them is a trilogy), so here are them.

1. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
I forgot why I wanted to read this one, maybe because of the fuzz at the time, or something. Besides, They all said Jenny Han is an amazing author.
2. What I Thought Was True by Huntly Fitzpatrick
I was just reading My Life Next Door by the same author and I loved it, I wanted to read another book by her but till now, I haven't even picked it out.

Monday, January 12, 2015

[Review] Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: August 2006
ISBN: 9780061139376
Pages: 162

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what's what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we're hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book's eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

[Blabering] Opini Bareng BBI : Ekspektasi


Ketika membeli atau membaca sebuah buku, apa sih yang pertama di jadikan pertimbangan? Kalau saya ada 3; sinopsis, ulasan , penulis.

Sinopsis, saya tidak pernah membeli buku yang tidak memiliki sinopsis di belakang buku tersebut, kenapa, saya itu orangnya tidak mau buang-buang uang untuk sesuatu yang saya tidak yakin bagus. Belajar mengenai ekonomi serta terbatasnya dana dan waktu membuat saya selalu melihat keuntungan di setiap barang yang saya beli dan pakai. Keuntungan dalam hal kegunaan tentunya, termasuk kegunaan dalam menghibur saya di sela-sela kehidupan saya yang cukup membosankan ini. Jadi ketika membeli sebuah buku, yang saya lihat selain harga, sudah pasti sinopsisnya.

Ulasan, merupakan pertimbangan saya yang tidak terlalu sering saya gunakan, pertama karena beberapa reviewer terkadang memberikan spoiler mengenai apa yang akan terjadi di dalam buku tersebut (saya sedang belajar agar tidak melakukan hal yang serupa) sehingga saya sangat jarang untuk benar-benar membaca review seseorang. Terkadang saya hanya melihat apa tanggapan mereka di bagian paling akhir dan berapa rating yang mereka berikan. Inilah yang saya pertimbangan ketika menulis list buku yang harus saya beli. Jadi, kalau sinopsis saya gunakan ketika saya beli/baca buku secara spontan, ulasan saya gunakan ketika saya ingin merencanakannya.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

[Meme] Wishful Wednesday #04

Haloooo,, selamat hari rabu! Udah berapa minggu saya lewatin ya meme ini, kelupaan mulu soalnya :p Maklum lah, kan masih dalam suasana tahun baru. Ngomong-ngomong soal tahun baru, saya punya buku yang pengen banget bisa kebeli bulan ini. Buku ini baru terbit bulan Desember kemarin, karya penulis yang sudah terkenal namanya dikalangan pecinta novel romantis macam saya.

Happily Ever After by Winna Efendi

Friday, January 2, 2015

[Wrap Up] Goodreads Reading Challenge

The Best of 2014


It's new year! Happy New Year 2015 ! What's your resolution for this year? Do you wish to do anything in this year that you couldn't do last year? Mine is buying more books. Definitely books. I wish I could buy 100 books this year, at the very least. And of course I'll read them all.

Anyway, I was talking about the best of 2014, wasn't I? So let's get started.

The Best Books/Series I've Read in 2014

5. Infinitely Yours by Orizuka
This is the book that takes place in South Korea and they just made their own epic detour. It's romantic but I think it's too fast for people to fall in love in just a week. But then again, I've read a book that its characters fell in one day so I guess that's not unusual.
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