Wednesday, February 25, 2015

[Meme] Wishful Wednesday #07

Hari rabu waktunya bermimpi! Udah cukup lama ngga ikutan meme nih, males abisan, hehe. Anyway, sebelumnya aku mau ngucapin Happy Birthday nih buat memenya mba Astrid, ya apa lagi kalau bukan Wishful Wednesday. Yuhuuu!!! Happy Birthday WW!!

Nah, dalam rangka ulang tahun Wishful Wednesday, si mba Astrid dengan baik hatinya, rajin menabung, dan rajin beramal ke kita para nerdy kere, mengadakan aniv giveaway! Yeay! Event paling ditunggu-tunggu para nerdy kere macam saya nih, hehe.

Monday, February 23, 2015

[Book Tag] Coffee... hmm, I Just Love Their Smell

Siapa yang ngga suka kopi hayoo? Negara kita mungkin bukan coffee addict banget semacam Amerika, tapi saya yakin mayoritas penduduk Indonesia pasti minum kopi. Apalagi di daerah yang merupakan penghasil kopi, Bengkulu misalnya, kayak di rumah pakde ku. Anyway, Tag ini aku dapet dari sini tapi originalnya di sini.  Hayolah langsung dimulai aja.

1. Black: Name a series that's tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
Jujur? The Lord of The Rings dan Harry Potter. Aku sempet pengen baca The Lord of The Rings, udah sampe chapter berapa ya waktu itu, pokoknya belum terlalu jauh lah tapi nyerah. Aku ngga bisa ngebayangin duniannya Tolkien, imajinasiku ngga nyampe. Terus aku juga belum selesai baca Harry Potter, udah sampe buku tiga, tapi belum diterusin, agak-agak males, soalnya udah tahu ceritanya kayak apa, jadi ngga surprise lagi, akhirnya keinginanku buat baca juga cuma ala kadarnya. Terus ada satu lagi buku yang punya banyak fans tapi aku belum baca, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Berrrkali kali nyoba baca dan gagal. Selalu ngantuk, kayaknya aku kastanya beda sama Austen :p

[Review] Lock And Key by Sarah Dessen

Title: Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking's Children's Books
Published: April 2008
Pages: 422
ISBN: 9780670010882

Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

Friday, February 20, 2015

[Review] Servants of The Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Title: Servants of the Storm
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: August 2014
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781442483781

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.

Monday, February 16, 2015

[Book Tag] Twilight Saga (and movies)

Ngga tau siapa yang bikin, males nyari sampe ke akarnya, anyway, let's get started.

1. What movie and book is your favorite?
Kalau untuk filmnya aku mungkin paling suka Breaking Dawn Part II, paling keren aja menurutku. Sementara untuk bukunya aku lebih milih Twilight, aku suka bagian waktu mereka pertama kali ketemu, waktu pertama kali deket, waktu pertama kali saling jujur, romantis banget. Seandainya film Twilight sebagus bukunya mungkin film favoritku di Twilight Saga bakalan jadi Twilight juga. Sayangnya aku ngga suka banget sama film Twilight, banyak banget adegan yang dipotong soalnya.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

[Blabering] Opini Bareng BBI: Karakter Tokoh Utama

A likeable character in a book is absolute for me. Banyak buku yang aku benci cuma gara-gara main karakternya menyebalkan. Terlalu banyak maunya, terlalu egois, terlalu dan terlalu lainnya. Mungkin beberapa orang bilang seperti apapun karakternya kalau ceritanya bagus maka ngga akan masalah kan? Tapi buatku, karakter menyebalkan itu masalah terbesar yang harus dihadapi dalam suatu buku, lebih besar dari cinta segitiga yang ngga penting, lebih besar dari alurnya yang ngebingungin.

Like, buat apa tetep dibaca kalau kita bahkan ngga suka sama orangnya. I don't like you, so I don't care if anything happens to you (aku kejam, memang). Ada beberapa buku yang meskipun karakternya menyebalkan tapi tetap ku baca (edisi nyiksa diri), yang pada akhirnya malah bikin stress sendiri. Dari situ aku belajar, kalau emang ngga suka karakternya, STOP! Masih banyak diluar sana buku bagus yang karakternya bagus yang bisa dikenang-kenang dan dibaca terus berulang-ulang. SO STOP! Life is short enough already without you make it any shorter by reading useless things.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

[Review] Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Peril
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: April 2013
Pages: 371
ISBN: 9780062265944

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

[Random] Ask Marissa Meyer

Selamat menjelang Valentine kawan-kawan! Ngga terasa udah pertengahan Februari aja. Oh iya, ada yang tahu tentang The Lunar Chronicles karyanya Marrisa Meyer? Nah, baru-baru ini Meyer meluncurkan buku terbaru berjudul Fairest. Buku ini bukan buku utama seri Lunar, cuma sebagai selingan, aku belum baca sih (ceritanya tentang Levana soalnya) tapi ada rencana buat baca.

Anyway, merayakan peluncuran buku terbarunya Meyer mengadakan Q&A di goodreads dan jawabannya keluar kemarin. Finally. Meskipun ngga ada pertanyaanku yang dijawab (sedih) tapi cukup terhibur melihat banyaknya pertanyaan yang dijawab Meyer.

Yang paling aku suka itu waktu ditanya gimana caranya menciptakan karakter jahat. Meyer menjawab dengan "menemukan alasan kenapa karakter itu jahat bukan membuatnya jahat karena harus ada karakter yang jahat". I would say it's so important to know WHY they're bad. It can be tempting to make a villain evil-for-the-sake-of-evil, but that's not very interesting. Ask yourself what happened in their past to make them the way that they are, and what are their motivations for doing the things that they do? Some famous writer (I don't know who...) once said that the villain believes they are the hero of the story, and I think it's important to keep that in mind.

Karena jawaban ini juga aku akhirnya memberanikan diri untuk membaca Fairest, tadinya mah males. Masalahnya Levana coy, masa harus Levana sih, dari sekian banyak karakter yang bisa dibikin buku side-storynya, Levana harus jadi salah satunya? Dan ini jawabannya Meyer.

Levana was one of the first characters I thought of when I decided to write a series of sci-fi fairy tale retellings, and I've long been fascinated by the evil queen from Snow White. I always wanted to know what would make a woman place so much value on her beauty that she would do horrible, unspeakable things just to stay the "Fairest of them all." So Levana's story has really been building in my head from the very beginning when I started writing this series. 
Then as I was working on Winter, I found myself getting stuck on scenes that involved Levana and her relationships to Winter and Selene, so I decided to pause and write Levana's story. Once I gave it a chance, her story came pouring out of me, and I learned so much about her and made so many connections that I hadn't put together yet. It was definitely time to put her story on paper! And it did help me get past all those places that were giving me trouble in Winter, too, so it worked out really great. I'm just glad my publisher actually wanted to publish it, ha!

Dari Q&A kemarin juga aku baru tahu kalau Little Android itu based on Little Mermaid, kalau dipikir-pikir iya juga sih. Nuansa sedihnya sama.

Terus lucu juga waktu Meyer bilang kalau dia selalu nulis karakternya lagi di mana, kondisinya kayak apa, sama lagi ngapain biar ngga lupa. Termasuk type A nih berarti mbak Meyer, harus ditulis biar ngga lupa. Tapi iya sih, kalau sampe lupa nanti bisa ada yang ngeganjel dong. Misalnya si Jasin lagi patah tulang tapi tiba-tiba lari, itu kan bisa gaswat.

ikutan harap-harap cemas..

Ngga ngerti sih kenapa dia nanyain ini, tapi yah kan bebas mau nanya apa aja, yekan?

sad. but I'll find my way.

jadi pengen baca Bluebeard.

Untuk pertanyaan dan jawaban selengkapnya bisa di klik fotonya Marissa Meyer di atas postingan ini.

Sekalian aku juga pengin berbagi fanart The Lunar Chronicles nih, terus kalian kenal Joo Ji Hoon ngga? Yang jadi Lee Shin di Princess Hours? Dia pernah dinobatkan sebagai dream cast buat Prince Kai loh. Mentang-mentang dia jadi pangeran di Princess Hours. Anyway, here they are.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

[Review] Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780062085610
Pages: 447

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Monday, February 9, 2015

[Review] Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9781423157519
Pages: 512


Friday, February 6, 2015

Monthly Challenge Update January 2015

1. 2015 Monthly Motif Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Kim from Bookmark To Blog

January's motif : Book to Movie or Audio
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

2. New To You Reading Challenge 2015

Hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup

* Across The Universe by Beth Revis | New Author
* Coraline by Neil Gaiman | New Author
* All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | New Author
* Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher | New Author
* The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes | New Author

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

[Review] The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: December 2012
ISBN: 9781423157373
Pages: 488

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

[Review] The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex #1
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 9780062220004
Pages: 398

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.
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