Thursday, April 13, 2017

#BBIHUT6: Hello, BBI. May I Confess?

Happy Birthday, BBI :)
As much as I'd like to wax poetry, this year, I just want to say my deepest...feelings. Regrets. Happiness. Annoyance. Sadness. And mostly, disappointment. Not you, but me.

I'm not merely saying that BBI is just a community to me. Nope. To me, BBI is a friend. Something that connected me with fabulous people around the country. People who, although I never met some of them personally, have been friends to me. And I even got to contribute as an Event coordinator for BBI, along with Mput, Mbak Na, and Kak Ching-ching. And previously, Chei. I have to say, I'm grateful to be a part of this team. They're wonderful people, and I really am happy with them as my teammates. But still, a part of me resents something in BBI. I'm starting to feel disappointed and unhappy. And worse, boredom. Disappointment I can handle, but boredom? Why do I feel those feelings? Why am I bored? Why am I unhappy? Why am I restless?

I've seen the dynamics within the internal managements (let's just call that, because we do manage stuffs for BBI). Members who have been with BBI from the start. The changes, sometimes better, sometimes undecided. The good, the bad, the ugly. And sometimes, disagreements between people in the various divisions that BBI has. I'd like to state that I'm not blaming anyone. I'm a management, so I'm also a part of some of those troubles . It's a community, of course people have different views. Of course, there's bound to be disagreements and miscommunication.

Monday, April 10, 2017

#BBIHUT6: Contemporary Romance Authors Worth Translating

To be honest, I actually planned to make a post about my reading habit, haha. But yesterday evening, I went to a bookstore near campus. Although I wouldn't actually buy a book (I'm broke XD), it didn't keep me from wandering towards their novels section. And then, I found several books, contemporary romances, that I think is... less stellar than the ones I know. Contemporary romances, translated to Indonesian, tend toward the 'more known' authors. Even though now that I think about it, some of them I never heard before. But I'm just a speck of dust in the reading world, what did I know?

So, last night before I went to bed, I actually thought, why is Lauren Blakely never get translated? Her books are amazing. And Kristen Proby? When I really ponder it, they're definitely tamer than Sylvia Day in terms of hot scenes. I know that Romance has greater readers here than, let's say, Fantasy. And I think, rather than those books with half-assed editors working on them (sometimes even I, who's not a total grammar or typo Nazi, was wondering where the hell was the editor? Didn't they work on these books before they were published??!), publishers will get more readership if they publish more translated romances. I also think that it's good that Indonesian authors, new or otherwise (romance, especially), have been so active. I know that not all readers like translated books, but I also saw that more titles are getting translated. And I also know that censorship is still such a huge deal here. How are we going to censor the translation on Fifty Shades of Grey without half the book losing its story? *grimace

And this is just my humble opinion. Maybe, maybe if one of the big people in publishing read this article, they'd consider to give these authors a try. I could be a little biased, but hell. I'm their fan and I'm just pimping them XD

1. Kristen Proby
Recommended books: Fusion Series, Boudreaux Series

Sunday, April 09, 2017

#BBIHUT6: New Author(s) Who Impressed Me

Ah. Finally comes an annual Event that I (along with my other three--or four? Do we count Chei?--teammates) organized. This year, we are all swamped with a lot of things. School, work. Work work work work work~ And yet we still could came up with this idea #nangisterharu I'm so happy and relieved that I can still give something for BBI, even with the threat of being disowned if I don't graduate this semester...

Anyway, do ignore my timestamp, it's not on WIB. Today, I'm writing about new authors that I read who left some impressions on me. I'm usually not a very impressionable reader, unless the book comes with an epic bang. What I perceive as good book may not be the same for some readers. Case in example, Fifty Shades series. Many people that I know hate the book, while I gave it half rating because the series was my first foray into Erotic Romance and BDSM (loosely termed, don't stone me for this *hides*), so it still left some impressions on me. I'm also not the kind of reader who cares much about average rating in Goodreads. I know for a fact rating is sometimes deceiving, especially if the rating is less than by 100 people. I always like a book with mixed reviews, because I can count on the reviewers to be mostly honest about the good, the bad, and the ugly, rather than only singing praises.

On April 2016 until now, I didn't read many new authors. Mostly because I'm on a mission to finish up my book loot before starting anew. God knows how many series I haven't completed, how many books I stacked because I keep getting sidetracked by other books #sigh

Friday, April 07, 2017

Review: Ashwin

Title : Ashwin
Series : Gideon's Riders #1
Author : Kit Rocha
ASIN : B01N6ECB83Edition : Kindle (Released March 7th, 2017)
Page counts : 266 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Erotic Romance
Average Rating : 4.38 (per April 7th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3.5/5
Read date : March 24th, 2017
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The first book in the follow-up to Kit Rocha's bestselling BEYOND series...

Gideon's Riders, Book One

Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra is a Makhai soldier--genetically engineered to be cold, ruthless. Unfeeling. His commanding officers consider him the perfect operative, and they're right. Now, he has a simple mission: to infiltrate Gideon's Riders, the infamous sect of holy warriors that protects the people of Sector One.

He's never failed to execute an objective, but there's one thing he didn't anticipate--running into Dr. Kora Bellamy, the only woman to ever break through his icy exterior.

When Kora fled her life as a military doctor for the Makhai Project, all she wanted was peace--a quiet life where she could heal the sick and injured. The royal Rios family welcomed her like a sister, but she could never forget Ashwin. His sudden reappearance is a second chance--if she can manage to touch his heart.

When the simmering tension between them finally ignites, Kora doesn't realize she's playing with fire. Because she's not just falling in love with a man who may not be able to love her back. Ashwin has too many secrets--and one of them could destroy her.

Once upon a time, when I first started using NetGalley (I don't use it quite often lately), I applied for Kit Rocha's Beyond Shame. As a youngster, and a newbie in reading English, I liked it but I didn't follow the series. And then Ashwin. I thought, okay, I'll give it a try. It's a new series, anyway, and I could always read Beyond leisurely.

Gideon’s Riders. Holy Warriors. Sainted heroes. Outside of Sector One, the Riders were more myth and legend than anything, a band of highly trained, dangerously lethal soldiers whose loyalty was unswerving and absolute. Here, they acted as the voice and the hands of the god-king himself, Gideon Rios. Each one was empowered to act as judge, jury, and executioner, a position of ultimate trust and considerable power.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

April 2017 New Releases

Hello hello.
Last month, I didn't get to make more reviews. I was too busy (still am). Anyway, I'm making notes again about new releases for this month. Last month, I did get many books, but I couldn't read many (again). I'm getting bored of just collecting instead of reading *curling up and cry*

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: The Deep End

Title : The Deep End
Series : Honey #1
Author : Kristen Ashley
Edition : Kindle (Released March 7th, 2017)
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Page counts : 454 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Erotic Romance, Contemporary, BDSM
Average Rating : 3.72 (per March 15th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 4.5/5
Read date : March 12th, 2017
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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

At first, I read this book without 'consulting' a few of my favorite reviewers. But since this is Kristen Ashley, I trooped through and read it anyway. Despite a few times that my face felt like combusting, it was fine. What wasn't fine for me? I felt like I lost a bit of what Kristen makes her books so...her. And then I read the reviews. DNF everywhere. I know where it went wrong, but I'm such a trooper (I know, I know) and I gave it five stars initially. I reread it and I lost the one star...

It was not champagne she was looking for. It was that coveted, priceless, smooth, deep, incomparable burn of the finest scotch whisky.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Till Death

Title : Till Death
Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition : Kindle (Released February 28th, 2017)
Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.07 (per March 11th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : March 6th, 2017
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In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

This is Jennifer's first thriller book that I tried. I loved her Wait for Me and Lux series, although I kinda fell through and didn't manage to finish them yet. So I decided to try another of her stand-alone.

Being with Cole had made me feel like I was on the edge of a cliff, more than willing to fall off. I'd never felt anything like that again. Not even a smidgen.

Ten years ago, Sasha Keaton left her hometown when she survived a serial killer, survived something that a young woman should never have endured. A little broken and traumatized, she decided to move away from her family and her friends. And from her boyfriend, Cole Landish. Now twenty nine, she moves back into town to inherit her family inn and lives with her Mom. She doesn't quite forget what had happened, but now she can cope. Her homecoming brings Cole back on her doorstep, and also attention that she doesn't want from anyone else.


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