Thursday, April 13, 2017
at 8:06 AM
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
at 10:33 PM
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
at 5:26 PM
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
at 9:22 AM
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
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
at 8:42 AM
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*
- A Perfect Obsession (New York Confidential #2) by Heather Graham
- I Don't by Ella Fox
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
- American War by Ommar El Akkad
- Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noel
- Easy Magic (Boudreaux #5) by Kristen Proby
- Forever (Friends #3) by Monica Murphy
- Hate 2 Lovers (2 Lovers #2) by K. Webster
- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
- The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) by J.R. Ward
- Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson
- Puck (Alpha One Security #4) by Jasinda Wilder
- Tortured by Nicole Williams
- Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
- Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
- Anchor Me (Stark Trilogy #4) by J. Kenner
- Given to the Sea (Given Duet #1) by Mindy McGinnis
- Razr (Demonica #11.9) by Larissa Ione
- The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
- Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott
- The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry
- The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan
- The House Mate (Roommates #3) by Kendall Ryan
- The Thing About Love by Julie James
- Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4) by Lauren Layne
- Boys South of the Maxon Dixon (South of Maxon Dixon #1) by Abbi Glines
- The Bohemian and The Businessman (Story Sisters #1) by Katy Regnery
- Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
- Arranged (Masters and Mercenaries #13.5) by Lexi Blake
- Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill
- Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead
- Midnigh Target (Killer Instincts #8) by Elle Kennedy
- Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa
- Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan
- Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye
- Snared (Elemental Assassin #16) by Jennifer Estep
- Tempted by Fate (Bad Things #6) by Cynthia Eden
- The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
at 8:24 AM
Series : Honey #1
Author : Kristen Ashley
ASIN : B01G1J7WFO
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
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
at 8:37 AM
Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout
ASIN : B01DSUUOC2
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
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.