Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark #1)


Judul : A Beautiful Dark
Author : Jocelyn Davies
ISBN : 0062093185 (ISBN13: 9780062093189)
Edisi : English Ebook (September 2011) by HarperTeen
Genre : Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels, YA

On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.
-Goodreads

“You’re so special. In ways . . . I wasn’t expecting.”
-Devin

Fiuh. Dapet bukunya gratisan (hehe) dan karena penasaran juga, akhirnya aku baca deh.

Now, I'm officially a sucker for bad-boy-exterior-softie-heart-interior.

Di pesra ulang tahunnya yang ke tujuh belas (ceritanya nih sweet seventeen) sebuah pemanas air di bagian bawah kafe meledak. Saat Skye pergi buat perjalanan ski (karena ceritanya ini di Colorado, jadinya ya maklum aja kalau liburannya ya pergi main ski) pemanas bis jadi overheated. Termometer di rumahnya rusak, juga karena overheated. Skye nggak tahu kenapa, tapi dia yakin kalau dia bisa 'mengeluarkan' hawa panas dari tangannya.

Muncullah Asher dan Devin. Dua cowok yang berbeda kayak bumi dan langit. Asher adalah tipe tampan-berbahaya-berambut gelap. Devin adalah tipe si pirang-angelic-bermata biru. Keduanya menaruh perhatian pada Skye. Asher dan Devin mengaku sebagai sepupu. Nyatanya, mereka dikirim oleh Order (sekelompok 'malaikat' yang seharusnya sebagai good guy) dan Rebellion (fallen angel-nya Order). Bisa ditebak dong yang mana yang Order--the good guys--dan mana yang Rebellion--the bad guys. Ternyata Skye bukan manusia biasa, tapi dia itu anak dari pria anggota Rebellion dan wanita Order. Order dan Rebellion sama-sama kepengen ngeklaim kekuatan Skye yang akan segera muncul. Nggak bisa dicegah juga, Skye jatuh cinta sama Asher, tapi tertarik juga Devin. Goddamn love triangle *scowl*

Team Asher!

Oke. Jadi sebenernya ceritanya nggak terlalu menarik. Biasa aja. Aku nggak begitu suka sama karakter Skye. She's so freaking stubborn! Dia selalu berusaha menyangkal kekuatannya sendiri, bikin Asher dan Devin (dan juga aku) frustrasi. Beh. Bukan jagoan cewek yang bisa dikagumi. Aku nggak nyalahin kebingungannya memilih antara Asher-Devin. Siapa juga yang nggak bingung. Tapi kekeraskepalaannya nggak mau mengakui kalau dia itu bukan manusia biasa, bikin males aja. Tokoh cowoknya juga ngebingungin. Asher, jelas-jelas suka sama Skye, head over heels gitu. Tapi dia tetep aja flirting sama cewek lain. Devin, udah dijodohin sama Raven, ternyata juga mulai jatuh cinta sama Skye, tapi karena dia anggota Order, dia nggak bisa seenaknya mendekati Skye. Huwaaaaah.

Gaya penceritaannya agak berbelit-belit dan endingnya nggantung *hela napas* Untung aja buku gratisan. Nggak yakin banget kepengen baca lagi. Tapi, for the sake of reviewing, kalau bisa sih buku keduanya dibaca, A Fractured Light.




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Size 12 And Ready to Rock (Heather Wells Mysteries #4)


Judul : Size 12 And Ready To Rock (Heather Wells Mysteries #4)
Author : Meg Cabot
ISBN 0061734780 (ISBN13: 9780061734786)
Edisi : English Paperback (July 10th 2012) by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre : Chicklit, Contemporary, Mystery and Investigation

Summer break ... and the livin' ain't easy!

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead ... and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.

Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancé. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated. -Goodreads

“One of them called you fat?” Cooper sounds amused. “Did you tell her that your boyfriend thinks you’re perfect just the way you are and also that your boyfriend owns a gun and a permit to carry it in New York City?”
- Cooper Cartwright

Heather Well is back!

Di blog ini aku nggak sempet bikin review di buku dua dan tiga (Size 14 Is Not Fat Either dan Big Boned). Langsung aja kulompatin di buku keempat.

Ceritanya, akhirnya Heather dan Cooper (si seksi PI, pria yang dicintainya setengah mati, dan juga induk semang tempatnya tinggal) bertunangan. Yap. Mereka akhirnya saling menyatakan cinta di buku ketiga dan memutuskan untuk menikah diam-diam, dengan mengundang sesedikit mungkin orang. Buku keempat bersetting kira-kira tiga bulan setelah mereka mulai pacaran.

Asrama tempat kerja Heather, Fischer Hall, bakalan dipakai buat tempat Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp pertama yang akan dipandu oleh Tania Trace, yang kebetulan juga adalah Mrs. Jordan Cartwright baru. Sekedar mengingatkan, Heather menangkap basah Jordan dan Tania di apartemennya dan Jordan, yang kemudian berakhir dengan putusnya Heather-Jordan dan kepindahan Heather ke tempat Cooper. Sekarang sih Heather udah nggak peduli sama Tania dan Jordan, toh dia udah punya Cooper.

Heather dan Cooper memang nggak merahasiakan hubungan mereka, tapi mereka juga nggak secara resmi mengumumkannya. Bayangin aja kekagetan Heather saat mendengar mengenai insiden penembakan waktu proses syuting acara Rock Camp Tania, yang kebetulan terjadi di dekat Fischer Hall dan membuatnya ketemu lagi dengan Tania yang sedang hamil dan Jordan yang bingung. Semakin lama Heather semakin yakin kalau Tania-lah sasaran percobaan pembunuhan yang terus terjadi--terutama setelah produser acara Rock Camp, Jared Greenberg, mati keracunan makanan yang sebenarnya buat Tania. Belum lagi, ternyata ayah Jordan dan Cooper, Grant, memutuskan buat menyewa Cooper sebagai bodyguard pribadi Tania selama proses syuting Rock Camp di Fischer Hall.

Heather memang nggak pernah bisa jauh-jauh dari kasus, kayaknya. Masih keinget banget buku kedua, dimana dia malah kejebak sama jaringan peredaran narkoba. Di buku ketiga, bosnya ditembak sama mantan istrinya. Sekarang, meskipun Heather janji sama Cooper dia bakalan stay away dari rangkaian teror yang membayangi Tania, Heather tetep aja terlibat. Apalagi setelah dia tahu rahasia Tania Trace dan fakta kalau Tania hamil.

Hubungan Heather dan Cooper mengalami kemajuan pesat. Aku suka banget, terutama karena aku jatuh cinta sama Cooper Cartwright. Heather juga, surprise banget, ternyata bisa balik ke ukuran 12. Isu buku ini kan juga sebagian berkutat di masalah Heather yang ngerasa dia agak terlalu gemuk. Di buku ini, aku nyadar ternyata Tania Trace itu bukan heartless bitch yang kubayangkan. Dia punya masa lalunya yang juga kacau. Jordan juga, meskipun dia sayang banget sama istrinya itu, tapi tetep aja nggak berdaya ngelawan ayahnya--nggak kayak Cooper. Akhirnya kita bisa ketemu keluarga Cartwright, mulai dari Grant Cartwright, Patricia Carwright, si kembar Jessica dan Nicole. Well, they're part of the Cartwright family freak show. Bukunya seru banget, lumayan menghibur, dan asli: keren abis. Nggak ngebosenin. Dan semakin berkembang, karena kasusnya nggak lagi melibatkan orang-orang yang kerja sama Heather. Tokoh-tokoh lainnya seperti Magda, Pete, Tom, Steven, bahkan Sarah, meskipun porsinya lebih kecil dibandingkan sebelumnya, tetap aja punya andil besar dalam cerita. Alur ceritanya agak diluar dugaan, meskipun bukan berarti jadi jelek. Malah jadi bagus.

Anyway, aku emang nggak sabaran banget buat baca buku keempat, makanya aku beli edisi bahasa Inggris. Kelamaan kayaknya nunggu GPU nerbitin. Sekarang tinggal tunggu aja buku kelimanya, Size 12 Is The New Black, yang bakal diterbitin tahun 2013.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Obsidian (Lux #1)


Judul : Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout
ISBN : ISBN 1620610078 (ISBN13: 9781620610077)
Edisi : English Paperback, (Mei 2012) by Entangled Teen
Genre : Urban Fantasy, PNR, YA, Science-Fiction

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.
-Goodreads

Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.-Katy Swartz

“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.”-Daemon Black

This was probably the longest Daemon and I had ever spoken without some statement earning him the finger.-Katy Swartz

Satu hal yang membuatku langsung tertarik. Maaf, memang sih banyak yang bilang don't judge a book by its cover. Tapi aku mengakui kalau covernya itu seksi banget. Coba deh, siapa yang nggak tertarik ngeliat cowok cakep di cover depan buki ini? Aku aja langsung megap-megap kok :D

Katy Swartz pindah ke West Virginia dari Florida setelah kepergian ayahnya dan ibunya memutuskan untuk moved on. Katy agak frustrasi karena ternyata di tempat barunya Katy nggak bisa ngandalin koneksi internet, kemana-mana jaraknya jauh, pokoknya tipikal kota kecil lah. Katy seneng banget baca buku dan juga punya blog buku.

Ibunya menyuruhnya untuk berkenalan dengan tetangga-tetangga barunya, pasangan kembar keluarga Black. Katy langsung ngerasa seneng sama Dee Black, tapi sama kakaknya, Daemon, well, nggak seseneng itu. Daemon itu ganteng, matanya hijau, pokoknya dia gorgeous banget. Sayangnya mulutnya itu bikin jengkel. Katy emang nggak ngebantah kalau dia tertarik sama Daemon, tapi omongannya Daemon itu terlalu ngena dan tajem.

Awalnya Katy ngerasa kalau Dee dan Daemon itu aneh. Makin lama, perasaan itu makin kuat aja. Daemon ngotot kalau Dee sama Katy itu nggak boleh temenan, padahal Katy sama Dee udah mulai deket--emm, sebagai sahabat maksudnya, jangan mikir aneh-aneh ya! Daemon mengatakan hal-hal jelek dan menyakitkan ke Katy, sampai akhirnya Katy, marah dan sakit hati, nyeberang nggak liat-liat jalan.

Yang terjadi selanjutnya bener-bener di luar dugaan. Daemon menghentikan waktu. Yap. Daemon, turns out, adalah alien. Dia bisa membekukan waktu. Daemon adalah Luxen, makhluk dari planet Lux yang kabur ke Bumi. Whew, sampai ke sini aku mulai kewalahan nih. Apalagi ternyata Daemon bisa mengubah-ubah bentuk fisiknya dan juga memanipulasi cahaya karena dia itu 'people made of light'. Lux sendiri artinya adalah cahaya dalam bahasa Latin.

Masalahnya, keberadaan Luxen di Bumi dilindungi pemerintah Amerika Serikat dan juga diawasi oleh DOD (Departemen Pertahanan AS). DOD dan pemerintah berusaha keras buat menyembunyikan Luxen, dan Luxen juga nggak boleh ngebocorin keberadaan mereka ke manusia atau DOD bakalan nangkapin manusia-manusia yang tahu keberadaan Luxen. Merinding banget. Secara nggak sengaja, setiap kali Daemon--dan Luxen lainnya--menggunakan kekuatannya ke manusia, manusia itu bakalan bersinar karena residu kekuatan si Luxen itu. Katy, karena beberapa kali ditolong Daemon, jadi sasaran Arum, musuh bebuyutan para Luxen. Sampai dirinya nggak bersinar lagi, Katy harus tetep deket-deket sama Daemon agar nggak ada Arum yang ngedeketin dia.

Hmm, ceritanya menarik banget. Satu, Daemon ternyata seorang alien. Wow. Nggak pernah aku baca soal alien yang tampangnya ternyata seseksi Chace Crawford kayak gini. Meskipun Daemon itu sering bikin kesel Katy, tapi Katy suka sama Daemon sampai rasanya nggak lucu lagi liatnya. Katy itu tipe smartass, berani, agak ceroboh, tapi sebenernya sensitif kalau mengenai hal-hal seperti ayahnya dan juga Daemon. Dan sebenernya, jelas, Daemon juga tertarik sama Katy. Karena dia itu terlarang, Daemon nggak berani deket-deket Katy. Daemon protektif dan posesif banget sama Katy walaupun Daemon nggak akan pernah ngaku. Sebenernya mereka itu pasangan yang cocok banget. Chemistry mereka berdua lumayan kuat dan ceritanya ngalir banget. Jujur aja, ini karya pertama Jennifer L. Armentrout yang aku baca. Dan aku terkesan. Banget. Dari segi temanya, kemudian gaya penulisannya. Bukunya juga nggak berat-berat amat buat dibaca. Aku jatuh cinta sama Daemon Black. Dia jelas ngegeser kedudukan cowok-cowok kayak Adrian Ivashkov, Christian Grey, dan juga Cooper Cartwright.

Onyx, buku keduanya, baru keluar tanggal 14 Agustus kemarin dan aku juga nggak berani nambah-nambah buku sebelum diizinkan. Apalagi aku baru aja beli Size 12 And Ready to Rock (Meg Cabot). Mau liat covernya?


Oh my God. Nice bod, dude. Dan akhirnya kelihatan juga wajah si Katy ini. Lumayan cantik juga, kan?


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wrap-Up Post



Today the Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon ends *sigh* I really, really had fun during this challenge, and honestly I'm waiting for one of the giveaways announces me as a winner *grin*

I planned to read six books, but apparently I can only read five. Well, five is better than none. And this is the first time I am able to read five books in duration of less than ten days! Whoop! It means one book for each two days! It's a record for me :)

Thank you so much for Jude and Jennifer for hosting Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon. The next time they're hosting this kind of challenge, I will be gladly participate.

The Books I Read








Giveaway


Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Review - Volleyball Challenge

My volleyball heads straight Adam Hauptman (Mercy Thompson). Although his reflex is very good, I caught him by surprise because he thought I was going to hit Mercy. The ball hits him square in his head. Mercy will laugh her ass off and tease him mercilessly. Because Adam is a total gentleman, he won't try to retaliate.

Well, this one is a fun challenge :)

Margie @ Bumbles and Fairy Tales - Book Quotes Challenge




Vacation Pictures




This one is a park near my house, Taman Pelangi or loosely translated the Rainbow Park. Like to read under the trees.



I went to a place called Kaliandra, still in Indonesia, although I wish I could go to London for EPL's kickoff next week *wistful*. Kaliandra, Pasuruan, is a resort and one of the best outbound area in my province. I got a cottage and a comfy table under the trees. I read Bared To You and half-part of Obsidian here.

Nice place, isn't it? :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon - Day 7


Today's August 10, 5:05 AM PCT. I'm sorry I can't update daily because somehow the 15 hours difference makes my head spinning. But I'm trying my best to keep updating.

My Progress


Finished Beg For Mercy
70 % of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 20 % of Sweet Evil



Giveaway (and I'm only entering the international ones)





Came up with the idea after shuffling through my stacks of DVDs. Okay, so I'm thinking about The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It would be fun to read D'Artagnan and the other three (Athos, Porthos, and Aramis) fighting to get rid of the evil. Maybe with the zombies (yeah, classic I know) or with the vampires. Would love to see D'Artagnan as a dystopian hero :D




"Don't touch any of my weapons without my permission."
"Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay," Clary muttered.
"Selling them on what?"
Clary smiled blandly at him. "A mythical place of great magical power."
- Clary Fray dan Jace Wayland, City of Bones

Now, if you have never been hit by a flying burrito, count yourself lucky. In terms of deadly projectiles, it's right up there with grenades and cannonballs
- Grover Underwood The Titan's Curse

He had even read Pride and Prejudice--although he had thought that many of the heroine's problems would have been solved if someone had simply strangled her mother.
- Thierry Durand, Private Demon

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon - Update for Day 5



Due to my own laziness and other things like my mom's stay on hospital recently, I can't update daily. I have to settle for two-days update.

Today is August 9, 8:40 AM here in Indonesia West Indonesia Time. In PCT, today's still August 8, 6:40 PM. Officially, because today's still August 8, this is also still the fifth day of SWUR :)

My Progress


Finished Obsidian
70 % The Perks of Being a Wallflower and 70 % Beg of Mercy

Giveaway


Winged Review is hosting an International giveaway, namely Book Couples Challenge.

The challenge is fun, but when I think about pairing two people who have already found their other halves or have been paired together, I just don't feel right. Like, say, Meena Harper (Insatiable, Meg Cabot) and Michael Cyprien (The Darkyn, Lauren Viehl). Both of them will make quite a pair, but they are happily settle with Alaric Wulf and Alexandra Keller. So I'm choosing two people who are still available.

I choose Thalia Grace from Percy Jackson series (Rick Riordan) and James from The Goddess Test series (Aimee Carter). Thalia knows how to kick asses, tough girl with tender heart, loyal, and she doesn't take bull from anyone. James has been burned with his quite unrequited love to Kate. He's hot but quiet, he's loyal and determined too. He will be a perfect match for Thalia, although I have a distant feeling that Zeus will probably kick James's ass.

Oh, and have I mentioned that Thalia is a demigod, daughter of Zeus, and James is Hermes in the series? Yeah, Zeus definitely will kick his ass. Please put away the fact that Thalia is now one of Artemis's hunters. Just close your eyes and pretend she's not.

Because they are basically Grecian, I don't think Greece would be a perfect summer date for them. So I'm thinking of St. Tropes, France. Typical summer holiday in a beach, but St. Tropes is known for its beauty and both of them need a break (Thalia from the monsters, James from his family feud).

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

HOTTER Than Summer - SWUR Challenge


Trini @ Book Lover's Review is hosting a giveaway, HOTTER Than Summer Boys, as part of Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon challenges.



Triton



My Review on Goodreads

Drool-worthy - Protective - Smartass



Christian Grey



My review on Goodreads

Intense - Broody and Dark - Sexy


Okay, that's two of my favorite males *sigh* Well, my all-time-favorite is always changing, depends on what I read. But these two...omigod. I just love Triton and Christian.

Bared To You (Crossfire #1)


Title : Bared To You (Crossfire #1)
Author : Sylvia Day
ISBN : 0985114606 (ISBN13: 9780985114602)
Edition : English Paperback (March 2012) by

Our journey began in fire... Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness--beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily... Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart... -Goodreads

“I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.” 

- Gideon Cross

Actually, I wasn't sure to pick this book. Of course, there are many reviews that praise the book greatly. And they are encouraging. So okay, I was going to read this one. I didn't know what I am expecting, but I was hoping I'll enjoy the book like I did when I read Fifty Shades. Many of the reviews say that Bared to You is pretty similar to Fifty Shades. I love Fifty Shades, and I was hoping I would love Bared To You.

Well, I guess I'm not sure I love it.

Bared to You and Fifty Shades are pretty much the same. Speaking of the plot, anyway. Eva Tramell lives her life in New York, with her mother stalking her every step. It was creepy, and I was glad my mom isn't as overprotective as Eva's mom. Eva and her roommate-and-best-friend, Cary Taylor, has an apartment in Upper West Side. She works as an assistant in Crossfire Building, although her stepfather mega-millionaire Richard Stanton isn't that thrilled with her decision.

And then Eva bumps into Gideon Cross. I love his name, really. It suits him. Turns out, Gideon owns the Crossfire Building, and Eva's apartment as well. Gideon is the mogul, a mega-bazzilionaire scorchingly hot man. I admit I will not be bored with blue eyes and black hair, paired them with a perfectly cut body and smoldering look, he gets me in a puddle. He has set his eyes on Eva since the first time they met. But what annoys me to no end is his stubborness. Duh. Okay, stubborn is good, but he drives Eva crazy with that.

Their relationship happens so fast, but intense. At first Eva tries to deny her attraction toward Gideon, although she definitely feels something. Gideon has strange definition toward 'dating' in particular, that he has 'sexual relationships' and 'friendships'. As I expected, both of them has fucked-up pasts. And their past threaten their brand-new relationship.

I don't think I like Eva. Seriously. She likes to second-guessing every move Gideon makes to win her heart, she's easy to get jealous, she misunderstands every little time. I hate it. WHY can't she stop and think, letting her heart rules her every time? And please stop hurting Gideon by making the wrong moves and run like a scared little rabbit when she's faced with Gideon's problems--like ex-girlfriends? Oh, please. Can't she see, despite of Gideon's trail of women behind him, he loves her? Bleh.

And Gideon is very frustrating. One moment he draws himself closed, not letting Eva in. One moment he decides to go nuclear and mad at Eva because she talks to a friend. One moment he's so sweet and so hot and so sexy, the next moment he'll push Eva away with his words. Aaaargh. He's much more Mr. Mercurial than Christian Grey! It doesn't make sense. I know he has issues, and they're not small deal. But really, does he have to treat Eva like she doesn't deserve a bit of his honesty? Yeah, he's hot and filthy rich, but I admit I'm bored with this kind of pattern.

And what was that with the ending? Seriously? After they run in circles, coming up to nothing (because eventually Eva will fall at Gideon's feet and they'll make love after their fights. Hah. Anyway, I was listening to Love The Way You Lie with Eminem rapping, it suits the mood), all of that ends with THAT? The emotional roller-coaster I had while reading was cut abruptly. How could you, Miss Day *weeping* I would love something more clear, or the book doesn't end with that kind of situation left hanging.

I have to say Gideon-Eva are different with Christian-Anastasia. Really, truly, utterly different. What their differences are, I don't think it's good if I just spill them out. Well, I don't care if there are people who would gladly say they're similar. Maybe, yes. A few. Like their situation, but still I find them different. But the characters are different. But I think, I did expect to much. Ah, sucks. I'm raking my brain here trying to find the similarities, and end up nothing.

I was dissapointed. Big. I know comparing this to Fifty Shades is unfair--yet I am spoiled with these good reviews saying that this one is as good as Fifty Shades. I looked at the numbers of good reviews, and wondering if I'm crazy or just misread the book--like I read the book wrong or upside down that I don't get the same impression as other people. When I'm told a book is similar with one other, I would like to find some similiarities. But say, someone told me it's better than Fifty Shades, and I just can't help but frowning.I like the book, not the kind of devour-this-all-time like I do to some series. This book is good enough that I'm willing to read the second one (out of curiosity). I don't mind the sex scenes, actually. Nothing BDSM, despite the mention of bondage and pain. They're not kinky enough to make me frown, but hot enough to keep the fan on my hand.







Monday, August 06, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon - Update for Day Two


Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon is on its day two today. I'm keeping up with PCT, 15 hours behing West Indonesian Times. Just for the record, umm, it's 11:06 AM, August 6 in Surabaya, but 9:08 PM, August 5 on PCT times.

My progress:


Finished Bared To You

10 % of Beg of Mercy
75 % of Obsidian


Hotter Than Summer Challenge




Triton


My Review on Goodreads

Drool-worthy - Protective - Smartass



Christian Grey


My review on Goodreads

Intense - Broody and Dark - Sexy

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon - Show Off Your Pile

Read-a-thon Signups

Yippeee! Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon starts today! :D

I am sooo excited about participating in this event, and I will also have a chance to win giveaways. The rules are pretty simple, so I find it interesting to finally be able to participate in the challenge.

So let's get ready.

I'm showing of my Read-A-Thon Pile. But keep in mind the books I choose for this event aren't exactly new releases. I'm still having some hard times to get the books I've been yearning for so long, and honestly I haven't had time to check out the new releases.

In eight days, I'm hoping to read six books. I know that maybe I couldn't get to read ALL of them, but still, I'm hoping. With me practically being jobless, well, I think six isn't an impossible number.

So here's my Pile :)







Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon - Challenge Schedules

August 4
START OF THE READ-A-THON Some Like it Paranormal & In Between – Show us your TBR
8:00am Jessica @Wickedly Bookish - Wicked Summer Cover Challenge
2:00pm Misa @The Magic AtticRewrite the Synopsis - INT

August 5
8:00am Trini @Book Lovers ReviewHotter than Summer

August 6
8:00am Emily @Falling for YACover Love Challenge
2:00pm Shae @Understanding Shae’s Story - Summer Vacations
6:00pm Mackenzie @Oh For the Love of Books!Summer Party Challenge

August 7
2:00pm Allison @AbibliophobicMystery Title Challenge

August 8
8:00am Daphne @Winged ReviewsSummer Couples - INT
2:00pm Sadiya @Random and BookySummer Reading List

August 9
8:00am Rachel @Unforgettable BooksIndividual Challenge
2:00pm Christina @A Reader of FictionsDystopian Challenge - INT

August 10
8:00am Montana @The Book BellesLaughing Out Loud Challenge - INT
6:00pm Shreya @Chocolate Coated ReviewsBook Cover Challenge - Canada/US

August 11
8:00am Patrick @The BookshelvesTitle Story Challenge
2:00pm Stephanie @A Dream Within a DreamParanormal Summer

August 12
8:00am Bekka @Pretty Deadly ReviewsVolleyball by the Beach - INT
2:00pm Margie @Bumbles and Fairy-TalesQuote Challenge
6:00pm END OF THE READ-A-THON Some Like it Paranormal & In Between- Wrap Up and Photo Album.


The Final Challenge

Wrap Up Photo Album Challenge
We're giving you a heads-up on what the final challenge of the read-a-thon will be so you get the chance to prepare. We want to know about the places you read this summer, if you went on vacations to a nice place, the beach or a nice reading place in your home. For your last post we want you to show us some pictures of these places, you don't have to be in the pictures. So pick up your books and pick up your cameras for the week, we're looking forward to see your reading places :)

Friday, August 03, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon




Read the details here : Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon
August 4 - August 12 PCT

Hosted by Jude Henderson @ In Between and Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

It's my first time to participate in this kind of, well, challenge. I'm a member of The Young Adult Book Club, moderated by Jude Henderson and also Jennifer Messerschmidt (and other four people). For this summer, Jude and Jennifer are hosting Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon. It will have fabulous challenges and interesting giveaways, some of them are international. The schedules are out and I really need to keep up with PCT (Pacific Time Zone). Good thing (or bad thing?) Indonesia is like 15 hours ahead from PCT, so it is practically August 4 here, but still August 3 in USA.

Honestly, I don't know if I will be able to read much. There are few books I'd like to read and luckily, I already have copies of these books so I just need to concentrate. It's a good thing I'm not doing anything but keeping tab with my online accounts, I'm hoping I can participate fully in SWUR.

Jude Henderson and Jennifer Messerschmidt are two of so many reviewers I respect. Especially Jude. She's a great reviewer, her reviews are interesting, and I use her and Jennifer's reviews as my reference.

Because I'm participating in SWUR, from now on until August 12 I'll be reviewing in English.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Setelah Tutup Toko Selama Satu Bulan

Oookay.
I'm feeling guilty here :(
Satu bulan aku nggak utak-atik blog, and now I'm trying to make it up.

Bulan Juli sama sekali nggak ada postingan. Ada beberapa alasan yang bikin aku nggak bikin review sama sekali, bahkan di Goodreads, bulan Juli kemarin. Satu, aku agak bokek dan aku nggak bisa banyak baca buku. Total hanya ada sekitar lima buku yang kuselesaikan bulan ini. Dua, internetku mati dan aku nggak bisa online, sama sekali. That was frustrating as hell! Tiga, yah, karena aku diterima di Universitas Airlangga di jurusan Teknobiomedik (atau nama kerennya BME--Biomedical Engineering) dan akhirnya jadi daftar ulang ke sana, aku nggak punya banyak kesempatan buat duduk manis dan bikin review. Empat, dua mingguan terakhir aku diminta menemani nenekku nun jauh di selatan Jawa Timur, dimana koneksi internetnya lelet banget dan bodohnya aku juga nggak bawa flashdisk yang isinya barang-barang buat update di blog. Jadinya yah, terlantar deh sampai sekarang.

Sekarang udah bulan Agustus, bulan puasa lagi. Memang sih, aku baru bisa buka laptop lagi hari ini, dengan setumpuk to-do list yang harus diselesaikan (termasuk menghapalkan Hymne Airlangga). Dan yah, dengan bangga aku bisa bilang hari ini aku baru nyelesaiin tiga review buat bulan ini. Mulai sekarang aku bakalan mulai ngebikin review yang ntar tinggal di kopas ke blog. Buku-bukunya yaa buku yang udah kubaca, mungkin udah agak lama. Emang sekarang blognya masih agak berantakan, but give me a break. Aku baru buka blog setengah tahun dan karena jadwal sekolahku kemarin amburadul blogku kena imbasnya.

Bulan Agustus bulannya apa ya?? Oh, iya! Hari kemerdekaan! Indonesia's Independence Day! :)
BTW, soal Independence Day, ada satu buku yang mengingatkanku sama upacara Agustusan, yang biasanya menjadi tradisi saat aku masih sekolah. Well, sekarang juga masih sekolah, tapi kan udah mahasiswa *wink* Judulnya 5 Cm, dan aku juga udah bikin reviewnya. Karena hari ini aku baru aja ngeganti template blogku, kayaknya review 5 Cm harus nunggu sampai besok.

Selamat Berpuasa buat yang melaksanakan. Hidup tiduran sampai maghrib!

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