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I'm a girl who reads and have too many books. You’ll know that I do because I will always have an unread book in my bag and my shelves. A girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. A girl who has a list of books she wants to read.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Haul


What is Book Haul all about?

Book Haul is all about sharing the physical books I'm adding to my shelves, but I haven't read yet. Sometimes book bloggers make the post of Book Haul monthly or weekly, but I just want to post it whenever I have a time to post. So I will tell you all the (fiction) books that I have bought but not read yet.

Confessions?

I'm a book-buying addict. I spend a lot of my time wandering at bookstore through one shelf to another shelf, or just browsing and searching about book sale or soever. I tend to buy books because I love the physical side of books, that's why I heart printed books than ebooks.

Sometimes I get books by buying it (I economize my money of meals, clothes, etc), but some more, I get it from winning a book quiz, or a gift from publishers and friends.

Why I keep buying books when I still have other unread books?

I don't know why. Sometimes I want to buy books because of its synopsis, its cover, recommendations, or just because I know the author. Sometimes I buy books because I already have the serial and I want to complete it. In brief, because I'm curious about them. And sometimes I can't sleep (ha!) when I get curious about books, but it hasn't on my hand already. So I think, I must have the book first, and doesn't matter when I have a time to read it.

So, when will I read all of these books?

As soon as possible. To tell you the truth, I like when there are so many unread books on my shelves. Because I can choose what's to read next based on my feeling and mood. And there are already books in various genres and authors. Romance, fantasy, from Indonesian writers to foreign writers, in Indonesian or English, I have so many choices. But of course, there is a time when I get confused of choosing what book I will read. Usually, I tend to prioritize reading a book from publisher because the publisher would ask for my review as soon as possible after the book arrive in my house.

For nonfiction or comic, I usually read it the first time I get it, or I can say that I take a glance of its pages, read some first chapter, and usually get bored at the half of it. But trust me, I can finish read them, too, at last. Eventhough it takes a lot more time than I read fiction books. Even sometimes I reread some of them (especially motivational books), when I like the quotes and need to remember the lessons.


There is a list of fiction books in my shelves that I haven't read yet.


1.        Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson
2.      Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
3.      Girl With Nine Wigs by Sophie Van Der Stap
4.      The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
5.      She Went All The Way by Meg Cabot
6.      Ransom My Heart by Mia Thermopolis ( Meg Cabot)
7.      The Tennis Party by Madeleine Wickham
8.      Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad
9.      Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
10.   Snow White and The Huntsman by Lily Blake
11.     My Perfect Sunset by Kyria
12.    Rahasia Sang Ibu Negara by Curtis Sittenfeld
13.    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
14.   The Awakening by Karen Amstrong
15.   Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
16.   Dreamland by Alyson Noel
17.    Fleur by Fenny Wong
18.   Klop by Putu WIjaya
19.   A Warewolf Boy by Kim Mi Ri
20.  Seven Days by Rhein Fathia
21.    The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
22.  Blast from The Past by Meg Cabot
23.  Manxmouse by Paul Gallico
24.  Extras by Scott Westerfeld
25.  Ambition by Kate Brian
26.  21 Proms by Various Authors
27.  The Winter Traveller by Ezra S.T.
28.  Danur by Risa Saraswati
29.  Antology Cinta by Various Authors
30.  Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
31.    The Look by Sophie Bennet
32.  Unhappy Medium by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
33.  Kenyataan Pahit by Jeff Kinney
34.  Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
35.  The Death Cure by James Dashner
36.  Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
37.  Monster High by Lisi Harrison
38.  Ibuk by Iwan Setyawan
39.  Pulang by Leila S. Chudori
40. Dream Catcher by Alanda Kariza
41.   Negeri di Ujung Tanduk by Tere Liye
42.  Spells by Aprilynne Pike
43.  Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
44. Heroes of The Valley by Jonathan Stroud
45. Torment by Lauren Kate
46. The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
47.  Dixieland Sushi by Cara Lockwood
48. The Not So Secret Diary of a City Girl by Allie Spencer
49. I Did (But I Wouldn’t Now) by Cara Lockwood
50. You’re The One that I Don’t Want by Alexandra Potter
51.   Take A Chance On Me by Jill Mansel
52.  The Forest of Hands and Teeth by
53.  The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
54. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
55. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
56. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
57.  What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Friday, July 12, 2013

[Book Review] Sweet Melody

Sweet Melody by Baek Myo
4/ 5 (3 ratings)

Publisher: Penerbit Haru
Release Date: July 2013 by Haru
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Haru Publisher, free book to be reviewed
Genre: Romance-Comedy, Korean

“Musik adalah kebebasan menuju dunia yang tidak diketahui.”


Hwan kabur dari rumah.

Selama berbulan-bulan, ia merasakan pahitnya kehidupan di jalanan, termasuk dikejar oleh kumpulan preman. Saat sedang bersembunyi di sebuah gereja, Hwan bertemu dengan empat pemuda tampan yang sedang berlatih musik. Mereka membantunya lepas dari kejaran para preman itu.

Hwan mengira ia cukup mengucapkan terima kasih pada mereka. Namun tiba-tiba, para pemuda itu mengajaknya bergabung dengan band mereka.

“Namamu bagus. Kau tahu apa yang terjadi kalau kita memilih anggota yang namanya bagus? Saat memperkenalkan diri dengan nama yang keren, penonton pasti akan bersorak-sorai!”

Alasan apa pula itu?!

Ketika akhirnya Hwan setuju untuk bergabung, keempat pemuda itu berteriak gembira, “Waah! Sekarang terbentuklah band beranggotakan lima pria!”

Mendengar seruan gembira itu, Hwan berpikir, Tunggu. Aku... aku kan perempuan!


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Membaca buku ini jadi teringat serial drama Korea Coffee Prince, since they have the same idea, tentang seorang wanita yang berpenampilan seperti dan sering disangka seperti seorang pria, dan akhirnya jatuh cinta dan dicintai oleh salah seorang rekan kerjanya. Meskipun ketika melihat cover buku ini, yang saya kira adalah gambaran seorang Hwan, saya sama sekali tidak berfikiran bahwa Hwan tampak seperti seorang pria. Pemilihan cover yang salah, menurut saya.

Overall, the story is still similar as another comedy and romance Korean drama, but I found myself smiling at some pages. Lelucon yang dilontarkan penulis lewat karakter-karakternya sedikit jayus tapi ketika saya memvisualisasikan ceritanya ke imajinasi sebuah adegan serial tv, saya jadi bisa melihat kelucuannya. Kesimpulannya, saya merasa buku ini lebih baik jika dibuat serial tv-nya. Banyaknya dialog langsung dari para tokohnya juga membuat saya sedikit kelimpungan disini. Contohnya, ketika seluruh anggota band Sweet Melody (spoiler: ya, Sweet Melody adalah nama band mereka) sedang berbicara, tidak ada penjelasan pemilik dialog yang jelas antara satu dengan yang lain, sehingga sedikit membingungkan dan membuat saya menerka-nerka, dialog yang ini siapa yang berbicara, dan dialog selanjutnya tokoh yang mana lagi. Get what I mean?



Karakternya tidak ada yang saya favoritkan, meskipun saya suka sifat perhatian Hwan. Mendengar suara salah seorang temannya, Hwan bisa langsung tahu bahwa temannya itu ada masalah (halaman 198). Anggota Sweet Melody yang lainnya, Ju Ho, mengingatkan saya akan Vic Zhou-nya Meteor Garden. Alasannya? Karena karakternya yang mirip, misterius dengan masa lalunya, merupakan sahabat yang paling dekat dengan tokoh utama, dan yang paling sensitif.


Ceritanya sendiri, di luar dugaan saya, ternyata punya banyak hikmah. Sedikit membosankan dan kesal, sih, karena diceritakan bahwa (hampir) seluruh anggota band Sweet Melody itu punya masalah di keluarganya masing-masing. Dan kesimpulan yang saya buat, semuanya berhubungan dengan masalah penerimaan diri. Namun, hal itu menjadi pembangun semangat positif dalam buku ini. Bahwa, misalnya, kita harus tetap mengejar apa yang menjadi impian kita. Harus bersemangat dan bertekad. Saya suka sekali sebuah dialog dalam buku ini,

"Saat kita takut, memang tidak apa-apa melarikan diri, tapi kalau selamanya melarikan diri kita tidak akan bisa hidup. Kalau setiap kali takut, lalu melangkah mundur maka tidak akan ada perkembangan.". (Halaman 180)

Bagian favorit saya dalam buku ini adalah ketika Hwan mengingat kembali ibunya. Ternyata, selama ini Hwan 'buta' akan kasih sayang ibunya. Hanya karena satu kesalahan ibunya pada Hwan, dia melupakan kebaikan-kebaikan ibunya yang lain yang selama ini tidak dia hargai. I added one more star for this book because of this beautiful part of story.. :)


PS: Buku ini ada lanjutannya, lho.. Sweet Melody part 2. Saya tertarik dengan buku keduanya karena dari cuplikan bukunya, buku kedua masih melanjutkan kisah Hwan dengan Chang Ryong dan anggota Sweet Melody lainnya dalam kehidupan sekolah musik Baekjaego.



My Rating :

3.5 stars - This book was OK, read it if sounds good to you

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

[Book Blast] Breaking Glass (+GIVEAWAY!)





Breaking Glass
by Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: 07/09/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads:
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.







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***Excerpt***
“So where is he?” She cranes her neck, trying to spot Ryan in the crowd.
Heart pounding, my mind hiccups through its storehouse of facts. I reposition myself to block her view. There’s no time to try texting Ryan a warning.
I could tell Susannah. Tell her how Ryan has been sneaking around behind her back for over a year, even hooking up with two college juniors in a motel room during one of our out of town meets. But defying the Morgan machine by pointing this out takes too much energy. Instead I blurt, “Did you realize the Watch Hill carousel was once part of a traveling carnival?”
She laughs and shakes her head. “What? Jeremy, sometimes you can be such a--”
But her voice trails off as her gaze wanders past mine, her smile crumpling like a paper bag.
I follow her line of sight and I know this is it. The crowd has thinned around Ryan, enough for her to see him with his mouth smashed against Claudia’s.
“Oh, man,” I gasp. I turn to comfort Susannah, but she is already gone.
I stand, dithering; wanting to run after her and apologize for letting her walk into this ambush.
But, no. This is something Ryan needs to take care of. I might have signed on to sweep his mess under the rug, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to clean up after him. I push through the crowd to get to him.
“What? She what?
Did you know she was coming back early?”
I feel my face heat. “No.”
Ryan pushes Claudia off of him, his stage makeup still glistening and thick, traces of Claudia’s lipstick smeared on his lips. “Good job, Jeremy. You could have at least texted me.”
My hand curls into a fist. I stuff it in my jacket pocket. “She ran out,” I say. “Maybe you can catch her.”
Ryan shrugs, and without a coat, stalks out of the theater into the night. I wait a few minutes then follow. Susannah’s car is gone, and so is Ryan’s. I try to call Susannah, but she doesn’t pick up.
I get in my car and focus on resisting the water bottle’s siren call, panicked glimpses of my waking nightmare crashing through the floodgates, the terrifying memories swept through with it. The rain and the torrents of water sweeping past, draining into the Gorge, forcing me to remember. To relive it. No. Not now.
I need to stay clear.
Since eighth grade, when I discovered that liquor dulls my terrors, I have been a master thief and spy.
Not even Ryan knows.
Just a sip to calm my shaky nerves. One tiny sip to beat back the rising waters that threaten to drown me. I can do it. I pride myself on my steely self-control. My ability to remain stone-cold sober even when the track team holds a victory keg party.
They call me Jeremy the Teetotaler. Jeremy, the History Nerd who never partakes.
I snap open the glove compartment. The innocuous silver bottle is shoved behind the owner’s manual, gas receipts and a collection of power bar wrappers. I raise it to my lips and gulp once, twice, three times; the cold liquid igniting as it hits my throat. It takes two, three more gulps to slow my heart to normal speed. The bottle is nearly empty. I cap it and return it to the compartment, warmth flowing to my cold fingers. I’d need to drink three times as much as that to
lose focus.
Swerving the deserted black roads slick with rain over ice, I follow my usual running circuit. This is familiar turf. My backyard, practically.
Yes. I can do this. Susannah knows my route so I hope she’s come this way and parked, knowing I’d find her. She wants me to find her. To comfort her. I’ll tell her everything. How I’m sorry for lying to her. For letting Ryan hurt her. And maybe at last she’ll accept that it’s not Ryan she wants, but me.
But there’s no sign of her.
After driving and searching fruitlessly, my mind churning with outcomes, the now driving rain
blurring my windshield, I can’t stand it anymore. My heart is racing. Just one last sip to fortify myself is all I need.
When I round the next hairpin curve, my headlights flash on Ryan’s car parked behind Susannah’s, engines running. I squint through the rain and mist and spot them behind the guardrail, illuminated in the headlamps’ cone of light. There’s no shoulder on this side of the road, so I pull over when I can, about twenty yards past them.
When I finally get out of the car I can hear her shouts over the racket the rain makes. My head is buzzing, but my thoughts are clear.
In fact, they’ve never been clearer, as the roots that entangle me fall away.
The damp air smells like freedom.
Susannah screams, and pounds at Ryan’s chest with her fists. He shoves her hard and she falls backward. I don’t see her get up again. Raucous arguments were nothing new between Susannah and Ryan, but I’d never seen him hit her before.
There’s a steep decline into the woods where they’ve chosen to have their argument and I worry Susannah could have gotten hurt. Ryan disappears now, too. What the hell are they doing?
I begin to run at full tilt. I still have some distance to cover, but that’s no problem for me, even with the Absolut pumping heat through my veins. But my boot heel catches on a wet leaf then slides out from under me.
I’m flying, but I land softly.



About the Author
Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.






BREAKING GLASS
which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art. 





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2-signed ARCS
1-original work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author.


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

[Book Review] Guardian Cheonsa

Guardian Cheonsa by Karina Citra Ayu
4.20/ 5 (5 ratings)

Publisher: Diva Press
Release Date: June 2013 by Ping! Diva Press
Format: Paperback, 184 pages
Source: Diva Press Publisher, free book to be reviewed
Genre: Romance, Korean, Fantasy

Memilih salah satu dari dua orang pria yang paling penting dari hidupnya merupakan hal yang mustahil bagi Cheonsa. Han Leeteuk bagaikan malaikat pelindungnya dan Kris Wu adalah cinta pertamanya. Namun ketika tak bisa memilih, ia harus kehilangan mereka dan sekaligus memorinya. Sebuah misteri pun terus membayangi kehidupan Cheonsa hingga beberapa kejadian aneh perlahan mengingatkan dia akan lelaki yang sesungguhnya memiliki cinta sejati.


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This is a simple korean romance story. Dengan jumlah halaman yang tidak lebih dari dua ratus halaman, aura romancenya masih terus berasa sampai halaman terakhir. Dialog-dialognya juga saya suka, meskipun campuran antara memakai bahasa Korea dengan bahasa Indonesia, dan beberapa catatan kaki sedikit menjengkelkan saya ketika membacanya, namun bahasa yang digunakan untuk menyusun dialog karakternya sederhana dan alami sehingga membuat saya masih terngiang-ngiang beberapa kata setelah selesai membaca buku ini. Misalnya saja, sampai sekarang saya jadi suka berteriak 'Ya!' (yang dalam bahasa Indonesia berarti sama dengan 'wOy!') dalam hati saya ketika ada sesuatu terjadi, gara-gara baca buku ini.

Plotnya sendiri awalnya agak sedikit membingungkan, contohnya saja, Kris pada awalnya diceritakan terlihat dingin dan bermusuhan dengan Cheonsa. Namun di hari berikutnya, mereka sudah akrab dan sampai menginap di rumah Cheonsa. Selain itu, saya awalnya masih suka bingung sama settingnya, apakah ini di Jepang atau di Korea, karena yang saya tangkap, buku ini bersetting di kedua tempat itu.

Karakternya sendiri tidak banyak yang menonjol, hanya saja saya tidak suka dengan adegan yang dilakukan Park Minhyuk. Menurut saya, kisah ketertarikan Park Minhyuk dengan sahabat Cheonsa, Hyesun, terlalu berlebihan dan vulgar. Selain itu, sudut pandang karakter di buku setahu saya seharusnya konsisten, namun di bab tujuh penulis menggunakan sudut pandang 'aku' tanpa alasan, padahal sebelumnya cerita ini memakai sudut pandang orang ketiga. Saya fikir, kendalanya ada di sangat tipisnya novel ini, sehingga penulis tidak bisa mengeksplore ceritanya lebih luas lagi, sehingga banyak adegan-adegan yang seharusnya ada pendahuluannya. 

 Selain dialog, ending novel ini juga bagus. Saya suka akhir ceritanya, akhir kisah Cheonsa, Kris, dan Han Leetuk. Bukan karena ceritanya luar biasa atau apa, tapi karena adegan akhirnya lain dari yang lain. *Spoiler* di sini, penulis sedikit memasukkan unsur fantasi.

Terakhir, yang paling saya kritisi adalah kondisi fisik buku ini. Saya kurang suka dengan print-out atau cetakannya, karena kertasnya jadi terlihat seperti kertas fotokopian. Banyak cetakan halaman yang ada garis hitam samarnya, seperti bekas fotokopian. Covernya pun menurut saya tidak sesuai dengan isi ceritanya, karena tidak ada hubungan spesial dengan sepasang sepatu.



My Rating :

3 stars - This book was OK, read it if sounds good to you

[Book Blast] Rush +GIVEAWAY (Signed Copy of Rush)


 Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to
know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t.
And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


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***Excerpt***

There’s a flash of light, blindingly bright. Colored haloes obscure my vision. They dance and flicker and then disappear, leaving only a rectangle of light boxed in by the dark doorframe.

I see then that the door’s gone and in front of me are people. No…they aren’t people. They have limbs, hair, faces, but they aren’t human. After the first glance, they don’t look even remotely human. They’re pure, painful white, so bright they throw off a glare. They look like they’ve been dipped in glass, smooth and polished, but fluid. And their eyes…they’re a silvery color, like the mercury in the antique thermometer that my mom used to have at the side of the front porch.

When I was ten, I knocked that thermometer off with my wooden kendo sword, shattering the glass. The little blobs of mercury went all over the porch. I was a kid. I didn’t know better. I touched them, prodding the little balls until they joined the bigger blob. My mom swooped down on me and snatched me away, telling me it was poison. It could kill me.

I stare at the things in front of me: the Drau. I can’t look away.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember Jackson talking about Medusa.

Don’t look at their eyes.

Their mercury eyes.

They’re poison.

They will kill me. 
Copyright
© 2013. Eve Silver. All Rights Reserved.











About the Author
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.

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