Desember 14, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] Gemina – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

geminaTitle: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 18th, 2016

Pages: 659 pages

ISBN: 0553499165 (ISBN13: 9780553499162)

Format: English version - Hardback

Start date: December 9th, 2017

Finish date: December 12th, 2017

Where to buy: The Book Depository - Hardback or The Book Depository - Paperback

Book Synopsis:
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Disclaimer: This review may contain spoiler!

~ My Rating ~

[star rating="10" numeric="yes"]

~ Goodreads Rating ~

[star rating="4.56" numeric="yes"]
(20,255 Ratings)


~ Favorite Quotes ~

It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.

And blood and tears and screams did not matter anymore, because at least they are together.

And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.


~ My Thoughts ~

What I like about this book:

  1. What got me into reading this was the format of the book. It was very unique. This book wanted us to feel like a reader who read bunch of case transcripts. We needed to understand like a detective that gather all information from his colleague. Which made this book supppppeeeerrrr cool. This kind of format did not make me bored. I even finished this in 4 days!!!!!! (This is a progress for me hahahaha, I usually read a thin book for a week).

  2. Another thing that attracted me the most was its dust jacket and its hard cover. I just love the transparent plastic cover. It really matched with the book and its story. Well, introduce me to this kind of hardcover, I will gonna buy it immediately (hahaha, says the book hoarder).

  3. I am a fan of fantasy and / or science fiction book. Tales and Futures are very interesting to me. More over when the story is very action like a movie, I will definitely fall in love with it. This book made me feel so. I love the characters’ action inside it. The tension between the protagonist and antagonist was thrilling. It was just fantastic like watching movies!! I hope this book will turn into a series of movies and played by them who played in the Avenger… hahahaha. Okey don’t ask me about world building because I thought every author has its own style in building their own book world (well frankly speaking that I do not really understand about world building … ekekekkee). As in Gemina, we will understand what Gemina really is after 3/4th of the book. So just be patient.

  4. Beware of plot twist!!! I had a hate and love relationship about this book. That plot twist scattered me!!! I hate you Mister Kristoff :’-(. The funny part was that everytime I talked about auditing (I am an auditor and in charge in company regular audit activities) I immediately remember Gemina and its evil “AUDIT MEMBERS”. Am I becoming a bad person right now? :-D

  5. Who doesn’t love romance in a book? To me the romance between Hanna and Nik not as lovely as Kady and Ezra buttttt (damn) the plot twist made the Hanna-Nik’s relationship very special and unthinkable! I was fooled all the time reading this book.


What I don't like about this book:

  1. I gave it 10 SOLID GOLD STARS!!! So no dislikes hehe. But only suggestion though, although it looked exclusive but I don’t really like white cover book. While reading I kept seeing the white cover (I always leave the dust jacket at home because it was very hard for me to read hardback book with its jacket on), afraid they got dirty :-D


~ Conclusion ~

Those likes and dislikes above that made me those 10 stars out of what the community hype and what it mostly gave. As the conclusions:

  • I am probably gonna re-read this book only if there will be no book to be read hehehe (I am not the kinda reader who re-read a book although I love it so much, beacause my TBR is high and I am a slow reader).

  • I can say that the second book is much way better from the first book. The first book to was just an introduction of the Illuminae group. But the second one was very tensed. Do not give up on book 1, you will meet the best part later :-D. I am waiting for the third book!!! Please the author, can you just make the publication date faster?? *grinning*.

  • I definitely WILL NOT unhaul this book. This series are very good to be kept and collected. I even bought the Indonesian version of Illuminae only to have the special bookmarks of Kady and Ezra, while the book will be my giveaway prize for Indonesian residence.

  • What made a book interesting to me is when I could not guess what would happen next. This happened when reading Gemina. I could not guess anything and learnt so many things from each characters.Well, I thought when that certain someone died, he would be death and no resurrection, but I was fooled. The dying part was the answer on GEMINA itself. Ooooo I really salute the authors.

All and all, this is my honest opinion only. Every person may have a different perception and taste. Maybe you have different opinions. If you would like to share feel free to leave your comment below. :)




Juni 10, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

strange-the-dreamerTitle: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: March 28th, 2017

Pages: 536 pages

ISBN: 1444788981 (ISBN13: 9781444788983)

Format: English version - Hardback

Start date: May 27th, 2017

Finish date: June 5th, 2017

Where to buy: The Book Depository - Hardback    or    The Book Depository - Paperback

Book Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

Disclaimer: This review may contain spoiler!


~ My Rating ~

[star rating="3.5" numeric="yes"]


~ Goodreads Rating ~

[star rating="4.42" numeric="yes"]
(8,415 Ratings)


~ Favorite Quotes ~

He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn't sleep at all.

Life won't just happen to you boy, he said. You have to happen to it.

I think you're a fairy tale. I think you're magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you'll let me be in your story.


~ My Thoughts ~

What I like about this book:

  1. What really got me of this book is its cute cover. At first I saw the US cover with its combination Yellow and Blue color with so many cute moths on it. Then after searching and wanted to pre-order, I saw the all blue cover with a golden emboss (as the picture above). I admit that I didn't think the picture below the title is a moth. I thought it was like a strange ship :p. After I received my copy I just know that the edge of the book is also all blue which makes it superrrr cuuutteee plus there is the author's small sign in it. This book will definitely not be unhauled.

  2. Although I still do not like moth but I love how Laini put moth in this story. Well, the description of how the moths can come out from Sarai's mouth made goosebumps to me (those silent scream and hundreds of moths came out really frightened me at first).  But in the end I try to imagine that the moths are gold cute butterflies. It made me easier to get through the rest of the story :D.

  3. I am not a fan of a poetic work, even I hate poems. But the sentences that were strung together was very beautiful to read. This is the first time I read this kind of writing style. Thumbs up for Laini Taylor.

  4. Sometimes I hate a too descriptive piece of story. It turned out not good enough even stiff and feels unnatural. But this book is different. The description is very specific. I can imagine clearly well the city of weep, the citadel, each characters, the ghosts, etc. Moreover, the overall plot of the story is very interesting ❤️. Isn't it our dream to feel a real dream? Although looks unreal but it was real in Weep.

What I don't like about this book:

  1. Although I said the plot was interesting but it was a bit slow. I thought it was only in the beginning but it took almost 80% of the book to reach the climax. I guess it is because of the detail description of each chapter. Laini portrait a place too deep that can make a long paragraphs for it. But then I remember the first book of A Court of Thorns and Roses. To me it ha the same slow-paced plot in the beginning, but then the tense came out after reading around 60%. The rest 40% in ACoTaR hit well with a very tensing chapters. As for Strange the Dreamer the rest 20% was not climax enough even left hanging that made the reader had to wait to the second book.

  2. Since this book is poetically well-written, I got bored here and there because I need to slowly read to understand. Okey this is my problem not the book. I said before that I hate poem. It took me some times to understand a hard and long sentence. I am a bit slow thinker with hard sentences 😁, sometimes I feel sleepy.

  3. I love blue, but I didn't like the blue characters inside this book. It doesn't mean I do not love Sarai and her friend. Since they were the children of god, they were definitely very good looking. But I don't know. Every time I read Sarai part I remember Mystique from X-Men with her blue skin, and I didn't like appearance. It was hard for me to imagine a blue and godly face of Sarai and her friends. More over for Lazlo Strange himself, I didn't feel how "godly" his overall look was although he turned out half-human half-god.


~ Conclusion ~

Those likes and dislikes above that made me those 3.5 stars out of what the community hype and what it mostly gave. As the conclusions:

  • I will not re-read this book. I don't like its slow pace. Once is enough.

  • Although like that, I am curious of the sequel. I will definitely buy the sequel until it reaches the end.

  • I also do not want to unhaul this book. Definitely will collect this one (since also it is a hardback version).

  • In consideration to buy future works of this book's author. If the community star rating is 4 and above maybe I will buy and read it (well yeah, currently I only buy a four-stars rating books to eliminate high piles).

All and all, this is my honest opinion only. Every person may have a different perception and taste. Maybe you have different opinions. If you would like to share feel free to leave your comment below. :)




Januari 22, 2017

Tahun Baru Banyak Membaca

Halo semuanya!!! Kangen nggak sama saya? :D Setelah sekian lama akhirnya saya nongol lagi di rumah maya ini. Sejak terakhir kali saya posting banyak hal yang sedang saya lakukan sehingga blog ini terkesan terbengkalai. Dalam dua bulan ini memang saya ingin mengubah semua image terhadap blog ini dan juga mengerucutkan poin-poin tulisan. Mengapa? Karena saya sedang membangun usaha. Usaha yang bergerak di penjualan  buku dan juga Book Subscription Box. Perihal ini saya jadi merombak beberapa hal tentang saya dan keterlibatan saya di dunia maya. Berikut beberapa hal yang saya lakukan:

  1. Fokus terhadap akun instagram saja. Saya punya tiga akun saat ini. Yang pertama adalah akun @sandrinetungka yang berisi postingan bookstagram dan beberapa postingan general dan terkait kegiatan blogging. Yang kedua adalah akun @thehariyantos, akun terkunci yang saya khususkan untuk share kegiatan keluarga saya. Dan terakhir akun @sanwalibrary, yang merupakan toko buku online yang saya sebut diatas. Walau begitu Facebook, Twitter, Path, dan akun sosial media lainnya tidak saya tutup namun saya batasi penggunaannya (bahkan sudah jarang saya buka).

  2. Mengganti theme blog dengan tema ber-layout news dan memindahkan isi sanwalibrary[dot]com. Kesannya blog ini jadi gado-gado karena semuanya ada. Namun kedepannya saya memprioritaskan untuk mengisinya dengan blog buku dan hal-hal terkait traveling dan sejenisnya, walau tetap menerima beberapa tawaran job review.

  3. Web sanwalibrary[dot]com didalam perjalanannya kedepan akan berubah menjadi portal e-commerce untuk jualan buku saya. Namun itu masih kurang lebih 1 ~ 2 tahun kedepan lah.

  4. Fokus membaca banyak buku seperti sediakala!!

Target Membaca

Saya ingin highlight sedikit poin yang di nomor 4. Salah satu alasan saya membuka bookstore online adalah saya ingin mengembalikan minat baca dan blogging saya setelah lama mati suri. Memang dengan adanya kehadiran seorang bayi dan saya masih bekerja kantoran, rasanya tidak mudah mengambil waktu untuk membaca dan mengetik. Namun saya mencoba niatkan sejak November 2016.

Setelah kurang lebih dua bulan, sedikit demi sedikit minat membaca saya bertambah. Namun memang banyak yang dikorbankan seperti saya tidak pernah lagi nonton TV (sama sekali!! XD), tidak pernah lagi nonton film di laptop (kecuali nonton bioskop saja), mengurangi belanja random kecuali benar-benar perlu, dan lain sebagainnya. Selama dua bulan ini, hari-hari saya berisi dengan mengurus keluarga, kerja kantoran, membaca, mulai aktif blogging kembali, dan merintis usaha toko buku tersebut.

Di awal tahun 2017 ini, saya menantang diri saya sendiri untuk dapat membaca 24 buku dalam satu tahun (bisa di cek di akun goodreads saya). Kurang lebih target sebulan saya harus membaca minimal dua buku. Sejauh ini, saya sudah mencapai target Januari 2017 untuk membaca 2 buku lowh bahkan sedang progress buku ketiga namun baru 10%.


Fokus Membaca

Bagi saya tahun 2017 adalah tahun untuk membangun minat membaca saya secara pribadi. Saya ingin dengan kegiatan ini bisa mengajarkan kepada anak saya, walaupun masih bayi, bahwa buku itu bukan barang sulit dan bukan barang menakutkan. Buku harusnya bisa menjadi salah satu teman untuk mengembangkan ilmu apapun jenis bukunya. Untuk mencapai tantangan ini pula saya pun menantang untuk paling tidak posting satu foto yang bertema buku di instagram dalam sehari. Walaupun hanya pakai gadget paling tidak hasilnya nggak malu-maluin. Masih banyak yang perlu di poles siyh tapi saya bisa puas lah dengan hasil foto saya sendiri (wekekekek). Sebagai informasi saya hanya menggunakan iPhone 5S yang masih banyak dijual dipasaran (klik jika ingin tahu harga iPhone 5S terbaru). Saya pun terus meniatkan diri saya untuk menjadi bookstagrammer sejati seperti beberapa akun yang saya ikuti diiringi sebagai seorang book reviewer di blog sendiri.

Bagaimana denganmu? Seberapa banyak anda ingin membaca di tahun 2017 ini?




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