26.7.18

Juli 26, 2018

WWW Wednesday, July 25th 2018

Hello everybody. Miss me already? Hehehe. This day I want to do another kind of book blog posting. I am joining the WWW Wednesday that is initiated by Sam Ann Elizabeth. Just click the link to know more about this. If you want to join the fun also will be awesome. The more the merrier J.

The three Ws are:

  • First, What are your currently reading?

  • Second, What did you recently finish reading?

  • Third, What do you think you’ll read next?






CURRENTLY READING


legendaryLegendary – by Stephanie Garber

I am not a multitasking reader. I can only read one book one time. So starting on Monday, I am reading Legendary, the second book of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I am so excited to read this book. I was in love with Caraval. Despite so many mixed reviews, I loved Caraval so that I gave it 4 stars. It was its magic that attracted me the most. I felt like I was in a giant circus enjoying the game that Scarlett played. Now, in the second book, I am curious of how the journey of Donnatella (Scarlett’s sister) in playing Caraval itself. I can’t wait to meet the Legend itself (the character that is most talked in the book). Is anyone currently reading this same as me? Put your comment below on how you rate it so far.

 

 




RECENTLY FINISH READING


crown of midnightCrown of Midnight – by Sarah J Maas

I did a full review of this book two days ago. You can click this link. I read this series after I read the second series that Sarah J Maas wrote (ACOTAR series). I deeply fell in love with ACOTAR and their characters. Based on this, I decided to start Throne of Glass. After reading first and second book, I liked it. And I have this feeling that I will love Throne of Glass more than A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

 

 

 

 




NEXT READING


golden sonGolden Son – by Pierce Brown

After reading Legendary, I am planning to read Golden Son the second book of Red Rising saga by Pierce Brown. I am going to read the Indonesian translated version. I’ve already read the first book months ago. But to bad I didn’t very much like it liked anybody did. But seeing the hype of this book, I am trying to open up to this book again. Moreover, there is this challenge by Howlers Indonesia to do a Morning Star reading challenge which is the third book of it. To enliven the challenge, I decided to join. So, do you want to join also and do buddy reading with me in the beginning of next month.

 

 

 




So, what is your currently reading?

 

Regards,








Previous post: [BOOK REVIEW] Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
Source of book cover and synopsis: Goodreads

23.7.18

Juli 23, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

crown of midnightTitle: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Date: August 27th 2013

Pages: 418 pages

ISBN: 1619630621 (ISBN13: 9781619630628)

Format: Hardback

Start Date: July 16th 2018

Finish Date: July 22th 2018



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(Beware of spoilers!!!!)





Synopsis:



"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.




Crown of Midnight was the second book of Throne of Glass the series. In the second book, Celaena Sardothien continued her journey as the King’s Champion. She had the task to eliminate King’s enemies based on the order from the King himself. Initially she did all her job smooth without any particular obstacles. But then came new target which leads to a lot of situations even death.

In Celaena journey to Kill new target named Archer (who apparently was someone in Celaena’s past), she developed new affection with Chaol, the captain of the guards. But their love was tested in several circumstances. Not only that, she was also opened to the history of Adarlan and how the magic disappeared in the first place which made her doubt to kill her new target. With her new knowledge of magic and also friendship in the castle, she tried to conquer any riddles that were faced upon her.








(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*


World Building: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star



My most favorite setting scene in a book is the Kings era such as in The Lord of the Rings movie. Crown of Midnight had the equal ambience with LoTR. So basically, this story can easily be in my preference. Moreover, there was Fae and magic in it. But something bothering me was that the world building was too much. It took almost 2/3 (two third) part of the book. I bit boring in the middle. However, I couldn’t say more beside I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Plot: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star



I read this series after I read the ACOTAR series. I could say that the plot was Sarah J Maas typical. However, Ms. Maas could package them differently. There were also twists everywhere which her marks also. Those twists were not a mere twist but led one event to another. Some might said it was a plot hole, but you would not know the answer until you read the next book. But parallel to the category above (World Building). I was a bit bored in the middle. There was too many psychological war (which was not my book type preference).

Character: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



All the characters in Crown of Midnight were lovable in my point of view, especially Chaol. I loved him so much and very sad of the outcome of him. Chaol needed a proper hug and friends who cared for him 100% (e.g. MEEEEE!!!!! X-D). I loved Dorian in Throne of Glass. But the in Crown of Midnight I loved Chaol more. Some of my friends told me that Chaol’s attitude will change in the fourth book, but I will embrace it later. Let me fangirling with Chaol till then.

Then there was also Nehemia, the character who actually I loved the most then Celaena in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. She was so brave. Although she was dead (yup, this is very spoiler – warning stated above), I still loved her because she was also one of the key for Celaena to change herself and fight for freedom of everybody.

Writing-style: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



Sarah J Maas, was my second most favorite author. She knew how to write neatly but simple. As a non-native speaker of English, I found this book easily to read with its own flowing conversation. I couldn’t say more beside I love her works, her writing style, her developed characters, and her whole package of books. Although she liked to “change” OTP but I guess it was not incoincidence. I believe she did it with consideration as she already plotted it at the beginning of the series.

Others: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



These series came with two editions. First Hardback US edition and second Paperback UK Edition. Although the cover picture is same, but I like the hardback cover version the most since it had dark color in it and the picture was detail than the paperback one. Especially Crown of Midnight had an orange-maroon color for the cover, lovely…







"Stronger Together.
Together Forever."





"Your past doesn't make calls on your future. It doesn't matter who you were. Only who you are."





"This is not the end of me.
This is just one more enemy."









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(Goodreads: [star rating="4.48" numeric="yes"] from 225,488 Ratings per July 23rd 2018)



[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Although the hardback version in pricey but I did not regret it. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]



[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] I am not definitely gonna unhaul this one :-D. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]



 

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Previous post: SanWa Top 5 Books to Reread

Source of book cover and synopsis: Goodreads


NB: *For each category summarized that I like, I will give one star. If I don’t like it, I will give no star. If I half like it, I will give half star. The total ratings will be a summed-up of the stars.

19.7.18

Juli 19, 2018

[Top 5 Tuesday] SanWa Top 5 Books to Reread

Although it is already Thursday here in Indonesia but It’s not too late for Top 5 Tuesday. You can click the link given of the people who initiated the theme. It will also be fun if you can join also. The theme for Top 5 Tuesday is Top 5 books I want to reread.

I was a person who did not like to reread because I have so many endless TBRs (same as other book worm classic reason I guess). But recently I had the urge to do some rereading once per month. I have started with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (you can find my recent review of this book here). See here the list goes.




harry potterHARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRET


I have planned on doing all Harry Potter books reading (including Fantastic Beasts). I started just with book number one. And next month I am going to reread the second book of this series. I was not young anymore, but it was so much fun to read a magical young adult book that full of adventure. It felt like I was back in school again. I can’t wait to read my Gryffindor Chamber of Secret edition (lovely red dust jacket, hardcover, and stripes edge).

 

 

 

 




warcrossWARCROSS


Warcross was my most favorite book of last year and the its second series “Wildcard” is the book that I am most expected this year of 2018. Before reading Wildcard, I am planning to do a reread of Warcross. I want to remind myself of how Warcross go before Wildcard. Probably for reread, I will choose the Indonesian Translated version (as a way to compare with its English version), then I am ready for the second book :-*

 

 

 

 




a court of mist and furyA COURT OF MIST AND FURY


Over all the books in A Court of Thorns series that have been released, I loved A Court of Mist and Fury the most. The second book was portrait the true battle of the lead characters. The mixed feeling between Feyre, Rhysand, and other characters were epic (even compare to the war itself in A Court of Wings and Ruin). Definitely my most favorite part is chapter 33. But what I like from this book that the environment of all the scene was wonderfully described. Then, came the plot twist that was unpredictable at all. Ahhh I miss Feysand :-D

 

 

 




strange the dreamerSTRANGE THE DREAMER


Actually I gave this book 3.5 stars last time. I didn’t know why but I felt boring while so many others loved this book so very much. But I am eager to read the next book. So, I plan to read this book once again before the second book. I want to prove that it is worth 3.5 stars from me or can get better. Maybe I didn’t concentrate enough the last time I read it.

 

 

 

 




geminaGEMINA


Jay Kristoff’s work in Illuminae series are always loveable time to time. This unique series bring a new journey in reading a book. Moreover, its second series, Gemina, attracted me the most the the other books. This Science Fiction book really has Science fact in it, that is very interesting to read. Once again, the plot twist was something that made me fall in love with this one. I have reviewed this one also months ago. Please click here if you want the detail review.

 

 

 

 




Those are all my version of top 5 books to reread. What are yours? Just leave your comment below.

 

Regards,



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Previous post: Coffee Book Tag
Source of the book covers: Goodreads

18.7.18

Juli 18, 2018

Coffee Book Tag

It is time to do "Coffee" book tag. I find this tag in Fictionologyst blog. This tag is interesting. I don't like coffee but this is just fun. And I tag everybody who wants to do this tag :)




BLACK COFFEE


a darker shades of magicName a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

A DARKER SHADES OF MAGIC

Hype books did not always hype in me. For example, this book. I didn’t hate it though but for me it was only a three-stars book (while others gave 4 or 5 stars). I like the main idea of this book, the male lead character, and the writing style (Schwab had a melodic yet dark style, I loved it), but somehow the whole plot appeared ordinary.

 

 

 

 




PEPPERMINT MOCHA


harry potterName a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

HARRY POTTER SERIES

As you already know that Harry Potter and its world is like Mickey in Disney. They know how to attract people with their book promotion year by year. The anniversary of Harry Potter always attracted me to buy old-Harry-Potter things that seemed new. (psstt, I just bought one box full of Harry Potter merchandize, again!!)

 

 

 




HOT CHOCOLATE


philosopher's stoneWhat is your favourite children’s book?

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE

I choose Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the very first book of Harry Potter. It described clearly how children in their first elementary ages really did, their plainness, innocence, attitudes, and carelessness. But they were all packed in one funny yet thrilling book for children in Potter’s age back then.

 

 

 

 




DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO


geminaName a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

GEMINA

Technically all Jay’s Kristoff book that I’ve read so far categorized in this tag. But most of all in Gemina. Well I didn’t finish it in one sitting (although I could), but this one got my attention the most and could finish it in a shorter time than the first book. My adrenaline was rushing throughout the content and could not let it down unless forced.

 

 

 




STARBUCKS


red risingName a book you see everywhere

RED RISING

I kept seeing this book (and its series) in so many Instagram feed and update. I was not into this one in its first book. But seeing this everywhere, triggered me to continue my journey with it. So, hopefully at the beginning of July I will continue with its book two and three together with the Howlers in Indonesia. Anyone wants to join?

 

 

 

 




THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP


crownds of croswaldGive a book by an indie author a shoutout

THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD

I have no experience reading indie author books. But I know this one book that wandering around in my Instagram feed. I am eager to read it though and hopefully someday I get the chance to receive the magical box. The box looked and sounded delightful. Hopefully you will have your chance too.

 

 

 

 




OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF


sky in the deepName a book you were expecting more of

SKY IN THE DEEP

This standalone book had something that moved me. Its plot and its writing-style drove me to give 4 stars last time. But unfortunately this was not enough for me. I need more of Eelyn and Fiske for another round of book. Their family relationship was the most attractive thing to me.

 

 

 

 




THE PERFECT BLEND


the nightingaleName a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

THE NIGHTINGALE

The Nightingale was the second historical fiction I read after a looooonnnnggggg time (If I was not mistaken, I had read my first historical fiction around 15 years ago, back in high school time). I read this as a part of a reading challenge. I was a bit pessimist at first because I didn’t really like to read a historical war book (except in fantasy) but it turned out very good. It was a very touchy and sad book at the same time. I cried in some parts.

 

 

 




GREEN TEA


strange the dreamerName a book or series that is quietly beautiful

STRANGE THE DREAMER

Laini Taylor was famous with her beautiful writing style. She wrote poetic fiction Young Adult stories including Strange the Dreamer. Not only style, the world building was described wonderfully and beautifully. For example, Moth. I hate Moth. But look the cover of this book, weren’t they beautiful? Laini Taylor also picture Moth in its beautiful ways. Then also came blue goddesses. It sounded freak but they appeared very wonderful.

 

 

 




CHAI TEA


acomafName a book or series that makes you dream of far off places

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

Velaris was my most favorite fictional place in books that I wanted to visit. I could feel the breeze in a warm isolated city which the citizens lived in harmony and far away from traffic and other crowded civilization. It felt like Velaris knew no war (although later on, they needed to face the war). It would be quite fun living in Velaris before war with my little family.

 

 

 

 




EARL GREY


around the world in 80 daysEarl Grey: Name you favourite classic

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

This was my first classic read back in my Junior High School. I fell in love with reading after reading this book. I like to read English book due to this one. Although I learnt English a lot through Harry Potter, but this book marked the beginning of a book worm gene in me.

 

 

 

 




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Previous post: [BOOK REVIEW] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J. K. Rowling
Source of the book covers: Goodreads

17.7.18

Juli 17, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

harry potterTitle: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: June 1st 2017 (first published June 26th 1997)

Pages: 368 pages

ISBN: 1408883805 (ISBN13: 9781408883808)

Format: Hardback - Hufflepuff Edition

Start Date: July 11th 2018

Finish Date: July 16th 2018



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(Beware of spoilers!!!!)





Synopsis:



Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw … Twenty years ago these magical words and many more flowed from a young writer's pen, an orphan called Harry Potter was freed from the cupboard under the stairs – and a global phenomenon started. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has been read and loved by every new generation since. To mark the 20th anniversary of first publication, Bloomsbury is publishing four House Editions of J.K. Rowling's modern classic. These stunning editions will each feature the individual house crest on the jacket and sprayed edges in the house colours. Exciting new extra content will include fact files, profiles of favourite characters and line illustrations exclusive to that house. Available for a limited period only, these highly collectable editions will be a must-have for all Harry Potter fans in 2017.


 

Harry Potter stories had always been a Hit for every readers in a wide range of age. The magic of Hogwarts never failed its particular readers over years. 2017 marked the 20 years of the very first published Harry Potter series. In the past 20 years, there were so many re-publishing with various cover. When it hit its 20 years anniversary, Bloomsbury made a wonderful re-publishing by releasing the story in Hogwarts houses edition. It did not only contain with the original story, but also the background of each house.

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley were the three main characters of this book. They have their kids journey throughout Hogwarts to fight evil and grow up into a strong and good witches and wizards. But they were not alone, (not literally) the whole school helped them to grow together. This story was not only about magic and fighting bad, but it was also about true friendship, love, loyalty.








(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*


World Building: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



Hogwarts vibe never failed me to feel amaze. J.K. Rowling surely had talent in bringing her own type of magic. Its first book was showing enough of how capable a group of friends in doing their own magic. Magic was not only about spell or charm, but also about hardworking, logic, and cooperation. This kind of world building really suited to kids in their elementary school. Did you remember the Mirror of Erised? I Believe you did. And I always awed in wonder how the author came up with that word, “Erised” was desire. Some parts that amazed me were the Forbidden Forest, the journey of Harry Potter and Hermione to the highest tower, and of course the riddles the three should conquer to win over the bad (the sleepy fluffy lullaby, the devil snare, the human sized chess, and the mirror itself).

Plot: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



Its first book offered an easy plot for kids. It started on how Harry ended up in her bad aunt’s family until he reached enough age to learn magic in Hogwarts. There were no endless torments for Harry, but still it was painful for orphan like Harry to be treated bad. Then in its right time, Hagrid came to pick up Harry for his first time studying magic. After that, Harry’s world got 180 degrees turn when he met Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Neville, and others. Harry with his innocence and new to anything about him at first always tried to meddling other people’s business and did not care of himself but others. Then finally he started to know who he really was when He with the two others try to capture the bad which later known as Voldemort.

Character: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



What I like from this book that I could meet bunch of characters but not in one shot (so it would not confuse me). Aside from the characters that I had mentioned above, we could meet, my favorite, Professor Dumbledore, Prof. McGonagall, Prof. Snape, Prof. Quirell, Filch and Mrs. Norris, Oliver Wood, Crabbe and Goyle, Firenze and Bane the Centaurs, Madam Pomfrey, the dead Unicorn, and so on. Although they played only small parts, but their stories linked to one another and took important parts in it. Although this story basically talked about Harry Potter, but the other two had the same proportion of plot that made Harry Potter character strong.

Writing-style: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



My first favorite Young Adult author was J.K. Rowling. She surely had ability to connect short phrases into light reading paragraph. For its first book, back in 2000’s I read the translated version. And now I re-read the original version. I admit that the translator was very talented to deliver J.K. Rowling writing style into Indonesian Language. So the taste of Rowling’s did not replaced. It has easy-to-understand conversation style. We could find so many new terminologies but she (and our Indonesian translator) could describe it well and easy.

Author: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star



J.K. Rowling is always on my favorite author list. Aside of that, I love this house edition. I bought Hufflepuff in Hardback which came with stripe black-yellow line and black cover. It was wonderful. I also collect its illustrated edition in English. For you Indonesian, all version of Harry Potter that had been sold in our local bookstore were wonderful. There was the illustrated version in Indonesian too. Do not forget the latest Indonesian paperback edition (or box set) with Indonesian illustrator cover that awarded as the best Harry Potter cover illustration. (Below is the picture of the latest Indonesian version).

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"Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself."





"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."





"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."









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(Goodreads: [star rating="4.46" numeric="yes"] from 5,425,403 Ratings per July 17th 2018)



[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] This is always in my all-time favorite book to read when you are alive. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]



[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] If I have enough money, I am gonna buy all the house version in hardback format. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]



[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] I am not definitely gonna unhaul this one :-D. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]



 

Regards,



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Previous post: SanWa Top 5 Future Classics

Source of book cover and synopsis: Goodreads


NB: *For each category summarized that I like, I will give one star. If I don’t like it, I will give no star. If I half like it, I will give half star. The total ratings will be a summed-up of the stars.

12.7.18

Juli 12, 2018

[T5W] SanWa Top 5 Future Classics

Heyho everyone. This is the first time I joined the Top 5 Wednesday #T5W that I saw in goodreads group (click the link and you will go directly to that group). In a way of reactivating my blog again, I want to start it with blogging about book more often including this top five. So without further ado, check this one out.

The measurement of classic for every person and every category is different. But in my point of view, classic can mean 50 or more years ago. Even hundreds. So here are my top five future classics in based on my favorite genre which is fantasy.




HARRY POTTER


Harry PotterI believe some of you will choose J.K Rowling masterpiece. I grew up with this book. The first book is already 21 years old and its first movie will be 17 years this year. I am pretty sure that this book will stand of all time. Those re-publishing with pretty covers are attracted audience especially for young readers who hasn’t been born in my era. Moreover, the characters in the movie will also be the main factor of this story attractiveness. So, for young readers, if this is the first time you know about Harry Potter, you should buy it right away because it is worth to read.

 

 

 




A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE


a song of ice and fireWho doesn’t know this series. We knew it with “Game of Thrones”. To be honest, I haven’t read any of this series neither watch the TV show (feel free to mock me :-D :-D :-D xD xD) but don’t get me wrong I collect three pin sized funko of the main characters. Looking at the hype of the stories and characters (even in figurines and any other crafts), this George R.R. Martin masterpiece can be well-known through decades ahead. So I still have years to read it without feeling old.

 

 




THE HUNGER GAMES


the hunger gamesKatniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are two characters that people talked back then and still talking about in the present. There are many books in the same genre put this tagline “Perfect for The Hunger Games fan” in their cover. I am one of the lover of this Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. I have read it and watched the movie. Their gimmick in the books and movies are well-known throughout the millennial generation. Don’t forget to mention the fashion that is presented which is epic.

 

 

 

 

 




CITY OF BONES


city of bonesAnother book that I haven’t read. Well, I read though but only a few chapter years ago. By seeing how Cassandra Clare’s book has so many editions it means that people love it. Now it has already passed a decade. It can become like Harry Potter especially this series has its own TV show even up until now. Who haven’t read this one? I guess we should and still have time to dig it.

 

 

 




THRONE OF GLASS


throne of glassIt sounds lame, but I love this series and the author behind it. This one is the newest than the others above, but it has so many faithful readers (including me). Sarah J Maas has its unique writing-style that can hypnotized their readers even make them faithfully waiting for her next book related to this series. You should try to read this one though :-).

 

 

 




Those are all my version of 5 top future classics. What are yours? Just leave your comment below.






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Previous post: [BOOK REVIEW] Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
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11.7.18

Juli 11, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

[block]crazy rich asiansTitle: Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan

Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: June 11th 2013

Pages: 403 pages

ISBN: 0385536976 (ISBN13: 9780385536974)

Format: Hardback

Start Date: July 1st 2018

Finish Date: July 6th 2018

 

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(Beware of spoilers!!!!)





Synopsis:


Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.


Crazy Rich Asians was the first book of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller series. It was a story about having a relationship with a conglomerate scion. Basically this book told a story of an Asian girl named Rachel Chu which had a relationship with a wealthy man named Nicholas Young. At first, Rachel who had a relationship Nick – nickname of Nicholas – for two years, didn’t know the family background of him. They met in America due to their job as lecturers which then fell in love and live together.

One day, Nick should attend his best friend wedding as a best man. So, he decided to take Rachel in hoping to have a wonderful vacation with her while attending his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Unexpectedly, Rachel realized who Nick really was and she got a bit shocked with the family culture that surrounding Nick. So all of the conflict began after Rachel met the Young’s big families and friends. As a whole, this book was not told in Rachel and Nick point of view only. But there were other characters as well. There were Astrid and her husband point of view, Nick’s mother, and other crucial family members.

 





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(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*

World Building: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star


If you want to know how high class Singaporean lives, you should read this book. Kevin Kwan clearly described how all of those conglomerates relate to the others which were above or below them. I was amazed on how detail Mr. Kwan’s portrait Singaporean with their spotlight. I could easily see how money come and go in those wealthy families. I also realized that it was possible for them to travel from one country to another was just like in one or two hours driving by car. Even I know how designer’s brand was cheap to them. These conglomerates did not only live in money and lifestyle, but they lived in a power of a country.

Plot: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star


I was not a big fan of contemporary books anymore (I used to when I was in my senior high school), but this one was an exception. At first I thought the plot would be flat same as those similar theme books. After several pages, I kept saying “oooohhhh” and “aaahhh” until the end of story. There were some predictable parts which were realistic. But somehow a bit boring in the middle (this book has 500 pages long in its translated version with tiny font size!!!). I also felt like the climax had a forced ending. Aside of that, I still like this book because it was very funny. I could not stop laughing.

Character: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star


Crazy Rich Asians had it owned family hierarchy. It did not consist of one family pattern but more!!! I was bad with names even in reality so I found confusing with names in this book. Even until now I did not remember well their names only the main characters and the supporting roles which always showed up. As for the main characters itself, I LOVE THEM SOOOO MMUUCCCHH, especially Nick (I was weak with gentle man) :-*. Ahhh, the movie, please come faster :-D.

Writing-style: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star


The version of the book that I read was its translated one. But, I did a short reading of the original version in English. I should say that it had good style. The original one had flowing with conversations and the translated version did not fail to portrait the author’s taste and culture. I just love both of them. Specifically, I wanted to praise the translator for making it good. Yes, there was some parts that we should read it in original version since it has “Singlish” in it that could bring us going deeper to the book, but to me the translators did their job very well.

Author & Others: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star


Good praise for Kevin Kwan. This was his first International bestselling books that I read. So, well done. I can’t wait to read the next but I need to put aside until next month. My TBR is getting higher!!!!!!

By the way I want to give you another glimpse of the the book version. The cover shown above was the first edition in hardback. Nowadays, mass market paperback edition is sold especially in Indonesia. The cover of Mass Market Paperback is shown below.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="308"]crazy rich asians mass market Crazy Rich Asians in Mass Market Paperback Cover[/caption]

As for the translated Indonesian version (for you who lived in Indonesia), the cover and ISBN of the book is as below. I loved very much this translated version cover. Very bold and red!!




[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="309"] Crazy Rich Asians - Kaya Tujuh Turunan (Indonesian Translated Version) ISBN13: 9786020314433[/caption]




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“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”




"Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action."




"Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you."






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[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] [star rating="4" numeric="yes"] [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
(Goodreads: [star rating="3.76" numeric="yes"] from 94,990 Ratings per July 11th 2018)


[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] So funny!!! So funny!!! So funny!!! Even I could not believe that I could reach this 500 pages book in 6 days!!! What a progress, ekekekke. Need to watch the movie in the cinema (Ehh, bakal masuk bioskop Indonesia serempak ga ya?) [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Although I liked this one, but I was satisfied enough with the translated version. FYI, the cover for our Indonesian version was very simple yet gorgeous. I liked it very much than the original cover. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


[icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""] I will not gonna unhaul this one :-D. [icon name="book" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


 

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Previous book review: SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Source of the book cover and synopsis: Goodreads

NB: *For each category summarized that I like, I will give one star. If I don’t like it, I will give no star. If I half like it, I will give half star. The total ratings will be a summed-up of the stars.

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