Book Cover Doppelgänger

Have you ever see a book cover and just think that it looks familiar or extremely similar to other covers?

Because I’ve seen them. A LOT.

When there are countless of books printed in this world, being a cover designer must be a hard job. They have to be creative, creating eye catching cover, while still represented the story and characters contained in the book. Which is why sometimes we see cover that looks similar with each other. It’s fine really.

But sometimes, those covers look EXACTLY similar with each other. Like they are using the same stock pictures. Sometimes, they don’t even bother to edit it out by adding filter or whatsoever. It’s just there. So today I’m going to show you some covers that look similar with each other, while going a bit “who wore it better” with these covers. I’m not going to talk about the very obvious and mainstream one like that 98935025 NA books that use the same male abs pictures or that couple from LUX series that’s so famous they have their own listopia. This one will be for more recent books and it’s similar covers.

Disclaimer: This post does not mean to discredited the person behind the cover or the book. As long as the cover represented the book, hey, why not? It’s just something that bugs me a lot, that’s why I’m writing this post. Not bad intentions or whatsoever.

 

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Okay, this one is not exactly the same, but it’s pretty similar. The whole flower pierced with arrow and the petal scattered in the background? Same concept, different execution. For this one, I prefer And I Darken cover. I mean, Rose Petal Graves’ is gorgeous, but that shade of purple happens to be my favorite, and it’s lighter than the pink so it stands out more against the dark background.

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Again, similar. I’d say around 98% similar? Red hear girls, leather jacket, tank top, black jeans, sword, dark fog forming circles around the girls… heck, even both of them are wearing necklaces and their hair are the same. I think the only differences is the model facial expression and the bracelet position. For this one, I also prefer the more famous cover, the Shadowhunters poster of Clary. It’s just darker and the whole dark colors make her profile (especially her supposed red hair) stands out more.

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This one is 100% similar. Just different cut, filter, font type and color. Again, I prefer The Girl from the Well. The red and font type really makes the whole thing creepier, and I think it perfectly fits the story. I’m afraid of Japanese ghost, and this cover made me terrified to actually reading this book.

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Another case of same idea, different execution. I really like that shade of red, but on a whole, Queens of Geek cover works better because it has bigger fonts and neon pink. I mean, it’s very eye catching y’all. The red is both bright, but also muted, while the pink is more vibrant LOOK AT ME READ ME.

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O..kay, this one is not really similar. But if you only take a glance at Rise of the Dawnstar, you might think that it’s a book part of Doon series. Well, it isn’t. But I get why you’d think that. I mean, the concept is similar I think. And I’m sure it will work very well as part of Doon series.

Have you seen any cover that looks familiar?

tasya

 

How My Reading Nook Will Look Like (If I Ever Have One)

Hey guys! After several reviews that I posted this month, I decided to do some different post for the last week of April. You’ll have a discussion/features post on Thursday, and more reviews coming your way in May 😀 But first, let’s talk about today’s post.

Reading nook or a library (or both, if you’re lucky) is a must-have, goals, and dreams of every bookworm. Imagine that corner while you can curl yourself up with an amazing book, a corner that will always be there for you when you’re having a bad day or just want to read. Imagine lines of books on your bookshelves waiting for you to read or re-read them!

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The place doesn’t have to be as large and have as many books as the citadel, but it’s definitely one of my goals to have a reading nook. It doesn’t have to be fancy or huge, what’s matter the most is it’s a place for me to read and read only. Today I decided to share with you guys how it will look like and must-have items on my place.

THE BIG PICTURE

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So if you notice, all of the pictures above have similar qualities to them: HUGE windows, fluffy bed/mattress/whatever and pillows. I like to have lots of natural light and air when I’m reading, that’s why I prefer reading outdoors. When I’m indoor though, I always choose to read near a window. So they are definitely a must have for me!

THE BREAK DOWN

I would prefer to have a window seat for my reading nook, so it’s really close to natural light. But at the same time, since Summer in Indonesia is usually feel like being in an oven, I could also have some fluffy sofas. We don’t want to sit on scorching hot window seat and burn out behind, do we?

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Those are some examples of my dream sofas, but maybe in different color. I’ll try to find some more pastel and neutral color like baby blue or dusty rose or maybe even go dark like navy, but not white. The thing is, sometimes I’m eating while I’m reading, and spills can cause great damages to white furnitures.

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Another must haves are pillows and blankets. Now, Indonesia is a tropical country, so I definitely do not need a lot of blankets, especially the fluffy ones. And I also not a pillow person, so I’d ended up throwing them on the floor while I’m reading. But I love them so much! Like, I love how they look together when the nook is unused you know? Who knows, it might lure someone to sit there and actually try read some books? Also, when it’s raining here, the temperature could drop to 23 or 25 C. I know it’s not much for you people who has winter, but it’s cold for me already! For pillows, I’d love to have something that look so basic and tumblr-ish, as you can see above. Who knows, maybe in 20 years my taste will change. As for blankets, well, it’s never change. GIMME ALL THE SOFT FLUFFY BLANKETS, like this, this, this, this, and this.

For the decor, I don’t really need much. I prefer to have small carpet (so I can lay on the floor if I want to), 2 or more potted plants to add some burst of colors, and lamp. Plants can be anything, whether they are mini cacti, hanging plants above the windows, outside the windows, or huge plants on either side of the window. It doesn’t really matter, but I’d love to have something green to give more color. As for lamp, I prefer a tall, simple floor lamp. I think it will provide enough lighting for my “sleep is for the weak” reading session.

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Now, this reading nook wouldn’t be complete without bookshelves right? I know I said before that I don’t like white furnitures, but if I ever have my own bookshelf, I always envisioned it as white. And I know having a glass or door can keep your books longer (no dust and prevent yellowing of pages) but I prefer having my books full on display. I’d probably buy something like the one below, look how perfect it seems with the stairs and old feeling it has. It’s like a mini library!

So those are some break downs on how my reading nook will look like, when I have my own place. All images are linked in their caption, but you can browse more sofas and shelves by clicking here, lighting by clicking here, as well as pillows and blankets by visiting Target, Ikea and Urban Outfitters website! If you need more inspiration and daily updates, you can follow Arhaus on twitter.

Where do you usually read? Do you have special place to read? If you don’t, what will yours look like?

tasya

Screen Rambles: March

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Welcome to another edition of Screen Rambles! This is the post where I round up all the movies and shows I watch last month, instead of rambling about them in my wrap up post and making them too long 😂 Last month I didn’t do a post because all I watch was chick flicks and Lego Batman, and I already posted my thoughts of them in THE NERD DAILY. Click here to check my review of chickflicks and Lego Batman. I also watched Beauty and the Beast last month, but I already posted the review on The Nerd Daily too,  so check it out. Without further ado, let’s see what I watched last month.

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds / Love in Moonlight

AAHHH I LOVE THIS K-DRAMA! I finished the whole thing in 3 days, which is a record for me in terms of K-drama (I didn’t even finish DoTS this quick!). The thing about K-drama is, they are around 16-20 episodes long, and each episode are around 1 hour, so I can’t watch them quickly.

It tells the story of Hong Ra-On who cross-dressed as man her whole life, and accidentally sold as an eunuch to the palace. There, (s)he met the Crown Prince whom she had (bad) history with, and in K-drama standard, you know what happened next.

First of all, I LOVE SAGEUK. I love the costumes and the feels, the overall etiquettes and power struggles between the faction…. They’re the reason why I prefer them more over contemporary drama.

Second, the actor. They are all amazing! Yoo-Jung’s and Jinyoung’s facial expression, Dong-yeon mysterious aura, the King’s fidgeting, and of course, Park Bo-gum! ❤❤❤ I mean, obviously the reason I watch this drama is because of him, but I don’t expect him to be so good?? Like his eyes are so expressive, you can know and feel everything without him having to say anything. And his face and smile… His good look is just a bonus along with his kind heart and singing voice, but someone as handsome as he is shouldn’t be allowed to exist! I mean, LOOK AT HIM.

Ahem. Okay it seems like this post has turn into a Bo-gum centric post, so let’s move on.

I love the chemistry between the cast! Like they’re so cute! I didn’t really feel it between the Prince and Eunuch Hong though. I ship her with Yoon-sung! I also feel bad for Yoon-sung, he knows everything and treat Ra-on kindly… but all he got is… 😭 Their interaction is very strong, I cried during certain parts. Also, as much as I love PBG, I kinda dislike the Crown Prince in the drama. He’s certainly smart and cares for his people, but he’s absolutely bratty. He paid no attention of his actions’ consequences have to his entourage, and he treated the Crown Princess coldly. I know he doesn’t like her, but at least he could treat her nicely or as a friend. Even when Yoon-sung died and Crown Princess left, he doesn’t seem to show any reaction and do nothing or say last words. I wish he would do something or at least be a better person at the end, but nope. He’s still pretty spoiled.

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My only complaint is just how it drags in the middle, little happened except for expanding the romance. I also felt wasted opportunity because the first 3 episodes were very fun, with sassy Ra-on and Yeong, but as the story goes and the romance develop, they become… nice 😅 And the story become not as fun as it should be as the result. And finally, the ending left lots of questions to answers, and I prefer it ends like the actual historical way. I think it will pack more punch for the viewers. Imagine the tears.

So overall, I really love this sageuk, not only because PBG, but for the plot, the atmosphere, and the chemistry between characters. If you love saeguk, K-drama, or PBG in general… Watch this.

Oh, here’s a bonus Bo-gum gif.

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Rating: 4/5

Should you watch it? HECK YES.

Logan

All my friends were freaking out when this movie was released. They were all bugging me to watch this movie, saying things like “IT’S WOLVERINE” to “IT’S HUGH JACKMAN LAST MOVIE AS WOLVERINE”. Finally, I gave in. The thing is, I never watch the old x-men movie. I watched snippets and some scenes, but never a full movie. I only watch the McAvoy/Fassbender/Turner reboot.

I think this also factors in why it didn’t blew me away like the others. Sure, it’s action packed, sarcastic as hell, and pack some emotional punch. But I’m not THAT connected with the story and characters for me to be emotional. I feel sad about Charles though, he’s so different from the professor X we knew. (Damn it Erik where are you save him).

The highlight of this movie are of course the relationship between Logan/Charles/Laura and Laura’s performance. They felt like family to me, and some scenes truly broke me (like when Logan said “it wasn’t me” and “so this is what I’m missing”). I’m not comfortable with graphic violence in movies, so that also took away my enjoyment. Some things still doesn’t feel closed enough to give me closure, so I think there will be more movie in the x-men universe. Who knows.

Rating: 3.5/5

Should you watch it: If you have been following the x-men franchise since ye olden days or reading the comics, yes. If you’re a newbie or just watch the reboot, still yes but you won’t enjoy it as much, I think.

Goblin

This k-drama was highly praised in the K-pop community. I’ve seen it mentioned everywhere, along with Gong yoo’s face. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would like to, and it’s dissapointing tbh.

This k-drama tells the story of a soldier who was killed by the king whom he served because of jealousy. Other than killing him, the king also killed his whole family, including the soldier’s sister who’s also the king’s wife. The soldier was made immortal by the gods (either as a curse or a gift), and he can only died when he meet his bride who can pull the sword on his chest (the one the king used to kill him). Unfortunately, his bride comes in the form of Ji Eun Tak, a 19 year old who can see ghost, orphan, and targeted by the grim reaper. The said grim reaper also moved in into Goblin’s house, so the 3 of them are stuck together. Chaos ensues.

One word: BROMANCE. The chemistry between Gong-yoo (Goblin) and Lee Dong Wook (grim reaper) is so perfect. They are funny and chaotic, both are di immortales who can’t cope with human problems😂😂😂 They are also a bit heartbreaking (okay, A LOT) but they are really cute together! I really wish they spend more time together causing shenanigans to the humans around them with their abuse of power and cluelessness abot human life😂

Another thing that I really like is the concept and the aesthetic. The concept is really interesting, touching on Korean folktales as well as having background during Goryeo era (usually it’s Joseon, so it’s refreshing). This show also pays a lot of attention to aesthetic, which resulting in high quality graphics.

Unfortunately, my complaint outweigh the positive. The first thing is the age gap between Goblin and Eun Tak. I don’t mind the whole 3000 years age gap. I mean, hey, we watch vampire movies all the time, so age gap doesn’t matter. What matters is, how Goblin still looks 30 yo immortal instead of in his teenage years, therefore, the age gap was pretty visible. And obviously, like in other asian countries, we use different honorifics for older person. Eun Tak, the love interest, called the Goblin “ahjussi” which means uncle.

It really bothers me. Like I said, I don’t mind the age gap, because it’s usually around the same age (vampire diaries, twilight, underworld, etc). But this one is too obvious. And everytime Eun Tak called him ahjussi, it really bothers me.

Another thing is how slow the plot is. 12 episodes are only background, 13 is the real action, and apparently 14-16 is the closure. I don’t know, I stopped watching after 13. Even at episode 1, I’m already bored. It spent 50 minutes explaining the origin of Goblin before moving on to Eun Tak. I’m sorry but I’m just not interested. The last one is how bad the effect. I mean, it’s not horrible. But compared to some other k-dramas I watched this year (W, Moonligh Drawn by Clouds, DoTS), it’s very underwhelming. It’s too obvious and just seem more “unfinished” compared to the rest.

There are many more small complaints, but I guess that’s all I’ll talked about. This does not mean that Goblin is a bad drama, it just doesn’t work for me.

Rating: 2.5/5

Should you watch it? It depends. If you’re curious with the hype, go for it. If you’re not, then just steer clear.

What were you watching in March?

tasya

 

My Hogwarts Story Tag

Gather around everyone, it’s time for another bookish tag! I was tagged by Erika @ Books and Stars on September, but only got around to it now😅 Sorry it took so long, and thanks for tagging me! HP is like the fandom I’m in really deep. Like I’ve been in since I was a kid, and will continue till I am old. I had a Pottermore account years ago, when it was all about joining’s Harry’s journey, doing duels, attending class, etc. But then it decided to changed its concept and I had to re-sign up, and I just don’t want to be bothered, so I never get another account. So yeah, most of these answers will be me making things up and some of it based on memories😅

Am I a pure-blood, half-blood, or muggleborn?

I want to be a pure-blood! Not like the Malfoys, but the ones like the Weasleys, Longbottoms and Potters. Death eaters will sure come to me and forced me to join them, but I will say no and if I survived, my pure-blood status could help a lot of half-bloods and muggleborns!

Which wand chose me?

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This one is hard, so I took this quiz. The result is:

Your wand is made from rarely used Holly wood, with a core of Unicorn Hair. This type of wand bonds deeply with its first owner, sacrificing some power for reliability and consistency. This probably means that you’re a very dependable person.

Users are rarely seen to defect to the dark side, which has led to some witches and wizards thinking of Unicorn Hair wands as a symbol of the light.

Did I take an owl, cat, rat or toad with me?

Definitely not rat and toad. I think it will either be an owl or a cat. I want to be able to receive mails, but at the same time I want something who I can cuddle with.

Where did the Sorting Hat put me?

According to Pottermore sorting, along with few other online quizzes I did, I will be sorted into Hufflepuff. It’s surprising though, I thought I would be Slytherin!

What house did I want to be in?

For my whole life, I want to become Gryffindor, solely because how great it was portrayed throughout the series. But then I realized that Gryffindor was portrayed amazingly because our main characters are mostly Gryffindors… I know that I’m a Slytherin by heart, but I’ve accepted my Hufflepuff results too, so both are my answers!

What lessons are my favorite and least favorite?

 

I feel like Arithmancy can be both favorite and least favorites. It sounds like fun, assigning numbers like cracking some kind of code, but at the same time… it’s numbers! 😅 They are like my biggest enemy. I would totally enjoy Defence Against the Dark Arts (especially with Lupin or Moody as professor), Transfiguration, and Charms. My least favorite will probably Herbology and Care for Magical Creatures (sorry Hagrid!). I just never really care much about those subjects!

The form my patronus takes is…

I would love to have a phoenix! I always have a fascination with it after reading HP🔥 But mine will probably be a lion though. My zodiac is Leo, and so many people have told me that I really act like it. (in real life, at least).

What does a boggart look like for me?

I have many things I feared, but most probably it will take a form of snake or my beloved dying *shudders*

Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

Well I’m not exactly into sports, but joining Quidditch seems fun, even only as the cheer team you know?😂 If there’s any reading club or journalism, I will totally join those clubs!

Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

Probably in the common room if it’s at night, most likely kitchen since Hufflepuff’s common room is near the kitchen😂 If it’s a bright day, that by the lake it is!

What would I most likely get detention for?

Um… stealing food from the kitchen?😂😂😂

What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

I’d love to be a teacher at Hogwarts, spending the rest of my life there! Of course, not all of us can be a teacher, so an Auror is also a possible option, since it seems like the wizarding world is in dire need of more aurors.

 

When You Tried Your Best… But You’re Not The Chosen One // A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

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by Megan Crewe

Kindle edition, 382 pages

Published September 13th 2016 by Another World Press

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Sora’s life was full of magic–until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

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Sora has lived her whole life as the kami princess in Mount Fuji. But when an unexpected attack happened and a great prophecy involving a kami princess must be fulfilled, she found out that her whole life is a lie. She’s not a kami and she’s definitely not the chosen one to beat the darkness, she’s just a decoy to keep the real kami princess safe. Can she confront her feelings, her newfound human limitations, and work together to defeat the darkness and soothes Mt. Fuji before it spills it angers to Japan?

This is a really interesting book. First of all, our main character, Sora, is not the chosen one! She’s not a kami, she’s just a human. She has no power, her power is only borrowed from Mt. Fuji. Some people might be relieved to not having to save the world, or even being too angry to want to save it in the first place (I mean, you just found out your life is a lie and you’re a decoy to be killed instead of the real princess!), but that’s not the case for Sora. She has strong ties with the Kami of Mt. Fuji, the mountain itself, and her fake parents. Sure, she felt betrayed and jealous, but she never let all of those negative emotions get in the way or slowing down their mission of saving Mt. Fuji.

Second, I really like how this book is reflecting on mortality. At first, Sora hates being human, which is understandable. When you are used to have magic at your aid to heal you, hide you, and protect you, it’s hard to adjust to human limitations. But this book shines the beauty of being human through 2 of the group mortal companions, Keiji and Haru. After spending time with both of them and reflecting on human-ness, Sora realizes being human isn’t bad at all, and the readers got to experience the journey and realization together with Sora. How many times do we wish we have magic to aid us in real life? How many times do we wish of having super powers? By comparing Sora’s kami and human experience, this book will make you realize that our human limitations and mortality has its benefits compared to all the benefits power can give us.

I’m not a Japanese, so I don’t know if the Japanese culture in this book were represented correctly (please let me know!), but of those aspects I know, it was represented correctly. They are pretty family oriented, grades are important as measurement of student’s success and what I know of kami is also correctly written. There are some holes of course, but I will get to that later.

Now, for the negatives. My biggest complain is I really wish this book was longer, or maybe become a duology. While the story only happens in short time span (6 days), there are a lot revelations, attacks, and deaths that could use a lot more pages to develop and transition the plot, as well as giving more punch in terms of feelings. The whole thing seemed underdeveloped and rushed, jumping from one plot, attacks, and feelings to another quickly. Some important points are only discussed within 1-2 pages before moving on to the next thing. A duology would work perfectly for me to expand a bit of the story.

Another thing is the romance. As the story is moving so fast with a lot of things to pay attention to, I never felt any attachment to the characters. And I think it reflects to how I feel with the romance. It felt so unecessary and fell flat for me. Most of the times, the romance only serves as plot points in this book. If the story is more developed, maybe, just maybe, I will feel more connection to the romance. But at this point, I feel nothing and I wish they are just a group of 3 teens 2 kami try to save the world.

A Mortal Song is an interesting book with Chosen One trope twist. It also have deeper meaning by reflecting in human limitations, and pretty spot on (from what I know) of Japanese culture. But with so many actions, revelations and plot happening, this book doesn’t have enough space to expand the stories, thus it felt underdeveloped. I never felt any attachment to the characters, and the ending is also very anticlimatic. But, if you’re looking for book with good Japanese culture representation and a quick read, this book is for you.

tasya

Strong Girls, Even Stronger Friendship: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon and Summer Skin by Kristen Eagar

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33797102Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of Hazard, a powerful attorney: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for honest review

I really enjoyed reading this book! Tourmaline and Virginia might seem like they have nothing in common: Tourmaline is the Wardens’ president’s daughter, and Virginia is known as pageant girl. But underneath, both are trying to find their place in their own world, and on the verge of womanhood. I love their strong friendship, how they compliment and support each other, never let anyone bring them down. As individual or together, Tourmaline and Virginia is a badass. Their relationship had a rocky start, used and betrayals. But they keep gravitating towards each other because they know how it feels being in a world dominated by men and trying to change their world.

This book also have a dark and gritty tone. When a book is about motorcycle club and drug dealing, you know this one is coming. But the writing really fits well with the tone, and it never once cross the line.

The reason why I don’t give this a 5 star is because of my personal issues. So in this book, Tourmaline and Virginia constantly flirt and “throw themselves” (not exactly that word, but I don’t know what’s the other word) at their respective love interests. I am raised in a pretty conservative family and I live in a very conservative country. Having strong roots and values of “girls waiting for men”, it’s really uncomfortable to read the way Tourmaline and Virginia try to get the attention of their love interest. It’s not that I’m slut shaming, I am fine with that. In fact, I love them for doing that, for taking control and getting after what they want, but at the same time, it’s uncomfortable and awkward to read.

((Not really related, but for some reason this book reminds me of Guys My Age by Hey Violet))

Summer Skin by Kristy Eagar

26211610Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?

It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.

A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.

While this book is not “the next big feminist manifesto”, this book has its fair share of feminism. It’s very sex positive, I love how it openly talks and discuss about sex, and showing how we, women, can enjoy them too without having to be exclusive or labelled “slut”. Other than that, this book has a really solid female relationship. I love the friendship between Jess, Lannie, Allie, and Farren, how they are always there for each other and not judging each other. Other than the positive friendship, I love how positive the relationship between Jess and Slyvie too. They might not be friendly when they first met, but their situation never escalated in hostility.

I’m still not sold about Mitch though. Sure, he has issues. But it doesn’t justified the way he treated Jess and other girls. Or just people in general. On the other hand, I truly love Adrian. I hope we got more time with him.

I’m also not very fond of the writing style, it felt choppy, and there are some words that I feel lost in language difference, like the slangs used. It’s hard to get into at first, and hard to understand few things afterwards.

I really wish we got more girl power moment with Jess and her friends, because it’s the main premise of the book, and it’s just more fun to read. I also expected a great tragic twist about the sweep, but it didn’t. Still, I wish it was mentioned more. Another complaint is I think this book fall into the category where the girl changes for the boy. Jess doesn’t change that much, but I still feel like she’s lowering her standards for Mitch. While the romance is not bad, I really wish it doesn’t go down that way.

tasya

The Tale of Two Brothers // Ultimatum by K.M Walton

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Ultimatum

by K.M Walton

Published on March 7th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

E-book, 320 pages

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One decision will change both of their lives.

It’s not Oscar’s fault that he’s misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he’s been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he withdraws from his fractured family, seeking refuge in his art.

Vance wishes his younger brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother’s death without Oscar getting all emotional. At least when Vance pushes himself in lacrosse and parties he feels alive.

But when their father’s alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two boys must come face-to-face with their demons—and each other—if they are going to survive a very uncertain future.

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I received an e-copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

3 years ago, Vance and Oscar’s mother died in a car accident. Now, their father has only less than one day because of liver failure. When he’s gone, they only have each other. The thing is, they never have good relationship before, it was always filled with animosity under layers of hurt and secrets. Can they work it out together and be there for each other’s future?

I honestly didn’t think that I will enjoy this book. Sure, I requested it, but because it has the I’ll Give You The Sun vibe, with SIBLINGS and FAMILY SECRETS on the description. But then the slump hit and I don’t think I want to read something that sounds full of angst, because it will put me deeper in the slump. Turns out I was so wrong, and I read this book in one sitting.

This book is very hard to read. The relationship between Oscar, Vance, and their dad was very messed up. Years and years of hurt and assumptions really hinders therm from communicating from each other. The thing was, Oscar was “sensitive and quiet” while Vance and the father has this “life of the party” going on. Drink, dance, getting high, sports… they are very similar with each other, and they treat Oscar like shit because he was different. In return, Oscar retreated into himself. Oscar aside, Vance and the father was awful.

I love how the book was written and progressed. We get 2 povs, Oscar and Vance. Oscar tells us about the now, the 2 days waiting in the hospice and beyond. Vance tells us about the past, from 3 years ago, the day their mother died, and move forward until their stories converge in the here and now. We get to see how messed up their family is, the guilt and hurt surrounding them, none of their stories are straight, each have their own layers and complicatedness. Their progress also come slowly, not instaneous, so it feels real and beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

What I didn’t like is how awful Vance and the father was at the beginning. Sure, Vance progressed, but he still justified some of the things he did. I also didn’t like the girl. She felt useless and very manic pixie girl to me. She has no story in the book, no additional value or story to tell. I rather not have her and have this book focused solely on the familial aspect.

This book is full on angst, but it was beautiful. They have a rocky start, but each of them have their own character development. Reading about Oscar and Vance relationship reminds me of the importance of family and how precious the moment you spend with them.

tasya

Is It the Work of A Higher Power? // The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

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The Inconceivable Life of Quinn

by Marianna Baer

E-arc, 334 pages

Expected publication on April 4th 2017

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Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

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I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

Quinn Cutler life seems perfect. She’s finally getting in a relationship with her childhood friend and longtime crush, Jesse, spend the best Summer together, and her father is running for congress. Her life turned upside down however when she found out that she was pregnant, even though she doesn’t have any memories of having sex. Before she can sort it out and find the logical answer, the news of her virgin pregnancy spread; turning the tide on her father’s campaign and causing lots of believers camping outside her house. Is there any logical answer to her pregnancy, or is it truly the work of higher power?

Before we start, let’s talk about that cover shall we? The blue, the sparkles, and the cute typography really attracts my interest in this book. And then I read the synopsis about virgin pregnancy, and it honestly sounds interesting to me. I mean, it’s a unique idea that haven’t been done before, so I’m very excited to read this. While the plot is really interesting, the characters really made the whole thing fell flat to me.

Quinn, our main character, was annoying to read about. She knows what she wanted and stand firm in what she believed in, but she’s impulsive, reckless, selfish, and too naive for her own good. I love that she fight to keep the baby, stand firm in saying that she’s a virgin, and trying so hard to find the truth. But while doing all of those, she couldn’t see how her actions affecting people around her. 70% into the book, she still doesn’t understand why her pregnancy is affecting his father’s chance of being a congressman, how it affects her relationship with Jesse, other friends and her family. How her impulse has done her no good, and yet she keep following it (watching the show, showing herself to the fanatics, even going out to them). She’s also really bad at communication. She always claimed that she has good relationship with her mother and Jesse, and while I know how the issues present in this book affect their relationships, apparently not even once she forced them to talk with her. Same goes for Lydia. All those time locked together in the house and not once she did try to talk with her.

Some people might say that her parents are bad, but I have to disagree. All they tried to do was protecting her, even though I acknowledged that some of them went out of line. But when you have a daughter as impulsive as Quinn, who can’t be reasoned with, won’t you took the actions Gabe and Katherine did? Not to mention, being a congressman was Gabe’s longtime ambition and like other human being, being so close yet so far to your dream hurts a lot. Despite their flaws, they are really supportive of Quinn. She wanted to keep her baby? Fine. She doesn’t know who the father is? Sure, she doesn’t want to talk with us, let her talk to therapist. The world is being mean? Try to do their best to shield her. It’s just they need to work on their communication, sit down and talk rationally without any distraction.

While we’re at it, is there a test to determine virginity? Like to test whether the hymen is still intact or not? Why didn’t they do that???

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The side characters are pretty forgettable though. Jesse is such a sweet and perfect boyfriend, he’s almost to good to be true and very stereotypical. Marco and his cousin are just typical jerk. Quinn’s friends, while some of them are supportive (Caroline and Sadie), the others showed very little support of her. Her psychiatrist are shown as the typical useless psychiatrist, at least through Quinn’s point of view.

I really like the plot. The whole mysterious circumstances surrounding her pregnancies and the issues coming because of it are really interesting and realistic to read. The challenges Quinn’s faced and how people demonized her (but not once, the public ever try to find or curse the father. because pregnancy only happened because of the girl’s fault, yeah.) are the issues that very real and happening around us. The writing style is simple, but the author’s word choice are amazing. We can see Quinn’s confusion, hurt, loneliness and anger bleed through the pages, as well as seeing the event’s through other’s eyes. While this book is mainly told through Quinn’s point of view, there are others thrown into the mix, and they are enough to make us see the events from people around her.

I have mixed feelings about this one. On one side, the plot, some characters and writing are amazing. But on the other hand, the main character is unlikeable for me and some characters are too stereotypical. If you like magical realism, along with “is it or is it not” type of book, I think this one should be on your TBR.

tasya

March Wrap Up & April TBR // There… and Back Again

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Okay, remember the huge slump I had since December? Apparently, re-reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone made the slump go away, because I finished 2 books after that.

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But based on the title, you might’ve guessed that something happened. Yep, I stupidly decided to watch K-drama and it consumes me that it put me right back into the slump.

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October Wrap Up and November TBR

  1. DONE DIRT CHEAP by Sarah Nicole Lemon {ARC} // ✰✰✰✰
  2. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor // ✰✰✰✰✰
  3. NIGHT SHIFT by B.R Myers {ARC} // ✰✰✰✰
  4. THE MARCH OF CRABS by Arthur de Pins {ARC} // ✰✰✰✰
  5. I FEEL BAD by Orli Auslander {ARC} // ✰✰

All links lead to my review on goodreads.

October Wrap Up and November TBR
Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks is hosting A Very Arc-ish readathon, which is basically a readathon to read some ARCs we own. I really hope this readathon will motivate me to get out of my reading slump, read, and write some reviews! Here are some e-ARCs that I plan to read during the readathon.

  1. GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston
  2. NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
  3. THE INCONCEIVABLE LIFE OF QUINN by Marianna Baer
  4. ULTIMATUM by K.M Walton

October Wrap Up and November TBR

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The most important thing happening this month is mid-term exams. For some reason, the weeks leading up to it was very stressful. Every single subjects keep gave us homeworks, and it’s all due in the same week! And then the exam came and they were harder than we thought. We were all SHOOK. I studied until 1, at one point (thanks, organic chemistry) even 3 a.m. And then the day after the last exam, we have to go mangrove planting. I was scared about going into murky water and plant something, but after I got in, I actually really enjoyed it! As the result though, I got sick and can’t read much. Oh, and I also chopped off my hair to chin length, something I haven’t done since I was a kid. So here’s to trying new things and experiences!🙏.

I also do some reorganization on my blog, like editing and deleting old post (the super old ones from ye olden days). I might do a round up on all my favorite features and discussions after I finished my reorganization✨.

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This month is still a little quiet on this blog. Not many post and no review. Most of the post I write are discussions or features: I asked about your perspective while reading, how I use my bullet journal, aesthetics of my favorite 2016 books, and women that help shape Indonesia for women’s history month. For Top 5 Wednesday, I talked about fictional jobs I want to have and future classics. I also did The Mid-Autumn Festival tag, even though we don’t have autumn in my country.

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Baby You’re So Classic // Top 5 Wednesday #: Future Classic

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Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic!

This week topic is book that I think will be future classic! Classics have always been a huge part of literature, some of it is well loved because its story is a satire to its age like Pride and Prejudice. Others are enjoyed because how it’s openly challenge the value in certain era like To Kill A Mockingbird, or simple because how innovative the story is like Frankenstein and 1984. So here are my 5 books of future classic!

Harry Potter

Don’t even lie, you know this series will make an appearance on everyone T5W. HP truly deserves it; it creates fantasy that is perfect for all ages, be it children or adults. Even though it’s mainly targeted for children, there are people who read it when they are adult who still wowed by the stories. It has amazing values that is relevant for everyone, and it’s just universally known and impactful that everyone recognize it.

The Hunger Games

I felt nothing for this series, I liked it, but not that much, but I didn’t hate it either. I still think this book will be a classic though, it started the whole dystopian train in YA genre, and with all the happenings in the world right know, who knows, in the future when we look back we’ll be like “this book predict it all”. It gives resurgence in the dystopian genre, some even compare this series with the ultimate dystopian classic, 1984. So yeah, I can see in the future where students will read and compare both THG and 1984 and discuss their impact, means, significance, and sparked many interesting discussions.

Twilight

As much as I hate this book, you can’t deny that a) this book opened up a whole new world of YA b) this book popularize the paranormal fiction- vampire, werewolf, ghost, fey; basically everything c) this book popularize the brooding love interest type, the manipulative, overprotective, stalk-and-watch-you-sleep type of boys d) no matter how you think about the relationship between bella/edward, it’s a very polarising thing and can create lots of essay and debate to the future and e) it spawns the 50 Shades Trilogy.

A Song of Ice and Fire

I think it could be like Lord of the Rings, with complex world builing and characters, amazing political schemes, and dragons! The plot and characters have layers and layers of stories and motivations, the world building is so complex with all the area and languages, and the whole thing are pretty unpredictable! It’s fun and thrilling to read (and watch).

The Hate U Give

Time for a contemporary! So this book has been pretty hyped up and so far, it has lived up to its hype. It is based of the Black Lives Matter movement and the main premise is very closely related to the reality we currently live in. I can see in the future, students and teacher alike analyzing this book and its relevance to life in 2016, just like we analyze Austen’s books to Regency Era.

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