Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead

Kindle edition, 418 pages
Published: Juni 12th 2012
Publisher: RazorBill
3/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12751185-the-golden-lily

Summary:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Review:

This book. This freaking book.

This freaking book is an emotional rollercoaster of sydrian.

After exposed the illegal vampire blood distribution by fellow alchemist, Sydney is praised as an exemplary alchemist. But she oftens wonder; who is the real monster? She already seen some humans do bad things, even the alchemist. But the vampires? The group she supposed to hate? Well at least her group of vampire friends never do anything bad. The more she spends time with Jill, Adrian and Eddie, the more she questions her beliefs.

Things get worse when Sonya, former strigoi, was attacked by an unknown group who knows a lot about vampire. Is it possible that the hunters are real? Who is this hunters? Do they want to kill all vampires or strigoi only?

Well Sydney has her own problems. There is new dhampir that assigned to protect Jill, and she’s having a hard time adapting with the school rules. Sydney’s friend, Trey, try to set her up with his friend, Brayden. Sydney also starts to have some feelings for Adrian. Sydrian starts to develop in this book. Sydney is torn between her beliefs about vampire, her duty to the alchemist, and her feelings for Adrian.
THE ENDING. Well if you love Sydrian this book’s ending will burn your heart into pieces and scatters the ashes into the wind.

There are other characters beside Sydney and Adrian of course. Sonya is really determined with the experiment, and sometimes can be a little bit insensitive toward Sydney. Eddie finally (almost) get over Jill, and Jill well… you should read the book yourself. Dimiti Belikov. Can we just talk about Dimitri? How badass he is in a fight? But with Rose, well he seems like entirely a different person. There are still a lot of tension between Adrian and Dimitri, but in the end they managed to work together.

This book is much lighter than the first book. It almost feel… contemporary. I mean this book focuses more in Sydney relationships with the humans and vampires, which include romance and friendship and (almost) normal school life. I’m going to start Indigo Spell right after Esther bc I can’t wait any longer for more Sydrian. (especially after that kind of ending)

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Paperback edition, 338 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2 October 2012
3.5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13455782-shatter-me

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

If you had a super power, what kind of power do you want? Invisibility, flying, or telekinesis, that would be the normal answer. But what if your power is deadly? You can’t touch other people, because of all the people you’ve touched would end up dead. What would you do? Would you consider it as a curse or a gift?

Juliette felt that she is a monster, because her touch is deadly. Her parents sent her to the mental hospital. Even when she still lived with her parents, she was treated like a monster. Her friends either talked behind her back or threw stones at her. In the mental hospital, she was isolated. Alone in the room, nobody ever visited or spoke to her. The only thing she had was a notebook, which she used to writes her thought. But still she feels lonely. How does it feels  to never touched / being touched  by other people for 264 days? It was natural for her to stared thinking that she was a monster.

Everything changed when people in the Reestablishment realized how useful Juliette power is. They began to made Juliette as a weapon, an instrument of torture. Juliette still feels like a monster. But she also learned to fight back, to take her own choices and freedom and began embracing her power as a gift instead of a curse.

Tahereh’s writing style may be annoying in the beginning. Too repetitive. But don’t give up. The repetitive writing style was necessary, because it reflects Juliette’s “crazy” state of mind. Along with Juliette’s character development, the writing style also gets better. It won’t be that repetitive and not so many word crossing.

Reading Juliette’s character development itself was such an amazing journey. From the girl who considers herself a monster, considered a monster by other people even by her own parents. From a girl who is trapped alone, a little crazy, and broken. From a girl who won’t use her power because she considers it as a curse. At the end of the book? Well she still have some doubts about herself. But she’s already learned how to use her power for useful things, even be a leader for others. But most importantly, she learned to accept for herself.

The cover is visually gorgeous! I personally thinks it represents Juliette seeing the world and people around her for the first time. The one who made it really do an amazing job. If you love paranormal and dystopia book, read this book. You won’t regret it at all. And remember, do not give up in the beginning because the writing style is repetitive. You won’t regret it at all for holding on and reading until the end.

tasya

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
E-book edition, 267 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: 19 April 2011
Rate: 4/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10842964-unearthly

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Review:

The story begins when Clara started to see the same vision about a boy (who she couldn’t see his face) with burning woods in the background. She did some research, and finally moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to meet and safe the boy. She already knew that she was a Quartarius, human with a quarter of angel blood (because her mother is half angel), which saves a lot of time for explaining about angel and blahblahblah to her. She also already knew that her vision is her purpose in this world. Every angel-blood has a purpose, a reason they were exist in this world. So she moved from California to Wyoming, left all her friends, school and familiar neighborhood, for something that still unclear if it was really her purpose. Clara’s mother really supportive, she gives advice and teach her about the purpose.

Turns out, the guy in Clara’s vision really lives in Jackson Hole. His name is Christian and they are in the same school. Well Clara began to feel interested with Christian. I personally feel Clara interest to Christian is merely because he was Clara’s purpose. But Clara thought she really “loves” Christian. I don’t actually like Christian. Okay, he’s hot and nice, but I really think there’s something about him that annoys me, idk why.

Wendy is Clara’s first friend in Jackson Hole. They fight yes, but their friendship was really real. Wendy really cared about Clara and vice versa. The writer really takes time to develop true friendship in this book, and I really happy because most of the books I read, well, lets just say most of the “friends” turns out to be the enemy.

There’s one more guy, his name is Tucker. He is Wendy’s twin. On the first day, Clara almost hit Tucker’s truck. Tucker was pissed of, so he started to act like a jerk to her. But we all know how this kind of relationships end right? 😉 Okay, am I the only one who loves Tucker better than Christian? Because I fell in love right away with Tucker, even before Clara does. I never fancied Christian, but I immediately liked Tucker. Okay maybe I fangirling a little when Clara first met Christian (and faint), but after that? I’m all Tucker’s. The activities he asked Clara to do? Well that is a kind of date I’d love to have!

At the end of the book, when Clara’s vision happens, she would face 2 difficult choices. And, there is a plot twist that really surprises me. In addition there are still many questions left unanswered:
What was Clara’s mother purpose?
Christian’s past
If we don’t fulfill our purpose what will happen to us? Are we going to be the Black Wing?

Unearthly is a story about angels, but it’s different. Clara knows that she’s part angel from the beginning, so she already knows how important her purpose is and what should she do. Although there are few things that her mom and Angela hide, but it wasn’t too annoying. There are funny moments in this book, but there are action and romance as well. If you like Hush Hush, you’ll like this book. Honestly, I’d rather reaad Unearthly than Hush Hush. Can’t wait for the next book!

Book Review: Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz, Ron Bass


Title: Lucid
Author: Adrienne Stoltz, Ron Bass
Paperback Edition, 502 pages
Publisher: Mizan
Published: Desember 2013
3/5 stars
9a6c5-goodreads

Summary

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.

The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

Review:

I finally finished it! It took me 3 weeks to finished it, because, well, school. I saw this book in my local bookstore a couple of times but always ended up buying another book. Then when I was at my friend’s house, I saw this book. I took it obviously. She was okay with it, but she gives me a warning, “You’ll regret this, this book makes no sense.

She was right in a way.

It started out fine, like a book with 2 povs. Maggie lives in a big city, an actress and lives with her mom and sister. Sloane in country I guess, just lost her bestfriend, have a complicated relationship with her other bestfriend, and normal family. But. Here’s the catch. When Maggie falls asleep, she dreams that she is Sloane. When Sloane falls asleep, she dreams that she is Maggie. Both are aware with each other existence, and always coexisted peacefully.

Around the last 100 pages or so, things started to go awry. Maggie started to see people from Sloane’s life, and vice versa. Their worlds collide. Both Sloane and Maggie are terrified, they both don’t know who’s real, and they both don’t want to dissapear.

I can’t write a proper review about this book. I mean, I’m not exactly sure what’s happening in this book. I don’t know what is real or not real. Much less about the ending. I feel like I got something, I grasp something about the story, but I’m still struggling. When I’m done I keep re-reading the last 2 chapters and thinking, because I’m not sure I got the ending right. It’s the kind of open ending book that freaks you out, because you wanted more explanation, but in a good way. I have to admit though that the authors are really good in writing this book, capturing the reality (or the freakiness of the situation) and make the readers think.

Now the important question: Who is the real one?