Homestay!

So, hey guys I’m just trying to give a quick update. Guess where I am? I’m in Australia! Yayyy!

So currently I am joining a homestay programme from my school. I’m currently in Perth, WA. It’s freezing here. I mean, in Indonesia it’s usually around 37°C, but in Perth? It was 2°C this morning! Brr! So that’s a really new and exciting experience for me.

Anyways, I’m bringing My True Love Gave to Me  here. I know it’s a christmas book, but it give me winter-y feels, and it’s currently winter in Australia, so why not? It’s a perfect book for cold winter nights.

So that’s all my quick update, ofc I”m going to post details about my trip, but thats for later;) See you later! xo

Beautiful Bloggers Award!

I have been nominated for the Beautiful Bloggers Award by Haley Riley from Paperback Heaven! Thank you so much for the nomination!

Rules:
1. Link to the blogger who nominated you.
2. List seven random facts about you.
3. Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers, and notify them.
 

Random facts about me:

1. I think Fangirl, Red Queen, Delirium and TFIOS are overhyped (so sorry, please don’t killl me!)
2. My favorite color is Blue
3. I love green tea and cheese cake
4. I’m from Indonesia
5. I had this blog from like 2013, but haven’t really being active until recently
6. I don’t like dystopian books
7. I hate sports 

My nominees:

1. Cody from Literary-ly Obsessed
2. Denise from Confessions of a Book Addict
3. Jeanette from Myriad Inklings
4. Courtney from Library Cutie
5. Lee from Lee the Reader
6. Valerie from Stuck in Books
7. Stacey from prettybooks

You guys have amazing blogs, and thank you once again Haley for the nomination!

Book Review: Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi

The cover looks pretty plain, but when you hold the physical copy and it reflected the light, it is so damn gorgeous.
Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Paperback edition, 461 pages
Published: HarperCollins
Publisher: December 31, 2013
3/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18089977-unravel-me

Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch. But now that she has teamed up with other rebels with powers of their own, she’ll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her broken world. With the help of these new allies, she’ll also finally learn the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.
Writing style. The writing style is more bearable and better that Shatter Me. Maybe because Juliette is more sane in this book. It’s amazing how Tahereh’s choice of words describe the emotion and touch us. But still it was too repetitive for me and sometimes it doesn’t fit the situation. Even though the phrase helps us connect with Juliette and understand what she feels, it just too much. Tahereh could use simple words to tell her meaning. 

“My fists are full of unlucky pennies and my heart is a jukebox demanding a few nickles and my head is flipping quarters heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails.”

Plot. This book has some amazing action packed scenes. At some point, I had to actually stop reading to slow my heart rate! It was soo good. But sadly, it feels like Tahereh made this book focuses more on the love triangle rather than the action part. Honestly, when I read dystopian books, I want to read a lot of badass action instead of romance, I could read contemporary for romance.
Juliette. I can understand that she’s afraid people would reject her again, but she doesn’t even make any attempts to know anyone at Omega Points (beside Adam, Kenji, James) not even her room mate. And yet she wonders why people are afraid of her. If only she’s more friendly and approachable. Yes, we can see how she has changed throughout the book, but she’s still whiny, self centered and indecisive. But one thing, Juliette is better off alone. No Adam, no Warner. When she’s with Adam, he’s over protective with her that it holds her back. Juliette seems to forget every problem and everything when she’s with Adam. And then comes Warner, and same things happens. With both of them, she can’t decided who she wanted to be with. The war is coming, the whole world is dying, and all Juliette can think is about Adam/Warner. She has amazing powers yes, but I can’t stand her.

“All you do is sit around think about you feelings. You’ve got problems. Boo-freaking-hoo.” he says. “You parents hate you and its so hard but you have to wear gloves for the rest of your life because you kill people when you touch them. Who gives a shit?” He’s breathing hard enough for me to hear him. “As far as I can tell, you’ve got food in your mouth and clothes on your back and a place to pee, peace whenever you feel like it. Those arent problems. That’s called living like a king. And I’d really appreciate it if you’d grow the hell up and stop walking around like the world crapped only on your roll of toilet paper. Because its stupid.” he says, barely reigning in his temper. “It’s stupid, and its ungrateful. You dont have a clue what everyone else in the world is going through right now. You dont have a clue, Juliette. And you dont seem to givea damn, either”

Even Kenji can’t stand her.
Adam. Poor guy. Bad things seem to keep happening to him. It’s no wonder he’s been angsty in this book. But one thing for sure, Adam deserves better than Juliette. Everything is killing him and Juliette can’t even see that. Instead, she’s playing around with Warner. At least Juliette could try to be with Adam and talk without actually doing anything. BUT NO. Instead we get repetitive scenes of Juliette and Adam angsty fights.
Warner. It’s nice to see more of his backstory and seeing him as a human being. But he’s still cheesy and psycopath and want to be with Juliette for reasons unknown for me. Yeah he’s hot but he’s also screwed. But we can see the reasons for his attitude in this book. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN JULIETTE CAN FORGIVE HIM AND MAKE OUT WITH HIM THAT EASILY.
God.
The triangle is exhausting and silly and I just want more of the world building and the war instead of angsty romantic drama.
Kenji. My favorite character from this series. I would like a bestfriend like Kenji. He’s funny, but he can be serious when it needed. And maybe his words stung, but it is for our own good. And, he’ll do anything to protect Omega Point and it’s people.
This book feels like 98% romance and 2 % dystopia. They should’ve put it in romance category instead of dystopia. I really wish Ignite Me will get better. I really do. Because I want to see how they defeat the Supreme Commander and how it all works out instead of Juliette regreting her power, crying, and making out with both Adam and Warner.

Book Review: Ensnared by A.G Howard (Spoiler Alert!)

Title: Ensnared
Author: A.G Howard
E-book edition, 384 pages
Published: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Amulet books
4,5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22447220-ensnared

Summary:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Reviews: 

Finally, after being a lovesick girl in Unhinged, Alyssa the Badass Netherling Queen is back! She finally accepts her netherling side, and acts like one, sometimes even cross to her dark, twisted part. She uses her nether side to manipulate and get what she wants. She uses what Morpheus’s had taught her and her Wonderland experience to deal with the netherling. And yes, she is still indecisive about Jeb and Morpheus, but mostly it’s about “how to save them” instead of “who should I choose”. In this book,her main focus is how to save her mother, Jeb, Morpheus and Wonderland. She acts like a true netherling queen that cares about her realm and her people.

Morpheus. He’s still the dark, sexy, arrogant and manipulative Morpheus we knew. But in this book, we could see him working together with Jeb and eventually, respects him. We can see her soft side for Alyssa. But, he’s still the master of manipulation, we never can guess his intentions and motives. But one thing for sure, he truly cares for Wonderland. Wonderland will forever and always be his priority.

“I do what’s best for Wonderland”

“You are Wonderland”

 “If you’ll but be mine, your heart will forever be sheltered in my care. Yes, we will quarrel incessantly and fight for dominance. And yes, there will be ravishes of passion, but there will also be gentle lulls. That is who we are together. You’ll never need fear that your love is not reciprocated.”

Jeb. He is not as annoying as he was in the previous books. Maybe because in the previous books he’s just a normal human, so he doesn’t understand how Wonderland works, the chaos and madness within the magic, and how intoxicating it is. And then in this book, his magic is mixed from Morpheus and Red, two of Wonderland most powerful creatures. It unleashed his dark side, but it also made him understand the chaos and madness. He even almost lost his mind trying to control the magic. It also made him understand more about the way netherling thinks and that made him willing to coorperate with Morpheus. We can also see that’s he’s not the naive, jealous human boy because he figured it out from the beginning that his powers are from Red and Morpheus.

World building: Solid and other worldy. Just like the previous books, A.G Howard provides very details description about Wonderland, that it’s easy to imagine that we’re in the world ourselves.

The ending is perfect for this trilogy, even though it’s very similar with Clockwork Princess. I don’t really like Jeb, but after reading this book and see his thoughts, I feel like he deserves Alyssa too. The epilouge is just perfect.

“And there, in the midst of blinding orange, yellow, and white flames, our forever begins.”

If you’re looking for a retellings, especially Alice in Wonderland retelling, this book is worth the try. It potrays wonderland in it’s own dark twisted way.

Layout Changes!

So, Hi! As you all might notice I’ve changed my theme. I’ve decided I wanted a clean and minimalist theme instead a cute one.

This is my previous theme, made by the amazing ipietoon 🙂

This is my current theme, much more simple than my old ones and made by the amazing coloritYOU 🙂

So please tell me which theme and layout do you like the best, the old one or the new one. I’ll see you in my next post!

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 26th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback edition, 325 pages
4,5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17622641-eleanor-park

Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

Review:

It took me a while to read this book, because I had bad experience with Fangirl. But this book is really different from Fangirl.

Eleanor & Park are both outsiders in their school in their own way. Park because he’s half korean, which is uncommon in that time, and Eleanor because she’s different. She wears clothes that’s uncommon and just being herself. They almost hate each other when they first met. But as the school year proceed, they learn to opening themselves with each other and eventually fall in love.

I think this book is very beautiful. It’s so much better than Fangirl. This sets in the 80’s, so it’s interesting to read about all the books, songs, and gadget references. The conversation is real, like how real highschool students would talk with each other, instead of using metaphors and cheesy lines. What I love about Park, he really looks more than physical aspects, and she loves Eleanor for who she is.

The thing is, there’s too much happening at the end of the book. We have such a cute love story, and suddenly there’s this serious family issues, that I can’t understand what was actually happening.

For those of you who wants to try Rainbow Rowell books, or want to read a cute love story sets in the 80’s, this book is swoon worthy.