Book Review: The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Longsted

Title: The Twin’s Daughter
Author: Lauren Baratz-Longsted
E-book, 
Published:
Publisher:
4/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7823311-the-twin-s-daughter

Summary:

Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day…a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy’s own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy’s mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn’t sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?

Filled with shocking twists and turns, THE TWIN’S DAUGHTER is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayal, jealousy, and treacherous secrets that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Thoughts:

First of all, this book has an amazing cover! I absolutely loved it, and the story is also really good. It has gothic and steampunk feels to it, but also creates good mystery.

When Aunt Helen shows up at her doorstep, Lucy feels excited. But then Aunt Helen became too much like Aliese (Lucy’s Mother), that Lucy find it hard to tell who’s who. Shouldn’t a daughter be able to recognize her own mother?

This book surprises me. I didn’t expected to like it this much. I was so interested with the stories because all the characters are so complex and have lots of layers. I do feel suspicious with Aunt Helen, because she seems like she want to replace Aliese. And she also plays with her suitors, which looks suspicious for me.
There’s no insta-love in this book. I do think it’s adorable seeing the friendship evolves into a romance. And there are so many deaths at the second half of the book!*sniffs*

But there are so may twists in this book! This book surprises me a lot! I never guess anything in this book correctly 😀 I don’t know what’s the point of the romance in this book, but it definitely adds the feels in this book. If you love mystery, you should try this book out!



Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E Schwab
Hardback edition, 398 pages
Published: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Tor
4.5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22055262-a-darker-shade-of-magic

Summary: 

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

Thoughts:

“Some thought magic came from the mind, others the soul, or the heart, or the will. But Kell knew it came from the blood. Blood was magic made manifest. There it thrived. And there it poisoned. Kell had seen what happened when power warred with the body, watched it darken in the veins of corrupted men, turning their blood from crimson to black. If red was the color of magic in balance—of harmony between power and humanity—then black was the color of magic without balance, without order, without restraint. As an Antari, Kell was made of both, balance and chaos; the blood in his veins, like the Isle of Red London, ran a shimmering, healthy crimson, while his right eye was the color of spilled ink, a glistening black.”


A Darker Shade of Magic is one of my most anticipated release of 2015. The summary sounds AMAZING. I mean, magic? Alternate Universe London? Princes? Smugglers? Thieves? Sign me up! But unfortunately my local bookstores don’t sell this book, which is why it took me so long to read this. 


But anyways! This book really lives up to my expectations! It was fast paced and action packed. It’s also a page turner, always made me wanted for more story, more explanation, more action. What happens next? What happens with the characters? I want more story about the characters stories. I WANT MORE!

World Building. It has different kinds of London. Well actually it’s the same London, but different. The way the book describes each London, it make you feels like you’re IN the London and seeing the whole thing! It also has different kind of languages. I LOVE it when the author creates fictional language for their books. It feels more real!

I also love reading about the rules and limitations of magic. And I also love how this book shows the bad side of magic.

The characters are amazing! Kell is an Antari, he’s kind, and takes his job seriously. Rhy is my favorite, because he’s playful but he’s truly cares for his people and kingdom and Kell. I love Rhy and Kell moments, but of course in brotherly way. They care about each other. And Holland. Poor Holland, I actually really liked him and want to know more about him. He’s such a complex characters, has so much layers, I wish I could know him better.

My only problem with this book is Lila. She thinks and acts like she’s the toughest, the baddest, and the most clever person, but really, she’s just too brave and sometimes her behavior brings trouble for both of them. Well yeah, she took care of Kell, but I think she’s too arrogant.

The final chapters are amazing! I devoured them so fast to find out what happen next, that I have to re-read those final chapters because I feel I hadn’t pay enough attention to the details 😀

My only advice: pay attention to everything happens to everything that happens in this book. Everything is important and it will make sense! And prepare some tissues, because so many deaths are coming! *winks*


I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! *hyperventilates* I love the writing, the world, Kell, Rhy, Holland, magic, and other characters! If you haven’t read it, you should read it soon! It’s absolutely awesome! Highly recommended!

The Adventurous Adventure in A Graveyard // Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Paperback edition, 327 pages
Published: September 28th, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
4.5/5 Stars
IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy – an ancient indigo man, a gateway to abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible fleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will be in danger from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family . . .

You could read my spoilered review on Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7718597-the-graveyard-book

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK isn’t my first Neil Gaiman book. I’ve read CORALINE before. It was pretty scary, and I loved it, which made me want to read more Neil Gaiman’s book. So when I saw The Graveyard Book at my local bookstore, I immediately bought it.
It started out okay, just like other novel, which made me wonder what’s so special about this book (since it won an award). The writing is vivid and descriptive, it feels like reading a graphic novel. It gets more and more interesting afterwards.
I loved how the story started since Bod was a baby, until he was 15 years old. Each chapters indicating that a year has passed. I find the adventures he had in the graveyard are adorable, and I love all the headstones inscription. Bod is naive and curious, since he was raised in a graveyard and never seen the world outside.

“I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want,’ he said, and then he paused and he thought. ‘I want everything.”

But eventually, like every other children, Bod grows up and he wanted to see the world outside the graveyard. Which made the second-half of the book more amazing and realistic. Bod gets lonely, he wanted to experience the real world, and he wanted to meet another living people. But since there’s a murderer looking for him, he can’t do that.

The way Bod dealt with the Jacks… well I personally thinks he dealt with it better that what I expected, but I think it was too ruthless, it scares me. He doesn’t look like sweet, kind, curious Bod we know.
What I loved the most about this book is how family oriented this book is. Even though Bod is alive and the others are, well, dead, they’re still a family. A tight, close family that love each other, support each other. The ghosts try their best to keep Bod safe. They are family.

WHICH IS WHY THAT ENDING BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES. It was too sad! I mean, does it really has to end that way??

The Graveyard Book is one of those book that is so beautiful, that it made you cry and wanted to know what happen to the characters afterwards because you love them so much. It’s a story about friendship and family, but also life. I love how perfect this is for fall/autumn, it warms my cold heart (I’m not easily moved by stories) but it also has it creepy sides which is perfect for Halloween. Highly recommended, surely will re-read every October and read it to my future children<33

Book Review: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Title: Biggest Flirts
Author: Jennifer Echols
E-book edition, 336 pages
Published: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
3.5/5 stars
Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.
Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18870463-biggest-flirts
So let’s start with the main character. Tia isn’t your typical good girl. She gets drunk, she has hook ups with boys, and she also has lots of friends with benefits. She doubts herself and because of her sisters experience, she doesn’t want to have a serious boyfriend. And then she met Will. At first she thought he’s a bad boy looking for hook-ups, but turns out he wanted more. And so began the complicated yet fun relationship of Will and Tia.
I had problems with Tia’s liberty with boys. I mean she hook up with any boys and took Will to her bedroom. And she broke Will heart, but gets jealous if someone wanted him. So I didn’t like Tia. And Will, well he’s your typical good boy, so he’s just okay for me. I feel nothing for him more exactly. He’s just like good-hot boy, and that’s it. But I do like Sawyer! I usually fall for the bad-boy-that-has-more-than-he-seems. And Sawyer is indeed one of them.
The story is light, with no serious issues. I like how realistic and real the problem is, how one title (Biggest Flirts) could turn someone life’s upside down. And it also has lots of funny banters, and of course, flirting! My favorite parts would be at the band practice when Ms. Nakamoto reminds them to get away from each other because they’re so close.
So overall it was an entertaining book, but I do have some issues with it (mainly the main characters) but if you’re curious you could give it a try! 

Book Review: Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Title: Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Paperback edition, 408 pages
Published: March 2012
Publisher: Gramedia
4/5 Stars

So this book is a collection of 11 Sherlock Holmes short stories. This is my first Sherlock Holmes book but I really enjoyed it. What I like from reading a crime/mystery novel is I’d be able to guess who the culprit and the motive while reading. This book gives me the pleasure of guessing. The cases are quite complex, but Sherlock always able to explained it in a simple way. But for some cases, my guess are right (not entirely right though). It also feels really familiar, maybe because I already watched both the movie and BBC Sherlock.
Anyways, all I could think in this book is how Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock really look and feels like the book Sherlock. Tall, skinny, pointy, chin, arrogant, kind of social psycopath, extremely focused to one thing. He’s just perfect.
As for Dr. Watson, I prefer Jude Law’s Watson. Don’t get me wrong, I love Martin Freeman’s, but he’s just too cranky 😀 And I can’t feel any Johnlock love in the book:( But their unique friendship is really visible throughout this book.
I also love the movie version of Moriarty, because he’s just more ruthless, whereas the BBC Moriarty is true psycopath, but he loves to toy with people. I think the movie-Moriarty fits more with book-Moriarty.
I really enjoyed this book, because it was fun to read while guessing. And the stories really kept me wanting for more. Can’t wait to read more Sherlock books and the season 4 of BBC Sherlock-which takes FOREVER!

I Mustache You Some Questions Tag

Hi guys! So Denise from The Bibliolater tagged me to do I Mustache You Some Questions Tag. Thank you for the tag! I’m really excited for this tag so let’s jump in!

Four Jobs I Would Like to Have:
1. A Book Reviewer – This is the dream job of EVERY book blogger!
2. Bookstore/Library Owner – Just imagine being around books 24/7!
3. A Lawyer – I always got A for political studies, and I (sort of) like to talk back to anyone, so…
4. A Tour Guide/Translator – I always liked learning new language and travelling to new places.

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once:
1. The Lion King – When I was a child, I watched this movie every.single.day and cried every single time. (And I still cried, until now)
2. The Avengers – Loki. And the action and the plot itself are pretty cool. But Loki is my main reason.
3. Harry Potter – I don’t think this one needs any further explanation…
4. Casino Royale – This is my favorite James Bond movie.
Four Books I Would Recommend:
1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio – This is such an amazing book about being kind and accepting others.
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Sets during the WWII this book is so beautiful it haunted me.
3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – THIS BOOK WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT, BURN IT AND SCATTER THE ASHES TO THE WIND.
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Another book that will rip your heart out.
Four Places I Have Visited:  (I’ve only been abroad once, so sorry.)
1. Perth, Australia
2. Bali, Indonesia
3. Bangka Island, Indonesia
4. Basically all around Java, Indonesia

Four Things I Don’t Eat:
1. Shrimps – I’m allergic with them
2. Carrots – I hate the taste.
3. Rabbits – Whoever eat this fluffy creatures doesn’t have a heart.
4. Red velvet cake – I just don’t like the taste..

Four of my Favorite Foods:
1. Egg
2. Cheesecake
3. Sushi
4. Pasta

Four TV Shows I Watch:
1. Teen Wolf – Who doesn’t watch this?
2. Supernatural – Saving people, hunting things, family business.
3. Reign – Frary ftw.
4. BBC Sherlock – This show is just so.freaking.amazing.
Four Things I am Looking Forward to this Year:
1. Reading.
2. Christmas!
3. Buying new books 😀
4. Rainy season

Four People I Tag:
1. Chiara @ Delicate Eternity
3. Sarah @ The Reading Petal

The Encouraging Thunder Award

Hi guys! So a while back Erika from Books, Stars, Writing and Everything in Between nominated me for this award, so that’s what this post is about today. Thank you so much for the nomination!

How it works:
1. Thank your nominator.
2. Display the logo.
3. Talk about your purpose in blogging.
4. Nominate others.

My purpose:
I always love reading, and I do have friends who loves to read. I could talked about books, and fangirling with them. And since I joined Goodreads, I also found a HUGE community filled with other people who loves to read, and we could discuss and post reviews and joined group and stuff like that. But sometimes I feel that Goodreads was insufficient and I want to express my feelings about a particular book in a more public way, that’s accessible to everyone. So I decided to create this blog! And this blog also connects me with different, new people and helps me while writing English essays 😀 So I’m really glad I created this blog!

My nominees:
All of you! Seriously, if you want to do it, just do it 😀

Features: 15 Most Beautiful Bookstore In the World


Who doesn’t like travelling? New places, beautiful scenery, amazing architecture, change of surroundings, and many other amazing things. But most importantly, it provides an escape from our daily life.

As a reader, going to a bookstore, especially a new one, is a wonderful experience. There’s just someething different between the bookstores you’re used to and a totally new, different, bookstores. Surrounded by books, exploring the shelves looking for books, and finding the right books. So in this post I’m going to share with you guys my 15 Most Beautiful Bookshops (or my Bookshop Bucket List). Enjoy!

1. Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester, UK

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Look at all the purple colors and fairytale vibe it has! Truly reminds me of Rapunzel.

2. 10 Corso Como, Milan, Italy


It just looks very sophisticated and elegant. This is the kind of bookstore I don’t mind spending hours there and actually how I want my private library to look!

3. Cook and Books, Brussels, Belgium

4. Shakespeare and Co, Paris, France


Ahh the infamous Shakespeare and co, the must-visit place for all bookworms visiting France!

5. El Ateneo, Buienos Aires, Argentina

6. Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal

7. Bookabar Bookshop, Rome, Italy

8. Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece


One of my friend had actually visited this bookstore and bought me book about Herakles (Yaaasss) and she said this bookstore is as magical as it’s look in the pictures.

9. Books Actually, Singapore

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10. Saraiva, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

11. Livraria Cultura, Sao Paulo

12. Librairie la Fontaine, Switzerland

13. Cafebreria el Pendulo, Mexico

14. Plural Bookshop, Slovakia

15. Librairie Avant-Garde, China

Do you have any favorite bookstores? Have you ever been to any bookstores listed above? Let me know down below and share your experience there!

Features: 18 Bookstagram That Would Indulge your Bookish Eyes!

I have lots of social media, as you can see on my sidebar. But I’m really active using Instagram and Goodreads. Lately, I’ve been seeing people posting pictures about books. They took really amazing pictures, that accentuate the gorgeous-ness (is that even a word?) of the books.

These people are joined together in a community that called bookstagram. What is bookstagram? Bookstagram is the bookish community on instagram, filled with people who dedicated their accounts and their time to take beautiful pictures of books.

Personally, since I’m really active on instagram, and I’m a sucker for beautiful covers (sorry not sorry!) I found that bookstagram community has influenced my reading options. If I find something that’s eye catching, I’ll search it on Goodreads, and if I’m interested in that book, I’ll add it to my TBR shelf. So basically, bookstagram compelled and influenced people to read a book. It influenced readers and also give recommendations for them.

So here are some of my favorite bookstagram. You should go and check them out! They’re all post really awesome pictures, that will surely inspire you to read more and buy more books 🙂

    fictiontea / quirkybooks / bookaholicconfessions / myriadinklings / readingoncloud9 /bookswithdylan

    totalbooklover / dearmaw / prettypagesblog / cityofdeja / thebookorder / floralinkbooks

    There are tons of bookstagram out there. You could search them with #yalit #currentlyreading #bookstagram #bookish #bibliophile and other bookish related tags.

    Do you have any favorite bookstagram? Let me know down below if there are any bookstagram I should know! 🙂

      September Wrap-Up and October TBR!

      September is a very busy month for me. If you could see my planner, you’ll see that it’s full with test schedule. That’s why I haven’t been able to read a lot this month. But on the bright side, I managed to catch up with my reviews. Yay! Anyways, here are the books I read this month:

      1. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano ✰.5
      2. Arabian Nights ✰✰.5
      3. Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray ✰✰✰✰.5
      4. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll ✰✰✰.5
      5. Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne ✰✰✰✰

      For the month of October, I plan to read 5 books and read more e-books too because it was easier to bring it everywhere. And it’s also mostly contemporary books.

      1. The Memoir of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – This is my classic for the month. Time to see what the hype is all about!
      2. Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
      3. P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Finally got this book! So excited! I might do a re-read for the 1st book before reading this
      4. Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
      5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – My friend keeps recommending this to me, so I’ll just five it a try.
      6. Catatan Seorang Demonstran by Soe Hok Gie – So this is a book I have to read and make the review for my history class. It’s a diary of an Indonesian activist named Soe Hok Gie around 1960s where Indonesian political situation is in chaos. I feel intimidated by this book since this isn’t the kind of book I usually read so.. *fingers crossed*

        So that’s all my wrap up and tbr list. What is your favorite book of September? And what book you’re most excited to read in October? Let me know down below and I’ll see you soon!