Book Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Title: Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
E-book, 269 Pages
Published: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
3.5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052846-into-the-still-blue
The race for survival comes to a thrilling close in the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy.

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to find the fabled Still Blue and bring balance to their world.

“She sank to her knees and lifted her head. She had become so accustomed to the rippling blue tides closing her in, pressing down on her, but this sky was open . . . this night was infinite. She felt like she might fall upward forever, drifting into space. Floating across the stars. Sable had spoken of embers scattered across the roof of the universe. It was a good description.”

Like Through the Ever Night, I also have conflicted feelings about this book. It started pretty well, with the Aether getting more often and worse, the Tides are stuck inside the cave. Meanwhile Cinder is still held captive by Sable and Hess, and the clock is ticking before they’re stuck forever because the Aether is getting worse. The race for the Still Blue has officially began.

Like all the previous books, this book also has fast-paced and action packed plot. There’s no rest for the characters. But they’re determined to beat Hess and Sable, retrieve Cinder and go to the Still Blue. The Dwellers and the Tides finally come together, realising that they want the same thing.

It’s just… the plot twist isn’t that strong for me. *spoiler Loran is Aria’s father? Where did that come from??? I just find it unbelieveable. I don’t even realize that it was suppose to be a major plot to the story. I don’t think Aria’s father is an important part to the story, but it was. *spoiler ends. I just find it irrelevant and not important for the story, so I don’t really care at all. And I was so pissed when they tried to save Cinder and *spoiler Roar turned back, and thus made all of them caught. And then they tried to escape but they keep failing! Someone always fail them! But it gives them time to bond. But it pissed me! *spoiler ends.

Let me just say: They did reach the Still Blue. But the price was too high. *spoiler Cinder??? He deserves happiness okay. He just feel like he’s a part of something, he just started to live. I keep hoping that he will survive, but nope. Veronica Rossi is just too cruel. And Hess’ death was too brutal, it wasn’t even necessary. *spoiler ends. And the ending. Was it really that easy to defeat Sable?

Overall, I think this book could be better. I just wished for something more, and it ends up anti-climatic for me. But I quite enjoyed it though, and if you liked Through the Ever Night then this book shouldn’t dissapoint you.

P.S: I’m really sorry about the excessive spoilers! But I really need to write them to prove my point! X

Happy Thanksgiving! (or Pugsgiving)

Hi guys! I don’t know if this is too late or what, but I just want to stop by and say Happy Thanksgiving! Too bad there’s no Thanksgiving in my country, but I guess we don’t have to have any national day to be thankful for everything 🙂

I’m so thankful for my family, they’re always been there for me and support me, even though they annoy me sometimes and we also fight, but without them I would be nothing, and would have nothing.

I’m also thankful for my friends, we have some crazy times this year, and I enjoyed breaking rules with you guys! For people on blogosphere, who are all very friendly and supportive. You guys have no idea how I enjoyed reading your post and how I appreciate every comment you guys posted. YOU GUYS ROCK! I’m thankful for every opportunity that ever come to me, I know I didn’t always take it, but they give me chance to grow to be a better person.

And last but not least, I’m thankful for books and tv shows and fanfictions. Without them, I don’t know where I would be now. I don’t know what would I do without my fandoms. Special thanks for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, for making my childhood an amazing memory.

Happy Thanksgiving guys! Enjoy the day with your family and relatives and have a nice day! Here are some pugs for you, because I love them and they always brighten up my day<3

All pictures from here

Book Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
E-book, 241 pages
Published: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
3.5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15819214-through-the-ever-night
It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

I have mixed feelings about this book. I really want to give this book 5 stars. I really do. It started out pretty well, fast paced and action packed. But I think halfway through something goes wrong for me.
It’s told from 2 POVs, Aria and Perry. At first they’re in the same place. But halfway through, they go on their separate ways. Which made me find it hard to connect with the characters and to concentrate with one story. One chapter we’re with The Tides, the next chapter we’re at The Rim. And I think the plot moves too fast there. Everything is happening at once. Sure, it’s a page turner, but everything is happening to fast. *spoiler I feel nothing when Liv died, even though I should’ve felt something. But nothing. It’s happening too fast. One moment she’s standing, the next moment Sable’s arrow struck her. I’m not even sure the arrow struck at her heart, it was never mentioned. And then they jumped to the river. I have to read that part over and over again, but nope. Still nothing. *spoiler ends.

Perry grows a lot in this book. He has his doubts, and people also doubt him. But he always trust his instinct, which is doing what’s the best for the Tides. And he also don’t hestite in helping other people. Eventually he earned the Tides’ trust and respect, and he truly becomes their Blood Lord. 
Aria is such a strong female character. She’s smart and determined. She won’t give up even though she was poisoned or hurt. Sure she’s missing Perry, but she isn’t whiny about it and moves on with the plan. Roar and The Six are really loyal to Perry. I’m glad he has friends like them. And no matter what they’ll stand by him. I feel bad for Roar though.

Overall it was a great book. I feel like something is missing, and I wish the plot could go slower. But it has strong characters and amazing world-building. Now on to Into the Still Blue!

Book Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Paperback, 408 pages
Published: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
4/5 stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18735912-ignite-me
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

Let me break this review into parts because it’ll be easier that way. You better be prepared because this is going to be quite a long review.

“Whether or not you choose to join me, I’ve decided to fight. I will take down The Reestablishment or I will die trying. There’s nothing left for me otherwise.”

Juliette. Where do I start with Juliette? I FREAKING LOVE HER IN THIS BOOK. She’s being a strong, and fierce leader. She actually wants to fight back, to avenge her friends at Omega Point. She’s the one who made the plan, and she’s not afraid to use her power anymore. YAYYYY!!! She actually learns how to control it and to use it to her own advantage. We could see how awesome her power actually is. *spoiler she could block bullets, crush anything, and she could turn off her powers so she could touch EVERYONE. YAY! *spoiler ends. But we could still see parts of old Juliette, her thoughts and fears, so she doesn’t feel like a different person. And since Juliette’s mind is mostly sane in this book, the writing style become more bearable. It still use beautiful and repetitive prose, but it’s all good now it’s bordering on normal.

He leans into my ear. Lowers his voice. “Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

Warner. I do see Warner in a whole new light. He has his excuse for everything he has done. But isn’t his change is too drastic? From the psycopath in Shatter Me to Romeo he is in Ignite Me? I don’t know, I just find it unbelieveable. But anyways. His power is AMAZING. I think it’s my favorite. I mean, stealing other people’s powers and use it as your own??? Wow.  And he’s actually really good at it. He’s actually almost swoon worthy in this book, he’ll do anything for Juliette it’s bordering on unbelieveable. But that scene where *spoiler his mom died and he breaks down in Juliette arms really break my heart. Tahereh Mafi is definitely cruel with him. *spoiler ends. But honestly, I hate the name Aaron. He’ll always be Warner to me.

“All of this,” he says, meeting my eyes, his voice quieting to a raw aching whisper, “was for you. I left everything I knew because I thought we were in this together. I thought it was going to be me and you.”

Adam. I get it. He has a hard time. His friends died, Warner is his brother, and his girlfriend seemed to fall for Warner. BUT HE CHANGED TOO MUCH. He’s not even the same person. Adam in Shatter Me is kind, gentle and loves everyone. Adam in Ignite Me? He yells at everyone, he keeps his drama even though they’re in a middle of a freaking war. I get that maybe he still can’t let Juliette go, but if you want to keep her, stop yelling at her! Stop blaming everything on her. He’s like a totally different person. And we don’t get to see Adam displaying his power in this book. *sighs*

Kenji clears his throat. “J, I think you should switch spots with me.”
“Why?”
“I think your boyfriend is touching my leg.”

KENJI IS GOLD OKAY?? He’s like a piece of sunshine, a breath of fresh air in the middle of a book filled with teenage angst even though a huge war is brewing. He always tried to make everyone laugh, even though he’s also grieving. He supports Juliette no matter what. I wish I have my own Kenji as best friend.
All the other secondary characters don’t really get enough attention. We don’t see anyone display their powers, only Castle and Brendan, ONCE, and that’s all. And they don’t really have much part and plot other than to help Juliette. James is still cute and adorable of course. 
All the characters are really close with each other. Juliette considers the people from Omega Point as her friends, and vice versa. They trust Juliette enough to trust Warner. As for my ship, well I ship Warner and Juliette more, than Adam and Juliette. As I said in my review of Unravel Me, Juliette only falls for Adam because he’s like the first human who could touch her and being kind to her. He wants to shelter her and protect her, but he actually hold her back. Warner actually pushes her to use her power, to not be afraid of herself, her power, to learn how to control it, to see the true extent of it. He builds her. He recognizes her true potential.
Plot. Well, let’s just say it’s like 80% Adam-Juliette-Warner drama, 19% friendship and getting ready for battle, and 1% battle. I really enjoyed this book because even though mostly it’s romance, Juliette actually stands up for herself. She isn’t a confused teenage girl anymore. But nothing really happens in this book. Anddd the Warner-Juliette/Adam-Juliette scene isn’t statisfying for me. REMEMBER CHAPTER SIXTY-TWO OF UNRAVEL ME? I was expecting more scenes like that since Juliette is staying at Warner’s but nope. I find nothing.
But that ending. That ending ruined it for me. Everything feels so rushed. *spoiler I really anticipated the scene where Warner finds out that Adam is his brother, but it was very dissapointing. I feel nothing, even though Juliette says “her heart breaks for both of them”. No. I feel nothing. *spoiler ends. AND THE BATTLE. I’M SO PISSED. I expect blood everywhere, gunshots, people screaming, huge displays of power. But nope. We get nothing of that. And the ending doesn’t give me any closure. I need to know what happens next! What happen with Kenji? Juliette? Warner? Will Adam forgive Warner? Will Adam be friends with Juliette again??? I refuse to acknowledge that ending.
So overall… I did enjoy this book, until the last few chapters. Shatter Me is a series that actually gets better and better, and Ignite Me is my favorite. The character developments are amazing, the world building is solid, and it feels like X-Men, in a good way. Really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately the ending didn’t work for me.

Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Paperback, 572 pages
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Anchor books
3.5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22105369-crazy-rich-asians

When American-born Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to provide a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace. Two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars. Three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
This is such a fun book! It’s like watching a reality show. People in this book are absolutely, unbelievably rich. It’s like the whole Asia economy depend on them. Which make all of them snobby and life an outrageously extravagant lifestyle. kind of like Keeping Up with the Kardarshian, but in  form of a book. We see all the glitz and glamours and the drama and all the expensive stuffs. It mentioned a lot of important people, descendant of some kings or Prime Minister of some countries, and it also mentioned a lot of expensive brands (honestly? 99% of the time I don’t even know what brand they’re talking about). But believe it or not, this kind of people are exist in the real life. And this book is an amazing satire for all crazy rich asians out there. If you look up news about chinese rich youth (a.k.a Fuerdai), you’ll find how outrageous their lifestyle is.
Nick is a great guy, but honestly, he didn’t even prepare Rachel for his family. Rachel is strong and down to earth, and she didn’t get carried away with all the money and the lifestyle. Most of the time, she doesn’t let the negativity get to her. Peik Lin, Astrid, Colin, Sophie and Araminta are such a nice and amazing friend, especially Astrid because we could see that she truly loves Michael. As for the other characters, they live up to the stereotype of typical rich people; all the girls are shallow and only care about money, the mothers only care about the “suitable match” for their children, and the fathers don’t really care about what happened at home.
The plot itself doesn’t only focuse on Nick and Rachel, but on other people around them, like Peik Lin, Astrid, Eleanor, and many more. The writing style is funny, and sometimes sarcastic. It also has Asian culture background, since the characters are mostly from China. And being half Chinese, I could understand most of the terms. AND THE FOOD. Guys seriously Asian food isn’t only Chinese food. You should try other types of Asian food, and this book describes the food in the most vivid and descriptive way! (Lucky me, there are a lot of nasi goreng and satay places near my house).

What make it doens’t work for me is just it’s kind of info dump-ish, because we’re introduced with so many characters with a lot of different important backgrounds, most of them own companies and property here and there. And I do think 400 pages are too long for this book, it feels draggy at some points.

Overall, this is such a fun and addictive book to read. Yes, it’s kind of info dump-ish because so many characters are introduced, but I still quite enjoyed it. It’s a hilarious satire to the crazy rich society out there.

Book Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Title: Confess
Author: Colleen Hoover
E-book, 218 pages
Published: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
4.5/5 Stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25197322-confess
From bestselling author Colleen Hoover, comes a new novel about risking everything for love -and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping some major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

This is my first NA book, and in my opinion it’s definitely darker than YA. It still blowns me away though. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating at some points (in a good way) because it’s like they’re stuck in the moment. I love the concept of confessions turned into art. Confesions from strangers, and from the characters. And the artworks in this book are amazing, it connects perfectly with the confessions. Danny O’Connor is such an amazing artist, all the colors and the way he paints are just unique for me. You could see more of his art here.

“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

I love the connection between Auburn and Owen, how deep they feel for each other. Both of them had been let down by life, and they’re trying to put their life back and trying to be better. It feels quite insta-lovey at first, but that ending wraps everything perfectly. Still,  I find some parts too vulgar for my taste, but hey it’s New Adult, so I’m not complaining.
I also love how all the characters are connected to each other and play important part in the story. Trey is a total creep, and Emory was really badass with that gun! I know at one point Callahan Gentry will have a use for this plot, and it’s pretty predictable how’s it all going to turn out in the end. It’s also quite predictable at some other points. I think it’s too cliche, but I actually really enjoyed it.
The characters and the confessions are really human, it’s quite easy to connect with them. It’s just soooo good. If you want to read it, but haven’t read it until now, then you should read it soon. This book really worth your time, you won’t regret it.

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag!

Okay, so I saw this book on one of Rachel’s post, and I knew I just have to join in! No one tag me, but I don’t really care, it’s Harry freaking Potter tag!

An Upcoming Release You Wish You Could Get Your Hands On Right Now

 

 This book sounds amazing! It’s about a girl who spend Summer in Scotland, but turns out she’s a member of a secret society of time travellers. Sounds like a mix of Outlander and Ruby Red.

Favorite Series Starter

This trilogy is just fantastic. And the first book is amazing. But the next books are getting better and better. I don’t even have words for them.

A Book That Gave You All The Warm And Fuzzies

My most recent read. All the relationships in this book are soo good, it warms cold, dark soul ❤
 

A Book That Made You Ugly Cry

If you read The Infernal Devices and love it as much as I do, I’m pretty sure we all feel the same way about that epilogue.
 

Bookish Hero Or Heroine You Want Around To Protect You In Real Life

Akiva. He’s an Angel Prince with mad fighting skills and absolutely swoon worthy.
 

A Book You Intentionally Spoiled For Yourself

Well I didn’t understand the language, which distracts me from the plot and characters, which forced me to open Wikipedia to actually understands what happened in this book.

A Book You Wish You Could Make Everyone Read Because You Loved It So

It’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but not exactly like the original. It gives more twisted, darker, and gory version of Wonderland.  

 A Book Series You Wish Never Ended

I mean, seriously??? Still can’t believe this series has ended. Where’s my Marauders era book? Where’s my next generation book? Where are the other books??? I WANT MORE.

A Book With An Uplifting Message


This book gives such an amazing and important message, that you shouldn’t judge anyone by their look and how everyone deserves an appreciation.

A Book You Wish You Could Forget You Ever Read

Well the cover IS gorgeous, and the blurb seems cute, but I just couldn’t get into the story.

An Author Whose Books Always Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

  Well I don’t have any author for this category because whenever I’m in a reading slump, I don’t want to read ANY books, so I just don’t force myself 😀
 

A Swoon-Worthy Hero Or Heroine

  NOAH ELLIOT SIMON SHAW.

A Book That Caused You To Stop Doing All Other Things Until You Finished It

I didn’t get enough sleep to finish this book because this book is just so freaking intense and action packed and I can’t wait to know what happens next so SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.

A Book That Was Painful To Read (For Whatever Reason) Or Broke You

 All the Heronstairs moments and that epilogue broke me. Well done Cassandra Clare.

A Book That Had You Laughing Out Loud

  
It’s so funny! It gives me more knowledge about Greek Gods, but it doesn’t feel like a textbook. Of course, with Persassy Jackson as the narrator, how couldn’t I love it??
 

A Book That Made You Want To Send It (Or Your E-Reader) Flying 

Well fortunately, up until this moment I haven’t read anything that bad. I tend to stay away from books that I know I wouldn’t like. I won’t torture myself by reading them 😀

A Bookish World You Wish You Could Visit

Always, now and forever. I’ve done a post about fictional world I’d love to visit here.
 

A Book With A Shocking Twist Or Ending

*screams in eternal disbelief* I haven’t read the Retribution but THAT ENDING SHOULDN’T HAPPENED.

 

A Character Death That Destroyed You

You know what upsets me the most about his death? He deserves MORE than that. He deserves more than death by the mutants.

Best Series Conclusion

Again, this book is everything. If you haven’t read this book/series, you should do it really SOON. 
So that’s all the tag and category in this post. I have so much fun doing it and now you know how much I love The Infernal Devices. I tag all of you reading this, if you want to do it, just do it now!

Book Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Paperback edition, 337 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 26th, 2015
5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24261890-p-s-i-still-love-you

Summary:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Review:

Let’s just talk about this book in lists because I can’t make my thoughts comprehensive enough to write a review 😀
So much fluff!

“I could fall in love with you so easily. I’m halfway there already. You’re so perfect in my memory, and you’re perfect now. It’s like I dreamed you into being. Of all the boys, you’re the one I would pick.”

Seriously, this book is so adorable! Lara Jean is so cute in a quirky way, Peter Kavinsky is such a romantic guy, such a nice person and their relationship is so adorable in general! John Ambrose Mclaren is also an amazing guy, I’m torn between him and Peter! And Lara Jean’s family is so close with each other. Lara Jean is such a lucky girl.

Which brings me to my next point….
Family oriented

“Because over and over one thoughts runs in my head on a loop: I miss my mother. I miss my mother. I miss her so much.”

“Kitty’s care are still manageable; they can fit in the palm of my hand. I like that she still depends on me for things. She sprung out like a weed, without a mother, just two sisters and a dad. That is no small feat. That’s something extraordinary.”

I love how family oriented this book is. We can see how close Lara is with her family. They always look out for each other, and want the best for each other. The sisters tell each other everything. And the sisters also really close with their dad. They love each other, so many adorable family moments! There hasn’t been much YA book where the main character is really close with his/her family. And since Lara Jean is part Korean, we also explores a bit more of Korean culture.

Talks about relationship in general

“Lara Jean, just remember, the girl must always be the one to control how far things go. Boys think with their you-know-whats. It’s up to you to keep your head and protect what’s yours.”

“Life is sexist. If you were pregnant, you’re the one whose life changes. Nothing of significances changes about the boy. You’re the one people whisper about.”

It discuss about serious issue like sex a lot. It gives stern warning about how society is sexist, how we female decide how far we want to go and who gets to do those things. It teaches us to respect ourselves more, to be more careful. It also talks about heartbreak, family, and friendship. 

Character Development

The characters grow up so much in this book, but they’re still familiar and still our beloved characters. Lara Jean isn’t so naive, Kitty is so cute yet fierce at the same time, we get to see more side of Genevive story,  Peter isn’t what we thought he is, and Margot isn’t that bossy anymore. I just love love love them so much! 

I love this book so much! This book is so warm and full of fluff (and it’s heartbreaking to at some points), and it feels my heart with so many beautiful emotions. I remember how it feels being in love, remember playing with my childhood friends (we aren’t close anymore) and being in love (John reminds me of my first crush). Okay I’m getting to personal here. But you guys get my points. It hits the right spot, reminds you of so many things in your childhood, and it makes you feel nostalgic. Not so many book could do that to me. It’s absolutely beautiful and I think this book is better than the first one. Really loving this book.

5 Fictional World I’d Love to Get Lost In

As a reader, I really enjoyed a solid world building. It feels like you’re there, seeing and feeling and doing everything. Reading transports your mind and soul to a whole different world, while your physical body stays in the same place. Especially when that universe has magic, use foreign cultures, and has unique architectures.

So today I’m going to show you guys my Top 5 Fictional World. These are the world I’d love to visit, even stay there (and run and scream and panicked whenever there’s trouble). SO without futher talking, here they are!

1. Hogwarts // Harry Potter Series

Who doesn’t love Hogwarts? Hogwarts is my second home. Magic, castle, ghosts, hidden rooms, and so much more! I still got chills on this scene:

Things to-do: Learn magic, investigates all the mysteries, play quidditch, visit the chamber of secrets, visit the room of requirements, spend Christmas and Halloween in Hogwarts.

2. Camp Half-Blood // Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Camp Half-Blood is a safe haven for all demigods. Here, they are safe from any kinds of monsters, creatures, and enemies that want to kill them. Only half-blood could come in. They get beads for every year they’re in camp/every quest completed. They also stays in houses according their Godly parents.

Things to-do: Play Capture-the-Flag, visit the Oracle, learn how to control your power, go on a quest and try to stay alive.

3. Alicante // The Mortal Instruments-The Infernal Devices

This is the home city of Nephilim. The construction is mostly in gold- and honey-colored stone, with red tile roofs. Apart from its unusual demon towers, Alicante is a city of canals. The only way you could come here is through a Portal. Alicante is surrounded by Demon Towers, that supports the Wards, and the towers light up as warnings depending on the situation; an example is their red and gold battle lights.

Things to-do: Crash the council meeting (oops), climb the Demon Tower, visit the Accords Hall and Angel Square.

4. Ravka // Grisha series

Ravka is one of the nations in the Grisha universe. It is bordered by Fjerda in the north, Shu Han in the south and the True Sea in the west. What I love the most about this universe is the magic/Grisha and the Russian cultures woven in this book.

Things to-do: Hunt the Morozova’s Amplifiers, join the Grisha army, visit Os Alta, Keramzin and the Folds.

5. The Londons (lol idk what they’re called)  // A Darker Shade of Magic

There are 4 Londons in A Darker Shade of Magic: Grey London-the magicless and ordinary London, Red London-the one that has magic and lives in harmony with it, White London-where people drain the life out of magic in attempt to control it, and Black London-the London that’s destroyed by magic. I’d love to travel to those 4 Londons, experiencing them all!

Things to-do: Travel to all 4 Londons, try to stay alive in White London, and try to find a way back from Black London.

Do you love an entirely different world in a book? What world do you want to visit the most? What are your most favorite fictional world? What do you love about it? Let me know in the comment below and I’ll see you soon!

October Wrap-Up and November TBR

Hi guys! I can’t believe it’s already the beginning of November. 1 month left and we’re finished with 2016! Time flies so fast!

Before we start…

Happy Halloween!

Yes I’m aware it’s November already, but whatever!

October has passed with a blur. With so many tests and other activities, I barely had time to read anything. Anyways, October has been an amazing reading month for me. I’ve read 9 books (which is a lot considering how busy I am this month) and I really enjoyed all of them. So here are the books I’ve read on October:

  1. Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ✰✰✰✰
  2. Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols ✰✰✰.5
  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ✰✰✰✰.5 
  4. Chasers of the Light by Taylor Knott Gregson
  5. Who Was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards ✰✰✰
  6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab ✰✰✰✰.5
  7. The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Longsted ✰✰✰✰
  8. The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo ✰✰
  9. Catatan Seorang Demonstran by Soe Hok Gie ✰✰.5

If you’ve seen my October TBR post, you’ll see that the books I read this month are actually really different with what I’ve planned 😀 Well since it’s October and it’s almost Halloween, I decided to change my TBR pile, to get into the Halloween/fall atmosphere, even though we don’t celebrate Halloween and we don’t have fall season in my country.

My favorite books would be The Graveyard Book and A Darker Shade of Magic. The Graveyard Book has ghosts and other creatures, but it also gives you warm and fuzzy feels. A Darker Shade of Magic is a fantasy novel about magic, alternate universe, thieves, blood, and many other awesome-ness.

For the month of November, I plan to read the final book in some series, so I could find out the ending and start new series. I just have too many unfinished series!

    1. Persuasion by Jane Austen // I’m not feeling really motivated to read another Austen book, but when I went to my bookstore and saw that cover, I knew I had to buy it! I’m actually a couple pages in, and so far I liked it!
    2. P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han // What will happens with Lara and Peter???
    3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi // I hope Juliette isn’t a lovesick girl anymore, and Tahereh’s writing isn’t too flowery in this book…
    4. Confess by Colleen Hoover // My first Colleen Hoover and New Adult book. I know nothing in this book, so I hope this book could surprise me!
    5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan // The book my friend keeps recommending to me…

    November-December is going to be a busy month for me. With the final exams coming, the school is pushing us harder than ever. I might not be able to read all my TBR books… Which means I might not be able to post regularly. I’ll post something here and there, but I can’t promise…

    What was your favorite book last month? What book you’re really excited to read this month? Let me know in the comment and have a great reading month!