Spring Bingo Checklist

Hi guys! So at the end of February, Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews created this bookish bingo with spring theme. The goal is to cover as many bingos as possible, and of course I can’t resist it and just jump right it. It’s my first time doing any bookish bingo, but it’s really fun! I’m definitely going to join another one.

I only managed to cover 18 squares, and completed 3 bingos. I think it’s pretty well, all things considered. I know the non binary MC one is going to be the hardest, since I never read any books about that, and… honestly not in the mood to read any either. Now let’s see the books I read for the bingo.
    1. More than one author: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
    2. Under 200 pages: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
    3. Retelling: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    4. Green cover: A Room With a View by E.M Forster
    5. Based on a real event: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    6. Stand Alone: A Mad, Wicked, Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
    7. Ugly cover: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
    8. Criminals: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    9. Flowers on the cover: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
    10. Character not human: The Dream Thieves {ummm… Noah Czerny?? still not over it. Also Ronan’s mom, Matthew and Chainsaw, since they’re dream creatures} also by Maggie Stiefvater
    11. Recommended by more than one friend: The Raven Boys {so many people rec’d this, both real life and blogging friends!} by Maggie Stiefvater
    12. End of the world: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    13. Toward Another Challenge: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson {2016 contemporary challenge}
    14. March, April, May release: The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
    15. Metalic Letter: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
    16. Second chance: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
    17. Pen name: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
    18. Set more than 200 year ago: Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
    19. Free: High Wire by Charles Ogden
    All links would go to my reviews.

    Did you participte in the spring bingo? How was your progress?

      Book Review: The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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      The Rose and The Dagger
      by Renee Ahdieh
      E-book edition, 528 pages
      Published April 26th, 2016 by Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
      ✰✰✰✰

      The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

      I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

      In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

      While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30109713-the-rose-and-the-dagger

      “No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
      For revenge was trifling and hollow.
      No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
      For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
      No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
      For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

      He was here to burn something to the ground.”

      Let’s just cut straight to the point: I’m a bit underwhelmed. It’s just… I expect so much more from this book.

      The pacing feels somehow a bit off to me. I think that’s because of the writing style. I still think the writing style is beautiful and enchanting, but I think it’s too flowery for the situations in this book. It fits the #1 book because it was about love and curses, while this book about war. And I expect a lot of actions and a show of Khalid, Jalal and Tariq skills at war. Imagine how impatient I was when the kingdoms were on the cusp of war but the author decided to describe how the breastplate look and how the desert look. I mean it’s okay, but it kinda distract from the action and the urgency of the situation.

      “It was never about belonging to someone. It was belonging together.”

      There are so many new characters in this book, and it just distract us from Shahrzad and Khalid. I feel detached with Irsa and Rahim. I really feel nothing and tend want to skip their moments. I also dislike Irsa because she tried too hard to be like Shahrzad. I know she idolizes her, but bravery doesn’t mean to be silver-tounged or good at wielding weapons. Doing what’s right took courage. Being a healer took courage. She just can’t see that and no one ever tell her that. Also, the romance between Irsa and Rahim feels nothing for me other than as a filler. It really has no impact or whatsoever to the story. (Although I have to admit I feel sad when Rahim died)
      Tariq is as hot-headed, bad tempered, act like an alpha male as ever. He forces his decision and can’t see that Shahrzad is capable of protecting herself. He really infuriates me. His rashness has cost almost 2 lives. Yes, I blame Shahrzad struck by an arrow and Rahim’s death on him. I hope he learn his lessons and just learn to control his temper.
      I wish we could see more of Artan. I quite like him. I wish we could see more of his magic and power, and what did his parents actually did (since we never get any story about it) and what is he exactly (I have my theories, but I’m not quite sure). I’m a bit sad that he used like a prop in this book.

      “From the stars, to the stars.”

      Shahrzad is still quick witted and silver tounged as ever. She may seem a bit rash sometimes, but I think most of the time she managed to rein her temper. Khalid is as cold (and sweet to Shahrzad as ever) but he managed to rein his famous temper too, and he seems more human and considerable to others. I wish we could see his mad fighting skills though.
      I wish to see more of the side character, like Jalal, Despina, Jalal’s Father, Yasmine, Vikram, Omar and others. I think they’re interesting, especially Omar and Despina. I’d love to know more about the desert tribe and Despina’s life before/during her time as Salim’s daughter.

      “As always. As ever. As a rose to the sun.”

      I did have my problems with this book. But that epilogue guys? FEELS. It’s just so beautiful I wish it was longer. It’s definitely everything I could ask for, even more! PLEASE AT LEAST ANOTHER NOVELLA???

      Overall, I admit I was dissapointed. With the urgency and the stakes of the story, it should have more action and focuses on Shahrzad, Khalid, Tariq and the impending war, instead of going around introducing tons of new characters. But that epilogue really leaves me statisfied and happy, so it’s definitely worth the read.

      “Cut the strings, Shazi. Fly.”

      Book Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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      Every Last Word
      by Tamara Ireland Stone
      E-book edition, pages
      Published June 16th, 2015 by Disney Press
      ✰✰✰✰

      If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.
      Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
      Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
      Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28044076-every-last-word
      I was in the middle of reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, when suddenly, the contemporary mood kicks in. So I just scrolled through my e-reader, and find this book being the only contemporary there I haven’t read. I know nothing about this book (which is the first time, since I always read the summary before reading) and take a leap of faith. Turns out it was really worth it. I really liked this one.
      I think this book sends a really great message to readers. Our main character, Sam, has pure-O OCD. She’s not tidy or keep fixing things, like common perception of OCD. But she thinks about something, she couldn’t stop thinking about it. She can’t sleep, she’ll get anxiety, and just interferring with her daily life. This book really potrays that part accurately. The author has done research before writing this book, and it’s shown in the way she potrays Sam. Her stream of thoughts from when she’s fine to when she’s obsessing are gradual and nicely paced. The great things are Sam has great, supportive family that always by her side, and has really healthy relationship with the psychiatrist. I mean, she’s hiding her OCD from her friends, but she’s seeking for help. And I think that’s a really great message. This book also deals with typical high school life; popular cliques, toxic friendships, and crushes, which makes this book even more relateable and heartfelt.

      Another reason why I really liked this book is I find the main character, Sam, relateable. I find swimming and morning walks calming (swimming does this for her) and as she find outlet with poetry, I also find outlet in writing. I don’t know, reviews, short stories, imagines, lists, anything. When I’m stressed out, or when I can’t sleep, my mind tend to get really crowded and buzzed, and sometimes it’s exhausting. I find writing lists or whatever in my head in chaotic ways really help, even though it’s incomprehensible sometimes 😄

      I was really surprised when I read about Caroline though, because I just finised The Dream Thieves and I can’t have Noah 2.0. But I’m really glad that’s not the case, even though that chapter really broke my heart. I felt really sorry for Sam.
      I’m not an expert on poetry, nor have I ever understand one, so I won’t give any review about that aspect. But I really like the people in Poet’s Corner, how open and friendly they are, and how acceptable they are with Sam. 
      So overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story is simple and really heartfelt. It doesn’t have memorable characters, but the story itself is really beautiful.

      Hello, It’s Me {The Get to Know Me Tag}

       
      Image credit to Denise @ The Bibliolater. (Isn’t it beautiful? Go check her blog guys!)

      Hi guys! I saw this tag long time ago, and wanted to do it but just kind of forget about it (I know I’m terrible) but the lovely Fiona @ A Girl Between The Pages tagged me on this tag recently, and so I write this post right after reading hers so I won’t forget it again! Thank you Fiona❤ Some of you might have read the “ABOUT” page, but hopefully this tag would give you more insight about the girl behind this blog (me!!). Let’s get started, shall we?

      Basics about Tasya
      Name: Tasya Putri Dita
      Nicknames: Most of my friends call me Sasa, but for some reasons, if I met someone older (teacher or others) for the first time, I always introduce myself as Tasya. Same goes from strangers.
      Birthday: 30th of July, 1998
      Star Sign: Leo ♌
      Occupation: Currently in my 4 months holiday, before Uni starts in August.

      How She Looks Like

      Hair colour: Black, but some of the strands are sun-burnt so they looked red.
      Hair length: Medium length, a bit past my shoulder. The weather tend to be really hot in Indonesia, and I just can’t bear to have my hair too long! (or too short because I have chubby cheeks and it makes my face looks really round).
      Eye colour: Black. I don’t know if it’s actually dark brown, because even in the sunlight it mostly looks black…
      Best feature: My collarbones. I don’t know, I really like collarbones!
      Braces: Nope.
      Piercings: I don’t know if normal earrings count as piercings… I’d love to get one, but I’m afraid it will hurt a lot!
      Tattoos: Again, no. If I have though, I’d have the Winchester’s Anti-Possession tattoo.
      Right or left handed: Right handed.

      Firsts
      Best friend: I never sticks with one friend. That sounds horrible I know, but I’ve never been really that type of person and fits in with certain type of cliques. But I guess my first one is Rio. We used to live near each other (before I moved out) and we’ve been in the same school from kinderganten through junior high. And after 3 years of never meeting each other, when we did meet, I just still feel so connected with him. I could talk about everything effortlessly, and doesn’t really have to think to come up with topics for our convos. It’s feels really comfortable and nostalgic I guess.
      Award: I really don’t remember what is my first award, but I think it’s about fashion show when I was 3 yo (I saw the trophy at home) which is weird since I remember bits and pieces about that day and I didn’t think I did a great job or whatsoever 😄
      Sport: Swimming or running. I always loved swimming, but I really hate the feeling after swimming. It feels weird, and that’s why I don’t swim as much as I used to.
      Real holiday: In Indonesia, there’s this tradition to go back to your area every Eid Mubarak, so I always do that every year and that barely leave any time for holidays. But I think my first holiday was going to Belitung island in Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s also to visit a family, but we went to see lots of famous landmarks there.
      Concert: Umm I’ve never been on a concert before. Once, my friend invited a really well-known singer to her birthday but I don’t think that counts as concert isn’t it? I guess I just kind of save it for that once singer/band I really love, since my music taste tends to change a lot.

      Favourites
      Film: I have a lot, but the last one I watch is Captain America: Civil War. I’ve been on #teamcap right from the start, and I know after watching that I didn’t pick the wrong side! (Unrelated, but I do hope Bucky would appear in Black Pather movie.)
      TV Show: Also a lot. I got to say it’s Sherlock though! (sorry my baby SPN and Teen Wolf!) It always captures my interest (maybe because it’s so short? HAHA) while SPN and TW sometimes feels dragged to me.
      Colour: I do like all colors, but different shades of them. Like I love pastel pink and purple, but bright neon for red. But I think if I have to choose one, I’d choose blue.
      Song: Again, I have a lot. The last one is Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers.
      Restaurant: Any all-you-can-eat restaurants. They’re the best!
      Shop: Bookstores, any kind of bookstores. I don’t really buy clothes, because I mostly blow my money away on books!
      Books: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and The Wrath and The Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh.
      Shoes: Flatshoes! They’s so comfy.

      Currently…

      Feeling: Exhausted. Like really exhausted. I feel like I could sleep for 100 years and still feel tired when I wake up!
      Single or Taken: Taken *wink wink*
      Eating: Um.. none.
      Thinking about: Uni. It’s really stressing me out!
      Watching: Game of Thrones! It’s only 10 eps per season but I have slow progress because I have to watch it in secret so my parents won’t freak out!
      Wearing: My PJs. I always wear them when I’m at home.

      Future

      Children: Um yes maybe, but only if I’m ready. 
      Marriage: I’d like to, after I’ve travelled around the world. I’d like to travel first before finally settle down and take the responsibility as a mother!
      Careers: I really really want to work in the UN. As anything. I’d take anything.
      Where you want to live: Vatican I guess. It’s just so beautiful and seems peaceful and it just seems perfect.

      Do you believe in…?

      God: I’m a Roman Catholic, so definitely, without a doubt, yes.
      Miracles: Yes.
      Love at first sight: Ummm no. More like attraction-on-the-first-sight-that-turns-into-love-after-getting-to-know-each-other.
      Ghosts: Yes. I do believe in God, and if there is God, then there is Evil.
      Aliens: Yes. In words of Arthur C. Clarke, “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” The universe is so HUGE, and our milky way isn’t the only galaxy out there, so the possibilities that we’re all alone in such vast space is downright terrifiying.
      Soul mates: Yes, but not always in romantic ways. Like have you ever meet someone that just click with you, but just as bestfriends or internet friends? I consider them my soulmates. We are made of the same soul, that’s why we could get along really well.
      Heaven/hell: Yes.
      Kissing on the first date: Um… no. I’d rather wait until 3rd or 4th. I’m just oldschool that way! 🙂
      Yourself: Yes. If you don’t believe in your own self, how could anyone starts to believe in you?

      Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

      The Knife of Never Letting Go
      by Patrick Ness
      Paperback, 512 pages
      Published June 5th 2014, by Walker Books
      ✰.5

      Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run…

      The new edition of this unflinching novel about fear, flight and the terrifying path of self-discovery features the short story, The New World. Set before the events of The Knife of Never Letting Go, it is the story of Viola’s dramatic journey to the New World.

      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22725304-the-knife-of-never-letting-go

      Oh boy. I think I started my Patrick Ness journey with the wrong book. I’m so not a fan of this book.

      Writing style. The whole accent and weird words throw in made me confused at the beginning. It took a while for me to be okay with it and think of it as the accent. It took me much much longer to realize twixt means between. And no one tell me the writing style is like the Shatter Me series. We have a whole paragraphs with no punctuation describing and rambling, and words cut of just describing how the characters keep falling-
      falling-
      falling-
      falling down the road or something. And also everytime the character learn something important the book would hide it and just write is as “and I see-
      and I can’t believe it-
      and -” It’s really annoying. 
      The characters. OH GOD. MY BIGGEST PET PEEVES ABOUT THIS BOOK IS OUR MAIN CHARACTER. TODD EFFING HEWITT. He’s just so self-centered and arrogant and just stupid really. His pride makes him achieve his mission slower and his stupidity and inability to kill is basically the reason all the shits are happening to him. If only he admits he couldn’t read and ask for Viola’s help. Or just warn the people. Things would be so much simpler. And everytime Viola try to tell him the right thing, he won’t listen. And he’s able to kill an innocent person but can’t kill the ones that done him wrong the most?? I think his stubbornness and hesitation really fits his character, since he’s only 13 years old. But really? Does he have to piss me off so much? I’ve read other MG novels and none of the characters pissed me off as much as Todd Hewitt did.
      Viola is more mature and honestly more interesting to read. I don’t know how old she is, but she sounds older than 13. I admit, sometimes she’s a bit pushy and act like a know-it all. But at least she listens when someone tried to give advice. I read the extras from her pov and I really liked it. 
      Manchee. Oh God my poor precious. For me, if dogs could talk, they would be like Manchee. The way he talks and acts and thinks really feel like real dog. Ness really nailed it with him. Which is why he broke my heart and I literally had to close the book for a moment to calm down. I don’t know what kind of dog Manchee is, but I always imagined him as a corgi.
      So as you can see, I didn’t enjoy this book. WHYYYYY. I won’t be continuing with this series, but I would like to know if other Ness’ books {A Monster’s Call, More than This, The Rest of Us Just Live Here} have similar writing style or not? I really really want to give this author another chance so please let me know!

      7 Things About The Dream Thieves

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      The Dream Thieves
      by Maggie Stievfater
      E-book edition, 360 pages
      Published 2013 by Scholastic Press
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      If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

      Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

      One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

      And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

      Ronan is one of the raven boys — a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface — changing everything in its wake.

      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25804763-the-dream-thieves

      This book is really hard to review. Like really hard. I have so many conflicted thoughts about this book so I guess I’m just going to do a list review (which I’ve never done before!)

      1. I need more Noah Czerny. It’s ridiculous how rare his moments in this book is. I thought he’s one of the raven boys?? But those moments when he appears are really precious, especially when Ronan threw him out of the window. I get why he rarely appears though.

      “Ronan’s bedroom door burst open. Hanging on the door frame, Ronan leaned out to peer past Gansey. He was doing that thing where he looked like both the dangerous Ronan he was now and the cheerier Ronan he had been when Gansey first met him. “Is Noah out here?”

      “Hold on,” Gansey told Adam. Then, to Ronan: “Why would he be?”

      “No reason. Just no reason.” Ronan slammed his door.

      Gansey asked Adam, “Sorry. You still have that suit for the party?”

      Adam’s response was buried in the sound of the second-story door falling open. Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, “He threw me out the window!”

      Ronan’s voice sang out from behind his closed door: “You’re already dead!”

      2. I love the idea of taking things from dreams. It’s not the first time being used, but the concept and the rules are really original.

      3. I’m starting to understand the plot better. It’s hard to understand while I was reading it, but as I reached the end I knew what happened. It’s like the puzzle pieces just fit without I even realizing it. The pacing was a bit off at some points, but I think that’s the beauty of Stievfater’s books. They lulled you and enchating you to keep reading.

      4. I don’t know why, but out of the 4 Raven Boys, I feel nothing for Gansey. Isn’t he the main character??? Shouldn’t I love him? But seriously guys, is Gansey actually Glendower? It’s been shadowed so many times with the whole “old and young”, “time is circular” and other stuffs.

      “It already has,” Calla replied. Her eyes opened and fixed on Blue. “And it hasn’t yet. Time’ circular, chicken. We use the same parts of it over and over. Some of us more than others.”

      5. Is every character named Adam doomed to have shitty character development? I didn’t like his development in this book. He’s just too angsty and stubborn.

      6. We get to know Ronan better here, so yay! He seems to have barbed wire around him, so I’m really glad to see more of his past and his family. I connect and understand a whole lot more with him. I understand why he’s so rude and angsty 99% of the time (except when he’s with chainsaw). And can we see more Matthew please? He’s just adorable!

      “I know you think you’re a punk,” Declan said. “But you aren’t nearly as bad ass as you think you are.”
      “Oh, go to hell,” Ronan snapped, just as the alter boys broached the rear doors.
      “Guys,” Matthew pleaded. “Be holy.”

      7. That being said, I also find a bit disconnected with the characters. I’m not filthy rich, I’m not quirky like Blue, I’m not dead like Noah, and I’m not on a quest finding a sleeping king. It’s just… my life isn’t as quirky as them, I find it hard to understand why or what they’re thinking.

      So yeah. I did enjoyed it, even though not as much as The Raven Boys. I’m excited to know what happened next though, so definitely going to continue on this series!

       

      Captain America Civil War Book Tag

      At this point, I’m already resigned to the fact that I love this movie too damn much. I’ve seen this movie TWICE, which never happened to me before. And if you followed my tumblr, you might’ve seen the increased number of marvel-related post (especially about Sebby. I’m such a trash) #sorrynotsorry. Which is why when I saw this tag at Cristina’s blog (I’m also following her format in writing this tag, but somehow it looks messy and I just gave up), I knew I had to do this. So here it is, a totally unexpected and last-minute post because I just have to do it NOW. (The creator of this tag, Jennifer @ Wonderland Review seems to be in team cap, so all the questions fit perfectly with me)

      The Rules:

      • Thank the person who tagged you.
      • Tag anyone and everyone you want!

      Team Captain America:

      Captain America: Name a character who always does the right thing. (If you aren’t team Cap I guess you can change this to ‘a character who always thinks he does the right thing’)

        
      For this one I’ll choose Hermione Granger. She’s broken few rules and act not-so-good at times, but mostly she follows the rules, especially earlier in the series when she seems like such a know-it-all 😄

      Falcon: A loyal character

        
      I’m going with Ronan, Adam, Gansey and Noah from The Raven Cycle. Their friendship is what drew me to the series, and still amazes me till this day. They’re just so beautiful, and even though they had their quarells, they’re 100000% loyal with each other. They would go into the deepest hell for each other, trust me.

      Hawkeye: A character that is extremely good at something very specific (Like Hawkeye with his bow)

        
      I want to answer Katniss… but it’s too obvious. And I’m saving Shahrzad for later, so this one is for Percy Jackson. Other than his amazing water-controlling power, he’s really good with using Riptide! (which is a sword, in case you’re wondering).

      Ant-Man: A character that’s just happy to tag along

       
      I’ll pick Tyson from PJO series! He’s really happy when he’s on quest together with Percy, it’s really heartwarming! He’s so happy to find a family that loved him, even asked him on a quest!

      Agent 13: A character you’re super nervous about (not going to say why, but I have my reasons)

       
      I’m a bit meh with her… I mean she’s okay, and also badass, but because of a certain scene, I kinda hate her. Let’s see where she would go in the next movies. (And pls don’t let her be like comic agent 13 in comic civil war!) I haven’t even read Crown of Midnight, but I heard Rowan is the cause that my ship sank in this book, soo…. yeah.

      Winter Soldier: A character whose mind isn’t entirely their own

       
      (Well hello there! This is my favorite Winter Soldier gif, other than how good looking he is, this gif embodies both Bucky and Winter Soldier.) Holland from ADSOM definitely fits this category. I believe that he’s actually a good person, he did what he did because being controlled by the Dane Twins! I hope we could see more of him and his motivations in AGOS! (Totally unrelated, but I prefer lean bucky than beefy bucky!)

      Scarlet Witch: A character that started out on the wrong side but ended up joining the team

       
      Um I wouldn’t say Wanda was ever on the wrong team… (well she was, but in AoU, not in CA:CW) 😄 I’d pick Warner from the Shatter Me series. He was the main antagonist in Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but change side in Ignite Me!

      Bonus: Winter Soldier & Captain America: Two characters that have been friends for a long time:

       
      You know who I’m going to pick for this one right? If you’ve followed me for some time, you know there’s one brotp I never missed to mentioned in every tag. Ladies and gentlemen, the ultimate brotp, Heronstairs.

      Team Iron Man:

      Iron Man: A character that doesn’t seem to learn from their mistakes (*Fine. If you’re team Iron Man you can change this question to, ‘a character willing to stand up to his friends for what he believes in’)

        
      I have nothing against Tony, he’s a great person. But I think we all can agree that he does have problems with his ego. He quicks to pass judgement and have a hard time listening to other people’s opinion. If only he would listen to the Avengers on AoU, or not threatening Mandarin, or just treated people better! I think Todd Hewitt is the same as Tony. He just can’t (or won’t) see that Viola might have better knowledge and technology to help him (which she does!). Everytime she tried to reads or just tell him about her life, he’ll shut her up and won’t listen to her. It happened throughout the book and honestly I want to reach in and just shake him real hard.

      War Machine: A character that’s always showing off his “big guns.”

        
      Um okay I don’t really read New Adult or Erotica in this matter… So I’ll take this one as literal guns. Jasper from Six of Crows definitely fits this category, since he’s the sharpshooter, so of course he has to bring (and show) his guns everywhere!

      Black Widow: Badass female character that also has a soft side

            
      Can we talk about how AMAZING Nat is in Civil War? The whole action she did is just freaking amazing, even for words. I mean, she’s normal human, (no serum, no wings, no magic) and she’s a female, but she kicks (I think) more ass than Cap or Sam. Celaena Sadorthien, definitely. She’s supposed to be a deadly assassin, but she also loves reading, chocolate, beautiful dresses and puppies<33

      Black Panther: A character out for revenge

       
      (sTOP KICKING MY BABY) Shahrzad Al-Khayzuran is out for blood. The monster King killed her best friend, so she volunteer to be his next bride, which started the absolutely amazing and beautiful story of The Wrath and The Dawn.

      Vision: A character you are unsure about

        
      I know where I stand with Vision… He’s just too loyal with Tony. I really want to like Augustus Waters. I do. He’s sweet and nice and just a really great person. But the way he talks feel so pretentious sometimes… So idk.

      Spider Man: A character you were afraid just wasn’t going to fit in

        
      So many Riordan in this tag! I’m afraid that Reyna wouldn’t fit with the seven, with all the past crushes and bad blood between them, but I think everything turns out pretty well, even though in the end she doesn’t directly work together with the seven. Btw I love Spidey in CA:CW and I can’t wait for Homecoming!

      Pepper Potts (pretty sure she isn’t in this movie but whatever): A character who uses their intelligence

        
      I really want to pick Annabeth, but I think we already have too much Riordan, don’t we? So I’ll just pick Alyssa from Splintered. Morpheus did teach her, but she uses his teachings, her own memory and imagination to control Wonderland and defeated the enemy.

      Bonus: Captain America vs. Iron Man: You pick: Name two characters that started off as friends and are now enemies OR Name two characters that are on opposing sides that you want to work together

        
      Holland and Kell. The end of ADSOM really make me sad because I really want to know more about Holland. I hope he’ll work together with Kell, because if their powers combined I’m sure they’ll be amazing!

      I tag: 
      And you!

      Language Learning Apps

      I always love learning languages. I took English course for most of my childhood, and Chinese when I was around 13 until I was 15 years old. It’s amazing how each country have their own language, and how we could interact with each other despites our difference in language. It’s also why I love to read books so much. It’s amazing how certain words or sentences could reflect deeply to us, even though it’s written in a different language.  And how did humans first find language anyway? How do they decide what to write and say and stuff? It never ceases to amaze me and up until now I still don’t know the answers.
      With the amount of technology we have right now, of course we’ll have apps to learn language, to make learning more easier and fun. And today I’m going to share with you my favorite apps for language learning!

      Duolingo
      This is my first language learning app, and it helps a lot. You could learn lots of language with this app, such as Spanish, German, French, Russian, and more. It uses it own learning package, so you don’t have to worry about those different and incomplete package. I use it to learn Spanish and German. It has chapters/sections to make it easier to learn language. When you first learn the words, it would be in multiple choices. But as you progressed, it would be in sentences and even listening sections, with native speakers. It also don’t use timers for learning sessions, unless you’re taking the test session. Duolingo availabe on both Android and web, so I usually use the web version to give my phone more space.

      Memrise
      This one is slightly different than Duolingo. It has chapters too, but it was uploaded by users, so be careful when you’re picking what you want to learn. And since it’s uploaded by users, this app has even more learning options than Duolingo. It uses timer so it will test your speed and memory. But it doesn’t has listening section, so you won’t get used to listening to native speakers. It also available on both Android and web, and I also use the web version. I use Memrise to learn Latin.

      Semper
      This one is the newest one, and the most creative. It’s perfect if you spend a lot of time on your phone. Semper uses your time while waiting for an app to start, or while unlocking your phone, to  generates small puzzles. So each time you unlock your phone, you’d get quizzes as your lockscreen. And as it’s also uses user-generated-packs, it has a lot of language options. The downside is, it also don’t have listening section, and the writing section is a bit weird for me. I use it to learn Latin and Spanish. This is the only language-learning app I have on my phone.

      I also just found out that you can use Semper to learn basically anything, even trivial things like Harry Potter Spells, which is awesome.

      My personal favorite is Duolingo, since it feels like learning from a course. It has quizzes, writing a sentences, listening section, and more. But the most practical one to learn language is Semper, since it uses your time productively, and you’re learning in small pieces. I hope this post helps if you want to learn a new language!

      Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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      The Raven Boys
      by Maggie Stievfater
      Ebook edition, 312 pages
      Published September 2012, by Scholastic Press
      ✰✰✰✰.5

      “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love… or you killed him.”
      It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
      Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
      His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
      But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all — family money, good looks, devoted friends — but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
      For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
      From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25804723-the-raven-boys
      WOW. I know a lot of people were raving about this series, saying it’s unique and whimsical, but I’m not expecting this! I’ve read Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and I really enjoyed it. It’s one of those series that is slow paced, but the beautiful and poetic writings makes you slowly fall in love with it. The magical and magical writing really stick to me the most, and I’m glad to say that  The Raven Boys gives me the same feels.

      “Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”

      The story take place in the sleepy old town of Henrietta, where everything is ordinary and boring, except for Blue’s family. The description of the sleepy town and the unique life Blue’s living is really interesting.
      Even though there’s nothing much happening in this book, plot-wise, but the character are so unique and entirely different from each other. Blue is just so confident with herself, Gansey is just really nice, and I could understand why he’s so desperate in searching the sleeping king. Ronan is like wearing layers of barbed wire around himself, but seeing him with Chainsaw really melts my heart. Adam is typical I guess? Typically mundane, with normal problems like money, grades, and family problems compared to the others. I hope to get to know him better in the next book. But Noah. Oh my. He’s my favorite. He’s a precious cinnamon roll that has to be wrapped with fuzzy blanket and protected from all the evils in the world. BUT THEN THE REVELATION COME. 
       I was really in shock when I read it, I literally threw my phone a way (it’s a good thing I was reading on bed) and e-mailed my friend. How could I fall in love with someone spoiler  who has been dead even before the story starts??? I think I have a thing for dead characters *cries*. spoiler ends.
      My brain really doesn’t compute. But other than that? It’s fantastic. The other-worldly-ness of Cabeswater makes me want to visit the place myself.  
      I knock the half star because I was a bit confused about what happened, but overall I really really pleased with this book. It’s such an amazing series starters and I can’t wait to read The Dream Thieves (and re-read this book for more understanding.).

      April Wrap Up & May TBR

      Hi guys! Can you believe April already passed? We’re only 8 months left until 2017! #scary. 
      I’ve been having quite a great time lazing around, with nothing to do for a whole month. Well, except for the house chores that I have to work. But it’s better than doing nothing! Which is why I managed to read quite a statisfying amount of 6 books this month.

        1. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ✰✰✰✰
        2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfater ✰✰✰✰.5
        3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stievfater ✰✰✰✰
        4. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ✰✰
        5. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone ✰✰✰✰
        6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness  ✰.5
        7. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stievfater  ✰✰✰✰
        I also read the entire series of Vampire Knight (yes all 19 volumes of it) but I didn’t update it on Goodreads because it will messed up with the reading challenge counter. Let me just say I love the earlier parts more than the rest. It was so fun and light and it’s just too dark and political in the end. But the ending break my heart though!

            I don’t really have any goals for next month… So I’ll just listed some books I really want to devoured, but no promise of reading those! I also want to read The Rose and The Dagger and The Raven King if I’m already emotionally ready and I already have my copied of those book.

            1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // I know it was on my tbr last month, but I just didn’t managed to read it.
            2. Sea of Monster by Rick Riordan // I really need to continue with my PJO re-read.
            3. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini // One of those books that has been sitting too long on my shelf collecting dust.
            4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson // Everyone has been raving about this author, so it’s time to jump on this train too! Also, a little contemporary wouldn’t hurt, right? 
            5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // Another book that has been on my tbr last month, but I didn’t managed to read.
            • I’m still confused about what I’m going to take for Uni, which is bad because I need to decide SOON. 
            • I’m being really productive this month. I’m back into swimming and morning walks, I’m learning how to drive and I watch lots of TV shows this month.  I watched Shadowhunters, season 1 of Empire, and Descendants of the Sun. I initially planned to post a review for them, but Erin already posted her review of Shadowhunters, and it’s pretty accurate with mine so I won’t post it again. But I’d still do Empire though.
            • My sister is binge-reading the PJO series this month, and she’s currently on the 4th book! I’m so proud of her, and it kind of motivated me to continue with my PJO re-read. 
            • I WATCHED CAP 3 GUYS! It was amazing, and I definitely want to watch it again. You can read my review here. I enjoyed it so much, and Bucky really owns my heart that I watched all Captain movies the next day, and repeated those 2 movies daily for 3 days now. I’m such a Seb trash. I really need new movie with him in it though, so if you have any recs, please let me know in the comment<3