Summer Bingo Checklist

3 months ago, I participated in the Spring bingo,  and while I didn’t do really great, I really really enjoyed it. So I decided to join the Summer bingo, with a mission to cross every single box. As you can see, I failed. I’m 2 boxes short, and even though I already plan those books, I just can’t get to them on time. College turns out to take a lot of time, it was fun, but I barely have any time to read! 
  1. Historical setting: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Part of a 4+ series: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  3. Magic: The Whispering of Trees by C.Y Bourgeouis
  4. Red cover: Vicious by V.E Schwab
  5. M/M romance: Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Saenz
  6. 2016 debut: Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee
  7. Starts with S: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
  8. Water on the cover: A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Delmuth
  9. Outdoors: London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  10. Free: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
  11. Folklore/Myth: The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan  
  12. Middle grade: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  13. PoC main character: Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  14. Weather Words: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  15. White Cover: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  16. July release: City of Shadows by Pippa Da Costa
  17. Monster: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  18. Political Intrigue: Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman
  19. Food on cover: Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy
  20. Yellow Cover: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
  21. More than 500 pages: The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. Mental Illness: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  23. Name on the title: Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
I completed 23 boxes and 8 bingos.

Now this arises a question of whether I would participate in the fall bingo or not. Unfortunately, I don’t think so. With college starting, I have to adjust with living alone and the college life, and while I know this is only for fun, the competitive side of me feel really pressured with this challenge. I think I would take reading easily for the rest of the year 🙂

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Greek Mythology Tag

Most of you might know already how much I love greek mythology, so when I saw this post at Nicka @ Read by Nicka’s blog, I knew that I had to do it, even though no one tagged me for it. It’s greek myth guys, I can’t just skip by it 😀

ZEUS (JUPITER): GOD OF THE SKY AND THUNDER / KING OF THE GODS
Favorite book (choose your own category!)

CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. No surprise here. I’ve said it so many times and I’ll said it again, Clockwork Princess is my favorite book EVER. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion from beginning to the end, and I’m a mess after reading it. It was also the greatest hangover I’ve ever had.

HERA (JUNO): GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Cutest book couple
PERCABETH aka mother of all otp. It’s really cute seeing their romance develop from friendship, how ignorant Percy is and how ridiculous they were when they were 11 ❤

POSEIDON (NEPTUNE): GOD OF THE SEAS AND EARTHQUAKES
Book that drowned you in feels
CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I mean, Jem dying??? Will actually died??? War?? Magnus freaking Bane??? Will risking everything for Jem??? NOTHING IS OKAY IN THIS BOOK FOR MY HEART.

ATHENA (MINERVA): GODDESS OF WISDOM, HANDICRAFT AND STRATEGIC WARFARE
Series with the best world-building

THE GRISHA TRILOGY by Leigh Bardugo. Ravka is based from Russia but I’m really in love with it. The description makes the world realy vivid, the usage of Russian names and addition of folktales from every region makes Ravka even more real.

HADES (PLUTO): GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD
Favorite book with a dark / ominous plot

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin. This book is really dark. There are deaths everywhere, and the atmosphere is also pretty tense. Mara is an unreliable narrator, so we have no idea if it’s a figment of her imagination or if it’s real.

APHRODITE (VENUS): GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY
Most beautiful cover on a 2016 release

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. No explanation needed guys, just look at it. It’s the US cover and while the UK cover is also gorgeous, I just like the US one more!

ARES (MARS): GOD OF WAR AND BLOODSHED
Most violent book you’ve ever read

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness. Bad shit just keep happening to our main characters. From beating, stabbing, shooting, hanging, burning. You mentioned it, this book has it. {my review}

HEPHAESTUS (VULCAN): GOD OF BLACKSMITHS AND FIRE
Scorching hot swoon worthy character
Um.. Idk. It’s been a while honestly since I fell deeply madly in love with a character…

ARTEMIS (DIANA): GODDESS OF THE HUNT AND VIRGINITY
Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine
Shahzrad. She married the killer king for revenge. Her sharp tounge and cunning mind help her navigating her life through enemies and friends alike. She stopped the killing and stopped a war. She also really cares about the people, not just her inner circle. {my review}

PHOEBUS APOLLO (APOLLO):GOD OF LIGHT AND HEALING
Sequel book that redeemed its series
IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi. I’m okay with Shatter Me, and didn’t like Unravel Me (except for chapter 62. we all like it). The writing style really grates on my nerve and Juliette needs to get her head out of her neck. Thankfully, Juliette becomes the badass women she meant to be in Ignite Me, and there are tons of action for me to stay invested.{my review}

HERMES (MERCURY): MESSENGER GOD OF THIEVES AND COMMERCE
Book with the best message
WONDER by R.J Palacio. The message of this book is really uplifting guys. Most people are mean, but we could also see that people can be supportive and acceptive too. And children has the biggest tolerance of us all. Hate is taught, it doesn’t came out of nowhere. {my review}

HESTIA (VESTA): GODDESS OF THE HEARTH AND HOME
Book with the most relatable story
CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan. I’m not crazy, and I’m not outrageously rich ike the characters in this book, but I’m asian and the way the people behave, the language, slangs, food, it’s really relateable to me. I know all those things by heart. {my review}

DEMETER (CERES):GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE
Favorite bookish setting

DIONYSUS (BACCHUS): GOD OF WINE AND CELEBRATION
2016 release you are most anticipating
CROOKED KINGDOM. Dear Leigh Bardugo, PLEASE DONT KILL ANYONE.

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Another Suicide Squad Post: What Went Wrong With It

Suicide Squad is one of the most hyped movie of 2016. I already wrote my review, right after I came out of the movie, but then I keep thinking about what was wrong about it, 12 dayas after watching it. And so I decided to elaborate about what went wrong with the movie. I did enjoy it while watching it, I have my complaints but it was a decent movie. But I guess I just realize how much I wanted it to be that fun, dark movie that was promised.
Warning: I will compare some aspects of the movie with some marvel movies. Don’t do any marvel vs dc shit, I love both of them equally so please, stay civil with each other. All I’m trying to do is to point out what’s wrong with it.
  • The plot was really convulted. The first half was interesting, but the second half… let’s just say it went downhill fast. I thought they were created to fight meta humans, so why they weren’t tasked with dealing with the evil super threat? Why were they tasked to save one woman only? What was the point? The villains are also really weak. The boy has no point being in the movie, and the girl building machine that we don’t know what is the function. “destroying the world” could be anything. Elaborate please. Their motivation is also pretty unclear.
  • No interaction between the squad. It’s all about harley and deadshot. This is where dc miss the most. Killer Croc only has 1 line to harley. Katana doesn’t speak to anyone but Flag. Boomerang doesn’t speak Killer Croc. Wth? Aren’t they suppose to be a squad? Im not comparing, but even though it’s obvious that cap and iron man are the main char in the avengers, hawkeye, blackwidow, and banner/hulk stil has plenty dialogues. Heck, even maria hil has more dialogue than killer croc, and she’s not exactly the main core of the avengers. The dynamic between the team is what we don’t see in ss, and what makes it somewhat dry.
  • How The Joker is potrayed. Joker is one of the hype machine for this movie*, everyone wants to see how “the next joker” is, especially since the last one was spectacular. We were all hoping for something spectacular and crazy. And then we got only 11 minute scene and the Joker in this movie is potrayed as some sort of love sick boy doing anything to save his babe. The last Joker blew things up, kill batman’s love interest and gotham hero. This Joker is all about Harley. Joker is one of the most deadliest villain ever, and yet he’s romanticized in this movie. Maybe if they put in the deleted scene where Joker hits Harley and kill Eisenberg’s character, the reception would be better because it still shows the violent and unpredictable side of Joker. But no. All we got is how hard Joker tried to save Harley. I find it hard to separate one from the other, I looked for Joker whenever Harley appeared, and vice versa. They were inseperable, and it’s really bad how our mad Joker reduced into “Harley’s boyfriend”.
    *I’m also pissed with how much scene got cut. I know it’s a squad movie, not Joker, but Jared was really excited. He dyed his hair and shaved his eyebrows, sharing pics and snapchat, do impressionation on concerts and camp mars, sending creepy gifts (which, i don’t like tbh. I don’t think the Joker would do that). Then they cut most of his scenes and leave only the romantic scene, and it makes his joker look bad! It’s like his joker isn’t even a Joker, only a teenage, romanticized version of Joker.
  • Which brings me to my next point, this movie shouldn’t be pg-13! Dc is known for its darker tone, so why make it pg 13?? I want to see more action. They are supposed to be the baddest villain, and yet they don’t swear, kill, or hit anyone. They barely even bantering with each other! It’s like they just click with each other, which is kinda absurd considering villains should’ve have more ego and bad thoughts compared to heroes (even tony and steve, batman and superman fights). Um… excuse me but where it the villain? The lack of violence make it’s hard to believe how they’re supposed to be the bad guys. Why don’t make it R like deadpool? The pg-13 rating gives too much constraint for the creativity and action.

5 Most Famous Indonesian Folklores

Most of you might know it already, I am from Indonesia. It’s a country in South East Asia, and my neighboring countries are Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. It’s where the famous Bali is, but most people know Bali more than they know Indonesia xD Yesterday was celebrated as Indonesian Independence day, so I figure I would do an Indonesia-related post.

I don’t know about you, but I do love reading about folklore, urban legend, myth, legend, that kind of story. Since Indonesia is HUGE, it has a lot of tribes, etnic, religion, it also has a lot of folklore. And when I say a lot, it means like thousands. Okay, maybe not thousands, but maybe hundreds. There are a lot of stories that wasn’t famous that’s waiting to be heard. There used to be a book series that compiled folklore from every region. Folklore from East Java. Folklore from West Java. And some region even could get 3 books! So yeah, it’s really a lot. Ahem. Back to topic, today I would tell you 5 most famous Indonesian folklore, the ones every Indonesian knew by heart because we heard it A LOT OF TIMES throughout our school year. Without further ado, I present you 5 Indonesian folklores, compiled by yours truly.

Malin Kundang
This is the first story that I think most Indonesian children know. The story was pretty simple. There was a boy named Malin Kundang, who lived with his mother. They were very very poor, which is why he decided to go to find a living. His mother waited for him for years. One day, there was this huge ship came into Malin’s hometown. Turns out, the owner of that ship was Malin. When his mother came to him, he was ashamed because his mother looked like a beggar. He didn’t acknowledged her and threw her away from his ship. He ordered to set sail immediately. His mother prayed to the Gods and Malin’s ship sank. Malin himself turned into stone for his behavior (yikes). It’s the most famous cautionary tale in Indonesia and also the shortest one in this post. 

Bawang Merah & Bawang Putih
Their name in English translated literally as Shallot & Garlic. The story is pretty similar with Cinderella. There are so many version of this story, and I’m telling you the one that I’m the most familiar with. So Bawang Putih (a.k.a Garlic)’s father married Bawang Merah’s mother. When the father died, the stepmother and stepsister showed they true color and treat Bawang Putih horribly. One day, when Bawang Putih was washing the clothes in the river, a voice called out for help. Turns out it’s a talking goldfish that got caught. Bawang Putih released it and they became friends.

One day, Bawang Merah saw her talking to a magic fish, so she caught and cooked it. Bawang Putih was very sad, and she buried her friend’s bones. It grew into a beautiful tree that sways when Bawang Putih sings a lullaby. One day a prince passed by and overheared her singing. Bawang Putih then ran away.The prince finally found the house where Bawang Putih lives and they got married and lived hapilly ever after.

Well, sort of. There are some version that doesn’t involve the prince and talking fish, but involves magical pumpkin and old magic person. Folklores, there are so many version.

Timun Mas
Also one ridiculous name, it’s translated literally as Golden Cucumber. I know, I think a lot of people named their children based on food at the ancient time. I’ll name my kids Pizza and Sushi then. There was this old woman who was lonely. One day, a giant came and give her a cucumber seed. His only message was he would come back when the child is 17 years old to eat it. The old woman doesn’t believe it at first, but after a few months the cucumber grew really big and when it was cut open, surprise surprise! there was a baby girl in it. The woman named her Timun Mas and cared for her like her own daughter. Timun Mas grew to a really kind and dilligent kid.

A week before Timun Mas’ 17th birthday, the giant came to remind the old woman of their deal. The old woman was sad and asked for help to a wise old hermit. He gave her 4 bags filled with cucumber seed, needles, salts, and sambal terasi (all hail wikipedia). The hermit told the old woman to give this bags to Timun Mas and for her to throw them at the giants.

Wait what? I hear you asked. Will those things be enough? Good question. I’m pretty sure Timun Mas’ expression looks like the gif above when the old woman told her. But what choice did she have? And so when the giant come, she escaped with those 4 bags. The giant was angry and chased her. Timun Mas opened the first bag filled with cucumber seed and throw those seeds at the giant. A giant cucumber vine sprouted and trapped the giant so he can’t move!

The old hermit:

But it wasn’t enough. The giant escaped and chased Timun Mas again. Timun Mas then opened the second bag filled with needles and spread them behind her. Those needles transformed into a bamboo forest with sharp tip that wounded the giant. Still it wasn’t enough. The giant escaped again and continue to give chase.

Timun Mas, by this time would started to desperate I imagine, opened her third bag that contains salt and threw them at the giant. It turned into a sea and drowned the giant!

You didn’t really think he’ll die on the 3rd bag did you? Because he didn’t. We still have one bag left. Apparently, the giant can swim. So he swam and crossed the ocean. Timun Mas, must be very desperate right now, opened her last bag that contained the terasi. Guess what it will turn into.

Clue: It’s hot.

No it wasn’t fiery sea. It’s not hell you guys. But pretty close. It’s a sea filled with volcano mud. A giant may can swim, but he can’t withstand the heat. And so he burned, drowned, and dead. Timun Mas went back to the old woman (don’t ask me how guys, because it’s basically filled with impossible obstacles from the thing she threw. the point is she managed to get back) and lived happily ever after with the old woman.

Sangkuriang (also known as the Legend of Tangkuban Parahu)
This one contains incest. Like high level incest, even more horrible than Jamie/Cersei incest. This one is also the longest and it spans 3 family generations. Well let’s get started.
There was this God and Goddess that was cursed into a dog named Tumang and a pig by the Gods. One day, the pig (Goddess) accidentally drank the urine of a king (gross) and became pregnant. When she gave birth, the same king found the baby and care for her like his own daughter. The princess then named Dayang Sumbi. The princess loves to weave, and one day, her equipment fell. She can’t get it herself, not because she was lazy, but because of tradition forbids her to leave palace grounds. She made a promise that whoever get her equipment would be rewarded. If it was a girl, she would be treated like her own sister. If it was a boy, she would marry him. Suddenly, the god-dog Tumang came and gave her equipment. So yeah, Dayang Sumbi married him. The king was ashamed and banish her. It’s soon revealed that Tumang could return to his human form once a month, and Dayang Sumbi gave birth to a boy named Sangkuriang.
One day, Dayang Sumbi craved for a deer liver. Unfortunately, Sangkuriang can’t find any animals in the wood, except for the pig-goddess. Tumang stopped Sangkuriang from hunting the pig-goddess, because it was unknowingly his grandmother. Sangkuriang became angry and accidentaly hit Tumang. Tumang was dead, and because Sangkuriang didn’t want to came home empty handed, he cut Tumang’s liver and gave it to her mother. I know, when I read it my reaction was like:
So anyway, when Dayang Sumbi found out, she was furious and hit him with a centong (I don’t know the english guys, you might want to google it) till he was scarred and ran away. He also said to suffer from amnesia, so I think she must’ve hit him really hard. Anyways, 12 years later, when he was wondering around, he saw a beautiful woman in front of a cottage.Since he suffers from amnesia, he doesn’t remember that it was the cottage where he grew up.
Some of you might have guessed it by now, but wait for it. They chat, spend a lot of time together, and eventually fell in love. One day, when the woman was brushing Sangkuriang’s hair when she noticed a scar on his head. Sangkurang told her the story of the scar, and horrified, the woman revealed herself as Dayang Sumbi.
But men. He doesn’t believe a word she said, so Dayang Sumbi gave 2 task for him in one night. He had to build her a lake by filling a whole valley with water, and he had to build a boat so they could sail in it. Sangkuriang accepted and with help of some spirits, by dawn, he was almost finish. Dayang Sumbi prayed to the Gods, and magically, dawn arrived before time. Sangkuriang was furious, that he kicked the boat so hard that it turned into a mountain. Nowadays, that mountain is called Mount Tangkuban Parahu. It literally means upside down boat. It’s located in Bandung, West Java if you’re interested to visit.
What happened to the lake you asked? Great question. It’s now called Lake Bandung. Also located in Bandung, West Java.

Roro Jonggrang (also known as the Legend of Prambanan Temple)

Some of you might’ve heard about the infamous Borobudur Temple. It was in the list of 7 wonders of the world at some point years ago. But there is also another temple that’s pretty famous like Borobudur. It’s called Prambanan Temple, so next time you visit Indonesia, don’t forget to go there too! 😀 If you’ve been there you might notice there are ruins scattered around the major temple. Well now I’m going to tell you the legend of those tiny temple ruins. Grab your popcorn, and enjoy.

It is said that there were 2 neighboring kingdoms. One was led by giants, the king named Prabu (another name for King) Boko. He has a really really beautiful daughter named Roro Jonggrang. Like really beautiful. The kind of beauty that could start war. The other kingdom is led by human, called Bandung Bondowoso, and he killed the giant king. When Bandung Bondowoso saw Prabu Boko’s daughter, he wanted to marry her. Dude, you just killed her father, what is wrong with you??? 
Obviously Roro Jonggrang didn’t want to marry him, but if she flat out refused, the war would get worse. So she gave the impossible task of building 1000 temples before dawn. What is it with ancient people and impossible task? 
So anyway, Bandung Bondowoso agreed to do it and called for help from evil spirit to help him. When Roro Jonggrang saw that he was almost finished, like only one temple short, she and other village women light some fire and pounded the rice to make it seemed like the dawn has arrived, and thus, the chicken crowed. The evil spirit flees, and Bandung Bondowoso failed his task. He realised that he was tricked, and he cursed Roro Jonggrang that she would be the 1000th temple. Roro Jonggrang turned into stone statue and thus, in figure, completed the temples. He also cursed the women that helped Roro Jonggrang into spinsters. Something is definitely wrong with that guy.
Well there you have it. 5 folklores from Indonesia. I know, some of it sounds ridiculus. Sometimes when I read different version of the story I still go “what the fuck?” myself. But I have to admit, I really love discovering new old, unusual folktales from different regions, the one that no-one has heard.  Which one is your favorite? Do you have folklore from where you came from?

What’s On My Shelf: Contemporary Edition

This year, I want to see how many physical books I own, so I decided to create this series where I listed all the physical books I own, and the story about it. It doesn’t include my parents and sister books. All the books in this list is bought using my (more like my parents) money, unless otherwise stated. I realize how lucky I am to be able to own books at all, and I have no intention of bragging. I hope you’ll enjoy! 🙂

Contemporary is a genre I don’t really read under normal circumstances. I mean, when I’m in the mood I could read 3 books straight of contemporary, but most of the time I don’t read it. I also noticed how little I have them in my bookshelves. So let’s see how many contemporary books I actually have.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green {ENG}
  2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher {ENG}
  3. Let It Snow by John Green and co. {ENG, gifted}
  4. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and co. {ENG, gifted}
  5. Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles {IND}
  6. Chain Reaction by Simon Elkeles {IND}
  7. Wonder by R.J Palacio {IND}
  8. Seed by Lisa Heathfield {ENG}
  9. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han {ENG}
  10. P.S I Still love You by Jenny Han {ENG}
  11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell {ENG}
  12. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson {ENG}
  13. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot {IND}
  14. Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot {IND}
14 books! That’s not so bad. I thought I only have 5 or something.

So Princess Diaries was my first contemporary ever. It’s also the oldest book I own on my bookshelf. Technically, it’s not mine. It’s my mother’s. But since I liked it so much, I claimed it as mine. TFIOS is one of the few books I own in hardcover on my shelf. I know I said I dislike John’s writing (no hate), but it was really hyped up and I’m curious so I bought the only available version. Let It Snow was gifted along with My True Love Gave to Me by my boyfriend. 13 Reasons Why is one of my very first book I read in English. I still remember the anxious feeling when I bought it, because what if it ended up unread and I wasted money for like, 3 books?? (Imported books are really expensive here guys) But I really enjoyed it in the end, and even recommended it to my sister! Wonder is a book that really touched my heart, and Perfect Chemistry series is one of the reason I started reading contemporary again. I’ll Give You The Sun is one of the 2 books I bought during my homestay in Australia. I haven’t read Seed yet, so no comment on that one. And finally, the Lara Jean duology is a series that give me all the fuzzies! (We’ll see if I would buy the 3rd book or not).

Okay guys, that’s all the contemporary books I own on my bookshelf. It really is a genre I hardly reach for, because sometimes they just fell flat for me and it makes me don’t want to take any risk with that genre. I hope you guys enjoy this post, and the next one would be the paranormal books I own!

    Book Review: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

    the game of love and death

    The Game of Love and Death
    by Martha Brockenbrough
    E-book edition, 336 pages
    Published April 28th 2015 by Scholastic, Inc.
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    Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

    For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

    Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

    Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

    The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

    Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25449169-the-game-of-love-and-death
    When Love and Death choose their player

    When Flora and Henry first met
    But then the whole courting thing is actually… (This may be the cause of my slump, or the result of my slump)
    How I Feel About Death Helen

    How I Feel About Ethan
    When things started to burn and people started to die

    Finally exciting things are happening!
    When Flora keep refusing Henry
    The ending

    Overall… I think I would like it more if the first 50% wasn’t that boring and the reading slump doesn’t hit… It’s just not what I expected. I didn’t feel the connection to the characters, or the spark between Flora and Henry. I feel more connected to Love and Death?? Maybe that’s because I’m a magical creature. And also this has the most obvious case of insta love. I don’t believe in insta love because of destiny and such… at least give a time for the love to develop before Henry started to stalk Flora. It’s a shame though since I’ve been wanting to read this one for ageees and ends up dissapointed.

    Review Anthology #4 : ARCs

    I received all of these books from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.

    Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee || Goodreads

    “I dedicate this book to those I left behind in North Korea”

    We all have heard about North Korea, the closed-off communist nation on the Korea Penisula. But we never know what’s going on inside it. I mean, we all have heard about the poverty, famine, and the cruel regime, but we never experience it. This book provides insight of what actually happens inside the country. And whatever I imagine, the truth is it’s worse.
    It sets during 1998-2001 (i think). In those years, our narrator fall from the cozy life in Pyongyang (capital of NK) to the country side. We learn that the whole country is poor. Even Pyongyang sometimes have blackout. The country side is even worse. Parents often left to find food, only to never return. The ones that try to find a better life to China are deported back to NK. It’s horrible, it’s something no one should experience, moreover a 12 year old child. But it happened, and the writer shares his experience through this book.
    I love how it gives us insight about NK, through the depiction, story and adding a lot of Korean words. (I watched a lot of SK drama, and I think NK and SK language were different. Turns out, it’s only the dialect that’s different). The story is really touching, and I nearly cried at the end. I’m just so happy he could go through all hell and now look at him now, giving speeches and become representative about NK.
    This book is definitely different and powerful. It opens my eyes about NK. I highly recommend this book for people who’s interested in NK, refugees, or human rights.

    Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix || Goodreads

    This book need a lot of hunters to get rid of all the ghost it has, prefferably all hunters that have Winchesters as their last name.
    Ever since I saw this book mentioned on booktube long time ago, I’ve been wanting to read it. I don’t really read horror, but the concept of this one is unique. It sets in an Ikea knockoff (even the author admit it xD) called Orsk, where weird things have been happening and some employees would stay for a night to investigate the weird things. Other than it’s unique concept, it also has a really unique format, it’s written like an Ikea catalogue, where you could see a pice of furniture, and the description. They also serves as chapter titles! Except the furniture gets more twisted and torture-y with every chapter.
    The characters aren’t my favorites, but they grew on me. The story is really creepy and there are some frustrating moment that makes me feel claustrophobic/drowned, I actually need to stop reading to remind myself to breathe! Seriously guys, this isn’t they type of ghost you can kill, and with every death that happened, I feel more and more hopeless that the rest of them would come out alive.
    The ending was some sort of cliffhanger, and I really want to know what happened next! I would totally devoured the next book 😀

    Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles || Goodreads

    This book is such a short read, and I wish it was longer. I really like the story, but it feels rushed and underdeveloped. Some conflicts over too quickly, and the danger are over too quickly. There are some things that left unexplained, like what is the significance of the spirit animals? or what happened with Momi next? And so on.

    Our main character, Ailani, also feels really naive and keep making the same mistake over and over again. There’s difference between kindness and naive. The bad guy is also really obvious from the beginning. I really like how it doesn’t feel like 1500s, it feels like some local myth that passed down generations to generations. And I really like the Hawaiian terms that appeared in the book! The terms and description make it really easy to imagine that I was there with the characters during this whole ordeal.

    Suicide Squad Movie Review

    So here I am, fresh out of the cinema, sitting in front of my laptop and typing what I think about the movie. Suicide Squad is one of my most anticipated movie of the year, and I’m so happy I see it on it’s first day! 

    In case any of you is living under the rock, basically, Suicide Squad is a task force that are made from villains to protect the world. How interesting does that sound? I mean, we have our heroes gang. The Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy. Star Trek. Star Wars. Order of the Phoenix. And finally, we get our villains gang! Yay! It also has well-known stars, as well as newcomers.
    While I really enjoyed the movie, there are, unfortunately, some things that are miss for me. I’ll write this review in a list form to make it easier for you guys. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have any spoiler!

    The Good

    • The characters as an individual is amazing. All of them are really different and unique, I really want to know them all more. But from what we already know, each of them has an interesting backstory.
    • Jared freaking Leto. His acting as the Joker is pretty amazing. He scares me a bit. I usually fall for the bad guys, but even I can see how dangerous the Joker is. He’s not a character to be romanticized and to fall in love with. Also, there is this scene where the real Jared Leto appear, not the one with Joker make up, and the echelon inside me just can’t handle him.
    • I realize how problematic Joker is, but I really like the relationship between Joker and Harley! (I know how abusive they are in the comic)
    • Diablo. He’s so freaking awesome, both as a person and his power. 
    • Margot Robbie’s acting as Harley Quinn is A+++. Out of the topic, but she’s really lucky to starred movies with 2 hotties this year (Alexander Skarsgård and Jared Leto)
    • The visual is amazing.
    • The humor in this movie also really made me laugh out loud several times.
    • Also, the soundtrack is amazing.

    The Bad

    • Deadshot and Harley Quinn are like the main player in the gang, while the rest of them are just side characters. The rest of them are also amazing guys, and I really want to know more about them!
    • Not enough Joker. He seems like a really big deal in the promotion, but he only get little screen time in the movie.
    • Like I said above, Jared’s acting as the Joker is amazing, but the lack of screen time makes Joker’s craziness doesn’t seem really visible and doesn’t really leave any impression. Granted, this movie is about the squad, not Joker. But I was still hoping for something more.
    • I don’t really like Cara’s acting in this one?? I haven’t seen any of her movies tho so idk if it’s just this movie or on others.
    • The plot is a bit convulted. It jumps from one thing to another, and it just doesn’t flow really well.

      Overall rating: 7.5/10

      Would I see it again? Yes. 

      So, tell me guys: Are you one of those people that can’t wait for this movie? And what do you think about it?

      The Month I Devoured All The Books {July Wrap Up & August TBR}

      I don’t know about you guys, but the weather in Indonesia really pleases me right now. Most of you are enjoying Summer, and it should be Summer in Indonesia. But it has been raining A LOT these days, and even when it’s not raining, it’s mostly cloudy. Summer in Indonesia is really crazy, really hot, like satan’s-oven hot. So I’m really pleased it’s raining a lot because how cold it is! It’s like 28° C at day and 24° C at night! It also means the lighting is really sucks for taking pictures (not that I take that many pictures, but still) and it’s a struggle to get up from my bed and do stuffs😂😂😂

      1. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell // ✰.5
        Annoying main characters, forced romance, special snowflake at its finest, but I really like the setting.
      2. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan // ✰✰✰✰.5
        Stakes are getting higher, intriguing labyrinth and the beginning of a 5 people squad in this book
      3. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson // ✰✰✰✰
        I dislike the main characters, but bawling my eyes out in the end.
      4. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan // ✰✰✰✰✰++++
        Second time reading it and it still blew me away to Tartarus with its awesomeness. Hands down the best book Rick’s ever written.
      5. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix {ARC} // ✰✰✰✰✰
        Creepy ghost that I’m not sure even the Winchesters could handle set in an Ikea knockoff.
      6. The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles {ARC} // ✰✰✰
        Really unique book that would make you feel like you’re transported into ancient Hawaii.
      7. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough //  ✰✰✰
        A book that should’ve make me fall in love, but turns out it doesn’t quite meet my expectations.
      8. London Belongs to Us by Sarah Manning {ARC} // ✰✰✰✰.5
        A really fun, travelling around London midnight adventure with 2 french boys and other amazing side characters.
      9. Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman {ARC} // ✰✰.5
        Also a book that I should’ve enjoy, but the pacing and the too-many povs make it a struggle for me to read.
      10. Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy {re-read} // ✰✰✰
        Interesting “echo of the past” plot with characters’ name that are too sweet for me and (mostly) accurate potrayal of 13 year old girls.
      Whelp. I can’t believe at the end of next month uni will start! 4 months holiday feel like passing in a blur. I’m also moving out… and I’m really nervous about it! Which is why next month I might not have much time to read. All these books are to complete Summer Bingo.
      1. Seed by Lisa Heathfield // This book has been collecting dust on my shelf, and it also has yellow cover.
      2. City of Shadows by Pippa DaCosta // Also an ARC, that I didn’t realize that it was a second book *sigh*
      3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // I dislike this the first time, but I might enjoy it now. Who knows, maybe I’ll understand how Cat feels since I’m in her position next month. 
      4. Other books are undecided 😉
      • My birthday happened. Also Harry’s and Neville’s. That’s very eventful.
      • This is the month of I catch up with Game of Thrones. I watched Season 3, 4, 5 and 6! I DID IT GUYS. I also watched the 2nd season of The Royals.
      • I re-watched Mamma Mia! for the hundreth time, and it’s still my favorite! It just gives me SO MANY FEELS OMG.
      • I also been listening to old song a lot this month. Like 2008-old. Can you believe it’s 8 years ago??! And I think most people are right, the best music came out in 2008-2009 period *sigh*
      • San Diego Comic Con happened and here I am still sitting in front of my computer stalking all the news.
      • BUT GOOD NEWS. I managed to get ticket for Indonesia Comic Con!!!!!!! Idk who the guest star is, it still hasn’t announced yet, but there has been rumor it will be Chris Evans or Sebby. PLEASE PRAY WITH ME GUYS LET IT BE EITHER ONE (MAYBE BOTH) OF THEM.
      • I said that I’m quitting Teen Wolf, but with next season being the final season, I think I would continue?? I’m curious about how it ends. (PLEASE BRING BACK ISAAC, ALLISON, AND JACKSON FOR THE LAST TIME OMG.) 
      • I’ve been having problem with WordPress for a while. Sometimes when I commented on someone’s blog (wordpress blog), my comment wouldn’t appear. Does anyone have the same problem with me/ know how to fix it? 
      • In case you haven’t know, Literary Huntress is now on twitter! Go follow and say hi to me! 😊