Top 5 Wednesday #5: Favorite Villains

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Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic!

This particular topic had make its round in last month Top 10 Tuesday topic, so today post is going to be different. I will exclude some of my obvious favorites: no Bellatrix, The Darkling, and Moriarty. I will do a tv show one for this topic, because book villains already get a lot of appreciation from me, but I rarely talk about my favorite tv show villains. So here we go!

Klaus Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries)

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Oh I how I love him. I always fall for the bad guys. I forgot why Klaus first came, but I love how ruthless he was and how he wanted to claim Mystic Falls as his back. At first I hate him because, you know, Jenna. It was a heartbreaking scene. But then Caroline enters the scene, along with the rest of the Originals family. He’s a monster, and yet even a monster has a soft spot for his family. I just really love him ❤

Crowley (Supernatural)

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Supernatural, 12 seasons and counting. It has a lot of amazing villains; Ruby, Meg, Lucifer, Azazel… the list goes on and on. The lines between good and bad is always blurry in this show, our villains could go good while our heroes could go rouge. But my favorite villain in the show will always be Crowley. He’s sassy, he’s funny, he’s cunning. No matter how hard the situation is, he will always find a way out and ended on the top. He knows he’s a demon and he’s not afraid to get dirty. He also wouldn’t hesitate to make alliance with the most promising party. That’s just how Crowley is.

My favorite thing of him will always be the Crobby kiss. *shrugs*

Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)

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She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll kill you without any second thoughts. Cersei is cunning, ruthless, and ambitious. She’s also really protective of her family. Everything she’s done, she does it to ensure her family will always stay on top. She doesn’t care about happiness, not hers or her family. She doesn’t care about how many people will die, what is the cost of her ambition and plans, she would still do it. She has been queen, she has been prisoner, she has been a mother, and now she’s on the Iron Throne and I can’t wait to see more of her!

Catherine de Medici (Reign)

Like Cersei, Catherine is all about power and family. She dislikes Mary because her marriage to Francis would cause his death. She did everything to keep her away. And she also killed a lot of people to hide the Royals dirty laundry. The difference is, she still has concious and would listen to Francis sometime because she truly loves him.

Queen Helena (The Royals)

The Royals is a one trashy, but addictive show. It’s the parody of the British Royal family. The Queen, Helena, is very very bitchy. She’s sassy and always have her armour on because she’s “the queen”. But deep down, she’s actually a very nice person! She cares about her family, and she doesn’t like killing. She regrets her choice of marrying the King, choosing power over love, and she truly cares about Alistair. The final half of season 2, I can’t help but sympathize with her and root for her. Officially #TEAMHELENA!

What tv show do you watch? And who is your favorite tv show villains?

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Fantastic Pets and Where to Find Them

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In honor of the release of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, I decided to write an appreciation post for all my favorite pets in the books. The constant and loyal companion of our heroes that’s always there, and yet rarely appreciated. From cuties like cat, to scaries like hellhound, we can’t argue that pets are the loyal companion to our characters during adventures. Today’s post is all about bookish pets, a little appreciation for the little creatures that always there for our heroes through their up and downs, and even save their life. Here we go!

Fawkes

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Harry Potter has a lot of pets available in its world, and I know a lot of people would choose Hedwig, but my favorite is definitely Fawkes. Fawkes is a phoenix that belongs to Dumbledore. He could live forever, teleporting (in form of flash of fire), lifting heavy objects (harry and co in chambers of secrets) and his tears has a healing quality. He’s also really loyal with Dumbledore. He helps Harry fighting the Basilisk and swallowed a killing curse intended for Dumbledore at battle of department of mysteries. He left after Dumbledore dies.

Mrs. O’leary

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Um okay, the gif above is not Mrs. O’leary because she won’t hurt a thing. It’s a hellhound from Supernatural. Mrs. O’leary is a hellhound, originally Daedalus’ pet. After his death, he left her at camp half-blood. While she’s huge, like… really huge, she has a heart of a puppy, which is really cute and adorable. She loves to pay fetch with the camp people. Other than that, she she could shadowtravel and had helped Percy so many times during the course of the series. She even fought in the second Titan War.

Arion & Blackjack

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That gif is from Clash of the Titans (I almost write Attack on Titan smh), which the main character is also named Perseus. Anyways, technically they are 2 separate pets, but they’re both awesome. Both of them are horses, Blackjack is Percy’s Pegasi and Arion is Hazel’s horse. Arion can travel faster than sound at sea level, run vertical slopes and water. Blackjack is a pegasi, which means he can fly! Both horses are extremely sassy, but Arion especially, according to Percy, has a foul mouth.

Manchee

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Ah Manchee. Manchee is a dog owned by Todd in Knife of Never Letting Go. Manchee is really adorable, we never know what breed he is, but I always imagined him as a corgi. I think Patrick Ness nailed writing about dogs. It’s a shame that Todd treats him horribly at the beginning… (I also cried during that scene)

Church

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I have a thing for fat grumpy cat (I don’t know if Church is fat, but he’s definitely grumpy). And I always imagine Church as a fat grumpy cat. He’s an immortal cat, originally intended to be a sacrificed before being saved by Jem. He only shows affection for Jem and stays loyal to him. I mean… after almost 200 years, Jem is still the one that is able to pet him without struggle!

Who is your favorite pet?

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The Thanks U Give: To All the Characters I’ve Ever Loved Before

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In the USA (and other countries that celebrate thanksgiving), this week is the week of Thanksgiving, where families gather together and be thankful for everything. We don’t celebrate thanksgiving in my country, there are a lof of things that my country doesn’t celebrate, but I decided to join in with the fun. After all, saying thank you will never be a bad thing right?

The Thanks U Give is a week-long thanksgiving celebration, where authors and bloggers alike will say they thank yous. This lovely event is host by Mishma {Chasing Faerytales} and Hazel {Stay Bookish}.

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Harry James Potter, thank you for showing me that our choice is what matters. You could went bitter like Voldemort after all the mistreatment the Dursley did to you, but you didn’t. You could run and hide, or just give yourself away to Voldemort, yet you didn’t do it. You could left Dudley to the dementors, you didn’t. You could kill Pettigrew on the spot, but again, you didn’t do it. You show me that our choice define who we are, and to “have courage and be kind”.

Hermione Jean Granger, thank you for showing me that you can achieve anything through hard work and to ignore the bullies. For being courageous to stand up to Voldemort and accompanied Harry throughout his journey. For staying true to yoursel, even though so many people bullied you. Ronald Billius Weasley, for being loyal to Harry and being Harry first friend. For staying with Harry through thick and thin. For helping a friend even though it will definitely get you in trouble. For staying loyal to your family, even though people looked down to you guys.

The Weasleys, for accepting all the fighters to your family. You showed me that blood is thicker than water, they will always be your support system, and yet you don’t have to have any blood relations to be part of the family. Sirius Black and Dobby, for showing me what true loyalty is. Remus Lupin, for showing me to choose kindness and believing in your friends. Draco Malfoy and Percy Weasley for showing me that you always can get second chances. To Minerva McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Fleur, and all the strong women that stand up for what they believe, even Bellatrix Lestrange, this one is for you. Thank you for showing me that just because we are women doesn’t mean that we can’t be as good as men. I mean, Voldemort chose Bellatrix as his lieutenant instead of Lucius. For Dumbledore and Snape, for showing me that there’s more than what meets the eye. And for every character in HP, thank you for filling my childhood with magic and adventure.

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The most important, to Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs. Thank you for showing me friendship that goes deeper beyond death. You guys are the true definition of parabatai. Even when you guys love the same girl, you never let her came between you guys. I love you guys with all my heart. To Magnus Bane, thank you for showing me that it doesn’t matter if people hate you, when those people need you, help them and show them that you’re better than them. To Tessa Gray, thank you for accepting yourself and show that it doesn’t matter who you are, what matters is how you define yourself. To Charlotte and Henry Branwell, thank you for taking care of my babies ❤ Those little shits won’t last a day without you guys.

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To Lara Jean, for showing me that family is always no #1. There’s nothing deeper than familial bond, no matter how bad you’re fighting, they will always be there to accept you back.

To Shahrzad and Khalid, for showing me that forgiveness can always happen. I mean, killing your best friend and other girls in the kingdom is not exactly forgiveable right? And yet Shahrzad managed to forgive Khalid.

Shoutout to Khalid, Warner, Day, The Darkling, Nikolai and other male fictional characters that doesn’t restrict the female, that allows them to embrace their true power. That let them choose instead of making the choice for them. Some of them are manipulative as heck and just toxic in general, I realize that, but they are giving their partners freedom to choose whether they want to fight or hide.

To Kenji Kishimoto, my sunshine. Not only you always lighten up the mood, you’re also one of the best fighter/strategist I’ve ever read and most loyal friends I know ❤

To Noah Czerny, for staying with the Gangsey till the end, even though the bad energy always messed you up😟 And thank you for doing you-know-what in the end. You will always be remembered.

To all the characters from PJO/HOO series, thank you. This post is already too long so I won’t mention your name one by one, but thank you. You guys always managed to make me laugh and feel all the feels. You guys also show me that just because we have more power, doesn’t mean we are better than the others. In fact, we should use it to help the weak ones.

And finally, to all the PoC characters, disabled, LGBTQ+ or other minorities in fiction, thank you for staying strong and spread awareness to us. Thank you for making us feel that we are not alone, that we can get through whatever life give us because you can. We promise we will make things better here in the real world, hang in there. We promise.

Shoutout to you guys who read till the end😂 You guys are amazing!

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Top 5 Wednesday #4: Books I Want to Re-read

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Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic!

This week topic is all about books I want to re-read. I’m not a huge fan of re-reader. When I do it, I love it. But honestly I just have no time for them. I always make a list of books I wanted to re-read, and yet never actually read it. Let’s just hope this time it will be different!

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

I swear, a Harry Potter re-read is definitely overdue for me. The last time I hold a HP book is when I read the 7th book when it was released. How terrible was that? Anyways, I’m going to re-read this book in it’s original language, which is English. When I read it, I read the translated version. I think it will be a both familiar and new experience reading HP in a different language.

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins / Let It Snow by John Green

It’s almost christmas and these books are the definition of christmas itself! They’re warm and full of christmas spirits, with snow, hot chocolate, lights, hope and everything to make a perfect christmas! Who knows, I might be able to read both of them this christmas!

 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

After years of waiting the final book to be released by Indonesian publishing house, this year, Dreams of Gods and Monsters are finally out in the market. The only thing that kept me from reading it immediately is I already forgotten everything in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. 5 years is a long time between books you know. That’s why I think a re-read is due for this series.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I know, this book is on my every “re-read” list. The problem is, it’s so hard finding time to read it. The Night Circus is the kind of book I need to commit, it is slow paced with intricate details that make it need to be read slowly. Finding the time to do that amidst my towering tbr is just so hard.

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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // Give Me the Sequel NOW

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2016 is filled with amazing titles: Civil War, Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, Fantastic Beasts, and Rogue One. Some of them are hit, others are miss.  Want to know what I feel about Fantastic Beasts? It was fantastic. I am loving every minute of it, and while initially I doubt the 5-movie decision, I just can’t wait to see them all!

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  • Eddie Redmayne is perfect as Newt Scamander. I always imagined Newt as someone shy and awkward, but also kind-hearted and loyal. Eddie nailed this performance. It kinda reminds me of his performance in Theory of Everything, but it also can stand on its own.
  • Newt as a character. At times, he can be frustrating. He just too slow and ignorant, waving his wand and using magic openly. Being in the wizarding world too long, I KNOW THAT THOSE THINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Damn Newt! He’s also pretty careless. But all of his qualities are realy endearing and I can’t wait to see more of him! Also, did I mention that he’s a Hufflepuff? WE ARE HOUSEMATES.
  • The gang. Teenie, Queenie, Jacob and Newt friendships are unlikely, but over the course of the movie, they became really close with each other and we can feel their dynamics.
  • The CGI. I don’t think I have anything to say on this front. You have to see the movie yourself to understand what I meant.
  • FEELS. You know that feeling when you saw the WB logo and hear Hedwig’s theme in the background? SAME.
  • I’M NOT OKAY.
  • I’M ALIVEEEEEEEEEE.
  • Ahem. There are plenty of wizarding world we know from HP to welcome you back in this movie. From the spells to mundane normal wizard stuff, this movie will bring a lot of feels back for you.
  • You can’t talk about Fantastic Beasts and not talking about the fantastic beasts. THEY ARE ADORABLE. More like Fantasic Pets. They’re cute and endearing. I WANT THEM ALL. Especially Dougal. And the Niffler.
  • It’s amazing to learn so much about the US wizarding world! We visit MACUSA, which is kind of Ministry of Magic in the UK. I can say that both MACUSA and MoM have same issue of “ignoring what in front of you, ignoring your subordinates, and find scape-goat instead”. Except maybe MACUSA is slightly more competent? I can’t wait to see more of wizarding world in the next movies!

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  • I don’t like Johnny Depp as Grindewald. He’s just too high-profile for Wizarding World and I don’t think he’s right for the role.
  • For movies with title “… where to find them”, we don’t really talk about where do we find these beasts. Instead it’s more of Grindewald and the impending wizarding exposure.
  • The romance that is implied between Teenie and Newt. It just came out of nowhere, the whole movie they either running or hiding, not once they have any conversation and I just can’t feel the chemistry between them 😕

I just love love LOVE this movie. I didn’t expect it to be this good. Will I see it again? ABSOLUTELY. Will I bought the premiere ticket for the next movie? YES. If you haven’t see the movie, then what are you waiting for? Fantastic Beasts is the new story in the Wizarding World that would welcome you back and take you deeper into our beloved world.

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Sorting My Books Into Their Respective Houses (Top 5 Wednesday #3: Favorite Publishers)

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Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic!

Before reading english books, I tend to read books that have been translated to bahasa. I’m also not at home at the moment because of uni. And honestly, I never pay attention to what publishing house my books are from, so this topic is going to be a hard one. In today’s edition, I’m going to list my overall favorite publishers, regardless language and types, as much as I could remember.

Gramedia

Gramedia is like the biggest publishing house in Indonesia. It has translated a lot of well-loved and well-known series like Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Princess Diaries and so much more. It also has a lot of range of classics with gorgoeus cover. It has a lot of imprint and one of those imprints published some of my favorite comics like Detective Conan. So yeah, Gramedia truly dominates my bookshelves.

Atria

Atria was a really well-known middle grade book publishers. In its prime, when I was of age reading middle-grade, it had published some fun series like Ghostgirl, Need, Flood Family, Wimpy Kid, and many more. Unfortunately they kinda have some decline over the past few years that they don’t published as many books as before.

Macmillan

I only recently started buying books in english, so I don’t have many english books, but I have a few from Macmillan. I’ll Give You the Sun, My True Love Gave to Me, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and Fangirl are some books I own from Macmillan publishing.

Disney Hyperion

This one is obviously on the list because of Rick Riordan’s books. I owned almost all of them and they’re always the US edition (except for my MoA), which published by Disney Hyperion. It’s like they have their own corner in my bookshelf.

Simon and Schuster

I’m not exactly sure how many books I own from this publisher, but I know my Lara Jean series is from Simon and Schuster, along with some other books.

Your turn! What are some of your favorite publishers?

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What’s On My Shelf: Classic Edition

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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! 🙂

I have a love-hate relationship with classic. On one side, I adore them. There’s certain timeless quality with their stories and writing style that make them worthy the title “classic”. I also love how they transported me to a certain time period. But on the other side, the writing is really hard to me, especially since English isn’t my first language. I have to constantly google what happened in the story so I don’t miss anything. Nevertheless, I still love to collect them.

  1. THE HOUND OF BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle {IND}
  2. A STUDY IN SCARLET  by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle {IND}
  3. MEMOIR OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle {IND}
  4. THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle {IND}
  5. EMMA by Jane Austen {ENG}
  6. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte {IND}
  7. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER by Mark Twain {IND}
  8. TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE by Edgar Allan Poe {IND}
  9. A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett {IND}
  10. THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ARSENE LUPIN by Maurice LeBlanc {IND}
  11. FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley {ENG]
  12. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M Forster {IND}
  13. PERSUASION by Jane Austen {IND}
  14. ALICE ADVENTURE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Caroll {IND}
  15. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Lewis Caroll {IND}
  16. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux {IND}
  17. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M Montgomery {IND}
  18. ANNE OF AVONLEA by L.M Montgomery {IND}
  19. ANNE OF THE ISLAND by L.M Montgomery {IND}
  20. ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS by L.M Montgomery {IND}
  21. ANNE’S HOUSE OF DREAM by L.M Montgomery {IND}
  22. ANNE OF INGLESIDE by L.M Montgomery {IND}
  23. ANNE OF RAINBOW VALLEY by L.M Montgomery {IND}

Total: 23 books

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You must be wondering why almost all my classics are in Indonesian. As English is not my first language, I find reading classics in English is really hard to me. This is true for Austen’s books, as well as poems like Paradise Lost and Shakespeare. I forgot which one is my first classic: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, WUTHERING HEIGHTS or THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. What I know for sure is I love all of them. I also enjoed the rest of ANNE series, but not as much as the first one. They’re just so opsimistic and remind me of childhood. While I love PERSUASION, EMMA isn’t a favorite of mine. It just doesn’t have a lot of substance and boring in general. Same goes for A ROOM WITH A VIEW. FRANKENSTEIN is just a really easy to read book, and perfect for halloween because it’s very atmospheric. I read SHERLOCK HOLMES because of the bbc sherlock, but ended up loving it and now trying to find the matching edition for my sherlock collection. I have forgotten how I felt for A LITTLE PRINCESS, MIDNIGHT STORIES, and PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, but I do know I LOVED ARSENE LUPIN.

Do you like to read classic? What is your favorite?

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‘Cause Baby Now We’ve Got Bad Blood (Top 5 Wednesday #2: Characters I Used To Love) + Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic!

I’ve been reading for my whole life, and as I grow, my reading taste has also changed. There are some books that I used to love, but not anymore. Same goes with the characters. My standard for them has increased, and when I re-read my old favorites I find myself less enthusiastic about them, even hating them sometimes. The older I got, I kinda get more picky and critical about the characters’ character.

Tris Prior (Divergent by Veronica Roth)

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I LOVED Divergent when I first read it. One of the reason is because of Tris. She made her decision to join Dauntless on her own, despite have to leaving her family behind, knowing that she would leave her parents alone. She knew she might fail, and yet she keep trying. She’s really using her fresh start, even being the first jumper. She’s strong, she’s determined, she even came on top. Yet in Insurgent and Allegiant, it seems like Tris is not Tris anymore. She became reckless and lies a lot to Four. Maybe it’s the trauma, but she just not the girl I used to loved and admired in Divergent.

Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith)

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I think my change of heart with Elena came from the fact that a) The Return series just isn’t as good as the original series b) It takes too long for each book to be translated and therefore I’m older when I read the Return series c) I watch the tv series. I love her loyalty with Stefan, her will to protect her family, friends, and town. As much as I ship Delena, her inability to choose really makes the story drags on and on and hurt a lot of people. As I grow older and came to dislike triangles, so my dislike for her grows.

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter by J.K Rowling)

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Now hold your pitchforks and let me explain first. I liked Ron. He was the kind of best friend I would like to have for myself. But the way he acted in the 7th book? I don’t really think it was the hocrux, I mean he turned back on Harry in the 4th book, and I guess some of the animosity stayed and amplified by the hocrux. I still liked him, but it was just never the same anymore.

Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

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When I first read TFIOS in the height of its fame, I, like the others, also fell for the charisma and clever tounge of Augustus Waters. His attention and love for Hazel, humor, and loyalty for Isaac. After a while, I realized how pretentious his words and actions are, and how boring he actually is. Yes, he’s nice. But that’s it. I can’t seem to see another depth in him.

Jace Herondale and Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

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I LOVED them when I first started the series. Clary with her stubborness and willingness to do whatever it takes to find her mother, and Jace with his brooding hero complex and badass fighting skills. And then book 3, 4, 5, and 6 happened. Clary doesn’t care about her family and friends anymore, all she cared about is Jace. Same goes with Jace. They became really clingy and spend every waking moment together. They would risk the WHOLE Shadowhunter world for each other, and I just don’t think it’s healthy. THEY WERE MY OTP WHYYY.

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hohohorat2016This would be really short section, but I decided to join the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer! It’s my first time joining, and I’ve been really overwhelmed this month so I don’t have a really high goals. I will read 2 books, both ARCs, Marry Me Tomorrow and A Christmas Day at The Office. Hopefully I could finish them on time and even read more books! *fingers crossed*

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Review + Discussion: The Regulars by Georgia Clark

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by Georgia Clark

E-book edition, 400 pages

Published August 2nd, 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Book

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A fierce, feisty, and “wonderfully entertaining” (Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies) debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true…or do they?

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.

Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well…gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.

But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:

What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

Wildly irreverent, blatantly sexy, and observed with pitch-perfect wit, The Regulars is fresh “compulsive reading from a bright new voice” (Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August) in fiction, perfect for fans of Jennifer Close and Kevin Kwan.

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I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. It does not impact my views or opinions on this book.

THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILER

“The whole thing was turning into a Sofia Coppola film: pretty to look at, but what did it really mean? Everything? Or nothing?”

What if someone gave you a potion that could turn you pretty? Like, supermodel pretty. Society standard pretty. Would you take it or leave it? This is the dilemma Krista, Evie and Willow faced. While they’re facing some problems that came into their life, Pretty comes like a solution to them. But taking it has cost them something too, something dark that weren’t that obvious, and yet it’s there.

This book is really addictive. I wouldn’t say it’s sexy or witty, I would say it’s pretty (ha) problematic. But it’s really easy to read and I don’t know… even though I could see the plot miles away, I just can’t stop reading. It’s just THAT addicting guys.

I have a love-hate relationship with the characters. I love how hard-working Evie is, how she seeks to empower women and stand true to her vision. But she just can’t see how her ideas don’t work with the magazine’s vision and tend to see only the things she wanted to see. Krista is a mess. And I don’t know if she’s a hot mess or not because I never pay attention to characters’ physical appearance, but she’s a mess. I love how she cares about her friends and how nice she is underneath, but she keeps making the wrong decisions. Even when she already gets help and second chances, she keeps screwing things up. She just don’t take things seriously and just don’t seem to try hard enough! Krista really frustrates me the most from all three girls. Willow… she kinda teriffies me. All the expectations and self doubt really weighs on her and I’m almost sure she has a bipolar or depression. When she’s Caroline, she’s really creepy.

In the end, their problems aren’t because they are not pretty enough. They had nothing to do with beauty. Evie’s ideas just don’t fit Salty’s vision. Krista don’t take things seriously. And Willow… She’s just too insecure, hurt and just needed help.

“If you’re not born with good genes or you don’t want to pile a ton of crap on your face every day, then you’re not as powerful. Beauty is power, but it’s not real power.”

Overall, this book has an interesting story and addictive quality to it, while pretty predictable plot-wise and messy characters. But it does pitched some good questions which I’m going to discuss in the next part.

DISCUSSION

“Intellectually, she knew how flawed a society that made beauty a value, the value, for women was. But could Pretty make her life better?”

A lot of theme and problem in this book is based on the fact that when the girls take the Pretty, they think they have more chance, power, and opportunity to do things. Do you really think “beautiful people” have more opportunity than “the regulars”?

Another theme in this book, though not so subtle, is how pretty people tend to be underestimated too. Chloe doesn’t have a say in Extra Salty creative content and Lenka barely had any lines in the movie at first. They’re just there to be pretty. Do you think this stereotype is actually real and have real impact in the real pretty people?

“Did Pretty affect behavior, as well as looks? Or was that just the effects of being pretty: an ingrained sense of entitlement or a survival-of-the-fittest-type cunning?”

Do you think the quotes above is true, that pretty people feels a sense of entitlement? After all, most of the pretty people in the books are movies are the popular and mean ones.

“After all, Evie Selby didn’t fail to notice how much better people treated Chloe Fontaine.”

Another quotes question; do you think people treat pretties better? Is this why they “have better opportunity and sense of entitlement”?

People said that beauty is subjective, it depends on people. And yet, society still creates a beauty standard that decide whether someone is pretty or not. What defines beauty to you?

In this book, Evie works in a magazine, Salty, that Evie thinks is empty and not empowering women. Evie thinks we should talk about the important things like sexism and beauty standards, instead of pretty dresses, sexes, and make up. And yet the editor thinks Salty empowers women in the other way, by providing publication where healthy sexual appetite is celebrated, how to give and receive sexual pleasures in fun and non judgemental way and celebrates that girls love shopping without caring what others think about it. What do you think empowering women actually is? Do you think what Salty does is wrong?

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Review Anthology: Halloween Read-A-Thon

In the spirit of Halloween (even though my country doesn’t celebrate it), I’ve been listening/watching/reading a lot of creepy related stuff. One of the way is by joining the read-a-thon hosted by Wonderless Review. How did I do? Well, I think I did pretty well. Was I spooked? Absolutely yes. Let’s see what I think about the books I read for the readathon.
21396303Does this cover creep you out? If it doesn’t, I salute you. Bloody Mary is one of the scariest ghost out there, so reading this one was a challenge for me. It was a really good book, with gothic and suspenseful atmosphere, crazy twists, and unpredictable stories in general. The characters, however, are really flat and card board cut outs. Our main character is the typical “not like the rest” type, the boyfriend is the typical nice good looking guy and the bestfriend is the sassy hot one. The ending really shook me though!
I was so spooked after reading SAY HER NAME that I can’t sleep, so I decided to read something that’s light and 100% can make me laugh. Rick book is the answer and since I have THE HIDDEN ORACLE on my shelf sitting unread, I decided to go for it. And it works! Like Rick’s other books, this one is funny and light. Apollo is as sassy as Percy, but he’s also very narcissistic. Everything is about him. But his journey throughout the book made him realize how he is now a mortal and how to emphatize with humans. We also see the other side of him that actually cares with his children and his past lovers.
There are a lot of PJO/HoO cameos in this book which made it a really comforting read. Camp Half Blood is the same, and yet also different because our usual demigods from PJO/HoO are all grown up now, pursuing college and other things can you hear me sobbing. It also interesting reading how Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter has really good relationship, considering the animosity that existed between them before the Gaea war. Plot wise, nothing really happened. It’s not as action packed or full like Rick’s other books. It’s more light and doing nothing as Apollo tries to remember everything and learn new things. And finally, can we talk about Solangelo? They’re just so cute omg I just can’t.
THE HIDDEN ORACLE is definitely one of my favorite Rick Riordan books ever and I can’t wait to read the next book!
It was supposed to be THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega, but I didn’t get a chance to read it, and reading MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN instead. I can only read it at night because uni was really busy during the day.
I’m so bummed I didn’t like this book! It was one of the very hyped up books for halloween, especially since the movie also came out this month. I mean, it started out really well, and life happened and I had to stop reading. When I came back to it, I noticed many flaws with its characters and it really affects my reading experience. Jacob was too immature, the romance is just meh, and there are some things that I’m questioning about the story. It sucks because I expect to love this one… I would definitely not continuing this series, and watching the movie.
THE BEGINNING WOODS by Malcolm McNeil is another book that dissapoint me. I requested it from Netgalley because the synopsis sounds really interesting and whimsical. And this gives me that. The writing style has the fairytale quality and I think the plot is good. But IT’S SO SLOW OMG. I can take slow books, I mean, I binge-read The Raven Cycle series omg! I don’t know why I just have no patience for this book. I ended up putting this on hold to see whether I still want to finish it or not in a week time.
Ah, DRACULA. The ultimate classic for Halloween. Reading this book really makes me understand why this book is a classic. The way its written conveys the creepy, gothic atmosphere the story is, the emotions of the key characters, and the horror of Dracula. Every fear, sorrow, hatred, suspense… Bram Stoker did an amazing job with this one. I mean, it’s still tedious at times, but hey, it’s a classic. I’ve never felt this connected to characters and read a classic, in its original language, as fast as I read Dracula.
And finally, the graphic novel for NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is my 6th book for this readathon! Nightmare Before Christmas is a very popular Tim Burton’s movie, and this graphic captures the essence perfectly. It’s vibrant, gothic, fun, dark; In short it is everything you can expect from a Tim Burton movies in other medium.

Did you read anything creepy in October? Or did you join this read-a-thon too? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down below!

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