Top 5 Wednesday #9: Characters I’d Invite to My New Years Eve Party

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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!

Today’s topic is the characters I’d love to invite to my christmas party. I never have any christmas party before, I either spend it barbequeing with my friends or binge watching movies until midnight😆 But if I had christmas party, these are the characters I’d love to have on my party!

Nikolai Lantsov

Obviously I need someone to get a new year’s kiss from. Nah kidding. Not really. Nikolai is a funny, sassy and flirty characters that will definitely made the party merrier!

Nina Zenik

I need someone to sing and trade gossip with, as well as flirt and keep each others back from drunk boys. Nina Zenik is definitely someone I would want as my best friends and therefore, a must have in my christmas party.

Fred and George Weasley

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They’re like the fireworks master, you can’t have new year’s without fireworks and whose better for the task than the Weasley’s twins? Let’s pretend that Fred still alive kay.

Barney Stinson

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I want him for every party I have. He’s Barney Stinson, need I say more?

So here they are, my top 5 characters for my fictional new year’s party. What do you usually do on new year’s eve? Are you excited for 2017?

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12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

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Christmas is here everyone! It has been a hectic week for me, for reasons I can’t mention now, and I’m just feeling too overwhelmed now to feel any christmas spirit. But then I see a lot of people doing christmas tag and it gives me back some of my christmas spirit. I saw this tag at My Tiny Obsessions blog, so go check her blog out!

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is my favorite stand alone that I read this year. It has the “love changes live” trope, but the characters and the story really hit the feels for me.

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Wylan/Jesper from the SIX OF CROWS duology! They are just so cute and meant for each other! At first I wasn’t sure are they flirting or bantering… But at the end of SoC, I don’t care, I ship them sooo hard.

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

The answer is still THE INFERNAL DEVICES by Cassandra Clare. Next question.

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

PJO by Rick Riordan! It taught me a lot about greek myth, has funny and strong narrators, as well as strong friendship and family relationship theme in this book.

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

I have a lot of favorite villains, I think they’re more interesting than the heroines?? I wrote a post for Top 5 Wednesday here. But I’m currently reading DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente, and I really really like Koschei. He’s unpredictable and cruel, yet also very mysterious and lovely.

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

The grishaverse! I love how it’s inspired from the countries in the real world, like Ravka from Russia, Ketterdam from Dutch and Fjerda from Germany, and yet they also seem like otherworldly at the same time. I would love to explore this world even more in other books!

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

I also wrote a post about animal companions a while back, but my favorite is still Manchee. He’s very loyal and cute and just UGH SO ADORABLE. Manchee deserves better than Todd freaking Hewitt.

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh. Even if you don’t like the book, you’ve got to admit that the way she describes the food makes you go really hungry.

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

All the ladies in the SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY. The lead ladies, Nina and Inej who aren’t afraid of being themselves, have each others’ back and kicking ass together, and the cameo for being even fiercer than the last time we saw them.

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.

How about your favourite leading lad?

Can I say Newt Scamander? He’s so freaking adorable omg. His kindness and awkwardness, his way of caring to his animals, his new friends… even more than he cares for himself.

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING.

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I don’t really read a lot of books with music theme in it, but recently I just watch the movie version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and it ignites my love for the book! Can’t wait for the retellings, ROSEBLOOD!

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING.

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

Definitely THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh, no contest.

🎅🎄⛄ MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY TO ALL OF YOU LOVELY READERS! 🎅🎄⛄

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // GIF Review because Words Are Not Enough

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Crooked Kingdom

by Leigh Bardugo

Ebook, 448 pages

Published September 27th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

This is a thrilling and satisfying sequel to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

THIS REVIEW DEFINITELY CONTAINS SPOILER. READERS BEWARE.

Starting this book and fell right into a job

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Everytime the real scheme is revealed

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Kaz Brekker is the most amazing mastermind, his ability to create a scheme and get out from the hardest condition is amazing. GIVE ME YOUR MIND KAZ. That gif also works for the plot, because they’re filled with scheme and heist that just too mindblowing and utterly unpredictable for me.

But then the book felt too long for me

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As much as I want to get into the characters mind, get to know their story and feelings better, I can’t help to feel that this book can use less inner monologues and flashbacks… It really derails the story from the current action and happenings and made the book feels very long.

THE CAMEOS

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It’s a pretty heavy foreshadowing, since this book mentioned a lot of the grisha trilogy characters. But really, I can’t help but closing my book a moment to breathe everytime a cameo appeared because MY BABIES. Also, the whole Triumvirate thing? I LOVE IT.

Especially Nikolai Lantsov,

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My love for Nikolai was pretty overshadowed by my love for The Darkling. But now that The Darkling is not appearing and none of the male in the gang made me fall in love in “OMG I WANT TO KISS YOU” way, I am reminded of my love with Nikolai Lantsov and fell harder than before.

Kaz “you amazing mastermind, cruel human being, but also poor thing” Brekker

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I’m still not over the fact that Kaz freaking Brekker is only in his teenage years, and yet he is the mastermind behind all the awesomeness we read in this series. I can’t get over the amazingness of his mind.

Or maybe Leigh Bardugo’s mind but whatever.

But Kaz treating the crew like pawn

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I’m not hating Kaz, how can I? But he is really frustrating in this book, he constantly show indefference to his crew, even slammed poor Wylan once for speaking his mind. I get that we can’t make everyone happy, but it makes him seem like he’s not appreciating his crew enough? The amount of armor he puts and the stress he had… Wow.

The “Wylan”/Jesper Kiss

The actual kiss

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Wylan Van Eck

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Colm Fahey

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Nina Zenik

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Inej Ghafa

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Inej @ Dunyasha

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But let’s also appreciate Dunyasha because even Inej acknowledge her abilites

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I don’t think any of the reviews I read ever talk about her?? Like how amazing she is?? She can walk wire and fight like Inej, even better in my opinion. Damn girl.

Matthias @ Nina

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And no, this is truly how Matthias felt inside whenever he saw Nina.

Jesper and Matthias

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I feel like they’re overshadowed by other character’s arcs, I adore them, but they don’t really shine in this book. They’re still awesome tho.

When all the ships are sailing

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When they finally defeat all the bad guys

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I really love how they executed the whole thing. It’s just amazing and totally unexpected by me. But then again, this book always surpassed my expectations, so I guess my opinions are invalid.

When a certain death happened

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Because oh no, not everyone can survive the book. Actually it wasn’t exactly like this, I’m not that deeply shocked because I don’t have enough connections with the character, but I’ve grown to care too deeply for this character in this book to get killed that I can’t help but feeling sad:(

Me @ Leigh Bardugo

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The Ending

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I truly can’t ask for a better ending. I feel like it’s bittersweet? But also amazing?? I mean… WOW.

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Overall I really liked this book, except for that certain complaint of this book being too long. This book excedeed my expectations in terms of plot, characters developments and how the cameos appeared. The ending tied the story but loosely give space for the characters for our imagination. I’m 100000% sure that we will have another installment in the grishaverse because there are some things that still left unfinished, like the whole Kherguud thing. And those installments will obviously include the grisha triumvirate + Nikolai because hey, it’s grisha-centered and include the dregs bc they would like to help Nina right? They are just my speculations but I really can’t wait for the announcement and turn it into reality!

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#ownvoices

While talking about diversity in books, one thing I notice is how rare people mentioned about diverse authors. We see people want to see representation in books, but we rarely talked about people behind the book. Fortunately this issue is realized by many people and slowly but surely, this issue is being talked by everyone. I’m sure some of you must have heard about #ownvoices, and for those of you who haven’t, I’m going to discussed it in this post.

What is #ownvoices?

#ownvoices is a hashtag created by Otherbound author, Corinne Duyvis in September 2015, and it basically focuses on recommending/supporting books about marginalised groups written by authors from those books.
While there are a lot of new diverse books, most of the authors are still from outside those marginalised groups. And I think some of them don’t do enough research that resulted in problematic, wrong, and stereotypical potrayal instead of letting our stories heard. There are also authors that used diversity as if it is a check that needs to be crossed when writing a book. I mean, we readers, especially the ones from marginalised group, can see how much effort do you put in your research based on the book.
I’m not saying that authors shouldn’t write about other groups that they’re not part of, but we’ve seen how many authors are being attacked because they don’t give a good representation of the group they’re writing about. We want to see representation, so instead of bashing authors for giving wrong representation, why don’t we actually start to look for authors who are from those group? Obviously the authors that don’t do correct representation needs to be told of their mistakes, but let’s not bash them and try read some Own Voices books! They would give an authentic representation, because they’re writing from their own experience. I think good and in-depth research will never beat the knowledge and authenticity that comes from living the experience yourself.
Broaden your reading choices. Read from diverse authors, that comes from various countries, background, races, cultures, etc. You have no idea how helpful your read is. It could show that us, readers, would love to know more about those things, and it could bring various books from various country to the international market. It gives the chance for the authors to share their story, and for us to listen. Like an article from CNN said, Talking about diversity is one thing; doing something about it is another thing entirely. Don’t just wish for diversity in books, try to read from diverse authors and support the actual, real people. The simplest thing we as readers could do is read their stories that are written by their own people.

Recommendations

Now it’s time for recommendations. I feel sad because most of the time, the author from the dominant group write about the marginalised book and gets praises for it, while the author from that marginalised group’s book remain relatively unknown. So today I would recommend some books, based on popular diverse book with #ownvoices books.

  • You’ve probably heard about Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden. Try reading Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki
  • We all know about Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles, why don’t you read Aristotle and Dante and Esperanza Rising
  • Love Cinder? Try reading The Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. Also, it’s not a retelling, but it’s an autobiography.
  • Do you love the Japanese aspect from Ink and Stormdancer? Go read The Clan Otori series by Lian Hearn
  • Enjoy watching Arranged and Marriage at First Sight? You might change your mind after reading Written in Stars by Aisha Saeed.

Review Anthology: Drug Dealing Marie Antoinette, Dog Thievery, and Live in A Cult

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Seed by Lisa Heathfield

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Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.

Seed is a story of Pearl, a fifteen year old who has lived in Seed her whole life. Seed is a cult, even though the people inside doesn’t realize it, that worships the nature. Nature provides everything for them, so they views technology and outsider as a bad thing. This book paint a perfect picture on how a cult works, it is based on fear and lies. Everytime the member of Seed did something forbidden, the leader, Papa S will manipulate them to believing that “bad things” are happening because of it.

Because of the lies and manipulation Papa S does, the members can’t see how wrong and disgusting Papa S is. He took the young girls as his “companion”, each time (weekly? monthly?) different girls. He doesn’t allow any doctors, and does another terrible things (Sorry for the vagueness, trying to avoid spoiler here!)

The story is very fast paced and the writing conveys the emotions and situation inside Seed really well. I’m honestly felt underwhelmed by the book, but overall it is a great story that gives us insight of how life inside the cult works.

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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

Glitter is a book with weird setting that took me a while to get used to. It sets in the future, where a company got so rich they decided to buy the Versailles palace and assume the life of 18th century, while the world outside stays modern. Inside the Versailles, there are king, who’s actualy the CEO of the company, dukes, duchess, marquees, and other monarch official. They use the 18th century dresses, while also using modern technology. It’s so weird for me to read it, and honestly feels pointless. It’s just too extravagant and honestly stupid. Oh the things rich people do. Still, it’s fascinating to see the decription of Versailles palace, the dresses and the etiquettes, even though I had to open google more than one time to understand the French word thrown here and there.

The character felt underdeveloped for me. I was hoping the king is the type of jerk-with-soft-side, but oh no he’s not. He is exactly what he is, at least in this book. I’m curious about him in the next book, and I feel a triangle coming. Saber is pretty flat, he’s your typical angsty love interest, but I admit he’s 100x better that the King. As for Danica… Well I love how determinded she is, but she is too confident in her plans. She doesn’t know anything of the outside world and wanted to escape, but doesn’t do any research or be more careful to the people she trusts. She thinks she knows everything and therefore doesn’t make any plan B. It also makes the story predictable, because I can see the ending from the first time she got the idea.

Despite the negative things I said, I actually liked this book a lot. In fact I stayed up all night reading it. The story flows very well and the writing is easy to read. The writing thought everything up, from the way people dresses until the way they talk. It pays attention to details without being info dumpy. The plot is really good and interesting, but I found the ending was underwhelming. I will definitely read the next book though, I’m really curious about what happens next!

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

Faithful is the journey of Shelby, from surviving the crash that put her bestfriend in a coma until turning her life by never giving up. At the beginning of the book, we meet the Shelby that doesn’t have any will to live and punishing herself for surviving the crash. At the end of the book, we met an entirely different Shelby.

I really like this book. Shelby’s progress isn’t immediate, it’s slow and small steps. But when you stop at any point in the book, especially after she’s moving to the city, you’ll be surprised at how different Shelby at that point is with the Shelby we met a the beginning of the book. She evolved, into a better and stronger person, through hardships and love, through loss and meeting new people. This book feels like a reflection of a human lives, and it hits me really hard. I’ve always been a kind of person that is afraid of the future, but this book made me realize that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never know what will happen and there are things that you can’t control.

Faithful captures the human lives through the story of Shelby. Even though you never experience what Shelby had experienced, you’ll still feel connected to the story and feel like growing up with Shelby at the end of the book.

Have you read any of these books?

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It All Went Downhill // Top 5 Wednesday #7: Series That Got Worse

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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 about series that went downhill with each next release. What are the series that started out strong but went downhill as the series goes? This topic is opens for both tv shows and books, so I decided to combined both of them!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Divergent started out amazingly for me. I read the first book during my Christmas break, and bought Insurgent at the day it was released, which is never happened with me. The main problem isn’t the plot, is Tris as a character. I really idolised her in Divergent, she ventured out of everything she knew, she left all parts of her old life. She train so hard that she doesn’t become factionless, and even though Al tried to kill her, she still feel guilty when he died. But then in Insurgent and Allegiant, she just changed. She lied a lot, manipulated people, and just overall unlikeable. Not to mention Uriah? #neverforget

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I’m still pissed about this one, because if it was a trilogy it would be amazing but it got dragged into 6 book series 😒 It started out so good, the whole downworlder, nephilip, angel relics and a female heroine who would do anything to save her mother. Then the story become too focused in the romance, Clace become to clingy and destroys life and rules as much as they want… It just becomes too much.

Reign

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Um okay I don’t really know what’s wrong with this one. I really enjoyed the first season, liked the second, and haven’t found the motivation to finish the third season. And now I heard it was cancelled after the fourth season. I guess I’m not the only one that thinks this series went downhill.

Teen Wolf

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It actually one of those shows that started out badly. I mean, have you seen the first season? 😂 But it gets better with each season… until season 3. You know that finale. Alison died, one of the twins die, Isaac and papa Argent gone… and the seasons got worse. It becomes Teen Supernatural, focuses more on Stiles, who is a human, instead of Scott the supposedly True Alpha, aand the romance just isn’t the best. Season 6 is the last one so I think I’ll keep watching, but honestly, I can’t even bring myself to finish season 5.

The Vampire Diaries

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I also honestly don’t know what happened in this one. I mean… my ship is finally sailing damn it! And it was the way I wanted it to happens. I feel like the plot become too much? The last time I watch, Elena was becoming a vampire, Delena sailing, there’s this Silas thingy… It became convulted and I just don’t like how the show progressed. TVD is also ending after the next season, which is season 8. It’s just sad because I used to watch this show religiously.

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Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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by Madeline Miller

Ebook edition, 290 pages

Published March 6th, 2012 by Harper Collins

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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

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“I will go,” he said. “I will go to Troy.”
The rosy gleam of his lip, the fevered green of his eyes. There was not a line anywhere on his face, nothing creased or graying; all crisp. He was spring, golden and bright. Envious death would drink his blood, and grow young again.
He was watching me, his eyes as deep as earth.
“Will you come with me?” he asked.
The never-ending ache of love and sorrow. Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone. But not in this one. He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death. “Yes,” I whispered. “Yes.”

I have always loved greek mythology, but Trojan War, along with Hades and Persephone, are my favorites. Maybe it is the tragedy surrounding the war, the romanticized idea that it was all for love, or the glory that follows that allows the story to be immortalized. I know the story by heart, even the people that ignorant with the story would at least know the main plot or heard the name of the great hero Achilles. For some reason, I never pay attention to Achilles and his companions. I always favored Priam and Odysseus, sometimes Hector depending on the depictions, but never Achilles, let alone Patroclus. And yet, all the rave reviews and heart breaking sounds I’ve heard on goodreads really convinced me to read this book, despite my indifference towards Achilles and Patroclus.

“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”

At the beginning, I prefer Achilles over Patroclus. Patroclus is all doom and gloom, while Achilles is bright. But after a while, I come to prefer Patroclus and his quietness, yet always alert and thinking than Achilles vivaciousness.  Achilles always seemed arrogant to me, ill tempered, maybe because his godly powers. We all know how he joined the war for glory, hailed the best of them all, and eventually his fight with Agamemnon. We all know how his story ended, his powers and glory, and yet we almost know nothing of his life before the war. Seeing him from Patroclus’ eyes is really something. We see his soft side, his playful side, his loving side. We see him as mortal and boy, as Patroclus equals and yet also protector. Seeing them growing up together, soaking and savoring each moments. Loving each other in secret, and yet also openly. We see how lost he was with grief, and how he would do anything to be with Patroclus again. In the end, his desire for glory cost him what mattered to him the most, and it drove him mad with grief that he killed Hector even though he knew it would cost him his life.

Other than Achilles and Patroclus, we also meet an all too familiar cast of characters. Odysseus with his wit, Agamemnon with his pride, Ajax with his own power, Paris with his recklessness, Hector with his ability to defend Troy, and Priam with his kindness. The story mostly stayed true to the Illiad, with only a few changes to personal thoughts and feelings.

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

The writing is really beautiful, I can’t explain really well without embarassing myself. It’s tender, delicate and beautiful. It’s like an intricate weaving, colorful and vivid. It’s like your comfort food, warm and makes you want to fill yourself with them. If I read a physical copy, it would be full of tabs, but alas, I read an e-book copy (I would definitely buy a book). It’s as tender and fragile, yet strong, as the love between Achilles and Patroclus themselves.

I would never looked at the word “Patroclus” without thinking of “Pa-tro-clus” and “this and this and this” without my heart breaking.

“Name one hero who was happy.”
I considered. Heracles went mad and killed his family; Theseus lost his bride and father; Jason’s children and new wife were murdered by his old; Bellerophon killed the Chimera but was crippled by the fall from Pegasus’ back.
“You can’t.” He was sitting up now, leaning forward.
“I can’t.”
“I know. They never let you be famous AND happy.” He lifted an eyebrow. “I’ll tell you a secret.”
“Tell me.” I loved it when he was like this.
“I’m going to be the first.” He took my palm and held it to his. “Swear it.”
“Why me?”
“Because you’re the reason. Swear it.”
“I swear it,” I said, lost in the high color of his cheeks, the flame in his eyes.
“I swear it,” he echoed.

The Song of Achilles is everything I wanted and more. It shines a different light to the story of Trojan War and the tragedy that was Achilles. It is a story about love and friendship, loyalty and kindness, ambition and downfall. It is a quiet observation of a lover, loving and admiring, to his lover. It is powerful, heartbreaking, and lovely. A truly amazing journey for everyone who read it, whether they love greek mythology or not.

“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”

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Top 5 Wednesday #6: Books I Finally Want to Read in 2017

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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 about the books I want to finally read in 2017. They can be 2017 releases, or backlist books that I’ve been dying to read. Either way, here are my top 5 books I want to get into in 2017!

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING by J.R Tolkien

I borrowed this book since like… July I think? And I still haven’t even touch it. Tbh the size and the amount of description this book has really intimidates me. I can read thick books, but I can’t read overly descriptive books.

But I also want to know the original story of LOTR and jump into the middle earth bandwagon. Tough choice really.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

After the emotional meltdown the bookish community had this year, thanks to ACOMAF, I think it’s time for me to start this series and feel the pain. I’m not into NA, so we’ll see how I feel about this book.

CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas

I read THRONE OF GLASS like… last year? So it will be like 2 years ago next year. I really need to continue on this series soon before I forget what’s in the first book because I don’t do re-read. I also super curious about what’s the deal with Rowan.

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

I really enjoyed DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor, and I’m so excited for this one! It was supposed to be released in 2016, but pushed back to 2017 so yeah. Let me give you a quote from the excerpt.

On the second sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.

She broke over an iron gate, crimping it on impact, and there she hung, impossibly arched, graceful as a temple dancer swooning on a lover’s arm. One slick finial anchored her in place. Its point, protruding from her sternum, glittered like a brooch. She fluttered briefly as her ghost shook loose, and then her hands relaxed, shedding fistfuls of freshly picked torch ginger buds.

Later, they would say these had been hummingbird hearts and not blossoms at all.

STRANGE THE DREAMER will hit the stores at March 28, 2017.

THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler, other that Morgan Matson, seems like have the best summer-y vibe books. I’m super excited for this one! Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a Little Mermaid retellings, and it has diversity in it! The synopses just sounds adorable, and I can’t wait to read this!

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The Happiness Tag

happinessAfter all the craziness last month brought, I can’t help feeling a bit down. Not just because the US election, but also because some internal riots in my country. I always wanted being a politicians, or do something for the society. United Nations is my goal. But lately I just lost my faith in humanity and anything in general. I can’t belive there are people that wanted power so badly they would sacrifice a whole country or millions of people to stay in power. That they would ruin the chance of Indonesia ever going forward for the sake of staying on top. I just don’t know anymore.

This tag might not seem much, but I think it’s still important to start the month with something positive. It just reminds me that happiness could be found even in the simplest and “unimportant” things. I will leave out the obvious like books, tv shows and movies, and try to find the more “mundane” things that we always missed. I saw this at Geraldine’s blog, so go check it out.

List 5 things that make you happy

Rainy Days

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This is definitely my favorite thing in the world. Rainy days can be productive, where I clean up my room, doing my homework, blogging, and other stuffs. Or it could also be a lazy day, where I sleep in, reading, and just doing nothing. Either way, rainy days make me happy.

Freshly changed sheets

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Do you realized how amazing fresh sheets are? They just feel… so fresh. As comfortable as my old sheets was, I can’t help but feel really happy and content whenever I lay down on my fresh sheets. I even always find it hard to wake up the next morning.

Christmas

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There’s just something about Christmas that makes me happy. The songs that both jolly and solemn, the festive and bright decorations, the food, the warm atmosphere… I think it’s my favorite holiday of them all.

Completing a task

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Completing a task, no matter how small, always gave me statisfaction. It made me feel accomplished. It made me feel like I could tackle anything. It’s just such a positive feelings, I really love it.

Joebama memes

GUYS SERIOUSLY. This meme is my moodbooster for this month! I just can’t stop myself for searching them whenever I’m feeling down. I love how Obama is always the responsible one while Biden is like the one who would do anything to keep Trump away! 😂

List 5 songs that make you happy

Never Let You Go – Justin Bieber

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This song just bring back so many memories! I remember those years when I was obsessed with him, and Never Let You Go is, hands down, my favorite JB song. The lyrics, the rythms, the meaning behind the song (oh Caitlyn) the music video… EVERYTHING. I truly envy the girl in the mv (until now) and I still watch this video from start to finish, with my full attention, whenever I come across this video. Oh and this song also makes me want to travel and especially have an aquarium date in the Bahamas.

Down – Jay Sean

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Down, along with Fireflies by Owl City, were the first songs on my first phone ever. They are also the first western song I truly know the title, lyrics, and song. It came around the time I had my first clique, exploring internet, and facebook account. So you know how nostalgic this song is for me. And it’s still my jam until now.

Cop Car – Keith Urban

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There’s just something about this song that makes me want to have a night out and just chill…. and actually getting arrested? It’s not romantic really in real life, getting arrested with your boyfriend. But this song atmosphere and lyrics are just sooo good.

XO – Beyonce

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Like Cop Car, this song is also very atmospheric. It’s the kind of song you imagine playing when you’re just chilling with your loved one, probably sleepy, and then realizing how much you love that other person. It’s just amazing. Oh, the music video also makes me want to visit Six Flags.

Do or Die – 30 Seconds to Mars

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This is my ultimate go-to song whenever I feel down. Jared’s vocal, Shannon drumming, and Tomo’s guitaring is on whole another level with this song. You can feel their passion oozing out of the song, and it’s so infectious! And the lyrics! It’s sooo uplifting. Whenever I feel lazy or down I just need to play this and I’ll be singing on top of my lungs while doing my work. (Let’s also appreciate Jared’s beautiful hair, shall we?) Another uplifting song from 30stm includes Kings and Queens and Conquistador.

What makes you happy?

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November Wrap Up and December TBR

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I’m still reeling at the fact that it’s almost December. It’s time for the end of the year freak out! Can you believe we are at the end of 2016 already? Like seriously, is it just me or does the year seems to go faster as we get older? There are so many books that I haven’t read, things I haven’t accomplished and haven’t done. Can we add another month in a year?

October Wrap Up and November TBR
School is totally kicking my ass this month. It seems like every weekend I stay in to do all my works, and yet during the weekdays I would find out that there are actually much more works. How?? It’s like they copy themselves and band together to destroy me.

  1. THE REGULARS by Georgia Clark
  2. THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller {Review coming soon!}
  3. SEED by Lisa Heathfield
  4. CHRISTMAS AT THE OFFICE by Matt Dunn {Currently reading}
  5. MARRY ME TOMORROW by Carla Burgess
  6. THE BEGINNING WOODS by Malcolm McNeill {DNF}

October Wrap Up and November TBR

  1. HARRY POTTER AND THE SOCERER’S STONE by J.K Rowling
  2. CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
  3. GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike
  4. FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman

October Wrap Up and November TBR

October Wrap Up and November TBR

  • Fantastic Beasts happened. I watched it, AND IT WAS AMAZING. It’s soo amazing guys, it gives me so many HP feels and excitement for what’s to come. I’m considering to actually buy the special edition of Newt Funko.
  • Moana also happened. And she slayed Frozen. It’s definitely the best movie after Tangled. The graphic, the music, the characters, the message… UGH GUYS JUST GO WATCH IT.
  • I feel like I’m going on a bit blogging slump? Or maybe is it just my hectic schedule and exhausted self speaking?
  • Not much happened this month in my life, other than studying and more studying. But it was a pretty bad month for my country, the situation is like the calm before storm now and I’m scared.

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This month I started doing the Top 5 Wednesday meme. I always wanted to join a meme and T5W just seems like the right one. This month’s topics are: misleading synopses, characters I used to love, favorite publishers, books I want to re-read, and favorite villains. I also joined THE THANKS U GIVE events for thanksgiving, and my post is my love letter towards all the characters I love. I reviewed my halloween read-a-thon readsThe Regulars by Georgia Clark, and also, Fantastic Beasts movie. Finally, I featured all the classics on my shelves and my favorite bookish pets.

What are you looking forward to in December?

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