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There’s a thing about Indonesian that I hate, nope,
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I always got a thing for chick-lit and I never forget to check out chick-lit shelf every time I visit bookstore. So, when I saw this new-translated plum Sykes novel (well, It’s been a long due, though) I have to buy it, since I really love her previous book Bergdorf Blondes.
But, OH-GOD, this book is so awful..haha.. it feels like Ms. Sykes losing her witty sides. I enjoyed her heroine as rich and spoiled princess, the wealthy society and all of those socialites life. but on Bergdorf Blondes her heroine, even tough she’s typical spoiled princess but she’s seems have purpose and pretty much likeable character.
But on Debutante Divorce, Sylvie Mortimer is like an empty shell and too shallow for my taste, she’s like yammering in the whole book…haha.. or maybe it because the story itself somewhat doesn’t even have a plot… it feels like watching overly-rich young woman complaining about her “too harsh” life. And of course, the character has a lack of personality.
Well, even though Plum didn’t lose her “mocking-style” overly superficial dialogue (which I love) but the lack of plot and character’s personality makes this books very forgettable.
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Geez, I was so enthralled with the previous book… And I’m so desperate when I couldn’t get This Side of The Grave on every local bookstore in my city, but they’ve always been out of stock. So, I ordered online and waited for almost 2 weeks to finally able to read it. I must say, Jeaniene Frost is my new fave author alongside with Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole. I really really love her badass heroine, Cat Crawfield and of course, her sexy and devilish vampire hushband, Bones.
The story itself, I must sadly admit not gripping enough. The ending feel forced and I’m so not feel any CLIMAX in the end of story (I definitely didn’t got an mind-shattering orgasm…hehe) The story is revolved around a sort-of-powerful Ghoul, named Apollyon — who planned to ignite a war between Vampire and Ghoul. He feel that Ghoul race is always overshadow by Vampires. People tend to think that vampire is more powerful than ghoul, even though they seems pretty equal.
Long story short, Cat & Bones and the entire gank tried to stop and avoid the upcoming war. For the beginning I thought that Apollyon is a totally scary and badass Ghoul, but when finally the story reached the end…. meeehhhhh… It’s so sad to find out that Apollyon character is so lacked of power and it was such a waste of story. I mean, Cat and all of those powerful master vampires tried their ass-off to sought this bastard out but when finally we met him (btw, we only meet Apollyon “in person” at the end of story) and he’s soooooo damn weak and not that scary at all. I probably don’t even pee on my pants if I met him…hahaha..
Anyway, even though the story is pretty boring and so-so for my taste, I still praised for the awesomeness of Cat and Bones chemistry and their stronger relationship. Their chemistry is still the strongest appeal from Night Huntress series. Jeaniene Frost successfully made an unbeatable-awesome heroine and hero duo.. Rock on, Cat and Bones!!!
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On a past couple weeks I’m totally stumbled on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, So I give a shot on her other series. Born of Night is the first installment on The League series, the story sets on a some galaxy far far way…hehe…called Ichidian Universe So, we’re gonna see a glimpse of alien and other outer galaxy creatures.
Long story short, the mantra of this story is pretty much the same with other ms. Kenyon series (oh well, with many many other paranormal romance)
So, meet the torture-past hero named Nykyrian Quikiades — a big badass with scary reputaion, a former Command Assassins of The League (they’re sort of a government highly trained soldier) and the heroine, Kiara Zamir — a ballerina and the President’s daughter.
After resigned from The League, Nykyrian got his own freelance-assassins team, who’s being hired by the Kiara’s father to protect her from many many kidnapping and homicide threats. And like any other story, both Nykyrian and Kiara fallin’ love, make love and have a baby together…haha…
A very easy and somewhat little boring premises. BUT I do love the characters and the pace. Both hero and heroine chemistry is very enjoyable, they’re kinda remind me of Maddox and Ashyln Darrow from Lords of Underworld series.
Even though, I’d still prefer The Dark Hunter series rather than this one. There’s a little plot-hole in the story, like why-oh-why all people always want to kidnap or kill Kiara, the base reason a still not strong enough and sometimes Kiara tends to be a little stupid/reckless about her own safety..geez, girl..everyone wants you dead, can you a little bit more careful..hihi..
Alrighty, I recommended for a light read! but you won’t miss anything IF you want skip this series ^_^
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Well, reading this chicklit it likes eating nice chocolate sponge-cake with bad-taste sprinkler (you know, the “rubbery taste” of sprinkler…yeah, it does taste like eat the rubber..meeeehhh..) The story itself is pretty much fun to read, the main character Isabel is so easy to like, and all of the supporting characters are spices up the story with their fun and quirky character.
I got somewhat lost about the main idea of the story, on synopsis it told about how Isabel “the party planner” got a duty to planned a charity party for his estranged long-time best friend, Simon Monkwell. Of course, the formula of chicklit is so easy to guess, I thought at first, that Isabel will reconcile with Simon with smart and cute banter.
BUT, nada,none of these thing happened…huhu… At the end of the story their reconciliation it seems little bit forced. The funny thing is because most of the story revolves around how Isabel planned the party and her interaction with Simon’s offbeat family, her chemistry with Simon’s family is far more believable than her chemistry with Simon.
So my verdict of this book: fun to-read but forgettable.
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Read from March 22 to April 24, 2011
Finally, with all sweats and tears, I did finish this book… Haha.. If you’ve seen the date when I started reading this book and the date when I finished it, it’s pretty incredible time that I’ve spent just for finished this approx. 400 pages book and with YA genre (which somewhat I’ve always considered as a light read)
Alright, I must say, I would prefer the previous one for the action and the pace. It started pretty slow at first, really really slow for my taste…haha…very so often I feel the need to put it down. Finally keeping up its pace in the halfway of the book. Yeah, it sticks me like a glue until the very end, I just need 4 hours to finished it…haha… I love it when finally “The Hunger Games” started… Ms. Collins has ability to write the action with its thrill and scariness….awesome dystopian universe that I’d rather die than live in that world.
I have to admit that I don’t really keen on with Katniss Everdeen character..hahaha… She isn’t my fave type of ‘tough chick’ or maybe because her too emotional for my taste esp. for her feeling between Gale and Peeta. Her inner-thoughts kinda annoying (which is happen thoroughly in the first half of the book…argghhh) Sometimes I wanna punch her face…haha.. She’s kinda remind me of Clary Gray from The Mortal Instruments series. But I have to say, she’s pretty kick ass when she try to defend her life and the people that she’s love. Yeah, well… even though I’m quite don’t like her I could sympathize with all her emotional feeling because her life is tough and rough. Yeah, it’s pretty tough for 16 year girl to hunt and kill people, in order to survive…brave chick!!
I have to say The Hunger Games is a recommended series though, can’t wait for the Mockingjay The Hunger Games 3
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Read from February 15 to 17, 2011
Oh, God!! The ending is totally broke my heart….
Alright, pull yourself together….hehe…
Anyway, I have to say… Vampire Academy will be one of my favorite series.
On this 3rd book, VA plot developed into something more serious and darker. And we could see our main heroine, Rose Hathaway growing up… Yeah, she also had those teenager-growing up problems.
At first, I thought VA stories will revolved around Rose and her Moroi bestfriend, Vasilisa ‘Lissa’ Dragomir but it turns out more about Rose’s feeling towards her friends and her love interest. Dimitri Belikov. But as the story goes, there will be more of mystery coming up and more exciting action. Even though, the story-setting mostly revolved around St. Vladimir School, Richelle Mead able to make it still interesting and out of boredom.
And of course, the characters that makes me hooked with this series. I’m totally in love with Rose Hathaway — She’s a badass, loyal, caring, sexy, smart and lovable character.
I couldn’t wait to move on to the next book, I’m considering to bought the English version instead…mmm.. ^_^
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I was surprise!!!! I even got my jaw dropped…hahaha (sorry, for a little aggravated response)
At first, I didn’t expect anything for this series, I thought it was just like other vampire/paranormal romance. Hero and heroine meet and with all the rush of adrenaline they’re declare irrevocable in love with each other… And those bad guys is just matter of little spice for the plot line.
BUT OH NO!!!!! I was totally wrong!!!! Cat Crawfield definitely hooked me, I love her, she’s my fave badass girl. She’s a little naive, strong willed, foul-mouthed, stubborn, caring and awesome (haha..do I have to say more, peeps) and her hero, meet Bones, baby!! A sexy british vampire and a former gigolo during his human life. Bones is totally a perfect match for Cat, he’s got almost the same personality like Cat. No wonder they’re always fighting (mmm..or bantering) with each other.
I must to say, the strongest appeal from this book is their characters and conversation. Ms. Frost successfully made an interesting character and chemistry between each character very enjoyable to read.
Another thing that I really like about this book is the romantic relationship between Cat and Bones is run smoothly and believable. I like Cat’s attitude when she didn’t easily to convince why Bones likes her in short amount of time. You know, most of the typical premise from this genre is heroine suddenly fallin’ love head over heels without using their head… And Bones, baby..I love you… he’s don’t act so alpha and the way he teased Cat…makes me swoon… He’s even refuse to called Cat with her real name, instead using a nickname Kitten…oh, so cute..
Okay, enough….hehe… I’m totally recommended this series for all fans of vampire book… Me looovveee it so much!!
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(status Read from January 02 to 05, 2011)
Since the Indonesian translation is a little crappy. So, I decided to bought the English version instead (with a cheaper price too! ^_^). Anyway, I simply love love this book. When I said in my City Of Bones review that the characters weren’t gripping enough, I was totally wrong. Maybe it because of the translation wasn’t too good, so I couldn’t relate to the characters.
City of Ashes definitely has better story than the previous one. The plot is getting stronger and I really love the pace. The pace is moving with good flow of story. And the twists makes me couldn’t stop to flip every page and I simply couldn’t put it down.
And what I love about the character is there’s no black-white character. Even the ultimate bad dude, Valentine, he kept myself guessing, is he really super bad guy? what’s he really wants? what’s he going to do next?
Cassandra Clare proved that herself could create the characters with their good traits and flaws in a good balance. It makes the characters look more ‘human’. And I also like the complexity feelings of the characters towards each other. Like Jace Waylands (the male protagonist) towards the main heroine, Clary Fray. Not to mention, banter and conversation between each characters are entertaining, witty and funny, a very nice touch indeed!
My favorite two character definitely are Simon Lewis (best friend of Clary) and a warlock named Magnus Bane. Somehow I tend to fallin’ love with what-so-called ‘sidekick’ character ^_^ I always love their loyalty, bravery, wits and compassion. And I always love Magnus’s dark humor, it spices up in each scene!
Mortal Instruments series definitely a recommended light read (despite it contains over 500 pages..hehe..) because the story, character, the twists and the fast-pace plot makes you finished the book.
Like I always said, to make satisfying fantasy read, all I need is believable characters and the twists. The Mortal Instruments accomplished that!
And again I’m moving on to 3rd book, City of Glass ^_^