Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Last Concubine

Judul : The Last Concubine
Penulis : Lesley Downer
Tebal : 658 halaman 
Penerbit : Matahati

Kisah tentang seorang gadis petani yang menjejakkan kakinya di atas tandu emas dengan menjadi selir terakhir sang shogun. Ia berusaha menemukan jati dirinya di tengah intrik serta persaingan di istana para perempuan di kastel Edo, rumah dari 3000 perempuan dan hanya seorang lelaki--sang shogun muda.

Namun, perang saudara memorak-porandakan segalanya.

The Last Concubine adalah kisah kepahlawanan para samurai, keteguhan sikap para ronin, dan kesaksian seorang perempuan pada saat runtuhnya era Tokugawa.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Camar Biru

Judul : Camar Biru
Penulis : Nilam Suri
Tebal : 279 halaman
Penerbit : Gagasmedia

Dulunya mereka berempat. Naren, Sinar, Adith, dan Nina. Sebagai satu-satunya perempuan, Nina selalu menjadi orang yang dilindungi. Di sekolahnya, ia adalah si tuan putri yang cantik dan populer.

Tapi satu per satu meninggalkannya...

Naren, sang kakak meninggal dalam kecelakaan mobil yang sama dengan Nina. Kedua orang tua mereka menyalahkan Nina dan tidak mau menerima kematian sang kakak yang sempurna. Sinar, sahabat terdekat Naren merasa tidak sanggup menghadapi kehilangan itu dan memilih pergi sejauh-jauhnya. Dalam sekejap, Nina kehilangan keluarga dan Sinar, orang yang disukainya.

Hanya tersisa Adith yang selalu setia menunggu dan menjaga Nina dari belakang. Mereka pun membuat janji. Jika dalam sepuluh tahun Nina belum menemukan pasangan buat menikah, Adith akan menikahinya dengan catatan dia juga belum memiliki pasangan. Janji ini dilambangkan dengan dua camar biru dari kertas yang disimpan oleh keduanya.

Namun di samping semuanya, Nina juga punya rahasia, rahasia yang membuatnya bersembunyi di balik penampilan acak-acakan dan kesendiriannya dalam apartemen kecilnya.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Witness

Judul : The Witness
Penulis : Nora Roberts
Tebal : 396 halaman
Penerbit Ebook : Putnam

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. 

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems--and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something--and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

City of Fallen Angels

Title : City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
Writer : Cassandra Clare
Number of Page : 424
Publisher : McElderry Books

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Sunday, 11 August 2013


Judul : Divergent (Divergent #1)
Penulis : Veronica Roth
Tebal : 487 halaman
Penerbit : HarperCollins Children's Books

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.