Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Judul : The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Penulis : Stuart Turton
Tebal : 517 halaman
Penerbit : Raven Books (Kindle Edition)

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. 

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath...

The Kiss of Deception

Judul : The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Penulis : Mary E. Pearson
Tebal : 486 halaman
Penerbit : Square Fish

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

The Poppy War

Judul : The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1)
Penulis : R.F. Kuang
Tebal : 544 halaman
Penerbit : Harper Voyager

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Queen of Air and Darkness

Judul : Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3)
Penulis : Cassandra Clare
Tebal : 893 halaman
Penerbit : Simon & Schuster Children's UK

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Friday, 8 February 2019

The Alloy of Law

Judul : The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)
Penulis : Brandon Sanderson
Tebal : 392 halaman
Penerbit : Tor Books

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history--or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

Lord of Shadows

Judul : Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)
Penulis : Cassandra Clare
Tebal : 699 halaman
Penerbit : Simon & Schuster Children Books

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Books Read in 2018

Another new year. Cepat sekali ya. Tahu-tahu saya sudah harus bikin daftar buku yang dibaca tahun 2018. Wow!

Oh, ya. Happy New Year 2019! Semoga tahun baru ini akan lebih baik lagi bagi semua orang. Amin!

Tahun 2018 adalah tahun di mana saya lagi gila-gilanya baca buku bergenre fantasi. Sebenarnya sih dari tahun-tahun sebelumnya juga sudah kelihatan kalau saya akhirnya menemukan bahwa fantasi adalah genre favorit saya. Tapi tahun 2018 jauh lebih kelihatan lagi.

Jadi, berikut adalah daftar buku yang dibaca tahun 2018, dikelompokkan ke dalam genre masing-masing.

A.   Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
1.    Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5, #2.5) - Tahereh Mafi
2.    The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) - Marie Rutkoski
3.    The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) - Marie Rutkoski
4.    Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) - Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
5.    This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) - Victoria Schwab
6.    Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) - Victoria Schwab
7.    The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) - Maggie Stiefvater
8.    Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) - Morgan Rhodes
9.    The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) - Alexandra Bracken
10.  Never Fade (The Darkerst Minds #2) - Alexandra Bracken
11.  War Storm (Red Queen #4) - Victoria Aveyard
12.  Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) - Renee Ahdieh
13.  The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.5) - Sarah J. Maas
14.  Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) - Sarah J. Maas
15.  Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) - Sarah J. Maas
16.  Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) - Sarah J. Maas
17.  The Siren - Kiera Cass
18.  End of Days (Penryn & The End of Days #3) - Susan Ee
19.  Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) - Cassandra Clare
20.  One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) - Kendare Blake
21.  The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #0.6) - James Dashner

B.   Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
1.    The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) - Erika Johansen
2.    The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) - Erika Johansen
3.    The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) - Erika Johansen
4.    A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) - V.E. Schwab
5.    A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) - V.E. Schwab
6.    The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin
7.    The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin
8.    The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin
9.    A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) - Sarah J. Maas
10.  A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) - Sarah J. Maas
11.  A Court of Wings and Ruins (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) - Sarah J. Maas
12.  Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) - Pierce Brown
13.  Golden Son (Red Rising Saga #2) - Pierce Brown
14.  Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) - Pierce Brown
15.  The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson
16.  The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) - Brandon Sanderson
17.  The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) - Brandon Sanderson
18.  Vicious (Villains #1) - V.E. Schwab
19.  Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
20.  Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson

C.   Teenlit and Young Adult
1.    Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
2.    The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas
3.    See You at Harry's - Jo Knowles
4.    Eliza and Her Monsters - Francesca Zappia
5.    I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
6.    The Sun is Also A Star - Nicola Yoon
7.    Geekerella (Starfield #1) - Ashley Poshton
8.    Forgotten - Nay Sharaya
9.    One Little Thing Called Hope - Winna Efendi

D.   Historical Fiction
1.    A House Divided (House of Earth #3) - Pearl S. Buck
2.    The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
3.    The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

E.   Historical Romance
1.    Almost Heaven (Sequels #3) - Judith McNaught
2.    Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) - Lisa Kleypas
3.    Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) - Lisa Kleypas

F.   Contemporary Romance
1.   Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) - Kevin Kwan
2.   All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood
3.   PS, I Love You - Cecelia Ahern

G.  Nonfiction
1.   Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Hmm... Saya baru sadar kalau fantasi yang saya baca sudah mulai bergeser ke arah yang lebih epik dan ditujukan untuk Adult. Sepertinya umur tidak bisa bohong. Tapi tetap saja Young Adult Fantasy yang paling banyak seperti tahun sebelumnya.

Nah, karena semakin lama kecepatan baca saya makin lambat, saya memasang target hanya 58 buku untuk tahun 2019. Semoga saja berhasil!

Top 10 best books I read in 2018 (not in order):
1.   A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) - Sarah J. Maas - young adult fantasy
2.   Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari - nonfiction
3.   The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) - Marie Rutkoski - young adult fantasy
4.   The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) - Marie Rutkoski - young adult fantasy
5.   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) - Cassandra Clare - young adult fantasy
6.   The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson - epic fantasy
7.   The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) - Brandon Sanderson - epic fantasy
8.   The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) - Brandon Sanderson - epic fantasy
9.   All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood - contemporary romance
10. Smoke in the Sun - Renee Ahdieh - young adult fantasy