Friday, 30 April 2021

The Broken Eye


Title : The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3)
Author : Brent Weeks
Number of Page : 864
Publisher : Orbit

As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who can still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism--he can't use magic at all.

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

With or Without You

 


Judul : With or Without You
Penulis : Prisca Primasari
Tebal : 233 halaman
Penerbit : Gagasmedia

Apa jadinya jika Gris, pria pengkhayal dan pelupa itu, hidup tanpa Tulip yang penyabar dan teratur? Dahulu, hal itu tak pernah terlintas di benaknya. Mereka saling menyayangi dan seakan telah ditakdirkan untuk saling melengkapi.

Namun, hidup selalu menyembunyikan sesuatu. Menjelang hari bahagia mereka, ketakutan diam-diam menyusup di hati Gris. Kecerobohannya mungkin akan membuat Tulip pergi dari hidupnya.

Gris tak pernah membayangkan itu terjadi karena selama ini keinginannya tak tak banyak: hanya ingin membahagiakan Tulip dan tetap bersamanya. Namun, hidup selalu punya teka-teki. Apa jadinya cinta tanpa kebersamaan? Bagaimana jika itu yang terbaik yang ditawarkan hidup kepadamu?

Keresahan menggelayuti hati Gris. Adakah kesempatan untuk mengubah akhir cerita menjadi seperti yang seharusnya?

Assassin's Apprentice


 Judul : Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1)
Penulis : Robin Hobb
Tebal : 435 halaman
Penerbit : Spectra Books

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

And I Darken


 Judul : And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga #1)
Penulis : Kiersten White
Tebal : 512 halaman
Penerbit : Ember

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who's expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he's made a true friend--and Lada wonders if she's finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against--and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Little Fires Everywhere


 Judul : Little Fires Everywhere
Penulis : Celeste Ng
Tebal : 388 halaman
Penerbit : Hachette UK

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost...

Friday, 1 January 2021

Books read in 2020

Satu tahun lagi berlalu, tahun yang fenomenal dengan adanya virus corona dan karantina hampir sepanjang tahun. 

Jadi, bagaimana tahun 2020 bagi saya? Apakah saya membaca lebih banyak buku dengan mendekam di rumah terus-menerus? 

Sayangnya tidak. Bahkan dua bulan terakhir saya memilih bacaan ringan yang tipis hanya untuk mengejar target baca goodreads. Sementara itu, saya banyak menonton drama sejarah chinese dan juga menyentuh gim lama demi bernostalgia. Yah, biasalah. Candy Crush, Hay Day, dan Dragon Saga. Saya tidak berani mencoba gim baru yang booming, seperti Animal Crossing atau Genshin Impact karena saya tipe yang suka ketagihan. Saya mending menghabiskan waktu ketagihan baca saja. *melirik tumpukan buku yang belum dibaca

Saya berhasil membaca 53 buku tahun ini. Dan karena saya merasa tahun depan bakal stagnant mirip seperti tahun ini, saya akan memasang target membaca 50 buku saja untuk 2021.

Daftar buku yang dibaca tahun 2020, dikelompokkan berdasarkan genre.

A.   Fantasy and Science Fiction
6.    The Kingdom of Back - Marie Lu
7.    Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson
8.    Steelheart (Reckoners #1) - Brandon Sanderson
9.    The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) - Maggie Stiefvater
10.  Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) - Tahereh Mafi
11.  Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) - Tahereh Mafi
12.  Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6) - Tahereh Mafi

B.   Contemporary Romance
1.    Resign! - Almira Bastari
2.    Dream Lake (Friday Harbor #3) - Lisa Kleypas
3.    Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor #4) - Lisa Kleypas
4.    Love O2O - Gu Man
5.    Angel in the Rain - Windry Ramadhina
6.    Ice - Linda Howard
7.    A Whole New Light - Sandra Brown
8.    Midnight Prince - Titi Sanaria
9.    Believe - Morra Quatro
10.  Rotasi & Revolusi - crowdstroia
11.  Some Kind of Wonderful - Winna Efendi

C.   Adult and Epic Fantasy
1.    The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks
3.    City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) - Robert Jackson Bennett
4.    City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) - Robert Jackson Bennett
5.    City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) - Robert Jackson Bennett
6.    Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) - Brandon Sanderson

D.   General, Classic and Non Fiction
1.    The Traveling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa
3.    Aleph - Paulo Coelho
4.    Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
5.    Warrior of Light - Paulo Coelho
6.    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

F.   Teen and Young Adult
1.    All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
2.    If I Lie - Corrine Jackson
3.    Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
4.    Celah Waktu - Riheam
6.    17 Years of Love Song - Orizuka

G.   Historical Romance
1.    Separate Beds - LaVyrle Spencer
2.    A Perfect Scandal (Scandal #2) - Tina Gabrielle
3.    First Comes Scandal (Rokesbys #4) - Julia Quinn
4.    Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4) - Lisa Kleypas
5.    Devil's Daughter (The Ravenels #5) - Lisa Kleypas

H.    Mystery and Suspense

Sudah pasti genre fantasi yang paling banyak. Tapi buku romance yang saya baca tahun ini juga meningkat karena demi mengejar target. Ringan dan tidak perlu banyak mikir sih. Mungkin karena itulah saya merasa tahun ini bukan tahun membaca yang bagus. Buku-buku yang dibaca tidak sekeren tahun-tahun sebelumnya. Agak sulit menentukan sepuluh buku bacaan terbaik versi tahun ini.

Top 10 best books I read in 2020 (not in order):
1.   Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) - Jay Kristoff - adult assassin fantasy
2.   Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) - Brandon Sanderson - adult epic fantasy
3.   City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) - Robert Jackson Bennett - adult fantasy
4.   City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) - Robert Jackson Bennett - adult fantasy
5.   City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) - Robert Jackson Bennett - adult fantasy
6.   Devil's Daughter (The Ravenels #5) - Lisa Kleypas - historical romance
7.   Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) - Tahereh Mafi - young adult fantasy
8.   The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks - adult fantasy
9.   Midnight Prince - Titi Sanaria - contemporary romance
10. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie - teen fiction

The Divine Cities Trilogy dong... Best! Mantap pokoknya.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Some Kind of Wonderful

 


Judul : Some Kind of Wonderful
Penulis : Winna Efendi
Tebal : 360 halaman
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Liam Kendrick dan Rory Handitama memahami arti kehilangan. Liam pergi ke Sydney dengan dalih menggapai impian sebagai koki, walau alasan sebenarnya untuk menghindari cinta pertama yang bertepuk sebelah tangan. Di lain pihak, Rory sedang berusaha menata kehidupannya setelah suatu insiden membuatnya kehilangan orang-orang yang disayanginya, dan melepaskan impiannya sendiri sebagai pemusik.

Keduanya paham arti berduka, meski belum mengerti caranya. Kesedihan dan kesepian mendekatkan Liam dan Rory, sampai akhirnya ada rasa lain yang menyusup. Saat perasaan sudah tak terelakkan, Liam dan Rory terjebak keraguan, dan rasa lama masih terlalu kuat untuk dilupakan. Dapatkah dua orang yang pernah mencintai orang lain dengan segenap hati menyisakan ruang bagi satu sama lain?