Friday, 20 May 2022

Rule of Wolves

 

Judul: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2)

Penulis: Leigh Bardugo

Tebal: 592 halaman

Penerbit: Orion Children's Books


The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king's gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

Ganjil-Genap


 Judul: Ganjil-Genap
Penulis: Almira Bastari
Tebal: 344 halaman
Penerbit: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Gimana rasanya diputusin setelah berpacaran selama tiga belas tahun?

Hidup Gala yang mendadak jomblo semakin runyam ketika adiknya kebelet nikah! Gala bertekad pantang lajang menjelang umur kepala tiga. Bersama ketiga sahabatnya, Nandi, Sydney, dan Detira, strategi pencarian jodoh pun disusun. Darat, udara, bahkan laut "disisir" demi menemukan pria idaman.

Akankah Gala berhasil menemukan pasangan untuk menggenapi hari-hari ganjilnya?
 

Thursday, 19 May 2022

King of Scars


 Judul : King of Scars (King of Scars #1)
Penulis : Leigh Bardugo
Tebal : 514 halaman
Penerbit : Orion's Children Books

The boy king. The war hero. The prince with a demon curled inside his heart. Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. The people of Ravka don't know what he endured in their bloody civil war and he intends to keep it that way. Yet with each day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built.

Zoya Nazyalensky has devoted her life to honing her deadly talents and rebuilding the Grisha army. Despite their magical gifts, Zoya knows the Grisha cannot survive without Ravka as a place of sanctuary—and Ravka cannot survive a weakened king. Zoya will stop at nothing to help Nikolai secure the throne, but she also has new enemies to conquer in the battle to come.

Far north, Nina Zenik wages her own kind of war against the people who would see the Grisha wiped from the earth forever. Burdened by grief and a terrifying power, Nina must face the pain of her past if she has any hope of defeating the dangers that await her on the ice.

Ravka's king. Ravka's general. Ravka's spy. They will journey past the boundaries of science and superstition, of magic and faith, and risk everything to save a broken nation. But some secrets aren't meant to stay buried, and some wounds aren't meant to heal.

Devil in Disguise


 Judul : Devil in Disguise (The Ravenel 37)
Penulis : Lisa Kleypas
Tebal : 384 halaman
Penerbit : Avon

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

Circe


 Judul: Circe
Penulis: Madeline Miller
Tebal: 337 halaman
Penerbit: Bloomsbury

Circe is the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, a beautiful naiad. Yet from the moment of her birth, she is an outsider in her father’s halls, where the laughter of gossiping gods resounds. Named after a hawk for her yellow eyes and strange voice, she is mocked by her siblings – until her beloved brother Aeëtes is born.

Yet after her sister Pasiphae marries King Midas of Crete, Aeëtes is whisked away to rule his own island. More isolated than ever, Circe, who has never been divine enough for her family, becomes increasingly drawn to mortals – and when she meets Glaucus, a handsome young fisherman, she is captivated. Yet gods mingle with humans, and meddle with fate, at their peril.

Saturday, 1 January 2022

End of Year 2021

 Satu tahun berlalu lagi. 

Bagi saya, 2021 adalah titik balik hidup saya yang terbesar. Saya kehilangan Mama saya di awal tahun dan itu membuat saya terpukul berat hingga tidak tahu harus ngapain. Saya kehilangan pegangan dan support yang selama ini saya anggap akan selalu ada sampai waktu yang entah kapan. Namun tampaknya Tuhan punya maksud lain saat memanggil Mama saya secepat itu.

Satu hal yang pasti. Life is fleeting, full of brief encounters and passing memories. 

Perubahan terbesar saya di tahun 2021 ini adalah kebiasaan membaca saya yang berkurang. Entah kenapa saya tidak menemukan kedamaian dalam aktivitas favorit saya tersebut setelah Mama saya tidak ada. Seakan saya tidak bisa berkonsentrasi dan selalu kembali ingin menjauhkan diri dari hal-hal yang dulu saya sukai. Semacam distraksi. 

Lalu apa yang saya lakukan selama setahun ini? Tidak ada. Duka membuat saya tidak ingin melakukan apa-apa, termasuk membaca dan menulis cerita. Tapi saya banyak mempelajari tentang mental health dan mencoba tetap berpikir untuk terus maju walaupun apapun yang saya lakukan nanti tidak akan bisa saya bagi dengan Mama lagi. 

Dan tentu saja bagian diri saya yang menyukai cerita dalam bentuk apapun tidak hilang begitu saja. Saya berlari ke gim sekadar untuk menenggelamkan diri dalam dunia lain. Saya tidak jago main gim sebenarnya. Tapi itu sebabnya belajar menaklukkan gim satu ini adalah sebuah reward tersendiri buat saya.

Gim tersebut adalah Final Fantasy IV online. Saya tidak pernah main gim dalam seri ini sama sekali sebelumnya. Tapi saya tahu kalau seri gim ini terkenal dengan ceritanya yang bagus. Kebetulan gim ini baru mengeluarkan expansion baru 3 Desember lalu. Well... dari semua hal yang random, saya menemukan penyembuhan dari cerita yang disampaikan oleh gim ini. Saya yang sudah tidak punya semangat hidup, nihilistik, negatif, dan pasrah kembali diberikan harapan, diberikan jalan untuk bangkit lagi. Siapa yang nyangka? Cerita sebuah gim bisa mengubah hidup saya seperti ini. Thank God.

Di awal tahun 2021, saya sempat menargetkan diri membaca 50 buku. Sayangnya, itu tidak tercapai. Beberapa bulan lalu, saya langsung mengubah target menjadi 15 buku saja. Untungnya sih tercapai ya, berkat salah satu seri yang memang bagus banget ceritanya: The Conqueror's Saga. Itu bikin saya menyelesaikan 2 buku dalam 3 hari. Padahal selama berbulan-bulan sebelumnya, saya bahkan tidak menyelesaikan satu buku pun. 

Jadi, berikut adalah daftar 15 buku yang dibaca tahun 2021, dikelompokkan ke dalam genre masing-masing. 


A. Science Fiction & Fantasy

1. And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga #1) - Kiersten White

2. Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2) - Kiersten White

3. Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga #3) - Kiersten White

4. Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) - Robin Hobb

5. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks

6. Firefight (Reckoners #2) - Brandon Sanderson

7. Calamity (Reckoners #3) - Brandon Sanderson

8. Warcross (Warcross #1) - Marie Lu

9. Wildcard (Warcross #2) - Marie Lu

B. General Fiction

1. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

2. Still Alice - Lisa Genova

C. Romance

1. With or Without You - Prisca Primasari

2. Call from an Angel - Guillaume Musso

3. Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6) - Lisa Kleypas

4. Made You Up - Francesca Zappia


Masih seperti biasa dengan genre fantasi yang mendominasi. Dan kalau saya bikin top 10 books tahun ini, The Conqueror's Saga pasti masuk daftar sih saking bagusnya. Tapi nggak lucu bikin top 10 books saat jumlah buku yang dibaca cuma 15 biji. Mungkin tahun depan saya bisa kembali normal. Tepatnya, saya sudah bikin resolusi untuk membaca kembali di tahun 2022. Saya tidak mau  hobi saya menghilang begitu saja hanya karena saya ingin menghindar dari segala hal di masa lalu.

Target 50 buku seperti rencana awal tahun 2021. Can I do it?

Friday, 31 December 2021

Bright We Burn

 


Judul: Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga #3)

Penulis: Kiersten White

Tebal: 416 halaman

Penerbit: Delacorte

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?


Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.