Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Gray Wolf Throne

Judul : The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3)
Penulis : Cinda Williams Chima
Tebal : 517 halaman
Penerbit : Disney-Hyperion

Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he's concerned, the princess's family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen. 

Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it-he's saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive-and even that might not be enough.

Siege and Storm

Judul : Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)
Penulis : Leigh Bardugo
Tebal : 381 halaman
Penerbit : Indigo

Alina thought she could run from her past and escape her destiny. She can't.

Mal hoped he'd done enough to protect the girl he loved. He hadn't.

The Darkling, more powerful than before, is hungry for revenge. He needs Alina.

Soon Alina must choose between her country, her power, and the man she loves -- or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Eleanor & Park

Judul : Eleanor & Park
Penulis : Rainbow Rowell
Tebal : 325 halaman
Penerbit : Orion

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Judul : Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
Penulis : Jenny Han
Tebal : 325 halaman
Penerbit : Scholastic

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Thirteen Reasons Why

Judul : Thirteen Reasons Why
Penulis : Jay Asher
Tebal : 288 halaman
Penerbit : Penguins

You can't stop the future.

You can't rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life... forever.

The Ruby Circle

Judul : The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6)
Penulis : Richelle Mead
Tebal : 348 halaman
Penerbit : Penguin Books Ltd

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

The Exiled Queen

Judul : The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2)
Penulis : Cinda Williams Chima
Tebal : 586 halaman
Penerbit : Disney Hyperion

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden's Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn't mean that danger isn't far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery-but the bargain they make is one Han may regret. 

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen. 

Everything changes when Han and Raisa's paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

Akhirnya... Saya menemukan satu penulis favorit baru. Cinda Williams Chima akan jadi penulis yang karyanya akan saya beli tanpa pikir panjang. Buku ini sangat bagus dan berkesan sampai-sampai saya tidak berfungsi karena belum balik dari dunianya.

Berlanjut dari buku pertama, Han Alister berangkat ke Oden's Ford bersama Fire Dancer setelah mereka mengetahui kalau mereka memiliki darah penyihir. Mereka diharuskan mempelajari ilmu sihir di sekolah seperti murid-murid lainnya. Di sisi lain, Raisa dan Amon juga melarikan diri ke kota yang sama setelah sang ratu memaksa Raisa untuk menikah dengan Micah Bayar. Padahal pernikahan antara kaum penyihir dan putri mahkota itu dilarang.

Ih, keren banget sih. Saya nggak nyangka kalau ceritanya mengarah ke soal sekolah sihir (Han) dan sekolah prajurit (Raisa). Memang sudah pasti lebih menarik sekolah sihir. Tepatnya lebih menarik jalan cerita Han karena dia bakal bertemu dengan Micah dan teman-teman sekelas yang menyebalkan. Kaum penyihir berdarah bangsawan tidak suka dengan keberadaan mantan pencuri dan preman di sekolah. Micah saja sampai kaget karena tidak mengerti kenapa Han bisa tiba-tiba punya darah sihir. Pokoknya ada drama khas sekolah. 

Yang menarik adalah pertemuan Han dengan Crow, penghuni kalung amuletnya. Saya bisa menebak siapa Crow sebenarnya walaupun di buku ini Han belum mengetahuinya. Gara-gara Crow inilah si Han jadi jago sihir. Semakin lama Han semakin keren saja. Kyaaaaa...

Plot Raisa lebih sedikit. Dia harus tinggal bersama pengawal-pengawalnya di sekolah prajurit. Dia menggunakan nama Rebecca Forley untuk penyamarannya. Dia sangat menutup diri dan merasa kesepian. Dia juga akhirnya tahu kenapa Amon terus menolaknya. Kasihan sih.

Nah, bagian favorit saya dari seri ini adalah tokoh utamanya. Jadi, saya tidak pernah bosan membacanya. Dan yang bikin saya suka banget sama buku ini adalah romance-nya. Saya jarang banget menemukan buku fantasi young adult yang romance-nya bagus. Slow burn. Han dan Raisa akhirnya bertemu lagi. Han membutuhkan guru yang bisa mengajarkan tata krama dan cara bicara ala bangsawan. Aduh, pertemuan mereka itu bikin sisi romantis saya puas. Padahal pertemuan mereka tidak banyak. Tapi percakapan dan adegannya itu mantap banget, bikin merinding. Chemistry dan koneksi di antara mereka mengena banget. Dan saya memang suka banget romance antara dua orang yang kesepian. Han harus terus waspada di tengah orang-orang jahat dan ingin memanfaatkannya. Raisa juga harus menyembunyikan identitasnya demi nyawanya sendiri. Mereka menemukan rasa percaya satu sama lain walaupun Han tidak tahu identitas Raisa yang sebenarnya.

Saya tidak tahu apa lagi yang harus saya tulis tanpa memasukkan semua spoiler dan fangirling saya. Hahaha... Pokoknya  buku ini super bagus amat sangat.