Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Dark is Rising: The Complete Sequence

The Dark is Rising: The Complete Sequence
By Susan Cooper

  And after months and months and months…I finally finish this book!!!!!! (Crying + Screaming) It’s such a long journey!!!! I bought it like…last summer? And I finished it before the start of the second semester. (What are you doing, Vivian?) And I haven’t post for a long time… (What are you doing, again, in Winter Vacation?) Please, don’t ask. I don’t even want to know. But well…I know you do care about the book, right? (At least I hope so? Cause I haven’t read a child book for a long time.) There are basically five stories in this book: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree. Is the book good? Not bad. But is it good enough to WOW me? Well…I’ve seen better. It’ll fit for anyone who likes children adventure, and the plots are great. So I gave them all three stars? Worth reading, but will not be on my fav list.

 Oh! And please remember Merriman…he will be really, really important.  

Over Sea, Under Stone

“Once upon a time... a long time ago... things that happened once perhaps but have been talked about for so long that nobody really knows.”

  Three kids were introduced in this story: Jane, Simon and Barney. Trust me, they’ll be really important in the future…I hope?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tales of Stars (Part 6)

    For few seasons past, the princess still lay unconscious on the island, but there were different about her. To the prince astonishment, her body sometime grew transparent, sometime as light as the wind. And there would always be wind howling beside her.

  The prince knew, there were some sort of power in side her, waiting to come out, so he wait patiently every day and every night. He knew the princess can battle on her own, cause she was the creator.

  One day, when the prince sent the stars into the sky, the wind surrounded the island. It flew through the land, circled the prince and the princess, and flew around the land. The prince took all his strength to stay on the land, and to carry the princess as well. He knew, the time had come, and only when he protected the princess will she passed the test.

  When the wind started to lessen, the ocean raised a water wall, created a boundary between the outside world and the couple. To give the princess energy, the prince blew his strength into her.

  All of a sudden, everything went to silent and peace. The lashes of the princess shook.

  When she blew her first breath, a stone float lightly in the air. A stone as light and transparent as the air itself, a stone as smooth as the wind.

  The stone contained the power of wind. It was a diamond.

  With her second breathe, the princess finally awaked, after seasons, after stars rise and stars fall. The couple finally united. They smiled at each other, they knew, the princess would never awake without the last strength by the prince, the world won’t remain the same if the prince contained himself with sorrow when no light shined upon the land, the power of wind will never be released without the princess’ sacrificed.

  To preserve the precious diamond, they decided to return to the first place they was drew by the power—the place of sand and stone.

  It seemed, it was only there suitable for such a powerful item to stay. Its home, its origin. Of course, there would be a proper time for the one to find the stone. For who will faced the darkest magic of all. And the one, the special one—heir of air, would save us all.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Six of Crow (Six of Crows Duology 1)

Six of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo

  I shouldn’t read Six of Crows for more than two months…it took me so long! What happened?! It’s horrible to do this! Please, don’t take it so long to read a book, you’ll regret it. (I won’t say that Outlander has been on my shelf for more than one year…)
  Now…although I wasn’t attach to SoC that much, it’s a great book, and I can’t wait to start Crooked Kingdom! The ending! The plot twist! Kaz! Inej! Matthias! Jesper! Nina! And…who he is? Ah! Wylan (I suppose I get all the names right.)

  Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

The Trial

The Trial
By Franz Kafka

  So…after a long while, I finally finished it…and I have totally no idea what I’m reading, and my head is now a mess. I originally read this short story because I’ve no idea what “Before The Law” is taking about, which is our required read for Introduction to Literature course…but after reading The Trial? I have no idea what this is about, but the good thing is that I seemed to be more clear about the idea of Before the Law…probably. I hope.

  The Trial tells the terrifying tale of Joseph K., a respectable functionary in a bank who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy, this hauntingly believable story stands out as one of the great novels of our times. Kafka's unsurpassed nightmare vision rings with chilling truth as it foreshadows the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes.
  Although I must confess that it’s so hard to understand this book, it is a good one…especially for those who like to drive yourselves into madness. 
 (Such a perfect GIF for this book!!!) Endless questions came into your mind after reading this book…is he guilty or not? What’s his crime…really, after reading the entire 200 pages…I have no idea what was he be charged of. And what the hell were all those people doing? There were all meanings behind them…and blablabla, IDK. 
 However, the only good thing is that I’ve read Before the Law before…so I kinda have a little idea about it, and I personally think it give me a better idea about The Trial. Oh! Btw, Before the Law only holds a little, tiny part in The Trial. But I’ll totally recommend you to think about Before the Law first before reading The Trial, in that case…you might have a better idea. Might.  

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The In-Between: A Short Story

The In-Between: A Short Story
By Mahmoud Farraj

  So…normally, I don’t read books like this…full of…educational purpose. But since I receive this book, I’ve read it all and find it quite…interesting. It’s hard for me to compare the book with another autobiography by all those famous person, however, I did enjoy reading this book.

  The In-Between is prominent tale about developing yourself to achieve your life's most desirable goals. The book describes the journey of a young entrepreneur who has been taught by some of the most inspirational mentors. The In-Between entails the 7 principles I have learned throughout my journey to get ahead in life. The unique aspect of The In-Between is that it is written in the context of someone who is still fighting for financial freedom. The book is not a get rich quick scheme, written by an author who turned a dollar into a billion. This book is to share the common principles I have seen that holds everyday people back from achieving their dreams. Together as human we can create a more peaceful and joyous journey as we learn from one another. This journey will not be easy, but in the end you will indefinitely see a positive life changing milestone.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Fate of The Tearling (The Queen of The Tearling Series 3)

The Fate of The Tearling
By Erika Johansen 

  …I don’t even know where to start this book…It. Is. Insane. Of course…the cover is as great as usual, I especially love how it managed the pages, it’s absolutely beautiful. 
 And I’ve been so anticipated to finish this book…like more than a year? But…after I finish it…part of me will always lost…forever. This story is one of the craziest things I’ve ever read in ages, no exaggeration, this book is crazier than Heartless, crazier than Throne of Glass, crazier than the weirdest book series you’ve ever read. But it is perfect. I love it…and I hope the rumor of the movie will be out as soon as possible!!!!

  In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.
  And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies - chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.
  To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable - naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.
  So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea - and the Tearling itself - will be revealed...

  The ending…oh the ending…I almost cried for the entire book. It’s so unique! But I can understand why this book might get a lot of negative review…after all…this is too novel for some readers to bear. The story started with Fetch and Row, but then after that, the book kept switching its narrator. I used to hate that when Kelsea and Lily were the major characters in The Invasion of Tearling, but now, I love it. Katie was first introduce in this book, and she was such a great character! No wonder she became…(cough)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

  What’s the most important thing for a bookworm at the beginning of the year? START A NEW GOODREADS CHALLENGE!!!!! I started my bookblog in 2015, so I started the challenge in 2016, and my goal was—100 books!!!! Not only did I successfully complete it, I read 128 books!!!! (yeah!!!!) (Well…I must admit, some of them are novella…so they might not be such a long book.) However, my point is, I’m now going to list down all the book I’ve read in 2016!!!!!