Review: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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313 pages

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Published January 10th 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books

5/5 stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

(from Goodreads)

 

Hazel  Graze, a 16 years old teenage girl who has lung cancer. She used to have ‘flat’ life because of her illness. She regulary attends the Supporting Cancer Group and always be the most silent one.

Augustus Waters, a 17 years old boy who has osteosarcoma which caused one of his leg should be amputated. He uses his artificial leg in daily life. He never, i think, noticed Hazel before until she speaks up:

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.

Hazel amazed him, and then they start to be friends and build a relationship. There’s only thing they share: books, especially An imperial Affliction. Hazel was curious by the story about Anna’s (the main character of the book) mother. She and Augustus and her mother even wnt to Amsterdam to meet the authot, Peter Van Houten, but they didn’t get what they want. Augustus promised her that he’ll write the sequel for her.

Despite of that, their “holiday” had proved their love. i like the romance story and i felt furious everytime the romance scenes are suspended at the begining. But, i like the way Augustus love Hazel. While i read it, i wish i were Hazel L.  But, sadly i say, Augustus also told her that the cancer had already invaded almost his whole body. Honesly, i cried when i read about Hazel and Augustus’s moments before he died. It is sweet yet painful. And i was drowned by my own tears when he died. (That’s why i don’t like sad ending stories).

At the end of the story, we can find out that Augustus had already written the story for Hazel. But i’ve been disappointed because in the end, just like Hazel who already wnet to Amsterdam because Van Houten promised her to tell Anna’s mom’s story, i didn’t get what i want. What happen with Anna’s mother then? Will john Green tell us if we asked?

 

 

Here are some quotes i got from the book:

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[Review] The Impact of You – Ryan Kendall

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196 pages (i read pdf version)

Published: June 7th 2013

Genre: New Adult, Romance, College

**New Adult Romance**

 

Needing an escape from her past, Avery chooses a college where no one knows her. Keeping a low profile was the plan, falling for the intense frat boy, Jase wasn’t. Yet she can’t deny how alive she feels when he’s near. Even as common sense implores her to stay away, her body begs her to get closer.

Jase, numb from his own family drama, has grown bored with weekends fueled by nameless girls and countless bottles when he meets Avery. Helping her cope with her past is better than dealing with the bullshit his own life’s served up. Determined to drive away the painful secret she’s guarding, he appoints himself her life coach, and challenges her to new experiences. Getting close to her and being the one to make her smile are simply perks of the job.

But when Avery’s past boldly saunters in, refusing to be forgotten, can Jase live with the truth about the girl he’s fallen for?

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My Thought:

Recommended for 17+ due to mature themes and sexual content.

I won’t say much about this story because the synopsis told you the plot perfectly J. But i’ll say that Avery has 2 things of her past.. it’s related to family and relationship thing. the story is addicting. i like it has a happy ending, especially Avery and Jase. And i like the way Ms Kendall um.. expressed (?) the emotion between them by the writings 🙂

Warna Air (The Color of Water), Color Trilogy 2 – Kim Dong Hwa

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320 pages (Indonesia version)

Published: August 2010

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Indonesia

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Cultural Fiction.

5/5 stars

When Ehwa goes to the town festival, she meets a handsome young wrestler named Duksam who’s eager to catch her eye. After he wins the festival wrestling championship, he and Ehwa begin to meet, sneaking spare moments to be together. But a shadow falls on their romance when Master Cho sends Duksam away and asks for Ehwa’s hand in marriage himself It is then that Ehwa discovers the pain of heartbreak – and that love is always complicated.

Kim Dong Hwa usually make graphic novel for general age. But these story told about puberty things in women. it doesn’t containt sex or erotic scenes but just common knowledge about physical and mental change in teenagers, sex appeal, the emotions when we attracted by someone. it’s education.

the messages were simply absorbed by the illustrations helps. I love this books 🙂

[Review] The Silence of The Lambs (Hannibal Lecter 2) – Thomas Harris

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476 pages

Published: November 2012

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Adult

5/5 stars

My thougth:

This is the second book of Hannibal Lecter series. I haven’t read the first book, so i don’t know what exactly it tells about. But the story of this book is about the abduction by Buffalo Bill. He kidnapped women, always big – white women and then he peels the skin of his victim…

Clarice Starling, a student of FBI’s academy (from what i got at the beginning of the story), was instructed by Jack Crawford to interogate Hannibal Lecter. He wants Starling make Lecter tells about his murder. Their first conversation inisiate the case of Buffalo Bill.

At the first time I thought the main problem of the book is just Lecter. But as I turned the pages, the main problem is about Buffalo Bill.  In this book Buffalo Bill abducted Catherin Baker Martin, she’s the fifth or maybe the sixth (i forget) victim. From Hannibal Lecter clues, she tracks him.

But, when she examines Catherine’s apartment, she was catched by her mother, Senator Martin. Then she  freed Clarice from her job. Besides, Hannibal Lecter escaped and has killed 4 people, again… What does Clarice do then? There’s no more clue from Lecter. And what about Catherine? Her ‘peeling day’ is approaching. Time is ticking…

Thomas Harris  ‘smoothly’ let his writings flow. I got confuse when it tells about a new thing, but in fact it was indirectly mentioned before by Lecter. Creepy, weird, sadistic, but genius…. that’s Hannibal Lecter

[Review] City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments 1) – Cassandra Clare

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661 pages (Indonesian version)

Published March 27th 2007 (based on original publishing date in Goodreads)

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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 My Thought:

Clary is a Shadowhunter. She never knew about it because her mother always hides it. Her mind and memories were regularly blocked by Magnus Bane, the Warlock. At the begining she saw a symbol, then she saw The Shadowhunters, Alec, Isabelle, and Jace killed one of Downworlders. No one can saw it, even Simon, her bestfriend at first.

Those are not just her problems she has. Her mother was abducted by Valentine and Demons hunt for her. Valentine is serching for The Mortal Cup which hidden by her mother. Because it’s not safe for her to be in human world, Jace brings her to Institute, a holy place where the demons can’t get in. Hodge, i think he’s like an instructor in Institute, tells her that her mother was a shadowhunter. And Valentine is her father.

During in the Institute, Clary finds out that she has an ability to take out and put in things into a picture. Suddenly, she realize she ever saw The Mortal Cup. It’s in her old house, among Madam Dorothy’s tarrot cards.

Unfortunately, before she and The Shadowhunters come, Madam Dorothy had been killed and a demon posseses her. Although they successfuly bring The Mortal Cup back to Intitute, Hodge betrays them, barters The Mortal Cup with his liberation of his curse with Valentine. Now Valentine has her unconscious mother, The Mortal Cup, and Jace. Who knows that Jace is actually her older brother when they’ve already fallen for each other…

[Review] City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments 2) – Cassandra Clare

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441 pages

Published: 2008

Publisher: Walker Book

Genre: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation. ***

My Thought:

I was amazed by Cassandra’s ability to write these such great stories, especially the plot. I didn’t notice it when i read City of Bones before..

In this second book of The Mortal Instruments the main story is about Ritual of Infernal Conversion. From shadowhunter.wikia.com this ritual is use to buid an army of demons. To do this ritual Valentine needs The Mortal Sword and bloods of Warlock child, Fearie child, Werewolf child, and Vampire child. The Mortal Sword itself is usually use to adjudicate a shadowhunter during the trial.

As we know, Valentine told Jace that he’s his son in City of Bones. And because of that, Maryse Lightwood cast him out from Institute then the Inquisitor suspects he is Valentine’s spy, especially when Valentine killed Silent Brothers and took The Mortal Sword before Jace’s trial. At first, they didn’t know Valentine’s plan until Magnus told them.

Valentine had had blood of Warlock and Fierie, he still needs Werewolf’s and Vampire’s. So, he hunts Maia. She’s one of female member of Werewolf pack. And Simon. Why Simon?? A little bit flashback to City of Bones, he turned to a mouse in Magnus’s party and was kidnapped by vampires. He bitten one of those vampires so he had vampire’s blood in his. And because of jealousy he felt to Jace or and maybe Clary, he went to them and it can be told killed by them (just like the tansformation in The Vampire Diaries) then reborn as a Vampire.

Know that Valentine took Simon, Clary, Luke, and Jace go straight to the river where Valentine’s been to do the ritual. But it isn’t easy to rescue them, demons are everywhere. Maia could be saved from the killing, but Simon? It was too late for them to take him away. Valentine has took his blood… While i read this book, I like when Clary is with Simon. I wish they could be together haha..

[Review] Fallen (Fallen 1) – Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

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My Thought:

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love storyI usually write a review of books with minimal 4of 5 stars in it. But, i just gave it 2 stars. I know that writing is difficult, yeah a bit diffucult honestly. But Fallen’s story is confusing me. at the begining of the story the plots, characters, and the background are blur. I couldn’t imagine it. Well, actually i couldn’t imagine the whole plots of this. Fallen tells about the angels…

It starts with the Luce’s transfer to Sword & Cross. I thought it’s a place of people woth psycho – disorder. I didn’t get it. She was transferred there because of the fiery accident happened between her and her ex boyfriend (?), Trevor. people thought she was the reason Trevor died. And then she met Arriane, Penn then became friends. She also met Cam and Daniel. Yep! Just like the synopsis told us, there are many things that familiar with him. it’s like she had met him before, maybe even knew him well.

Daniel, sometimes he seems care to her and sometimes he avoid her. Besides, Cam always be nice to her, it reminds her of Trevor, even though all of her attentions are just for Daniel. There are secrets he hides, and there are reasons why she sees the shadows around her.

The story told me that Luce was reincarnated amny times and every seventeen years she’ll meet Daniel and fall in love with him. Always with him, so does Daniel. And Luce would die everytime they’re kissing. Until the end of the story, i got nothing why this thing can happen to Luce. Did Cam killed her because of his jealousy? Or Miss Sophia did it to her al the times? Or it had done by the shadows? *shrugged*

And about her past. Was she an angel too because of Miss Sophie’s words “you were not awaken yet”, like that? Or she was just ordinary human? I have no idea. But well, in the end this is a story. Maybe we’ll figure out that in the other books of this series. Keep writing Lauren Kate, i’m going to read the second after my tasks have been done 😀