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{BOOK} The Young Elites

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

The Young Elites

Malfetto word impressed me the second I saw the book. That time I was like, ” Another try-hard badass girl, huh?” and took few minutes to bought it. After that, I try to read, admiring the character and fell in love with the story.

So this book tells the story from three different character and two POV (first person and third person). There’s Adelina, Enzo and Terren. Adelina’s story told by first person POV, letting us know what inside of her mind. Few things that I like about her is her personality. You hurt her, she will hurt you more. Eye on eye.

Another thing that I love from this book is each character aren’t hero or heroine. They’re anti-hero, their personality fall into grey area. Sometime I dislike Enzo, sometime I dislike Terren and sometime I dislike Adelina. I even hated Violetta in the beginning. You can’t trust anyone.

I don’t have problem with multiple POV, instead this book is the perfect example for me as I also write on multiple POV. But my problem is how author write Adelina’s POV. There’s some lines that I can’t get through. I even skipped several pages of her POV because she often sounds like whining over and over, mostly about her miserable life. Well, I got it and I almost felt symphatic with her, but as I turn the pages, I couldn’t take it.

But so far, I enjoy the setting of story and other character. I never read alternate-history book, so I won’t give any comment about that.

This book may good for anyone who grows tired with Mary Sue-like heroine, but just be aware with the high-fantasy that labeled on this book. Because this one, it’s not.

 

Author               : Marie Lu

Released Date : October 2014 (English Edition)

                                November 2015 (Indonesian Edition)

Publisher           : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (English Edition)

                                 Mizan Fantasi (Indonesian Edition)

 

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{BOOK} Days of Blood And Starlight

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Days Of Blood And Starlight

The story become more brutal. This is no longer about Karou fell in love with Akiva, but this is about two race. The war of two race. Seraphim and chimera.

Days of Blood and Starlight is just like the title. You can’t passed each pages without seeing blood splattered and the sky filled with stars as if giving light to people who suffered from the war. Each chapter tells us the different story from different point of view. From scared chimera who try to save herself and her sister to seraphim guardian who saw the truth in front of his eyes.

The story is beautifully written, with little bit spice of detail on how war can hurts anyone. The emotion of each character feels so real. Terrifying, guilt, and grief. There’s no mercy.

This sequel is darker than Daughter of Smoke and Bone as Kaoru found herself betrayed by her love and losing Brimstone, her father figure. What’s the worst that could happen? The smell of another betrayal in her own tribe. Who Karou can be trust? She almost lost everything. Almost. But of course there’s light after dark.

The cliffhanger ending suggest there will be the great war happen. There’s gonna be bloodbath. The good news, seraphim and chimera build alliance.

Well, what will happen next?

 

Author               : Laini Taylor

Released Date : November 2012 (English Edition)

                                July 2014 (Indonesian Edition)

Publisher           : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (English Edition)

                                 Gramedia Pustaka Utama (Indonesian Edition)

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{BOOK} Stolen Songbird

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

Stolen Songbird

After vampire, werewolves, nephilim and fallen angels, it’s time for troll.

Troll? Did I say it right?

Yes, it’s troll. But not the usual, scary troll. Like the Cullen vampire, these troll has beauty that makes it look so charming, yet still creepy.

The first time I saw the book was on Twitter, when the publisher that translated this book, Fantasious, promoted day by day. I’m curious, so I searched on goodreads. There, I saw lots of people gave positive reviews, mostly talked about Cecile’s personality. I said to myself, ” this book is safe. I should read it,”

And I’m right. The book is well written, the characters are great and the story keep me entertain for the next couple hours.

When I thought the book was safe, it means that the book has no Mary Sue-ism or abusive relationship or anything that will remind me with Bella Swan. And it really is. The book has two different point of view which give us insight of kingdom’s real situation and the reason why Tristan has trust issue towards Cecile.

Also, there’s no insta-love. Like I said before, Tristan has trust issue with human. But once they trust each other, they make alliance. This part get me excited. They then become more busy to prepare plan to save the tyran of Trollus. Because of that, they often miscommunication, mistrust, but that’s how real relationship works. You argue, you apologize and try to fix together.

The setting of story are well explain with lively detail. Surprisingly, the detail doesn’t annoy me as I also learn more about the kingdom’s history. Trollus may look stunning, fantastic but it still a jail for human. It’s underground, and imagine when there’s suddenly earthquake, worst thing can happen anytime.

The side character are great. They’re not just there, watching like dumb people, instead they something you can’t eliminated from story. They’re very helpful, always give clear answer to every question that spread on story. I love when they explain how and why, instead vaguely said, ” You’ll know when the time is right,”

Overall, I love this book. This is something I would read everytime before I sleep. And for my own record, this could be my next inspiration for writing.

Author                        : Danielle L.Jensen

Released Date          : April 2014 (English Edition)

                                        November 2014 (Indonesian Edition)

Publisher                    : Strange Chemistry (English Edition)

                                          Fantasious (Indonesian Edition)

 

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Top 10 Favorite Webtoon {Part 3}

Yumi’s Cell

Can you imagine how our cell works?

Meet Yumi. Regular woman who work and lead normal lives. It looks normal from outside, but inside her brain, there’s so many cell that has control of her mind, expression, etc. This is the story of Yumi’s cell and how they help Yumi find her true love.

Yumi's Cell

If we eliminate the cell’s scene of the cell, then this story would look very cliché and more suitable if put in a category romance. But with the presence of the cell, the story becomes more interesting. These cells also makes the reader imagine if they had a cell like that.
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Top 10 Favorite Webtoon {Part 2}

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HIVE

The oxygen-doped gigantic bees are attempting to outsmart and dominate human race and reverse the food chain for good. Manager Lee Eunseong, a company man with integrity and a family man with loving heart, has only one thing on his mind a midst this bug-apocalypse . Save and protect his family.

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Honestly, when I first saw the cover, I was like, “ No, no, no, not another bug mutant,” I don’t really like, even disgusted, with any story that include animal mutant, especially bugs. It makes me sick. And I have hard time to sleep because I keep thinking about it.

Few days later, I encourage myself to read the prologue. I was planned to only read the prologue, but somehow I managed read until the ep. 99. It was crazy. My finger can’t stop scrolling, curious what will happen next. I want Manager Lee meet his family. I want them survive.

The plot may look cliche. A bunch of humans trying to survive and finding out how this happen. But the character?

Let’s start with Manager Lee, who everyone feels mad because he seems useless. Well I have to admit his can be useless sometime, but his desire to save his family and closest person (in this case, it’s his secretary) is something that I adore from him. There’s chance he will turn into insane person but his personality developed. He become stronger, have no pity to people who seems dangerous but still has soft heart.
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Top 10 Favorite Webtoon {Part 1}

I’ve been reading comic since I was 4. My first comic was Doraemon. Sailor Moon, Detective Conan, Doraemon and Patlabor was my best friends when I was kid. During that time, I can found any good comic from different genre and different plot. But sadly, as I grow up, a lot of manga (Japanese comic) aren’t appealing for me anymore. Most of it doesn’t think about character’s development or story plot. It’s just full of fans service.

Then, I saw LINE Webtoon app advertise on TV. I downloaded it and now I’m addicted! It’s become part of my morning routine to read newest chapter from my favorite.

Talk about favorite, I have few webtoon that I can’t wait to see what will happen on the next chapter. Because it’s very long list (there’s 10), I will separate it into 3 parts.

Now, let’s get into the first part.

DICE

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What if you can restart your life with a different setting just like a game? DONG TAE always get bullied by his classmates, but TAE BIN, sits right next to him, is handsome and popular at school; and now, TAE BIN suggests DONG TAE to play a little game.

The idea of getting something special and change the whole character’s life isn’t new in both manga and literature works, but the way author create a story is what makes this webtoon become popular.
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And So…I Regret It (Twilight Book Review)

About three things I was absolutely positive.

 

First, Edward was a vampire.

 

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

 

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

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I bet most of people know about Twilight. I watched the movie when it first come out, and I thought it was beautiful. The setting, I mean.
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