Monday, June 27, 2011

Review : KIM : Empty Inside - Buku Harian seorang remaja penderita Anoreksia-Bulimia

Format: Paperback (184 pages)
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (1 April 2002)
Language: Indonesian
ISBN-10: 9792227016

Goodreads description :
Kimberly, putri seorang dokter yang kaya namun kesepian. Jauh dari kakak-kakak yang disayanginya, jatuh hati pada pemuda yang ternyata seorang gay. Dia merasa tak punya kendali atas hidupnya kecuali kendali atas makanan. Ia pesenam berbakat, dan terobsesi menjadi kurus agar tak didepak dari tim senam. Segala macam cara dilakukannya demi memenuhi obsesinya, namun hidupnya justru kacau balau.

Obsesinya membawanya untuk berpuasa dan memuntahkan makanan, namun sekaligus kelaparan yang menjadikannya melahap makanan secara membabi buta. Pikiran bahwa ia mampu mengendalikan makanan justru membawanya ke bangsal perawatan psikiatri.

My Thought :
It's interesting book in diary form. Kimberly, a teenager with eating disorder, always feels that she is not happy and lonely. She always thinks that she is fat and wants to be thinner. She also think that nobody care about her. But for other people, Kim seems to have a perfect life. She has great parent, two sisters and friends who love her.

In her life, she experiences some traumatic event. But, she always has someone who help her past it. At the end, she can deal with her eating disorder and her other problem.

The story seems so real. I believe many people, especially teenager, experience something like this. And this book can give us information and new perspective about Anorexia and Bulimia.

I give the book 3 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review : A Season of Eden

Author: Jennifer Laurens, J.M. Warwick
Reading Level : Young Adult
Format: Paperback (248 pages)
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing (20 October 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933963905
ISBN-13: 978-1933963907

Goodreads description :
He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible.

I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us. "I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him. He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?" The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden." My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked. His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking. "Let me stay," I said. "Please." "You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

My Thought :
The first time I saw the cover and read the summary, I know this book would be great.

Eden, the gorgeous and popular girl in her school, seems to have a perfect life. But inside, she is a troubled and lonely girl. When a new music teacher, Mr. James Christian, start to teaching her class, she instantly drawn to him. She want to be with him and she used to get what she want.

A Season of Eden is a beautiful story about forbidden love between student and teacher. The book is well written. I love how Laurens describe the character, especially James. In this story, you can also find conflict between Eden and her friend and conflict between Eden and her father. And the ending make me wonder if Eden and James getting back together.

I love the cover of this book. I think the cover could describe the book very well. Overall, I enjoy this story. If you love to read romance, I highly recommend this book.

I give A Season of Eden 4 out of 5 stars.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Paranormal Wasteland : 200 Followers GIVEAWAY!!!

Paranormal Wasteland has been live for 2 months and there is 200 follower. So now, Paranormal Wasteland want to celebrate this milestone. Paranormal Wasteland giving away 5 copies of Blood Mageic. To enter, click here. It's open for international follower and will be open until June 23rd.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review : Divergent (Divergent #1)

Author: Veronica Roth
ading Level : Young Adult
Format: Hardback (487 pages)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (03 May 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062024027
ISBN-13: 978-0062024022

Goodreads description :
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My Thought :
Beatrice Prior or Tris is a sixteen years old girl who growing up in Abnegation. In her society, there are 5 faction : Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent) and Dauntless (the brave). At the age of sixteen, all the members of her society is given test (simulation) to know which faction suits them and then they would decide to stay at their faction or join other faction. Once they decide to join a faction, they have to pass the initiation or they would be factionless. At the simulation, Tris learn that she suit more than one faction which make her a Divergent. She didn't allow to tell everyone about the result, because it's dangerous. At the choosing ceremony, she make startling choice. The choice that can change her life forever.

Divergent is one of the greatest dystopian book. Divergent is an amazing book with strong characters that can drawn the readers to read the book. The book is full action, mystery and suspense with a little bit romance. We never know how the book would end because so many twist in it. Roth has a great ability to create tension and suspense. Overall, I loved this book and I can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend Divergent for all the readers.

I give Divergent 5 out of 5 stars.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review : Ordained (The Immortal Archives, #1)

Author: Devon Ashley
Category : Science Fiction
Format: Paperback (332 pages)
Publisher: Createspace(30 March 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461001528
ISBN-13: 978-1461001522

Goodreads description :
Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.

But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

My Thought :
Abigail Sorrensten was the Order's experimental training program. Abby was treated differently from other hunters. She was beaten, bruised and isolated for 13 years. One night, Abby lost control, killed the people who hurt her and left the Order.

Emily Davis is the first huntress who live past her 25 birthday. The order trained the hunters to kill the vampire, but not trained them to kil the demon. So for years, hunters have died at the age of 25 because Eraticus, a great a demon. She met Abby for the first time at the night of her 25 birthday.

Two hundreds years later, when Abby and Noel, her husband, reappears, the Order is in shock because they think she's already dead a long time ago. Now, the Order need her help to face the Morphus. Only the ordained hunter can fight the Morphus and she is the ordained huntress. She have to find out the Morphus's weakness and try to keep her secret from the order.

Ordained is the first book of Immortal Archives.We can find hunter, vampire, witch and demon in this book. This book have strong characters and full of action. So many mystery in this book that make this book unpredictable. Overall, the book is great.
If you love to read Supernatural stories, you should read this.

I give Ordained 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness June

Random Acts of Kindness is the monthly event hosted by Book Soulmates. Each month you can sign up with your book wish list. Some months you might get a free book.

• Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.
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Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes and share it with us :)

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review : Blood of a Werewolf (Blood Series #1)

Author : T. Lynne Tolles
Category : Fantasy
Format : Paperback (196 pages)
Publisher : Createspace(30 May 2010)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1453798021
ISBN-13 : 978-1453798027

Goodreads description :

Darby O'Rielly is not your typical girl next door. She and her sister are ancestral witches, but have never been taught the art of their craft in an attempt to have the girls 'fit in' to their tiny community. When a dark stranger and his brother enter her life, love blooms and havoc ensues. For these two handsome brothers aren't just good looking, they are 'born vampires' of royal blood and they have hunters hot on their trail. When a Van Helsing wanna-be arrives and threatens Devon and Blake's immortal lives, Darby unleashes a deadly magic in order to save them. As vengeance for killing his hunter, our villain kidnaps, Rowan, Darby's sister and injects her with werewolf blood. Darby, Devon and Blake take a redeye to Maine to try and save her. A search then ensues to find a werewolf named Dean who isn't exceptionally friendly or eager to help friends of vampires. Will Rowan survive her transformation or will the werewolf blood wreak havoc on her body and kill her. You'll find out when you read this action packed urban fantasy romance novel yourself.

My Thought :

Darby O'Rielly, the main female character and Rowan, her sister, came from witch family but never taught how to use their power.

Devon Bloomington, the main male character and Blake, his younger brother, are vampires who have just moved into the house next door.

Devon is immediatelly drawn to Darby and Blake is drawn to Rowan. Terrence Paine, a man who kill Devon and Blake's parents, hunted the boys and sent a Van Helsing "type" kill the boys.
Darby use her power to protect the boys, but killed the Van Helsing guy in the process.

After that, they start plan to get back at Terrance Paine and working on darby's power. But, Paine's man kidnapped Rowan and inject her with werewolf's blood. Finally, Darby and the boys can find Rowan. But, there's a new problem because the werewolf's blood would turn Rowan into werewolf and Blake, who isn't correctly informed about the werewolf, is scared of what Rowan has become. If you want to know more about their journey, you have to read Blood of a Werewolf.

I enjoy this first book of blood series. There are many humor and sweet moment in this story. This story is very light on the sex or swearing. The ending would make us curious what would happen to Rowan and Blake in the next book.

If you enjoy books with witches, vampires or werewolves, you should definitely read this book.

I give Blood of a Werewolf 3 out of 5 stars.

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