Dusty Reads #9

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dusty Reads is a meme hosted by Giselle from Expresso Reads, featuring a book which has been staying at my bookpile for the longest.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Summary from Goodreads :
Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

U.S cover :

I took a long time to buy Evernight, because some hesitation of othe vampire series and I already had too many books at my TBR list. But my curiosity took over and I bought this at the end. And yet I haven't read it yet after several months =p Maybe I'll read it after I finish Hunger Games series.
Have you read Evernight? What do you think about it?
Share your Dusty Reads too ^^

In My Mailbox #13

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox is a blog meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. You can show some books you got over the week which you bought, borrowed or given to you.


US covers :

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I just got 3 books, and I tried Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series as a gambling. Now I'm reading it and I like it a lot! Ooooh Bones~ *flutter*
US cover for it are gorgeous, especially for One Foot in the Grave.

What did you get past week? Share 'em so I can envy you ;)

REVIEW : Heist Society by Ally Carter

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heist Society

Author     : Ally Carter
Publisher  : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 326

Summary from Goodreads :
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

After about several professional teenage espionages, now it's about professional teenage thieves. Wow, Ally Carter, you rock my world! :D I always consider that hacker and thief are cool job because they run by smart people right? I love smarties! XD

I've interested at Heist Society for so long after I read unusual and the interesting summary of it and my cousin who already listened to its audiobook said it was really good. Thankfully, I didn't disappointed at all! The story moves fast and captivates with lovable-witty-smart characters and naratives, packed with action and mysteries, and made me keep guessing till the end.

At the first chapter, I couldn't really draw into the story, I kept wondering what actually happened on Kat, but then after some pages I realized that she (forcefully and set by some scenario) expelled from her school because suspected to do a big 'crime' to her school.statue and headmaster's car.
Katarina Bishop (wonderful name btw) is surely one of my favorite character. She's smart, seems having cute appearance (bob hairstyle and tiny body) definitely a genius thief at her age. I like the background story that Kat is from a great and famous thief family, all of her relatives are thieves, ones who steal rare and valuable things like paintings, jewelries or other arts for their own containtment and pride, but what more interesting is that Kat actually tries to escape from the world where she belongs to and lives more normal life, either because she's tired and wants to live as common girl in coomon school and having common friends, or she actually didn't get a real meaning of being a thief. But because she loves her father, she decides to go back willingly to her trueself, travels back and forth to more than 5 city and country at U.S and Europe with her crew in 2 weeks to track the vanished paintings (isn't it FABULOUS???? France, Italy, England, Prague, Poland, Austria, woah, HALE, MARRY ME! XD), bravely challenge herself to do the biggest robbing in her family history and makes a surprising descision at last. I also like (and glad) that Kat doesn't take an action by herself, but with her friend and cousin, some professional at specific skills at their young age . Each of them has their own characteristic and talents that make this crew more perfect. And I believe some of you who already read this book interest with one of the crew, the wealthy W. W. Hale V.

I can see that maybe a mysterious main male character is one of Carter's story characteristic (like Zach and now Hale) Despite his status as young multi-bilionaire, W. W. Hale V, or just Hale, is really a mystery, why he willingly gets involving on every Kat's mission and support her return to thieves world since he's no one of Kat's relatives, just a bored rich boy. But well, mysterious guy always draws attention :) It just slightly describe about how exactly Kat and Hale met and I hope there'd be a special story about it. Oh and of course, finally we can know what exactly his name part, W.W. stand of ;p
I didn't find or actually there's no single love scenes here, although Hale obviously likes Kat and Kat isn't sure about it and always denies it. But I found their relationship is really cute. Hale mostly does everything for Kat and Kat trusts him, depends on him all the time. I hope their relationship will be more developed at next books

Overall, Heist Society is fantastically fun and smart written, will grip you with its action, suspense and mysteries. The robbing techniques are told very sophisticating and professionally which is very enjoyable and I awed by their (or author's) smartness. Ally Carter sure has a deep knowledge and imagination about it, awesome! :D It maybe leads by 'criminals' but actually they're good people who try to save others and you won't be disappointed by the ending :) I can't wait for the sequel, Uncommon Criminal to be release here :)

NB : sorry if this review is messed up. This is phone blogging and like lost review ability a bit because life is damn busy out there :(

Dusty Reads #8

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dusty Reads is a meme hosted by Giselle from Expresso Reads, featuring a book which has been staying at my bookpile for the longest.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Summary from Goodreads :
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

US/UK cover :

Again I'm really disappointed with Nightshade's Indo version cover. I really adore US version, it's pretty purple and golden eyes look stunning. Just... too bad
Well, I have this book like several months but haven't read it yet. Everyone looks loving it so much so actually I couldn't wait to read this one, despite the ugly cover.
What about you? What's your dusty reads?

REVIEW : The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Awakening

Author     : Kelley Armstrong
Publisher  : UFUK
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 422

Summary from Goodreads :
If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

Hm... like usual, hesitation at first. The Summoning was a quite slow read for me last time. I even put it down for a moment and read another book then after a while, I continued and couldn't stop reading it after a half book til last page, and yeah that cliffhanger ending made me want the next sequel soon. Got this in my hand, but still, I was afraid I couldn't enjoy this so I didn't immediately read it. After a few weeks, I decided to read it and... A BIG surprise! I enjoyed it well =) I think The Awakening is better than The Summoning =D

Plots, powers, and relationship among the characters are distinctly develop here. It has more action, adventure and what made me more excited, Derek *cuddle*. There's also unexpected truth about who the true friends or enemies, well at least for me it's unexpected.
Each character are digged deeper, at their powers and personalities. I love how Armstrong made a situation as the 'turning point' on friendship between Chloe and Victoria. As I read more about Victoria, I did start to like her more than before. More supernatural power of Chloe, Simon, Derek, and Victoria involve here, make the story more fascinating. I flinched and chilled as I read and imagined how strong Chloe power is, for raising the death without even trying too hard, and not just human *shivered*.

Ah Derek... just glad he makes appearance more often, and is a very strong werewolf boy. Anyway, just curious how a tiny and 'plain' romance can be so sweet. Chloe and Derek don't share lovey dovey scenes, even there's no single romantic scene in this book, but their consideration and acceptance to each other moving me. I hope there would be more developement on their relationship at the next sequel.

This book is a series that should be read in sequence so we could get the story clearly and sense the development. Very recommended for those who like paranormal series with a bit horror and supernatural teens.
I really can't wait to read The Reckoning!

Wishlist Wednesday #6

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
This blog meme is hosted by Pen to Paper, if you want to join please visit here to find more about this meme.

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Summary from Goodreads :
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Okay, I can see some of you think "WHAT? YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET???" and wonder wherd I'm from. The cave actually,haha!

I can't count how many people love and recommend this book. I see them loving it at everyblog I go. I'm a fan of contemporary romance and this one definitely caught my attention. A swoon-worthy boy and the setting, Paris! Wow, I really can't wait to read this book!
Maybe I should buy the US version instead waiting it published here =p.

So what is your Wishlist Wednesday? =)

REVIEW : Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs

Goddess Boot Camp

Author     : Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher  : Elexmedia
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 386

Summary from Goodreads :
Phoebe, who recently discovered she's a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), is finding that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of the Greek gods, has enrolled her at Dynamotheos Development Camp - aka Goddess Boot Camp - with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it'll help her gain control over her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games, and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding the ultimate mistake of accidentally misusing powers.

It's another fast-paced myth-inspired heroine's quest that's sure to bring out the goddess in anyone.

Before you read this review, I suggest to read OMG first, because I might write spoilers from it here.

I read Goddess Boot Camp almost right after Oh. My. Gods, so I could relate both of these books. I really enjoyed reading O.M.G, its witty dialogue and Phoebe sarcasm were really amusing and made me giggled alot. Because of that I had high expectation over GBC and really glad it was published while I haven't read O.M.G so I could read them straight. After I finished it, I have to say the first book is still my favorite than this book, although it did quite enjoyable and I still laughed at Phoebe's witty and follish POV.

Phoebe is really busy at this book. She's enrolled to a special camp to help her controlling her overflowing power because she's a close descendant of Nike, the goddess of triumph and gods already kept an eye on her, afraid she would use her power accidentally for her own glory. Moreover what more give her pain is the fact that she would spend her days on that camp with 2 person she dislike the most, Stella and Adara, as her mentors. While Phoebe also has to prepare for Phytian Games with Griffin her boyfriend, she finds out that Griffin lies to her many times and secretly meets Adara without telling her. Like she can't be more busy anymore, someone unknown tells her there's a documentation about her father's execution and she wants to find out more about it, although it's not easy and definitely dangerous.

I did understand that she's absolutely mad, ashamed (because she has to attend the camp for 10 years old young girls), and jealous, but she also slightly becomes irritating, well, like a mad and jealous girl in her age, whines and misjudges everything. At this book too we find that Stella and Adara aren't that bad, especially Stella. She seems sincerely helping Phoebe with her but Phoebe threat her bad at first.
Thankfully, Griffin quite grew on me at this book. He's very good boyfriend for Phoebe (or being a good guy since he dates her), loves and cares about her even when Phoebe ignores him.
We also introduce to some new characters like Xander and Tansy and some campers but I didn't really know them well, except Xander is another mentor, and Tansy is a young girl who also interest on running. When I read Xander name appearing, I was hoping he'd be the third person between Phoebe and Griffin but yeah it didn't happen.

This book is just okay, a really light reading. There's no twisted plots, doesn't force you to think, and I have to say, nothing special in it. I thought once the story would develop and grow more interesting after Phoebe got her power but hm... nothing. Personal matters do develop here, but no for the plot. I just curious does this series only consist 2 books? Because I felt it hasn't ended yet and the mysteries from OMG are still unanswered.
Gonna wait for further information about this series =)

In My Mailbox #12

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox is a bookish blog meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. You can show some books you got over the week which you bought, borrowed or given to you.


Hm... what I got this past week is just 2 books, not really fascinating and very old... but I can't wait to read them.

Goodnight, Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros (chicklit)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I know I know, they're sooooo old, but I got a story on getting Mockingjay. I got it before release date, and when I tweeted it to publisher account, I made a riot between Hunger Games fans xD. Yep, it just became a hype here at my country.
And for Goodnight Tweetheart, I was captivated by its cover, it's better than US version =p. Look very nice and it has quite good summary too so I give it a try. I rarely buy chicklit so I hope I won't be disappointed.

So what you got past week? Let me know with leave you IMM link if you want, so I can envy yours ^^

Movie Next : Snow White and The Huntsman

Friday, January 13, 2012

This year we'll get 2 Snow White movies adaptation, one casted by Kristen Stewart (Snow White and The Huntsman) and the other casted by Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) I interested to both version (definitely biased, because Twilight and City of Bones, yeah) but after saw this promotional banner and posters, I have to say I love Snow White and The Huntsman concept more than Mirror, Mirror.

Snow White and The Huntsman

Such a wow-er! The banner is absolutely gorgeous! The atmosphere is magical and angst which remind me to Alice in Wonderland, and it's more like Snow White the Warrior Princess. Lol. And personally I love the Evil Queen's poster, it's very dark yet pretty.
Yum... still have to wait till Summer.

My Book Boyfriend #3 - Jason Andrews

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly blog meme hosted by Missy from The Unread Reader, it's to share fictional boys we crush, include stats, picture and quotes from the character that make us swoon. If you interest to join, visit Missy's introduction post about My Book Boyfriend

Who ever dream to date a Hollywood guy? =D Hm.. actually it would be too complicated right? So maybe just better to just dream about it.
For today's MBB, I pick my favorite guy from Just The Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James, Jason Andrews. He is an arrogant bastard, cocky and womanizer because he knows who he is and how people usually see him only as an important asset and a perfect actor, but behind that he's a very good and caring person. I found that his demanding-childish acts and jealousy over Taylor and Scott Casey is really really cute =D That's why I like him!

Description : in his 'thirties', Jason Andrews is the biggest actor in Hollywood. Paparazis follow him everywhere. He is devilisly good looking, a true legend of his day. He is very confident about all women can't resist his charm and want to take an advantage with dating him, but he finds Taylor Donovan isn't really impressed with Jason and that makes him anxious about her.
Hair : Rakish dark hair
Eye : 'Briliant' blue
Love interest : Taylor Donovan

I'll put his arrogant quotes that will make you want to punch his face xD And be prepared for damn long and big number quotes, because I have no idea how to shorten them because all of them are sooooo precious,kkkk~

"My philosophy is that relationships should be treated the same as a new script. if it doesn't hold my interest after an hour, I'm not going to waste any more time on it"

“But see, now I’m busy, Mr. Andrews.”
“Ms. Donovan,” he said in a matter-of-fact tone. “No one is too busy for me.”

And a very angry-looking Jason Andrews stormed into the room. Wholly oblivious to (or simply uninterested in) anyone else in the room, Jason stopped before Taylor and pointed furiously at her.
"Why haven't you returned my calls?" The shock of his entrance and his demanding tone rendered her temporarily speechless.
"I called you three times today," Jason continued his rant."Myself," he added pointedly.

He thought about this. When he finally answered, Taylor thought she heard something in his voice. Something . . . genuine.
"People think they know you because the magazines portray you a certain way, or because you've played a particular part in a movie. And most of the people who supposedly are close to you don't care about who you really are anyway, because to them you're just a product, a commodity to sell. So it's not real. None of it's real."

"Stop — you're making me blush."

"You can throw all the little barbs you want, Taylor Donovan. It doesn't bother me one bit. Because secretly, I think you like spending time with me." He winked at her. "It's okay, you can admit it. I already know."

Jason stood up so quickly the stool banged against the counter. He could notbelieve the shit she was saying.
"Seriously, Taylor—do you know who I am?" he demanded.
She smiled at this. "You celebrities actually say that? That’s cute."

Taylor smiled into the phone. “Why, Jason—that sounds a bit like jealousy, doesn’t it?”
He snorted disdainfully. “Jealous of Scott Casey? Please.” He got a good laugh out of this. “Hey—if you find him interesting, Taylor, more power to you. I also know a nice box of rocks you could cuddle up with, if that’s your thing.”

"And get this," he fumed angrily, "the dumbasses who designed the posters have me pictured in this scene where I'm putting out a fire with all these other firemen. But if you look at the poster from the side, the water from the hose of one of the other firefighters looks like it's shooting right out of my crotch. And the best part is, they want to put this poster over the theater entrance for the premiere. I can just see it." He gestured grandly to the air. "Come see Inferno! Get pissed on by Jason Andrews!"
With that, he threw Taylor a wink. "It should be right up your alley."
Finished with his rant, Jason took a sip of water. Then he finally noticed Kate and Val. He smiled charmingly.
"Oh. People. Hello."

Jason sighed. “I don’t know . . .” He looked over at Jeremy, suddenly serious. “All I know is that I can’t
stop thinking about her.”

“Taylor, look at me,” he whispered huskily. “Look at me.” He waited until her eyes met his. “You have
nothing to worry about. Los Angeles is a perfect match for you. You belong here. You know that.”
He paused. Then he looked deep into her eyes and laid it all on the line. “You belong with me.”

“I love you, Taylor. I think that I’ve been waiting for you to come into my life for a long, long time.” He
grinned self-consciously. “I didn’t think you’d ever give me the chance to say that.”
Deeply touched by his words, Taylor gazed up at him and smiled tenderly.
“You had me at Shit Happens.”
Jason burst out laughing. He pulled Taylor into his arms and kissed her softly on the forehead.

Taylor drifted off contentedly. Until, through the darkness, she heard a low, sneaky whisper.
“Mrs. Taylor Andrews . . .”
She didn’t bother to open her eyes.
“Still not gonna happen.”

There are still many quotes of him that I like, but I guess it's enough. Adorkable right? He really can't act as his age xD.
Thank you for Matt Bomer for being my Jason Andrews and makes my blog brighter =D. Well, Bomer is a lot younger than Jason Andrews, but I think he can portray him quite well. And sorry for my obsession over 'suit'. Damn I really really really can't resist a fine gentleman wearing suit *faints*.

Wishlist Wednesday #5

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
This blog meme is hosted by Pen to Paper, if you want to join please visit here to find more about this meme.

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Summary from Goodreads :
Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

First is pretty cover. Yum.
Second is fun and interesting summary, about modern-girl version of Robin Hood. I'm kinda fancy stories about detectives, spies and of course, good and gorgeous thieves =D
Third is like "Woah, the author has the same name as me. It would be fabulous"
LOL, just ignore the third one.

What is your Wishlist Wednesday? =)

REVIEW : Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Blue Moon

Author     : Alyson Noel
Publisher  : Mizan
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 423

Blurb from Goodreads :
Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

I was hesitating when decided to read this, because I read not too good reviews and the summary seems depressing. But finally I forced myself to read this and I surprised myself because I quite enjoyed it although the story was kinda... one thing, I felt like wanna punched Ever on her face, seriously -_-;

At this second book, Ever realized that Damen and her aren't the only Immortals left. She encountered other Immortal being, very evil Immortal, who does kind of hypnotize entire school and changes people behavior there and makes Damen forgets everything about Ever and himself. Because of that Damen becomes weaker and almost lost his immortal power. To save Damen and find a cure for him, Ever went to Summerland, find another magical creatures and places. Of course her journey is never easy.

This book is really depressive, like nothing single good thing happen on it. I have to admit that Ever is such a strong girl. Really strong and I no doubt admire her. She can cope every obstacle in her life, start with her parents death, her fate to changed into an immortal, being expelled and bullied by her friends, takes a journey by herself to save Damen and again, betrayed by someone who becomes her only one friend at that moment. But woah, how come a person has such many burdens in her life? Even her friends aren't that good too. Damen too isn't a reliable boyfriend and seems very weak here so still, he's not my favorite /:
As I told earlier, I felt like wanna punch her face, because she kept making decisions, very reckless decisions that she regrets it in the end because they make everything worse. Human makes mistakes yes; oh okay, she's not really a human; but woah seriously that much? She really pissed me off although I did pity her too.

I thought at first that I couldn't finish this book if the story went crazily depressing. But you know, strangely I can't stop reading this book. I kept flipping the pages because I wanted to know what next, what next, and I sighed a relieved when I met the ending. Alyson Noel did very good job at writing such a depressing yet exciting story. What enthralled me the most is how Noel descibed the magical world named Summerland. I could imagine it very clearly, and felt like I saw it myself through Ever eyes (or it's maybe the translator also did a good job on it =D).

I write like a negative review, but I give high rating for Blue Moon? Yes, this is totally become my guilty pleasure. I can't help but want to know more about what would happen on Ever and Damen *sigh*. I think I would read the rest book after I get Everlasting so I can finish it entirely, ha!

Dusty Reads #7

Dusty Reads is a meme hosted by Giselle from Expresso Reads, featuring a book which has been staying at my bookpile for the longest.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Summary from Goodreads :
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Original US cover :
I love US cover, it's really pretty with a girl with scales and dragon's eyes. Just again, really too bad because the publisher here didn't use it. I bought this because of review I read, and Firelight sounds very promising and offers another kind of paranormal story, a human-dragon. I really want to read this but I dunno why I still keep it on my bookshelf until now.
Anyone already read Firelight? What's your opinion?

Movie Review : Captain America : The First Avenger

Monday, January 9, 2012

Synopsis here at IMDB

I have to admit that the first thing made me watched this movie was because Chris Evans is the main role there *facepalm*. Before I had no interest at all at Captain America, although I fancy many superheroes movies, especially X-Men. But since at least it's a superhero movie, and last time i felt the same way to Batman movies and ended liking it very much, I gave it a try. And yesh, the same fate with Batman on me, I was soooo liking it! =D

The story itself is more like introductional. Captain America actually is a kind of experimental project to make a superhuman as a powerful weapon through certain injection, helped by Howard Stark (yup,that Tony Stark's father) and Steven Rogers is selected to became an object for this experiment, because of his kindness and bravery. What a bit bugging was beside a lame costume (it's the reason why I didn't really interest at this before), the story moved a bit too slow. It took some moment like a campaign to promoting himself which is more like embarassing himself, a part i didn't really like, before he really took a real action,first when he saved his friend and other soldiers who were being a hostage by the enemy. But I still could enjoy and touched by this movie :)

I like the background story of Steven Rogers before he becomes Captain America, an underestimate and bullied guy because he has so many flaws at his outer appearance (I admired how the CG changed Evans's body to a very small and thin man), but brave enough to join military to serve the country, which you know to enter the military required a lot, especially body figure and strength. It makes him more like 'human'.
As what I saw ar some movies, I can say that Captain America is the most down to earth superhuman. He might not as extravagant, super rich, and very high-tech like Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne (well since he lived at the past), or as super power as X-men or Fantastic Four. He simply has power, recovery ability, and speed 4 times more than common human. And he's still very attractive to me in different way. I even shed tears a bit at the ending part, when he sacrificed himself.

Personally I really love this movie, because it offers a different superhero type. And Chris Evans acted better here than as Human Torch at Fantastic Four. Well, the point is, I always love super hero movies (I haven't watch Thor though, have to soon) :D
Now I can't wait for The Avenger which will be released this year

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