The main story is about the struggling Mary Ashley as she becomes the ambassador to Romania.
Full with intriguing conflicts and conspiracies, Windmills...moreThe main story is about the struggling Mary Ashley as she becomes the ambassador to Romania.
Full with intriguing conflicts and conspiracies, Windmills of The Gods is really tense on its every page. There are moments when I scream to my own head 'Don't tell him!' and lots of moments guessing who-is-who and, of course, who-is-the-real-bad-guy. Great plot, unpredictable ending, also nice experience reading about international affair and iron curtain country. So many build-up characters to support the story, and each one has their own stories.
Not the kind of book I would willingly to read over and over again, but it's the kind of book that makes me couldn't stop reading through pages out of curiosity what would be the end of the story and how the author would wraps the mystery beautifully.(less)
Lara Cameron was once a poor girl who lived in a boarding house with his not-so-caring father. Her interactions with the boarders soon introduced her...moreLara Cameron was once a poor girl who lived in a boarding house with his not-so-caring father. Her interactions with the boarders soon introduced her into the real-estate world and made her way to become a successful real-estate entrepreneur, building her Cameron Empire. Her life was perfect; she married to a man of her dreams, having all the buildings around the town engraved by her name, and all the world knew her. But one by one her empire started failing down.
A good reading about real-estate business and a little classical music to update my knowledge. Too bad the lack of mystery, considering this is the infamous Sidney Sheldon's book, made it a little bit boring.(less)
Toby Temple is a superstar, the world's funniest man. He gets any woman that he wants, but under the superstar image is a lonely man. Jill Castle is a...moreToby Temple is a superstar, the world's funniest man. He gets any woman that he wants, but under the superstar image is a lonely man. Jill Castle is a sensuous starlet. She has a dark and mysterious past and has an ambition even greater than Toby's. Together they rule Hollywood.
I don't know, I think the story is lacking mystery as what I think should be in any Sidney Sheldon books. Well, unless the little bit in the end. The whole book mostly tells about Toby and Jill career, a little insight about what happens in the cruel little world that is Hollywood.(less)
A woman named Samantha Sweeting made one mistake on her big lawyer career and because of some misunderstandings accidentally driven to be a housekeepe...moreA woman named Samantha Sweeting made one mistake on her big lawyer career and because of some misunderstandings accidentally driven to be a housekeeper. I enjoyed reading this book as i enjoy reading any other Sophie Kinsella's chicklit. What i really keep on mind while i was reading this book is when i see how a woman who knew nothing about cooking transformed into a really good cook, i'm really about to start cooking. But then i was kind of disappointed by the ending maybe because i think i'm not the one who whould choose cleaning loos instead being 500quids-per-hour lawyer.(less)
Saya menunggu cukup lama untuk bisa baca buku ini. Dan kesan saya; 'wah, ceritanya berkembang.' Ada tokoh-tokoh baru, tepatnya: BANYAK tokoh baru. Seju...moreSaya menunggu cukup lama untuk bisa baca buku ini. Dan kesan saya; 'wah, ceritanya berkembang.' Ada tokoh-tokoh baru, tepatnya: BANYAK tokoh baru. Sejujurnya saya sedikit terganggu dengan footnotes yang nggak ada hubungannya dengan cerita. Lalu klimaksnya... jauh dari yang saya harapkan.
Sky is a British girl moving to Aspen and finding Zed, which turns out to be her soulfinder. The rest of the story is kinda typical with some 'tragedi...moreSky is a British girl moving to Aspen and finding Zed, which turns out to be her soulfinder. The rest of the story is kinda typical with some 'tragedies' and a sweet happy ending.
I actually get tired of paranormal romance genre. I started reading this just because one of my friends said it's great--forgetting that she's only 16. Quite different taste, if I may say. At first it started off boring to me, but I did enjoy the second half of the book. And I like Sky since I somehow feel related to her in certain way.(less)
Terus terang saya nggak menunggu terlalu lama demi membaca Partikel setelah penasaran dengan Petir. Yah, minimal nggak sampai delapan tahun. Tahun 200...moreTerus terang saya nggak menunggu terlalu lama demi membaca Partikel setelah penasaran dengan Petir. Yah, minimal nggak sampai delapan tahun. Tahun 2004 saya baru setahun lulus SD. Jangankan Petir, KPBJ saja belum tersentuh (dan kalaupun iya, agaknya masih sulit buat saya cerna). Berkenalan dengan Supernova memang sudah saya lakukan sejak jaman SD, lewat tabloid dan majalah-majalah Mama yang selalu ikutan saya baca karena Bobo sudah habis dibaca dalam berapa jam pertama, tetapi membaca KPBJ sendiri baru saya lakukan waktu kelas 2 SMA, dan saya sukses mabok kata-kata gara-gara diskusi Dimas dan Reuben yang susah dicerna manusia berintelegensi biasa-biasa saja kayak saya ini.
Oke, skip nostalgia perkenalan saya. Sekarang tentang Partikel, tentang Zarah.
Seperti biasa, Dee selalu membuat saya terpukau dengan pengetahuannya. Hasil riset dan endapan yang memakan waktu delapan tahun sama sekali tidak terbuang sia-sia. Saya diajak berkeliling dunia, mencicipi hutan hujan tropis di beberapa bagian bumi, dan menelusuri kekayaan kingdom yang terkadang saya abaikan begitu saja: fungi. Menarik, tentu saja. Apalagi ditambah sentimen pribadi sebagai seseorang yang dibesarkan di Kalimantan—meski di kota, tapi cukup dekat pinggiran sungai—mau tak mau buku ini membawa saya ke ingatan jaman dulu. Deskripsi air sungai Kalimantan yang merah rasanya seperti memanggil-manggil saya pulang.
Menyanjung-nyanjung novel ini rasanya tidak cukup dengan kata-kata. Ekspresi saya setelah membaca buku ini mungkin jauh lebih banyak bercerita. Lebih baik membahas kenapa saya menarik satu bintang dari rating saya terhadap buku yang seharusnya sempurna.
Pertama, meski deskripsi-deskripsi dalam novel ini sangat membantu memperluas cakrawala, tapi mau tidak mau saya merasa seperti sedang membaca ensiklopedia. Beberapa informasi terasa dijejalkan bertubi-tubi. Kadang-kadang lupa sedang membaca novel fiksi. Jadinya di beberapa bagian, saya kehilangan fokus, dan butuh beberapa detik untuk kembali menyesuaikan diri dengan frekuensi cerita.
Kedua, dan mungkin yang paling saya sesalkan, adalah saya kurang bisa menghayati sosok Zarah. Entah karena apa. Mungkin saya yang kurang peka, atau bagaimana, juga tidak tahu. Saya tidak bisa tergila-gila pada Zarah seperti saya tergila-gila pada Diva, Bodhi, atau Elektra.
Sudah, begitu saja. Mari saya bungkus review tidak bermutu ini dengan satu kutipan yang saya comot dari novel ini—nggak relevan dengan konteks, tapi yasudahlah:
“Akhirnya kumengerti betapa rumitnya konstruksi batin manusia. Betapa sukarnya manusia menanggalkan bias, menarik batas antara masa lalu dan masa sekarang. Aku kini percaya, manusia dirancang untuk terluka.” (less)
We're brought to read a 15 years old Charlie's letters about his life. Full of dramas. A little bit too much melodramas, but they're delivered in the...moreWe're brought to read a 15 years old Charlie's letters about his life. Full of dramas. A little bit too much melodramas, but they're delivered in the form of letters from the innocent Charlie, so it doesn't get too annoying.
I still couldn't figure out what is wrong with Charlie. Is he autistic? Or is he just really shy and socially awkward? Because sometimes, he has no trouble in understanding people around him, but the other times, he just freaks out and cry. There should be an explanation in the end of the book (I wouldn't say it cause it means a spoiler), but I think the reason is just not enough to makes him behaves that way. Oh, but what do I know. (less)
Anna Oliphant, from Atlanta, is sent by her father to attend his senior year at a boarding school in Paris called SOAP. At first she was furious, also...moreAnna Oliphant, from Atlanta, is sent by her father to attend his senior year at a boarding school in Paris called SOAP. At first she was furious, also scared, because it meant she had to leave her family, her best friend, and her crush--who had finally kissed her. It turns out, her life in Paris could probably went better than expected.
What I like in this book is that it's easy to digest and I'm really entertained. Some parts are funny, and I admit, Etienne St. Clair comes up really good in my mind. He's handsome, speaks French but has an English accent... that's simply irresistible. The fact that the story takes place mostly in Paris earns it more plus points.
The plot, however, is not something special. Anna loves this Etienne boy, but he's already taken, so she decides to be just friend. Of course it's not as easy as to be said though, because they're just keep getting closer.
The problem arises when even though it's obvious that he likes Anna, this jerk named Etienne is such a coward that he still won't break up with her girlfriend just because he's afraid to be alone. Say what.
What I hate about this book? I think Anna acts like a spoiled brat. I don't get her reason about hating her dad so much just because he fly her to Paris--which then she should be grateful about--or writing Nicholas Sparks' kind of novels. And Anna is also a hypocrite about ditching her used to be best friend Bridget because Bridge 'steals' her crush while doing the exact same thing to Meredith. Good thing she realizes it later though.
There are still some parts I don't like, but overall, I like this book. I was wondering about Anna and The French Kiss since it's doing surprisingly good in terms of rating in Goodreads so I decided to read this myself. Now I understand why it has such a high rating. Like I said before, it's entertaining and sweet. Then why 3-stars? Well, I decide I just 'liked it', not really close to 'really liked it' as what 4-stars means, so yeah.(less)
Yves was a shy, intelligent, and handsome gentleman who turned out to be Phoenix's soulfinder. Otherwise, Phoenix was a girl who thought she's not any...moreYves was a shy, intelligent, and handsome gentleman who turned out to be Phoenix's soulfinder. Otherwise, Phoenix was a girl who thought she's not anything for a guy like Yves to like, since she's a thieve that never go to school and living a hard life.
I almost don't believe rating this 4 stars but... well, I couldn't help myself. I like Stealing Phoenix more than the previous book, as I love Phee more than Sky. She's strong, selfless, stubborn, but also weak to people she cared about. And I love the story between and Phee. There's no 'insta-love' when both of them met, okay, there always was, since soulfinder was destined to each other. But there are moments when Phee was in denial, tried to run from Yves as she thought he deserved someone better, and Yves admitted that Phoenix wasn't really someone he thought would be his soulfinder. The plot wasn't really predictable, yes, it was a happy ending but it wrapped up beautifully. I enjoyed this book, overall :) (less)