No wonder this book is one of the best times ever.
Wonderfully written, To Kill a Mockingbird represents you a story about life. Eight years old girl tNo wonder this book is one of the best times ever.
Wonderfully written, To Kill a Mockingbird represents you a story about life. Eight years old girl tells us in her own way that life is not only about black and white. Sometimes, you find gray things in life. You can’t change them, all you have to do is trying your best to treat them.
It has been a long time since a book can influence me this much. Setting in Montgomery County in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird gently teaches you about life and human being. It will change your view about the world and its people. People said not to judge a book by its cover, but do you? Everyone have their own prejudice about others and it’s very normal. But please never let your prejudice become first than your mind. You never know if your white thing is actually a black thing.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. ...more
I love this book! At first I just want to give this a try, because I love other books from Richelle Mead. However, at the end I fall in love. UsuallyI love this book! At first I just want to give this a try, because I love other books from Richelle Mead. However, at the end I fall in love. Usually I judge a book by its world, whether I like the world or not. And, I like the faerie world in this book very much! It seems brighter and far more beautiful than another book's faerie world.
I like the way Eugenie Markham, the heroine in this series, handles her problem. She's beautiful and strong, just like another characters of Richelle Mead. Eugenie is a shaman, a person who clean things from gentry or demon. She's kind of tired of her social life, then she comes to a bar and meet a cute guy's named Kiyo. Kiyo is half Japanesse, and it comes then that he is a kitsune, a Japan fox. Eugine also meets another cute guy, Dorian, a gentry king. We also get to know that actually, Eugenie is half gentry and half human. His biological father is a gentry king who ever tried to destroy human world.
In the progress of this book, we find Eugenie struggles to learn her inherited magic from her father. We also have triangle love between Eugenie, Kiyo, and Dorian.
I like every character in this book. They're well-developed and I enjoyed getting to know each character very much. The ending is lovely, but I wish tI like every character in this book. They're well-developed and I enjoyed getting to know each character very much. The ending is lovely, but I wish the happy end would last longer....more
Finished in few hours. It’s still gripping me with strange feeling. I felt a strong feeling of pity and disgust toward the girl, but still, I couldn’tFinished in few hours. It’s still gripping me with strange feeling. I felt a strong feeling of pity and disgust toward the girl, but still, I couldn’t help myself to stop reading. This book’s like a ghost who keeps haunting me. In every way, it’s dark, heart-wrenching, and amazingly disturbing.
Once upon a time, there was a girl. She was happy. She got nice parents and best friends. Her life was perfect, but she didn’t know how lucky she was, until she was ‘dead’.
The day she was ‘dead’, a new girl was born. She is Alice. She is the ‘daughter’ of Ray. She is a skinny girl who is home schooled by his father. They always come together to Church every Sunday. She sometimes shows a smile, and when you see it, you know that she is somehow not quiet right. She has deep hollow inside her heart. A Living Dead Girl.
But no one asks. No one say anything. No one will.
Alice is dead inside. She is fifteen years old right now. In five years with Ray, every day she is reminded by him that her parent’s life could be in danger if she didn’t behave well. All she has to do is be good.
But eventually, Ray is bored with her grown-up body. Alice is no longer his little girl. He does everything he can to make Alice’s body stop growing. But even with only a container of yogurt for Alice’s lunch, Alice’s body still grew. The body doesn’t matter for Alice. She’s still dead. She has no desire to do anything. Everyday she hopes that Ray would kill her, just like his first ‘Alice’. But Alice doesn’t know what Ray’s plan for her…
Alice is a perfect example of abducted girl, whose life is all about being a perfect doll. She is broken. She has wrong view about sex and people. She is desperate of hope. Why doesn’t she commit suicide? Because she can’t bring herself to do that. She wants a tiny, even a very tiny light of hope. Even if it means that she has to sacrifice other people. She just wants to be free…
Living Dead Girl is not a long book, but the story will linger in your mind much longer. Alice is broken and she needs a very, very long time to recover. Still, I love this book and couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Alice’s devastating and suffocating story will grab you harder than you expected.
I am 15, and I figure soon Ray will kill me.
I could run, but he would find me. He would take me back to 623 Daisy Lane and make everyone who lives there pay.
He would make everyone there pay even if he didn’t find me. I belong to him. I’m his little girl.
Roald Dahl's books always have wonderful effect on me.
When I read The Witches, I thanked God I didn't meet any witch as a child. When I read Matilda, IRoald Dahl's books always have wonderful effect on me.
When I read The Witches, I thanked God I didn't meet any witch as a child. When I read Matilda, I think she's the brightest girl ever. When I read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, I believe that there is a very big and magical chocolate factory somewhere in this world. When I read the Magic Finger, suddenly I have some hatred to these animal hunters. When I read Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, I wish that I can go to space hotel as well. When I read the Twits, I want to thrown up. When I read James and The Giant Peach, I want to go inside the amazing peach.
When I read this book, I can't say more than amazing. This book makes me almost believe about something, which I tell you, almost impossible. But who's Roald Dahl? He knocks the 'im' in 'impossible' word....more
Pleasant to know that BFG is not an acronym for Butcher Fairy Godmother or Bloody Fucker Gobble. BFG stOkay, my first thought is, what BFG states for?
Pleasant to know that BFG is not an acronym for Butcher Fairy Godmother or Bloody Fucker Gobble. BFG states for Big Friendly Giant. I know it sounds a bit self-conscious, but if you were a giant and lived with nine man-eater giants while you gave beautiful dreams for children around the world, it would be very normal to feel that you are the best giant in the world. Which in this book is completely accurate.
Sophie is an orphan girl with very cute illustration, a glasses girl with long hair and night gown. He is kidnapped by BFG one night because he sees her looking at him in the middle of the night. BFG is illustrated as a giant with very big ears. He can hears even dream talking. His job is catching dreams and spread the beautiful dreams to children around the world. BFG collects more than 5.000 jars of dreams, and he knows what dreams they are. BFG is very cute. He often talks in weird choices of words, and the letters orders are not always right. We can’t blame him of course, as he said in the book, “I’ve never go to school, so no one ever told me how to speak right!”
I love how the unique combination of them solves the problem in this book. Sophie is a smart little girl, and BFG is very willing to learn. The wonderful appearance of the Queen of England here is amazing.
What I love most in this book is when BFG told Sophie that every person in the world have another flavors. Cambodia people smell like Cambodia’s flowers. Arabians tastes like oil. Salmon people tastes like salmon fishes. Wellington people tastes like Wellington boot. Amazing how Roald Dahl can think that!
Well, giant indeed eats human. You may think, why? We never hurt them. That is just like a little pig’s thought. It may say, “I’ve never hurt human, so why they want to eat me?” Human makes rule for their own kind. Giant do that as well, they merely do it for their own profit.
This book makes you think deeper, just like every Roald Dahl’s books. With wonderful ending, this book definitely one of my favorites among Roald Dahl’s books. ...more
Semua orang tentu mengetahui Kleopatra, sang ratu Mesir yang terkenal dengan kecantikan dan kelicikannya. Kleopatra VII, yang kisah cintanya dengan MaSemua orang tentu mengetahui Kleopatra, sang ratu Mesir yang terkenal dengan kecantikan dan kelicikannya. Kleopatra VII, yang kisah cintanya dengan Marc Anthony adalah salah satu cerita cinta terbesar pada waktu Sebelum Masehi. Tapi setelah kematian Kleopatra yang menyedihkan, kehidupan Mesir tidak berakhir begitu saja. Masih ada anak-anak Kleopatra dan Marc Anthony, yang terus hidup dan menderita.
Setelah kematian Kleopatra dan Marc Anthony, ketiga anak mereka diambil oleh Octavian, kaisar Romawi yang berhasil menduduki Mesir. Si kembar berusia 12 tahun Kleopatra Selene dan Alexander Helios, serta adik mereka Ptolemy yang masih berusia 3 tahun, sengaja dibiarkan hidup untuk dibawa ke Roma dalam Perayaan Kemenangan Octavian. Octavian sengaja membiarkan mereka hidup karena itu akan membuatnya terlihat bermurah hati, dan agar mereka dapat berguna dalam perkawinan politik yang akan disusun olehnya.
Selene dan Alexander kehilangan hampir segalanya; harta mereka, posisi mereka sebagai Pangeran dan Putri, rumah mereka di Mesir, orang tua mereka, bahkan adik mereka Ptolemy yang sakit keras dan akhirnya mati. Mereka dipaksa menyesuaikan diri dan mengakui diri mereka sebagai warga Roma. Memakai pakaian ala orang Roma, pulasan seperti warga Roma, dan menilai sesuatu dari sudut pandang Roma. Selene yang cantik dan cerdas, meskipun keras kepala, menemukan kebebasannya dalam melukis arsitektur gedung-gedung. Kakak kembarnya Alexander yang tampan dan ramah lebih memilih pacuan kuda dan bersosialisasi dengan anak-anak Roma lainnya. Mereka melindungi satu sama lain, dan bersumpah akan kembali ke Mesir bersama-sama suatu hari nanti.
Di umur yang masih belia, para anak-anak bangsawan Roma sudah mengerti bahaya dan kewajiban mereka pada Roma. Tindakan-tindakan dan ucapan mereka bagaikan anak berumur 15 atau 16 tahun di masa kini. Sekali, saudara tiri Selene dan Alexander yang masih berumur 10 tahun datang dan memperingatkan mereka agar berguna untuk Octavian, karena itulah satu-satunya cara untuk bertahan hidup di Roma. Kemiskinan dan bayi-bayi yang ditelantarkan bukanlah hal yang aneh di Roma. Perkawinan bagi wanita adalah kewajiban, dan ayah serta saudara lelaki merekalah yang memutuskan perkawinan itu. Budak-budak adalah pihak yang tak bisa menuntut. Kaum bangsawan dan senat adalah pihak yang akan selalu memerintah Roma.
Merskipun tidak seratus persen sama dengan sejarah, Cleopatra’s Daughter berhasil menyuguhkan kisah yang menawan dengan setting Sebelum Masehi. Istilah-istilah Latin seperti chitos dan domina mewarnai cerita, dan kebiasaan-kebiasaan orang Romawi digambarkan dengan begitu baik. Setiap tokoh dalam cerita memegang peran yang penting, terutama tokoh Red Eagle yang digambarkan sebagai tokoh misterius yang ingin menghentikan perbudakan di Roma. Aku terutama mengagumi tokoh Selene yang pandai, tegar, dan tak pernah berhenti menyerah dalam memerangi ketidakadilan.
Cleopatra’s Daughter membuatku menangis dan tertawa. Efek yang ditimbulkannya begitu dahsyat, dan aku yakin seperti setiap buku yang luar biasa, buku ini akan tetap mempengaruhiku dalam waktu yang lama. Aku bahkan merasa sedih ketika aku mencapai halaman terakhir, dan membaca halaman terakhir kisah ini....more
This book is definitely what you call amazing. Fast-paced and beautifully written, I can’t help but falling in love with the story.
Yelena is so closeThis book is definitely what you call amazing. Fast-paced and beautifully written, I can’t help but falling in love with the story.
Yelena is so close to dead. She’s awaiting executioner, and finally her time comes. But Valek, the Commander’s personal security chief and leader of the vast intelligence network for the Territory of Ixia, has different agenda for her. He offered her a job as a Commander Ambrose’s new food taster.
A chance to live. Yelena is not a fool. She accepts the job, despite the chance that death will come with the next bite. Valek is in charge of training new food taster, so Yelena gets to spend many times with him in her first days in castle. As days pass, she begins liking her job. She can learn as much as she wants in Library, and somehow, Valek is always there to protect her from her enemies. Without fully realizing it, Yelena has been dangerously drawn into her assassin boss.
Valek is not the least of her worries. Her enemy General Brazell will come to visit the castle. Yelena has killed his son, and Brazell won’t let her slip away. No one knows the truth about Brazell and Yelena, and she can’t trust the knowledge to anyone yet. Yelena has tried her best to maintain her fragile peace days in castle, but when a magician from neighbor country comes to kill her, she finally gets to know the truth about her nature. The reason of Brazell and his son’s experiment to Yelena, and a chance to escape to neighbor country, even if it means leaving Valek...
No need to say that I love the books! The characters are simply loveable and captivating. Yelena is admirably smart, and it’s a fresh break to take from reading too much not-so-brilliant heroines. She’s also very brave and strong-willed, and I love that she can make people admit her skills. Through the story, Yelena gets a chance to study about self-defense, and as you may already guessed, she becomes amazingly skilled in fights.
It’s very fun to read Yelena interacting with other characters, such as Valek, Ari, Janco, and Irys. Her relationship with Ari and Janco is one of the most pleasant aspects of Magic Study. In short, I love everything about this story. It gets everything you ask: adventure, friendship, tension, and nice touch of romance. A definitely must read!
Could the strange buzzing sound that erupted from my throat and saved my life really be the same as Irys’s power? If so, I must keep my magic a secret. And I had to gain some control of the power to keep it from flaming out. But how? Avoid lifethreatening situations. I scoffed at the notion of evading trouble. Trouble seemed to find me regardless of my efforts. Orphaned. Tortured. Poisoned. Cursed with magic. The list grew longer by the day.
The story is set in Britain and Ireland before the time of Christianity. The framework for Daughter of The Forest is a Germanic tale, The Six Swans, aThe story is set in Britain and Ireland before the time of Christianity. The framework for Daughter of The Forest is a Germanic tale, The Six Swans, a wonderful story from the collection of the Grimm Brothers. Daughter of the Forest is a beautiful and tearful tale, and I find myself crying in many parts of the story.
Sorcha (pronounced: Sor-ra) is the youngest child and the only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. After her mother’s death, Sorcha and her six elder brothers live freely. Quiet abandoned by her father, the seven siblings become so dependent on each other. Together they learn the secrets about their forest and the mythic tale which surrounded it.
One day, their father comes and tells them that he brings a new mother for them. Lady Oonagh is a beautiful woman with proper manners, but all the siblings know that she is dangerous. She is not even human. The seven siblings try to destroy her dark power using the forest power, but Lady Oonagh knows what they try to do and catches them. Sorcha is able to escape, but her six brothers must suffer Lady Oonagh’s curse. She turns them into six swans, and the only time they return to their true shape is on the day of midsummer and midwinter.
Sorcha, with help from mythical creature of the forest, knows that there is a way to break the spell. She has to sew six shirts, one for each brother. The shirts must be made from a thorn bush, and she has to suffer the thorns cutting through her hands while she sews the shirts. She must tell nobody about her brother’s spell, and she has to sacrifice her voice until the curse is lifted. If she says even one word before the curse is undone, then her brothers will remain swans forever.
I find the story is really beautiful, and there are times I find myself drawn deeply into the story. The meeting of Sorcha with a guy from her enemy land plays a great part of the story. Red, the red-haired man who saves her when she is almost drowned, happens to be one of the leaders from her enemy land, Britain. The story of Sorcha and Red is really fun to read. I love most about the way Red protects Sorcha and understands her even though Sorcha can’t say anything at all.
Daughter of the Forest is a really good book and I really recommend it, especially for people who loves remake of fairy tales. Sorcha is a wonderful heroine and she has my sympathy. I admire her dedication and love to her family and her land. Red is a suitable hero to balance Sorcha with his strength and his patience. In short, a must-read book!
Finally I fell asleep, still staring into the candle flame, curled up by small Alys for warmth, with my brothers’ names sounding over and over in my head, as if by saying them I could keep them alive a little longer, just a little. Just long enough.
It’s incredible, the moment when you’re halfway through a book and realize that you’re going to fall in love with it.Come on. What are you afraid of?
It’s incredible, the moment when you’re halfway through a book and realize that you’re going to fall in love with it. It is the kind of book that makes you breathless when you’re reading it and in the end, all you want to do is just to hug the book and congratulate the author. I have the pleasure to tell you that Divergent is one of these books.
I came to Divergent with super high expectation and I’m really glad that I was not even slightly disappointed. The pacing! The worldbuilding! The characters! The well-written plots! Divergent is practically dripping with awesomeness.
Tris is a character I absolutely adore. She’s strong, smart, and brave beyond words. She’s amazing. I was so protective over Tris, and it enraged me that people around her underestimates her just because she couldn’t kick or throw punches well. You can’t judge a person simply by their brute strength.
The chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.
Oh, I want a bracelet with these words engraved! Never had I read a quote that speaks my mind most cleverly. There is such fragile, thin line that separates courage and simply suicide act. Divergent makes me think about the description of bravery and strength. In the end, I conclude that a strong person is someone who can control their strength, and uses it to protect innocent people around them. Someone who knows border between fearlessness and arrogance.
Divergent is harsh. There are so many moments when Tris and Four have to show the ruthless side of them. I like it that both characters are not perfect and their flaws make them even more real. If Divergent is ever turned into a movie, I’m wondering what the rating would be. There are too many contents that won’t be suitable for younger teenager. For example, the whole Dauntless initiation. I can see that Dauntless initiation has good aim but the implementation is horrible. There is great possibility of death in the initiation and in one way, it’s like the forest law when the weak one is eliminated from the picture because they can’t survive the fight and the killing.
I think what Veronica Ross did in this book is very brave. She makes me questioned many things after reading this book. Virtue, selflessness, bravery… everything seems blurry and gray suddenly. I keep feeling that there is such a thin line between brutality and what you have to do. Everyone has their own reasons for their doing. Each person protects on what they believe most, and I just wish that some people in this book can see things from different perspectives.
Divergent is an amazing read and I’m completely in love with the world in this book. This book is highly recommended, especially to fans of Dystopian genre. I think I might get myself three copies of this book: one to reread over and over, one for display in my bookshelf, and the last to lend to my friends so I can spread the wonderfulness of Divergent.
As we walk toward the Pit, I repeat the line Will quoted to myself so I don’t forget it.
I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.