For the first book in series, Stone Guardian guaranted a good read with interesting world building. A mix of paranormal romance with fantasy, p...more4 stars
For the first book in series, Stone Guardian guaranted a good read with interesting world building. A mix of paranormal romance with fantasy, plus many geeks element that I recognized. Maybe because I'm a nerd too :).
An event called Great Collision make Human Realm and Magical Realm become one. Vampire, werewolf, mage, wizard, orcs, goblin, even dragon, all that supranatural creature you can dream of, suddenly invade our world. 26 years later, human accept them, but something extraordinary happen when a woman name Larissa Miller chased by zombie and then guarded by a gargoyle. Not just a mere gargoyle, for Terak is the leader of Clan Gargoyle and nothing can stop him from protect Larissa. Beware vampire and werewolf, there was a new hottie in paranormal world, a gargoyle that as sexy as you are, as protective and possessive, and have a golden heart. Terak made me want to have gargoyle for my own. Even, I'm not sure what I can do with a guy who have stone-like skin, leathery wings and.. tail ;).
Anyhoo, when I think maybe Stone Guardian is the same old paranormal romance, there are merryband of supernatural romp that scream "girl power!" that is The Guild. They are Fallon, a redhead with fiery temper that wield sword called Tenro and have title as "Dragon Slayer". Her unique and eccentric mage friend, an Asia woman name Laire. Then their comrade, Aislinn, an elf who wield her arrow with deadly accurancy. Well, this trio kinda remind me of Aragorn-Legolas-Gimli (plus Gandalf, for Laire) from Lords of the Ring! ;). Of course the Guild is not just them. There are Wulver, a were and Kyo, a Psy-Mage that is mysterious. Love vampire? Don't worry, there was Reign, a master vampire that somehow obsessed with Fallon.
BTW, I do have some question. Like : (view spoiler)[# What is The Guild actually? There's no explanation about The Guild, their appearance kinda like random, even they do help Larissa and Terak. I wonder what their role in this series. # Fallon called as "Dragon Slayer". Yet she (or maybe Terak, I can't remember) stated that dragon doesn't exist. While I remember, in the first, there was a dragon flying. # Who is the real leader of the Guild? It stated that Wulver was the boss. But when Fallon, Laire and Wulver met Reign, Wulver do not act as boss. So, yeah, I kinda confussed here. # What is the cause behind Great Collision? Is it just a catasthropic event or someone responsible behind it? # Michael, one of Larrisa's brother admit that he is in special force. What kind of special force anyway? There's no further information, make me curious. (hide spoiler)]
also, near the end the action become too rushed. I don't mind if the book have more pages, so Ms Monsch can explore more about the world and put more action. And especially The Guild, for I really intrigued by them ;)
What I love from Stone Guardian, beside so many fantasy element is, it avoid some paranormal romance cliches. First, no band of hot and hunky men, that remind me of Black Dagger Brotherhood. It same old same old, and kinda overused right now. I'm glad that Ms Monsch replace it with Fallon-Laire-Aislinn (even I can't exclude Wulver of course), because women can kick ass too. Then, it doesn't have a character who age span is hundred or thousand, that in the end make their mate sacrifice their immortality. Terak explain that Gargoyle and human have a same age span, so the possibility for Larissa and Terak to live until death do us part (aka live until their old age) are plenty.
Oh, do I forget to mention that both Larissa and Terak are virgin??. Whoop, I'm so happy when read this! Virgin heroines are overrated right now, and virgin heroes are rare as a jewel. To combine both, well.. sizzling! While Terak is virgin, he do so "creative" when it comes to sex. And their last sex scene? I tell you that Terak's wing is a very useful tool.
For the cover, well Ms Monsch so lucky to have Nathalia Suellen to design the cover. I really love Stone Guardian cover. Again, it not try to be sexy, with a hunk that show his six(or eight packs) pose awkwardly and sometimes have his head chopped. The cover show Terak in his full glory. Menacing, yet mysterious and show his protectiveness. Simply put, gorgeus!
I'm glad to discover Stone Guard, and can't wait to explore more the Entwined Realm series. This is a series that paranormal romance lover must read!
PS : Dear Ms Monsch, I see that you are an otaku. Do you love Samurai Deeper Kyo? For there are character name Kyo, and you named Fallon's sword with Tenro. Not that I complaint, I'm fans of Samurai Deeper Kyo, and yes, I'm an otaku too :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Heran kenapa novel dengan tema sinetron ini banyak yang suka dan bahkan juara 1 Lomba Amore.
Mungkin lini Amore, diganti aja namanya jadi lini "Novel S...moreHeran kenapa novel dengan tema sinetron ini banyak yang suka dan bahkan juara 1 Lomba Amore.
Mungkin lini Amore, diganti aja namanya jadi lini "Novel Sinetron", jadi pas dengan tema bukunya.
Awalnya mau kasih 3 bintang, lalu dua bintang, laluuuuuu ada SATU topik yang bikin saya bete setengah mati, yang akhirnya bikin saya terpaksa tega kasih cuma 1 bintang
Maaf ya Tia, sayang banget rasanya kalau kamu sia-siakan bakat nulis dengan CUMA nulis novel Amore.
Review lengkap abis emosi gw reda. Kombinasi plot sinetron ga jelas, cewe bego (katanya S2, di LN pula), cowo bego dan juga tema klise macam amnesia, serta kebetulan lagi bad day, bikin gw pengen gigit orang.
Harusnya judul terjemahannya jangan Cinta Terlarang, karena kesannya jadi rancu (walau emang hubungan antara Will dan Lake, kesannya "forbidden"
Tokoh...moreHarusnya judul terjemahannya jangan Cinta Terlarang, karena kesannya jadi rancu (walau emang hubungan antara Will dan Lake, kesannya "forbidden"
Tokoh favorite disini : Eddie, Kel dan Julia. Ga termehek2 sama Will sayangnya. Ni cowok g jelas juga sih. Selain PHP, kurang dewasa dan kurang nahan emosi. Untung Lake bukan tipikal remaja yang menyebalkan. Ga kayak Bella Soang yang dependent banget :))
Jadi penasaran sama band The Avett Brothers gara - gara ini *garuk dagu*, ternyata ada membernya yang ganteng :))
Dear bu dokter A.s. Dewi, Putri, Bea dan B-zee, saya kagum sama kalian semua :') *sungkemin satu2*
Kalau ditanya "nyesel ga dulu ga masuk FK", jawabannya? Nggak kok =))
Waktu masih kecil dulu (umur TK-SD kalau ga salah), sering banget ditanyain sama orang - orang (entah itu tetangga sebelah rumah, saudara sepupu, bulik paklik bude pakde, eyang kakung, eyang putri, delele) kalau udah gede mau jadi apa. Dan gw pun jawab dengan polos :"mau jadi dokter". Bahkan sampai SMP juga tetep sama. Pengen jadi dokter. Ortu mah sudah puas aja denger anaknya bercita - cita setinggi langit bangsal RS. Sudah berandai - andai kalau anaknya bakalan jadi dokter sukses, duit banyak, dapat menantu dokter pula (plus ganteng, naik mobil jaguar atau merci, alphard, dll. Rumahnya ada kolamnya, tapi ga sampai lah ada adegan dilempar ke kolam dari balkon lantai 2 =))). Ugh, paket komplit KFC sama McD aja kalah, cing!
Cumaaaa, pas SMP pelajaran Biologi dan Fisika dicampur menjadi IPA yang menurutku sih gampang bukan main (sombong banget yak, padahal pas UAS nilainya cuma dapat 6 X) ). Dan kagetlah pas masa SMA dapat Biologi murni. Saat itulah cita - cita jadi dokter mulai goyah. Semakin goyah saat kelas dua SMA, kebetulan guru biologi lagi iseng dan mengadakan ujian ala Fakultas Kedokteran. Dimana soal - soal ditaruh di meja, lalu tiap murid hanya diberi waktu 1-2 menit untuk ngerjain. Aku tentu aja bengong dong pas lihat pertanyaan akar pohon X masuk akar dikotyl atau monokotyl. Mana bisa mikir kalau kayak gitu? Belum selesai milih jawaban, belnya udah teng aja dan harus pindah ke meja berikutnya. Sudah bisa diduga hasil ujian cuma dapat nilai 2 (syukur ga dapat nol), dan sang guru cuma bisa geleng - geleng kepala melihat hasil rata - rata kelas yang bikin siapapun menangis.
Sejak saat itulah udah cukup, ga mau masuk FK. Konyol? Emang. Apalagi cita - cita yang dari dokter lalu pengen masuk arkeologi UGM karena terinspirasi Indiana Jones ditertawakan orangtua. Katanya sih "takut hantu mau masuk candi? Adanya nanti kamu nangis tok kerjaannya". Akhirnya demi ortu juga, saia pun terdampar di Teknik Sipil dan jadi tukang bangunan yang kerja di dunia perindustrian kelas berat. Sungguh ga nyambung.
Malah jadi cerita tentang gw gini :P.
Tahu buku Koas Racun ini dari reviewnya salah satu blogger BBI, bu dokter Dewi di Goodreads. I call her bu dokter, ya karena dia dokter (jayus ah). Kebetulan nih, kemaren sekretaris tempat proyek dihadiahin temannya buku ini, Pulang karya Leila S Chudori, dan Box Set Ika Natassa. Sukses bikin iri setengah mati karena mana pernah gw bernasib sama kayak dia. Kalau iya, pasti udah dihadiahin The Casual Vacancydari jaman jebot!
Akhirnya hari ini, di saat semua manajer pergi ke site proyek dan ketimbang gw bengong di depan komputer mantengin Gudrids padahal kerjaan juga numpuk, dia berbaik hati mau minjemin dengan syarat musti dine-in.. eh baca di tempat. Saia ga kenal Andreas Kurniawan maupun alter ego Twitternya @koasracun. Emang bukan penggemar selebtwit sih (biar juga dibilang gak gaul), apalagi yang sampe ngeretweet2 tweet mereka, abis ga penting juga #dikepruk.
Sang @koasracun mengawali buku ini dengan perkenalan tentang Koas, alias Ko asisten, alias dokter muda (iya kali yak). Beliau memaparkan suka duka menjadi koas, tingkatan - tingkatan dalam dunia koas seperti koas, residen dan konsulen (yang jujur masih ga ngeh bedanya dimana sih? terutama yang konsulen ma residen). Buku ini disertai juga dengan beberapa istilah kedokteran yang walau rumit, si @Koasracun ga pelit kasih tau artinya kok. Dia juga menjelaskan beberapa fakta salah kaprah tentang kedokteran seperti :
- Dokter ga pernah sakit. Duh, mereka kan manusia. Dan kerjanya di rumah sakit yang notabene persebaran penyakitnya lebih ganas dan juga rentan terpapar penyakit.
- Dokter ga takut sama hantu. Siapa bilang? Lihat lagi point yang di atas. Walau mungkin di depan kenalannya mereka ketawa pas nonton film horror penuh mutilasi macam SAW, aslinya mereka keder juga kalau nonton sendirian.
-Tulisan dokter jelek biar ga bisa dibaca sama pasien. Yang bener karena mereka seringnya harus menulis cepat dalam waktu singkat, hal itu (tulisan jelek bak ceker ayam) tidak bisa dihindari (bener ga wahai para dokter? X) )
@koasracun juga membeberkan tipe - tipe koas, pengalamannya saat jaga malam, jenis - jenis praktikum, jenis pasien yang mereka hadapi, jenis - jenis ujian yang harus dihadapi selama masa jadi koas, dan yang bikin terenyuh, hubungan love-hate relationship mereka dengan yang namanya tidur. Gini bikin jadi teringat saat lagi ber-whatsapp ria dengan bu dokter Dewi dan Aki Hippo yang belakangan ini ngaku jadi Hipporine, kembaran salah lahirnya Wolverine (dijitak yang bersangkutan). Pembicaraan semakin memanas (ah ga perlu tau kita pada ngomongin apa X) ). Bahkan menjelang jam 2 pagi mereka berdua masih dengan getolnya balas WA, sementara cewek cantik ini (aka saya dong) sudah yang terancam teler di atas lapangan kapuk. Untuk Aki Hippo, pasti begadang karena dia nonton bola. Lah bu dokter Dewi ngapain jam segitu? Ouch ternyata lagi jaga malam, dan esoknya pun dia masih sempat balas Tweet jam 9 pagi. Haduh, kapan tidurnya? :'(
Bagian yang paling lucu adalah saat @koasracun mengutarakan kekritisannya akan film... dan sinetron. Yup, gw sih setuju banget dengan dia kalau sinetron itu memang pembodohan masal. @koasracun mengupas beberapa aspek medis dalam sinetron yang tentu semua bagi dia adalah janggal. Yang paling bisa relate dengan dunia buku (apalagi romance) adalah amnesia. Sudah banyak yang memakai tema ini, dan biasanya beberapa lupa nama sendiri (tahu kan kadang ada dialog seperti "siapa aku?" "aku ada dimana?", bla bla bla). Disini @koasracun dengan sumber spesialis neurologi bilang "kalau tidak mungkin seseorang mengalami amnesia sampai melupakan data dasar seperti namanya sendiri". Nah, lho. Bisa jadi masukan nih buat mereka yang entah pengen nulis novel ada unsur mediknya atau bikin script film/drama/sinetron (lagi), berkonsultasilah dulu dengan dokter! Jangan sampai anda ditertawakan saat membuat novel dengan unsur medis yang janggal, seperti kompres dengan air panas (tapi ga lebay lah sampai ada yang meninggal) atau CPR yang berlebihan pakai tenaga superman :)).
Di buku ini @koasracun mengutarakan kalau mahasiswa FK dibiasakan kritis, dan mereka adalah orang yang suka cari masalah. Aminin aja deh buat ini, karena tahu kalau itu benar apalagi pas ngereview buku yang masuk kacrut (dan lalu dijitak sama yang suka buku kacrut =)) ). Menjadi dokter juga bukan berarti mereka enteng jodoh, mengingat jadwal koas ga menentu. Bagian favorit dari buku ini adalah tipe - tipe mahasiswa, karena aslinya semua fakultas itu tipe mahasiswanya ya itu - itu aja. Kayak tipe mahasiswa berdasarkan tepat waktunya, dimana jelas gw masuk tipe post time di saat jadi karyawan saat ini. Datang 30 menit setelah jam masuk kantor, padahal kosnya deket banget :)). Ada juga yang berdasarkan cara ngerjain tugas, cara presentasinya, cara bertanya pas diskusi, cara dia nanggapin pertanyaan, cara menghabiskan waktu di kampus, dan lain - lain.
Bukan berarti buku ini ga ada kekurangan. Kekurangan yang paling utama adalah adanya beberapa typos (salah ketik) walau sebenernya sih ga terlalu mengurangi kenikmatan baca. Lalu beberapa illustrasi yang penulis selipkan di beberapa bagian dengan memakai ikon troll dan meme yang biasa ada di 9gag (duh istilahnya apa seh?). Beberapa memang tepat dan mengundang tawa, tapi ada juga yang diletakkan di tengah bagian penjelasan dan terus terang ganggu!
Saia punya teman seorang dokter (yang sebenarnya baru dilantik) yang menurutku sih songong (ups). Tapi di Goodreads ini, yang dokter (seperti bu dokter Dewi, B-zee, Bea dan Putri) mereka ya baik - baik aja. Jadi ragu sama analisa awal gw bahwa biasanya dokter itu sombong, hehehe. Tidak ada kesan sombong dari @koasracun. Hanya sarkasme (bedakan dengan omongan sombong ya) dan dia hanya mencoba mengulas kenyataan di dunia kedokteran tanpa terlalu menggurui Pada akhirnya, buku ini memberikan wawasan baru di dunia kedokteran, sekaligus membuat gw bersyukur ga masuk FK :)). Tapi, salut sama mereka yang masuk FK, dan ga berlebihan kalau saia bilang perjuangan mereka luar biasa. Cuma, tetep betelah kalau periksa ke dokter di Jakarta. Udah mahal, periksanya cepet pula, kadang obatnya ga manjur (eh?)
Buat para lulusan SMA yang mau masuk FK, baca buku ini buat tahu seluk beluk di dunia kedokteran, terutama pas jadi koas dan nantinya ga kaget.
Buat para ortu yang pengen anaknya jadi dokter, baca buku ini biar bisa menyiapkan anaknya dan ga mikir yang muluk - muluk. Apalagi kuciwa anaknya ga bisa kasih mantu sesama dokter.
Buat yang sudah masuk FK atau siapapun yang kerja di dunia medis, bacalah buku ini semata untuk hiburan dan salah satu opsi untuk menahan kantuk saat jaga malam atau ngerjain tugas.
Buat khalayak umum kayak saya, bacalah buku ini sebagai tambahan ilmu, dan mengubah pandangan kita akan dunia kedokteran. Boleh juga dibaca pas lagi ga ada kerjaan atau magabut (makan gaji buta).
Buku yang menceritakan seluk beluk kedokteran sudah banyak. Kapan ya ada buku yang menceritakan seluk beluk dunia konstruksi? *garuk2 dagu*
EDIT : Menurut Teh Indri, sudah ada buku tentang dunia konstruksi, tapi lebih ke arsitektur, yaitu 99 Untuk Arsitek karangan orang dengan nama sama kayak penulis ripiu ini. Tapi lebih pengen buku yang ceritain suka duka di site proyek, terutama yang di daerah terpencil. Kan banyak dinamikanya tuh.(less)
Read my review in Indonesian on my little blog here:
This book give me so many FEELING.
Firstm, I'm so ashamed to admit that recently I'm so...more4,5 stars
Read my review in Indonesian on my little blog here:
This book give me so many FEELING.
Firstm, I'm so ashamed to admit that recently I'm so hot headed, so stubborn for delaying to read Heart of Obsidian. WHY? Because I'm so pissed off when reading any spoiler about who The Ghost was and it spoiled my excitement when the book finally come in my hand.
But then, after reading, I keep in my mind that the core of Heart of Obsidian was not who is The Ghost?, because his real identity is no longer matter to me. Heart of Obsidian is a story about two lost souls, two wounded hearts, two broken human beings who finally pass their obstacles and do not want to give up into each other. A story about a dual cardinal Psy and also Councilor with eyes so dark like a midnight sky named Kaleb Krychek and a woman who will make him destroy the world just to see her happy, Sahara Kyriakus.
This book started so slow, and the mystery is too deep, make me confused and frustated to know what exactly going on between that two. I also deeply disturbed by Kaleb's behavior to Sahara in the first part. His dominance make me scream, make me "I don't want to read another alpha male that do not respect the heroine!", also Sahara seems like a meek woman. Yet, as the story unraveled, as we venture deep into Kaleb and Sahara's relationship and their past, all his demeanor and Sahara's act to him made sense. Made me understand Kaleb, a broken man with broken mind and soul, yet still fight for what he considered as his. Sahara too, not a damsel in distress. She seems so weak at first because of her captivity, yet in the end she show her strength. I applause Nalini for handled this sensitive (for me!) topic with grace and her beautiful writing style.
Oh, did I forget to tell you that Nalini's prose and words are so beautiful, sometimes it make your heart ache? That's what happen to me after read Heart of Obsidian. While Kaleb and Sahara's revelation of love sometimes can be too cheesy and over the top, sometimes I ached for them both. I'm jealous for Sahara, for have a man that soooo devoted to her. That Kaleb not hesitant to bring the world to its ending, tear it apart, if anything bad happen to her. Such a loyalty! Such a quality that I rarely found in romance novels that had so many overused theme, if you get my meaning.
Last, ahhh, I don't know what to said anymore, except if you not read Heart of Obsidian, READ IT ASAP! Buy your copy, or borrow it in library. If you already had it, don't make mistake like me. To neglect this book and missed a beautiful love story.
And, congrats for Heart of Obsidian to won Romantic Times Reviewers Award for Paranormal Romance category. I know that this book deserve it. Another keeper for sure!
For my early opinion and guess about this book, you can see it in this spoiler. Contain so many amused thing, I'm assured you :)
(view spoiler)[UPDATE Nalini just posted two first chapter of Heart of Obsidian, and yes, I refuse to read it. I also refuse to read the first review of HoO posted in Goodreads, since it's way to kill my joy to read the book unspoiled. Also resist to read any Nalini Singh's interview on the blog world about this book. Yep, I'm stubborn like that, lol!
But today, I can't finally resist to follow The Ghost hijacking Nalini Singh's twitter, answer some question about him. I believe he do it unwillingly and still full of secrecy. This is what I gather from his (?) tweets :
- He doesn't understand with friendship concept, even Judd and Xavier believe they are friend. - He has no family, but related to someone we have met, but the relationship is unknown by others. The relative is male. He will not answer further question about his lineage. - For him, loyalty is everything, that's why he trust Judd, because Judd loyal to his family. He will not betray Judd and Xavier (awww!) - His identity may or may not shock readers. Depend on how we see him (I will not shocked!). - He does not have tattoo (yes!) - Two characters know about his identity , one might be Judd. Since Ghost said, that man know who exactly he is. - The Ghost considered using Sienna for his plan and no, he's not related to her. He also avoid question about Arrow - The Ghost have touchy feeling about marriage (lol!), decline any marriage proposal from readers! - The Ghost is.. virgin!! (woohoo). He never had sex, but it's a tool he will use if necessary. - He had broken when he was child. - His loyalty is to a woman, and his plan seems for this woman too, a woman he met when he was broken.
Now I will imagine Benedict Cumberbatch as Ghost. Yess, he will be perfect Ghost!
Somebody, please bribe Nalini with chocolate or something sweet so she will spill some secret on this book.
Cover and title revealed!
Some speculation about this book :
The cover remind me of Star Trek Into Darkness movie poster
So, the hero might be The Ghost, with the candicate are Kaleb, Vasic or Aden (based on discussion on Nalini Singh fans Goodreads Group). Why its Ghost? There's some passage from Kiss of Snow that mention about "Obsidian" (thanks, Lulu!):
From Kiss of Snow: "That left him with the Obsidian archive. Created by the NetMind, the neosentience that was the guardian and librarian of the Net, the Obsidian archive was a backup in case the PsyNet ever suffered a catastrophic failure. The Ghost had named it Obsidian because the complexity of data within it made it all but a wall of black. Only a rare few individuals had ever realized the Obsidian archive existed. Even fewer knew how to access it."
According to one of readers, its from Kaleb's POV. So, Kaleb maybe not Ghost? I believe that Ghost is male, since the cover have man on it. Beside, based on the similarity with Star Trek movie poster (ehm, I don't know if Nalini is Trekkie or not *cough*) which there's opinion that in Star Trek (I might be wrong) the character that played by Benerdict Cumberbatch is might be anti-hero, person who regret his wrong doing and become better. So, its can be Kaleb, can be Vasic, can be Aden. OR a new person we never know of?
And I think this one will feature Psy-Psy couple, yay!
Official Blurb will be revealed in March 2013! Blurb is up!
Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy- Changeling world…
A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.
From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.
Ugh, this blurb is not explain anything. But the hero become Ghost is true (and still hold possibilities between Kaleb or Vasic). And the heroine might be Alice. I mean, she had been comatose for a long time, right? (hide spoiler)]
First book of the Phoenix Force series (and part of Draicon Werewolf series)
Lt Matthew "Dakota" Parker is part of Navy SEALs,...moreARC provided by NetGalley
First book of the Phoenix Force series (and part of Draicon Werewolf series)
Lt Matthew "Dakota" Parker is part of Navy SEALs, but not just ordinary SEALs. As Draicon werewolf, he also part of paranormal black ops which the assignment is annihilate anything paranorm that threat his country. After lost his buddy, a werejaguar Adam, he lost himself. That after he get a new task , to find Orb of Light and paired with a woman Fae, Sienna. Even there are attraction between them, Sienna who is part Fae part Draicon refuse to accept her Draicon part. Believe that her father, a cruel Draicon werewolf kill her mother and make Sienna shunned by her Fae clan after she reach age of 21. The only family she know.
Together, Matt and Sienna must search the Orb, before the pyro demon, their enemy reach it. Pyro demons also responsible for Adam's death, so Matt seek for vengeance. Meanwhile, the wolf inside him recognize its mate from Sienna. Matt must convice Sienna to accept her Draicon part, which is difficult because Sienna is stubborn. Even no longer think that Matt is her enemy, its hard for Sienna to become Draicon, a creature who she despise a lot and choose her Fae part. While her Fae power include glamour already fading. With an eney hot on their trail, Sienna and Matt must find the orb, and resolve the problem between them to make their relationship work
Combine Navy SEALs,covert team and paranormal world, Ms Vanak deliver a sexy and heartwrenching story with this new installment of her Draicon Wolf series. Both characters are damaged and feel like they don't belong to their family. Matt who feel strange with his Draicon pack, and Sienna who shunned by her Fae clan. Ms Vanak already use this trope (where the characters are tortured mentally) with her previous Draicon books, but its never failed me to enjoy this book. Even the Covert Wolf is from Nocturne lines, and usually the length of the book is less than 300 pages, the story still fast paced and full of action. The mystery of who the real enemy and the real identity of Sienna still wrapped until almost the end of the story.
The relationship between Matt and Sienna is not rushed. The beast inside Matt recognize Sienna and want to mated with her. But take a lot of trust between them to finally accept the bond. I sometimes irritated with Sienna because she so stubborn and even she want Matt, she still resist him until almost the end. Beside the fact that Matt is draicon, he also Navy SEALs and his job is priority number one. Sienna want him alone, just for hers. I will not blame her, I will do the same too. But Ms Vanak can make a satisfied conclusion for their problem.
Readers who love paranormal romance combine with sexy military hero and though heroine will enjoy this. Even The Covert Wolf is part of Draicon series and there are some cameo from previous books, we will not confuse when read it.
Wow, this one turn up to be so good. Better than the first, Angel of Darkness. Really love Sammael aka Sam. He still evil till the end, the fact that h...moreWow, this one turn up to be so good. Better than the first, Angel of Darkness. Really love Sammael aka Sam. He still evil till the end, the fact that he fall in love with Seline don't change his devilish character a little bit.
Favorite quote :
“Angels . . .” Sam shook his head. “Sometimes, they’re just too damn cocky. Just because they’re high up on the food chain, it doesn’t mean they can’t still get eaten.”
Lucky, I got from netgalley. Woohooo, can't wait to read Az' story. Even I still prefer Sam :).(less)
Three reason why I have kinda love-hate with this book : 1. Jolie annoyed a hell alot of me. Sometimes she's too TSTL. Moan...moreMore like 3,5 stars actually
Three reason why I have kinda love-hate with this book : 1. Jolie annoyed a hell alot of me. Sometimes she's too TSTL. Moaning about her love life, so insecure with herself. Also she's too immature. One time she believe her true love is Rand, next she lusting after Sinjin. She also dating Trent to make Rand pissed off,because Rand even he seems to have interest to Jolie constantly reject her. But when Trent break up with her, she moan, wailing how he's a jerk. Then back to Rand. I want to pulling my hair each time I read her part. 2. Why seems like all hot men lusting after Jolie? From Rand, her warlock employer, then the sexy vampire Sinjin, the werewolf that she bring back from death, Trent whose then be her boyfriend but dump her afterward, and Odran the Fairy King. That like, 4 hot men desire Jolie, jezzz. 3. A Cliffhanger ending. I. Freakin.Hate. Cliffhanger!! The problem with Bella, Jolie's enemy still unresolved. That's mean I must read the next!
And one reason, after some hot foreplay scenes, there's no sex scene in this book. Nope. Nada. Zero. Zing. Damn! :|
But, the ending kinda killed me and I want to know what will happen next. I hope Jolie and Rand's problem will be fixed. (less)
Nyeseeel, nyeseeel, nyeseeeeeel ga baca ini dari dulu. Udah beli sejak bulan Januari 2012, bacanya baru Oktober 2013. Nyaris dua tahun! Gini ini loh, kalau sifat penimbun terus dipelihara, sementara bacanya malah baca ebook! -_____-"
Suka sama Sadie ketimbang Carter. Ini anak cewek beneran baru umur 12 tahun tapi mulutnya minta disikat aja XD. Sarcasm level tinggi untuk anak umur segitu. Atau orang - orang bule memang begitu? Sampai orang tua dan dewa dibuat "mainan" sama Sadie :|
Lalu, masih dini sih kalau ada cinta - cintaannya segala. Ini aku yang kolot atau gimana? Tapi umur 12-14 tahun sudah mikir cinta itu aneh deh, walau memang disampaikannya secara subtle
Terjemahannya... ngeliat yang nyunting.. hmm, no comment dah. Ada bagian yang menurutku kacau abis, kayak baju orang Mesir jaman kuno dibilang "kilt". Padahal kilt jelas2 dari Skotlandia, abad 15 pula. Pake padanan lain selain "kilt" juga bisa kan? Lagian "kilt" udah terlalu identik sama para Highlander :P
Untungnya sudah punya Throne of Fire (liat yang nyunting kok masih sama) dan Serpent Shadow (masih pesen, biasa deh bukabuku, selalu nungguin lama :|) , semoga sih ngga dibaca 1-2 tahun kemudian XD(less)
Buku yang membuat aku percaya, bahwa kelak genre fantasy Indonesia akan "berbicara". Tidak hanya di dalam negeri , tapi juga di dunia international (a...moreBuku yang membuat aku percaya, bahwa kelak genre fantasy Indonesia akan "berbicara". Tidak hanya di dalam negeri , tapi juga di dunia international (amin dulu :P)
Kasih 3,5 bintang aja, karena ternyata emang bener masih bagusan yang pertama.
Gaya cerita Mbak Trinity yang nama aslinya entah siapa ini (lah), tetep...moreKasih 3,5 bintang aja, karena ternyata emang bener masih bagusan yang pertama.
Gaya cerita Mbak Trinity yang nama aslinya entah siapa ini (lah), tetep asyik dibaca, tapi emang bener beberapa berasa komersil. Kayak pas beliau cerita di Dubai dan promosi rumah keluarganya (he he he). Tapi pas ke Dubai dia dibayarin kantor, enak bener, jadi iri dot com. Anehnya ada bagian yang udah ada di buku satu, nongol lagi di buku 2. Kayak bagian "Pulau James Bond dan Candi Angelina". Lah, buat apa coba dimasukin? Mana tulisannya sama pula, tumpek, plek.
Di buku 2 ini, Mbak T pergi ke Republik Palau buat liat hiu (dan ternyata hiu paling gede, the whale sharks adalah vegetarian! alias tidak makan daging manusia), ke Turki nebeng orang tak dikenal dan mandi di pemandian terkenal tapi malah saltum, studinya ketika di Filipina, pas ke Dubai dan favoritku adalah saat Mbak Trinity ke Pulau Komodo. Eh, ada satu lagi sih, saat dia bete liat pasangan bule ma cewe Indo, yang mau merebut tempat duduknya di pesawat. Kata2 si cewe yang bikin aku termehek.. eh terkekeh.
Seperti biasa Mbak Trinity suka ngeliatin berondong, dan masih suka cowo Itali. Menurutnya cowo yang gampang dikerjain adalah cowo Italia dan Yunani. Wuih, cowo - cowo type tycoon [menurut Harlequin]
Ratingnya ga final, karena ada beberapa halaman yang hilang, hauu hauu hauuuuuu T_______T Jadi terpaksa nukerin lagi deh.
Tapi seru banget Mbak T ini. W...moreRatingnya ga final, karena ada beberapa halaman yang hilang, hauu hauu hauuuuuu T_______T Jadi terpaksa nukerin lagi deh.
Tapi seru banget Mbak T ini. Walau suka jelek2in Indonesia, akhir2nya malah bilang Indonesia tetep The Best.. buat hal - hal tertentu :)) . Cuma, baca buku ini harus open minded banget, karena ada beberapa kebiasaan Mbak Trinity yang jelek dimataku, kayak ngerokok (lah cewe kok ngerokok) dan dugem sampai pagi (maklum saia anak daerah). Dan lebih mencerna info - info traveling di dalamnya, terutama dalam hal makanan, karena yang Muslim (tanpa bermaksud SARA) pasti bakal ribet nemu makanan di tempat asing, apalagi kalo backpackeran.
Kesukaan Mbak Trinity akan cowo Italia, mengingatkanku pada salah satu temen yang juga suka cowo Italia. Dan bilang kalau cowo Perancis lokal jelek2. Ya iyalah, walau Perancis punya Gaspard Ulliel, Gaspard mah ARTIS! Pemaen bola Perancis yang cakep aja cuma si Karim Benzema, hu...
Kalo aku sih sukanya ya cowo Belanda tertentu, yang namanya Robin van Persie. Paling cakep sejagad raya Belanda deh #gaadayangnanya(less)
My first DNF for this year. The idea is good, and I'm agree with some reviewer this book is Twilight for adults. But,right now this book just not held...moreMy first DNF for this year. The idea is good, and I'm agree with some reviewer this book is Twilight for adults. But,right now this book just not held my interest. Maybe will continue reading later.
Found this at Periplus when I'm waiting my plane (waiting is sucks). Alas, this book not included at 50% sale (booo), but since I always curious when it comes at overhyped books, hope this book will great and I'm not wasting my money(less)
This anthology is a collection of story about NAVY SEALs, both retired and still on mission. For a complete rundown, you can read UniquelyMoi Dhestiny's review here : http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
My short opinion and brief synopsis:
- Foreword from Robyn Carr Yes, just a foreword. But a good ones, LOL! I hope she write the story too :)
- Coming Home by Jami Alden Umm, this one have potential. A SEALs coming home to attend his mom's funeral and meet with his-ex. ALAS, the story is too short, just 3 chapter =(
- Baby I'm Back by Stephanie Bond A retired Navy whose leg was injured,then met with his childhood friend. While undergoing rehab turned out the coach is that girl. There are eight chapters, so quite a long story
-SEALED by Fates by Kylie Brant A retired SEALs who became cowboys and help the neighbor lady who was once his brother's friends. To face her former cruel stepmother and defend her child.
- Going Dark by Helen Brenna The mission in Somalia to rescue the US medical team. An officer met the girl who had left him, and she was now a prisoner. The girl asked the officer to rescue her brother, who become prisoner too.
- Finding Home by HelenKay Dimon A woman working at Erites embassy and the embassy was attacked. A NAVY SEALs rescue her, and they have stockholm syndrome (well the story is simple like that).
- SEALED with a Kiss by Cindy Gerard This is part of the Black Ops, Inc series. So I a little bit unfamiliar. This is one of my favorite story. A NAVY SEALs on their honeymoon with his wife in Republic of Palau. Surprises that had planned instead turned into a disaster.
-Panama Jack by Tara Janzen The most weird stories, IMO. Or maybe Tara Janzen's writing just not for me. Too short, but fast flow, make me confused when reading it,LOL. About a woman secret agent that working with a SEALs to secure an important object.
- Wrapped and SEALED by Leslie Kelly A SEALs remember his past, once he met a woman on the battlefield and can not forget it. Unexpectedly he met the woman while on duty to be Santa Claus at his grandmother's house!
- Worth the Risk by Elle Kennedy A SEALs went home and asked his childhood friend to travel with him, but the girl has no power to leave her ill aunt.
- Twenty One Hours by Alison Kent Forest fires requires rapid handling of fire fighting units, and one of its members who are also SEALs met his high school friends. He only had 21 hours to win her heart.
- Not Waving but Drowning by Jo Leigh A SEALs visit to his best friend ( a girl). Later they ended up lovers (simple again,LOL!)
- Her Secret Pirate by Gennita Low A SEALs assigned to rescue the daughter of an important person in the USA. Apparently it was his girlfriend's who he must rescue.
- SEALED by Fate by Marliss Melton A SEALs Team must rescue the daughter of a senator. This task is considered annoying by one of its members. But when he met with the senator's daughter, he felt they would often meet.
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours ... by Christie Ridgway The background is Thanksgiving and again about a rescue mission by the SEALs. An officer rescued a woman at the request of her uncle. But unfortunately they were together only briefly, because the SEALs should return to duty.
- Dog Heart by Barbara Samuel An officer SEALs and his best friend's dog fighter (who had killed), have a same condition, both are crippled. Together they try to organize their life with his ex-girlfriend try to help them. The story is quite unique, because there are elements of the animal, where we can know an animal can also fight in the battlefield (FYI, the name of the dog is Thor, remind me of Chris Hemsworth!)
- Whirlwind by Roxanne St. Claire A woman who is an eyewitness, hide from her pursuit. When the storm arrived, an unidentified man knocked on her door. The man who turns SEALs wanted an pocket watch that inherited by his grandfather's, turn its owned by that woman, while the woman race against time trying to avoid the killer.
- Holding On by Stephanie Tyler Part of Hold series. So I am again not familiar. Is arguably the "after story" type. I so want to read the original book, because it sounds interesting.
- Letters to Ellie by Loreth Anne White The saddest story in this book. A woman waiting for her fiance that MIA (missing in action) for 15 years! Suddenly, a friend of her fiance who turn up already dead, sent letters that written by her fiance. That man says that he loves her, after writing the letter to her.
My conclusion after reading this series is, how the stories has a very little variation, and everything almost the same .Although the writing style is definitely different. There is a satisfactory solution, there is also a "the story end enough here" only. I see the pattern of the story there are 4 major themes, namely whether the hero was still active or retired SEALs, the story about them after discharge or in the rescue mission, meeting with a childhood friend / past and become lovers, and the latter falls in love with a rescued aka stockholm syndrome.
What are unique and probably my favorite story are SEALED by a Kiss by Cindy Gerard, Dog's Heart by Barbara Samuel, Whirlwind by Roxanne St. Claire, Holding On by Stephanie Tyler and the story that makes me almost cry, Letters to Ellie. For other authors, overalls its okay, though not variative. Some of the stories I was also quite liked. Unfortunately the good ones are placed almost in the end of this book
Seeing the seriousness of this authors to make this book, once I think in my mind, when Indonesia romance author will make a story about our troops? If I notice, usually the story is just about everyday life, socialite life, frenetic city of Jakarta and its surroundings. But why have not find any to tell the story of our troops. Well, maybe because we not too familiar with our army, the different culture and my country's condition (corruption, etc). I'm not say US army are perfect, but if the Indonesian author wants to write about the Indonesian army forces, especially from the romance POV, well that's definitely so cool! To could see that though soldiers from another angle. And would probably make us more respect to them. Because who else does that keep our country if not the nation's army?
Well hopefully my wish that someday Indonesia romance author writing romance of our troops in Indonesia could become a reality.
Favorite Quote : I have so many, but I will write one that make me always smile when read it :
Lord, thank you Life is good It's turned out just The way it should (SEALed by a Kiss - Cindy Gerard)
Warning : Contain some spoilers, mean and rude words. But at last I'm honest.
Note : I realize one friend just remove me from her/his GR friend list. D...moreWarning : Contain some spoilers, mean and rude words. But at last I'm honest.
Note : I realize one friend just remove me from her/his GR friend list. Don't know who, and don't care why. If she/he remove me because offended with this review, I'll not say sorry. Compare to another snarky review, mine is still tame.
Okay,I finally decide to read the overhyped and overfamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes, the curiousity finally won. I do read it because I want to know the hype and knowing the book will be translated in my country, Indonesia. So yeah, before the translator kinda messed this up cencored it, I must know and read the original content. I'm happy to have some friends who doing buddy read with me. And after almost two slow and torturous weeks, I am decide to make the list.
This is my list :
FIFTY REASONS WHY FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS REALLY FIFTY SHADES OF F*CKED UP
(in no particular order)
1. Anastasia Steele, aka Ana is sooo remind me of Bella Swan from Twilight. Some of her habits mirror Bella, such as biting her lips and tuck her hair behind her ear.
UPDATE : Emma Watson is prime candidate to become Ana. Are she just lost her Hermione's brain? C'mon there's more intellectual role than this one
2. Ana is the master of klutz, super awkward and low self-esteem. Always praise her friend Katherine Kavanagh prettier than her. Esp when she got flu. I never know people that still look gorgeous even she had a pox flu.
3. 21 years old Ana, live in 21th century, a student-almost-graduated from Washington, and she don't have her own email!!! Ana, you live at America or stone cave?
4. Now, from Christian. He like to cocked his head at one side. Wonder his neck not break yet .__.
5. Both parties (Ana and Christian) love to murmur, whisper, mutter, bla bla bla. Can't said anything clearly, you two?
6. Ana have triple personality. Herself, her subconcious, and her famous Inner Goddess. What's the difference? Dunno.
7. Based on my theory, Ana's subconcious is her rational side. Her inner goddess is her slutty side. But sometimes there no difference between these two personalities. Oh, and the inner goddess is very gymnastic! She can do salsa, pirouette, etc. Wonder when she will do yodel.
8. Instead just 2 main characters, we have FOUR main characters. Ana "klumsy" Steele", Christian "irritating" Grey, Ana's subconcious and Ana's Inner Goddess.
9. When Ana interviewing Christian, she not check the list first before she ask him. Uh oh, not smart move, Ana. You ask if Christian gay and blame Kate because its HER who make the list. You are too arrogant (or nervous) to check it first.
10. Read this book, like reading a junior high school student's diary. A whimpy, whiny junior high shool student.
11. Christian is stalker. Nuff 'said.
12. So many exaggerate sentences. Example : "He looks lost somehow, and the Earth shifts slightly on its axis, the tectonic plates sliding into a new position."
13. When a hunky man give his phone number, its mean he attracted to the girl. Ana do a annoying job with constantly refuse it (even she finally accept).Play hard to get just to be failed in the end.
14. Ana's dreams about Christian remind me of Bella's dreams about Edward.
15. Fifty's basic theme, when an ordinary girl attracted to dangerous hero is overused. Get another theme, please.
16. Many contradictive sentences, like " I am going to have coffee with Christian Grey... and I hate coffee". Then why follow him?Oh wait, she can get the coffee for free! #sarcasm
17 The second exaggaratte sentences: "I’m in the street, and Christian Grey is holding my hand. No one has ever held my hand". Umm really? No one? Not even your Mum or Dad?
18 Ana is never been kissed for her entire life! All change after Christian come. Oh, yeah!! I forget she live at stone cave. #rollingeyes
19. No need to use "medulla oblongata" to describe your brain, Ana! Fifty is just contemporer novel not science fiction!
20. I always hate when Christian smirk. Heroes at my romancelandia don't smirk! It's degrading.
21 Christian analogy of moth and flame like Edward's analogy of lion and lamb.
22. Why the hero always angry when the heroine is virgin? Why? Why?
23. The contract thingie even its used to guarantee Ana's safety, is so harassing, IMO. And I never read Ana sign the contract until the ending.
24. Ana-Christian's first sex scene make me rolling my eyes. Ana just feel hurt a little, then have the best orgasm is her life. Oh, and she just feel a little sore.
25. Ana has a grade A in oral skills. And this is from a virgin heroine that never have sex experience before.
26. This book should be titled Fifty Shades of Theres. C'mon! Ana using vagina and clitoris words before. And since many people said this is mommy porn, using female organ terms are okay. Not just... there .
27. Christian is alpha male? I'm agree with you Jodie. Alpha male not gasp like a girl when he look his woman using his underwear. Like what Christian do. He's gasp.
28. Jose, Ana's close friend? He kinda remind me of Jacob Black #smackhead #Twilightagain
29. Again, I don't like the contract between Ana and Christian. Very humiliating! And soo long. I'm getting bored when read it .__. .
30. Christian always said to Ana to keep eat, eat and eat. I know you being hungry when you are child, Christian, but you are not Ana's Mommy.You also control how long she sleep, what clothes she wear. Oh yes, Christian the control-freak!
31. What good quality from Christian beside he being millionaire, his good looking, his big junk, his appearance?
Aaah, if he look like hottie above no wonder :
But heh, his emotions are so unstable and don't forget he has stalker tendency. I don't know why women find his attractive out from his appearance. He always stalk Ana wherever she go. Girls, its not romantic. Its creepy.
Oh, don't forget, he's abuser too :(
"I'll fuck you hard if you biting your lips again, Ms Steele"
Ana's reaction :
"I'll punish you if you roll your eyes to me, Ms Steele"
My reaction :
32. Ana said Christian is anti-commitment. Uh oh, I think its you, Ana, who is anti-commitment.
33. Ana never masturbate herself. Not even when she with Christian while they doing sex. Oh, why? Is it so embarassing? You are modern woman, Ana!
34. Ana love Tess of D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy like Bella like to read Wuthering Height.
35. Why tortured hero like to playing piano and hearing classic music? Kinda remind me of this guy :
36. Ana don't have Blackberry, don't have her own phone, don't have her own computer. What in era do you live in, Ana? #shakeshead. Oh, I forget she live at stone cave #sarcasm
37. Ana emailing Christian using her Mac. So not practice. And why emailing? Can't they using text message?
38. I enjoy email changing between Ana and Christian. But,the more I read it, the more I think its childish and annoying. And the way Christian using his title as the founder? Irritating.Me.A.Lot.
39. I can't said the BDSM scenes are otentic. Christian using BDSM to channel his anger. Not to release the burden of his submissive or just... plaything. I'm curious if the author maybe just knowing BDSM from net, or not enough research?
The question answered Turn up E.L.James just knowing BDSM from Wikipedia, from someone and online chat with submissive.
40. The scene when Christian (view spoiler)[pulled the tampon from Ana's body and do sex when she on her period! (hide spoiler)] is so sick. So... not erotic. Its disgusting. And (view spoiler)[ Do E.L.James know that act can result in death? Or she just think when she write that particular scene "oh, readers will love it. They'll feel scandalous". Me not
And Ana still can be pregnant, even she's on the pill. (hide spoiler)]
41. The main conflict? I doubt there's a MAIN CONFLICT. I expect someone kidnap Ana and get rid of her for good (just kidding). Its just (view spoiler)[ Ana left Christian, because Christian can't give her his love.Oh, the horor!! (hide spoiler)]
42. The ending? What with that kind of ending? Its mean, I must read the next books? Nooooooo!!
The amount of the repetitive words (maybe I got the wrong number when count it, oh crap!) :
43. Inner goddess : 56 times
44. Subconscious :85 times
45. Holy : 160 times and its variation : Holy cow, holy crap, holy shit, holy fuck, holy Moses, holy mackerel.
46. oh my and oh no : 130 times
47. crap, double crap, oh crap : 56 times
and another but I'm so tired to count lol! Like : Jezz, shit, fuck, biting lips, cocked head at one side, hanging low in his waist, grey, fifty, yada, yada, yada
Now, I must write 3 more to reach Fifty. Let's we do it! :
48.Christian's name kinda remind me of my childhood friend who have same name and annoying personality. Maybe that's one reason I can't like him. (lol, this is just private reason ^_^)
49. Instead of empowering women sexuality, you can read this when you have insomniac. A lullaby book rather than mommy porn, indeed.
50.The last, what the meaning of Fifty Shades actually? Please somebody tell me, I don't have a clue!
Okay, did I miss any? Or maybe someone can add things that I missed to write? Please tell me, I will add it to the list.
Bottom line, I don't like Fifty Shades of Grey. Not just the resemblance with Twilight even just some part. Its the immature writing style. Its the immature characterization for both main characters. Its the not so well written BDSM part of this book. I never know why this book is so popular #shakeshead. But then I always have a bad luck with overhyped books.
I hope the next book will be better. If not? Oh, don't worry I have friends to do buddy read. Who want suffer with me together while reading this series, lol! XD
- Goodreads friends who recommendation this book to me years ago. So sorry I can't enjoy this like you all do :(.
-#FiftyUnited members (in no particular order) : Alvina, A.S Dewi, SeksiyHippo and Desty who "suffer" together with me while reading this book. Chance I'll DNF this in the first chapter if only we not encourage each other to read together until finish.
Abby Donovan, once is famous writer who her book became "Oprah B...more**spoiler alert** For Review in Indonesian, you can see at here : Ren's Little Corner
Abby Donovan, once is famous writer who her book became "Oprah Book Club"'s choice, but now have a writer block. She suffer what she imagine as "one hit wonder" symptom, afraid she can't write a good book like her first, and eternally stuck at the chapter 5. Her agent then give her a Twitter account, so she can actively chat and communicate with her readers. One time, she was tweeted by someone she never know, a Twitter account with name MarkBaynard.
She then become friend with him, have a bantering discussion about American culture, always ask first what dress they wear when they're tweeted, learn about Twitter rules such as "Not follow someone who named J*st*n B*eb*r (LOL!)" and download Tweetdeck to her laptop. How MarkBaynard tell about his journey to every place and encourage Abby to continue writing again. Even its just trash, MarkBaynard doesn't want Abby to give up. And their Twitter chat (at DM,or Direct Message, since they don't want everyone know what they talking about, that make me wonder, why they not make their account private?) always ended with MarkBaynard said Goodnight, Tweetheart...
But how, if all MarkBaynard said is lies? What if Mark never go everywhere like what he always show to Abby from the picture he took? What if, in fact MarkBaynard, a retired English Professor, have a lymphoma cancer and waiting for his last breath? Maybe what Margo, Abby's friend said is true. Never believed what people said at Net. But, then what the meaning all that Tweets between Mark and Abby? Sure Abby found something because of that, right? Something like she finally continue writing her novel, even her publisher fired her. Something like finally, she will meet her Tweetheart...
Unique, cute, sad but heartwarming. All at the same time. Teresa Medeiros sure make a good story and again she show us there's a good side of technology, of Twitter which full of psy-war, porn link, piracy, snark, etc , that there are friendship and love forged in the Twitter's timeline. Readers which not familiar with Twitter will frown when read this. Indonesian readers like me, will confused when read Abby and Mark's banter about American Culture such as the movies, actors and book they tweet about. But since I'm addicted to Twitter, I still enjoy their story. How, from Mark POV, Ms Medeiros tell us to enjoy our life when we still have a time, never give up to do anything and sometimes, technology is not bad. Sometimes we can meet new people, chat with them, laugh with them, cry with them, even we never meet them. Or likely will never meet them until the end of our life.
What make me reduce the star, because I don't like the ending. How cruel Ms Medeiros to us, to give a cliffhanger ending? *sobs* But once I see her Tweets, she will continue this book, so I will hope to read more books about Abby and Mark.
Teresa Medeiros is one of author you must read, because she write any genre and all is good-written. If you search for a heart-warming story, make sure to put this book at your list
J.D.Robb is a Master.. no a Goddess when its come to romantic suspense books. No wonder even after hit 30 books, In Death series is still going strong...moreJ.D.Robb is a Master.. no a Goddess when its come to romantic suspense books. No wonder even after hit 30 books, In Death series is still going strong and no sign its go downhill. Well, she does create 2 main characters that will always be my favorites, Eve and Roarke.
Full review coming soon (and let me dream to have my own Roarke, would ya?)(less)
Larissa Ione once again show her class! Immortal Rider is one of her masterpiece who will make her readers have a blast ride! Fasten your seat belt, folks! The reason why I reduce it to 1/2 star, maybe because the ending I feel too "easy" and rushed. And can't wait for Than's book. Oh yea, bring it on, Paul Marron!!
WOW!!! Just... WOW!! This one must be my FAVORITE cover of ALL Larissa Ione's books!! :D
UPDATE Found a special excerpt about Immortal Rider that post in here : special excerpt O, ow, look like Arik in deep trouble :P
UPDATE ver.2, May, 22nd Larissa Ione posted this at her FB page (to celebrate Non-Rapture Day. What is Rapture anyway?:/): (view spoiler)[ “Easy there, Trigger.” Arik grabbed Limos by the arms, tugged her against him, and slanted his mouth over hers. Mainly, it was to shut her up, but he also wanted to prove her wrong, show her that for all her protests, she’d wanted that kiss outside Ares’s mansion. She might be a Biblical legend, and he a mere human, but when their bodies touched, they were man and woman, and neither had any tactical advantage. Her entire body went taut, but then her tongue met his, and it was game over. He’d won. He’d made his point. (hide spoiler)]
UPDATE ver.3, May, 23rd Again, Larissa Ione posted new snippet (Does she know all of this snippet will killin me? I think not :P) : (view spoiler)[ Arik found Limos fifty yards away, acting as if she didn’t have a care in the world.
She was, in fact, dancing on the beach like a lunatic. A sexy, gorgeous lunatic in a hot pink bikini. With a white flower in her hair. No one looking at her would know that the ultra-feminine woman doing the hula could kick ass like the newest-model Terminator.
Arik laid out the towel and sank down in the sand, back against a palm tree, his fingers gripping a cold beer so tight he figured it was close to shatter threshold. How could she dance like that without spilling her margarita?
When she spotted him, she stilled, her too-gorgeous-to-be-real eyes drilling into him. In a slow, deliberate motion, she brought her margarita glass to her lips. Her tongue came out and swiped the rim, licking off a line of salt before she locked her lips onto the glass and sipped. In Arik’s hand, the beer bottle shook. (hide spoiler)]
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Terjemahannya enak, jadinya asyik juga bacanya. Semoga penerjemah buku selanjutnya orangnysa sama.
Tap,i tolong deh. Jude Law buat si Nick? Nick ini separuh Italiano kan? Jude Law mah BRITISH! Dari segi mananya si Jude Law ada darah mamamia lezatos? Lagian ga suka sama Jude Law karena dia tukang selingkuh, hissss. Mending juga Bradley Cooper kek, atau Joe Manganiello kek. Kan dah jelas Italianya. Monica Belluci buat Rosalie, kayaknya terlalu seksi deh ya. Mungkin kalau Rosalie sudah agak emak2 usianya, yah kayak Monica itu.
Terjemahan pas adegan ranjangnya... ada "gumpalan otot yang mengeras". Ngakak sambil guling - guling ini bacanya, wkwkwkwkwk. Terus ada juga "adik kecil". Hahaha, blatant banget neh X). Ga bisa bayangin itu nerjemahinnya kayak apa. Banyak istilah Italianya dan abis baca ini berasa jadi pengen makan pasta.
With thanks to Netgalley and Random House to provide the e-ARC
A.Z.Decker or Zeke doesn't need a new housekeeper after Libby, his previous housekeeper...moreWith thanks to Netgalley and Random House to provide the e-ARC
A.Z.Decker or Zeke doesn't need a new housekeeper after Libby, his previous housekeeper left. But he don't have a choice to hire Carlin Reed after his temporary housekeeper (who is man) got accident. Carlin is woman on the run. She had stalker, Brad, who is psycho cop that previously killed her friend because he mistake her for Carlin. Carlin then go to Battle Ridge, Wyoming and got work at Kat's place, The Pie Hole(Kat is Zeke's cousin anyway). So, when Kat offered Carlin to be Zeke's new housekeeper, Carlin with her witty attitude said "bring it on!", especially after Zeke called her "stray". Not good Mr Decker. Not good at all.
Carlin then become Zeke's cook and also housekeeper. She cook for 9 cowboy, Zeke himself and his ranch employe. She forged friendship with them especialy with Spencer, who is the temporary cook that got accident while trying to resist her attraction to Zeke. Carlin is red-blooded woman, she's not immune to Zeke's manliness. But Brad had ruined her for any potential relationship. Carlin live carefully, don't want Brad to track her. Zeke who know about Carlin's problem is frustated because he want to protect her. He also torn to admit his feeling to Carlin because he is her employer. With a psycho stalker hot in her trail, Carlin must stop running and face the problem because she realize Battle Ridge is finally become her home.
This one turn up to be good! Running Wild is remind me of some Linda Howard's classic novels and make me miss her old writing style so much! I think its good for her to be partner with her BFF, Linda Jones (or Linda Winstead Jones) so she can make a heartwarming story without losing her usual style. Alas some part of the book is so slow and dragging. Especially when Carlin do cooking and housekeeping. I eagerly waiting for the suspense part to begin. Talk about impatience!
Why I give Running Wild 4 stars? Sexy alpha cowboy (John Rafferty without mustache ;) )? Check! Woman on the run but not TSTL and she kick butt? Check! Suspense and thriller plot? Check. Family theme story? Check. Witty and sexy bantering between the H/h? Check, check, check! Some (finally!!) sexy steamy sex scene? Booyaaaah!! Even I'm still think its because Linda Jones's writing since... Linda Howard seems write less and less steamy sex now :(.
Running Wild is previously published as Warrior Rising, the second book that continue from Blood Born. Alas, via LH and LJ FB page, the publisher decide to push it back and change with this one (thanks for the info, Miss Berry!). From vampire to cowboy, wonder if Edward Cullen decide to move from Forks to Wyoming? But of course Zeke is sexier than him and Carlin Reed is not Mary Sue. Zeke is typical of your alpha male, take all responsibilty over his shoulder. Some readers might find it sexy. Me, I'm okay with that since he's not into jerk with make me grateful. BTW, all the recipes in this book make me drooling. I'm so tempted to try one of the recipes. Especially "Never Fail White Cake".
Running Wild will make Linda Howard's old fans enjoy and remember why we love Linda Howard so much. For you who is love cowboy story with an enganging suspense part, Running Wild is a must for your bookshelves!(less)
Maybe because from the beginning, Lothaire never be my nom nom boyfriend, nor that I lusting over him, that's why I don't hav...more5 stars and Top Read 2012
Maybe because from the beginning, Lothaire never be my nom nom boyfriend, nor that I lusting over him, that's why I don't have a high expectation. But then, how I can not adore this asshat-man-I-want-to-throw-something-hard-to-you-I-don't-care-even-you-are-The Enemy of Old? His "I'm tarzan you Jane" to Ellie, sometimes annoying, sometimes boring, but sometimes make me laugh. And I love Ellie Pierce, she's really a sucker punch that Lothaire never see coming. Love when she call Lothaire "LEO" and he call her "Lizvetta"
Love the book, love the characters, love Kresley Cole. I'm happy I'm not wasting my money by bought the hardcover edition. At last I got that yummy Paul Marron cover, squeeeeee <3
Complete review coming soon =)
==================================================================== SOME OLD UPDATE
After reading LOTHAIRE's excerpt at Kresley's web (just until chapter 3. The new version of have it until chapter 6), my thought is : (view spoiler)[ WTF!!! Lothaire's bride is a psycho-might-be-vampire-goddess Saroya!! And what the heck of name "Saroya", kinda remind me of "Soraya" or worse "Soya" bean (duh!). Read how fierce Lothaire prevent Ellie's death (because Saroya possessed her and Ellie want Saroya dead), is Lothaire really in love with Saroya, or it just "she is his Bride" things? (hide spoiler)]
I never find Lothaire appaling, but after read the excerpt... wowza, I want to read his book ASAP!! And Ellie can be a kick ass heroine. Can't wait! =D
It's Paul Marron at this cover!! SQUEEEEE!!!! XD XD
UPDATE : Fact about Lothaire's heroine
I'm glad that I'm right when I think Lothaire's Bride is not Nix.. Just can't see them together.. Will wait and see what this Elizabeth chick will do to good'ol Lothaire... :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Eona, 16 years old girl and crippled, disguised herself as Eon. The 12 years old eunuch boy and young apprentice of ex Tiger Dragoneye that try to be the new Rat Dragoneye's successor. Eon do it, because he want to bring glory back to his master. Turn after the test done, even he failed Rat Dragon's test, he is the new Dragoneye of Mirror Dragon. Mirror Dragon had been lost for 500 years, and Eon's new status elevated him to a new whole level. Eon must face politic play in the court that maybe will endanger him and all people he love. He must decide what side he will give support. Eon then pledge his loyalty to The King. In attempt to oppose King's brother, High Lord Sethon. He also forged friendship with the Crown Prince, Kygo, that not aware Eon actually is a girl. With the story go on, Eon will have loyal friends that support him. From one of the Shadow Men, Ryko, and Lady Dela, a Contraire, man with woman spirit in his heart.
Doesn't mean Eon not have enemy. His enemy might be the fierce from all 12 Dragoneye Lord. Lord Ido is the New Rat Dragoneye. He is the leader of all Dragoneye Lord, and support Sethon, make him so dangerous to Eon. Ido that always mock Eon because his disability to use the dragon's power, then find out Eon's real identity, as Eona. He forced Eona to unite with him, as man and woman, and make their power whole, so Ido can be a king. In the other side, Eon/Eona still can't find the name of her dragon, and she must race with time to find her real power. To prevent Ido's ambitions destroy the kingdom
Eon is what YA novel should be. And its must got much attention rather than those YA that disguised with pretty cover but the story is otherwise. Kudos for Ms Alison Goodman, who is Australian writer, that again show her magic when create Eon's world. This is the second time I enjoy book by Australian writers, after Mellina Marchetta with her Finnikin of the Rock.
Ms Goodman took us to the new level of Eastern Mtyh, especially from China. While Dragon in the Europe and Western culture usually feared and slayed by human, in the East, we make it as Gods (China) and guardians (Japan). In this Chinese Dragon fantasy story, Ms Goodman make 12 dragons, based on Chinese 12 Years Zodiac System. Some of us know it as shio . Eona as the heroine make me sometimes irritated, but she definitely not Mary Sue. Its hard for Eona to pretend as Eon, a 12 years old cripple eunuch boy. Try to press her feminine side, because such thing as female Dragoneye not exist. And if the King know it, she will be sentenced to death. Eona had suffered for all her life, and she realize she been lying all along to people around her. An irony indeed, because Mirror Dragoneye is the Keeper of Truth, yet Eona can't live without lie.
The romance aspect in this book not so much, its just told briefly. But there's a chance of love triangle between Eona, Ido (yeah, I know) and Kygo, the Crown Prince. Not that kind of love triangle that I hate actually. Remember, Eona had been Eon for almost 3/4 part of story, so there's no romantic develoption, yet. If Eona and Kygo relationship might be healthy, based on friendship, then Eona and Ido kinda have sick kind of relationship. Related of their power and their status as Dragoneye. But I can assure you, there's no romance here, at last not explicit.
The best thing beside Chinese myth and a kind of heroine I love is, Ms Goodman can make a villain that will make you love and hate it! Ido sure make me hate him, but there's part of me that thing he's sexy. Yep, in that kind of "bad boy" way (except he has and oily goatee, ewww). But Ido not a boy. He is fully man, that full of sick ambitions, and will kill people who dare to oppose him. There's an interesting development for his character toward the end of story. And I can't wait to know more about his relationship with Eona in the next book.
Overall, I love Eon. And I'm so happy to find another good YA, that not just have a good cover but a great story!(less)
First, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for Annie *Leather Lust* since she give this book for me. Awww, thanks...moreWARNING : HAVE SOME SERIOUS HOTNESS PICS!!
First, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for Annie *Leather Lust* since she give this book for me. Awww, thanks chica! XO. Kiss of Snow is a great book to start a new year! I don't want it to end!Ms Nalini is an uber jenius author when it comes to write an original world building, strong heroine and yummy heroes =)
This one is English version of my Indonesian review at my blog (you can read at Ren's Little Corner.
I am confused about where to start this review. Because Kiss of Snow is the tenth book of the Psy-Changeling series. And the story is actually like a conclusion between two main characters's relationship, Sienna Lauren and Hawke. They had met from the first book, Slave to Sensation and some sparks are fly between them. Not forget to mention the original idea of the three kind of human races, that two of them are always in wars. Setting that take place at complicated world. Many characters that all are important. So if you're not loyal fans, it may be difficult if you read directly into this book.
Take place in a futuristic world, human beings are divided into three races. Ordinary people like us. People who have super powers relating to the mind that is Psyhe. And people who were gifted by ability to change shape into animals or shape shifter, that called Changeling. All changed when the Psy activate Silence, which makes them lose all of emotion. The goal of Silence to prevent they from the madness and desire to kill. While Changeling and human united, Psy control the world's most economy part.
Psy-Changeling series story originally started when for slowly some of the Psy lost control of the Silence and begin to feel emotions. They are also sided with the real enemy of them, the Changeling, and working together. There's even some couple between Psy and Changeling at the previous books.
Sienna Lauren and Hawke is one of that Psy and Changeling's couple. Sienna who just turned 20 years, have long harbored a feeling to Hawke,the alpha wolf in San Francisco's Changeling, SnowDancer. Hawke also had saved Lauren families, who are fugitives in the world of Psy. But Hawke still remember his mate that died at very young age. Make him believe he will never have a mate and avoid Sienna, as much as possible. Sienna herself not without problems. In addition to pretty much age gap (Hawke himself about 30-35 years old), Sienna is X-Psy, the kind that have dangerous and deadly abilities. Sienna afraid she would harm Hawke and SnowDancer, a place that she called "home". Now all depend on Hawke. How he overcame his fear of living alone and struggling with his feeling toward Sienna. Since both wolf and human wanted that red-haired girl with eyes like the stars constellation. To be with him, forever.
Do fantasy cast!
Ryan Gosling anyone? How if he put out that shirt when he want to change into wolf and chasing Sienna?
DAYUM! But, Sienna warn him to not put that shirt!!
I think Emma Stone too mature for Sienna, so I pick Hayley Williams for her.
What make me love Kiss of Snow more is, in addition to the story of Sienna and Hawke, there's also a companion story to the secondary characters. Between Sienna's uncle, Walker Lauren and Lara, a healer in SnowDancer. Walker himself sure like his brother, Judd Lauren. Cold outside and hot inside! Nalini's writing style actually very slow, but I love it! Maybe people that impatient will cranky, but I think the slow pace of this book that make it beautiful. Nalini's choice of words are beautiful (again :P) and excuisite. She is also able to tell Sienna and Hawke's story that have a long difference age, in a normal way. Make us want to have boyfriend and husband like Hawke! He's so stubborn, arrogan and stuck in his bitter past, at the first time. But wait until he finally chase Sienna. Wow!
Overall, Psy Changeling series and Kiss of the Snow is a must read for many Paranormal Romance's hardcore fans! Compared with the Guild Hunter series, Psy Changeling series more complicated, but not so dark, not too cruel and sadistic. The tone more cheerful and colorful, but that does not mean will make the story so easily understood. I suggest you to read Slave to Sensation first, so you can enjoy this one :)(less)
Buku paling lebay yang gw baca tahun ini. Minanya plin plan, ngingetin ma Bella Swan, yang bingung antara Jonathan atau Dracula. Padahal pan udah nikah. Terus dulu nikahnya sama Jonathan hanya karena tunangan lalu kasihan gitu kah?
Kasian deh Mina, Jonathannya kayak gitu, ga memuaskan di ranjang (weeeks). Draculanya juga egois dan manipulatif banget. Kalo saia jadi Mina,tolak dua - duanya, dan cari pacar lagi, he he he.
Atau mending sama Van Helsing yang versi Hugh Jackman. Kan lebih keren tuh >:) (bukan yang versi bapak2 ya, hmpfh :)) )(less)
Some big questions for me : Why it take me so long to read this? Maybe because I wait for Lothaire? Maybe its just not held my interest last year, since I'm too picky? Maybe I just tired of paranormal romance genre so I try another? Maybe, maybe, maybe...
Right now I just can said : I'm so ASHAMED to not read this a long time ago, when this book coming out, because Kresley Cole is gooooooood!! edited:GREAT . One of my author goddes, KC show her class, again and again. I find myself to not frantic about her. Some her books like No Rest for the Wicked, Dark Needs at Night's Edge (with sexy Nathan Kamp's cover) and Demon from the Dark are my favorite, then I realize all that books are about vampires. Kresley sure make a good and sexy vampire, not that sparkle thing if you know what I mean [wink]. Others I find it okay or yeah, or good, and I think I'm not Lykae and Demon fans. Weird, eh? At last you that love Woede's brothers and all those Highland Lykaes are save from my harem-searching-all-day-long :P. That's why I don't have any expectation for this one.
Guess I'm WRONG. Because the reincarnation theme in this book is well-written. Aidan The Fierce is reborn again and again just to chase his eternally lovers, Reginleit the Radiant. But the curse always overshadow them, if Aidan's reincarnation remember his past, soon after he bedding Regin, he will die. And for his 4th reincarnation as Declan Chase (heh, a suitable name, isn't it?) fate can be cruel. Once a lover, now enemy. Since Declan is a Magister of The Order who orchestrated the Loreans capture, including Regin. But, Regin who recognize him as her lover, lure him to free her and another creatures. Even her heart want Declan, more than she want her perfect Viking. This scarful and tortured Irishman might be capture her heart as well and Regin know its Declan who she want, not Aidan.
The prologue of Dreams of a Dark Warrior tell us about how Aidan and Regin meet. How we know, even Aidan own Regin's body and soul, her heart still her own. That's why she can't love Aidan fully, while she do the otherwise with Declan. I'm glad how Miss Cole done with Declan's fate. To make him not swallowed by Aidan soul, not like the other reincarnation, so he can be himself again and finally accept what he long denied, an immortal beserker.
One thing surprised me, how I found myself to be atrracted to Lothaire! No, I never fans of Lothaire, esp when he break Lucia's neck at Pleasure of a Dark Prince! He seems so egois, cunning, evil, with his own agenda. But he mesmerized me with his can't-be-predicted mind. Like who he will assist at the battle. If they not take a side with him, he will fight them. I wonder who is his EndGame? And what he means with "The White Queen will never take The Black King" to Nix (who Lothaire called Phenix). So who the white queen , if The black King is Lothaire himself? We also get a hint how Lothaire always thinking about his bride. After I read Lothaire book's exceprt, I wonder if he had discovered his Bride's whereabout. And how with La Dorada? Is she truly dead or just vanished?
So many question. [sigh] After all, Dreams of a Dark Warrior is a great read that KC fans will cherish. Readers will love Regin's dry (or not) joke, Declan's tortured attitude (but after the half part, he become man who make woman swoon, sure when he not denied his original nature any longer. His "drug addict" condition might be make some readers feel uncomfortable, but I found that's its not a big deal. There just a few scenes) and other characters as well. Natalya the dark Fey, Brandr, immortal beserker, a friend of Aidan and Regin's protector and Thaddeus or Thad, an anomaly at Lore, which I assumed will be a hero for KC's YA series. Don't forget about Lothaire. Oh, and I'm so want Nix will get her own story, since we know she not mean to be with Lothaire! (I'm right, eh? [snicker])
Now the waiting for Lothaire's book which called LOTHAIRE, will be a torture. With capital T.
This is Nïx! I’m the Ever-Knowing One, a goddess incandescent, incomparable, and irresistible. But enough about what you think of me. It’s a beautiful day in New Orleans. The wind is out of the east at a steady five knots and clouds look like rabbits … But enough about what you think of me!
Now, down to business—
Where was I? [Long pause] Why am I in Regin’s car? Bertil, you crawl right back out of that bong this minute!
Oh, I remember! I am hereby laying down this track for Magister Declan Chase. If you are a mortal of the recorder peon class, know that Dekko and I go waaaaay back, and he’ll go berserk (snicker snicker) if he doesn’t receive this transmittal. …
Chase, riddle me this: what’s beautiful but monstrous, long of tooth but sharp of tooth and soft of mind, and can never ever tell a lie? That’s right. The Enemy of Old can be very useful to you. So use him already.
P.S. Your middle name’s about to be spelled r-e-g-r-e-t. And with that, I must bid you adieu. Don’t worry, we’ll catch up very soon. …