A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Discussion/Review)

How could I even begin with this? I’m still in book-hangover right now. It’s like I don’t want to leave the Faeries world yet, not now. I even still looking up to favourite moments/scenes from ACOMAF. I can’t let this book go yet. AH. Sometimes I don’t like book hangover because I really really want to get finish with my tbr piles but gosh, let me tell you something, ACOMAF IS AWESOME. Big applause to Sarah J. Maas for making this series and especially this second book.

I was so afraid that the second book might make me in a reading slump because that’s what second book of a trilogy I have read so far did to me, but for ACOMAF, no, not even a reading slump, I wanted to finish this book yet I don’t want it at the same time and in the end when I finished this book it left me with a massive book-hangover. Probably one of the worst book hangover I have ever experience. So below here, I’m going to spoiled it out because there nothing to say other than to tell the spoiler.

[SPOILER ALERT]

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ACOMAF starts around 3 months after the tragedy Under The Mountain. After Amarantha’s death, every court and their High Lord are trying to building their courts back again after 50 years being tortured and being Amarantha’s minion. Feyre, the cursebreaker, has a PTSD that hit her so hard that tragedy still haunting her in the early chapters. She is struggling with herself dealing those nightmares, every night it haunted her, she woke every night, vomiting until she is so thin like she never eat. But then, Tamlin’s character that we knew in the first book was quite different on this book, maybe because we did not really know him that he actually is like that. He is super protective, he thinks he owns everything, including Feyre, making her as his pet. He knew what Feyre has been going through after those nightmares, and he actually has nightmares too but the thing is, he didn’t really care about her. He just thinks like, “Oh I have to make my court happy, so that will make Feyre happy just by keeping her inside the manor house, you know.” NO. I hate him the moment that he is super protective but he didn’t understand Feyre at all. Up until the their wedding ceremony, I know that Feyre did not want to marry him, and she knew it too, deep inside. She was helpless and when she cries out for anyone to help him, Rhysand is the one who actually appears in Spring Court to help her by saying “I still have a bargain with her, now’s the time.” I mean good timing and good reason, Rhysand. AMAZING.

The world building in here was so amazing, I love how Sarah J. Maas created this faeries world, and we get to see Summer Court and of course, Night Court. Night court is as mysterious as Rhysand when we meet him in the first book but then when he showed Feyre the city of Velaris, city of light, it was just unbelievable. It feels like I was there, in Velaris, with Rhysand, Feyre and his inner circle too. It’s so vivid that it’s like I saw Velaris through Feyre’s eyes. It was just so amazing.

I love every old character in here (Except Tamlin, sorry.) and new characters that were introduced on this book. Feyre’s character development was by far is amazing (including Rhys too as we get to know more history or backstory about Rhysand, his family, his court and himself). Feyre has to dealt her PTSD, her nightmares and with a help from Rhysand too and her new friends in Night Court, she actually embrace it, embrace the pain, and finally stopped blaming herself for what happened to those innocent faeries she killed. She has awesome power from SEVEN High Lords, like how amazing is that? When Tamlin said it’s better to keep her safe, not to to train her with her new power, I was so done with him. But then Rhys said, that she has to train, to know how to control so when something happen, it won’t be over control or something. See the difference?

I’m not gonna lie, when I read ACOTAR I thought this book was marketed as general fantasy so it counts as not YA but then it’s actually YA so I was shocked but happy because those steamy scene in this ACOTAR/ACOMAF just way better and what it makes more better is because it’s with Rhysand and Feyre 😉 *i need some air*. I love them so much, I love how they keep bantering with each other, flirting too but deep down they knew they like each other, even more, they are mate. I AM SO HAPPY when I know this, I suspected it but then, it’s like every moment with Rhysand and Feyre, I can watch them with my own eyes that they are falling in love with each other, even though Feyre didn’t know at first that she is Rhys’ mate but she fall in love with him eventually without forced to do it.

Overall, I love the book so much and i think i love it more than the first book (usually it’s always been the first book that really attached to me, but this one is different). I love the story, it’s not rushed like we’re being forced to accept it, it’s more like we learn the truth one by one, each with different stories and things like that. I love Feysand so much in here, my ship is finally sailing and new ships are coming like Moriel (Mor and Azriel, PLEASE.) and Nessian (Nesta and Cassian, idk why but i feel like they will in the third book). I can’t wait to read the last book, to see Feyre being a spy in Tamlin’s court and I was just wondering how long will Feyre keep that secret because she is now the High Lady of Night Court and she is now officially declared as the mate of Rhysand, but how does she avoid Tamlin though? and I really can’t wait to see Feyre’s power growing more and more, and she will become badass and kick those traitor a** , King of Hybern and Tamlin too. GO FEYRE GO!

“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.” Bonus drawing credit to taratjah that perfectly picturing what Rhysand looks like: (click here)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

I am not sure why I have been waiting to read this book for a year now. I bought this book last year during summer holiday including all Miss Maas’ book but haven’t start to read it up until now. It blown my mind when I finished reading this book. The book has a rich story or a huge different world that Miss Maas has build. I love her writing so much and it always keep me curious about for each page on the book what will happen to each character and the story itself.

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever

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My rating for this book is 5 out 5 stars. I have personal attachment for each character to myself, I feel like I was one of them, one of the fairies or High Fae (I know it sounds crazy but every time I read a book and when it gives some personal attachments, I’d rate the book as high as I can lol.) The story of this book is in normal paced and i think it’s unpredictable with a climactic ending, i think if you like fantasy so much it is quite a fast paced but not that fast so that’s why I feel like it’s in normal paced. It was a fun reading and unpredictable. So much bloods and pain *tears* and there are some parts that I could not bear to read it but I made it through. The setting felt so real that every description of this book I could feel it like I was in the book, in the Pyrithian with the faeries, it kinda feels like LOTR vibe you know with the fairies things like that and of course with their long hair and pretty faces.

I love all the characters in here, my favorite has been Feyre. She’s so stubborn which is kinda similar like me, she’s a very tough girl, she cared for her family so much that she hunts since she was fourteen, and she learnt in by herself, just by watching a hunter doing her/his thing which is hunting. Her mother died when she was 11 or something because she was sick and her mother asked her to take care her sisters and her father. Her father lost his fortune because of so much debt in his bussiness and Fey’s family went to a poor status which was rough enough to take for her sisters, Elain and Nesta. Nesta was the one who acted like her family is not poor at all like she kept denying that and being such a snob in the first few chapters in the book. Fey actually has so much hate on the fairies people but then we learned more about Fairies and she develops or become friends with the fairies. When she met Tamlin or whenever they have a conversation with each other, at first she was just replying as short as she can because her human sense still telling her to go run, go away from this Fairie realms. Later on, I learned so many things and Fey is becoming one of the powerful person in the earth. *YAY*

Then we meet Tamlin, he’s a High Lord of Spring Court. He had a mask on his face because of the sickness that is happening through the Fairie realms. He is….mysterious, tall, muscular, strong, has a high cheek bone, beautiful green eyes and blonde hair, a bit stiff at first when he met/trying to make a convo with Fey. But he is also sweet, gentle and kind and he is very very very powerful. In here, Tamlin was thought to be a beast which he is but i don’t know the word ‘beast’ makes him so dangerous, lethal and sounds like an animal (which he is too, technically) so i just want to think of him as a very very powerful man. He’s one of the high lord of high Fae and can you imagine how strong he is *gulp*. He deeply cares about his people in the Spring Court, how he would do anything to keep his people safe from the danger. That’s why he has a special place in my heart right now.

Rhysand, a tall, charming, arrogant, powerful, a High Lord of Night Court, dreamy guy that would just make you love him the moment you saw him for the first time. He is different than Tamlin, he’s not as muscular as he is but he just has his charisma. He also cares about his people, he was called as Amarantha’s whore, the faerie queen’s whore but what people don’t know why he would just to take that is that he wants to save his people, to destroy the queen from inside aka backstabbing, a traitor, a betrayer. I actually thought Rhysand was the bad guy that turns into a good guy but he actually is a good guy, very kind and very gentle and he also likes to “tease”.

I would like to recommend this to any of you who likes high fantasy or even just fantasy with a touch of romance. I bet the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury will involves more politics and King of Hybern and another war. So let’s see.

 

Review: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (Happy Star Wars Day!)

It’s May 4th! Wait, what? It’s a Star Wars day! One of my favourite day for every year. May the 4th be with you guys. Godspeed. Anyway, So in star wars book canon, sadly disney decided to ‘throw’ all the books that have been more than 30 years i guess and they decided that those EU (expanded universe) are no longer canon. They decided that because to clear everything before the new movie comes out (which has already out yeay). So this is my second star wars canon book after the force awakens novelizations. I have seen this book a couple times but I’m not sure I should buy it or not because I am not really into sci-fi book no matter what the tittle is, I prefer sci-fi movies over sci-fi book because I thought it was just too hard to imagine it but I love fantasy book so much so I think why don’t give it try and since I know the author, Claudia Gray from Firebird trilogy that makes me want to read it. 

 
 

Synopsis

“The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.

Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledging Rebellion–putting Ciena in an unbearable position between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.

Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart?”

Stories

Okay so this book occur before, co-currently and just after the original trilogy from A New Hope – The Empire Strikes Back and then Return of The Jedi and the most important part is this contain a little spoiler about what happened in Episode VII movie. As you may see that in TFA trailer, in Jakku there is one huge super star destroyer and this book tells you how that ship ended up in Jakku. Such an interesting part. This book happened eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, The Galactic  Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine. After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grow even stronger. The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead…

The characters in here is the Jelucan people in Outer Rim, we meet them when they were 8 years old, Thane and Ciena. After the Empire has invade the planet Jelucan, these two friends met by accidentally, both Thane and Ciena know that they want to go to Imperial Academy when they are old enough and their dream is to become a pilot. Partner in piloting too. We got to meet a lot of cameos from originals for example Grand Moff Tarkin , yup that guy behind Death Star, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian and other similar faces that we already knew from originals. As they grew up, become older and older and after the destruction of planet Aldeeran and death star, both of them was really shocked and suprised because that is the first time they having doubt about the Empire but not to Ciena who is an idealist person and appreciate the honor VERY MUCH. For her honor is very important also with the loyalty because she already took an oath to service the Empire no matter what the condition is. But not with Thane who is a cynical person and he started doubting the Empire. This is where the fun begins. Thane decided to desert his post in Kerev Doi because his doubting to Empire gets bigger and bigger after he witnessed a slavery in that area. He thoughts Empire is  keeping faith to the people in galaxy but in reality the Empire didn’t care at all. So the book is actually like romeo-juliet but in galaxy far far away and eventhough this is about love story i personally think it’s not just about that it also involves around friendship, family, and of course character itself. Sadly the have to be separated for a long time when Thane decided to deserted his post as an imperial officer and he just can’t be one of them anymore while Ciena still doing her duty no matter what happened. They met for several time under complicated situation, like when Rebels Alliance (which Thane is one of them) trying to be an intel which leads to Ciena who got task from her commander that at least she has to free one X-Wing rebels ship and she did it, she met Thane and Thane knew that Ciena will always be there for him and save him and so did Thane. It’s like they were separated just because of war, one side on Rebel Alliance and one side is on Empire and both of them have different opinion to their side and they did realize  they cannot force each other to join back or to join another so they let each other go. (It’s so sad I know)

The ending scene in here tells you a bit what happened in Jakku, those super star destroyer you saw in trailer the force awakens remember? Okay here:

 

Remember those ship? So on this book that ship is actually Ciena’s  Inflictor Stardestroyer. 

She was the captain and her mission is to go to Jakku (well not actually crash on Jakku but landed on Jakku) because there is a battle in Jakku just right one year after the Emperor and Darth Vader died and if I am not mistaken the Empire are going to do the election of the new emperor and this battle of Jakku is to show that Empire is still strong not like as what the New Republic thinks. But the rebels are trying to take the Inflictor and  the ship is actually going on self-destruct and Ciena as a captain choose to be on the ship alone to crash the ship while all the crews have been sent with the escape pod. In here, Ciena knew that Empire is corrupted and she knew that Empire is on the evil side but she still keep her oath to Empire so she decided to die with honour while knowing that she has finished her duty and this is the only way to being good while Empire is not good at all. Fortunately, yes Thane was one of the rebels who got the task to take this ship without knowing Ciena is still alive but when he realized she is still in the ship, he helped her with some fighting going on because Ciena did not want to leave the ship at all and Thane decided to shoot her (not kill shoot) but just to weakened her (thank goodness, I was so mad at her like ‘why you still keep thinking an oath while you’re going to die and here is your first love trying to save you and you don’t want to?’

So that was it, the brief story and trust me this book is a hella adventure, it’s a star wars book and I love it so much! Now I opened my eyes to more sci-fi books.

Characters:

Thane

He is a cynical person who doesn’t really trust that much on human nature. It’s weird how I can relate to Thane so much like he is more like me. The destruction of Alderaan had the opposite effect on Thane, who was already more cynical than Ciena, as he saw it for what it was – the murder of countless innocents by the Empire makes he doubts more about the Empire whether he is in the right place to work or is he on the wrong side. He eventually chooses to defect, which hinders his newly romantic relationship with his best friend, Ciena, who chooses to remain loyal and honor her commitment to the Empire. He decided to join the rebellion because he know what his fighting for and he knows it will be worth it to fighting for something not like the Empire, who just want to show off that ‘Hey I got power in here, I have death star so you all better be careful with the Empire’

Ciena

She is an idealist person. She loves by her family (while Thane, his family didn’t really care about him at all and even his father always beat him up back then), she holds loyalty, honor and oaths ABOVE EVERYTHING like everything. To be honest, I don’t really like Ciena maybe because her idealism, how she still keeps her oath and something like that and I realized the reason I don’t like her that much maybe because I am not like her and there is that moment when Ciena is too oblivious about what Empire have done or when she is in denial that Empire is evil I was just like “Hey make up your mind please open your eyes, forget oath okay see right there what Empire have done to the galaxies”. Anyway, the destruction of Alderaan was a key event in the story that began to shake Ciena’s loyalty to the Empire, despite her reservations about the tragedy. She rationalized that it was necessary to put an end to the war, and was further sure of her place in the Empire after the Rebel “terrorists” destroyed the Death Star (and many of her friends on board). She believed on that until it was too late when she realized she serves for Empire for nothing. Her acts on crashing the Inflictor was actually her way to keep her honor and at the same time to get rid of herself from the Empire.

 

Summary

The thing is about this book you get a different point of view how the originals trilogy movie being told, and makes you wonder “Is everyone in the Empire evil or are they just following orders?”. The ending was kinda open-minded which leads to a big questions what will happened to Ciena after she is being captured by Republic (because Thane did save Ciena but the rebels are the one who found him so yeah she was in prison) and another question is so Empire is not died at all actually? I mean I know First Order were rose from the ashes of the Empire but who the hell is the one controlling them if Sidious and Vader are already dead? Snoke? Which leads to a question, who is Snoke? I guess it will be answer in next movie yes? Two years more waiting. I can wait. I can.

So what else? If you interested in Sci-fi novel and bonus if you love Star Wars this might be your perfect reading and guide book too to all new star wars cannon! Oh and bonus, here is the unofficial book soundtrack inspired by this book because when you read Star Wars book, it is just not enough without the great music by John Williams (and of course that only happened in movie but luckily a fan of the book and star wars made this score and it is so beautiful like I can feel this score tells stories about Thane and Ciena’s journey. See you on the next post! and again, May The 4th Be With You.

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Collection of Poems / Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini

Setelah hype nya AADC, munculah buku karya Aan Mansyur, penulis di balik puisi rangga untuk film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2, judul bukunya adalah “Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini. Sebenarnya saya bukan penyuka puisi mendalam kayak rangga, saya cuman senang aja kalau lagi baca puisi disaat sendirian atau pas sebelum tidur atau suasana malam gitu. Koleksi puisi yang pertama saya baca adalah Love oleh Lang Leav dan awal mula membeli buku itu pun juga karena penasaran dengan rank bestsellernya. Setelah baca, ternyata saya ngerti kenapa itu buku bagus banget. Then I tried to find the other good rating of poetry books (I’m a newbie to poetry for like two years ago) then I bought I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis dan itu sampai sekarang atau untuk sampai kapanpun bakal jadi buku puisi kesayangan saya. Saya juga punya “Chasers of The Light” karya nya Tyler Knott, itu konsep nya fotografi dan puisi, puisi-puisinya juga gak kalah indah kok.

Saya disini mau bicara tentang bukunya Aan Mansyur da  I Wrote This For You book, because by far those books are my favorite poetry books. Buku Aan Mansyur yang saya punya sekarang itu baru ada dua, Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini dan Melihat Api Bekerja. Untuk Melihat Api Bekerja, cover nya bagus dan isinya penuh dengan ilustrasi dicampur dengan puisi-puisi karya Aan Mansyur. Ada beberapa part yang benar-benar saya suka dan “kena” saat membaca dua buku ini, berikut adalah sajak-sajak puisi yang saya suka:

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My poetry books collection up until now.

dari Melihat Api Bekerja:

“Aku benci berada di antara orang-orang yang bahagia.Mereka bicara tentang segala sesuatu, tapi kata-kata mereka tidak mengatakan apa-apa. Mereka tertawa dan menipu diri sendiri menganggap hidup mereka baik-baik saja. Mereka berpesta dan membunuh anak kecil dalam diri mereka.

Aku senang berada di antara orang-orang yang patah hati. Mereka tidak banyak bicara, jujur, dan berbahaya. Mereka tahu apa yang mereka cari. Mereka tahu dari diri mereka ada yang telah dicuri.”

(Menikmati Hari Pekan)

dari Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini:

“Ketika aku bertanya kepadamu tentang cinta, kau melihat langit membentang lapang. Menyerahkan diri untuk dinikmati, tapi menolak untuk dimiliki.

Ketika kau bertanya kepadaku tentang cinta, aku melihat nasib manusia. Terkutuk hidup di bumi bersama jangkauan lengan mereka yang pendek dan kemauan mereka yang panjang.”

(Ketika Ada Yang Bertanya Tentang Cinta

Dan saya sangat recommend buku “I Wrote This For You: Just The Words” by pleasefindthis kalau kalian suka membaca puisi. Uniknya dari buku ini itu dibagi tujuh section, ada On Hope, On Living, On being in love, On Despair, On Dying, On love lost. Tiap section kalau kalian baca pasti kerasa banget bedanya dan saya sudah baca buku ini kurang lebih hampir tiga kali di tiap keadaan berbeda, setiap baca judul-judul puisi yang saya tandai selalu berbeda makna pas kedua dan ketiga kali nya saya baca buku ini. So here are my favorite lines/poems *just a snippet* I took from the book:

“I keep wondering, how many people do you need to be, before you can become yourself.”

“All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living.”

“I’m only quiet because I’m worried that if you push me too far, one day I will open my mouth and I will scream so loudly, it will shatter and break the whole world.”

“The world weeps for itself on days like this and you stretch and stare to find the things that make it worthwhile. At least it’s not boring. You keep telling yourself that. Perspective is nine tenths of everything.”

“Your poetry is lonely. Yet you write to feel less lonely.”