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.”

Review Film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2 (AADC 2)

Setelah 14 tahun menunggu (atau akhirnya) mereka umumin bakal bikin AADC 2. Saya seneng banget waktu di umumin soalnya ini adalah salah satu film lokal yang saya dan orang-orang suka banget. By the way, saya baru saja selesai nonton AADC 2 ini, just a few hours ago and I feel like it has been a roller-coaster for me. So here is my review, ATTENTION: SPOILER ALERT.

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“Kadang-kadang, kau pikir, lebih mudah mencintai semua orang daripada melupakan satu orang, jika ada seseorang terlanjur menyentuh inti jantungmu, mereka yang datang kemudian hanya menyentuh kemungkinan.” 

Storyline:

Cinta dan Rangga sempet pacaran LDR Jakarta- New York untuk beberapa tahun. Dan dalam waktu itu Cinta sempet ngunjungin Rangga ke New York bareng-bareng sama keluarga nya Cinta. Namun setelah si Cinta nya balik ke Jakarta, Rangga jaga jarak dan akhirnya pun putus sama Cinta lewat surat pada tahun 2006. Skip dulu cerita ke awal gimana film ini dimulai, jadi awal-awal genk Cinta lagi ngumpul di gallery atau kantor nya Cinta bersama pasangan masing-masing. Ada Milly yang sedang hamil besar dan suaminya adalah… Mamet! Terus ada juga Maura (Titi Kamal) sama suaminya sendiri yaitu Christian Sugiono haha, dan ada juga Karmen (Adinia Wirasti) yang baru aja selesai rehabilitasi narkoba karena ceritanya si Karmen bisa masuk panti rehab karena ketangkap pas lagi bergaul salah sama temen-temennya. Disini kita tidak akan melihat Alya karena diceritakan nantinya bahwa Alya sudah meninggal pada tahun 2011 dikarenakan kecelakaan. Sedih sekali sih untuk tahu ceritanya. Disaat mereka kumpul, mereka ngumumin bahwa mereka harus liburan bareng-bareng ke Yogyakarta karena 1. Karmen udah balik dari panti rehab dan 2. Cinta baru saja tunangan sama pacarnya yaitu, Trian (Ario Bayu).

Disisi lain, kita juga bisa mendapatkan cerita kehidupan Rangga di New York. Mulai kesukaan dia menulis puisi, travelling, dan fotografi. Disini pun kita juga bisa tahu bahwa Rangga punya usaha kecil-kecilan buka coffee shop bersama teman nya di New York. Sampai akhirnya ada seseorang datang yang mengunjungi Rangga di tempat coffee shop nya, yaitu Sukma. Salah satu karakter baru yang memainkan adik tiri nya Rangga. Sukma menceritakan tentang kerinduan ibu-nya Rangga terhadap dia, walaupun secara fisik ibu nya Rangga masih sehat namun secara mental dia ingin sekali bertemu dengan Rangga. Dan Rangga di tanya untuk kembali ke Yogyakarta sama adik-tirinya untuk bertemu dengan ibu kandungnya. Awalnya sempat menolak tapi akhirnya Rangga pun pergi juga ke Jakarta (dia pergi kerumah Cinta tapi sayangnya Cinta sudah tidak tinggal disitu lagi) dan dia pun melanjutkan pergi ke Yogyakarta.

Di Yogyakarta inilah Rangga dan Cinta akan bertemu. Gimana kok bisa ketemu? Jadi Karmen dan Milly lah yang pertama kali melihat Rangga, dan mereka bersama Maura memutuskan untuk memberitahu Cinta dan pada awalnya Cinta sama sekali tidak mau untuk bertemu dengannya, setelah dibujuk oleh teman-temannya, karena ini adalah masalah yang harus dituntaskan untuk kedua pihak dan menurut mereka Cinta perlu penjelasan dari Rangga, jadi Cinta pun setuju untuk bertemu dengan Rangga.

Cerita pun di mulai disini, perjalanan cinta yang bikin perasaan naik turun. Pada awalnya disaat Cinta dan Rangga ketemu, mereka sempet berantem, marah (which brings me nostalgia of the first movie) tapi akhirnya mereka baikkan sih. Rangga mengajak Cinta jalan-jalan ke tempat-tempat unik di Yogyakarta, sekalian ceritain penjelasan Rangga kenapa dia tiba-tiba putusin Cinta begitu aja. Mereka jalan-jalan ke Candi Boko terus semaleman bersama untuk mendengarkan cerita masing-masing, cerita kehidupan mereka selama 9 tahun tidak lama bertemu, destinasi mereka terakhir adalah Punthuk Setumbu (I didn’t know that in Yogyakarta, there is this small and beautiful places) mereka kesana untuk melihat sunrise which was really nice and so beautiful. Perjalanan mereka berakhir disaat Cinta sampai di villa dia dan teman-temannya tinggal. It’s like a goodbye for them because they won’t see each other after this and of course there was a goodbye kiss.

Sesampainya mereka di Jakarta, mereka sudah balik ke kehidupan nya masing-masing, dan Rangga yang ingin memperbaiki hubungan nya dengan ibu nya pun juga berhasil. Penuh emosi disaat Rangga akhirnya memberanikan diri untuk damai dengan ibunya, Rangga nya pun nangis saat ia bertemu dengan ibunya. Sementara di Jakarta, Cinta yang kebingungan mengenai perasaannya, merasa bersalah setelah mencium Rangga dan dia bingung untuk gimana caranya menceritakan ini ke tunangannya, Trian. Disaat Rangga sudah di Jakarta, dia ingin bertemu dengan Cinta sekali lagi namun Cinta menolak untuk bertemu so he decided straight away before going back to New York, he visited Cinta in her office without notice. Disini Rangga mengungkapkan seluruh perasaannya dan mengajak Cinta untuk melanjutkan hubungan mereka lagi. Rangga bilang, “Saya benar-benar menyesal dengan apa yang telah saya lakukan kepada kamu, tolong beri saya kesempatan kedua, jangan bilang kamu tidak merasakan apa-apa dengan ciuman itu pas di Yogyakarta?” Namun Cinta nya bilang dengan berbohong bahwa ia tidak merasakan apa-apa bahwa itu tidak bermakna untuk dirinya. Dan Rangga pun pergi meninggalkan Cinta ke bandara, lagi. Disaat yang bersamaan, ada Trian pas-pasan dengan Rangga dan of course he knows about him and he asked her about everything and explanation of it. So she did. Scene nya menunjukan ke penonton bahwa Cinta sedang menangis dan mengemudi mobil dengan kecepatan tinggi, entah ini menuju ke bandara atau balik ke apartment nya Cinta. Disaat itu juga, dia hampir nyaris sekali tabrakan dengan truk, and in that moment when she realize she is still okay, not hurt, she knows in that moment, she can’t waste another chance for her life. The ending is happy ending, setelah satu purnama penuh, Cinta mengunjungi Rangga di New York (without noticing him) and she told him that how that nearly death accident makes her realised that she has been given a chance to go for her happiness, for her true love which is Rangga. In the end, they were kisssing and hugging and it’s just so sweet that I almost cried.

 

Reviews:

  • Characters: Suka banget sama karakter-karakter pemain lama yang sudah dewasa namun rasanya mereka tidak berubah sama sekali. Milly yang masih lucu dan agak lemot, Maura yang masih centil-centil hygienis gitu  dan Cinta juga masih sama walaupun sekarang lebih dewasa banget karakternya. Yang paling kontras disini adalah Karmen, galak nya Karmen sempat tidak di munculkan di awal-awal cerita karena konflik nya dia yang setelah bebas dari panti rehab dan masih trauma karena ditinggalkan suaminya. Rangga yang dulu keliatan sombong dan jarang senyum pun disini kita bisa lihat perbedaan karakter Rangga yang udah lebih dewasa, kalau bicara udah ga sependek dulu pas film pertama namun sinis nya Rangga masih keluar. Si rangga tetep masih jago banget bikin puisi yang romantis tapi makna nya dalem banget (big applause for Aan Mansyur yang dibalik semua puisi rangga di AADC2 ini).
  • Alur cerita: Mungkin awalnya agak kerasa lama dan kayak bolak balik gitu tapi banyak nostalgia dengan film pertama seperti di mobil genk cinta dan mamet lagi nyanyiin lagu nya PAS Band (yang di film pertama mereka dateng ke konser nya itu loh.) trus ada juga pas Cinta ngejekin Mamet kalau dulu Mamet tuh suka sama Cinta tapi sekarang malah jadinya sama Milly. Milly nya pun disini ga berubah, masih keliatan lucu dan tiap scene ada dia pasti selalu lucu, bikin ketawa. Scene nya Cinta dan Rangga itu yang bikin perasaan di bawa naik turun karena kita tau kalau mereka ini ya sebenernya jodoh tapi kenapa selalu waktu ga bisa bersamaan? Scene yang paling kena di saya sih dimana Cinta hampir tabrakan mobil disaat kemungkinan besar dia putus sama tunangannya / belum putus tapi setelah menceritakan kejadian di Yogyakarta bersama Rangga dan tunangannya marah terus berantem makanya Cinta nangis. Itu makna nya kena banget di saya, it’s like “you have just been given a second chance to choose your happiness it’s either you want to be with someone who you don’t really love or be with someone who you really love, your true love and yeah she finally chose obviously her true love. Disini pun juga gak lepas dari cerita pertemanan yang tulus antara Genk Cinta. Persahabatan yang tetap berjalan walaupun Alya sudah pergi, they always have each other back when something happened with one of them. Sempat ada konflik antara cinta dan karmen, namun itupun diselesaikan dengan cepat karena mereka sadar kalau mereka sama-sama salah dan akhirnya pun baikan. Sebenernya ini lebih kena ke aku tentang persahabatan di antara mereka berempat sih, persahabatan yang tulus dari SMA dan walaupun mereka udah ada kehidupan masing-masing tapi mereka selalu ada waktu untuk kumpul bareng-bareng. Intinya perjalanan di Yogyakarta ini bener-bener banyak cerita penting yang terjadi, salah satunya dimana Karmen akhirnya berubah menjadi Karmen yang “dulu” yang galak dan sangar. She was shy at the early scene in the movie then she finally turn to her true self again.
  • Cinematic: Ah, mas riri riza, saya suka banget sama shoot pemandangan nya mulai dari New york dan Yogyakarta. Indah banget. Pemandangan yang paling bagus menurut saya itu pas sunrise di New York tepatnya salah satu jembatan di NY mungkin Brooklyn bridge dan itu indah banget pemandangannya, super super indah bikin saya ingin kesana. Pas di Yogyakarta yang paling indah pas sunrise di Punthuk Setumbu, itu pemandangannya gak kalah indah dan I wish i was there to see the sunrise. It makes me wants to go there by myself. Good job mas riri riza!
  • Soundtrack: Last but not least, teh Melly Goeslaw hebat banget deh bikin soundtrack aadc 2 ini, bagus banget dan sukanya lagi penempatan lagu nya pas jadi background di film pas banget. Lagu-lagu di AADC2 juga gak kalah bikin baper sama kayak di soundtrack AADC1 juga. My favorites are “Jangan Ajak-Ajak Dia” dan “Ratusan Purnama”

Overall, I am not disappointed with this second instalment of AADC. Bikin perasaan naik turun atau istilahnya sekarang bikin baper dan galau. Akhir yang bagus untuk cerita Rangga dan Cinta dan akhirnya mungkin para fans pun seneng melihat happy ending, karena kita biasanya maunya lihat happy endingkan? Kayaknya sih saya mau nonton lagi untuk kedua kalinya. Biar makin kerasa feelingnya haha. So that’s it i guess, my review. See ya on the next post!

 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer!

Star Wars is back! I can’t believe that every year a Star Wars movie will be released. I was screaming and excited when The Force Awakens trailer and movie was released and the same thing happened to me too when Rogue One just released the teaser trailer, not full trailer yet, few days ago. The main lead for this movie is Felicity’s character, Jyn Erso which I believe she is really good at fighting since she is already in trouble. Mon Mothma is BACK! The actress who plays Mon Mothma in Rogue One is apparently the same actress who play the same character in ROTS but sadly she got cut but at least we finally get to see her in Rogue One. A lot of things I noticed from the trailer but the most curious and got everyone questioning was that dark cloak man which we don’t know who he is, and obviously he is not the emperor because he won’t be kneeling to anyone. So who he is though? I kinda wish I would see Darth Vader on the full trailer so hopefully it will be released during comic con I guess? Anyway, you have to watch the trailer NOW (if you haven’t though). Can’t wait to get more updates about this movie, I will post more update on this website.

Visit to Louvre Museum (Tips and Trick)

 

I have been wanting to go to this museum since I was in high school and I still cannot believe that I actually have visited Paris in person, saw Eiffel with my own eyes, saw the beautiful city and its pretty building, bridges and of course the locals who loved to drink coffee outside (it still count as winter though so many people drink coffee inside.) Before I get to see this museum I have researched some tips and tricks to get into the museum because I know that Louvre is the most visited museum around the world and it is really crowded even during the low season. I learned that there are few entrances to get into the museum because first you need to pass the security check and that actually what makes the lines are really long. When I came to the museum, I went to the Carousel entry and the lines already long but still moving so it took around 15-30 minutes until I finally get into the building inside of pyramid then show my ticket. Anyway here is my tips and tricks for you if you planning to visit Louvre Museum:

  1. Try to get there early

I visited the Louvre first around 9AM from Carousel entrance and the line was empty (not that long) but when I get there to visit the museum around 2pm the line was so long until the Tabac shop which you can buy the museum ticket there too. So I have to wait in line just to get pass the security and after that you can go free directly to the museum or buy ticket if you don’t have yet.

  1. Buy ticket in advance

It is true that by buying ticket in advance it will make your life easier. Actually if you bought the ticket in advance there are two choices: First, if you bought it via the museum website then you can print out the ticket at home then you can go to the entrance in the Pyramids which is usually a lot of people lining up there. Second, you can purchase via tiqets.com then change your reservation to real ticket in tabac shop just near the Palais Royal or the Louvre metro station (it’s the green little shop who sells newspaper and magazines usually) then after that you can go in via Carousel and it’s just in front of the Palais Royal.

  1. Plan where and which you want to see

Louvre Museum is a huge museum as you may know and it’s like if you want to see ALL of the sculptures, paintings and everything inside Louvre, it will take you around ONE MONTH to finally see everything. So plan first which paintings you want to see and on where is the painting located (Denon Wings or Sully Wings or Richeliu Wings). For me, I decided to just visit Denon Wings as there are many paintings from Italian painters and of course the famous painting also there, The Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and I also have time to visited the Napoleon III Apartments in Richeliu Wings. In total I have spent around 2.5 – 3 hours just for that too and I skip a lot of paintings and sculptures, didn’t have time that much to read everything. So Louvre is divided by 3 buildings, Sully, Denon and Richelieu.

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a. Denon Wings

This is mostly where people visited first. Why? It’s where the most famous painting in the world located, The Mona Lisa (La Joconde) by Leonardo Da Vinci. A lot of Italian painters and also other European painters like Dutch painters such as Rembrandts are also located in here. It is a huge and long building, I remembered walking through the Grand Galerie it felt like the building doesn’t have an end because it’s so long like it will never ends. You can also visit Galerie d’apollon, it’s a room where it used to be a model to make Hall of Mirrors in Palace of Versailles. So if you compare those two photos if you look up on google it is almost similar. The room was pretty big with a pretty decoration and paintings. On the ceiling you can see every zodiacs with its symbol statue and some paintings. On the side walls you can see painting or pictures of King Louis XIV, architects and the painters or designer who design and decors this room.

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On denon wings
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Auguste.
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Da Vinci’s work
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One of the statues in the Grand Galerie
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Leonardo Da Vinci
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Madonna of The Rocks
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Situation of Grand Galerie
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Entering the Mona Lisa’s painting location
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And the painting…
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Galerie d’Apollon

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b. Sully Wings

Right after you finish visit Galerie d’Apollon, you can go visit to Sully Wings. On this wing you can see Greek and Roman sculptures. A lot of pretty sculptures actually including Venus de Milo or Aphrodite, The Winged sculpture (it’s so pretty) and also the Egyptian and Asian antiques. I think this wing is kinda the underrated one because mostly people will only pass this wing and sometimes it’s not that crowded as in Denon’s wing.

c. Richelieu Wing

In here, you can visit the Napoleon III ‘s Apartment and it was huge. I don’t you should think it as the modern apartment as you may know now. It is a really different kind of apartment, more like a petite palace. A lot of furnitures that was left during the Napoleon era and some from the king’s era were still here and still looks nice. From living room, bedroom, dining room, it’s in here! I was so amazed by all of this because I didn’t expect that it would be this huge and so pretty and of course so fancy. I kinda imagine what it looked like to live in here during those days, wearing those long dresses with some pretty manners etc like that.  You can also see French paintings by French painters, one of them is Eugene Delacroix. Too bad I didn’t get enough time to visit this place, I have to climbed up one storey long stairs (it’s a pretty stairs though) so I just decided to go to the apartments.

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  1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

As I said it before, Louvre is a big museum and it’s a simple tips but really useful for you. Wear walking shoes or maybe sneakers to your foot won’t be tired easily. I wore boots because it is still winter and I kinda wish I wore more comfortable shoes because I swear it is a looong walk and my foot hurts already.