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[Review] Kate Douglas Wiggin - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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Judul: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Pengarang: Kate Douglas Wiggin
Penerjemah: Hani Iskadarwati
Penyunting: Rini Nurul Badariah
Penerbit: Orange Books
Tahun: 2011
ISBN: 9786028436854
Tebal: 310 hlm.
Rating: 3/5 stars

Mulai: 18 Februari 2015
Selesai: 24 Februari 2015


Sinopsis:
Keadaan memaksa Rebecca meningalkan Sunnybrook Farm, tempatnya dibesarkan bersama keenam putra-putri keluarga Randall yang lain. Ia mengerahkan keberanian untuk tinggal dengan keluarga Sawyer, bukan saja karena yang diminta pergi ke Riverboro adalah Hannah, sang kakak, tetapi juga ketidaksukaan keluarga Sawyer kepada almarhum ayahnya.
Rebecca harus beradaptasi dengan cara didik kedua bibinya yang keras, sekaligus harus membuat seluruh keluarga bangga akan prestasi dan perilakunya sehari-hari. Bagaimana Rebecca mengatasi rindu rumah? Apakah ia dapat bertahan di Riverboro dan menerapkan cara didik kedua bibinya?

[Review] Andrea Portes - Anatomy of a Misfit

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Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: 2014
ISBN13: 9780062313669
Pages: 336
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: e-book
Start: 16 February 2015
Finish: 21 February 2015


Synopsis:
Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair - the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she's a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell.
So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can't get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly a result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the …

[Review] Tia Widiana - Mahogany Hills

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Judul: Mahogany Hills
Penulis: Tia Widiana
Penerbit: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
ISBN: 9789792295849
Tahun: 2013
Tebal: 344 hlm.
Rating: 3/5 stars

Mulai: 14 Februari 2015
Selesai: 17 Februari 2015



Sinopsis:
Jagad Arya dan Paras Ayunda mendapatkan kehidupan yang mungkin diharapkan oleh semua pasangan pengantin baru. Segera setelah menikah, mereka tinggal di rumah bernama Mahogany Hills, di pelosok pegunungan Sukabumi yang sejuk dan indah.
Yang membedakan Jagad dan Paras dengan pasangan pengantin lainnya adalah mereka menikah bukan karena cinta. Baik Jagad maupun Paras punya rahasia yang mereka pendam. Kesepian, amarah, dan penyesalan bercampur aduk dengan rasa rindu dan kata cinta yang tak pernah terucapkan - semua itu senantiasa menggelayuti Mahogany Hills.
Dengan caranya masing-masing, Jagad dan Paras berjuang untuk menghadapi satu pertanyaan yang pada suatu titik harus mereka jawab: Sanggupkah mereka bertahan dalam pernikahan yang tak sempurna itu?

[Review] Sefryana Khairil - Sweet Nothings

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Judul: Sweet Nothings
Pengarang: Sefryana Khairil
Penerbit: GagasMedia
ISBN: 9797805336
Tahun: 2012
Tebal: 314 hlm.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Mulai: 10 Februari 2015
Selesai: 11 Februari 2015



Sinopsis:
Saskia adalah seorang janda berumur 38 tahun dengan 2 anak, Abi dan Tasya. Untuk menopang kehidupan keluarga setelah kematian suaminya, Saskia membuka usaha katering dan juga toko kue Sweet Sugar. Suatu hari Sweet Sugar mempekerjakan pastry chef baru bernama Harsa yang berumur 30 tahun. Ternyata bukan hanya hidangan yang dibuat oleh chef Harsa yang yummy, tapi juga orangnya. Hal ini turut dirasakan oleh Saskia yang kemudian dengan sekuat tenaga membuang perasaan tersebut. Hati Saskia pernah disakiti oleh mendiang suaminya, dan kini dia tidak akan membiarkan siapapun menyakitinya lagi. Terutama chef baru yang lebih muda dari dirinya tersebut.

[Review] Courtney Summers - Cracked Up to Be

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Title: Cracked Up to Be
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN13: 9780312383695
Year: 2008
Pages: 214
Rate: 3/5 stars



Synopsis:
When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleader captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?
Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her conselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.
Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.
Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

[Review] Sophie Flack - Bunheads

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Title: Bunheads
Author: Sophie Flack
Publisher: Poppy
Year: 2011
Pages: 304
My rating: 4/5 stars




Synopsis: As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?

[RC 2015] New Author Reading Challenge 2015

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Setelah melalui bulan Januari, akhirnya saya memiliki waktu yang cukup banyak untuk membaca buku dalam rangka mengikuti reading challenge tahun ini. Tapi setelah saya buat perencanaan buku yang akan saya baca, ternyata banyak yang dikarang oleh penulis yang baru untuk saya. Dipikir-pikir, kenapa saya tidak sekalian ikut reading challenge-nya? Toh sudah banyak juga yang saya baca. Dan akhirnya di pertengahan bulan Februari ini saya mendaftarkan diri di New Author Reading Challenge 2015 yang diselenggarakan oleh Ren @ Ren's Little Corner.

[RC 2015] Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Supposedly I posted this challenge last month, since it's a 1-year-long reading challenge. But since I already put the widget on my sidebar, I thought that it's unnecessary. Until I realized that there's plenty of other reading challenges that I join on Goodreads and I have never updated them. Because of that, I'm going to post this reading challenge on my blog, as a reminder for myself on what reading challenges that I've joined this year. And I'm going to post a wrap-up post per month, too. I'm still thinking on what should I write on those wrap-up posts beside my reading challenges progress, but I still have a few more weeks left so I'm going to do some blog-walking (or blog-surfing?) to find inspirations.

[Review] Maria Jaclyn - De Buron

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Judul: De Buron (cover baru)
Penulis: Maria Jaclyn
Penerbit: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Tahun: 2012
Tebal buku: 248
My rating: 5/5 stars




Sinopsis:
Cowok itu...
Hm...
Dia ditaksir sahabat Kimly gila-gilaan
Dia suka nyanyi lagu apa aja
Dia doyan banget makan pisang
Dia tidur sekamar dengan Kimly
Dia tahu sesuatu tentang Kimly yang selama ini selalu disembunyikan cewek itu dari semua orang...

Tapi...
Dia juga buronan yang lagi diincar polisi!

[Review] Dian Mariani - Finally You

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Judul: Finally You
Pengarang: Dian Mariani
Penerbit: Stiletto Book
Tahun: 2014
Tebal buku: 277 hlm.
My rating: 2/5 stars




Sinopsis: Luisa dan Raka, dipersatukan oleh luka. 
Luisa yang patah hati setelah ditinggal Hans, memilih menghabiskan waktunya di kantor sampai malam. Bekerja tak kenal lelah. Siapa sangka, ternyata bos di kantornya juga baru putus cinta. Mereka sama-sama mencari pelarian. Mengisi waktu-waktu lengang selepas jam lembur dengan menyusuri jalan-jalan padat ibu kota. Berdua. Membagi luka dan kecewa. 
Antara bertahan pada kenangan, atau membiarkan waktu yang menyembuhkan. Baik Luisa ataupun Raka membiarkan hubungan mereka berjalan apa adanya. Hubungan yang dewasa tanpa ungkapan cinta. Mungkin rasa aman dan nyaman bersama kenangan, membuat Luisa dan Raka malas menyesap rasa baru dalam hubungan mereka.
Namun, bagaimana jika seiring berjalannya waktu, Raka mulai benar-benar jatuh cinta ketika Luisa justru sedang berpikir untuk kembali kepada Hans? Ternyata bukan tentang waktu. Bukan …

[Review] Miyazaki Ichigo - Akatsuki: Semburat Cinta di Langit Tokyo

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Judul: Akatsuki: Semburat Cinta di Langit Tokyo
Pengarang: Miyazaki Ichigo
Penerbit: Qanita
Tahun: 2012
Tebal buku: 321 hlm
My rating: 1/5 stars




Sinopsis:

Semburat cahaya terang di kegelapan langit timur membungkus diriku dengan daya pesona. Itu benar-benar pemandangan yang sempurna, meskipun aku tahu tidak ada yang sempurna di dunia ini. Aku tidak tahu mesti menyebutnya bagaimana. Ini sungguh mengagumkan!
Meskipun yatim piatu sejak kecil, Mayumi tetap bahagia. Dia menjadi anak angkat pasangan Nakano yang menyayanginya seperti mereka menyayangi, Shun, putra kandung mereka. Namun, kebahagiaan Mayumi mulai terkoyak saat Shun yang dianggapnya seperti kakak sendiri mencoba memaksakan cinta.
Pelarian Mayumi hanyalah saat fajar. Dia selalu menunggu-nunggu semburat cahaya kemerahan muncul di timur. Cahaya misterius. cahaya yang menjadi tumpahan kesepian dan kegundahannya.
Mayumi akhirnya memilih meninggalkan keluarga Nakado, menempuh hidup sendiri. Untunglah, dia berjumpa sahabat-sahabat yang selalu m…

[Review] Victoria Laurie - When

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Title: When
Author: Victoria Laurie
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year: 2015
Pages: 336
My rating: 4/5 stars




Synopsis:
Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the invest…

[Review] Julie Cohen - Nina Jones and the Temple of Gloom

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Title: Nina Jones and the Temple of Gloom
Author: Julie Cohen
Publisher: Little Black Dress
Year: 2010
Pages: 384
My rating: 3/5 stars




Synopsis:
All work and no play makes Nina a dull girl... But when you're PA to a celebrity chef who's even tastier than one of his delicious dishes you can't help loving your job. And what's wrong with fancying the pants off your boss? Erm, everything if he's married to someone else. So when Nina meets sexy Spaniard Juan, she's thrilled to escape to a new life abroad... until Juan does a runner with her hard-earned cash. Nina has no choice but to head home and brave 'The Temple of Gloom' - a gothic flat with some unusual inhabitants. Nina's had enough of bloodsuckers. But is her mysterious neighbor Viktor really a vampire?

[Review] Alberthiene Endah - Cewek Matre

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Judul: Cewek Matre
Pengarang: Alberthiene Endah
Penerbit: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Tahun Terbit: 2004
Tebal buku: 464 hlm
My rating: 3/5 stars



Sinopsis:
Lola humas radio City Girls FM yang cerdas, cantik, seksi, dan... miskin! Miskin? Yah, tentu saja! Dengan gaji yang seadanya, Lola tidak mampu membeli tas branded, sepatu mahal, gaun mewah, dan jelas tak bisa bersaing dengan teman-temannya yang pulang-pergi belanja di Singapura dan Hong Kong. Bosan berkeluh-kesah, Lola menjalankan taktik baru: jadi cewek matre! Memang itu kan fungsi adanya pria-pria kaya dan mapan di Jakarta ini? Dengan segera Lola bergelimang kebahagiaan. Sepatu dan tas baru, gaun indah, dan perawatan tubuh yang membuatnya tampil semakin kinclong. Tapi semua itu bukannya tanpa harga yang mahal. Hatinya kusut. Otaknya ruwet. Dan saat cinta sejati datang, Lola menangis... cinta dan harta sama-sama merupakan pilihan yang menarik!

[RC 2015] 2015 Women Challenge

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Another reading challenge that I found during blog-walking. I guess I should stop doing so because there's a LOT of reading challenges that I've read and intended to join. Up until now there's almost 10 *blush* reading challenges that I've signed up for. As someone who's just found out all about reading challenges last year, I think I'm taking more than I can deal with. But it's still February, so I got 10 months++ to finish all of the reading challenges. Wish me luck :D
This reading challenge is hosted by Valentina @ Peek a Book. It's kind of a masochist mission for me to try to read her book reviews because they're in Italian *sigh*. But I guess the same thing can be said from her if she read my post that's mostly in Indonesian, lol. Anyway, this is a challenge to read books written by women.

[Project] Children's Literature Reading Project

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During my blog-walking last week, I found this very interesting project called Children's Literature Reading Project. I love children's literature. I think reading them while I was a kid gave me the courage to face the things that I'm afraid of. I still remember some of my favorite story when I was a kid, taken from a collection of short stories. And during my time as a teenager until now (early 20), sometimes I recollect what I've learnt from those stories to get through my bad days. And in order to honor those books and short stories that have helped me, I'm gonna modified this project a little bit.