Monday, 19 March 2018

The Nightingale

Judul : The Nightingale
Penulis : Kristin Hannah
Tebal : 438 halaman
Penerbit : Pan Macmillan

Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war.

Despite their differences, Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their child. But when the Second World War breaks out and Antoine is conscripted to fight, Isabelle is sent to the country by her father to help Vianne.

As the war develops, the strength of the sisters' relationship is put to the test. With life changing, and confronted by unbelievable horros, Vianne and Isabelle find themselves responding in ways they never thought possible, as bravery and resistance take differing forms for each of the two sisters.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Winner's Crime

Judul : The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2)
Penulis : Marie Rutkoski
Tebal : 406 halaman
Penerbit : Bloomsbury Children's

Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...

While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

A Conjuring of Light

Judul : A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
Penulis : V.E. Schwab
Tebal : 666 halaman
Penerbit : Titan Books

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Judul : Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Penulis : Becky Albertalli
Tebal : 303 halaman
Penerbit : Balzer + Bray

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

A Gathering of Shadows

Judul : A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)
Penulis : V.E. Schwab
Tebal : 508 halaman
Penerbit : Titan Books

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift--back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games--an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries--a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Queen of the Tearling

Judul : The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1)
Penulis : Erika Johansen
Tebal : 512 halaman
Penerbit : Bantam

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...

A House Divided

Judul : A House Divided (House of Earth #3)
Penulis : Pearl S. Buck
Tebal : 536 halaman
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Cucu-cucu Wang Lung, petani sederhana yang seumur hidupnya harus bekerja keras mengolah tanah, kini tinggal menikmati hasil jerih-payah kakek mereka. Anak-anak Wang sang Tuan Tanah hidup berfoya-foya di kota pantai, sementara di dalam Rumah Keluarga Wang yang seluas istana, anak-anak Wang sang Saudagar tetap hidup sesuai tradisi lama, dilayani puluhan pelayan. Tujuan hidup mereka jelas: mengumpulkan harta sebanyak mungkin.

Di antara kedua gaya hidup itulah Wang Yuan, putra Wang si Macan, terombang-ambing. Sejak kecil dia tak pernah bahagia, dan tak pernah punya tujuan hidup yang jelas, sampai pada suatu hari dia dijebloskan ke penjara karena terlibat pemberontakan kaum revolusioner yang sesungguhnya tidak benar-benar dia pahami.