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Review : A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab

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“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”

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My first thought when I read the blurb, Hmm interesting.

But sorry not sorry it’s not my kind of book. Yes I love fantasy but*shrug* Idk, this one just didn’t do to me. Tapi sebenernya buat para pecinta fantasi sejati dijamin bakal suka buku ini, karena dari awal sampai akhir cerita emang ga pernah lepas dari sihir dan petualangan Kell ke berbagai London. Mulai dari Grey London, Red London, dan White London.

Alurnya bisa dibilang cepet dan ngga ngebosenin karena dari awal petualangan Kell udah mulai. Tapi yaa entah kenapa sempet beberapa kali ketiduran pas baca di bagian awal, maybe something’s wrong with me?

Untuk deskripsi berbagai jenis London juga udah pas dan bisa kebayang juga kehidupan di tiap London dan perbedaannya yang jelas, Cuma kurang penjelasan tentang tiap-tiap penguasa London, kecuali si kembar Dane penguasa White London yang bener-bener dijelasin karakternya. Bahkan penjelasan tentang King dan Queen dari Red London tempat Kell hidup sebenernya agak kurang dapet apalagi King George dari Grey London yang cuma diceritain pas awal.

Yang buat buku ini beareble itu penokohannya. Pertama ada Kell yang merupakan salah satu Antari terakhir punya karakter yang bener-bener unik. Dark, mysterius yang bikin greget gimanaa gitu. Asal-usul Kell yang misterius emang agak bikin penasaran, misal : siapa orangtua Kell? dan yang paling penasaran itu singkatan K. L. yang akhirnya jadi namanya Kell. Sebenernya karakter Kell itu agak mirip sama Grim dari bukunya Gesa Schwartz. Delilah Bard, she’s one of my fav. heroine. Karakternya kuat, itu udah jelas dan agak feisty.Tapi balik lagi, misteri Lila dan obrolannya tentang matanya yang dulu sebenernya hitam bikin penasaran, dan bikin beranggapan jangan-jangan dia Antari? Who knows?

Secara keseluruhan buku ini dapat menghibur meskipun yaa ada beberapa kelemahan dan bisa bikin bosen juga.

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Review : Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

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What a great way to end the Under the Never Sky trilogy. I love how this book is all about sacrifice, start from Perry to Cinder’s sacrifice. And the most I love from this trilogy is how all the caharacters growing up on their feels and their character.

First from Perry, in the first book we can see a boy that wanted to be a Blood Lord learn how to make an agreement with a Dweller girl. In this book Perry still just a naiive boy and he never expected himself to fall for the Dweller girl. Perry grown in the second book after he finally killed his brother and became Blood Lord in this second book he started to adapt to his new life we can see how he made a mistake by trusting Kirra and how he made a good decision to relocate the Tides to a cave because of the Aether Storm. And in the third book we can see all the sacrifices he had to made. How he had to survive when Sable tortured him and how he sacrified his life for his tribe so they got a chance to find the Still Blue.

Aria. Her life is seriously changed since the night she went to Ag 6 with Sorren. Yes in the first book sometimes she still act as a dumb Dweller girl but I can accept that because she’s all new into the outside. I mean all her life she spent it in Reverie, and suddenly she had to life in the outside with Aether Storm always threat her to death. Her ability as an Aud is amazing. She learn what, like 1 year and then BOOM she’s an awesome Aud. I just love how her character become mature since the first book till Into the Still Blue.

Roar. Damn! He’s my favorite character in this Under the Never Sky trilogy. Yes I said that my favorite character in the first book is Perry but in after read the second and third book I fall for Roar. He’s not perfect yes, He just a boy or a man or a manboy lol. I love how he came up after what happened to Liv. He didn’t let his broken heart lead his life. He had his grief for Liv but aftre that he started become himself again, he started to help Perry and Aria again.

After all I give this book 4 stars.

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Review : Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

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“Days were darkened by clouds and the blue cast of Aether. Night were brightened by the same. They flowed together, the edges blurring into an endless day. An ever night.”

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? (Goodreads)

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A good sequel from the first book, Under the Never Sky. From the cover that show us an image of a boy that we assume Perry, we can see that this book’s problem centered on Perry, after all he’s a Blood Lord now. We can see how he survive and adapt his new life as a new Blood Lord. How he have to think about his tribe and Aria in the same time. Poor Perry, people on his tribe not really trust her as the new Blood Lord, maybe because of his age, or his experience. Another problem is that the Tides don’t trust Aria, because she’s a Dweller.So yeah Perry have to face a lot of problems in this book. But there’s something that I hate from Perry in this book, like when he felt jealous of Aria’s relationship with Roar. I mean it’s pathetic to think that Aria and Roar were runaway and that they are together, that will never happen, but still Perry think the possibility of it.

It’s another story for Aria. In this book Aria is getting stronger, now after she realized that she is half Dweller and half Savage she learn to accept and learn how to live as an Outsidder. And her power as an Aud is getting stronger too. She become another Roar’s bestfriend after what they’ve been through since Delphi until the Horns tribe. When I read that she make an agreement with Sorren I thought that is a bad idea, I thought she will fall into another trap but yeah Sorren surprised me when he keep his words. I really love how Aria’s character have grown into a stronger character.

Roar. Poor Roar. He have to face Liv who will mary Sable then after he can talk Liv to go back to they home at the Tides he have to see how Liv sacrifice herself to dead to save him. It’s so sad, it’s like having a hopes up then poof suddenly it all went to down.

This book is so good, it makes me waiting and wanting to read the third book Into the Still Blue. The rating for this book is 4 stars.

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Review : Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

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“A world of nevers under a never sky.”

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky (Goodreads).

One of the great dystopia book I’ve read. If you’re dystopia book kinda girl like me you’re gonna love this book. In this book we can see 2 characters that live in different world, Aria the Dweller girl and Perry the Savage. They have an agreement to bring Aria’s smarteye to Perry’s friend, Marron so he can fix it. Aria’s smarteye is the one wich can help Aria to find her mother in Bliss and it can use as a barter for Perry to get his nephew back whose kidnap by Dwellers.

I just love how their differentce become fuse as their journey goes on. The hate they feels toward eachother slowly turn into something that make Perry rendered to Aria. Aria and Perry learn to respect eachother as a person, more than a Mole (what Perry used to call Aria in the begining) and a Savage.

Aria, one of the best female character I’ve read. She’s not strong but not weak either. She just perfectly fit as girl who lived inside virtual and Realms and suddenly have her world turn upside down and yeah she learn how to live in a world that real. She’s curious about the world and that make sense since she is a Halfy (what Roar called her).

Perry a.k.a. Peregrine, the best character in this book. People may think he’s wild but from what he did to Talon, Aria, and Cinder we can see that he have big heart. He’s a Scire (gifted with strong nose and could breathe and know despair or fear) and a Seer (gifted with uncomon sight) and because he marked by 2 senses people think that he’s cursed (His father was a Scire and his mother was a Seer). He’s a good leader a good uncle and a good friend. And his skill as a hunter is so damn cool, seriously, you don’t want to mess with him unless you want to die.

Roar, Perry’s bestfiend. I love his character sooooooo much. Roar and Perry is a good combination. If Perry is the wild one  Roar is the calm and easygoing one. His love for Perry’s sister, Liv is beautiful yet tragic. I mean he’s an Aud and Liv’s a Scire. People said that if you mix the blood from different Marked you’re cursed and that happened to Perry. And besides, Liv was send by Vale (Perry’s brother), Blood Lord from their tribe (Tide) to another tribe (Horn) to be marry the Blood Lord, and as a barter the Horns will give a lot of food for the Tides.

I give 4 stars to this book for a good setting, and interesting character.

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Review : Grim Das Siegel des Feuers (Grim #1) by Gesa Shcwartz

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Since hundreds of years ago, the Gargoyle’ve been hiding from human view. They live as “creatures from another world”. Although not visible to the human eye, but they exist everywhere. Only people with a sixth sense that is able to see where they are. People like this are called Hartide or Forecasters Future. They have superhuman vision. However, these benefits it brings danger, both in the human world and the world of the “other”.
Grim is a Gargoyle. A guard for the creatures of the world. His job is to take care lest people know of the existence of the Gargoyle. This is an old rule that they must comply. Grim completely unaware, what will happen to him, when one day he agreed to a request Moira to keep a boy named Jacob. Moira is a Gargoyle, like himself. Moreover, Moira is his old friend, mentor, once one of the world’s oldest Gargoyle them. But, Moira deliberately violate the rules of the old. He became acquainted with Jacob and gave a codex reads the letters that strange.
Since then Jacob, who is also a Hartide (Predictor of the Future), always being chased by Hybride (half human half Gargoyle). The Hybride apparently wanted to rob the codex. At the critical moment, Jacob gave the codex to his sister, Mia.
Meeting Mia (17 years), an ordinary man who is also a Hartide with Grim reality they were making in those adventures are dangerous. Mia himself realized that he apparently had the privilege to see the future. Together with the Grim Mia decided to try to discover the meaning of the codex. A manuscript which was sealed with fire. (Ufuk fiction)

It’s a great  book, fantasy adventure book lovers will definitely love it. Mia, Grim, and Remis the kobold have a big amazingly adventure form Paris to Roma then back to Ghrogonia, the capital city for Gargoyle that located underground the Paris city itself. On their adventure they will meet a lot of unique creatures that will help them to read the parchment in the fire seal. The big plot twist at the end of  book between Grim – Pedro – Seraphin really surprised me. From the first time Gesa made sure that we, the readers think that Grim is a Gargoyle that was born from a volcano but…. BOOOM almost at the end of the book we will find a big secret about Grim and whats behind all of this mess and war between Gargoyle, human, and Hybrid.

What I don’t like about this book is I can’t really feels the chemistry between Mia and Grim! Their relationship is weird, too plain and too simple. I know it’s not a love story but hey, at least give us a little feels what they’re feeling toward eachother. And when suddenly Mia said that she love Grim, I was like ‘Huh? What the hell was that?’ Just because Grim helped her to find a way to read that parchment and then yeah Mia love him and she wanted to destroy the spell to keep human forget about the war between  human and Gargoyle, that just patethic.

Mia’s character is too ordinary not really great as a female lead character. There’s nothing special about her. And Mia’s ability to do all the magic thing is a little bit illogical. I mean it’s only a couple of days and voila she’s all doing the magic thing.

Grim’s character is still make me curious, his relationship with Moira especially. I mean there’s no explanation why he’ll do everything to keep Jacob (and after he died) and Mia safe just because Moira asked him to do that. I just love his alteration demeanor from time to time.

I give it 3 stars because of its amazingly adventure.

What makes me sad is this book isn’t translate to english. I’ve read the version of this book that translated to Indonesian but the second and third book aren’t translate soo yeah it left me hanging.