Marie Lu's Legend Turned into Motion Picture on 2016

I don't know how to share this AMAZING NEWS that I just read, because literally I'm jumping and screaming now though I'm in the middle of the quietness of my office in the morning. Luckily, I'm in my own room in the farthest of the hall, so I don't care.

 Okay, I visited Imdb.com for the latest information about Ally Carter's Heist Society, and then I found out that Gallagher Girls is also being brought into the movie, so I click the link, though the information is only available for the IMDbPro, which I'm not. However, there is a link below that exactly and instantly makes my day extra special:



Yay, Legend will be brought to motion pictures on 2016. 

See, even Wikipedia.com has stated:

"Legen's film rights have been sold to CBS Films, with Twilight producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen to produce. Jonathan Levine, director of 50/50, is currently set to direct the film, with newcomers Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari writing the script."

I know, it is like two years from now but I don't care, because recently I feel like time flies so fast. So, fingers-crossed, I don't know Jonathan Levine, but I put my trust on him to make the movie worth waiting.

Anyway, any ideas who's going to be Day and June?

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My Early Birthday Present from Rick Riordan: The Blood of Olympus released on 7th October 2014

Countdown time… 27 days before the released date of the fifth series of The Heroes of Olympus, The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.


I have put my pre-order in Periplus.com and my estimation is I will get the book 2 or 3 days after the release date which is around 9 0r 10 October 2014. Well, such a great early birthday present for me specially wrapped by Rick Riordan (since my birthday is in October).

So, there are going to be two versions that will be released on the same day, US version and UK version. I did choose the UK version to buy for this last battle book because, I don’t know, I think the cover looks more elegant. Well, it’s just my opinion. Here I attach the two versions of the cover.

US Version (Left) and UK Version (Right)
Well, how about the story? Gosh, I still can’t believe that it is going to reach an end and I still hate Octavian. Why he doesn’t have any good sense? Whatever, we know that in this last battle each Percy Jackson’s fans around the world MUST witness that Octavian finally get punch in the face for his stupidity and self-ego. Because it is required a huge battle, one series to save Athena Parthenos and a big sacrifice from the Argo II team to leave Athena Parthenos behind instead of using it as their secret weapon, the purpose is only one; it is just to put a sense to Octavian’s head, so the war between the two camps could be stopped.

The Athena Parthenos will go west because the statue belongs to Long Island and the Argo II team will go east, to Athens. While the gods are still suffering from multiple personality disorder, the Argo II team should face Gaea’s army of powerful giants, and they are stronger than ever. And if they lose and Gaea wakes, it is game over.

I’m wondering what Gaea eats for breakfast if she needs two demigods to be sacrificed just to wake her up?

Lest just find out this October 7th, 2014 for the fifth series of The Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

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Link Download: The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore


Good Mornniiinnggg... fellow reader...


Just want to tell you that last night I just found out that Magnus Bane's mother is an Indonesian native and his father is a kind of high demon. Yeah... I don't know whether it is an important information or not but I keep wondering who his father is, is he any demon I know here? Since, well you know, I'm living in Borneo, Indonesia, in the deep of the forest, and I'm sure that Tartarus is not really far from here and Forbidden Forest is totally in sight whenever I open my kitchen window every morning.

Anyway, it is not something I'm excited about this morning. Yay, I just got the link download for The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore. So, I am reading it right now, and just update my status of The Revenge of Seven from 'Want to Read' into 'Currently Reading' in Goodreads.

As usual, I always do the share. For the link download of The Revenge Of Seven epub, please click here.

Happy Reading

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nb: review and download The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Two Days after The Revenge of Seven's Release Date: I Am Going Crazy

THE REVENGE OF SEVEN

The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth of our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy…

We never imagined the Mogodorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that’s impossible. Instead I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

I’ve spent my entire life hiding from them, and they’ve stolen everything away from me. But that stops now. We’re going to take the battle to them. We have a new ally who knows their weakness. And I finally have the power to fight back.


They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

Number Three in Kenya.

And Number Eight in Florida.

They killed them all.

I am Number Seven.

I will make them pay.


Good Morninngg…! It’s 28 August 2014, 2 days have passed from The Revenge of Seven release date but until now, I haven’t read the book yet and it starts driving me crazy. 

Okay, as usual let’s do speculation. It is better than screaming for nothing, isn’t it?

The Revenge of Seven. I could say it is a cool title, initially I said “Revenge against who?” and then it is obvious, since it’s Seven and then it’s against Five.

So, in this 5th book of The Lorien Legacy, we will get into Marina’s head. Yeah, I’ve told you that Four, Six and Nine’s powers are deadly and fast while Marina’s power is the opposite, slow but important like her healing, breathing underwater and be able to see in the dark. However, in this book, she will have new legacy which is, according to the buzz, very powerful. In other words, she is not only staying in the back and waiting but she is going to be one of those who lead. Pretty cool huh?

Meanwhile, in Chicago John makes the unlikeliest of allies; Adam, the Mogadorian. Yeah, lots don’t trust him but I do and he is going to be the key for The Garde to defeat the mogs, he knows everything about Mogadorian, from their weakness, their battle strategy, technology and perhaps the toothpaste brand they use. In sum, Adam is awesome. Unfortunately, he and John should learn that perhaps everything is already too late? Wooaa… it can’t be good, right? But it’s John, though he is hot (well, at least I think he is hot, hotter than Alex Pettyfer), he is also one of the deadliest alien ever live on earth, so with Adam in his side, everything is just going to be ok. Let’s hope.

How about Ella? This little girl is the one I cannot imagine where her story is going in the end. Though somehow, she is much more valuable to the enemy alive (though I still don’t know what that is valuable to them) but I have a really bad feeling that she is actually the one who cannot make it. Sad? I know. But, once again it is only my speculation.

One more important thing is, as usual, they are going to be broken and divided again, but they are no longer helpless. They will not be defeated now or ever.

Yay, I need The Revenge of Seven download link, like right now. Usually, I am the one who do the share but right now I’m as desperate as everyone else. I have ordered the book, but since I’m living in the middle of nowhere with only the sight of Forbidden Forest and River Styx next to my house, so I have to wait like 12 up to 20 days for the book to arrive. Yeah, I would have been dragged to asylum by then just because I cannot wait any longer to read the series.

So, waiting anyway.

Sigh.

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UPDATE for this POST: Link Download epub for The Revenge of Seven

Fiction Genre: Dystopian Novels

I have new hobby; whenever I check on my Xperia in the morning, the first website I visit is GoodReads and click the recommendations book. Yesterday, I found a book entitled A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker, interesting book title which earned good reviews. Though I haven’t read it but I have put it in my ePub list to read in my Sony Xperia, once I finished reading City of Heavenly Fire and Divergent trilogy, I guess I need something light and fresh to read and novel by Kristin Walker is a good choice.

This morning, I found a book entitled The Ward. I don’t know, perhaps I’m starting addicted to Dystopian novels. The funny thing is, when I was an English Literature Student, I haven’t heard anything about Dystopian novels until I read The Hunger Games, however, when I was in junior high school, I have written some stuffs about a group of kids with advance self-defense who have jobs to protect the world, yeah though I’m not quite sure what should I call it or perhaps I was just watching too much Power Ranger and Ultra Men at that time. If I found Dystopian term a bit early, I think it is going to be an interesting topic for my thesis, though I don’t regret at all about the topic I chose for my thesis because Dark Humor in Harry Potter as represented by Fred and George Weasley is one of the interesting stuffs I’ve ever written, I think nobody out there who’s enjoying writing their thesis as I was enjoying writing my thesis.

Back to the topic. Dystopian novels. 

What is Dystopia?


Dystopia is the opposite of Utopia. If Utopia in fiction means an ideal society and then the opposite is likely or even utterly horrible society as the effect of dehumanization, environmental disaster or totalitarian government; that’s why mostly fictions using dystopian genre taken place and time in future setting; and that’s actually the best point of dystopian novels, where as the authors are using only their imagination to create a totally new world, for example is Panem and its twelve districts in The Hunger Games, Glade and its gigantic maze in The Maze Runner or the classic one like Gulliver’s Travels where you could find a place where Lilliputs live or a place called Brobdingnag where the giants live and so on.

After Harry Potter that introduced us to the new world called magic and then Twilight to the new era of Vampire story, I could say that The Hunger Games has a big role in bringing dystopia term into popular circle; though the genre is already there since Gulliver’s Travels published in 18th century but to my personal opinion, The Hunger Games is the key to all dystopian novels, because whenever there is new dystopian novels, critics prefer stated is as the next The Hunger Games if the story is worth reading or stated is as just another dystopian novels.

For the origin of the etymology, dystopia derived from the Greek words topos (τόπος) which means ‘place’ and then combined with word from Ancient Greek δυσ- which means ‘bad’ or ‘hard’.

Right now, the term of dystopia is widely known as one of the fiction genres; once again thanks to The Hunger Games, but do you know when exactly this genre is used for the first time? According to Oxford English Dictionary (red: my bible) the term dystopian once used by John Stuart Mill in his statement regarding Government’s Irish land policy, he stated “It is, perhaps, too complimentary to call them Utopians, they ought rather to be called dys-topians, or caco-topians. What is commonly called Utopian is something too good to be practicable; but what they appear to favour is too bad to be practicable”.

Well, for you who are currently studying English Language and Literature, perhaps Dystopian could be one of the recommended ideas you could elaborate for your thesis aside from the Deus ex Machina which is also interesting. Actually, there is one more thing I’m interested to write regarding fiction genre, it is Steampunk. So, just wait.

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Harry Potter #7.5? What do you think? What Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final is about?


I know it is a very very late post but I don’t care, I just have time to write, so I’m writing anyway.

I remember the first time I read Harry Potter when I was in Junior High School around year of 2000, and then I finished reading Harry Potter the Deathly Hollows on 2007 when I was in college. See, I’ve been following Harry Potter since I was just a little girl (almost teenager) up to I was practically almost an adult, just like, well I don’t know, billion people out there who is also do the same with me. So, I think it is practically normal when I bragging everywhere here (in my office, to those people who mostly know about Harry Potter but not as freak as I am), about how happy I am when I found out there is one short article, even written by the snake-faced Rita Skeeter and published 7 years after the last book, finally out there that gives me a little leak about the present Harry Potter. I cannot remember when the last time I visit Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley, because I cannot make it, there always reminds me of Fred. So, I stop visiting anyway and I don’t know that Ron has taken his place, that’s cool, finally Ron realized that Auror is just not for him. 

So, here the question is? Have you read Harry Potter #7.5 in the form of article written by Rita Skeeter entitled Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final?

Gosh, what I should I say about this stuff. J.K. Rowling is about giving me a heart attack when I read Rita Skeeter written about the Harry’s new scar. I know I should not believe anything Rita Skeeter said, but I just couldn’t stop of wondering whether there is going to be, I don’t know new story about the Potters, perhaps not Harry, my best guess is Albus’ story after those glory years of Harry Potter and before that James Potter’s. And I should emphasize that, if there is a story, I think Teddy Lupin is going to be like a cool big brother for the Potters, as a werewolf’s offspring and inherits his mother’s ability as Metamorphmagus, and has a stunning girlfriend, he is like a younger version of Sirius Black.  

What do you think?

Ok, I know you will be thinking me as an annoying Potterhead because you read my post but you haven’t even read the article. If you are joining Pottermore you will know that the article is there, available to read for free, but like me who has forgotten my Pottermore password a long time ago, I should find alternative which I find through reading online Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final in here. Usually, I do the download but since it is just a short article I prefer to read it online.

One thing you should do, tell me what you think once you finished reading the article. Because I’m dying to know what others think about it.

nb: New post regarding Live Coverage from Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter of 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final which took place 11 July 2014 in Patagonia Desert, Argentina will be found here too, soon.

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Reader's Block

Okay, I have some stuffs to do but what I'm doing now is actually blogging. Why? Yes, WHY???!!

This morning I woke up with my Xperia still in my palm because somehow last night I fell asleep when reading a Harlequin novel.

You may think "What's the big deal?"

For me "IT NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE? ME? FALLING ASLEEP WHILE READING? COME ON? THAT'S NOT ME"

What usually happens is I decided to stop reading and then enjoy my sleeping beauty or I decided to continue reading until I finish the book and woke up miserably in the morning. But, sometimes I don't really care about my looks in the morning as long as the book is worth reading.

Yes, worth reading book that what I'm looking for right now. I really miss the time when I have to wait years for Harry Potter. Visit bookstores regularly just to make sure if Darren Shan is already out or not. Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter has finished, though still waiting for the Heist Society series which still not coming out yet. Even Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson has only one book left, and I'm not really sure when the next series of The Kane Chronicles will be published or the new mythology from Norse Mythology that Rick Riordan plans to write. The only book with the closest release date which already confirmed is the sci-fi Lorien Legacy series by Pittacus Lore, Revenge of Seven.

Well, the fact is there are some books in my list that I think will help me to deal with my reader's block (if the term is exist):

  • Kami Garcia and Margareth Stohl's Beautiful Creatures series which I stuck in the second book.
  • James Dashner's The Maze Runner series which I also stuck in the second book.
  • Shanna Swendson's Enchanted Series; I really love this series but I cannot find the fourth book, Don't Hex with Texas, and also the rest of the series. Well, actually the word 'cannot find' is a bit strong because actually I could find the book but very expensive.
  • Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series; I'm still reading the third book, Shadow Kiss, not sure when I will finish it.
  • Michael Grant's Gone series; a lot of friends recommend this book but I even haven't finished reading the first book.
  • Thomas E.Sniegoski's The Fallen series; I remember that I really enjoy the series but it has been along time ago, with my reading block now, I don't know when I could find a mood to start reading the fourth series, Reckoning.
  • Cara Lockwood's Bard Academy series; I'm still looking for the second book of the series, The Scarlet Letterman, but the bad rating and review in Goodreads somehow contributes in putting my reading mood down.
  • Cassandra Clare's sixth series of The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire; however until now still cannot find the mood to start reading it.

So, what should I do now? It's reader's block by the way. Well, my husband said perhaps I'm too stress with work. He suggested to go out fishing with him this weekend, not to fish of course but finding a new and fresh place to read. Actually, it is not a bad idea after all because where I'm living now is still surrounded by primary forest, deep wood, rivers and lakes. Let's find out this weekend, whether I'm still suffering with reader's block or not.

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Cara Lockwood: Bard Academy - Wuthering High


Bard Academy... fuhhh what should I say about this book???


OK, let's start from the basic thing of the book, THE COVER, believe me, don't ever judge a book from its cover, because I did in this book and I got completely fooled.

A cute cover of the book reminds me of Ally Carter's Callagher Girl, you know cute cover with cute story. However, I never thought this book to be half-horror.

The story is started with a fifteen years old High-schooler, Miranda Tate, who is sent away by her father to a Boarding School called Bard Academy which is not so mysterious in the first place, but when she arrives in the island where the Academy is, she starts finding some weird things, especially a guy named Hatchcliff who thinks he is from Wuthering Heights. Come one? If you meet someone who thinks he is actually Harry Potter you will think the same thing don't you?

However, he turns to be the real Hatchcliff from Wuthering Heights and Emily Bronte brought him to this world from her book. Yes, the late Emily Bronte, and her sister, Charlotte Bronte is actually the Headmistress of Bard Academy and the Academy Coach is actually Ernest Hemingway, not to mention Virginia Wolf is also joining the academy.

This kind of story reminds me a bit of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, the different is if Cornelia Funke is using totally fictional characters, Cara Lockwood is using the real people. For me, it is really fascinating, just like Miranda has said, perhaps only in Bard Academy she is finally interested in studying, well having Virginia Wolf and Ernest Hemingway as your teachers is actually a lifetime experience.

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Ally Carter : Cheating at Solitaire


I always like Ally Carter's work and Cheating at Solitaire is not an exception. 



However, after Callagher Girls series, getting back to Cheating at Solitaire is giving me different perception toward Ally Carter, a secret spy into a world-wide famous author who keep insisting herself to be single but the fact is she is very much in love to a famous actor with a famous dad.



It is like Veronica White and Julia James; different but the same person. However, unlike Julia James who prefer Veronica White to be dead, my perception is much more like what Abby said, that nothing Julia should ashamed for of being a Veronica White once because they are both amazing.



Well, I am not in the mood of doing a review because no matter what I say, you will always love Ally Carter. Now, I'm struggling to find the next book, Learning to Play Gin. Still don't know where I could find it, but as usual, I will find it.



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Heartbleed Bug Finally Exposed

Where you live, what you do and with who you are hanging out with will strongly influence what you know. Two years ago, when I was a website content writer perhaps I would have been the first one to know about Heartbleed. This morning, when my boss just arrived in the office, he asked me to call the IT guy, and he was seriously talking about hacking stuff. Wow, my boss is talking about hacking stuff? And I just like, where have I been?

It is true that recently what I’m doing is just preparing bunch of reports with no time to do some surfs in the internet. Well, I also have some writing projects to finish but never mind, this morning I just want to talk about Heartbleed.

So, what is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed is a serious security bug or vulnerability in the popular open-source openSSL cryptographic software library. As we know, SSL/TSL is a cryptographic service that provides security and privacy we need in communication over the Internet; it is widely used in email, web, IM and some VPNs. And Heartbleed enables the third party to steal information/data (including username and password) even eavesdrop the conversation; and the worst the third party could impersonate both service provider and user.



What makes Heartbleed different from the other bugs exploited previously?

Some bugs in software are easily fixed by upgrading the software to the latest version. However, Heartbleed is not just a bug that you could fix by upgrading the software because some memories (data, information, secrets) are already stolen and probably being exposed over the internet. Besides, so far all the attacks left nothing (no trace at all) but taken data. That’s why some further actions are required to recover the after-effect.

How to recover the after-effect of Heartbleed?

Well, there are some ways which classified into 4 categories based on how the data leaked.
  • Primary Key MaterialIn simple word, what is leaked is the primary encryption key itself. Once the key has been leaked is possible for the attacker to decrypt the encrypted data or protected service and then impersonate the service provider/owner.How to recover it is the service owner should patch the bug/vulnerability, all the leaked keys should be revoked and then issue the new key. To be safe, since the Fixed openSSL has been released, it is important for the provider to install it and also notify their users to do the same thing.
  • Secondary Key MaterialIn this matter, the after-effect is affecting the users or the one with credentials used in vulnerable service. The simple examples are username and password. The provider or service owner should do the first step as mentioned above but then the users should change their username and password, and reset their recent cookies are also required.
  • Protected ContentThe meaning of protected content is all things like document, data, email, personal information that are worth protected by encryption. For example is you have trusted a certain insurance website where all kind of your data from your home address up to your bank account is available there so both you and your insurance provider could access it easily. If somehow the contents are leaked, the web provider should notify their customers regarding the data loss and that’s why is important to restore the primary and secondary key materials first.
  • CollateralWell, this one is a bit technical which is directly related to memory content which may contain technical details. The technical details will lose its value once the openSSL upgraded to the fixed version.

How to check a website is vulnerable or not?

Moreover, there is one way you could do whether a website is vulnerable and required patch or not. Some websites are not vulnerable because it is not using openSSL where Heartbleed based on. However, though there are some websites that once vulnerable but now the vulnerability has been patched, still password change is recommended. For the list of some popular websites, please visit c|net to find out the latest status of Heartbleed bug. Or you could directly visit SSLLabs to check the Heartbleed status by using domain name.

Main source: Heartbleed.com and big thanks to CODENOMICON 

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Speculation on New Released The Lorien Legacy: The Revenge of Seven

Hello hello… been along time huh?
Yeah been busy lately, got some writing projects to finish, but I will try my best to keep you update.


Well, for those who love The Lorien Legacy series, perhaps you have found out that the newest series will be released this August with titled The Revenge of Seven.

The first question that appeared on my head after the title confirmed was “Revenge against who?”, well the best answer for that question, according to me, is revenge against Five. Yeah, we all know that now Five is with the mogs and because of him Eight is death. However, speculations are all around and it would never end until the book released.


Some interesting facts I could manage to collects from the previous book, The Fall of Five: 

  • Is it ironic for Marina who has healing ability but she is the one who should face the Eight’s death, isn’t it?So some speculations said that perhaps, somehow Eight will raise again and Marina just accidentally froze him up, which is too good to be true. The best speculation I could make is, Eight will turn into another Adam, though I don’t know how.
  • Five, why and how he could with the Mogs? I hope he turns into cheese and he would eat himself.
  • Ella’s kidnapping. That’s just making everything so confusing.

The best thing I could do so I could end all this madness is waiting patiently for the next book.
However, patient is not something I could do well, I decided to find a way to release the madness.

It is through Sarah.

I don’t know, I think in the beginning it is just me who doesn’t like her. Because, I like Four and I think I don’t like Sarah because I’m jealous that she is Four’s girlfriend. However, recently I found that it is not just me, and I’m sure that I don’t hate her because she is Four’s girlfriend; I hate her because she is her.

I’ll make a list why I hate her:

  • Four is awesome and she is just nothing compared to him.
  • She is an ordinary human being with no ability. Well, I hope at least she could do karate or something. No, the only thing she really good at is photography, duh.
  • She is too flat in emotional level. I don’t get it, why Four is so fall in love with her. Well, at least she could be useful somehow but no. I have to be inside Four’s head to know the reason why he loves her that big.

However, I want to like her. So, I think there are three options available here:

  1. Improve Sarah’s character so we all could like her.
  2. Kill Sarah
  3. Find a new girlfriend for Four.

Though I don’t like her but still it is just ashamed for a character which initially designed to be prominent. She is Four’s girlfriend for a God sake, she should be prominent not just a flat character in emotional level.

Besides, The Lorien Legacy is my first Sci-Fi novels that I can stand. I don’t want to stop reading just because one of the main characters give me toothache.


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Goodreads: The Thief Lord

Herr der Diebe: Pangeran Pencuri

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All of the sudden I stumble to this book and my hand itchy to write something about this book.

I love Cornelia Funke. Yes I do love her and The Thief Lord is actually a great book, the story idea is original and fascinating. I love the way she describes Venice and the adventure of the children.

But there is a big BUT that I want to share. I read this book in Bahasa Indonesia version and it takes all of my efforts to finish this book. And after I finished reading it, I don’t eager to re-read it again.

Surely I wonder why.

Why?

Well, I don’t blame the translator because I didn’t read the original version, which I guess written in German. However, I guess the translator is using the English Version instead of the original version to translate it into Bahasa, so the words are ‘sort-of’ losing its soul because it has been transferred to English and then into Bahasa Indonesia. So, that’s why I don’t like reading this book and it is also applied to Inkheart. I like the story about books and how a person could have power to bring the characters in the book into life but once again, it required all of my will-power to finish the book and until know I haven’t read the second and third book of the Inkheart trilogy.

I guess, I have to read the English version just to prove it since I don’t know any word in German.

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GoodReads: Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc. #1)

Enchanted, Inc. (Enchanted Inc., #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enchanted, Inc. I bought this book like 4 years ago in some kinds of bazaar when I still lived in Jogja. Since then I only read the book once and I found the book disappointed just because the ending, according to me at that time, is unsatisfying.

Like a month ago, I dig my bookshelves a little deeper and found this book again and decided to read it once more. When I log in to my Goodreads account to add ‘my currently reading’ list, I found the book to be part of a Katie Chandler series. Now I know why the ending of the book is so unsatisfying because the book is not finished yet. Gosh, I need like 4 years to realize that. I’m sorry Shanna Swendson, I know I’m not supposed to judge your book just by reading the first book of the series.

So, I re-read Enchanted, Inc. in Bahasa Indonesia version and I after I know the book is actually a series, now I found it to be interesting.

Katie Chandler always sees New York to be a weird city. Asides from the almost naked street musician in Times Square and all kinds of fashion lifestyles that ever exists in the world could be found in Manhattan district, Katie sometimes could see a girl with wings, gargoyle which sometimes appears in the top of church but also sometimes disappears and ensure herself to trust that to be the part of New York’s weirdness.

However, one day her ‘normal’ life finally shaken when she is recruited by a company called MSI, Inc. Magic, Spells and Illusions, Inc. Because now, she knows that magic is real.

Why Katie could see magic when other people couldn’t?

It is because she somehow turns into 1% in the world of people who immune to magic and that is the reason why she is recruited. She will be useful as verifier for the company because she would never be able to be affected with magic and spells and she could see through all kinds of illusions. At the beginning working with fairies as her co-workers, actual monster as her boss, handsome and powerful wizard she has crush on from R&D department and then Merlin as the CEO is very fun for an ordinary small town girl like Katie but then there is Phelan Idris. He is an ex-employee in MSI, Inc. who has been fired because he worked too close to Dark Magic and that is actually the reason why Merlin is coming back, to save the world from evil villain and somehow Katie is caught in the middle.

Well, say hello to the adulthood Harry Potter. Moved from Hogwarts to the real world in the modern era and the glamour of Manhattan where war is not only about using wands and Avada Kedavra but much more like how to win the market and increase sales for the company while in the same time is decreasing the unhealthy business competition.

Phelan Idris tried to build his own business by selling spells which once not approved by the company because according to the current head of the theoretical magic section of R&D, Owen Palmer, all of the spells are dangerous. Fortunately, Katie has idea to stop it and buy some time for them to deal with all of the Idris’ products in the market by asking the help from Ethan Wainwright, a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property who happened to be as immune as Katie to magic who once has been set up in a dinner with one of Katie’s roommates, Marcia. It seems like Ethan and Marcia didn’t work at that dinner but because of intellectual property case of Phelan Idris, Ethan and Katie finally found something in common between them.

So, how about Owen Palmer, a powerful wizard from R&D department Katie has been crushing on since the very beginning? Is he really too high to reach for an ordinary girl from Texas like Katie? That’s why I’m happy to find the book is actually a series.

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GoodReads: Vampire Academy #1

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got recommendation from a GoodRead friend and then I caught flu and got fever this weekend. So, it is a perfect combination to get home early from office and read.

Vampire Academy… What should I write about this book? I like it, especially Rose and Dimitri (You know what I mean).

However, I can’t say that this book is amazing or great or whatever beyond good but as I said I like it because the story is different. Besides, I just finished reading the first book, not much to talk about the plot but for characters, Richelle Mead knows how to create one.

For example is Rose, she is a Dhampir, a powerful one. She is typical reckless girl but cool you find in high school and she is hot. I like reckless, cool and hot girl character. While Lissa is the opposite, fragile, good, nice, light-hearted and etc, anything you know about good character you could find in Lissa. They are a perfect combination for a couple of high school girl who knows exactly how to fit in and in this book is do the royal political game since Lissa is a ‘sort-of’ princess and Rose is her guardian.

I thought their war is about fighting Strigoi (reminds me a bit of Vampeneze in Darren Shan) but it is much more than that, from politic among royal, throne up to power are the main problems, Victor Dashkov is just one example.

So, I don’t know anymore to talk about, let’s continue reading the second book to find out more about what will happen next in Vampire Academy from Frostbite.

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My First Three Books to Finish in 2014

Yay, my first post in 2014.

What we should talk about? Well, I’ve posted my Reading Challenge on GoodReads for year of 2014 which is 100 books.

You know what, living in the middle of nowhere only books that could keep me sane. Well, there is Korean Drama but though Korean Drama is very entertaining, it always successfully makes me insane. How could I stop watching King 2 Heart if Lee Seung Gi is that hot? That’s why Korean Drama is not recommended for anyone like me who will stay until three in the morning just to finish Gu Family Book and crazily madly and deeply in love with Lee Seung Gi.

But book for me is different. How fascinating and interesting a book is I always have a reason to keep it until tomorrow morning if time is too late for me to read. Why? It is because sometimes I feel regret if I finish a book too fast (except for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson). No matter how impatient I am to know the ending of the book, I always have common sense to not ever open the last page of the book but patiently reading the page one by one. Because it is the important part if you want to get the reading pleasure.

However, I’ve been extremely busy recently, I have to travel from Sei Laur to Ketapang several times because of my wedding day is oncoming and still there are a lot of things to prepare before the ‘H’ day. That’s why three book on my ‘currently reading’ list are still waiting to be finished.

-          Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
-          The Scorch Trial by James Dashner
-          Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

They are going to be my first three books to finish in 2014. Well, I hope.

Anyway, can't write any longer because I have appointment to visit Unicorn Farm with Mr. Tumnus and Lucy Pevensie before White Witch turns them all into a hat and sell their blood to Lord Voldermort.

See yaaa...

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