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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Messenger (The Giver Quartet, #3) by Lois Lowry

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BOOK review
Started on: 20.July.2014
Finished on: 22.July.2014

Messenger (The Giver Quartet, #3) by Lois Lowry

Title : Messenger (The Giver Quartet, #3)
Author : Lois Lowry
Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages : 192 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication : 2004
Price : $ 6.34 (www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
*for those who haven't read the first/second book, this review may contain spoiler.
Review for The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) here.
Review for Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet, #2) here. 
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"But now he knew that there were communities everywhere, sprinkled across the vast landscape of the known world, in which people suffered. Not always from beatings and hunger, the way he had. But from ignorance. From not knowing. From being kept from knowledge."
Matt, who's now Matty, came along to live in a community called Village; a place that accepts people with disability and welcomes strangers from different places. From his previous community, Matty went with a blind man named Christopher - Kira's father, whose true name is Seer - to Village, where he's accepted and educated to become a better person. Village has been a rather peaceful and happy place with the guidance of Leader, who came to Village eight years ago with a sled. But it seems the peacefulness of the Village is beginning to change; the people are changing and people wanted the Village to be closed from outsiders. And so Matty needed to do something important before the Village is closed - which required him to go through the dangerous and thickening Forest.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet, #2) by Lois Lowry

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BOOK review
Started on: 19.July.2014
Finished on: 20.July.2014

Title : Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet, #2)
Author : Lois Lowry
Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages : 225 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication : 2012
Price : $ 9.75 (www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 3.5/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
Review for The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) here. 
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"Fear was always a part of life for the people. Because of fear, they made shelter and found food and grew things. For the same reason, weapons were stored, waiting. There was fear of cold, of sickness and hunger. There was fear of beasts.
And fear propelled her now as she stood, leaning on her stick."
In a different community, a girl named Kira had just lost her mother due to sickness. Kira is a girl with a crippled leg, and she should've been thrown to the Field and left to die when she was a child because she would be no use to the community. And because of her mother's authority, she was able to survive. But now Kira is an orphan with no one to stand up for her, a woman named Vandara wanted to get rid of her and took her living space. The issue was then brought to the Council of Guardians; and thankfully, Kira was saved by a guardian named Jamison and got a place to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her rare skill at embroidery.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) by Lois Lowry

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BOOK review
Started on: 16.July.2014
Finished on: 19.July.2014

Title : The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)
Author : Lois Lowry
Publisher : Laurel-Leaf
Pages : 179 Pages
Year of Publication : 2002
Price : $ 9.39 (www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
Movie trailer at the end of this post.
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"With the chant, Jonas knew, the community was accepting him and his new role, giving him life, the way they had given it to the newchild Caleb. His heart swelled with gratitude and pride.
But at the same time he was filled with fear. He did not know what his selection meant. He did not know what he was to become.
Or what would become of him."
In the community in which Jonas live, everything is in perfect order and everyone had equally perfect lives. For children, each year they receive different attires to show their growth: comfort objects, jackets with buttons and pockets at the front to show independence, and bicycle. When people have grown into adults, they have to apply for a spouse and have to wait until the Elders found the perfect match and made them into a family unit. They also have to apply to be able to receive a child, and they can only receive a son and a daughter to complete a perfect family unit. The most important milestone in this community is when a person become a Twelve. It is when the Elders decided what a person is going to do for the rest of his/her life, receiving their Assignment. And Jonas, who's going to be a Twelve, felt apprehensive about it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

#BCIDREADATHON Wrap-Up !

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image source: here. edited by me.
The 3-day #BCIDREADATHON is finally over last night ! Phew. Even though my reading progress might not be much, this is a LOT of reading compared to how I usually read. On normal days, I usually only read at night (or midnight, most of the time); because I can't seem to find time to read during the day and have a lot of things to do in the evening. So I'm actually pretty satisfied with my achievement in this readathon. Without further delay, here's my report for #BCIDREADATHON ♥

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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BOOK review
Started on: 10.July.2014
Finished on: 15.July.2014

Title : Eleanor & Park
Author : Rainbow Rowell
Publisher : Orion
Pages : 325 Pages
Year of Publication : 2013
Price : $ 11.46 (www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
*additional music video by the end of this review ;)
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"Every morning when Eleanor got on the bus, she worried that Park wouldn't take off his headphones. That he would stop talking to her as suddenly as he'd started... And if that happened - if she got on the bus one day and he didn't look up - she didn't want him to see how devastated it would make her."
It all begins on a school bus. Eleanor, a chubby girl with unruly red hair and wears mismatched clothing, is new in town. And the other students doesn't let her sit anywhere. Until a boy named Park, who's half-Korean, lets her side by his side. Park was a bit conscious about sitting with Eleanor on the bus. However, as days passed by, with silence they started reading comic books together. And knowing she had a similar interest, Park lend her his comic books and even made a mix tape of songs he thought she would like. Eleanor enjoyed her growing relationship with Park, however she had a life that she doesn't want anyone to know - especially Park.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Movie Adaptation Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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image source: here. edited by me.
MOVIE ADAPTATION of The Fault in Our Stars
“I will not tell you our love story, because-like all real love stories-it will die with us,as it should.”
So, weeks ago I resolved not to watch the movie adaptation of TFIOS in the theater; but then this amazing opportunity came to me that I will never want to miss. Through Ratri @ The Awesome Nerd, I was invited to participate in DetEksi Jawa Pos bookclub discussion about The Fault in Our Stars - which included watching the movie together beforehand. I excitedly accepted the offer, and finally got to watch the movie adaptation of a book that I love so much. It's been almost a year since I read the book, so I can't remember small details - but I'll do my best to compare the book and the movie adaptation. So here's my review on the movie adaptation for The Fault in Our Stars.

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