Saturday, December 7, 2019

Book Review: Finding Chika by Mitch Albom

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BOOK review
Started on: 17 November 2019
Finished on: 27 November 2019

Title: Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 256 pages / 208 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2019
Price: Rp 271,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5

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"But none of us are assured of tomorrow. It's what we do with today that makes an impact."
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. After her mother died, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. At age five, Chika is diagnosed with a chronic illness and the doctor said she might only have a few months left to live. Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine, brought her to America, hoping that she can get the best medication and treatment. With no children of their own, Mitch and Janine took Chika in as a permanent part of their household, and their attachments started to grow. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Review: The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan

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BOOK review
Started on: 18 July 2019
Finished on: 22 July 2019

Title: The Financial Diet
Author: Chelsea Fagan
Publisher: Regan Arts
Pages: 208 pages / 212 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2017
Price: Rp 239,487 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 3.5/5

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"Saving money isn't about depriving yourself. It's about deciding you love Future You as much as you love Today You."
The Financial Diet is a personal finance book for people who don't have any idea where to start about how to get good with money. Whether you’re in need a solution for overspending, struggling with debt, or just trying to figure out how to live on an entry-level salary, this book gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit. The writer, Chelsea Fagan, gathered a range of experts to help readers make the best financial decisions. She also knows that being smarter with money is not only about what you put in the bank, but it's also about the clothes you put in your closet, financial relationship habits, until the food you put in your kitchen.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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BOOK review
Started on: 3 July 2019
Finished on: 17 July 2019

Title:Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons
Pages: 370 pages / 379 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp 392,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
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"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot."
At the age of six, Kya watched her mother abandon her and her siblings; leaving them with their abusive father. As time goes by, her mother never returned and Kya watched her older siblings leaving as well, due to their father's drinking and physical abuse. Throughout the years, Kya only went to school for a day and stopped going because everyone at school made fun of her. Without money and family, Kya learned to rely on herself, alone in the marsh—finding ways to make money and food to eat. She grows up with the prejudice of the townspeople of Barkley Cove who called her  "The Marsh Girl". Everything changed when two young men came into her life. After living by herself for so long, Kya craved companionship but on the other hand, she also fears abandonment that she's experienced at a very young age.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Book Review: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) by Marie Lu

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BOOK review
Started on: 22 June 2019
Finished on: 2 July 2019

Title: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Books
Pages: 316 pages / 332 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: Rp 152,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
*for those who haven't read the first and second book, this review may contain spoiler.
Review for The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu here.
Review for The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2) by Marie Lu here.

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"After a lifetime of darkness, I want to leave something behind that is made of light."
Adelina Amouteru has finally turned her back on those who betrayed her and has achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf brings fear upon the people, and with each conquest her cruelty grows even worse than even before. The darkness within her starts to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she has achieved. The letter that came from Raffaele mentioned that a new danger arises; putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina has no other choice but to join the Daggers once again as they went on a perilous quest that put their lives on the line.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Book Review: The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2) by Marie Lu

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BOOK review
Started on: 3 June 2019
Finished on: 21 June 2019

Title: The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Books
Pages: 398 pages / 396 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: Rp 168,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 3.5/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
Review for The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu here.
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"Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all."
Adelina Amouteru has been abused, rejected, and betrayed by her family and friends. And it has left her heart cold, bitter, and hungry for revenge. She and her sister, Violetta, flees Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal is to strike down the Inquisition Axis, and ultimately to take vengence on Teren Santoro who has made her suffer. On the other hand, Adelina's former friends from the Dagger Society has their own plan to accomplish. They tried to stop Adelina's thirst for revenge; however, Adelina seems to be consumed by the darkness that continues to fuel her power.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Book Review: The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu

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BOOK review
Started on: 26 May 2019
Finished on: 2 June 2019

Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Books
Pages: 355 pages / 370 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: Rp 152,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"Fear creates the strongest illusions. Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden."
A decade ago, a deadly illness swept throughout the nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. These survivors, malfettos, are regarded as abomination, a disgrace to their families. And that includes Adelina Amouteru. Her father despised her because of her scars and markings, and has treated her badly over the years. However, some of the fever's survivors possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

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