Thursday, July 15, 2021

TV Series Adaptation Review: Shadow and Bone Season 1

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It's been a few months since I finished watching the TV Adaptation of Shadow and Bone, and now I have finally mustered the motivation to write a review about it. I started watching this series right after I finished reading the first book with the same title, Shadow and Bone; and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the TV adaptation included characters from another series by the same author. I think that's what made watching this adaptation feels different compared to my reading experience. Even though I already know the plot points from the Grisha trilogy, there are other characters with their personal agendas that keeps the story intriguing for me. There are 8 episodes in this first season; and in this review I will share the overall plot and discuss my thoughts on this TV series adaptation 😊.
 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

☆ Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2021 ☆

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I can't believe that we've entered the month of July; which means that we're entering the second half of 2021. The last time I did this Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag was back in 2015 (you can check it out here); and I thought this is the perfect time to do it since we just passed the mid-year mark. In this post, I will be answering some questions that will summarize my reading in the first half of 2021—including some of the best books that I've read so far. However, I've only read 17 books so far, so I don't think I'll have a lot of options to choose from; but hopefully this post will still be interesting enough to read anyway 😊. I'll answer the same questions that I did back in 2015; so without further ado, let's get into it! 🥳

Monday, June 28, 2021

Book Review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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BOOK review
Started on: 7 June 2021
Finished on: 21 June 2021
 
 
Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Pages: 465 pages / 479 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: Rp 184,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan could go wrong."
In Ketterdam, anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. However, he won't be able to pull it off by himself. His crew consists of six dangerous outcasts: a convict with thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her skill to survive the slums, and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. This group of people might be the only thing that stands between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
"If jurda parem is unleashed on the world, war is inevitable. Our trade lines will be destroyed, and our markets will collapse. Kerch will not survive it. Our hopes rest with you, Mister Brekker. If you fail, all the world will suffer for it."

Sunday, June 20, 2021

TV Series & Korean Dramas I Watched During the Pandemic

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It's been a little bit more than a year since I last wrote a post titled Korean Dramas I Watched During Quarantine. Since then, I've watched a lot more TV shows and Korean dramas that I'd like to share and write a short review for. We're technically not in strict quarantine these days, but we are still going through the pandemic—thus the slight change in the title. Even though the pandemic is not over yet, I hope you're all staying staying safe and healthy. We've all been praying for this pandemic to end as soon as possible, and we'll keep praying until then. Since last year, I watched some new released shows and also some old ones that I didn't get to watch in the past. I hope this post will give you some ideas if you're running out of things to watch or maybe when you're not in the mood to read any books 😉

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Book Review: Ruin and Rising (Grisha, #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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BOOK review
Started on: 26 May 2021
Finished on: 6 June 2021
 
 
Title: Ruin and Rising (Grisha, #3)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Pages: 422 pages / 432 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: Rp 159,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
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"Patience, Alina Starkov. We rise when the time is right and not before."
The capital has fallen and now the Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. After being ambushed by the Darkling, the Second Army only has a few people left. Together with Mal and Alina, they escaped through a deep and ancient network of tunnels and caverns under the dubious protection of the Apparat and those who worship Alina as a Saint. While recovering, Alina still has a plan to hunt the firebird and hoping that Nikolai managed to survive. Acquiring the last of Morozova's amplifiers is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it might cost Alina the very future that she's fighting for.
"There is no greater power than faith, and there will be no greater army than one driven by it."

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Book Review: Siege and Storm (Grisha, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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BOOK review
Started on: 11 May 2021
Finished on: 25 May 2021
 
 
Title: Siege and Storm (Grisha, #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Pages: 435 pages / 401 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: Rp 159,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
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"We are alike," he said, "as no one else is, as no one else will ever be."
After escaping from the Darkling and the Fold, Alina tried to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. It's definitely not easy to start a new life while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. At the same time, the Darkling has emerged from the Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina was able to return to the country she left behind, determined to gather forces to fight against the Darkling. However, as Alina's power grows, she slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic—making those closest to her become distant.
"Whatever I was becoming, there was no turning back."
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