BBI Secret Santa 2014 Post


Hi! Sudah bulan Desember, yang berarti tahun 2014 sudah mau habis, plus waktunya event Secret Santa BBI. Secret Santa BBI adalah event tahunan yang diadakan oleh BBI dimana member yang berpartisipasi saling memberi hadiah (buku tentunya) tanpa yang dikirimi tahu siapa pengirimnya. Tahun ini adalah kali kedua saya ikut event ini. Mudah-mudahan kali ini jawaban riddlenya bener, nggak kayak tahun lalu yang gagal total.

[Review] Day 21 - Kass Morgan

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Title of Book : Day 21 (The Hundred #2)
Author : Kass Morgan
Publisher : Little Brown Books for Young Readers

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

[Mini Review] The Toothless Tooth Fairy - Shanelle Hicks

Title of Book : The Toothless Tooth Fairy
Author : Shanelle Hicks
Illustrator: Anca Delia Budeanu
Publisher : Mirror Publishing

Bella had it all. The hair, the dress, and the smile. One day, her most important asset was missing...her tooth! Will Bella find the perfect tooth in time for the contest? Will Zelda, the meanest of the fairies, destroy Bella's chances of winning the crown? Take a journey onto Cloud Nine as Bella searches for a new tooth only to discover the tooth...I mean truth...behind her true beauty.


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Hi! It’s been a long time since I last write a non-review post. In this post I’d like to discuss about read-a-thon. I’ve been participating on several read-a-thons. It was fun and quite effective in tackling my TBR pile. So I’ll share some tips based on my experience in participating a read-a-thon.

[Review] The 100 - Kass Morgan

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Title of Book : The 100 (The Hundred #1)
Author : Kass Morgan
Publisher : Little Brown Books for Young Readers

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

[Review] Tickled Pink - Christina Jones

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Title of Book : Tickled Pink
Author : Christina Jones
Publisher : HarperCollins

A large village somewhere in Britain, with church, pub, shop, school and bus shelter for the young to hang about in, its people coming to terms with life and work in the new century, and three maverick characters give Christina Jones the opportunity to create a vivid, frequently hilarious, sometime poignant picture of unusual partnerships and changing small town life.
Posy Nightingale, Lola Wentworth and Flynn Malone are strangers to each other and all seem to be in losing situations, but their chance coming together in a struggling B&B gives each of them an unlikely opportunity Will they have the guts to take it?

[Review] How to Be Popular - Meg Cabot

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Title of Book : How To Be Popular
Author : Meg Cabot
Publisher : HarperCollins

Do you want to be popular? Everyone wants to be popular or at least, Stephanie Landry does. Steph's been the least popular girl in her class since a certain cherry Super Big Gulp catastrophe five years earlier. Does being popular matter? It matters very much to Steph. That's why this year, she has a plan to get in with the It Crowd in no time flat. She's got a secret weapon: an old book called what else? How to Be Popular. What does it take to be popular? All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book, and soon she'll be partying with the It Crowd (including school quarterback Mark Finley) instead of sitting on The Hill Saturday nights, stargazing with her nerdy best pal Becca, and even nerdier Jason (now kind of hot, but still), whose passion for astronomy Steph once shared. Who needs red dwarves when you're invited to the hottest parties in town? But don't forget the most important thing about popularity! It's easy to become popular. What isn't so easy? Staying that way.

[Review] Murder at The Vicarage - Agatha Christie

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Title of Book : Murder at The Vicarage
Author : Agatha Christie
Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks

The murder of Colonel Protheroe -- shot through the head -- is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Now even the vicar, who had declared that killing the detested Protheroe would be 'doing the world at large a favour,' is a suspect -- the Colonel has been dispatched in the clergyman's study, no less. But the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. There is of course the faithless Mrs Protheroe; and there is of course her young lover -- an artist, to boot.
Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: 'a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.' Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature's private men's club of great detectives will never be the same.

[Review] In The Bag - Kate Klise

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Title of Book : In The Bag
Author : Kate Klise
Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks

A European vacation. A luggage mix-up. A note from a secret admirer.
Meet two single parents who think they're too busy to date. 
And two teenagers who can't stop writing flirty emails. 
This is a tale of connections—missed and made—in a universe that seems to have its heart set on reuniting Ms. 6B and Mr. 13C.
I can't believe I picked up the wrong bag at the airport. My dad is never going to let me hear the end of it.
I don't understand why Mom told me to pack my worst underwear. And now I've lost my bag? Ack!
I cannot stop thinking about that woman in seat 6B on the flight to Paris.
I don't have time to worry about the creep sitting in 13C who slipped a note in my purse. I have to find my daughter's missing bag before this ruins our vacation.
In the Bag is a smart and stylish story that explores the old-fashioned art of romance in a modern world, where falling in love can be as risky as checking a bag on an international flight. Buckle your seat belt—it's going to be a bumpy vacation!

Wishlist SS 2014

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Hi! Menjelang Desember, BBI ngadain event seru tahunan yang namanya Secret Santa. Tahun ini kedua kalinya saya ikut SS. Lewat event ini, saya jadi bisa kenal (at least tau) anggota-anggota BBI lain. Inti event ini adalah tukar kado (berupa buku tentunya), dimana si penerima ngga tau identitas si pemberi (the santa) dan harus nebak lewat riddle yang diselipin sama si pemberi. Taun lalu saya gagal nebak identitas santa saya. Mudah-mudahan taun ini berhasil ya.

[Review] A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty - Joshilyn Jackson

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Title of Book : A Grown Up Kind of Pretty
Author : Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing

A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past--and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.

[Review] Leave It to Cleavage - Wendy Wax

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Title of Book : Leave It to Cleavage
Author : Wendy Wax
Publisher : Bantam

Miranda Smith isn't surprised to discover a cache of racy photographs in her husband's desk--after all, he is the president of Ballantyne Bras. But she's more than shocked to realize it's his buff, burly body encased in the red satin bustier and matching bikini panties...and he's nowhere to be found. Neither is their life savings nor the company coffers. Thus begins Miranda's hilarious, frantic scramble to unravel the mystery behind her husband's disappearance, illegal accounting practices, and penchant for wearing silky teddies and kitten heels.

[Review] Twins - Caroline B. Cooney

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Title of Book : Twins
Author : Caroline B. Cooney
Publisher : Scholastic

Caroline Cooney's classic tale of suspense, in a bold new package
Mary Lee and Madrigal are identical twins, exactly alike in every way. Until they are separated -- then Mary Lee wishes she could live her sister's life. And then she gets her wish . . . along with a horrifying discovery.

[Review] Mr. Quin yang Misterius - Agatha Christie

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Title of Book : Mr. Quin yang Misterius (The Mysterious Mr. Quin)
Author : Agatha Christie
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Ia muncul entah dari mana, dan lenyap begitu saja setelah tugasnya selesai. Tapi Mr. Satterthwaite yang cepat tanggap segera menyadari bahwa setiap kali Mr. Haley Quin muncul berati ada bahaya yang akan terjadi-berlatar belakang tragedi.
Mr. Quin yang misterius, seperti halnya tokoh Herlequin, hanya muncul pada saat pasangan kekasih yang sedang dalam kesulitan atau ada orang mati yang dendam belum terbalaskan. Dalam 12 kasus pembunuhan, skandal, dan peristiwa bunuh diri yang membingungkan, Mr. Satterhwaite menyibak kebenaran yang tersembunyi dan memberikan keadilan bagi yang tidak bersalah, dengan bantuan Mr. Quin....

[Review] The Ship of Brides - Jojo Moyes

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Title of Book : The Ship of Brides
Author : Jojo Moyes
Publisher : Penguin Books

1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime.
In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted—forever.

[Review] Pembunuhan ABC (The ABC Murders) - Agatha Christie

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Title of Book : Pembunuhan ABC (The ABC Murders)
Author : Agatha Christie
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

A berarti Andover... dan Mrs. Ascher dipukul sampai mati. B berarti Bexhill... dan Betty Barnard mati dicekik. C berarti Churston... dan Sir Carmichael Clarke ditemukan terbunuh. Di samping tubuh masing-masing korban diletakkan sebuah buku Panduan Kereta Api ABC, terbuka pada halaman yang menunjukkan tempat pembunuhan. polisi tak berdaya. Tapi si pembunuh telah membuat kesalahan besar. Dia berani menantang Hercule Poirot untuk membuka kedoknya...

[Review] Of Scars and Stardust - Andrea Hannah

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Title of Book : Of Scars and Stardust
Author : Andrea Hannah |  @andeehannah
Publisher : Flux
Publication date: 8th October 2014

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind. 
But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.
Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

Puzzly Saturday #2

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Hi! Today is the second Saturday since Puzzly Saturday first posted. Puzzly Saturday is a feature where I post a cover guessing puzzle game every Saturday. First Puzzly Saturday can be played here. For this week's puzzle I chose a cover of a book that I've read recently. This book has many editions, but the one that I chose is my most favorite. Feel free to give the answer in the comment section. Share this post to spread the fun. Have a nice weekend!

[Review] Go Ask Alice - Anonymous

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Title of Book : Go Ask Alice
Author : Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks)
Publisher : Simon Pulse

January 24th 
After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs.... 
It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth -- and ultimately her life. 
Read her diary. 
Enter her world. 
You will never forget her. 
For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.

Puzzly Saturday #1


Hi! In my first giveaway post, I used puzzle games as one of the requirements. Since most of the participants seem to enjoy playing those, I decided to make a weekly feature where I will post a cover guessing puzzle game every Saturday. No pressure, I do it just for fun. Especially because I do love finishing a puzzle too. I might host a giveaway in this feature anytime in the future. But we'll see. So here's the puzzle of this week. Feel free to give the answer in the comment section. Also feel free to share this post and spread the fun. Have a nice weekend!

[Review] All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes - Betsy St. Amant

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Title of Book : All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes
Author : Betsy St. Amant
Publisher : Zondervan

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.
Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself her is suddenly in danger of slipping away.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana."

Rainbow August Giveaway Hop 2014 Winner Announcement!

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Hi! Bulan Agustus kemarin Kuroneko Book Club dan teman-teman blogger lain mengadakan giveaway yang berlangsung selama dua minggu. Sekarang waktunya kami mengumumkan siapa peserta yang berhak mendapatkan hadiah paket buku pertama dan kedua.
Setelah divalidasi, dari seluruh peserta ada 29 yang menjawab semua pertanyaan dengan benar dan melakukan semua instruksi pada form yang telah disediakan. Setelah diundi, dari 29 peserta tersebut yang berhak mendapatkan hadiah adalah:

[Review] Satin Merah - Brahmanto Anindito & Rie Yanti

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Title of Book : Satin Merah
Author : Brahmanto Anindito & Rie Yanti
Publisher : Gagasmedia

Semua orang pernah diabaikan oleh orang-orang di sekitarnya. Tapi, pernahkah kamu diabaikan setelah disanjung-sanjung? Setelah dimanjakan dalam dekapan kain satin yang lembut?
Tanyakan pada Nindhita Irani Nadyasari bagaimana rasanya. Tanyakan siswi berprestasi itu bagaimana perihnya ditinggalkan dan dibenci orang-orang terdekatnya.
Dulu, Nadya selalu menjadi perhatian guru-gurunya, membuat bangga orangtuanya, dan dikagumi teman-temannya. Namun masa itu telah berlalu. Perlahan, murid SMA itu mulai dilupakan. Sinarnya kian pudar. Dalam kondisi seperti itu, Nadya tentu butuh prestasi yang istimewa untuk mendapatkan kembali perhatian orang-orang. Maka dia mencoba mengikuti lomba bergengsi se-Bandung Raya. Dia terus mengasah diri menjadi sastrawan Sunda. Dan yang lebih mulia: mengangkat derajat Sastra Sunda di mata dunia! Tekadnya begitu kuat. Hatinya begitu keras. Tapi nuraninya menjadi mati. Dengan lancar, Nadya melakukan tindakan-tindakan ekstrim. Dunia Sastra Sunda yang diperjuangkannya pun kini malah menangis.

[Review] Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

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Title of Book : Kitchen
Author : Banana Yoshimoto
Publisher : Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia

"Aku tak bisa tidur di tempat lain selain dapur."
Mikage Sakurai sebatang kara sejak neneknya meninggal. dapur menjadi satu-satunya tempat dimana ia dikelilingi panci bekas pakai dan sisa ceceran sayur, serta ditemani sepetak langit malam berbintang di jendela.
namun dapur keluarga Tanabe yang membuatnya jatuh cinta. Di sana selama satu musim panas ia bergulat dengan acar, udon, soba, dan tempura. Di sana pula ia temukan apa yang tak pernah dimilikinya: keluarga, bersama Yuichi Tanabe yang dingin dan Eriko Tanabe yang mempesona--perempuan transeksual yang sejatinya ayah kandung Yuichi.
Ketika Eriko meninggal, Mikage dan Yuichi menjauh dan saling terasing dalam kesedihan. Apa yang harus mereka lakukan untuk bangkit dari dukacita dan menyadari ada cinta di antara mereka?

[Review] Words and Their Meanings - Kate Bassett

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Title of Book : Words and Their Meanings
Author : Kate Bassett
Publisher : Flux
Publication date:  8th September 2014

Anna O’Mally doesn’t believe in the five stages of grief. Her way of dealing with death equates to daily bouts of coffin yoga and fake-tattooing Patti Smith quotes onto her arms. Once a talented writer, Anna no longer believes words matter, until shocking discoveries– in the form of origami cranes– force her to redefine family and love.
As Anna goes in search of the truth, she discovers that while every story, every human being, has a last line, it might still be possible to find the words for a new beginning.

[Review] Summer of Yesterday - Gaby Triana

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Title of Book : Summer of Yesterday
Author : Gaby Triana
Publisher : Simon Pulse

Summer officially sucks. Thanks to a stupid seizure she had a few months earlier, Haley’s stuck going on vacation with her dad and his new family to Disney’s Fort Wilderness instead of enjoying the last session of summer camp back home with her friends. Fort Wilderness holds lots of childhood memories for her father, but surely nothing for Haley. But then a new seizure triggers something she’s never before experienced—time travel—and she ends up in River Country, the campground’s long-abandoned water park, during its heyday.
The year? 1982.
And there—with its amusing fashion, “oldies” music, and primitive technology—she runs into familiar faces: teenage Dad and Mom before they’d even met. Somehow, Haley must find her way back to the twenty-first century before her present-day parents anguish over her disappearance, a difficult feat now that she’s met Jason, one of the park’s summer residents and employees, who takes the strangely dressed stowaway under his wing.
Seizures aside, Haley’s used to controlling her life, and she has no idea how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?

[Review] The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

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Title of Book : The Kite Runner
Author : Khaled Hosseini
Publisher : Riverhead Books

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

[Review] The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

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Title of Book : The Fault in Our Stars
Author : John Green
Publisher : Dutton Books

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.