[Book Review & Giveaway] With or Without You

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Judul: With or Without You

Genre: Romance

Penulis: Prisca Primasari

Penerbit: GagasMedia

Tebal: 233 halaman

Terbit: Agustus 2016

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sinopsis:

Apa jadinya jika Gris, pria pengkhayal dan pelupa itu, hidup tanpa Tulip yang penyabar dan teratur? Dahulu, hal itu tak pernah terlintas di benaknya. Mereka saling menyayangi dan seakan telah ditakdirkan untuk saling melengkapi.

Namun, hidup selalu menyembunyikan sesuatu. Menjelang hari bahagia mereka, ketakutan diam-diam menyusup di hati Gris. Kecerobohannya mungkin akan membuat Tulip pergi dari hidupnya.

Gris tak pernah membayangkan itu terjadi karena selama ini keinginannya tak tak banyak: hanya ingin membahagiakan Tulip dan tetap bersamanya. Namun, hidup selalu punya teka-teki. Apa jadinya cinta tanpa kebersamaan? Bagaimana jika itu yang terbaik yang ditawarkan hidup kepadamu?

Keresahan menggelayuti hati Gris. Adakah kesempatan untuk mengubah akhir cerita menjadi seperti yang seharusnya? Continue reading

[Book Review] Me Before You

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Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Adult, Romance

Publisher: Penguin Books

Pages: 369 pages

Year of Publication: July 2013

Rating: 4,5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? Continue reading

[Book Review] French Pink

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Judul: French Pink

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Penulis: Prisca Primasari

Penerbit: Grasindo

Tebal: 80 halaman

Terbit: Oktober 2014

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sinopsis:

Di Distrik Jiyugaoka yang mungil, cantik, dan berwarna-warni, Hitomi tiba-tiba bertemu pria aneh yang mengungkit-ungkit tentang kematian.

Siapa sebenarnya pria itu? Dan… lho, lho, mengapa dia jadi menyuruh Hitomi mencarikan syal warna French Pink? Mana mungkin sih pria beraura gelap seperti itu menyukai warna pink? Dan untuk apa juga?

Ck. Sungguh. Pria itu benar-benar merepotkan Hitomi. Continue reading

[Book Review] The Reflections of Queen Snow White

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Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Author: David Meredith

Genre: Adult, Retelling

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Pages: 155 pages (e-book)

Year of Publication: October 2013

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White. Continue reading

[Book Review] Confessions

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Judul: Confessions

Genre: Young Adult, Crime

Penulis: Kanae Minato

Penerbit: Mulholland Books

Tebal: 240 halaman

Terbit: Agustus 2014

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sinopsis:

Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge.

After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation.

But first, she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that will upend everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge.

Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions probes the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in harm’s way. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again. Continue reading