Ulasan Buku: Dilan: Dia Adalah Dilanku Tahun 1990 (Dilan #1) oleh Pidi Baiq

Judul: Dilan: Dia Adalah Dilanku Tahun 1990 (Dilan #1)

Penulis: Pidi Baiq

Terbit: 2014 by Pastel Books (Mizan Group)

Halaman: 332

Sinopsis: “Milea, kamu cantik, tapi aku belum mencintaimu. Enggak tahu kalau sore. Tunggu aja” (Dilan 1990)

“Milea, jangan pernah bilang ke aku ada yang menyakitimu, nanti, besoknya, orang itu akan hilang.” (Dilan 1990)

“Cinta sejati adalah kenyamanan, kepercayaan, dan dukungan. Kalau kamu tidak setuju, aku tidak peduli.” (Milea 1990) [Goodreads]

Awalnya, agak skeptis sih mau baca buku ini. Takut tidak sesuai dengan ekspektasi. Karena saya agak kurang yakin dengan kualitas buku cinta-cintaan produk Indonesia. Apalagi saya belum pernah baca bukunya Pidi Baiq sebelumnya. Jadi belum begitu familiar dengan gaya penulisan beliau.

Tapi baru mulai dari halaman pertama, perhatian saya langsung fokus tertuju ke buku ini. Buku ini unik. Pertama, tiap bab terdiri dari poin-poin (?) jadi sangat gampang kalau mau nandain sudah baca sampai mana. Kedua, tentu saja Dilan. Sejatinya cowok kayak Dilan itu langka—nyaris gak ada sama sekali—di dunia ini. Sebenarnya, paling males sih kalau baca karakter laki-laki yang model Dilan kayak gini. Entah kenapa di buku ini, Pidi Baiq berhasil membuat saya jatuh hati juga sama Dilan. Ada sesuatu dalam sosok Dilan yang bikin saya jatuh hati. Kegigihannya. Dilan gak pernah pantang menyerah untuk mendapatkan Milea dengan cara-cara uniknya. Suka ketawa sendiri jadinya kalau baca tingkah lakunya Dilan yang aneh-aneh tapi bikin meleleh.

Kesimpulannya, buku ini sukses bikin saya BAPER. Dan buku tentang cinta-cintaan gak mesti cerita tentang orang kaya jatuh cinta sama yang miskin lagi. Kadang cerita yang simpel dan sederhana sudah bisa bikin yang baca klepek-klepek. Hahaha! Seneng bisa baca buku ini. Sudah pasti saya akan membaca buku lanjutannya!

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Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) By Heidi Heilig

Title: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1)

Author: Heidi Heilig

Published: March 3rd 2016 by Hot Key Books

Page: 320

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. (Goodreads)

I received a free digital copy from Hot Key Books through NetGalley in exchange of honest review. This review might contains spoiler!

I was so excited when I saw this on ‘Read Now’ section on NetGalley because I’ve been wanting to read this book since I keep hearing people talk about it on Goodreads. So I don’t wanna miss my chance and read it right away.

This is my first time reading a time-traveler book. I must say it doesn’t disappointing, but it wasn’t mind-blowing either. I’m expecting a lot more of “time-traveling” (like jump from one place into another. Ykwim?) instead of just staying in one place to get a map that lead to Nix’s mother. And then we have Kashmir and Blake Hart—the main character’s potential love interest. Yep, another love triangle. It just like Katniss-Peeta-Gale all over again. I’m so over that. I really hope in the next book we won’t have to deal with this stuff. More time-traveler/pirate stuff please.

What I love about this book:

  • Kashmir. He’s so sassy, funny and intelligent. I love his banter with Nix. I wish we get to know more about him in the next book
  • It sets in Hawaii. I’ve never read a book that sets in Hawaii. It’s so cool to get to know some of history about Hawaii.
  • Diversity. I love that this book has lots of myths from other ethnicity. You can tell the author did her research really well.

What I don’t like about this book:

  • Love Triangle. It’s not that I hate the idea of it, but in this book, it just made me almost hate Nix. I don’t want that. Because I have the intention of reading the next book. How could I do that if I hate the main character? Also kissing the other guy while Kashmir is watching? I’ve had enough of that in Twilight when Bella kissed Jacob. lol bye
  • Nix. She was just so damn boring. Her presence oftentimes got out-shined by the secondary character.

Overall, I like the book as a whole and would like to continue on the next book. I would like to recommend it to people who like/just starting to read a book about time-traveler, this book might be a good start for you. It does for me at least.


Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Author: Jenn Bennett

Published: November 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Page: 304

Summary: Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

My first initial reaction after reading this book was ‘AHDHASHHABCNADVHDVSB THE FEEEEELSSSS‘ and then smiling like an idiot  for the rest of the day. This book is such an easy read. Jenn Bennett’s writing pulled me right into the story the moment i read the first paragraph. I finished it in one day and I have no regrets. I got attached with the characters. I feel what they are feeling and you just can’t help but rooting for them.  I love Bex and Jack. BEX.AND.JACK.

The story might sounds cliche to you but Bennett’s done such a great work. My favorite part was when Jack draws something  for Bex’s birthday. That’s just straight up cupcake sweet moment. Or when Bex’s Mom gave her boxes of almost-expired condom. LMAO.

I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something quick, sweet, cute, and little bit hints of angst.

Book Review: Pulang By Tere Liye

Title: Pulang

Author: Tere Liye

Published: September 20th 2015 by Republika

Page: 404

Summary: “Aku tahu sekarang, lebih banyak luka di hati bapakku dibanding di tubuhnya. Juga mamakku, lebih banyak tangis di hati Mamak dibanding di matanya.”

Sebuah kisah tentang perjalanan pulang, melalui pertarungan demi pertarungan, untuk memeluk erat semua kebencian dan rasa sakit.”



Kisah seorang anak yang akhirnya menemukan jalan ‘Pulang’-nya. Seru banget mengikuti kisah perjalanan si Bujang ini. Dan setuju banget sama pepatah “Orang yang tahu isi perut kita biasanya paling mudah berkhianat sama kita” Jadi pelajaran banget buat berhati-hati dalam memberikan kepercayaan kita kepada orang lain. Karena suatu saat, mereka bisa menggunakan kepercayaan itu untuk menyerang kita dari belakang.

Cara penulisan Tere Liye juga enak banget dibacanya. Alurnya ceritanya maju-mundur dan anehnya gak ngebosenin, karena kadang alur maju-mundur bisa bikin cepat jenuh. Yang saya suka dari Bujang adalah, walaupun dia sudah sukses dibidang yang dia kuasai, dia tetap memegang teguh wejangan dari Ibunya.

Saya kasih 4 bintang karena saya suka dengan jalan ceritanya serta tokoh-tokoh yang ada di buku. Saya rekomendasikan buat orang jarang baca buku Indo (kayak saya :p) coba baca buku ini. Apalagi kalo suka cerita tentang mafia gitu.

Gak sabar mau baca buku-buku Tere Liye yang lain!


Comic Book Review: Octopus Pie: Volume 1 By Meredith Gran

Title: Octopus Pie: Volume 1

Author: Meredith Gran

Published: March 1st 2016 by Image Comics

Page: 200

Summary: In this first collected volume of the Octopus Pie series, we follow grumpy twenty-something Eve and her stoner roommate Hanna as they navigate post-college life. They’ll take on crazed childhood rivals, troubling art scenes, the discomfort of exes, and maybe even… friendship? All this and more in the fictional, totally made-up city of Brooklyn. Well paced and grounded, ranging from funny ha-ha to odd observational humor, Octopus Pie s ultimate hooks are its flawed but genuine characters. Booklist”


I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The art caught my eyes when I saw it on NetGalley and the description sounded humorous. It’s entertaining enough. Although, I wouldn’t lie that I thought this would be as funny as I thought it would be. Somehow Eve remind me of the girl from Sarah Anderson’s comic. Maybe that’s just me tho.

It’s about Eve–twenty-something girl– who didn’t quite satisfied with her life. Her mom put on Craigslist that Eve needs a new roomate–who turned out to be her Pre-K friend, Hanna. I’d say Hanna is quite interesting. She’s a free-spirited girl which is the opposite of our main character. Hanna’s present significantly changed Eve’s life.

My favorite part of this book is when Eve and Hanna goes to the park and then Hanna talk about how her dream is to have a duck farm with her boyfriend. Her reasons oddly enough made me chuckle.

Book Review: Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5 stars

Title: Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)

Author: Sally Green

Published: Published March 4th 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Page: 394

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

This book begin from the second person narrative for the first few pages. I find it unique and brave on Ms. Sally Green part. Not many books that I have read told by the second person perspective. I was hesitated at first to read this book because of the mixed reviews. I can totally see why some people didn’t like it. I mean I have issues with the child abuse that had been going on in this book. Then again, aren’t most of YA books are like that? Even Harry Potter (Even though not as extreme as in this book, in my opinion). I enjoy it so far, and would continue to read the second book. I really want to know If Gabriel survive? (Team Gabriel btw). Or Annalise is a spy after all?

I definitely would recommend it to anyone who loves Fantasy.

Book Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Burned by Karen Marie MoningMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Title: Burned (Fever #7)

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Expected publication: January 20th  2015

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Page: 512

Summary: MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and    defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal. It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I must say I was little bit disappointed in Karen Marie Moning. I expected to have epic duo from Barrons and Mac, but naaaaah they’re back to “Hate you but I need you and I want you right here right now” mode. It took us five books to finally see them together but now they’re back to square one. meh. 

Lor is one of The Nine that we get to know more here in this book. He’s so funny I like him. One of the reason that keep me going. Also I hope KMM will write a book about The Nine alone. The beginning on what makes them the way they are now and more important WHAT ARE THEY? What kind of creatures they are? Unseelie? Seelie?

Lastly, Dani. Oh poor kid, Dani. I miss her. We didn’t get many chapter about Dani here. I want her back. I really do.

The ending was of course cliffhanger, and THANK GOD the next book was supposed to come out this October *fingers cross it wont get push back*

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures: The Manga by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Art by Cassandra Jean

Beautiful Creatures The Manga by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Art by Cassandra JeanMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Title: Beautiful Creatures: The Manga

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Art:  Cassandra Jean

Published: January 1st 2013

Publisher: Yen Press

Page: 240

Summary: In crisp black and white manga pictures, Ethan Wate narrates his dreams, haunted an unreachable raven-haired beauty. When she moves into the small Southern town Blackwood mansion of her protective Uncle Macon, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. As her 16th birthday nears, Lena must choose – or will the family curse choose for her?

There were no surprises in Gatlin County .. the middle of nowhere.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave

I’ve never have such a luck with Beautiful Creatures. I flounced the original book and fell asleep while watching the movie adaptation. With the movie, I guess it was lack of chemistry and I hated how it was being compared to Twilight. I just don’t. And with the book, it was too much details that I think that wasn’t necessary and I feel like Ethan Wate is the worst narrator ever he bored me halfway through the story that I feel like “Girl, bye.”Still, i have no idea why I bother to buy the Manga adaptation. But glad that I did. Surprisingly i like the Manga the adaptation much better. It was so neat and the artwork was so great. I don’t even care that it was black and white. I really enjoy it. I gave 4 stars mostly because of the artworks. I would like to continue this series in the Manga adaptation format in the future.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl also wrote the spin-off about Lena Duchannes’s cousin —Ridley Duchannes— Dangerous Creatures. I’m intrigue to read her story to be quite honest. Maybe I’ll pick it up when I saw it in the bookstore.

Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This Review contains spoilers! 

LARA JEAN keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved–five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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