Monday, 9 June 2014

May Book Haul

Monday, 9 June 2014
I know it's June already, but welcome to May Book Haul! I've been wanting to post this exactly on May, before June approaches, but I procrastinate, again. Plus I have something that keeps me occupied last month. So, without further ado, here it is!

YAY. Finally, after looking forward to buy this since last year or so. Bought this in Gramedia Tangcity for only IDR20.000, such a great price, isn't it? 4/5— 1 book to go!

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I was visiting my sister at Siloam Hospitals Lippo Village when I bought this in it's Books&Beyond for IDR125.000. Can't wait to read this!

On May 29th, I went to Jakarta Book Fair 2014 and got these books from Periplus' stand;

Okay.. I just knew that this book is the third installment of the Kathryn Dance series, but guess I can read it without reading the previous books first? I don't know. I actually still in doubt whether I should read this or not since it's a mystery-thriller book and I can get paranoid by myself.

 I honestly don't know what's the book about but since I wanted to read George R.R. Martin's, I decided to buy this. Anyone knows about this? I mean like what kind of book is this? Guess it's not the Game of Thrones series, right?

I actually got this book on June, but since I don't think I'll buy any books again this month (or perhaps till July), I decided to add it here anyway;

You may wonder, why May Book Haul, not like the usual combining haul? Well, as you can see, I bought more books rather than usual, and as stated above, I don't think I'll buy any books on June/July. I have less urge to buy books after I went to Jakarta Book Fair (is it a bad or a good thing? I don't know) and my real summer break is approaching (soooo?). Oh, I haven't read any of the books above.

That's all for last month's book haul. See you soon!

Friday, 6 June 2014

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan

Friday, 6 June 2014

"Ever since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them — Set — has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs...."


After their mom's death, Carter and Sadie Kane lived separately; Carter, 14, with their dad an Egyptologist travelling the world, while Sadie, 12, lived as a normal school girl in a flat in London with their grandparents. Carter and Sadie barely knew each other. Sadie only allowed to meet her father (and Carter, of course) twice a year.

One night, their dad Julius Kane brought them to the British Museum. They thought it was a normal visit to the museum, but their father has another plan. He said he will make things "right" again. Instead of making things "right" again, he accidentally blew up the Rosetta Stone and release 5 Egyptian gods& goddesses, including Set, whom plans on creating destruction. Their father was trapped in a golden coffin by Set. Later they found out they were magicians and were the most powerful descendants of the pharaohs since thousand of years ago.

Their lives changed ever since. They must rescue their dad and save the world.

I've read this book before in Indonesian and really liked it. My second time reading this book (in English), and I still really liked it.

As always, Riordan made his heroes very human, with self-doubts and et cetera. Plus Carter and Sadie were siblings where sometimes they have different opinions, where sometimes jealousy sparked between them. No perfect siblings, right? There's also a bit romance in this book and plot twists, plot twists.

I'm a bit mad at Uncle Rick (well, not really a bit) because Sadie here seems more stand out rather than Carter. Yes, Sadie's characters were more eccentric than Carter but I thought he supposed to have more role than Sadie. Maybe that was my imagination, Sadie having more role than Carter, or Carter did have more role than Sadie but I didn't noticed? I don't know. The thing is, I just hope there would be Carter's character development in the next book (which I'm currently reading). Oh, and Sadie didn't seem like a 12 years old girl.

Told by both Carter and Sadie in their own Point of Views, I thought the English was more simpler than the Heroes of Olympus series.

I really like it, so 4/5 stars. Very recommended.
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