Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Published: June, 2012
Price: Rp226.000 (Periplus)
Rating: 4½ / 5 stars

Date started: March 21, 2017 - Date finished: April 9, 2017

Synopsis:
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 320
Format: E-book
Published: September, 2015
Price: $9.99 -> Rp133.147 (Amazon)
Rating: 4½ / 5 stars

Date started: February 16, 2017 - Date finished: February 16, 2017

Synopsis:
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Title: Naughty Boss
Author: Whitney G.
Publisher: WGW Books LLC
Pages: 127
Format: E-book
Published: December, 2016
Price: $2.99 -> Rp39.943 (Amazon)
Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Date started: January 25, 2017 - Date finished: January 30, 2017

Synopsis:
He definitely wasn't supposed to get that email...



Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can't wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I'm quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his "mouth of perfection" or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS--Please tell me your day is going better than mine...



Subject: Re: My Boss.


No, you haven't already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you've sent me this email directly, I know now...

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don't have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you're quitting. I'm standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your "fantasies," although I highly doubt they're "long over."

Your boss,
Michael

PS--Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours...

A steamy, office-romance novella from New York Times bestselling author, Whitney G.

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 156
Format: E-book
Published: May, 2016
Price: $7.99 -> Rp 106.659 (Amazon)
Rating: 3½ / 5 stars

Date started: January 7, 2017 - Date finished: January 7, 2017

Synopsis:
"ah, life—
the thing
that happens
to us
while we’re off
somewhere else
blowing on
dandelions
& wishing
ourselves into
the pages of
our favorite
fairy tales."

a poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 288
Format: E-book
Published: March, 2015
Price: $10.33 -> Rp137.596 (Amazon)
Rating: 3½ / 5 stars

Date started: January 10, 2017 - Date finished: January 22, 2017

Synopsis:
From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame.



'It's about the terror, isn't it?'

'The terror of what?' I said.

'The terror of being found out.'


For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.

Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book Review: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: 224
Format: E-book
Published: August, 2016
Price: $6.34 -> Rp85.749 (Amazon)
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Date started: December 26, 2016 - Date finished: December 31, 2016

Synopsis:
Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…
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