Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 2016 New Releases

I'm trying to make my blog more... full. More than just writing reviews. And this is my first attempt on writing a post about new releases.

July 2016 is full of new books I anticipated.

So, the first book I anticipated this month is Pennies by Pepper Winters. Usually she writes something dark, erotic, and psychological. It's the first book of her newest series, Dollars, and releases on July 20th, 2016.

This month Nalini Singh releases her new Rock Kiss book, Rock Wedding. It's book 4. I regretted that I haven't read book 2 and 3 *shakes my head* It releases on July 19, 2016.

Oh hey, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is relased on July 31th. Hmmm. I haven't finished book 4 yet. And I don't know if I'm as emotionally invested with Harry as my other Potterhead friends.

Lauren Blakely also releases her newest series, Jewel. The first book, The Sapphire Affair, comes out on July 12th. It's a romantic suspense, I guess. They are trying to uncover a criminal activity.

Check out Jennifer L. Armentrout's book 2 in The Wicked Saga, Torn. You can enjoy the book in July 19th. It's a paranormal romance, and sets in New Orleans.

Other new releases this month:

  1. Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley 2) by Alice Clayton, culinary delights meet romance. [July 12]
  2. Hitched (Imperfect Love 1) by Kendall Ryan. Fake wedding, everyone? It sounds promising. [July 5]
  3. Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits 5) by Katy McGarry [July 1st]
  4. Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen 4) by Tillie Cole [July 12th]
  5. Broken Prince (The Royals 2) by Erin Watt. It's book 2 of Paper Princess. And it's Young Adult [July 25th]
  6. Filthy English (English 2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills [July 11th]
And many more I can't write right now because I'm in a rush. I might write more and edit this post. Well, this also serves as a reminder for me.

Just think, your holiday won't be so boring isn't it? So many movies, so many books to enjoy. Next week I'm heading back to my Gran's place in southern part of Java, for a week. Celebrating Eid Mubarrak with my family. I'm going to be armed with books and animes, because to be honest, getting internet connection there is kind of a crapshoot. I might get them, or I might not.

Review: Waking The Dead

Title : Waking The Dead
Series : Cafferty and Quinn #2
Author : Heather Graham
ISBN : 0778317447 (ISBN13: 9780778317449)
Edition : Paperback (January 2015)
Publisher : MIRA Books
Page counts : 368 pages
Language : English
Genre : Supernatural/Paranormal, Adult, Suspense, Romance
Average Rating : 3.89 (per June 30, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : June 13, 2016
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Also Check : Let The Dead Sleep (book 1)

They say a painting can have a life of its own...

In the case of Ghosts in the Mind painted by Henry Sebastian Hubert, that's more than just an expression. The characters are reputed to come to life—and to kill. The artist was a friend of Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, joining them in Switzerland in 1816, and now, almost two hundred years later, the painting appears in New Orleans. Wherever it goes, death seems to follow.

Danielle Cafferty and Michael Quinn, occasional partners in solving crime, are drawn into the case. They begin to make connections between that summer in Switzerland and this spring in Louisiana. Danni, the owner of an eccentric antique shop, and Quinn, a private detective, have discovered that they have separate but complementary talents when it comes to investigating unusual situations.

Blending their personal relationship with the professional lives they've stumbled into, they confront this work of art…and evil. They have to discover what brings it to life. And they have to destroy it—before it destroys them.

Cafferty and Quinn is probably one of my favorite couples. Aside from Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters, I don't have many favorites. Here, in Cafferty and Quinn, legends and histories are mingling with a little bit of supernatural thrown in. Waking The Dead is the second book of this story, and I actually couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn are involved in another investigation. A painting is rumored 'cursed', deaths and grieves follow its wake. Henry Sebastian Hubert, the artist, apparently managed to insert a little bit of evil on the painting, Ghosts in the Mind. Painted on the year without summer (1816, when Mt. Tambora erupted and altered the atmosphere), the painting's history is a bloody one. And now it's here on New Orleans, again claiming lives.

Take care lest you wake the dead.

Now they have to unveil the evil behind the painting, and the very real flesh-and-blood man murdering those people. Danni and Michael also have to navigate their new relationship. From New Orleans to a medieval castle in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Waking The Dead actually have more surprises.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bookish Confession Part 2

Why Part 2? Well, because back in January, I already made a post called 20 Bookish Facts About Me. So I try to make an altogether different bookish confession. What I have and haven't done in term of reading, then.

So, right. Where do I start?

First, I haven't read an M/M romance. Even though I've downloaded Sarina Bowen's Him, I still haven't been able to finish it. It was...strange. Maybe M/M is just not my kind of genre. I'm okay with menage (three or four, whatever), but I still feel weird reading M/M. I'm crazy that way.

Second. Hmm. What else? Ah. I'm a sucker for beautiful cover. I guess we all are, right? But beautiful covers in my mind is not just a hot guy with a six-pack slapped on the front. Say, just like Angel's Flight by Nalini Singh. The angel is just so beautiful and so poignant, I wanted to touch her. Colleen Hoover's Confess captures a painting-like, although its Indonesian version is rather boring-looking. JA Redmerski's Killing Sarai. because the model's hands are stained with blood and it's kinda chilling. Corinne Michael's Defenseless, because even though I can't see the models' faces, it's still very intimate. And so many more.

I like reading contemporary romance, especially with some smuts. It's not surprising, I guess, me liking 'hot books' (by Indonesian standard) has been a subject I'm often bullied for. But contrary to popular beliefs, even though I read many erotic romances with emphasis on the erotic, my favorite romances often don't have hardcore erotic scenes.

I'm not familiar with many Indonesia romance novels. Often, when my friends on BBI Joglosemar Whatsapp group are talking about Indonesian romance authors, I can only read silently because, well, I haven't even heard about them. What can I say? If I'm gonna spend my money, I'd like to buy something I really would love.

When in my favorite bookstore (a favorite, because they offer 25+5% discount and the guy manning the book section is kinda hot), I like to linger and even sit down, reading an already-open book and they'd let me (even if I don't buy anything at times). They have this bench on the corner I like to sit on. I guess I couldn't do this on another major bookstores. And their staff (mostly) recognized me XD It's just so homey and comfortable there.

I don't like dog-earing my books. I'd rather run and frantically looking for something to be used as bookmarks--grocery receipts, business cards, scraps of ribbons, Kleenex, money, pens, etc. I have several real bookmarks scattered around the house, and it drives my Mom crazy. One day when I was moving my books, I even gathered close to IDR 200.000 from the money I used as bookmarks and I simply forgot about them.

That's all, I guess. I don't know what kind of confession you'd like. So if you wanna ask, just hit me with your questions. I promise I don't bite.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Review: Let The Dead Sleep

Title : Let The Dead Sleep
Series : Cafferty and Quinn #1
Author : Heather Graham
ISBN : 0778316017 (ISBN13: 9780778316015)
Edition : Paperback (February 25, 2014)
Publisher : MIRA Books
Page counts : 384 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Supernatural, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Average Rating : 3.81 (per June 18, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : June 8, 2016
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An Object of Desire? Or of Fear?

It was stolen from a New Orleans grave—the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It's an object desired by collectors and by those with wickedness in their hearts.

One day, its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty's antiques shop on Royal Street, the shop she inherited from her father. But before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears and the owner is found dead….

Michael Quinn, former cop and now private investigator, is determined to find and destroy this object with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue, following it through sultry New Orleans nights to hidden places in the French Quarter and secret ceremonies on abandoned plantations.

But Cafferty and Quinn know that their story won't end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.

As for Romantic Suspense, I usually fall back to Karen Rose. But Heather Graham has always been there as my favorite author of Supernatural-Suspense hybrid. Cafferty and Quinn takes us to the heart of New Orleans, where supernatural often reigns and things abnormal are just normal there. I'm actually a big fan of this city, with its history and mysteries surrounding the city.

Danni Cafferty's dad, Angus, was gone and she inherited his shop, The Chesire Cat. She never knew what her father actually did for his job. Her father collected things and stuffs of mysteries, sometimes even dangerous things. When a woman came to her, insisting she takes the bust of Pietro Miro and later found dead, she starts to question whether this statue is as dangerous as the woman told her.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Reading and Indonesia's National Book Day

Source: CNN Indonesia

Indonesia is a big country. It's not, in any way, small. We have more than 17000 islands and 34 provinces. Jakarta is a metropolitan city, and my city, Surabaya, is a big city too (I should know, everyday I battle with traffic jam on my commute to my campus).

So. How did we end up number 60 out of 61 most literate countries, according to John Miller's World Most Literate Nations? Are we not literate enough? Indonesians do read, don't they? It's an interesting phenomenon that I decided to use this as my class research journal.

Indonesia celebrated National Book Day on May 17th. UNDP aka United Nations Development Program cited that from 1000 Indonesians, only one person is passionate about reading. ONE. I got depressed and somewhat ashamed. I'm an avid reader, I love reading and I love sharing my passion about reading. But 1:1000 (means 0.001% in percentage). See the countries above? Indonesia is still below the 'small' countries like Cyprus, Mauritius, and Georgia.


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