Sabtu, 26 September 2015

Haunting Violet (Haunting Violet #1) by Alyxandra Harvey


Ebook, Epub format
Published  June 21st 2011 by Walker Childrens
Rating 4/5

Bagaimana rasanya menjadi putri dari seorang ibu yang bekerja sebagai ‘medium’ bagi para roh-roh gentayangan plus gila hormat dan derajat? Belum lagi diperparah dengan kemampuannya yang ternyata abal-abal?

Violet Willoughby, atau Violet St. Clair, lahir dari seorang ibu yang pembantu disebuah kediaman seorang Earl terhormat. Lahirnya Violet, atau umumnya disebut bastard alias anak haram, maka usailah pekerjaan ibunya. Dendam dengan keadaan, Celeste  Willoughby alias Mary bertekad memperbaiki keadaan dengan cara apapun. Maka dimulailah sandiwara sebagai seorang ‘medium’ dari rumah mewah ke rumah mewah lainnya. Herannya, belum pernah sekalipun kedok ibu Violet ini terungkap. Hingga suatu hari....

Di kediaman Lord Jasper, Rosefield Manor, Violet dan ibunya diundang untuk memamerkan kemampuan keahlian berbicara dengan para spirit. Dengan trik yang cukup mengagumkan plus akting, pertunjukan ibu Violet ini berjalan mulus. Sayang, kedok kemampaun berbicara sebagai medium ini akhirnya terungkap di pertunjukan berikutnya. Violet dan ibunya, serta Colin dan Marjorie yang selama ini membantu mereka harus meninggalkan kemewahan jamuan tamu di rumah Lord Jasper. Sayangnya,pada saat yang hampir sama, Violet menyadari kemampuan barunya yang melebihi drama lebay ibunya. Violet tidak hanya mampu berkomunikasi dengan para roh tapi juga melihat mereka sejelas melihat manusia hidup di sekelilingnya.

Senin, 21 September 2015

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Ebook, Epub format, 194 pages by Play Book
Published January 17th 2012 by HarperCollins
Rating 4/5

Satu hari, saya secara tidak sengaja menonton tayangan On The Spot, tentang tingkah lucu orang utan di berbagai kebun binatang. Mereka terlihat lucu, bebas dan bahagia. Saya langsung teringat dengan ebook yang sedang saya baca saat itu, The One and Only Ivan, kisah gorila yang sedih, meski hidup damai di tempat yang semula ia sebut 'domain' dan berubah menjadi 'cage' alias kandang di akhir kisah.

Ivan, alias si The One and Only Ivan, alias si Mighty Silverback, hampir seumur hidupnya tinggal di sebuah mall, Big Top Mall dengan Mack sebagai pemiliknya. Ivan tinggal di mall tersebut sebagai penarik perhatian pengunjung bersama dengan Stella, si gajah dan Thelma, si burung beo. Sayang, setelah bertahun-tahun menjadi daya tarik, satu hari hilang juga pamor daya tarik mereka. Stella dengan kaki lukanya dan usia yang menua sering kali tertatih selama pertunjukan. Begitu pun Ivan. Pengunjung mulai menurun. Mack harus berbuat sesuatu. jika tak ingin gulung tikar usahanya.

Datanglah Ruby, bayi gajah yang polos, keras kepala dan ingin tahu segalanya. Kedatangannya menyingkirkan Stella yang memang sudah tua dan sakit-sakitan. Sebelum mati, ia sempat berpesan pada Ivan, untuk menjaga Ruby, dan membawanya keluar dari mall. Lebih diharapkan lagi berkumpul dengan habitatnya. Pesan terakhir Stella ini yang kemudian membuat Ivan sibuk: sibuk berpikir, berencana, menyiapkan hati dan beraksi. Si Mighty Silverback berubah menjadi The Primate Picasso, dengan keahlian melukis. Dengan kemampuannya melukis, Ivan berusaha mencari jalan keluar demi masa depan Ruby.

Minggu, 20 September 2015

Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs


Paperback 281 pages
Penerjemah: Yonathan Natasaputra
Published: 2008 by Elex Media Komputindo
Rating 3/5

Membaca karya besar macam Harry Potter dan Percy Jackson itu menjadikan saya tidak objektif menilai satu karya yang terbit setelah dua karya besar itu.

Phoebe Castros hanya bermimpi mendapatkan beasiswa penuh untuk melanjutkan studinya di USC, Los Angeles, dengan bakat alamnya, lari marathon. Sayangnya, mimpinya harus kandas begitu ibunya memutuskan secara sepihak, bahwa dirinya akan menikah dan memboyong Phoebe ke Yunani, di satu tempat antah berantah bernama Serfepeola something. Tidak hanya harus meninggalkan sekolah, rumah, juga sahabat-sahabatnya yang setia menemani selama belasan tahun.

Di tempat barunya, Phoebe bersekolah di Akademi yang kepala sekolahnya tak lain adalah Damian, ayah tirinya, suami baru ibunya yang baru dikenal dua minggu! Kenyataan bahwa mereka memang sedang mabuk cinta, cukup membuat Phoebe hampir muntah. Tapi kenyataan lain akan akademi itu nyaris membuatnya pingsan. Murid-murid akademi ini adalah keturunan dewa dewi Yunani yang semuanya memiliki kemampuan supranatural istimewa, tergantung mereka keturunan siapa. Hah!? Jadi, Phoebe bakal jadi satu-satunya non keturunan dewa dewi dong. Sebagai (mungkin) satu-satunya anak tanpa darah dewa dewi, bagaimana mungkin Phoebe bisa bertahan? Belum lagi KTJ-nya alias Kakak Tiri Jahat-nya, Stella, yang belum-belum sudah menyihir siput di piringnya menjadi hidup. Hiiyyy...

Minggu, 13 September 2015

Scene on Three #9: Spotty Powder and Other Splendiferous Secrets




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‘I find August in England a rather torpid month. The trees and plants have all done their growing for the year and nature is hanging motionless in suspension before sinking slowly into the decline of winter. There is a brownish look to the countryside and the leaves are hanging heavy on the trees. But if it is nothing else, it is the month of the butterfly. Butterflies are lovely things. They do no harm to man himself either by stinging, biting or spreading disease. Nor are they beneficial to man as the silkworm is or the honeybee. The large white or cabbage butterfly is the only one that is a nuisance because it lays eggs on your cabbages and these hatch out into horrid hungry caterpillars

I imagine, living in England, enjoying those scenes will make me stay awake, probably. Roald Dahl is an expert to describe any nature scenes combined with his feeling plus his sense of humor, or I think I would say, his-a-bit-horrid humor. Displaying the beauty of butterflies seems a perfect month of the year, but then end up as horrid hungry caterpillars. I cant help laughing when I read this. Other months is actually as special as August, but I guess, Augusts ‘scene is a combination between the beauty and the beast :D



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  5. Meme ini diadakan setiap tanggal yang mengandung angka tiga, sesuai dengan ketersediaan tanggal di bulan tersebut (tanggal 3, 13, 23, 30, dan 31).

Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl




Are you into a gory story
Of dirty beasts that won't make you worry
As it turns out to be some kind of animation
Of the author's never ending imagination

First the story of a pig
Whose brain is sort of big
He dreams of doing great thing
But end up eating the owner without a wink

Come next Crocky Wock the crocodile
That puts boys and girls on his food pile
This bed time story will give you nightmare
As the Crocky Wock Crocodile show up to stare

Introduce you to this lion
That loves to eat meat in a million
But don't ask what favorite meat he likes to chew
Since he would say It's You

Have you heard a story of Stingaling the Scorpion?
A repulsive ugly thing different from minion
Watch out when you go to bed
As it might crawl onto your head

Here comes the most peculiar pet
An ant-eater never crossed in your head
Roy, the dreadfully spoiled child
Who lost his aunt (read: ant) when the ant eater gone wild

Hooray, shout the little girl
As she got some money as if it were pearl
Alas, the giant porcupine comes to spread its prickles
It surely makes your rump have wrinkles

Yes, this story might be the least beast you behold
Of Miss Milky Dessy the cow, the story must be told
She has some kind of unbelievable deformity
She gives a lesson to Afghanistan traveler instead of pity

The Toad and the Snail, the miraculous friends
Will bring you jump from England to France
Watch out for the people when they eat
Since toad and snail are their favorite meat

Have you heard the sound of your tummy?
It produces sound sort of funny
It demands to raid biscuit tin
It tells anyone it is not a sin



Happy ROALD DAHL DAY: Spotty Powder and Other Splendiferous Secrets


Ebook, Epub format 125 pages
Published by Puffin
Rating 4/5

First of all, I'd like to say Happy Roald Dahl Day as today is the day he was born. Yup, it's his birthday. Actually, there's an event celebrating Roald Dahl during this September. As a fan of Roald Dahl, I think I don't want to miss it. I got a bunch of Roald Dahl books and ebooks. I have read some of them, while the others waiting for the right moment to read. And I think it can be that moment :))

Frankly, it never crossed my mind that I have got this ebook in my Iriver E-reader. It must have been stored there for quite a while since I don't use my e reader for quite sometime, too. As I saw the number of the pages, and it has a lot if illustrations, I decided to read this unique book. It wouldn't take long to finish it. Yes, but the review writing takes long time. Duh...


If you have at least 7-10 books of Roald Dahl, maybe it won't take you sometime to relate the stories here and his books. Take an example, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The movie was a hit with Johnny Depp as the main character there. Charlie and Chocolate Factory underwent a lot of processes of writing and editing by Roald. He was such a perfectionist who love nasty characters. Do you remember how many filthy characters he got in that story? Charlie is the protagonist and the rest of the children were the nasty ones. Roald at first created 10 horrid children who got the ticket to explore the marvelous chocolate Factory of Willy Wonka. And as you know, Roald created each character as horrid as possible that for us, it seems that it's a curse to get such a child. But for him, it made him giggle. Well, sort of different way of giggling... Not just the characters of Charlie, but this book also told about how he loved chocolate and that's way he wrote about it.



Speaking about chocolate, you can find things, a lotta things related to chocolate. Take an example: what nation eats the most chocolate, when the first chocolate factory established, Mr. Wonka's  favorite recipes of chocolate (probably his own favorite?), and more and more I can't recall all of them :))

Kamis, 03 September 2015

Scene on Three #8 – Haunting Violet



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I made a small pile of books on a scrolled table and kicked off my shoes, tucking my feet under me. The sun slanted through windows, pooling on the leather chairs. I skimmed thick vellum pages, drinking in the smell of parchment and sunlight. The windows were thrown wide open and the breeze brought in a waft of roses.


Violet Willoughby, the main character in the novel I just finished reading is described as a bookworm, who unfortunately came from underprivileged family. She was fond of reading, she even prefer reading to good food. Any cent she got from people, she would save it for books. The description above was taken in the library belonged to an Earl from a wealthy family. When she and her mother were invited there, instead of enjoying fancy balls, she would rather isolate herself in the library. In the library, according to the description above was really tempting. Who is not tempted? Buried in the books with complete silence and  the fragrance of roses and the breeze? Oh, I wish I were there…. :D

 Bagi scene-mu di akhir bulan Agustus ini: