Review – Anna Dressed in Blood (#Anna 1)


Title : Anna Dressed in Blood (#Anna 1)
Author : Kendare Blake
Publisher : Tor Teen
Published : August 2011 (ebook)
Page : 387 pages
My Rating : 4/5


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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Review – The Whispering Skull – Tengkorak Berbisik (Lockwood & Co. #2)


Title : The Whispering Skull (Lockwood&Co. #2)
Author : Jonathan Storud
Translator : Poppy D. Chusfani
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Published : Januari 2015
Page : 488 pages
My Rating : 4.5/5


Hantu dan arwah gentayangan, waspadalah! Lockwood & Co. beraksi kembali.

Lockwood & Co. makin sibuk. Lucy dan George berusaha memecahkan misteri tengkorak bisa bicara yang terkurung dalam wadah-hantu, sementara Lockwood mencari kasus-kasus baru yang seru. Lalu mereka dihubungi untuk menyelidiki makam dokter kejam yang hidup pada zaman Victoria. Seperti biasa, segalanya jadi kacau—ada hantu mengerikan yang terlepas dan benda berbahaya yang hilang karena dicuri dari peti mati. Lockwood & Co. harus menemukan benda itu sebelum kekuatannya digunakan, tapi mereka harus berpacu dengan waktu.

Dan yang membuat keadaan makin gawat, si tengkorak dalam wadah-hantu mendadak bergerak…

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Review – American Gods (Dewa-Dewa Amerika)


Title : American Gods (Dewa-Dewa Amerika)
Author : Neil Gaiman
Translator : Lulu Wijaya & Ariyantri E. Tarman
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Published : Januari 2012
Page : 784 pages
My Rating : 4/5


Badai akan datang…

Menjalani masa hukuman tiga tahun di penjara, Shadow melalui hari-harinya dengan tenang, menunggu dengan sabar hari ketika dia bisa kembali ke Eagle Point, Indiana. Pria yang tidak lagi takut akan yang mungkin terjadi esok, yang dia inginkan hanyalah kembali bersama dengan Laura, istri yang sangat dia cintai, dan memulai kehidupan baru.

Tetapi beberapa hari sebelum dia dibebaskan, Laura dan sahabat Shadow tewas dalam kecelakaan mobil. Hidupnya berantakan dan kehilangan arah, Shadow memutuskan untuk menerima pekerjaan dari orang asing yang memesona yang Shadow temui dalam perjalanan pulang. Pria misterius itu menamakan dirinya Mr. Wednesday, yang sepertinya lebih memahami Shadow daripada dirinya sendiri.

Kehidupan sebagai pelindung, sopir, dan pesuruh Wednesday ternyata lebih menarik dan berbahaya daripada yang dibayangkan Shadow––pekerjaan ini membawanya melalui perjalanan gelap dan aneh dan memperkenalkannya kepada karakter-karakter eksentrik dengan takdir yang bertautan dengan takdir Shadow sendiri. Shadow belajar bahwa masa lalu tidak pernah mati; bahwa semua orang, termasuk Laura yang dia cintai, menyimpan rahasia; dan bahwa mimpi, totem, legenda, dan mitos sebenarnya lebih nyata daripada yang kita ketahui. Puncaknya, dia akan menemukan di balik permukaan tenang kehidupan sehari-hari, ada badai datang––dan peperangan epik untuk jiwa Amerika––dan dia berdiri di tengah-tengah semua itu.

“Gaiman memiliki tangan cekatan dengan mitologi-mitologi yang dia permainkan dalam buku ini.” ––New York Times Book Review

“Jika Anda menyukai Little, Big dari John Crowley, atau The Stand dari Stephen King atau fiksi urban horror karya Jonathan Carroll…maka American Gods datang tepat pada waktunya.” ––Washington Post

American Gods memenangkan penghargaan Hugo Award for Best SF/Fantasy Novel, Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novel.

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Review – Bonus Track


Title : Bonus Track
Author : Koshigaya Osamu
Translator : Andry Setiawan
Publisher : Penerbit Haru
Published : Oktober 2014
Page : 380 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5


Aku sendiri pun terkejut. Aku tidak pernah berpikir akan menjadi hantu dan bergentayangan.

Kusano Tetsuya bekerja di sebuah restoran hamburger besar di kotanya. Suatu malam, saat ia pulang kerja sambil mengendarai mobilnya, ia menjadi saksi tabrak lari. Sebuah mobil sport hitam melaju dengan kencang, meninggalkan seorang pemuda bertubuh kecil tergeletak di jalanan di tengah hujan.

Kusano mencoba untuk menolong pemuda itu, bahkan sampai memberikan napas buatan. Namun semua sudah terlambat. Semalam suntuk ia harus memberikan pernyataan di kantor polisi.

Gara-gara itu, Kusano demam tinggi dan bahkan berhalusinasi. Pemuda korban tabrak lari itu muncul di kamarnya, tidur-tiduran di atas sofanya, dan bahkan berbuat usil!

Tapi, apa itu benar-benar hanya halusinasi? Halusinasi itu sendiri sih mengaku kalau ia adalah hantu….

Kadang bonus track itu sendiri malah lebih baik dibandingkan dengan keseluruhan album.

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Review – Dorothy Must Die


Title : Dorothy Must Die (#1)
Author : Danielle Paige
Publisher : Harper
Published : April 2014
Page : 452 pages
My Rating : 4/5


I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I’ve been given a mission:

REMOVE
The Tin Woodman’s heart,

STEAL
The Scarecrow’s brain,

TAKE
The Lion’s courage,

And then—

DOROTHY MUST DIE.

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Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children(#1)

Title : Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children(#1)
Author : Ransom Riggs
Publisher : Quirk
Published : June 2011
Page : 352 pages
My Rating : 3/5


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Review – Ghost Knight

Title : Ghost Knight
Author : Cornelia Funke
Publisher : Little, Brown and Company
Published : May 2012 (US Edition)
Page : 342 pages
My Rating : 4/5


From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

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