Friday, May 29, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Catch and Release by Ella Fox

Read my review of Catch My Fall (it's in Bahasa/Indonesian, sorry :))

Is it too late for Darby and Trace to have their Happily Ever After?
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Love endures all things.

Darby McKenzie’s heart started beating funny the day that she met Trace Chamberlain. She was four, he was five, and that meeting altered the course of both their lives forever.

Trace was born into a nightmare. Before meeting Darby and her family, the only love he ever knew was that of his twin brother. The two of them endured years of abuse that left scars. The permanent kind.

For Trace, meeting Darby was like catching a rainbow. She exploded into his life in a pop of Technicolor that awakened his senses. She wasn’t just his best friend—she was his life. His touchstone, his safety, his heart—she was everything.

Darby had been through it all with Trace and her love for him never wavered for a second. But no amount of love could make Trace believe that he was worthy of her. Knowing that she deserved better, Trace pushed her away, when what he really wanted was to pull her closer. Emotionally destroyed and bitter from the back and forth, Darby finally let go and decided to move on.

Sometimes hitting rock bottom is the only way to understand that you need to change. Realizing that losing Darby means losing everything, Trace sets out to fight for the love of his life.

Is it too late for Darby and Trace to have a happily ever after?


“We can talk every day on the phone or by text and Skype, right?” he asked anxiously.

I knew if I said yes, he’d call every day.  Distance would be useless if I didn’t put my foot down.

“Once a week,” I told him.  “Pick a day and we’ll talk then. This is our time to redefine our relationship.”

“I don’t want anything to change,” he complained.  “I don’t want to see less of you or spend six fucking days a week not hearing your voice. Even thinking about doing it makes me feel sick.”

May's Opinion: Social Relation (+ Special Mini-Interview with Jay Crownover)

Perhaps you're wondering why the hell am I writing in english. From the title above, you probably have guessed. This month's theme is 'Social Reality', which means how relatable is a story with the fact or the reality. This one theme is a bit vast for me, because there are many social backgrounds within books.

Sometimes, when I'm reading a new book, there is always the question: is it true that THIS is really happening IRL? There are stories that just too good to be true, especially in many contemporary books. And particularly with the plot rich-guy-meets-the-unfortunate-girl (you know what I mean #glancingatthoseMr.Billionaires).

I'm thinking, some things in the book doesn't really relate to the reality. Yes, I know that sometimes what happens in books don't happen in real life. Of course, there are believable backgrounds that we could definitely relate. Like college life, working environment, etc. Even the socialite events, that definitely happens in real life. But still, the answer social reality in a book is depending on the readers themself.

I'm Indonesian, so of course what happens socially in US is waaaaay more different than in my own country. It's not really easy for me to relate the social backgrounds in my books with the real life in America. For example, I had a hard time believing Fifty Shades' realness. It's just too crazy to believe. Another is about hardcore stuff (and I'm talking about BDSM). I have no idea how relatable these books with the social conditions in reality.

Speaking of social conditions, today I'm talking about one social condition in particular. Criminal life, or at least a not-so-clean life. I've read a series that has been intriguing me since I've read the first book. Welcome to The Point. A series by the fabulous Jay Crownover. It's intriguing because the heroes are not your average good-guys. They're bad guys, with a hint of good. What's more interesting is that they are the top at the food chain of underground world.

Jay Crownover writes the stories in a place called The Point. No exact location about The Point, because Jay believes that every city has its own The Point, and so that The Point exists everywhere within the readers' life. The Point is a shady place, where criminals and underground business thrive, danger lurks everywhere, and where the bad guys definitely rules.

The first book, Better When He's Bad (View in Goodreads | Read my review) is one of my top favorites. Bax has done his time in prison, so yes, he's a badass. Not a total bad guy, but he's still way more different than the other heroes. Same goes with Race in Better When He's Bold (View in Goodreads | Read my review), he's the new top guy after the old one died. They both are rough, hardened with life, and sometimes jaded. I absolutely love this series, and because I still want to know if a place like The Point really exists, that the life in that kind of place is really that hard, I asked Jay about her The Point.

This is what she said when I asked her about her view of The Point,

"Yes it is true that every city has it's good parts and it's bad parts...some cities only have the bad parts. Wherever you live it seems to be that where the less economically blessed live tends to be the roughest, most dangerous part of town. Class systems exist in every city all across the world!"

I could definitely relate. In big cities, particularly, Indonesia have its own versions of The Point. And about how real is The Point and a real life version of The Point, she said...

"The Point is fictional and exaggerated. I mean there are places in America where crime is rampant and where the bad guys rule the streets but I don't think it happens in such an obvious and in your face way as it does in the Point. I was actually surprised how many readers emailed me after Bax's book and were like "I know those streets. I lived on them!""
And so I asked again about her own opinion about how relatable her books are with the reality.

"All of it relates. There is crime and danger all over the place. There are kids that don't have much of a shot because they were born into poverty. There are young men in jail because they have zero opportunity beyond crime. There is a flawed system for parentless kids. Everything is always a dash of reality mixed with fiction to make it palatable. I try not to shy away from the grit and the grime of it all...I think even those in the gutter do deserve to have a story told and to be able to shine a light with love on things."
What I want to know if there is any special reason why she writes this series,

I'm not an activist...or an expert. All I can do is write from my heart and put forth stories that speak to me and mean something to me. If a reader has an ah-ha moment while visiting the Point through my words all the better...but I do write ONLY fiction

What she said is actually making sense. Yes, there are unfortunate people out there, and their story deserve to be told. The last question I popped is about why she choose to write about The Point.

I write romance and in romance there is the allure of the typical bad boy. I hate typical and cliche. I decided if I as going to do a romance featuring bad boys then they were going to be really, really BAD. Almost to the point of being unlikable and not a hero in anyway. I wanted to push limits and honestly I wanted to write a series set in the ghetto, on the streets and I wanted to showcase a little of the class warfare that dominates American society.

And when I prode her about her reasons,

I'm not an activist...or an expert. All I can do is write from my heart and put forth stories that speak to me and mean something to me. If a reader has an ah-ha moment while visiting the Point through my words all the better...but I do write ONLY fiction

It's interesting, that she points out what she writes is fiction. But I can't deny, reading a book with questionable social conditions can bring out our curiousity. And sometimes we wonder, how real is it?

And so I conclude, that while social relation between books and reality could be the same (or convincingly real), books, especially novels and fiction books, are still FICTION. It's exciting, but still a fiction.

Special thanks to Jay Crownover, who kindly replied my emails.

Check out her Goodreads page
Jay Crownover

Review: Catch My Fall

Judul : Catch My Fall
Seri : Catch #1
Author : Ella Fox
ISBN : 9781301903290
Edisi : Ebooks (Oktober 2013)
Penerbit : Smashwords (Indie)
Tebal : 236 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : New Adult,Contemporary, Romance
Average Rating : 4.15 (per 29 Mei 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 24 April 2015
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Note : Review untuk New Author RC 2015: Ebook Lover, Lucky No. 15: Who Are You Again, Ebook RC, New To You: New Author

Catch My Fall:   
Mia Reeves faith, trust and sense of security were all taken away in the blink of an eye. In need of a fresh start, she settles into a new town and begins to make a new life.

Tristan Chamberlain has always kept girls at arm's length and he has no intention of changing. He’s caring, smart, handsome, but he’s also dealing with a lifetime of guilt that’s slowly but surely destroying him.

Sometimes what you run from is the one thing that will save you.

Separately, they’re both free-falling. Together, they’re about to find that love can create the strongest safety net of all.

"You saved me, Tristan Chamberlain. Because of YOU, I'm living again. I won't give you up, you stubborn ass!"
-Mia Reeves, Chapter 20

Catch My Fall merupakan salah satu buku hasil ngincip, karena aku sama sekali nggak memasukkan buku ini di daftar TBR. Tapi, berhubung dapat dari teman-teman PN dan lagi asyik nyari NA Romance, aku mencoba buku ini.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Review: Hunting Lila

Judul : Hunting Lila
Seri : Lila #2
Author : Sarah Alderson
ISBN : 0857071955 (ISBN13: 9780857071958)
Edisi : Paperback (Agustus 2011)
Penerbit : Simon & Schuster UK
Tebal : 318 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Young Adult, Supernatural/Paranormal, Romance, Science-Fiction
Average Rating : 4.01 (per 5 Meil 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 3 Mei 2015
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Note : Review untuk Lucky No. 15: Bargain All The Way, New Authors RC: What's in A Name, Proyek Baca Buku Cetak, New To You: New Author

Hunting Lila:   
17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

"I don't trust anything at the moment. But the one thing I am sure of, the one thing that I do trust..." he paused for a fraction of a second."is the way I feel about you."
-Alex Wakeman, Ch. 21

Seperti Easy, Hunting Lila sudah lama masuk daftar wishlist. Apalagi di tahun 2012 aku lagi gencar-gencarnya koleksi buku berbahasa Inggris. Sayangnya, Lila agak tersingkirkan karena sepanjang tahun 2013 dan 2014 aku fokus ke ConRom. Aku lupa sama buku ini sampai aku nemu di bagian bargain BD beberapa bulan lalu.


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