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review 2016-10-10 22:13
Revenge of the Witch: Witches
The Spook's Apprentice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #1) - Joseph Delaney

Yes, another re-read. I started this series based off a recommendation made to me by my roommate. I loved the first book and continued on with the series until Attack of the Fiend. My roommates favorite character was Tom, but the reason I continued on with the series is Alice and Old Gregory. Tom is your typical male protagonist, everything just works out for him, he's really quite boring. Alice and Old Gregory, however, are much more interesting.

Alice has been raised by malevolent witches; she's surrounded by people who either despise her or are afraid of her. She 'saves' Tom and requests in return that Tom do one favor for her. Tom does the typical protagonist thing and agrees to this without question or setting any limits. This works out just as you'd expect it to. But, what I like about Alice so much is that knowing that Tom is apprenticed to the Spook, knowing what will most likely be her fate when it gets back to the Spook what she did, she still saves Tom.

 

Which leads me into the reason that I like Old Gregory so much; he doesn't take the easy way out. There are only two ways to stop a witch for good:

“The first is to burn her. But nobody should have to suffer pain like
that. The other way is too horrible even to think about.
It’s a method few have heard about because it was
practiced long ago, in a land far away over the sea.
According to their ancient books, if you eat the heart of
a witch, she can never return. And you have to eat it
raw.


“If we practice either method, we’re no better than the
witch we kill,” said the Spook. “Both are barbaric. The
only alternative left is the pit. That’s cruel as well, but
we do it to protect the innocents ..."

I probably shouldn't like him so much for doing what any decent human would do, but I do. Old Gregory spends a lot of time and effort to keep the witches he's captured contained, so he won't have to subject them to such a horrible death. I also liked how he left Alice's fate up to Tom. Instead of telling him how to handle her, he let Tom decide what kind of person he was going to be.

 

I will say though that the ending was a little too neatly wrapped up. The ending meant that neither Tom, Alice or Old Gregory had to put any thought into what to do with Mother Malkin now that she has become much more powerful.

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review 2016-02-05 00:00
Spook's: Alice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #12)
Spook's: Alice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #12) - Joseph Delaney Make no mistakes, this Alice is not exactly the one from Disney:
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This one is much closer to that of the series:
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The way things were left in the last book which had anything to do with the main plot (previous one was not related to it), Alice was supposed to go into a very nasty place to get an artifact for Tom and his master Spook. Alice was the only one who could do it, so she went. This book is about her adventures in the realm where demons and old gods live. This is also the place where very bad people go after they die.

Oh, how the mighty has fallen! The series with very strong beginning and equally strong middle part lost steam by the end with at least three books being unnecessary filler. This one is such. The actual story is not too long, but it contains two big flashbacks - combined they take about half of the book - with the only purpose to introduce new monsters that gets promptly dispatched of as soon as flashbacks are over.

Speaking about monsters - have you noticed I mentioned afterlife of bad people? Yes, Alice gets to meet every single villain from the previous installments which was killed. This is a clever way to recycle bad guys, but it looks a little cheap.

To add insult to the injury in the end it turned out Alice risked her life and soul for nothing. Sorry if it looks kinda spoiler-ish. This is the second book in the series which gets two stars from me.

Two stars or not, the strength of the first eight books makes me want to finish the series. Last book, here I go. I doubt if I want to read a sequel series about the adult Tom though.
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url 2014-06-14 19:04
15 Book-to-Film Adaptations Coming in 2015

Get a sneak peek at some of the most highly anticipated book adaptations coming to movie theaters next year.

 

Been waiting for Seventh Son for a while now. They were at Comic-Con last year promoting it. Which is rather worrisome, if they keep putting it off so much. Then again, I'm still waiting for that adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns to make it to theatres or DVD, sighs.

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text 2013-09-10 08:23
7 Books that you should read before the Movie comes out.

If you have read the books before the books was adapting to film, you (almost) always realise that movie is always dissapointing you.
You have too many expectations, you hope that everything you have read in the book will be on the movie. But it never happens.

And if you watch movie first, you like the movie with all your heart and you decide to read the book, but when you read the book you realise that book is totally different than the movie, and You are dissapointed again.

So to prevent that this happens and  that you won't get dissapointed with the book after watch the movie first because it is totally different, I recommend you to read these 7 books before that you will find them in the cinema really soon.

 

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 'It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

There was once a world where the nights were long and Death had his own story. Once upon a time a thief who stole books and gave words.
In the village lived a girl who wanted to read, a man playing the accordion and a young Jew writing beautiful stories to escape the horror of war. After a time, the girl became a thief who stole books and gave words. And with these words he wrote a beautiful story and cruel.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time'  

 'The book thief' t will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013.

Watch the trailer if you want: here (Read the book before watch the movie :D)

  

 

  2. Fifty shades of Grey by E.L.James

Christian, Chritian, Christian... Who has not read the book yet? You can read my post about the choose of the protagonist: Here.

 

'When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.' 

You have time for read it! We don't know when the movie will be on theaters.

 

 

  3. Catching Fire  by Suzanne Collins

 

 HUNGER GAMES! If you have read the first book, I am sure you have read the second, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, but If you haven't read the first book, start for it! Second book takes us again to the katniss's life, the war between the bad or good and of course, love.

 

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

 

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

TRAILERSSS: here

 

 

  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth.

 In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

 Trailer: here

 

 

  5. The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Dhaney

  

"I was going to learn how to protect farms and villages from things that go bump in the night. Dealing with ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties would be all in a day's work. That's what the Spook did, and I was going to be his apprentice." Twelve-year-old Thomas Ward, as the seventh son of a seventh son, has no inheritance and is bored with farm work, and even though his new job will mean the superstitious villagers will forever shun him, he is eager to go off to adventure with the tall, hooded man he calls the Spook. His mother, a magical person herself, approves, and the Spook's teaching is strict but kind. But when Tom has only learned enough to be able to control their house-boggart, he is tricked by Alice, the young daughter of a witch family, into inadvertently releasing and then killing Mother Malkin, a witch the Spook has imprisoned in a pit. This is no polite wicca-type witch, but a snuffling, slime-trailing, cannibalistic creature reminiscent of Tolkien's nasgils. The story of Tom's escape from the reincarnated witch's hideous revenge is full of horrible details, as Alice helps, and then once again betrays him. This well-crafted novel marks an auspicious start for an exciting and fast series for young teens.

 

 

  6. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE by Laini Taylor.

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

Fan trailer

 

 

  7. Fallen by Lauren Kate

 

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

 

 I hope you enjoy reading this books! They are amazing, be quickly before the movie comes out! :D

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review 2013-07-21 00:00
The Spook's Apprentice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)
The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney,Hardi Liman Saputra Makasih banyak buat bu dokter AS Dewi yang bersedia meminjamkan semua buku Spooknya padaku <3. BTW, buku ini juga yang pertama aku baca dari semua bukumu yang aku pinjem *dijitak*<br/>
3,5 bintang

Baca The Spook's Apprentice laksana minum air kelapa setelah menahan lapar di bulan puasa, menyejukkan jiwa yang lagi bete abis baca Mahogany Hills yang bikin gregetan #hammer. Pertamanya sih, baca ini karena mau difilmkan dengan judul The Seventh Son. Dimana Tom Ward yang masih 13 tahun, diperanin sama Ben Barnes...

Hapah??? Ben Barnes yang sudah 30an itu meranin cowok umur 13 tahun? Apa kata duniaaa? o__O

Tapi, mengingat bang Ben yang satu ini sukses meranin Prince Caspian yang umurnya 17 tahun dan dianya juga awet muda pisan, maka marilah kita wait and see untuk film The Seventh Son. Lagipula, setelah melihat trailernya, sepertinya film itu hanya terinspirasi saja. Contohnya sih, Mother Malkin yang diperankan sama Julianne Moore yang cantik buanget, nget, nget. Padahal di buku ini penampakan Mother Malkin tuh bikin merinding ma mau muntah. Apalagi pas dia dalam keadaan wick. Belum lagi ada si Antje Traue. Yang g tahu dia siapa, ini yang jadi Faora yang gebukin si Cavill di MoS itu loh (bukan Masa Orientasi Siswa :)) ). Kemungkinan Antje ini bakal jadi Mam, ibunya Tom yang misterius atau jadi Bony Lizzie, emaknya Alice. Melihat Mother Malkin jadi cantik gitu, I bet she will become Bony Lizzie

Nah, kalau udah lihat trailernya lagi, jelas g akan mirip ma The Spook Apprentice. Kemungkinan Seventh Son seolah ingin menantang Hansel and Gretel : The Witch Hunter, karena hampir mirip. Kalau bicaranya tentang bukunya, aku suka. Dark fantasy yang bener - bener horor. Terutama bagian tes pertamanya Tom Ward. Mana baca ini si hubby lagi g di rumah, dan asli parno kalau menyangkut hantu XD. Di sini juga pertama kalinya tahu istilah ghast, ghost dan boggart. Cuma boggartnya sih ga nakutin. So far.

Dari segi karakter, sukaaa banget sama Mam. Kalau Spook sih tipikal orang tua udah lewat jamannya. Tom sih, yah masih 13 tahun, wajar banyak salah. Si Alice, hmm wait and see, bisa jadi tokoh nyebelin dia kedepannya atau malah jadi tokoh favorit.

Dan, ini dia penampakan Tom ma Spook di The Seventh Son

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Ben Barnes as Tom Ward. Ganteng, ganteng, ganteng <3<br/>
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Kit Harrington as Billy, murid Spook sebelum Tom. Nah Billy aja disini juga ganteng #hammer

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Yang jadi Alice

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Spook

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Mother Malkin

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Antje Traue, entah jadi siapa

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*kok malah bahas filmnya sih X)*
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