Selasa, 16 Agustus 2016

Recommendation: 4 Series in Fantasy-Fiction about Magic

Sekarang ini ada berbagai macam fiksi bergenre fantasi. Salah satunya yaitu yang melibatkan sihir, penyihir dan makhluk-makhluk sihir. Kalau diperhatikan, fantasi tentang sihir melibatkan mantra dan energi ajaib yang dapat melakukan sesuatu secara instan. Ada beberapa fiksi fantasi berseri yang berkaitan dengan sihir yang cukup terkenal, dan di sini aku akan berbagi tentang dunia sihir yang diceritakan di beberapa fiksi (dengan target teen). Walaupun sama-sama tentang sihir, kisah yang berbeda menceritakan tentang dunia sihir yang berbeda, tapi tetap menarik.

Tadinya postingan ini dibuat sekaligus untuk menutup proyek baca ulang seri Harry Potter di Sudut Buku Hani, tapi kayaknya bakal lama selesainya. Apalagi sekarang ada Harry Potter #8. Jadi, sekarang aja ya publish-nya. Hehehee... Nah, berikut adalah beberapa rekomendasi fantasi sihir yang pernah Hani baca, di antaranya:

Rabu, 10 Agustus 2016

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Judul: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4)
Penulis: Julia Quinn (2002)
E-book, Epub, English edition, 370 pages

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for... well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret... and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph.

But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!

And when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide... is she his biggest threat, or his promise of a happy ending?

Akhirnya sekarang giliran Colin yang diceritakan. Aku sudah menunggu-nunggu gilirannya, karena Colin yang tampan, lucu, dan nggak membosankan termasuk salah satu karakter favoritku. Dan ‘lawan main’nya? Uh, aku kaget banget waktu tahu kalau ‘lawan main’ Colin adalah Penelope Featherington! Penelope sudah banyak diceritakan di seri sebelumnya, dan aku suka karakternya. Ia sering di-bully di pesta para bangsawan karena dia tidak cantik, pendiam, dan agak gemuk. Tapi keluarga Bridgerton selalu menolongnya. Keluarga Bridgerton memang baik, tapi Penelope juga sangat baik dan berhati besar, jadi keluarga Bridgerton nggak keberatan menolongnya. Di cerita ini, ada yang lebih dari Penelope yang membuatku jadi makin menyukainya.

Minggu, 07 Agustus 2016

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Judul: An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons #3)
Penulis: Julia Quinn (2001)
E-book, Epub, English edition, 358 pages

Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

“You will stay right here, and you will keep smiling, because it breaks my heart to see any other expression on your face.”
---Benedict Bridgerton

Sophie Becket sudah tahu siapa dirinya, anak haram dari Earl of Penwood. Tapi sang Earl mengasuhnya dan memberikan pendidikan yang layak seperti seorang lady. Hal itu terus berlangsung walaupun sang Earl menikah lagi dengan seorang janda dengan dua anak yang seusia Sophie. Ketika sang Earl meninggal, hidup Sophie berubah total. Lady Penwood membuatnya jadi pelayan di rumahnya sendiri. Tapi suatu hari ia diberi kesempatan untuk bahagia oleh para pelayan rumah Penwood yang setia padanya. Ia menyelinap ke sebuah pesta topeng, dan ia merasa seperti dalam mimpi. Malam itu, ia bertemu dengan ‘Prince Charming’.

Kamis, 04 Agustus 2016

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Judul: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2)
Penulis: Julia Quinn (2000)
E-book, Epub, English edition, 354 pages

1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, this author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry.
And in truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...
—Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814

But this time, the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry—he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

“A man doesn’t die from a bee sting.”
---Anthony Bridgerton, Kate Sheffield

Itulah yang dipercaya Anthony Bridgerton waktu masih kecil. Tapi ketika ayahnya yang sangat dikagumi dan dibanggakannya meninggal muda disengat lebah, Anthony percaya kalau dia juga bakal seperti ayahnya, mati muda. Karena ayahnya meninggal sewaktu Anthony masih 18 tahun, ia sudah menjadi Viscount sejak saat itu. Setelah Daphne menikah, Anthony merasa sudah tiba saatnya untuk menikah juga, mengingat umurnya yang dipikirnya pendek. Calon istrinya nggak usah muluk-muluk, yang penting sabar dan cukup pintar, dan setelah dia punya keturunan untuk meneruskan gelarnya, tugasnya selesai. Dipilihlah Edwina Sheffield sebagai kandidat yang sesuai.

Senin, 01 Agustus 2016

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Judul: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)
Penulis: Julia Quinn (2000)
E-book, Epub, English edition, 384 pages

Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

Grup Whatsapp BBI Joglosemar ramai banget bahas seri ini, sampai pada baca bareng pula. Awalnya aku nggak terlalu antusias karena genrenya bukan tipeku. Tapi kalau dibahas terus sampai typo di mana-mana, siapa yang nggak penasaran coba? Akhirnya aku kalah dengan rasa penasaranku dan mencoba baca hisrom ini. Siapa tahu reading slump-ku malah sembuh, ya kan?

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