Saturday, 19 December 2020

Code Name Cobra by Sara Aisha

December 19, 2020 12 Comments
 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! Happy weekend semuanya ! Anyway, here is another draft posted ! Hm, aku rasa ada dalam tiga ke empat buah novel hasil garapan Sara Aisha yang akan aku post bulan ni soooo, hah terimala.



Tajuk : Code Name Cobra
Penulis : Sara Aisha
Mukasurat :705 pages
Penerbit : SA Publication
Terbitan : Julai 2020
ISBN : 9789671771402
Related : Code Name Shark
Blurb :

2019, RED OPERATION
Objektif: Jatuhkan ketua paling tinggi dalam jaringan kumpulan kongsi gelap The Sun Society 
Misi: Menyeludup masuk ke dalam kumpulan Red Sun
Sasaran: Athena Li

"Athena? As in... the Greek goddess?"
"Lebih tepat lagi, the goddess of war."

Bagi Kai, dia tidak peduli. Sama ada wanita itu ialah dewi peperangan atau pun tidak. Yang pasti dia ialah Cobra. Salah seorang hacker terbaik di Malaysia, merangkap salah seorang ejen terbaik dalam organisasi rahsia, The Shadow. Dia akan menyeludup masuk macam ular, dan akan keluar macam ular. Tiada siapa yang tahu, kecuali bila mereka mati terkena bisanya.

Namun...

Berdepan dengan seorang Athena Li, bukanlah semudah yang dia jangka. Wanita itu benar-benar cocok dengan namanya. Dingin, keras, bijak, manipulatif dan... kejam.

"Huh, berlagak malaikat!"
"Malaikat? Tak. Kenapa aku nak jadi malaikat, kalau aku booleh jadi syaitan?"

Tidak cukup dengan itu, Athena membuat sesuatu. Tidak terjangkau dek akalnya. Tidak terduga oleh The Shadow. Misi mereka dalam bahaya. Lebih-lebih lagi, bila Athena menjatuhkan bom paling besar.

"Nice to meet you, I am..."

Sekarang, apa yang akan berlaku? Bila Kai bukan setakat perlu menjayakan misinya, tetapi juga perlu berdepan dengan Athena. Lagi haru, bila dia mula menyedari... bahawa sesungguhnya, dia sudah jatuh cinta pada wanita berbahaya itu.

Here we are, back with Sara Aisha's new series (aku rasa this is her first series sebab novel lain boleh baca stand alone), 'The Shadow'. Okay, pertama-tama, ucapan tahniah aku ucapkan kepada Sara Aisha sebab dah ada her own publication company! Yeay to you !! At first, aku taknak beli sebab it is series and aku tak berapa minat nak menunggu for the next book. But then aku punya niece beli and dia suruh aku baca. Well, orang dah bagi pinjam takkan aku nak tolak kot.

Aku rasa dalam sebulan lepas aku banyak baca karya SA, so aku perasan cara penulisan dia and dia punya style and that kind of weird sebab selama aku membaca aku tak pernah perasan benda ni. So yeah, this novel feels like typical SA. Typical yang macam mana? Typical dari segi writing style je. Plot penceritaan, flow, pace memang dynamic, kalau tak bosan la pembaca kalau sama je kan,.

Permulaan cerita je dah buat aku berdebar-debar, mana tidaknya Kai tiba-tiba pulak kena kejar dengan geng kongsi gelap. Tanjat gegirl. It is very interesting and berjaya buatkan aku fokus. Macam selalu, novel thriller SA memang macam movie. Berdebar-debar kita dibuatnya. Lagi-lagi masa The Shadow confront cho kun The Sun Society. 

At first aku rasa macam novel ni semuanya predictable and the only obstacle was cabaran The Shadow untuk tumpaskan The Sun Society je. But girl, how wrong can I be? That plot twist shocked me to the core! Rupanya ada rahsia disebalik seorang Athena and that secret almost buat aku berhenti baca. Haih, nasib baikla Athena punya character ni admirable.

Untuk pertama kalinya, aku baca novel thriller SA dalam pace yang sangat perlahan. Aku ambil masa seminggu untuk habiskan novel ni despite the great plot, flow and writing. Mungkin sebab aku baca masa mood aku ke bawah so aku tak berapa nak excited. And satu lagi aku rasa sayang nak habiskan bacaan. Maklumlah, aku tak sure bila lagi aku dapat baca physical novel hahaha. Nak tunggu beli sendiri hmmmmm.

Oh ya, watak Kai ni tak macam Ryu mahupun Alex, yang most of the time serious, itu Wolf. Dia ni macam hm in between sikit. Ada masa dia serious nak mampus and ada masa dia punya playful tu aku pun dok tersengih. Oh, another fact, aku suka cara SA tukar ganti nama antara Kai dengan Cobra based on situation. Interesting play. 

And now aku excited for the next The Shadow agent !

p/s: for few number of scene of Wolf, kenapa aku rasa dia ada aura Han Tae Woong (Jo Dong Hyuk) from Rugal ? 

-thes

Sunday, 6 December 2020

Aku Lelakimu by Sara Aisha

December 06, 2020 5 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! Happy weekend semuanya~ Here is another #bookreview to spice up your day. Actually aku dah baca novel ni dua bulan lepas, kot and aku dah siap tulis review lama jugak la tapi entah kenapa aku dok peram lama dalam blog ni.


Tajuk : Aku Lelakimu
Penulis : Sara Aisha
Mukasurat : 743 pages
Penerbit : Karyaseni
Terbitan : September 2017
ISBN : 9789674690625
Blurb : 

"I'm the only PhD in serial murder." - Ted Bunny
"You could smell the blood." - Richard Ramirez

Membaca pengakuan daripada pembunuh bersiri terkenal dunia sudah cukup menggerunkan. Tetapi bagaimana kalau anda yang menjadi sasaran?

Bekerja sebagai seorang wartawan jenayah membuatkan Tihani Rose sudah terlalu lali dengan mayat dan pembunuhan. Namun satu panggilan pada malam itu, mengubah segala-galanya.

"Tihani Rose... Suara kau memang manis."

Dia diselamatkan oleh seorang lelaki yang langsung tidak dijangka-jangka. Lelaki yang pernah menghentak jantungnya dengan pengakuan...

"I am obsessed with serial killers."

Kemunculan Alexander Aryan bukan sekadar itu. Datangnya membawa memori silam dua belas tahun lalu. Katanya, mahu menjaga dan melindungi. Tetapi, benarkah dia sekadar seorang pelindung?

"Izinkan I ambil mood musim luruh ni, izinkan I guna keberanian yang tiba-tiba muncul ni, untuk luahkan apa yang ada dalam hati I." - Tihani Rose

"Tia, don't do this. You're hurting yourself." - Alexander Aryan

Bila seorang demi seorang remaja perempuan dibunuh, Tihani akhirnya mengetahui kebenarannya. Mereka semua dijadikan bahan latihan sebelum White Killer mendapatkan dia.

"You shall be my masterpiece, Tihani Rose." - White Killer

Tetapi White Killer tersilap besar. Tihani Rose tidak akan semudah itu menyerah. Untuk setiap titis air mata yang mengalir, untuk setiap titis darah yang menitik dan setiap penderitaan yang dia tanggung, Tihani akan melawan semula.

"Kau nakkan nyawa aku? Baik. Bring it on. Malam ini, hanya akan ada salah seorang daripada kita yang selamat." - Tihani Rose

Cabaran akhirnya dilempar. Mereka sudah sama-sama jadi gila. Dan Alex semakin terdesak! Mampukah dia jadi sang penyelamat? Atau dia perlu membebaskan kegilaannya sendiri? Kerana sesungguhnya, dia juga bukan manusia biasa.
Okay, this is another  movie-like novel from Sara Aisha. From the very start lagi dah rasa very suspense. A great way to start your novel, naikkan perasaan tertanya-tanya pembaca. Ugh, memang susah aku nak berenggang dengan novel ni. Bila aku teruskan baca, eh tiba-tiba time frame and situation dah berubah. Ish memang geram la kan pertanyaan kita tadi tak terjawab. Haih. Macam-macam teori aku keluarkan sambil-sambil aku baca tu. Alex dengan Tihani kenal satu sama lain lah, Rafael pernah kena reject dengan Tihani lah, Alex sebenarnya kenal rapat dengan Eireen lah, and macam-macam lagi. Tapi semuanya mengarut belaka.

Lagi jadi tanda tanya bila Alex kata dia kenal Tihani berbelas tahun lamanya sedangkan Alex ni seorang penulis cerita jenayah betul and Tihani pulak wartawan jenayah. Path diorang pun macam tak pernah cross sebab sorang duduk New York sorang kat Malaysia. Nasib baiklah soalan aku terjawab dalam masa yang agak singkat. Yang menjadi persoalannya is why White Killer nakkan Tihani. Kenapa mesti Tihani sedangkan mangsa-mangsa dia semuanya umur 17 tahun. 

Penulis menggunakan topic yang sangat interesting iaitu sociopath, serial murders and also one other medical conditioned yang Alex ada. Bagi aku, serial murders ni satu topic yang menarik tapi aku taklah obsess sampaikan pergi kaji every serial killers out there. Aku memang minat tengok drama criminal (mostly Korean) dan mostly mesti ada kisah pembunuh bersiri ni. Sociopath pulak is one of the antisocial personality disorder. White Killer ada penyakit ni and walaupun penulis tak beri penekanan sangat pada penyakit ni there still is the situation yang menampakkan dia seorang sociopath. 

Alex punya conditioned mengingatkan aku pada drama Korea Selatan bertajuk 'He Is Psychometric' dimana salah satu watak (Kang Sung Moo) ada conditioned yang similar to his, but not. Aku tersilap sebab Alex still ada rasa empati, sayang, bersalah dia cuma tak boleh rasa takut, tu je. Kang Sung Moo memang tak faham dan tak tahu semua perasaan. Keadaan Alex ni dipanggil Urbach-Wiethe disease and Kang Sung Moo ni menghidap Alexithymia (erm ada Alex pulak kat situ) disease.

Pace pembacaan aku memang boleh kata laju jugak la sebab separuh hari dah habis separuh novel. Mungkin sebab plotting penulis yang sememangnya cun ditambah pulak dengan perasaan suspen, juga persoalan yang berbangkit tentang kisah silam Tihani, tentang Alex, tentang Rafael dan juga White Killer. Memang susah untuk aku slow kan pembacaan bila theme yang penulis gunakan memang menarik minat aku.

Bagi aku novel ni penuh dengan info menarik tentang pelbagai topik. Memang banyak research yang penulis buat before tulis novel ni and usaha tu tak sia-sia. Novel ni memang tip top and best gileeeer! Cuma itulah, pengakhiran seorang White Killer buat aku rasa geram sikit. Tapi kalau berlaku dalam alternatif lain, big possibility novel ni jadi lagi panjang.



-thes

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

LET'S WIN HP LAPTOPS !

November 25, 2020 12 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! It's been so long since my last entry. Anyway, I found this giveaway from Twitter and I decide to share it here ! Let's join this giveaway from #Jancocadropship with easy step !



To join, please click on the picture above, and fill in the necessary information! I need to get my entries more than 3 (currently I have two entries only) to be eligible for the random draw.

Please help me, I really need new laptop as my current one is in bad condition (battery has not working since so long, system are too old that I have to format every time I turn it on). To buy a new one would take me long time because of my financial situation and all, so this is one of the alternative that I should try. I really really hope to be chosen.


This giveaway ended on 30 Nov 2020

With love,
-thes


Saturday, 14 November 2020

Kerana Mahalnya Syurga by Imi Hafimi

November 14, 2020 10 Comments
 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! Happy weekend semua nya... Sempat jugak la edit post ni dalam kesibukan. Rasanya ni novel review yang terakhir daripada penulis selain Sara Aisha. Sekarang memang novel SA je yang belum sempat nak habis edit so terkandas dekat draft lagi... Anyway, here it is!


Tajuk : Kerana Mahalnya Syurga
Penulis : Imi Hafimi
Mukasurat : 750 pages
Penerbit : Penulisan Enterprise
Terbitan : September 2013
ISBN : 9789670567143
Blurb :

"Sebagaimana kau hasut abang aku untuk tukar agamanya, kau seksa mak aku sampai mak aku gila dan mati dalam keadaan yang paling mengerikan, dan sebagaimana kau menjadi punca ayah aku sakit tenat sampai ayah aku mati, kau kena ingat semua tu, Umi Zafwa! Kau kena sedar betapa dalamnya dendam aku kepada kau dan apa sahaja yang berkaitan dengan kau!"

Dendam itu. Kerana dendamnya kepada Umi Zafwa, dia merancang untuk membiarkan Umi Zafwa turut terluka. Umi Zafwa perlu disakiti dan caranya, Umi Zafwa perlu menjadi miliknya dahulu!

Umi Zafwa. Tiada seorang wanita pun yang menginginkan perkahwinan sepertinya. Perkahwinan yang hanya membuka kepada jalan penderitaan. Namun, racun yang diberi Alex, madu yang dibalasnya. Benci yang diberi, kasih yang dibalasnya.

Bukan Alex tidak pilu, bukan Alex tidak terjentik lewat pengorbanan Umi Zafwa. bahkan bergenang air matanya melihat ketenangan Umi Zafwa yang sentiasa tabah meski dilukai.

Lantas, semakin Alex terasa mula sayang, semakin keras dia menyakiti Umi Zafwa. Kemesraan di hadapan Katherina, kekasihnya sentiasa ditunjuk-tunjuk. Umi Zafwa hanya mampu memendam rasa.

Hinggalah saat apabila Umi Zafwa tegar menggantikan tempat Alex di tali gantung... Di situlah dirasakan mahalnya syurga... Dapatkah kesucian pengorbanan itu meleraikan sebuah dendam? Kerana dendam mereka bertemu, adakah kerana dendam juga mereka mampu bersatu?

"Tak ada pemandangan yang paling cantik, yang paling indah buat seorang suami selain wajah isterinya..." - ALEX

"Boleh tak kalau saya nak pulangkan semula pemandangan paling indah itu sekarang juga?" - UMI ZAFWA

"Tak ada apa-apa pun yang awak perlu pulangkan kepada saya. Awak tak ada apa-apa hutang pun kepada saya..." - ALEX
Okay, novel ni published back in 2013... Satu tempoh yang sangat lama and tahun 2013 ni aku punya minat baca suam-suam kuku aje... Anyway, back to our topic, bagi aku konsep novel ni, hmm, klise sebab hero dia cuma kahwin dengan heroin sebab dendam. Something like, hate turned love. Tapi, plotting dia okay and quite menarik. Alex berdendam sebab dia hilang keluarga dia lepas abang dia, Raymond peluk Islam. So, dia marah dengan Umi Zafwa, perempuan yang berjaya mengubah hidup Raymond.

Cumanya, ada few (should I say all?) minus point yang buat aku rasa malas nak baca novel ni. First, relationship Alex dengan Umi Zafwa ni toxic sangat. Second, watak Umi Zafwa ni terlalu naif sampaikan dia boleh terima Alex as her husband sedangkan dia tahu Alex berdendam dengan dia. Third, Alex's drastic change. Oh, yang ni aku confused sekejap. Lepas bertahun-tahun dia seksa jiwa raga Umi Zafwa, sekali dia tengok Umi berhujan tunggu dia buka pintu dia terus rasa bersalah and nak berubah? Okay, memang  dia ada perasaan bersalah masa seksa Umi tapi turning point untuk dia berubah tu agak mengecewakan. And last, oh this is the most disappointing point. nilai Islamik yang diharapkan dalam novel ni tak ditonjolkan, jadi sekadar penyedap rasa.

Watak Umi Zafwa ni memang aku tak gemar. Tak salah nak jadi baik tapi jangan sampai orang gunakan kita. Tak salah nak husnudzon tapi jangan sampai mendera diri sendiri. Haih, berapa kali dia terima Alex sedangkan Alex yang cabul maruah dia, seksa dia macam binatang, gunakan dia untuk kepentingan sendiri. Allahu, sepanjang baca novel ni memang aku geram dengan Umi ni. Sampaikan dia sanggup masuk penjara, menggantikan Alex dan mengharapkan Alex jaga anak dia? Lagi buat aku geram. Dia takde assurance pun yang Alex akan jaga and tunaikan janji untuk rawat anak dia. Padahal waktu dia pregnant pun Alex sanggup halau dia keluar dari rumah and harap anak dia mati, apatah lagi bila dia takde. Aku takkan sanggup tinggalkan anak aku dengan orang yang macam tu. Maybe aku tak sebaik Umi. Watak Umi ni bagi aku adalah selemah-lemah perempuan. Sikit pun takde penulis ketengahkan Umi untuk melawan Alex demi diri sendiri. 

Alex punya perubahan lepas Umi Zafwa keluar penjara pun disappointing. Aku ingatkan lepas Umi bebas (big question mark jugak macam mana dia boleh bebas) dia memang dah sedar salah dia but noooo he still abused her. Turning point Alex memang aku tak faham. Sesenang Umi berhujan dia berubah? Terus ubah panggilan, kelakuan semua ? I mean, kalau dah habit bertahun beraku-kau takkan semudah itu bertukar abang-Umi? Sepanjang hidup tak pernah terima Allah sebagai tuhan yang satu bahkan menghina agama Islam, tiba-tiba terus sebut nama-Nya? Bukan aku meragui orang yang nak berubah tapi bukan dengan cara yang drastik macam Alex ni. Adeh, kiciwa kita.

Nilai Islam yang ditunjukkan hanya pada permulaan novel dimana Raymond jumpa cahaya Islam masa dengar Umi mengaji. Ujian yang dia kena hadap lepas peluk Islam, but that's it. Yang aku geram, even after tahu ayah dia sakit, Raymond ni boleh hijrah ke Indonesia untuk belajar Islam. Bukankah berbakti kepada ibubapa itu lebih diterapkan dalam Islam? Memang tak salah dia nak mendalami Islam tapi hm di Malaysia pun banyak kelas-kelas agama. Oh, disappointing sungguh. Paling kecewa bila penulis tekankan ketaatan Umi kepada Alex. Taat Umi membinasakan diri. Aku sangat sangat tak setuju.

Belum cerita bab Umi masuk penjara ganti Alex. Macam manalah pihak polis boleh terima Umi punya pengakuan sahaja tanpa bukti, sedangkan Alex dibebaskan sebab CCTV (bukti) and Umi dipenjarakan semata-mata pengakuan? Aku tak rasa undang-undang Malaysia ni semudah itu. Lagi menjadi tanda tanya bila Umi dibebaskan. How? Okay, aku faham kalau nak kata Allah bantu orang yang teraniaya tapi dengan cara apa? Sedangkan pembunuh sebenar pun ditahan lepas setahun (ke dua) Umi dibebaskan. Nampak... Tak logik. Tambah pulak dengan watak on, off yang kejap ada pastu hilang. Contohnya, Jason (kawan baik Umi), Raymond (dah jadi punca masalah lepas tu what menghilang?), mak ayah Umi (entah hidup lagi ke tidak lepas Umi ajak pindah masuk rumah Alex).

And lastly (last la sebab banyak sangat dah aku taip ni), penulisan novel ni okay, cuma aku tak selesa sebab penulis punya pengolahan ayat a bit dramatic ? And dalam satu perenggan tu panjang sangat sampaikan aku malas nak baca semua. Kalau sekali selak novel ni memang dalam satu page tu ada around four to five perenggan aje. Sakit mata wehhh. Definitely not my cup of tea.

p/s: aku taklah Islamic mana, banyak juga dosa, kesalahan yang aku buat dan sebab itulah aku membaca, explore apa yang aku tak tahu. andai kata aku tersalah informasi/tanggapan/pemikiran dalam reviu ni, please do inform me so that i can improve myself.

-thes

Friday, 6 November 2020

365 : Repeat The Year

November 06, 2020 22 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! It's been a hectic week for me. I was able to squeeze in to edit and schedule this review and I think my weekly k-drama review will be hold off for now. I need to do a lot catching up for studies so yeah.



Title : 365 : Repeat The Year / 365 : One Year Against Destiny
Episodes : 24 episodes (35 minutes per episode)
Genre : Fantasy, Crime, Mystery
Director : Kim Kyung Hee
Writer : Kurumi Inui,Lee Seo Yoon, Lee Soo Kyung
Network : MBC
Cast : Lee Joon Hyuk, Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Ji Soo
Plot : 

Ji Hyung Joo is a detective. One day, he lost his senior partner when one of the ex-convict killed him. After that day, he spent his day in sorrow and regret. One day, he receives a called from a stranger saying that there will be a train accident the next day. The next day, after confirming that the news was true, she called him back and invite him to Zian Clinic on the next weekend to answer his question. When the day came, ten other people was gathered in a room. They then learnt from Lee Shin, the woman who called them, that they could repeat the year and enjoy their lives again. After the process called reset, Ji Hyung Joo found out that one by one people from the reset died. He then works together with Shin Ga Hyun, a webtoon artist that he admired to uncover the mystery.

This drama is an adaptation to a 2004 Japanese novel by Kurumi Inui entitled 'Repeat'. There was also a Japanese drama based on the same novel released in 2018. The title was 'Wheel Of Fortune'.

SPOILER ALERT

First off, this drama had a crazy plot twist and I freaking love it! As per synopsis, Ji Hyun Joo lost his partner, Park Sun Ho and became lifeless ever since. He then discovered that he could go back a year and decided to save him. After that, he became acquaintance with Shin Ga Hyun, a webtoon artist. They became close after Hyung Joo told her that he is his fan, they became close. After the death of Seo Yoon Soo, one of the people who went through reset, Ga Hyun became the prime suspect because of the CCTV recording of them arguing. Hyun Joo was the detective in charge. When her charges was cleared, they begun to investigate the mystery behind the death of the resetters (people who repeat their year).

There was so much mystery to this drama and it honestly frustrated me so much. I enjoy the mystery behind the death of the resetters because they all died differently and there was no sign of killing. After watching so much crime dramas I think this is the first time I watched clueless of the death. It really had no sign of serial killer, at all. I only realized that it was serial killing when one important item of the victim was missing and there was one scene where one mysterious man went out of a room filled with display case and few of them contain the missing item. I'm blown. 

Another thing is, Lee Shin. She was so mysterious and everything that she said to the resetters after the reset wasn't the whole truth. There will always be part of it were lies. And that honestly, messed up my mind to the point that I refused to guess her deal. The farther the story goes, the more mysterious it became. And then she keep talking on the phone to some professor, which was only revealed at the end of the drama. 

Even tho it was filled with mysteries, there were also some humorous scene that keep me entertained. It was good to have a laugh once in awhile. Another thing that I love was the romance between Hyung Joo and Ga Hyun. Their chemistry was so boom!  Even though they never confess or act on their feelings but it was evident that they were into one another. Oh, young loveeee. 

The actors was so great especially both main actors, Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Hyung Joo. Their chemistry, as I was was really great and I really hope to see them together in another work. Kim Ji Soo (who portray Lee Shin) was also a great actor! She really seems like a crazy woman who enjoy people's suffering. I love her expression, she really did study her character well. Especially when she faked surprise or concern, I could tell that she was faking it and she did them to piss the person she spoke to. 

The ending, despite it was a  happy ending, I kind of feel bitter of it. The reason simply because Hyung Joo had to go through reset again and this time to save Ga Hyun. Aghhhh, why can't she saty alive on the last reset. Somehow, it kills my mood. But then, it was for the best because Hyung Joo was able to apprehended the killer before he begun his killing. He also able to apprehend 'the professor' behind Lee Shin. The minus point was when Ga Hyun doesn't remember the time they spent together and they had to go back to the beginning despite him remember her. Ahhhh, my heart really! 

For more k-drama reviews, please visit 'K-drama review' on the menu tab !

-thes

Saturday, 31 October 2020

When Sun Meets Moon

October 31, 2020 19 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Happy weekend~ Here is another review for you and this time it is a Hong Kong movie!





Title : When Sun Meets Moon
Runtime : 95 minutes
Genre : Youth, Romance
Country / Language : Hong Kong / Cantonese
Released year : 2018
Director : Benny Lau
Writer : Benny Lau, Pui Yin Wong
Cast : Daichi Harashima, Kathy Yuen
Plot : 

A heavy rainstorm in 1992 has caused a massive power outage in Hong Kong. During the night, two teenagers sneaked out of their house and went stargazing. Moon(Kathy Yuen) and Sun(Daichi Harashima) soon became familiar with each other and slowly fall in love. Sun was sent to a boarding school for a year before he leave to America, just like his father's plan. Just like the moon and the sun, they hardly see one another especially when Moon's mother was against their relationship. Time passed and it was time for Sun to move.
SPOILER ALERT

A light binge watch for the weekend. It's been so long since I last watch a youth movie and this really had me hooked. The overall plot can be seen as two teenagers trying to work on their relationship despite their parents oppositions. 

I really love their cute little communication when Sun was sent to the boarding school. With only weekend for his free time, they can't see each other like always, especially when the school was a little far from their tiny town. At first, they didn't have a form of communication but when Moon went to the school to see him, they begin to wrote letters to each other, even though it is against the school rule. I love how Moon had Uncle Ming (a bookstore owner where Moon works at) to cover for her and Sun had his homeroom teacher and also the garderner, Ghost to help him.

Another challenge to them was when it comes to Sun's move to America. Moon was ghosted by her mother that he will leave and forget about her once he moved and she would suffers alone. Even the supportive Uncle Ming would constantly reminded her that he would leave and their long distance relationship wouldn't work. Despite that, she put faith on him and took the chance.

I love how there will be constant mention of the stars even though it was not really informative. It kind of became their things together. Sun even bought a star and named it 'Sun Moon Star' (or was it Moon Sun Star?) in respect of their name. 

Overall, this is a great little movie for relaxing and even though it seems a little boring at first but the pace pick up gradually. 




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-thes

Friday, 30 October 2020

The Target

October 30, 2020 6 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! I am back with another movie review and this is another South Korean movie, tho, a remake from French movie.


Title : The Target
Runtime : 98 minutes
Genre : Crime, Action, Thriller
Country / Language : South Korea / Korean
Released year : 2014
Director : Chang
Writer : Jun Chul Hong
Cast : Ryu Seung Ryong, Lee Jin Wook
Plot : 

Yeo Hoon is an ex-soldier. One night, while getting pay for his brother, Sung Hoon, he encounter a murder scene. He went on run when the murderer tried to kill him. Yeo Hoon then met a car accident while trying to get away. He was sent to a hospital where Tae Joon worked. After a long hours, Tae Joon came home and was knocked out. He receives a phone call who demanded him to bring Yeo Hoon out of hospital if he wanted his wife safe and alive.
This film is a remake to a French film, 'Point Blank' directed by Fred Cavaye.

SPOILER ALERT

This movie is insane! I am not sure how the French (original) version works but this version was very thrilling and filled with action scenes much to my delight. Even the beginning was so surprising seeing Yeo Hoon chased by unknown man for unknown reason. 

I think it was a bit direct plot. It was expected that Yeo Hoon was framed to be the murderer for the building owner. Maybe a little twist with the Tae Joon's wife kidnapper. At first, I thought the people who wanted to kill Yeo Hoon was the one who kidnapped Tae Joon's wife but it wasn't. Yeo Hoon's younger brother was the one who kidnap her and asked Tae Joon to bring his brother out of hospital.

I was really curious of the killer identity and motives because it was rarely mentioned. When the truth came out, I was really shocked, especially when they finally had the female detective on their side only to lose it again. The truth was so crazy to even think about. How can they be so cruel and use their title for a disgusting benefit? 

Besides the craziness of the actions and tensions, there were some scenes that made me a little emotional. I can't believe that they( the killers) really kill Yeo Hoon's brother and left him like a trash. What a cruel human being. Oh, they don't even qualified to be called human. And that time when the truth came out, the female detective was shot to death with no mercy, and no warning. Everything happened so fast that I am stunned!

The ending was good and I am really glad that Yeo Hoon had a new family to turn to. Even if he lost his brother, he gained a new family with Tae Joon. The 98 minutes feels so fast with this movie.




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-thes

The Legend Of The Blue Sea

October 30, 2020 10 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Last week was a bit hectic for me and I got no time to finish the drama and wrote the review. Hence, here it is now.


Title : The Legend Of The Blue Sea
Episodes : 20
Genre : Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Director : Jin Hyuk
Writer : Park Ji Eun
Network : SBS
Cast : Lee Min Ho, Jeon Ji Hyun
Plot : 

Heo Jun Jae is a conman. He works with Jo Nam Doo and Tae Oh. After a big success of another project, he took a rest and went abroad and stay at an oceanside resort. Due to a big tidal wave, a nameless mermaid was stuck at the resort where Jun Jae stayed at. She then broke into his resort and eat his food. Realizing this situation, Jun Jae called the local police station and have her captured. However, her jade bracelet caught his attention. Upon knowing the value of the bracelet, he went to police station and released her. After spending a day together, he took the bracelet and leave her in a mall. Feeling guilty for not saying goodbye, he went for her and took her in for a day. Getting caught by the people he conned, they escape to the ocean where then they came to the end of cliff. The mermaid then pulled Jun Jae to the ocean and erased his memory. Jun Jae went back to Seoul with no memory of her while the mermaid swam for three months to Seoul to meet Jun Jae again.

SPOILER ALERT

2016 was such a win for k-drama lovers because there was so many good dramas! This drama was no exception. This drama was so balanced between the light-ness and heavy-ness. There was comical scenes at the beginning because of how unfamiliar all things is to the mermaid who then named as Sim Cheong. 

The plot was so flow-y and well directed. I especially love the relation with the past lives of the present character. It was so sad to think that every ill-fated past will haunted them to the present. Sung Dong Il was given a villain character, Ma Dae Yong in this drama and he was so good at it. Even though there wasn't a scene of him being cruel, but he make it up with his expression and tone. It was a struggle for Jun Jae for not letting the history to repeat itself.

Heo Jun Jae's family conflict definitely an added spice to this drama. Especially when his step-mother is related to Ma Dae Yong. I was confused of Heo Chi Hyun's real side. He seems nice but then he turned a blind eye for his mother. He is just another sick character. I was so frustrated whenever Jun Jae almost met his mother. It really irked me whenever they just passed one another without knowing. She was closer than he thought.

With a cameo by big names such as Jo Jung Suk, Jung Yoo Mi, Krystal, Cha Tae Hyun and Ahn Jae Hong really made this drama stood out. I love those episode with Jo Jung Suk. He was a merman who's with a limited time after his love married to someone else. He taught Sim Cheong how to live in the land and all. 

Another reason why this drama was so successful was the OSTs. I really can't chose a favorite with this drama. The one sung by Yoon Mirae was good and so is the sung by Lyn and Sung Si Kyung. And like I said, 2016 is a win for k-drama lovers. Great dramas, great OSTs, what else could we asked for.

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-thes

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Thoughtless Thursday #033

October 29, 2020 8 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! It's been long since my last entry of this segment. Wow, I feel a little embarrassed with all the ranting in the last #TT. It took me a little over one week to get over that rejection and now I am fine. I've been wanting to share this news ever since the last week but things got a little hectic so, yeah.

On 19th Oct, the result for UPU second phase was out. Being real, I don't even expecting anything and I actually don't even remember that day. But then, one of my friend contact me, asking did I get through or not. Being confused, I asked him what was he talking of then he explained that it was the day for the UPU result. When I checked, I was so shocked to even believe my eyes. I even doubt that there was some technical issues so I keep the result to myself. When I checked it again later that night, I was really got in!

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I got in IIUM for the session 2020/2021 and I have successfully online registered myself, last week. Oh, as the university requirement, I sat for my English Placement Test (EPT) and Arabic Placement Test (APT) last week and this Monday respectively. One thing that I can conclude is, online test is a headache. I'm praying to get through this semester just fine. Oh the result are expected to be out tomorrow.

At this opportunity, I wanted to give a massive thanks to those who reached out to me during my rant and breakdown. Thank you for the kind words you guys gave me, they really comfort me. Thank you so much! I hope this situation would eventually get better so that we can all get back to the lives we used to. Let's take care of ourselves and stay safe everyone! Oh, Salam maulidurasul semua!

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p/s: I'm not sure how my schedule will be but let's hope that I would still find time to blogging and all.

with me,
-thes

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Kecubung by Rosa Nur

October 27, 2020 6 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! Aku sendiri tak faham kenapa aku setkan schedule post untuk draft yang dah siap ditaip... Anyway, ni dia review novel melayu.


Tajuk : Kecubung
Penulis : Rosa Nur
Mukasurat : 595 pages
Penerbit : Karyaseni
Terbitan : Disember 2019
ISBN : 9789674691509
Blurb : 

Wajahnya cantik tetapi seperti pokok kecubung yang indah bunganya, dia memabukkan serta beracun. Di dalam dirinya mengalir dendam yang sarat dan perlu dibalas. Dia tidak akan puas selagi orang-oarang yang memperkotak-katikkan maruah dan menghitamkan kehidupannya masih lepas bebas di luar sana.

"Kurang ajar! Kau orang ingat aku barang yang kau pecahkan kat pasar raya ke, yang dapat kau tebus dengan membayar ganti rugi?!"

Siapakah sebenarnya perempuan yang sarat dengan dendam itu? Dan kenapakah dia menjadi seorang pendendam?
Sementara itu, peristiwa 5 tahun lepas...

"Siapa nama kau, hah? Kau cantiklah!" - EDDY HAKIMI
"Memang cantiklah perempuan ni, Eddy. Anugerah dari Tuhan untuk kita berempat kut?" - FARHAN
Kejar perempuan tu. Jangan bagi dia lepas!" - EDDY HAKIMI

Bencana menanti 4 jahanam yang tega menghancurkan hidup seorang gadis yang menghidap penyakit kemurungan. Dalam diam, dia dan sekutunya mula mengatur strategi. Siapakah sekutu gadis sarat dendam ini?

Orang-orang yang tidak bersalah telah dijadikan umpan untuk memerangkap 4 jahanam. Adilkah begitu? Setelah 5 tahun berlalu dan masing-masing mempunyai kehidupannya sendiri...

"5 tahun lepas, apakah dosa dan kejahatan yang pernah Ray lakukan?" - DARLINA

"Apa jenis soalan yang Darling tanya ni? Ada ke orang dalam dunia ni yang nak mengaku dosa-dosa yang dia dah lakukan? Kita mengaku dengan Tuhan aje tau segala dosa yang kita buat, bukannya mengaku depan orang lain. Itu umpama membuka aib sendiri!" - RAYKAL REDZA

Siapakah Darlina? Siapakah gadis yang berdendam itu? Dan siapakah Raykal Redza di dalam novel ini? Apakah dosa dan kejahatan yang telah dilakukan sehingga si gadis sanggup membunuh? Hayatilah jalan cerita yang penuh konflik dan saspens di dalam novel KECUBUNG karya ROSA NUR.
Okay, I personally think that this one is better than Psiko. Plot dia memang menarik perhatian betul. Masih lagi dalam topik dendam, macam plot novel Psiko, tapi yang ni aku faham lebih sikit. Cuma, watak Amna ni ada depression so dia punya tindakan tu tak macam orang yang menghidap depression. Or maybe I am wrong for stereotyping. Cuma itula, sekutu Amna ni pun kenapa tak buat report sebab first, depa sihat and paling penting ada saksi kot. Aduhai geram pulak bila fikir depa boleh setuju gitu aje dengan rancangan Amna.

Permulaan novel agak confusing sebab banyak sangat watak yang diperkenalkan sekali gus. My brain kenot handle that. Lepas tu, banyak kali berlaku perubahan masa dan tempat yang aku tak sedar. Baca punya baca eh rupanya kisah silam. Baca lagi jauh, oh dah back to present time. Poning den. Kisah silam tu necessary lah untuk diceritakan tapi macam tak de warning langsung. So yeah, very confusing at first.

Plot memang saspen lagi-lagi bila watak Darlina ni suspicious. Dari gaya dia melayan si Ray, macam dia suka lepas tu dok main tarik tali bagai tapi bila ada masa dia seolah-olah benci sangat dengan Ray. Tambah pula bila Darlina ni ada abang membuatkan aku terfikir yang sebenarnya Darlina is Amna yang menyamar. But girl, it wasn't as simple as that !

Watak yang menjadi target ada empat orang, and that still ada aura 'Psiko' lagi-lagi dengan gaya nama watak. Dua orang ada dua patah nama and the other two got one. Belum ada kepelbagaian pada nama mangsa. Agak tak seronok bila cerita banyak fokus pada Ray, Eddy dengan Azam je. Watak Farhan tak banyak diceritakan melainkan dia ada tunang dan akan kahwin hujung tahun. Babak dia dengan tunang pun sekali dua aje dimention. Watak paling menyampah? Ray la. Dasar lelaki tak reti setia. Hish menyampah kita.

Menarik bila penulis kaitkan tajuk novel dengan cara Amna nak hapuskan orang yang dia berdendam. Kecubung, pokok beracun. Sifat pokok ni pun boleh juga kalau kita kaitkan dengan Darlina, perempuan yang cantik tapi bahaya. Sama jugak dengan Amna. Cantik, tapi beracun membunuh!

Ending dia, memang aku tak sangka. At least, dalam ramai-ramai sekutu, ada jugalah yang masih ada kesedaran. Walaupun ada nyawa yang terkorban, tetap ada justice untuk mereka. Watak Ray pun terima padah. Paling puas kot apa yang dia terima tu. Padan muka. Tapi satu yang aku persoalkan, kenapa Darlina tiba-tiba jadi macam tu? Hm. Sebab dia terlalu sedih ? Ke apa. Walhal dia patut gembira. Hm, ke tak? Takpelah, taknak fikir.

-thes

Saturday, 24 October 2020

K-Food Fair With Shopee !

October 24, 2020 4 Comments
 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! So, I have successfully joined Shoppe affiliate marketing program  (joined awhile back) and now I wanted to start promoting!


This k-food fair will be held from 23 Oct 2020 until 12 Nov 2020. 

With seven featured shops, we can buy as many food products as we want all and receive them quickly ! With the offered shop vouchers, we can save more! Do not forget to redeem the vouchers tho.

K-food fair collection includes:


Are you a noodle lover? Or you loves samyang? Well, then here is the place where you can get all types of korean (instant) noodle that you wanted! Oh, k-drama lovers must be dying to try the rapokki so here is your chance !


Do you prefer to cook? Have you been looking for the gochujang paste? Here is your chance to finally buy one!


Do you ever wanted to try those delicious looking beverages in k-drama? Are you looking for new beverages to try? Well, here you go!


Are you a munching-type of person ? Do you always have a need to snack on something anytime, anywhere? Come and get a new snack here!

So, what are you waiting for? Click on the poster above to shop for k-food and happy shopping!

p/s: for muslim,please always checked for the halal certification before making any purchases

-thes



Sunday, 18 October 2020

Friday, 16 October 2020

Money Game

October 16, 2020 12 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Here up another k-drama review. 

poster credited to the owner

Title : Money Game
Episodes : 16
Genre : Finance, Drama
Director : Kim Sang Ho
Writer : Lee Young Mi
Network : tvN
Cast : Go Soo, Shim Eun Kyung, Lee Sung Min
Plot : 

Jungin Bank, a bank that the Korean government holds equity in is on the verge of bankruptcy. The people were worried that they will face another financial crisis similar to what happened back in 1997. Chae Yi Hun is a chief in the Economic Policy Bureau at Financial Services Commission (FSC). His father, Prof.Chae Byung Hak is the best economist in South Korea whom a true believer of free market policy. Yi Hun however doesn't really agree with his father. He had given his opinion on Jungin Bank to the whole country. Heo Jae, the vice chairman  of FSC is a man with big ambitious. He had experienced the financial struggle in 1997 first hand. Heo Jae is determined to improve the country's financial structure at any cost. He went for a dangerous road to achieve his mission. Lee Hye Joon is the new recruit in the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF), she is a strong to her believe on what's right and what's wrong. Came from a poor family, she was always looked down on by her colleagues despite having the best idea. The three of them begin to work together to prevent another financial crisis to the nation.

SPOILER ALERT

At first, I was a bit reluctant to watch this drama, fearing that it might be another drama like 'Life', going on and on about the management of the hospital between the businessman-minded president and the medical staffs. Ugh, it was really boring for me. This drama however is another new world (kind of) to me. It was so crazy with the plot and everything. And it is like a big refresher for my dusty brain. Haha, even though I only learnt the fundamental things in the finance class, I still could understand their stances with the economical situation.

The plot was done well and it is very much informational. Especially when they related what happened back in 1997 and their situation now. It was like, the history repeat itself. At first, Heo Jae seems like the bad guy in this drama. He went against his own professor, Chae Byung Hak. He was so mad and frustrated with him to rejected every idea he came up with even he, Prof.Chae Byung Hak himself had no solution to the crisis. But as the drama went on, he was just another ambitious guy who wanted to realized his mission but went the wrong way. He dream to change and improve the country's financial structure but his method was way too wrong to begin with. He asked Bahama, a private equity fund to invest and buy Jungin Bank with a full knowledge that Bahama was the one who mess them up back in 1997. And when the representative of Bahama changed her mind, he request for Eugene Han, a more dangerous man to work with. 

I love how there were subtitles of their name and ranks in every episode. It makes the viewer understand a little bit more on who is who and what they did. It kinds of important because they keep getting promoted/demoted in the plot. The sub helped the viewer focused on what they might had missed because of how fast this drama move. There was also subs on technical terms that would help the viewer understand the plot better.

Every episode would left you with a big surprise and that makes me keep going. When I thought that they (Chae Yi Hun, Lee Hye Joon and Hoe Jae) would finally find their way out of the messes, there will always be something to hinder them from winning. This drama was so technical and intense. There was mentions of international affairs, the impacts of US-China trade war, the political involvement, the chaebols system power and so much more. I am so glad that I am able to digest them up without having me burning too much of my brain cells. It was all credited to screenplay. The director done a really great! And the actors were great playing out their character. Especially Lee Hye Joon. I love how strong, bold and determined she is. Her character was the strong base to this drama. Without her character, it will be pretty much like 'Life' again. 

The unexpected romance between Hye Joon and Eugene was so shocking to say. I honestly thought that Eugene only interested to her because of the similarity between her and his mother. But then, he seems so genuine that I'm confused. Hye Joon however doesn't seems interested to him in romantic way. 

The ending gave justice to everyone that deserves it. Even though Heo Jae failed to realize his dream, their economy at least doesn't go downhill. Even with the drama ending, it doesn't say that they able to recover in the short period of time. Chae Yi Hun was still have to went for negotiations and the bureaucrats still need to work hard on their economic. 


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-thes

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Way Back Home

October 14, 2020 4 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Here is another South Korea movie review.



Title : Way Back Home
Runtime : 130 minutes 
Genre : Family, Drama
Country / Language : South Korea / Korean, France, English
Released year : 2013
Director : Pang Eun Jin
Writer : Yoon Jin Ho, Pang Eun Jin, Lee Jun Hwa
Cast : Jeon Do Yeon, Go Soo
Plot : 

Jung Yeon is married to Jong Bae and had a daughter named Hyerin. They owned a small car repair shop and lived happily. One day, they found out that a friend of Jong Bae had commit suicide. Before the accident, Jong Bae agreed to be a guarantor to his friend's loan. Now that he died, Jong Bae had to pay a large amount of money due to the sky rocket interest rate. They were forced to sold their shop and apartment. The family moved to a smaller one room apartment at a shady neighborhood. Their financial situation got worse. A friend of Jong Bae offers them a job to smuggle gemstones to Paris, France and if they were to get caught, they only had to pay for fine. After some thinking, Jong Bae called his friend to take up the offer but the friend only need woman. Frustrated with the situation, Jong Bae left home for a few days. Feeling desperate, Jung Yeon took up the offer and left a note to her husband saying that she took the job and left Hyerin with a friend. At the Paris airport, Jung Yeon was arrested and learnt that she wasn't transporting gemstones but cocaine. Her struggle to went back to Korea begun.

This movie is based on a true story of a woman named Jang Mi Jung who was arrested on Oct 2004 at Orly Airport in Paris, France. She eventually served prison time in Martinique in Caribbean and finally returned to South Korea on November 2006.

SPOILER ALERT

Okay, this movie was really heart-wrenching, not to the point that I cried but it still is. I feel so sorry for Jung Yeon, she was desperate to make money and having offered of million dollars was so tempting. With the rent, daily necessities and basic needs, she had no choice but accept the offer.

It feels so realistic with her situation. The financial struggles and wrong choice of friend drove her to do something that she never wanted to. As a result, she was arrested and her way to home was full of challenges. Her case was pretty straight-forward (that what they said in the movie) because she just need to prove that she really didn't know what she was carrying. However, with the shitty people at the place called 'embassy' her wait was stretched longer. She was supposed to wait for four months to receive her trials but it keep pushed back. What frustrated me the most was how their embassy didn't provide a translator for her. They literally said that there was no one living at the island without even checking the system. Shit people. Not to mentioned that they didn't submit the paper that prove Jung Yeon's innocence to the court and when the couple called, send letters to them they really ignored those two.

I feels so sad for the family. The husband, Jong Bae, couldn't stop blaming himself for being a useless husband and drove her wife into trouble. His struggle with the government and the detective and having to provide for his family. I was actually glad that he at least had a friend that wasn't bad as the other. At least he had someone to support him. Even the detective who in charge for the case wasn't really cooperative with him at first. He won't trust Jong Bae just because he is a husband of a felony. 

Their struggle gained attention of a producer, they make a documentary out of their struggle and even fly out to the island. By that time, Jung Yeon was released on parole and she was forced to feed herself and even pay for rent. Their reunion was so heart-breaking. After the documentary was aired, it receives big attention by the Korean citizen. They begin spreading the news and posting comments on government website. I can't imagined what would happen to Jung Yeon if they never caught the attention of the producer. And finally after two years of struggle, Jung Yeon was able to went back to her home country. The ending was so heart warming that they finally reunited as a family.

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-thes

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Ursula by Syu Ariani

October 11, 2020 6 Comments
 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest ! Selamat hujung minggu semua ! Untuk review novel kalini, hm aku dah habis baca bulan lepas lagi... Review pun dah type lama tapi entah kenapa baru ni nak post. So, untuk review novel-novel akan datang aku akan try keep up sebab semua dah habis type and tinggal nak published je.


Tajuk : Ursula
Penulis : Syu Ariani
Mukasurat : 572 pages
Penerbit : Penulisan Enterprise
Terbitan : Mac 2020
ISBN : 9789672321224
Related : Anastasia
Blurb :

URSULA. Itu nama si antagonis di dalam dongeng The Little Mermaid. Tak pernah hatta sekali Hadi terfikir bahawa suatu hari nanti, dia akan bertemu dengan Ursula di alam nyata.

"Kahwin dengan aku atau nyawa dia melayang, di depan mata kau." - ASYFA HANNANI

Tak dapat Hadi melawan kerana wanita yang menerima jolokan Ursula itu mampu tunaikan kata-katanya! Demi keselamatan Batrisya, Hadi akur dengan permintaan Asyfa. Namun lama-lama, dia sedar satu hakikat. Hatinya mendambakan Asyfa. Dia mahu memadam kesemua kisah silam Asyfa dan menjadi penyembuh kesayangan wanita itu.

TENGKU HADI. Tak pernah terlintas dalam fikiran Asyfa, lelaki itu akan menjadi suaminya. Dia dan Hadi ibarat langit dengan bumi, ibarat lautan dan daratan. Permulaan hubungan mereka tidak seindah kisah dongeng, bilamana dia sendiri yang mengugut bersama nyawa seseorang sebagai cagaran. Tetapi...

"Leave the past there. I wanna be your present, your future." - HADI

Kala Hadi ungkapkan itu, Asyfa sedar dia inginkan lelaki itu di sisinya. Hadi ialah penawar bagi semua episod dukanya. Namun ternyata, tak mudah untuk melakar kebahagiaan bersama. Di setiap langkah mereka, ada lelehan darah mengiringi. Air mata dan pengorbanan sentiasa dituntut oleh mereka-mereka yang dahagakan nyawa Hadi dan Ismail.

Ada kisah lama yang tersingkap. Ada kebenaran yang baru terlerai. Ada pengkhianatan yang terbongkar. Bersama setiap itu, Asyfa dan Hadi hanya selangkah lebih dekat kepada si antagonis dalam kisah mereka. Kata si antagonis kepada Asyfa...

"Cuma dengan kematian kau, Hadi akan hidup!"

Kalau dalam versi asal kisah duyung, dia rela menjadi buih dan menghilang di lautan demi si tuan putera. Bagaimana pula dengan kisah Asyfa dan Hadi? Apa penamat kisah Ursula dan putera hatinya? Nyawa siapa yang akan menjadi cagarn untuk satu pengakhiran bahagia?
I am so excited for this book and I'm totally satisfied! Memang puas hati bila dapat baca kisah Tengku Hadi lepas dia kecewa dengan Aina Natasha. Oh, for those yang tak tahu, this novel is a spin-off to Syu Ariani's previous work, Anastasia. Daripada prolog pun dah dapat rasa keseronokan novel ni. Memang suspens bila babak Asyfa culik Batrisya untuk jadikan umpan supaya Hadi kahwin dengan dia. Timbul tanda tanya bila penulis tinggalkan macam tu aje tanpa sempat Hadi jawab. Memang terus baca lah gamaknya.

Pace pembacaan aku memang laju daripada biasa sebab sehari je aku dah lebih setengah novel aku baca. Lepas tu aku slowkan sikit, maklumlah, sayang nak habiskan cepat. Plot novel yang penuh dengan rahsia buatkan aku sentiasa tertanya-tanya, one of the reasons aku dapat baca laju. Walaupun novel ni dikira cinta aksi, babak aksi tak sebanyak novel sebelum ni. Which aku rasa agak santai and on edge at the same time. Novel ni banyak tekankan serang hendap. Lagipun, identiti si penyerang memang dah reveal so lebih banyak scene confrontation lisan. Tambah pulak dengan plot twist yang aku jangka dan tak jangka, hah memang memecut la aku habiskan novel ni.

Aku memang tak salah bila aku kata aku suka watak Hadi. Dia still the same straightforward person and very protective. Scene dia pergi cari Asyfa lepas dapat tahu Asyfa hilang memang gila sangat ! Sedangkan dia tahu orang-orang yang culik Asyfa is the same person who wanted him dead. Tapi sebab dia sayangkan Asyfa, he still looked for her. 

Bagi aku, relationship Hadi dengan Asyfa ni deep sangat, minus the fact that they get married for a very unique reason. What I mean is, walaupun Hadi sayang Asyfa gila-gila, dia tetap ada terlanjur kata yang buat Asyfa sakit hati. But at the end of the day, dia akan mintak maaf. And Asyfa pulak, walaupun dia kasar dengan Hadi, dia tetap letakkan Hadi as her top priority, even above of herself. And for me, these two  are in the deep relationship. Disebabkan rasa sayang dan cinta yang diorang ada for one another, diorang sanggup buat apa sahaja hatta membunuh sekalipun.

Oh, aku rasa aku banyak emosional baca novel ni. Aku kesiankan Asyfa, aku kesiankan Hadi. Lepastu, apa yang jadi dekat Ismail, lagilah mengganggu gugat air mata aku ni. Haih, memang sedih babak tu. One thing yang buat aku curious sangat is macam mana Asyfa dengan Dean kenal. Aku rasa bab tu takde mentioned dalam novel.

Ending novel ni memang memuaskan. Asyfa and Hadi dapat bahagia yang mereka dambakan walaupun few lives terkorban. Oh, kenapa aku rasa macam ada hint untuk novel baru (hm haritu penulis ada mention something like C dalam story dia hmmmmmmm me is excited) ? Ke novel yang dah sedia ada tapi aku taktahu? Anyway, this novel is really great ! And I'm looking forward to read more from Syu Ariani !

Oh, one thing yang aku sangat-sangat suka, is cara Kak Syu main dengan nama. Macam, Leira tu sebenarnya nama Ariel yang diterbalikkan, lepastu nama asal Dean, Ricky. Menarik...

p/s: aku tak tahu pulak lagu Baby Don't Cry by EXO tu inspired from The Little Mermaid. Thanks to this novel, a new knowledge gained!
-thes