NOVEL REVIEW: DIA TETAP SEMPURNA BY ANJELL (PLUS FAN CAST)
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Today, I would like to share a review of a romance novel titled Dia Tetap Sempurna. The novel is written by Anjell. Now, let's not waste time and begin this review with Anjell's bio...
Anjell is now Malaysia's no.1 bestselling novelist. Besides Dia Tetap Sempurna, some of her novels are Eksperimen Cinta, Suamiku Paling Sweet, Tundukan Playboy Itu, Hero Seorang Cinderella, Dr. Alpha Male, Dheo's, and King Haidar. All her novels are listed as bestsellers and everyone's favorite read. All of her novels belong in the adult and contemporary romance genre. Two of her novels, Tundukan Playboy Itu and Hero Seorang Cinderella have already been adapted into a TV series drama.
ABOUT DIA TETAP SEMPURNA
Dia Tetap Sempurna (DTS/ He's Still Perfect) belongs to the contemporary romance genre. The novel has the girl-meets-boy romance trope in it.
Dara Nailufar (the female protagonist) received a high school reunion party invitation. This reunion party is not going to be just another casual party. It's a party on a cruise. Wow! At first, Dara refused to attend the cruise party. Dara was scared that she might bump into her ex-boyfriend, Safwan, and his girlfriend, Raina (she was Dara's high school enemy). Dara heard that Safwan and Raina are still a couple and getting engaged soon. Safwan once broke Dara's heart by having an affair with Raina behind her back.
Dara's best friend, Suria insisted that Dara attend the cruise party. Dara had no choice but to agree to go to the cruise party with Suria. Suria also suggested Dara hire a pretend boyfriend to go with her on the cruise. Dara agreed with Suria's suggestion. That was a cool suggestion for Dara.
Dara wanted someone good-looking, tall, rich, and charismatic to tag along with her. So she asked her new friend, Audi to accompany her. Audi had all the qualities that Dara was looking for. But unfortunately, Audi had a seasick problem. So Audi asked someone else to replace him as Dara's pretend boyfriend. But he did not tell Dara about it.
On the cruise, Dara waited for Audi to make his appearance. But surprisingly, someone else appeared instead. His name was Eskandar Arasyah (the male protagonist). Eskandar was Audi's step-brother. He was way more handsome and charismatic than Audi. He was tall, masculine, has dark brown hair and puppy brown eyes. Oh wow!!! He's a hottie. Even I'm in love ^_^
This was not Dara's first time meeting Eskandar. She had met Eskandar once before the cruise. He was the guy who saved her from being chased by a cat. Yes, Dara was scared of cats :P When Dara first met Eskandar, she was not interested in him at all. He was not a suave charismatic gentleman when they first met. He was rough and kinda rude to her.
As the cruise sailed, Dara and Eskandar became friends. Dara found out that Eskandar is a nice guy. She also started to like him. Eskandar always made Dara happy. And Eskandar liked Dara too. But at the same time, Eskandar warned Dara that he is not perfect and had some dark secrets. Eskandar believed that his dark secrets may make Dara cannot accept him. What were Eskandar's dark secrets anyway? Can Dara accept it if she finds out?
MY REVIEW OF DIA TETAP SEMPURNA
First of all, I would like to give a thumbs up to Anjell for another awesome romance novel. DTS is just as awesome as Anjell's other novels that I've read before. DTS has a simple plot but an intriguing storyline. This novel is definitely a page-turner. It makes you intrigued to know Eskandar's secrets and backstory.
Besides the plot and storyline, I also like the chemistry tension between Eskandar and Dara. These two characters have good chemistry. Eskandar is such a sweetheart. He is sweet, loving, romantic, and also very protective of Dara. He is another alpha male hero that is crush-worthy. I had a crush on him while reading DTS ^_^ Plus, I like his boy-next-door image that is portrayed by Anjell in the novel.
Dara Nailufar is another go-getter female protagonist. I like this character a lot. To me, Dara is another book beauty that I can look up to as a role model. She's smart, quick-witted, always curious, adorable, and a positive thinker. And if you like Shin Hari from the webtoon A Business Proposal, you will like Dara too. They have the same adorable vibes ^_^
Besides romance, DTS is also about family. Chapter 58 is my favorite chapter in the novel. It's the chapter where Eskandar made peace with his father and stepmother. This chapter and scene really made me cry. It reminded me of the scene where Landon Carter made peace with his father in A Walk To Remember (an evergreen romance novel by Nicholas Sparks). It was a very beautiful chapter indeed.
Besides the story, DTS also has a very imaginative novel cover. The front cover shows a cruise ship on a face of a man. And on the title, the word 'Tak' (Not) being canceled and replaced by the word 'Tetap' (still) make this novel looks so cool. The cover design totally gives us some insight into what's in the novel.
Overall, I rate DTS 10/10. I highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms who are into the romance genre (especially my bestie, Maddy since she's also a fan of Anjell). Trust me, guys, you're going to love DTS. Plus, it's a novel you must not miss. And if you're a fan of Anjell's most romantic novel, Dheo's, you definitely must not miss DTS. It's because the hero and heroine in Dheo's, Dheo Han and Nurisaa Rose made a cameo in DTS ^_^ This novel doesn't have any steamy scenes in it. But it does have some adult romantic dialogues. So I believe this novel is not suitable for those under 13.
Ok, so this is my review of Dia Tetap Sempurna by Anjell. I also prepared a fan cast with this review. So let's check out my fan cast for Dia Tetap Sempurna...
MY FAN CAST FOR DIA TETAP SEMPURNA