Archiwa miesięczne: Kwiecień 2016

#Review ‚The Course of Love ‚

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Title: The Course of Love

Author: Alain de Botton

Pages: 240

Expected publication: April 28th 2016

Blurb:

The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of On Love and How Proust Can Change Your Life.

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as “happily ever after.” The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy—an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.

This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters, and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.

 

My review:
I found ‚The Course of Love’ a fascinating read although i found it difficult to see it is action. It almost read like a case study rather than a novel about a relationship.The book sets to break down pieces of a relationship and analyze them one by one offering advice or reasons from the author why thing aren’t going as expected. An insightful and beautifully writhen love story. i really enjoyed reading the experience of Rabih and Kirsten as they meet, fall in love settle down into family life.
This book would definatly be good for a book debate each section opens up a new discussion. I thin if you are a romantic rather than an idealist this book is for you.

4.5/5 stars

*A copy of this book was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

 

Book from book mail!

I received this free proof copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Karyn!

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Title: Choosing Xaverique
Author: Karyn Sepylveda
Pages: 149

Blurb:
Reality and fantasy collide when Noah and Gabby meet. Both have secrets: they are not human, cannot be killed and are falling in love with each other.

Gabby Valis is a regular fifteen year old; her biggest worries in life are friends, boys and her annoying brother Zac. But her life is shattered the day she finds out she is not human. She had no idea she belonged to a secret species which has evolved from humans; ‘Xaveriques’. After being hit by a car, her body is forced to heal itself, and Gabby’s powers are unleashed…

‘I died this morning. At exactly 8.17 am my heart stopped beating and I lay cold and still in the street. At 8.24 am my heart resumed beating, I jumped up from the dusty pavement and ran home. Confused? Well, that makes two of us.’

#currentread ‚Moonbow : The Colors of Iris’

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#currentlyreading

Title: Moonbow: The Colors of Iris
Author: Diana Anderson – Tyler
Pages: 210

Blurb:

A teenaged girl with an ageless power.
A rebellion that begs her to use it for vengeance.
A follower in the sky that she cannot outrun.
And a choice that will change her life.

Set in Petros, an ancient Greece-like land of mesmerizing myths and monsters, MOONBOW follows Iris, a despairing young woman who has spent three agonizing years as a slave to Acheron, the sadistic officer responsible for burning her brother alive. But when Iris’s own life is threatened at the bronze tip of an outlaw’s blade, she receives an astonishing, long-awaited power, and with it, the confidence and weapon she needs to fulfill her greatest desire: avenge her brother, or die trying. If only the Moonbow, that unavoidable symbol of redemption shining in the sky, would let her be…

Armed with a warrior’s dagger and an explosive new power, Iris finds herself at the headquarters of the zealots who call themselves the Soukinoi after the sacred amber scrolls they house inside their temple. Their leader is Diokles, a charismatic, godlike man who captivates Iris with his passion and vision to liberate all of Petros from its oppressors, and most importantly, train her skill and lead her to Acheron.

Overcome by her obsession, Iris now calls herself Hunter, and will stop at nothing, not even the killing of innocents, to reach her goal. But on the day she reunites with Tycho, a mysterious former Soukinoi who has been taken prisoner by Diokles and sentenced to death, Iris can’t fight the urge to speak up for his life. Now, both she and Tycho are on Diokles’s blacklist, and only a single misstep stands between them and a fatal encounter with the Gryphon, the gigantic, flesh-eating bird Iris thought existed only in myth.

After Tycho’s escape, Iris knows her time is short. While being escorted back to Diokles, she receives alarming information about her brother’s death and finds out that Diokles’s plans are far more sinister than they seem. Wrestling with strong feelings of guilt and disillusionment, and unable to dispute the supernatural happenings around and within her, Iris must decide whether the Moonbow truly does hold the answers she’s searching for…