domingo, 10 de julio de 2016

COVER CHARACTERISTIC (#3): BALCONIES




"The rose upon my balcony the morning air perfuming,
Was leafless all the winter time and pining for the spring;
You ask me why her breath is sweet, and why her cheek is blooming,
It is because the sun is out and birds begin to sing."


William Makepeace Thackeray, The Rose Upon my Balcony








*Cover Characteristic is a book meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Check it out and participate!







5. Every House Needs a Balcony by Rina Frank-Mitrani






Summary:


An international bestseller and publishing phenomenon, Every House Needs a Balcony—dubbed the “Israeli Kite Runner” by The Bookseller—is the story of one family, one home, and the surprising arc of one woman’s life, from the poverty of her youth, to the glowing love and painful losses of her adult years.

If you enjoy the novels of Dalia Sofer (The Septembers of Shiraz), Amos Oz (My Michael, A Tale of Love and Darkness), and A.B. Yehoshua (Mr Mani), you’ll find much to love in Rina Frank’s beautiful and bittersweet Every House Needs a Balcony.



4. At the Argentinean Billionaire's Bidding (International Billionaires #2) by India Grey






Summary:


Argentinean billionaire Alejandro D'Arienzo has fresh prey: heiress Tamsin Calthorpe. He sees her as a ravishing but spoiled beauty who destroyed his past--and he's ready to settle the score! 

What Alejandro doesn't know is that Tamsin loved him, hiding her naivete under the guise of willful sophistication. 

Now a talented designer, she's working hard to prove herself, despite her pedigree. But her credibility is in the hands of merciless Alejandro, who offers an ultimatum: her name in ruins, or her body in his bed....



3. A Highlander's Destiny (Daughters of the Glen #5) by Melissa Mayhue






Summary:


JESSE CORYELL, a descendant of the Fae, is a man in search of his destiny. He's tried to lose himself in his work, taking on the worst mankind has to offer, but what he really needs to find is his true love. When he sets out to help a mysterious woman find her sister, what he gets is much more than he bargained for: battling an undeniable attraction to his sexy new client while fighting an ancient evil to keep her safe.

DESTINY NOBLE, abandoned by everyone she's ever loved, will stop at nothing in her desperate quest to find her sister. Authorities have declared Leah a runaway, but Destiny knows better. Her dream visions have shown her the frightening truth. They've also shown her Jesse. But finding her Soulmate could result in the most painful loss of all, when she's forced to choose between loving Jesse and saving Leah.

Jesse and Destiny race against time to save an innocent girl from a powerful ancient evil. Is true love their best weapon...or will they be required to sacrifice their own destiny?



2. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger






Summary:


It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.



1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare






Summary:


In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. 

The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover's affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. 

Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. 

Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives. 

In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.


6 comentarios:

  1. Nice touch w/ the poem. I like your selections, especially Romeo and JUliet- it looks so Renaissance- ish with the pillars and the vine crawling up. Etiquette & Espionage is nice too, I like that there's multiple balconies it looks like and it has an anime feel.

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  2. Awesome covers! I agree with Romeo and Juliet also! Here’s my Cover Characteristic!

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  3. You found some great choices! I can't believe I didn't think about Romeo and Juliet.
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  4. I love your quotes and summaries! Especially the one on Romeo and Juliet! So cool. I want to read Every house needs a balcony. And I think it's my favorite cover as well. I've just posted mine (I know - very late this week). http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/cover-characteristics-balconies.html

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  5. That Romeo and Juliet is gorgeous! It is by far my favorite. Thanks for joining in last week :)

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