Want Books: Brightly Woven

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I’ve heard so many good things about Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. I was excited for it to come out and was saddened to discover that the bookstores here didn’t order copies of it. I’ve seen it compared to Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and since I loved that book, it made me more curious. Here’s the summary from Alexandra Bracken’s website:

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

I was actually tempted to order this from abroad but since it’s still in hardcover and I had to pay for exorbitant shipping fees, I didn’t think it was worth the trouble. Anyway, I ordered it from Fully Booked and I hope they will be able to get copies of it soon.

How about you, what’s on your wishlist?

Want Books roundup:
Maidenveil – Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

9 thoughts on “Want Books: Brightly Woven

  1. Angel Star! Goodness, I really should have bought that stray copy at National when I saw it. Bad, bad, bad! At first I thought Fully Booked will have it but later they told me otherwise. Now I feel I’m cursed not to get my hands on it bec at first I let it go at NBS, then I tried to ordered it from Amazon but was not included in the checkout, and now I ordered it from Book Dep but it seems that it will not able to reach my friend on time before she leaves the US. x_x It just makes me want the book more! Rawr!

  2. Maidenveil, wow, looks like you went to so much trouble to get that book! Have you tried to ask Fully Booked to order it for you? That’s what I did with Brightly Woven and they said it’ll take 4 to 8 weeks for the book to get here. This is the first time I’ve tried this though so I’m not sure effective the system is. Also, you can try to order from Better World Books because they deliver to the Philippines.

    Charlotte, thanks! This is my third post for this meme. 🙂

    • Yeah. So the book better be good. Haha! I’m scared to read reviews because I might encounter some spoilers. :p haha!

      I haven’t tried asking Fully Booked…maybe next time when another book comes up. 🙂 Woooo..Better World Books looks promising…I’m just really scared of the customs here. :s

      • Most reviews try to be spoiler-free and if they do mention spoilers, there’s usually a warning before they say anything.

        They aren’t supposed to tax you for books. There’s a law for it. I’ve already picked up books at the post office several times and I’ve never been taxed. Besides, my friends who ordered from Better World Books got their packages delivered straight to their houses. I don’t know why I had to pick up my package at the post office.

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