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.
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan recently came to my attention when it got chosen as our next YAckers read. I’ve never read any of Margo Lanagan’s books before but I’ve been hearing good things. The premise for this one looks interesting – for some reason, it reminds me a little of Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (another title that I still haven’t read). I also like the vignetting in the cover and how the lady draped on a rock draws you in and makes you wonder what she’s feeling – she looks world-weary. Like she’s just tired of everything and wouldn’t mind passing out on a rock even if it looks very uncomfortable.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Rollrock island is a lonely rock of gulls and waves, blunt fishermen and their homely wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of magic – the scary, salty-real sort of magic that changes lives forever. Down on the windswept beach, where the seals lie in herds, the outcast sea witch Misskaella casts her spells – and brings forth girls from the sea – girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence and loveliness – the most enchantingly lovely girls the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen.
But magic always has its price. A fisherman may have and hold a sea bride, and tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she is. He will be equally ensnared. And in the end the witch will always have her payment.
What about you, what book is at the top of your wishlist? Have you read Margo Lanagan’s books? I would be interested in hearing what you think of them.