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NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Read This! The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan









"On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings--and to catch their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will 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. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment"-- Provided by publisher.

Okay, I was skeptical about this one. I think the cover made me a little fearful that it was going to be kind of cheesy or something. Instead I found myself quickly engrossed in this story. The writing is excellent and the voices of the characters quite compelling, not surprising since Ms. Lanagan is a two time Prinz Honor winner. I loved that each character is given an honest accounting – that in the end you feel everyone’s sorrow, even when they are wicked awful.

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