Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech
(Memory’s Wake Trilogy #1)
Publication date: June 16th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.
She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.
Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.
Memory’s Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.
Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, her cute monster baby who’s far too clever, and an unnamed cat. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as a visual artist, and shared her imaginary worlds in paintings and now in her novels.
–A set of three posters of art from the books
(This giveaway was set and managed by author, not Xpresso Book Tours)
–One (1) ebook copy of Selina’s novella Emotionally Charged
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I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.
Title: Memory’s Wake
Author: Selina Fenech
Year of Publication: 2011
Length: 320 pages
First Line: “I’m falling, she thought.”
Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
MEMORY’S WAKE is centered around three characters, Roen, a villain who pretends to be a champion (in his own words), Eloryn, a secluded witch who was raised by a powerful wizard and Memory who because of a side effect of Eloryn’s magic can’t remember a thing about herself. Can these three misfits come together, discover themselves and somehow bring back happiness to the land?
I enjoyed MEMORY’S WAKE quite a bit. Fenech set up some great world-building. It’s easy to fall into and get the rhythm of the lingo, layout, style, etc.
There are gorgeous illustrations that were drawn by the author strewn through-out the novel. They are detailed and capture the characters ans scenes perfectly. On my black and white Kindle the pictures turned out amazingly.
Oh does this book have cheeky dialogue! Absolutely loved it! A lot of quotable and humorous lines.
One of my favorites:
“Although, most of my stories aren’t nearly as exciting as the time I saved a couple of pretty girls from a thief and got to take them home. That one’s my favorite.”
I wasn’t too pleased with the switching POVs. I’m not a fan of them in general. In the beginning every chapter was someone else’s POV which got to be confusing when you are trying to get into the groove of the novel. But I also understood the point of it since the author was introducing all of the main characters to us through the different POVs. Yet after awhile when everyone had been introduced and the novel was in full swing, I thought the switching POV chapters were no longer needed.
There is a lot (in my opinion) of graphic violence so keep an eye out for that.
Worst part: Switching POVs
Best part: Cheeky dialogue
Recommend For: Fans of Holly Black
Other Books by This Author: Hope’s Reign and Emotionally Charged