Nov 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway -- Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech

Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech
(Memory’s Wake Trilogy #1)
Publication date: June 16th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

About the Book
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.


I was happily surprised when I began this book to find that there were illustrations throughout the story and they added a good amount of detail to the plot that I really enjoyed.  The world the author created was wonderful and fantastical, with faeries and dragons and all of the wonders that you would expect to find in such a magical place. However all that being said, I found the plot line, during the beginning of the book, to be very confusing and jumbled.The characters are interesting and their story is also something I felt I could get into, but the jumping through various characters was off-putting.I guess I never got into it as much as I could have. 

I love books about this type of lore, so maybe I am burnt out by them. The author makes a good attempt at trying to pull the reader -- characters, whimsy, conflict and it is all there but I just was not enthralled.

Rating: 3.5 Stars



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A set of three posters of art from the books
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About the Author
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.

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  1. Glad you liked it overall! It sounds like a fun story with a great setting.

  2. Thank you for the thoughtful review, sorry my book didn't quite grab you :)