Monday, November 11, 2013

Review and 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

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.

I fell in love with Memory's Wake at about the third page.  Selina Fenech drops you right into the middle of all the action right from the start and it was brilliant.  The perfect way to make you relate 100% to what Memory was experiencing - from the pain and confusion, to the relief at finding someone willing to help.  

While the story is primarily about Memory and her search for answers about her past - her memories are all missing, anything that happened before the book starts is all a mystery to her.  Along the way she is caught up in a much larger storyline for the world of Avall.  I loved the illustrations scattered throughout the pages.  There were enough to keep me wondering when I'd see the next, but not so many that it becomes a picture book.  They were beautifully done and perfectly placed to enhance the story instead of destracting from it.

Memory's group of friends are more than any of them think they are, and they will find they all have a very important role to play, with Memory finding her's the most important of all.  Difficult to put down with vivid details and characters.  It is a great book for fantasy lovers - young or old.

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  1. Glad you loved it, Jasmyn! It sounds like a fun read especially with the artwork! Great review!

  2. Thank you for the lovely, insightful review!