Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Quick Review: Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech

Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech
Series: Memory's Wake Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Length: 320 pages
Published on 5th June 2011 by Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
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Received from author via Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis: 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 actually read this book by in 2014, I originally got it as part of a book tour but I had to drop out as I underestimated how busy the first year of university would be, but I promised I'd still read and review it when able.

Which I did over the next few months and then I did one of my usual falls behind on all forms of blogging and its just been sat here nagging me.

Memory's Wake has a really interesting premise. It opens with the protagonist knowing nothing of herself or the world around her, even her clothes don't match the world she's in. 

On her journey she meets Eloryn who is the opposite to her in almost every way, but they share one thing in common. They're both on the run for safety.

There are also illustrations throughout the book which I really loved. They added a bunch to the story, and as a just finished illustration student, something I found super interesting. I kind of wish more books had this.

My biggest trouble with this book is that it was the first fantasy I had read in ages so I found it a bit slow to get into and struggled remembering what was going on (though the studying didn't help).

However, it left enough positive thoughts for me that I intend to revisit this book one day and read the full series. There is no maybe out this, its something I truly intend to do.
3.5 stars / 5 stars
I look forward to reading the other books in the series
Hope's Reign (Memory's Wake Trilogy, #2) Providence Unveiled (Memory's Wake Trilogy, #3)


  1. The cover arts are gorgeous! And the illustrations have me curious, I don't do graphic novels but I love a semi illustrated novel

  2. I loved the artwork in this novel and was part of that same blog tour, but looking back at it now it was all so forgettable! I can't remember a thing about it!


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