Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Memory's Wake - Review & Giveaway

Title Memory's Wake
Author Selina Fenech
Genre YA Fantasy
Publisher  Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Publishing Date June 16, 2013
How I Got This Book Xpresso Book Tours
Paperback 320
Stand alone or Series Memory's Wake Trilogy #1
   My Average 45 pg/day
   Reading Difficulty 2
(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)

A Memorable Story

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.
Alice meets Vader
Sort of like Alice in Wonderland in the beginning - girl falls down hole into a strange place, disoriented, strange things happen all around her. Once the pace of the book finally picked up and I knew what was going on, I noticed the book reminded me of the Star Wars theme a little. Strange how Star Wars keeps creeping into my reviews like a reoccurring theme.

This novel would have gotten a better review if it weren't for the utter confusion in the first 2 chapters. 

Once I got past the first two chapters, I finally started to understand what was going on. Unfortunately, had this been a book I picked up at a store, I would have put it back down after the first paragraph. Because I was reading this to review, I gave it the first 10%. I'm glad I gave it a chance because the plot picked up and things became much more exciting.

The character I loved the most was Will. There's something about a topless, toned, mysterious man that will make any woman's heart melt. I desperately wanted Memory to pin his toned ass to the ground and plant a steamy kiss on him. Maybe book 2 or 3? Sigh.

Intriguing plot and defiantly a surprising turning point. I didn't see it coming. I love it when a book can throw the reader off their guessing game. It's no fun when you guess the ending of the book or the turning point on page 2.

Chapter 1:... uuh [-scratches head-] what just happened? This is what I know from chapter 1, the main character doesn't know who she is or where she is. There's some strange girl with her and the two of them are being chased by dragons and other strange creatures. So far, not much of a plot or character development.

"OK".... In a novel this word needs to be spelled out. That grated on my nerves this entire book. It should have been "okay" Please (crawling on my knees with my hands held up) fix it. 

Memory also had a tun of knowledge of new world life. She named objects only names new world people would know, like Skater Shoes. She also had a totally different vernacular than those around her. She should have known right from the start that she was not from this world.

I also got a little sick of the "woe-is-me" crap around the middle of this novel. I just wanted to shake Memory and tell her to act like her appearance. Man up and deal with your own problems.

Rating: C

Purchase This Book
Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Selina Fenech
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.


(1) ebook copy of Selina's novella Emotionally Charged
A set of three posters of art from the books


  1. Heh Alice meets Vader intrigues me! ;) Glad you liked it, Kelly! I love books with illustrations (the child in me or something haha) but it sounds like such a neat touch. I also like how the world sounds very complex and magical. Great review!

  2. Thank you for the review, and for giving my book a chance :) I'm glad you warmed to it after the beginning!