Monday, November 11, 2013
Review: Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech (Tour Stop)
(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.
My Rating: 4
Memory's Wake is an absolutely enchanting novel, both stunning and suspenseful. From the very first chapter, I was drawn in by this fantasy world with danger and dragons, and the instant mystery that fogs around the protagonist. Memory is clever and tough, and she doesn't back down, even though she is placed immediately in a highly stressful situation.
The novel has excellent pacing, with a plot that continues to put the reader through a variety of twists and turns. Beginning with plenty of action that doesn't fade out as the book goes on, but rather, ascends to new levels with added mystery and reveal, Memory's Wake will not disappoint.
Although the writing can definitely stand out on its own, the gorgeous illustrations really do add to the reading experience. Not enough Young Adult novels have detailed images within them, and the ones in this novel were so incredible, it was a treat when each new one appeared.
Despite the excellent characterization in the majority of the characters, I just could not bring myself to like Eloryn. Of course, this is just the personal views of one, but she was a bit annoying. I really put in solid effort to not think that way, since the characters of Memory, Roen, Thyal, and Will all more than impressed me. However, I really do not have any other complaints.
Memory's Wake is funny at times, dark at times, and a good read the entire way through. Glad that I had the chance to read it, I am thrilled to continue with the trilogy. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour, this one is definitely something that I'd recommend.