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Saturday, November 16, 2013

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

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Memory's Wake #1
Author: Selina Fenech
Publication Date: June 5, 2011
Publisher: Self Published

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.

Disclaimer: Updated review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

     I am slowly, yet surely, cleaning out my ebooks library. One book down (okay, nine in total), hundreds to go (I literally mean hundreds). And it's still growing (sadly).
     I personally liked the idea behind the book, being a fan of fairies, and it was one of the main reasons why I originally clicked the "buy" when I saw Memory's Wake for free on Amazon months ago. A few other reasons:
  • The cover. Go figure?
  • The title. It's pretty intriguing. "Memory's Wake." It kind of makes you wonder.
  • The synopsis. Monstrous fairies? Haunted by the past? Dangerous secrets? Definitely got my attention.
     I have to say, I honestly expected a lot more from Memory's Wake than what I originally thought. I definitely liked the pictures; it made reading and visualizing more interesting instead of just words (oh, I like words. I'm just saying I hardly see a book with pictures... and the last one that I read that did was The Second Siege). But it was predictable in most cases, even though Fenech actually threw in a couple of surprises that kept me reading on instead of yawning and falling asleep. *PHEW*
     Memory as a character also didn't seem very in-depth. I guess there is an explanation for that, but it seems that she's always a damsel in distress being saved by others and more often than not sort of cowering (not that I'm calling her a coward, but if it came across that way, sorry)... until near the end. But it also goes for Thayl as well, who seems like your stereotypical villain.
     In the overall view, though, it wasn't that bad, and it would be really interesting to see Memory's Wake in comic form. While I know there's a sequel, Hope's Reign (I did my homework... :p), the ending to Memory's Wake made the book feel more like a stand alone than the first in a trilogy.
     But is it just me, or do I see quite a bit of errors lurking about? Not the post... though there might be a few. I meant the book. Because if it's just me, I think I need to check my eyes.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Owls

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Author Bio
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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