Title: Memory’s Wake
Series: Memory’s Wake Trilogy #1
Author: Selina Fenech
Published: June 16th 2011 by Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tours
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 is really the story of four teens: Memory, who gets sucked into a strange land with no idea of who she is or what’s going on. Eloryn, the girl with the secret who has been in hiding and on the run for most of her life. Roen, the seventh son of seventh son who has to resort to thievery just to keep his family afloat. Will, the boy who followed the girl he loves and then lost himself to the wild where only the fairies kept him safe.
I had a little trouble getting started with the book, but that’s just me, I often take time to warm up to magical lands. It’s that awkward first getting-to-know-you conversation. The story picks up right from the start, and maintains a very fast pace the entire time while it takes you on a journey through town, the woods, a masked ball, murder most foul, vicious kings, even more vicious dragons, magic, and a lot of running.
I will admit, my favorite part of the book were the sketches. Selina Fenech is an amazing artist and the illustrated scenes in Memory’s Wake’s wake are nothing short of beautiful. While I love an illustration in general, there is something especially special about one drawn by the writer herself; you get to see the characters exactly as she imagines them.
If I may tease you with the pretty people from this story:
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Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, daughter, 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.