Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Selina Fenech - Memory's Wake Review/Giveaway


About the Book

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.

My Review

 out of 5

Memory's Wake is a fast paced story, with beautiful world building and engaging characters.  There's a lot of angst here, so if that's not your thing, be warned.  But the characters have earned their angst through some serious past traumas revealed throughout the book.  This is not your typical fantasy novel, in part due to Memory's 21st century perspective.  There are several twists that freshen the story and keep it from becoming just another quest fantasy.


Memory wiped her hands on her jeans, but gave up when it only made them dirtier. Resigned to eating even more dirt than she had already, she unwrapped the gum and popped it in her mouth. The candy cherry flavor rushed across her tongue, unfamiliar. She turned to Eloryn. “So,Princess, what was that all about?” Memory realized that she hadn’t even known Avall was a monarchy. Then again, she only knew the name of the place because Eloryn told her.

“It meant nothing.” Eloryn kept her eyes averted.

“It didn’t look like nothing.” The way Roen had grabbed Eloryn, moving her against her will, left Memory with a strange, ill feeling inside. She discarded it, filed away with all her other confusing emotions, and tried to judge Roen anew. She hated how handsome she found him, how she just wanted to touch that soft caramel hair, and how when he smiled, she couldn’t help but like him. It made it hard to say no to him, and left her wondering if she’d made the choice to go with him for the right reasons. Why was everyone she’d met so far so damn pretty! Amnesia or not, Memory knew pretty people lied too. Everyone lies, her heart told her.

Wow, learned something new about myself. Turns out I’m a cynic. Surprise.

Enter the Giveaway 
Click the link below to enter the giveaway on Selina's website and get the chance to win some cool prizes.

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