Today I am pleased to be part of a blog tour, run by Xpresso Book Tours. Stay tuned to the end for giveaways!
Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech
Goth Cute. She’s got a full face!
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.
Yes, the second volume of the planned trilogy is already out.
While not my favorite book of the year or anything, there was enough to keep me interested.
This was taken from the author’s website, simply to provide an example (besides the book’s cover) of her artwork.
Illustrations! Probably my favorite thing about this book was the art. Lovely black & white drawings that enhanced the story.
This art by the late, great Kay Nielsen.
Fae (who are not Disney-fied)! It’s somewhat unclear how good/helpful/kind the fae are in this book (and some are clearly not nice). I always appreciate a story about fae who are either evil or may seem so, because they’re just alien to us. I would love if there were more information in the future volumes about the fae and their lives and culture.
As I mentioned in, funnily enough, my last review, I love time travel craziness! There’s some magical time strangeness happening here.
I quite enjoyed the story and the characters, although I do think that the fae and Will (who we find out the least about) were the most interesting. I will say that the dynamics between characters and certain plot elements were not exactly new, and there were also some bits and turns of phrase that I would have liked to smooth out a bit. That said, I was entertained, and there were enough intriguing things about it to have me considering the second volume, despite my gigantic TBR pile. It’s definitely going to appeal to younger teens, from 12-15, the most.
About the Author:
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.Author Links:
I can give away one (1) ebook copy of the first book in the author’s new series, The Empath Chronicles: Emotionally Charged. Just leave a comment, telling me what you think would be great/terrible about being an empath. At 11pm CST on Nov. 19th (one week), I’ll pick a winner by random number generator.
You may also follow this tour around, and enter at each blog for another chance to win Emotionally Charged. Here is a link to the tour schedule:
Finally, there is one Grand Prize for the tour: a set of three posters of the book art! Use this Rafflecopter form to enter.
(Sorry, can’t seem to figure out how to embed the form, but the link will take you there.)
I received a free ebook copy in exchange for participation in the blog tour and a fair review. If you’d like to purchase a copy, click here to buy on Amazon.