My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: YA Fantasy Romance
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author
AUTHORS SITE: Memory's Wake Site
Memory’s Wake was such a beautifully written and illustrated novel that I almost have no words to express how much I enjoyed reading this book. Selina Fenech really captivated me with her fantasy world she created, along with four characters that I connected to so easily. Memory’s Wake is full of adventure, action, family love, lots of magic and a splash of romance to top it off.
A young girl wakes to find herself stuck in a world she doesn’t understand. There are no phones, or the little things that are used in her daily life…but wait she doesn’t even remember her own name. Taking the name Memory she travels along with a young girl named Eloryn to find out what happened to her and this girl might have the answer. With dragons, wizards, not so nice fairies and a very attractive savage that’s following her, Memory will do anything to get her life back and also try to keep herself alive.
I absolutely loved Memory; she is such a strong character who actually reminds me a lot of myself in high school. The hairstyle and clothing are almost to the exact description of my daily look back then. She definitely stands out in the world that she is lost in, with Victorian attire surrounding her black t-shirt and jean self, she sticks out. She is very determined to find out what happened to her and how she got to this new world.
Eloryn, whom Memory becomes friends with, is the polar opposite of Memory. Compared to her she has blonde hair, innocent in appearance and has nobility to her that shows she was raised in a different environment. I felt she was a little too nice for my liking at some points. Both girls together really fed off each other in scenes and brought the story to life with such different personalities.
The love interests in the book are two very different young men as well. They supported the girls perfectly and I really enjoyed all their interaction and mystery about their past. Roen is a young man who helps the girls through their journey in the book and Will a mysterious young man who has a connection with Memory that’s really fascinating. Fae are introduced through-out the book and have a huge impact on what happens to Memory and Eloryn.
Overall the plot was wonderful, I was really sucked into the world that Fenech created. What I also enjoyed were the illustrations, they were beautifully done and I loved having a face for the main characters, it gave that special boost of uniqueness. Memory’s wake has a bit of everything for young adult fantasy readers and I highly recommend this to everyone. I can’t wait for the second book!
This is a young adult book for all ages, minor violence with some fight scenes. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Aimee Carter will love Memory’s Wake.
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