Nov 13, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Memory's Wake by @SelinaFenech + Blog Tour #GIVEAWAY!


Memory's Wake

Publication Date: June 16, 2011
Series: Memory's Wake #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating: 
Descriptive but confusing at times

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.(Goodreads)

We all want to be drawn into a book the second it starts. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. In this book, I did. But the problem with jumping head first into books where the world was created by the author is that sometimes it just leaves the reader confused about what's going on and I hate that.

What I didn't hate? The illustrations! There were a bunch of them and they were great. So jealous. I wish I could draw like that. The writing was also good. Very descriptive, but like I said, confusing sometimes. We jump right into this fantastical world the author created with a good bit of action and danger, but I struggled to get a grasp of the who and where since no names were exchanged and we don't know where we are.

We learn right from the jump that the MC (Memory) has amnesia. The problem with the MC not having any memories is that we don't have any background info on the character. Nobody likes an background info dump, but when the MC can't remember anything, they can't make any references that would explain stuff, therefore, leaving the readers in la-la land.

Boy, do I love a good multi-POV book! This was no different. The multiple POVs helped with the confusion a bit too. Though I have to say that at first it seemed as though anybody could have been the main character. Too many POVs at once and we didn't even know some of the character's names yet. I mean, at first, I thought Eloryn was the MC despite what the synopsis said. But this wasn't a major problem and really didn't influence my rating at all. I actually liked the characters, Roen being my fave from the moment we get to meet him. Such a good-hearted naughty boy...I love those...

Memory's Wake #2
The plotline was pretty straightforward as far as fantasy books go, which is why I love fantasy. You always know there is going to be a battle of good and evil. It's how this battle plays out that makes it wonderful. There's plenty of action and drama...and dragons! If you follow my reviews, you know that I love me some dragons! So +1 for Miss Fenech adding the dragons. And another one for not bogging down this plotline with romance (though I do like romance in my fantasy books). Though there is some, it wasn't completely weighted down with kissy-kissy face scenes. I also enjoyed the Fae, as that was one of the reasons I decided to review this book. I just wished they were in it a bit more.

Overall, this isn't the best fantasy book I've ever read, but it most certainly wasn't the worst. The illustrations were enough to keep me turning the pages (honestly, they are THAT good!). Would I recommend this book? Sure, just be prepared to be a little confused at the beginning.

Amazon  |  Barnes&Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

(What a great trailer!)

Meet Selina Fenech

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.



  1. The illustrations sounds like a great touch and from the examples I've seen they're gorgeous! Glad you liked it overall! :)

  2. Thank you for reading and reviewing my work.


Say Something...Anything!