Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review - Selina Fenech - Memory's Wake - Virtual Book Tour


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.

Review: First off I must say what a beautiful cover I think this has as well as the extraordinary illustrations inside! Just wonderful! I enjoyed them as much as I did reading Memory's story! Memory suffers from amnesia and I usually don't like reading amnesiac stories because well they actually bore me but Memory is not your normal poor me amnesiac. She has weaknesses like everybody else but she just has a wonderful character that I liked the more I read.

This was a fast read and it grabs you from the first page with the action as Memory meets Eloryn and has no time to think of who or where she is as Eloryn drags her to her feet mid chase. Everything just builds chapter to chapter from there as bit by bit pieces begin to unravel in the story and leads us to understand why Memory has landed into Avall. I really enjoyed how I was left guessing thru most of the story because of the secrets and all that were only revealed at just the opportune moment.

Excerpt: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.

Author Bio:

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.

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