Memory's Wake (Memory's Wake Trilogy, #1)

Memory's Wake (Memory's Wake Trilogy, #1)

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by Selina Fenech
     
 

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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

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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. Approx. 80,000 words or 320 pages in paperback.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016036694
Publisher:
Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Publication date:
07/16/2011
Series:
Memory's Wake Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
16,755
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
13 Years

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Memory's Wake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Denisemouse 3 months ago
Memory's Wake is a beautiful written story about 2 girls who find themselves together after 1 was sent through the Veil.... one is named Eloryn ( Lory for short) and the other doesn't remember her name... Eloryn giver the name her the name of Memory.... Eloryn promises to help Memory to regain her Memories and find out where her home is... the girls find themselves on an adventure running for there lives to find shelter and safety... Selina Fenech is also a super Artist... she has pictures of the scenes that she describes every so many chapters... I find that super awesome because they helped me to see what was going on... I really enjoyed reading Memory's Wake.. now I need to get book 2
Anonymous 7 months ago
Worth the read
Anonymous 11 months ago
A bit choppy in places, but overall a good read. Safe for ages 13/14 and up. Will read the next book(s).
AJae More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story of 'Mem' and her companions. It was exciting with enough drama to keep me interested and enough 'good' help to make it fun to read.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that YA fantasy readers will devour. Fae, fairies, magic, trolls, dragons, etc are common place. Just about every turn of the page has some type of fantasy element before the reader. Through in a girl that seems a little out of place and BAM, a fun story to follow. Another great detail are the drawings, by the author herself, which adds another dimension to the story and really makes it shine. There were times in the book that the action and adventure kept me going, but there were other times that I just had a hard time getting into it. When the book first started, it just didn’t pull at me. That was a struggle to push through. I never really felt a connection with the characters and a bit of chemistry between them all was missing enough to distract me while reading. I must say that I loved the look of Memory. If I had an alter ego, it would look like her. A bit punk, a bit untouchable, a bit vulnerable and all around just a trip. I loved all the characters, but have to say that Eloryn was my favorite. The things she would think of and the way she went about getting things done was quite interesting. She was the one who really carried the story. I recommend this to readers 15 and older. For those who like fantasy and for those who are looking for something a little different to read. Both types of readers will enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the second book in the trilogy, Hope’s Reign.
BerlsKS More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Initial Reaction… Memory’s Wake was a marvelously unique story, with endearing characters and a plot that kept me engaged. The mysterious elements worked extremely well and I never knew what was coming next, which made this a really fun and exciting read. The Characters… Memory’s Wake is told from the perspective of four main characters: Eloryn, Roen, Will, and of course, Memory. I’m not picky about my book’s point of view, but being tossed around this much can be a bit confusing if the author doesn’t make the transitions clear. While I was always able to figure out the point of view, the transitions could have been smoother; I would have rather not had to figure it out. That being said, I did love these characters and reading from all their points of view did enhance the mystery and complexity of the plot. Memory (sometimes called Mem) is the most central character, in that her mystery is the one you’re most interested in solving (at least I was). In the first scene Memory is thrust into this medieval-esque world of magic and fae (which was pretty great, by the way), beat up, having to immediately run for her life, and  and she has none of her memories. As a reader, we know what none of the characters do – that Memory has somehow come from our world – because she’s wearing jeans and thinks of things like cell phones that are completely foreign to this world. As the story unfolds, we get to know Memory better and it’s impossible not to feel for her. She’s lost, in danger, scared and confused. And somehow she’s managed to group up with someone who’s problems are more important to everyone than her’s, making her feel inconsequential and alone. Memory’s playing second fiddle to Eloryn (sometimes called Lory or El, which could be a bit confusing at first), the first character she encounters in Memory’s Wake. Eloryn is on the run from Wizard Hunters, and like Memory, we have no idea why. We just know that something has gone terrible wrong when she passed through the Veil (some form of magical transportation) and that for some reason Memory was ripped through that same veil with her. Through Eloryn we begin to guess at the kind of magical world Memory’s been placed in – for example, Eloyrn’s magic is clearly forbidden, though again we don’t know why. Eloryn has the most personal growth of the characters – she starts of scared and timid, but as the story progresses she really finds her voice and strength. She’s also a marvelously compassionate person and she’s got to figure out how to balance that with the need to be fierce and, well, kick ass. Until these two ladies and forced travel companions grow into themselves, they’re very lucky to have the support of the two leading men – Will and Roen. Will is a mystery for me still, we’ve only just gotten to know some critical details about him and I have a feeling he will be much better fleshed out in future books. He’s a Tarzan like character, raised by the fae, and a bit wild. Roen, on the other hand, is a man of the world – he should have been a prince, but the kingdom’s been taken over and his family has had to go into hiding. As a result, he’s supporting them the best he can, as a thief. He wants to protect the girls but he feels ill equipped, mainly because he looks down on himself for the path he’s been forced to take in life. I enjoyed all the characters, and as a character motivated reader I was satisfied to see the way they moved the story along. The Story… That’s not to say Memory’s Wake doesn’t have a wonderful story. It does. The mystery surrounding Eloryn and Memory is heightened and intensified by the fact that they are being chased by the Wizard Hunters in this fabulously complex magical world. I would have liked to see more of this world and to understand it better. For most of the story I felt like Memory, drifting about in a complex world with rules I didn’t understand. It worked well for the story though; my ignorance made the mystery of what was going on that much more complex. What I loved, though, was that despite my lack of knowledge there were enough hints along the way that I felt like I could potentially solve the mystery. Ultimately I picked up on some things, completely missed others, making it all the more fun. For me Memory’s Wake was a book of self-discovery more than anything else. Yes there’s action and magical creatures and even a little bit of romance. But more than anything our main characters are figuring out who they are – and not just Memory – they all have a lot to learn about themselves and that journey isn’t quite over. The story and the world building were beautifully supported by drawings done by the author (some people get all the talent!!). I was skeptical when I heard there were drawings in the eBook – I didn’t expect them to be very enjoyable in that medium. I was wrong. I loved these drawings (even when I was reading on my phone!) and often stopped reading just to look at it. Ultimately they did nothing to move the story along itself and yet they helped me to visualize the girls and what what was going on in different ways. I wouldn’t want to read the book without them, now that I’ve had the privilege of reading it with them. Concluding Sentiments… Ultimately, I really enjoyed Memory’s Wake and look forward to reading the next book in the series. The ending left enough resolved to make me happy and yet I can see definite lingering uncertainties that leave it wide open to continue. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys fantasy stories, magical worlds, and young adult stories.
Stang_Books3 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Fenech for offering up your story. Ok first off I just have to say BEST YA FANTASY NOVEL I’VE READ IN A LONG TIME!!! I absolutely adore the fairytale style of this novel and devoured the thing once I finally had time to sit down and read it. As a filmmaker I couldn’t help but see the cinematic possibilities of this world. And that opening!!! Hooks you right from the start. She awakened to no knowledge of her name, where she is, or where she’s from. She regained consciousness severely battered and smack dab in the middle of trouble. Left with no option but to run and trust the pale girl she opened her eyes to who gave her her new name, Memory. Eloryn is on the run from the wizard hunters, her escape hampered by a malfunctioning Veil door and the loss of her mentor. When Eloryn fell through the door and spied the girl in strange clothing she doesn’t know what to think. Still nothing can be decided until they find a safe place to breathe and discover what there is to know about each other. Learning of the other girls inability to remember anything of her life she inadvertently names her Memory. Together she and Mem are on the run for their lives trying to find Eloryn’s mentor and Mem’s past. *giddy bounce* Fairies, dragons, wizards, oh my! This story of two girls struggling to find their place in a world neither is truly comfortable in. For Memory of course everything is new and unfamiliar, but Eloryn has lived an extremely sheltered life and being out on her own is a frightening experience for her as well. So much is thrown at these two in such a short span of time and while they’re learning to trust each other they also have to learn to trust themselves. In order to rid the land of the evil wizard who overthrew the rightful king and queen of Avall they both have things to discover about who they are and who they can be. Both of our mysterious boyos were such perfect companions in their own right: Roen, the seventh son of a seventh son and a disposed noble who’s never experienced what having that title would be like, and Will the handsome savage torn from his own world in an effort to protect the one person he cares deeply for. I find myself totally drawn to Will and can’t wait to see him come out of his shell more and escape the bonds the sprites have him wrapped in. Roen is noble despite what he thinks of himself. He can truly be the man he would have been born to be in another life. What the world has pushed down certainly won’t stay there. I adored the way this adventure moved along. It’s lighthearted and sweet with the potential for so much in the second book. I want to know more. I hurt for poor Mem when she really discovers her past. There’s so much pain there and I hate to think of her having to deal with it. Ultimately though, one knows she must. Mem is such a strong girl using her outward brashness to cover the vulnerable girl underneath. The strength she displays may in some ways be more fragile than Eloryn’s more apparent softness. Eloryn knows who she is and is learning to fight for herself because of it. Mem is still so lost and lashes out in order to maintain some sort of balance. The world building here was done nicely and I enjoyed the idea of a land separated from ours by choice. I’m really curious to find out more about the pact between the fae and the Maellan family and why Mem’s powers are different from Eloryn’s. This is a fairytale land and as such your evil is evil and your good is good. Exactly as it should be. But evil is a slippery devious little demon and you really can see it trying to drag Mem into it’s net. Mem’s struggles and the things she finds herself capable of doing lend to the idea of her being the “darker” of the two girls, but yet there is still such a purity to her heart you know she’s going to come out on the other side. I couldn’t help but “see” this world as I was reading. The writing made this world very vivid for me and as I mentioned before cinematic. I felt like I was watching the movie as I read. The action keeps the story moving along and I was cheering for the girls all the way. I really felt for Memory and hated seeing the times where felt she was left out of decisions or not trusted. Eloryn struggles so much with what people expect of her and the simpleness of what she wants for her life. In the end all I can say is if you like fairytales and magic, READ THIS BOOK! I know I’m going to be diving into the sequel as quickly as possible and eagerly awaiting Book 3 as well. Also, one last note, the artwork throughout the book is lovely and such a fabulous compliment to the rest of the tale.
HopeClip More than 1 year ago
"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." As always, I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in an author's request for a read-to-review. Similar to previous read-to-reviews I started off very hesitant. Maybe it's my gloom and doom tendencies. Thanks to Selina Fenech and her beautiful writing style I was pleasantly pleased with a book I was unwilling to put down. I spent one heart racing evening reading the entire book. Memory is described as "a troubled sixteen year old". She begins her journey shabby, disheveled, tattooed, pierced, sullen and self centered. At first I was very put off by her character. I believe that most readers will be pleased by her transformations by the end of this book. Eloryn is thrust into the readers heart from the beginning. Her story is tragic and heartbreaking. At times she is too naive but her past makes this an understandable and accepted flaw. Roen, I believe is our most tragic of key characters. He is the seventh son of a seventh son and this has brought havoc to both his social and emotional lives. Our final key character is Will. Oh Will, what has this world done to you? Can friendship mend what the fae did not? Author Selina Fenech has provided readers a unique story of magic, action, and romance. The story flowed wonderfully from one scene to the next. There were no slow spots and harsh detours. I applaud Selina for including her original artwork within the pages of the book. It truly added an in depth look into the heart of the story that is normally not found in other YA works of fiction. Will had my heart once I could envision him! I look forward to continuing the Memory's Wake Trilogy by reading both Hope's Reign and Providence Unveiled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a young adult urban fantasy with enough adventure, romance, and page-turning excitement to keep even the most easily distracted teen captivated? Then look no further than Memory¿s Wake by Selina Fenech. Imagine being dropped into a strange world with nothing more than the clothes on your back. From the opening pages, this is our heroine¿s reality as she finds herself in a land called Avall. Her body is bruised, she is confused about how she got there, and she cannot remember anything about her life, not even her own name. She meets a beautiful yet timid human named Eloryn who has the ability to cast magic spells. Eloryn¿s unauthorized use of magic has her on the run from the wizard hunters who will not rest until she is arrested. Despite her own predicament, Eloryn decides to help this lost girl with pink-streaked hair, piercings, and ripped jeans find her way home. First, Eloryn gives her the name Memory. Memory and Eloryn must learn to trust each other if they¿re going to survive as there is no shortage of danger in Avall. The wizard hunters, fae, dragons, and even the King of Avall, all want a piece of Memory. Roen, the son of a Duke, joins the group after a failed attempt to steal from the girls. Roen fills the role of the handsome prince to Eloryn¿s beautiful princess. Playing the part of the mysterious stranger and love interest for Memory is Will. Fenech gives all four characters turns as the POV narrator to paint a clearer picture of who Memory is, and does a remarkable job of giving each character their own perspective and unique voice. Fenech keeps us guessing throughout. There is non-stop action and new perils to keep readers hooked. Fenech has a knack for setting up cliffhangers at the end of each chapter to make sure we can¿t put down her debut offering. The setting is vibrantly described and the writing flows well; however, it¿s the character development that sets Memory¿s Wake apart. Memory is a strong yet flawed, believable heroine. Young readers will easily identify with the problems she faces. If the vivid description in this novel is not enough, the author has included dozens of her own skillful illustrations. The story is wrapped up with an ending that won¿t disappoint and readers will desire a sequel. Frequent POV changes may distract some readers in the early chapters, but overall, this is an exceptionally entertaining novel that I would highly recommend to tweens, teens, and adults alike.
The_Fairytale_Nerd More than 1 year ago
MAIN CHARACTERS: There are about 4 characters that the book took into consideration. The first one is Memory. She is the girl in the book cover - black and pink hair, eyeliner, piercings. When she was dropped in Avall through the Veil, she was as empty as a newborn - "no name, no home, no memories," as said in the book. She has bruises all over her body, and she doesn't know how she got them. The second one is Elory. She's beautiful, blonde, and a bit on the plump side. She is the daughter of the Queen who was killed, and has an enormous amount of power. She was taken by a wizard named Alward when she was little, and was trained by him. Then there is Roen. He is the son of a Duke, who was friends with Elory's mother. A few years older than Elory, his parents hoped that they would be a match. But then, his parents were deposed, and since then, they lost their land and money, forcing Roen to become a street rat. Last is the savage man. Oh! The handsome savage man! Now this one is a complete mystery. Memory does not remember him, so why does he keep saving her whenever she finds herself in danger? I cannot say more about him without giving anything away, so you just have to see for yourselves! WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT: The story begins with Memory being dropped into this world that is completely unknown to her. She then met this beautiful girl named Eloryn, who she later on found out was the long lost princess of the strange land. Together, they embark on a quest to find out about Memory's past, and eventually, to bring back to Eloryn the throne that is rightfully hers. Of course, what is a fairytale without a handsome prince - in this case, a sort of prince. They are accompanied by Roen, a son of a former duke. What is so interesting about him is that he is royal-turned-thief. Memory and Eloryn met him when he tried to steal from the two girls. The three faced a lot - dragons, faeries, and hunters. This book is a rollercoaster ride, non stop action! LOVE: I love how this book generated all kinds of emotions in me. My heartstrings were pulled by Memory. In the story, she was completely ignored and set aside by people. All of them see only the Princess Eloryn, and how beautiful and important she is. I felt so bad for her. There was a point in the book that I hated all those around her. Despite all her misfortunes, she still tries to be a friend to Eloryn and Roen. And of course who could ignore the amazing illustrations? The author is every bit as talented as a writer, as she is as an artist. ** spoilers** I especially loved the illustration where Elory and Roen kissed. The illustration matched the details in the text. It was amazing! ** spoilers end ** NO LOVE: I didn't like Elory's character. Whereas Memory is a kickass heroine, Elory is the complete opposite. A total damsel in distress, who is easily frightened, and needs someone to protect her always. I also got a bit confused with the first few chapters, there were a number of POVs that I need to absorb before I really got into each's story.
Pixie_Willow More than 1 year ago
This was a very good young adult novel. I wanted to like it so much since the author is both a fabulous artist and a fabulous person so I was really glad it did not dissapoint. Memory's Wake is the story of a modern world girl, Memory, fallen into a fantasy world. But the story in which she finds herself is no fairy tale. Trouble is the theme. The book is able to be dark without being gruesome or soul-crushing as some books seem to be. It was very easy to fall into the story with Memory and her friends. This book is all about the characters. There are limited amounts of world-building, but you don't really mind that you know very little of this world and its connection to our world, because you are invested in the plight of the characters. Memory has issues. She's written in a way which allows her to grow through the novel. However, she's not so flawed in ways that would make you irritated or bothered by her until you see her change. She grows but she is always likable. All of the characters closest to Memory are likable in their own ways. I think one of the strengths of this novel is Fenech's ability to slowly reveal a twist. Nothing is as I thought it would be. It was pleasantly just different enough, with enough surprise, to make it stand out. It's a pretty fast read and there is a lot of room for future books. I finished the novel feeling like I should be picking up the next so I can find out more. I want to know about romances, more about their world, whether anybody travels to the modern world again, how they change the world around them for better or worse. I see a lot of potential in Fenech's writing. This first book was very good and I really liked it but I think she can give us even more to enjoy. I would recommend it and am looking forward to seeing what happens to Memory and the rest. I gave it 4 stars which in my mind is "I REALLY liked it". Which might be closer to 4.5 stars but they don't let you do that.
Aussiegirl29 More than 1 year ago
Have eagerly waited to read Memory's wake since I first heard one of my favourite Fairy artist Selina French was writing a book. It was definitely worth the wait, from the moment I started I wasn't able to put it down till I had finished the book. The journey of Memory and Eloryn keeps you hooked from beginning to end, it's the perfect mix of fantasy, mystery and a touch of romance. Selina's enchanting art work doted though the book help to bring the characters to life even more. I would highly recommend this people to anyone who enjoys a touch of fantasy and magic in their novels, for both the young and the young and heart. I eagerly wait for the next adventure for Memory and Eloryn.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
A wonderful debut novel from Selina Fenech and I'm excited about the fact that it's just the first in a trilogy as I really fell in love with the characters in this book and cannot wait to read more about them. The book starts out on a high energy adventure and it never really slows down. The world that has been created in this trilogy is full of magic and wonder and yet is still believable. The characters are refreshingly real. They're not perfect and yet they're not completely bad either. Memory, Eloryn & Roen are teens and behave as teens have for centuries. They're thrust into a situation in which they've never been in before and don't know how to handle on top of the fact that they're still learning who they are and what their purpose in life is. They don't make the right decisions all the time. They get angry with one another and wish they could be somewhere else, but in the end, it works out. The villains are just as realistic as the main characters and can be frightening and yet still very believable. We can see how the villain became the man he is. Then, there are the marvelous illustrations. They really add to the storyline, both the full page illustrations and the smaller, more whimsical doodles that preceed each chapter. I look forward to seeing what happens to all of these characters in the next two installments of the trilogy.