Just my rambling, plus whatever book I've recently read!
In a culture of cravats and corsets, a troubled sixteen-year-old stands out in her t-shirt and torn jeans. She takes the name “Memory” because hers are stolen, and she’ll do anything to get them back. Lost in a world not her own, where magic and monstrous fairies are real, Memory has enough to handle just trying to stay alive.
Chased by wizard hunters, hunted by a dragon, stalked by a strange, handsome savage, despised by the fae and wanted by the king himself – everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will change everything.
Memory will fight to get back to a family and home she can’t remember but desperately desires, even at the cost of new friendships and romances. On the run with no name and no memories, she thinks she has nothing left to lose. She couldn’t be more mistaken.
Memory's Wake is the first book in the trilogy of the same name, and we meet a sixteen-year-old girl in the woods who has no memories at all. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Conveniently, Eloryn is close at hand, and not only saves her (for the time being) but also gives her a name in the meantime - Memory.
There are parts of this book that I really enjoyed. However, there are also parts I didn't. The overall story is a good one, and there is a whole host of characters to support it and to move it forwards. Unfortunately for me, some of those characters had little to no relevance to me as their part wasn't clearly explained. This may be just a carrot on a stick for the next books, but it was one of the reasons I found myself losing interest in the main story.
Likewise with the main characters themselves. There were parts to them that made them interesting and relate-able. And yet once again, other parts were inconsistent with their back-stories.
I have enjoyed this book, and the illustrations are as magnificent as you would expect from this author, but I won't be continuing with the series.
* I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from the author which in no way affected my review. *
Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives with her family near Sydney, Australia. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, earned a living from her art by age twenty-three, eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her, written numerous novels and painted hundreds of artworks.
Once upon a time, on the night of a full moon, in a small country town in Australia a girl was born with a vast imagination. She was given the name Selina, meaning “Moon”, named after the moon that shone that night.
As a child Selina loved to read. Her favourite stories were those of myth and magic, princesses and fairies. She soon learned she had a greater love than reading when she would spend countless hours staring at the illustrations in these books, ignoring the stories told in words in preference of the stories shown by the artworks. She would study each brush stroke, marvelling that any human hand could create such beauty. The images enchanted her, bewitched her, and filled her head with magic and romance.
Having always enjoyed drawing, Selina began to create artworks of her own ideas of fantasy inspired by the illustrations in her fairytale books, with goddesses, fairies and enchanted creatures. She grew up continually trying to improve her art and create that same magical feel and sense of adventure she knew as a child.
Many years later, Selina’s artwork has been warmly received by lovers of fantasy all over the world. Selina still resides in Australia, being self employed in painting her ideas of fantasy and selling her own artwork and handcrafted gift designs. In her spare time, Selina enjoys cooking, urban homesteading, spending time with her husband and daughter, and all things geeky.