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Memory's Wake

(Memory's Wake Trilogy #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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 hu
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd (first published June 5th 2011)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
An emo, a princess, Tarzan and a thief walk into a bar.

The rest of the joke is the book itself.

Yeah, no.

I was so excited about reading this one. I don’t know why. It may have been the awesome cover, the author is a very good graphic artist and it shows. Goodreads had an extended preview for it once. It probably still does. Going through it, I could see some amazing artwork put in the book and that made me even more excited. Also, the beginning of each chapter has a cute illustration; this remin
Selina Fenech
Jun 25, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Paperback, ebook and hardcover versions of Memory's Wake are illustrated with 44 black and white artworks throughout the pages. There are nine full page artworks and the remaining are smaller spot illustrations. All of the artworks are by myself (author and artist), and I created the illustrations to actually show the scenes they are depicting as closely as I could. So beware! I know it will be tempting to flick through the book and look at the pictures when you first get it... but avoid doing i ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Actual rating: 3.5

Whimsical, fairy tale like, and filled with fantastical creatures, Memory’s Wake transports the reader to a different place. One where dragons exist, magic prevails and a thief and a princess fall in love. In the midst of it all is Memory, a strange girl with pink and black hair who has no recollection of how she got there. She meets Eloryn, a beautiful fair maiden who seems to be on a run and gets thrust into an adventure filled with magic, royalty, and a host of characters wh
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: didnt-finish
First off I'm going to state the things that I did really love about this book:

First of all, I really enjoyed all the little drawings in the beginnings of chapters and throughout the rest of the book. Selina Fenech is such a talented artist and her work is incredibly beautiful and inspiring.

I could also see all of the hard work and passion that went into creating this book, and that the author truly believes in every single word she put down on paper. It was even funny at times, and Memory had a
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,
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
An imaginative and engaging read.

What would you do if you awoke in a strange place with absolutely no memories of who you are!! Well that's what Memory has to deal with. She awakens to find herself face to face with a girl she doesn't know, a world she never knew existed, no memories of who she is, a savage that seems to know her and an affinity to magic that she never in her wildest dreams would of imagined. She is thrown into a fight for her life with no idea of why she is on the run. What fo
Selina Fenech
Jul 13, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Paperback, ebook and hardcover versions of Memory's Wake are illustrated with 44 black and white artworks throughout the pages. There are nine full page artworks and the remaining are smaller spot illustrations. All of the artworks are by myself (author and artist), and I created the illustrations to actually show the scenes they are depicting as closely as I could. So beware! I know it will be tempting to flick through the book and look at the pictures when you first get it... but avoid doing i ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy, ya
An excellent fantasy adventure. I really liked it. Memory was self absorbed, but what teen ager isn't? The resolution was good, but left space open for character development in the rest of the trilogy.
Tianna Holley
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Memory's Wake, written by Selina Fenech, is the first book in the Memory's Wake Trilogy. It starts out fast, diving straight into the story, with Memory waking with amnesia. She immediately meets another girl just before they run away from a group of dangerous men with a dragon.

Although the story is told from four different views, two females and two males, it's not hard to follow. Each character has a different personality and reason for doing what they do. We get into each of their heads and
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely a case of "be patient". While the book is slow to start, it picks up naturally and grows on you. Stick with it and you will be happily surprised.

Theme: it is a multi-genre book, heavy in fantasy and mystery, so there is something for everyone. While there is romance, it seems slightly forced at times, but still sweet and not too in-your-face and gag-inducing.

World Building: while confusing in the b
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy
The story of Memory’s Wake begins with a tumble into the rabbit hole. Memory is in a state of confusion, not knowing how she arrived face down in the dirt, pain ravaging her body and mind, next to a young girl she’s never seen before. The reader is instantly thrown into the action as the two begin running through the woods to escape not only hunters, but a dragon. Yes, a dragon.. right from the start. Even more impossible things begin happening and no matter how hard Memory tries.. she can’t wak ...more
Hey, this is one of those times when a free ebook offering paid off.

The cover sort of threw me off at first, because the goth girl scene doesn't really move me. But what's interesting is that the author illustrated this book, and there are some beautiful and dazzling illustrations included, but the one on the cover was my least favorite.

It was nice getting a glimpse into how the author meant them to look. And Memory really isn't that much of a goth girl, mostly just the packaging. But she gives
Nikki Burnette
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having been a long time follower and fan of Selina Fenech's gorgeous fantasy art, I was beyond thrilled when I discovered she had not only written but also illustrated her first full length novel. This book has been on my list to read ever since it came out and it was the very first book I purchased when I got my brand new Kindle!

I was drawn into the book immediately from the first chapter. Selina's writing was very easy and enjoyable to read and I fell in love with the characters right away. I
Cathleen Townsend
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech is its gorgeous cover, and this is carried on inside with chapter illustrations that could make JK Rowling sigh with envy, all the work of the talented author-illustrator. This greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the accompanying story.

Memory’s Wake is unexpectedly literal in its title. The main character is named Memory, although not by her choosing, at least not at first.


“I’ll give you a name,” Eloryn promised in desperation. Only
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 char
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons, ya, fantasy, romance, fae
GENRE: YA Fantasy Romance
THEME: Magic
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author

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
Toria Mason
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I was really wary of this book at first. I adore Selina's art and that was my only true reason for wishing to read this, so I put off getting it. When she put it out free, I decided this was a good opportunity to check it out. Since it was an eBook, I was a little worried that the art would not be in it (I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the pictures were only in tangible books.) Immediately I was excited to see the art was in fact in the book. Thus I began...

The beginning started ou
William Potter
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Krystal Jewel Thomas
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More of a 4.5

Rated 1-10:

Quality of Writing: 10

Descriptions: 9 - Could have used a tiny bit more description of the actual world, but the characters were so amazing it was hard to even notice it lacked that.
Words: 10
Dialogue: 10 - It's amazing how each character is able to speak differently. You could tell who they are just by how they talk! Especially Memory.
Pace: 10
Ease of Reading: 10
Enjoyability: 10


Beginning: 10, I love the twist of amnesia, where even though she has no memory she still
Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
From the very beginning of Memory’s Wake, the reader is dropped into the action as Memory appears in the land of Avall with no memories of who she is or where she came from. She remembers things about another world, but it’s clear from the soldiers chasing her and the monsters she encounters that this is not the world she thinks it is. Befriended and helped by Eloryn and later by Roen and the mysterious Will, Memory travels across the land in search of a safe haven, as well as the secrets of her ...more
Louisa Watson
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Memory is a sixteen-year-old girl plunged into a magical world of Avall, with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Is she a demon from Hell, as others fear? What is the source of the destructive power that sometimes flares within her? And what is the connection she shares with Eloryn, a princess-in-hiding who has promised to help restore her memories?

I really enjoyed this story. There are books that impress me with their exquiste writing, and there are books that grip me with thei
James Pearce
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Memory’s Wake is an otherworld fantasy novel by Selina Fenech; she’s an artist and the novel is illustrated with several of her pieces.

This is a YA novel, with the main characters all appearing to be in their teens, and there’s a fair bit of focus on wistful glances and teenage angst. Of course, there’s also plenty of majestic dragons and fickle fairies and powerful magic; this is an action packed novel. The handsome savage, the elegant rogue, the beautiful princes, the girl with no memory but
Melissa Dustin
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Selina French for the opportunity to review.

The concept was intriguing, but this story never really grabbed me. I thought there would be more necessary interaction with the fae, but that aspect felt more like a set piece. The magic seemed to be a plot convenience rather than an engine of story movement.

I found the character development inconsistent. Everyone always does the "right" thing for the right reasons, and the villain was just a bad guy after all. I would have liked to see m
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I have quite a few mixed feelings about this book, but this is probably a series I would like to continue to find out some of the details I am eager to know.
Starting to read this book, I got confused between the mixed perspectives that there was. I thought that the change in perspective from the start made it jarring and impacted the dislike I held for some of the main characters throughout the book. It wasn't till towards the end of the book that I came to like the protagonist. The only charac
Nicole Cadet
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've known Selina online for a number of years (through our mutual arting), and was a bit hesitant to read the book - I went through a YA Fantasy binge a few years ago and haven't touched them since (I like well written YA novels, I hate reading fantasy novels where the violence is so graphic). But I figured, hey, even if I don't like the book, I can look at the pretty pictures :) I finally succumbed (after doing some fan art without having read the book) and bought it for my kindle (have I ment ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh, it was just okay.
It would have been better without the grammar mistakes everywhere. A lot of corrupted sentences made for hard reading at times and the plotline was too predictable. Not that we don't enjoy predictable, but it was way too much so for my tastes.

Also the story just didn't grab me. It fell flat, and maybe it was the writing, I don't know, but the action scenes were sort of jumbled to the point it was confusing as to what they were doing and who was doing it.

The romance felt fo
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Outstanding Fantasy Romance"

EM ELDRIDGE did an outstanding job narrating this audiobook. Her voice is perfect for anything. With her beautiful tone, perfect voice inflections, and hint of accent she made me believe this story. She has proven to be a superb reader as well as one of my favorites. To me, she was a great match for the story.

MEMORY'S WAKE was an intriguing fantasy/romance for teens, young adults, or any age. I've learned that it takes a certain way to listen to fantasy novels suc
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have been a fan of Selina's artwork for years, and it was the artwork in this book that drew my interest. I have read a few young adult books before and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one left me wondering if I would have even enjoyed it being 15 years younger than I am now. Unfortunately I found the story lacking, bits and pieces seeming to be borrowed from old fables and not very well pieced together. The characters were tedious to say the least, the main character far too "woe is me" to ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Memory's Wake at about the third page. Selina Fenech drops you right into the middle of all the action right from the start and it was brilliant. The perfect way to make you relate 100% to what Memory was experiencing - from the pain and confusion, to the relief at finding someone willing to help.

While the story is primarily about Memory and her search for answers about her past - her memories are all missing, anything that happened before the book starts is all a mystery to
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read4review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

We meet Memory or Mem, waking from unconsciousness after having a real bad nightmare or was it? Memory meets Eloryn who she thinks is a Ghost girl. Memory cant remember anything of who she is, where she from, what her name is-which is why Eloryn gives her the name Memory. Memory is dressed completely different from Eloryn. Eloryn tells Memory if she helps her find Alward, she will help her get her Memory's back.

The girls have a long and dif
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