This is the first YA fiction novel I’ve read and I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The story is about a modern teenaged girl named Memory who mysteriously ends up in a strange fairytale world that is not quite like the ones we read about in books. Memory knows she doesn’t belong and must get home somehow. There’s just one problem, she has no memories of her home, who she is or anything before appearing in this strange, new world.
We travel along with Memory as she struggles to find out who she is, how she lost her memories and how she can find her way home. Her confusion and frustration are described beautifully along with the way she changes throughout the story.
The four main characters were well written and likeable. None of them are perfect but we come to understand their flaws and why they have them as the story progresses.
Avall is a place of beauty and wonder described (and shown), by the author. The artwork is stunning from the front cover all the way to the end and really helps us to imagine the characters and the world they live in. My absolute favourite illustration is in chapter 15 (page 166 in the paperback version). It’s not the most detailed illustration but it has captured so much emotion and it is simply wonderful. If you want to see it you’ll have to buy the book!
The story flows fairly well from start to finish although there were a few places that the dialogue seemed out of place and distracted me from the story. But to be fair, they were predominantly spoken by Memory and since she was from somewhere completely different to the rest of the characters it made sense that her words would seem out of place.
There’s adventure, mystery, a little romance and plenty of surprises. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed Memory’s Wake and am looking forward to reading the second installment in the series, Hope’s Reign.
Learn more about Selina and Memory’s Wake here: memoryswake.com
Wow, I’ve had this WordPress blog for 6 years! O_O Doesn’t seem that long to me. I had a quick look at my stats and apparently there are over 300 posts. So that means I’ve posted about 50 posts per year…that’s almost a post a week.
Looking back through the first few I noticed I used to talk a whole lot more about what I was doing but now I just don’t know what to say about my work. Can’t promise I’ll change that but if you have any questions about my art/processes just ask – that’s why I allow comments here. You can also use Facebook, Twitter or even email.
Anyhoos, just a bit of useless information to see you through your day, lol.
…huh, 6 years.
Started this last week during Sketch Fest. I painted her onto a small 5×7 inch canvas board with acrylics. I didn’t do any sketching beforehand, I just started painting! It was a fun exercise and I’m pretty happy with the result.
(That being said, I much prefer sketching first).
I’ll be listing her for sale soon but if you would like to get in first just email me: email@example.com
There was a bonus SF this month celebrating the anniversary of this wonderful event!
I felt like doing a painting without a prepared drawing first, so I “sketched” with acrylics onto a 5×7 inch canvas board! This is as far as I got in an hour. Sorry for the bad photo, the paint was still wet so I couldn’t use the scanner. Click here to see the finished version. Prompt: “Maiden & Knight”
Couldn’t resist this prompt! Prompt: “A Damaged Warrior”
As the battle raged he placed himself between the enemy and his friends time and time again, sustaining many wounds.
Only one was mortal.
But what did that matter? The battle was won! He would happily die knowing those he cared for were safe.