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Great indie read! Memory’s Wake

Memory's WakeMemory’s Wake by Selina Fenech

My rating: 4.5 stars 

Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech exceeded all of my expectations. This is one of the best indie books I have read. Fenech takes an interesting fantasy story and enhances it with her amazing artwork and crafted prose.

The small illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are beautiful. They give Memory’s Wake a fairytale feel. Thankfully the literary devices and the style of prose develop a more complex story that while inclusive of fairytale elements, is a far cry from a clichéd reinterpretation of a fairytale. Memory’s Wake also includes full page plate illustrations. Usually I am not a fan of illustrated novels because I often find that the artist’s interpretation of the characters and mine differs. As the illustrations are by Fenech, who was an artist before she became a writer, the characters are visually represented just as they are in the text. Fenech has created a phenomenal multimodal text.

There are an interesting mix of characters in Memory’s Wake . I’m in an unusual predicament where I can’t decide who my favourite character is. Each of the four focal characters have just enough flaws to make them loveable. Yet each also has his or her own unique quality that makes them special.

Memory’s Wake is a story of lost and hidden identities, betrayal, lies and the desire to uncover the past. It is a must read for all lovers of Young Adult fiction.

I can’t wait to read the second book

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Must listen/read: The False Prince

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

Who are your favourite narrators?

Which books have you stayed up all night to finish?

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this audiobook. It was worth it! The False Prince was a surprisingly good tale. I had downloaded the audiobook a while ago and I reluctantly put it on one night for lack of anything else to listen to. I will admit that it took me a few chapters to get involved in the story.

The False Prince has the right mix – just enough intrigue, twists, predictability, surprise revelations and cunning plans to keep you engaged and eager to discover what happens next.

Charlie McWade is a brilliant narrator. His interpretation of the characters is brought to life by his dramatisation through the dialogue. He gives each character a voice that represents their personalities and role in the narrative. Often I would forget that I was listening to a narrator and not a cast representation. I also really appreciate it when narrators make you forget that you are listening to someone imitate the opposite sex – Charlie McWade achieved this. My only disappointment is that, according the Goodreads, he has only narrated a few books but I will be putting all of them on my To Listen list.

After my sleepless night, I also pleasantly surprised to discover an additional scene like a secret track on an album. What a fantastic idea! Usually when I finish a book I’m bitterly disappointed either because it is finished and I wanted more or because I had just wasted so many hours of my life. This additional scene was the perfect remedy. The additional scene that was a bit of an origin story was like an after dinner mint with my coffee – I don’t really need it but it makes the end of a meal just a little bit sweeter.

My greatest fear with The False Prince is that I cannot see how the rest of the trilogy could possibly live up to the first installment. Where does Jennifer A. Nielsen have to go with this story?

The False Prince is the thrilling first audiobook in a brand-new trilogy with danger, deceit, and hidden identities that will keep listeners hanging on to the edge of their seats.

From <http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12862980-the-false-prince>
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Science fiction – a growing love

For a long time I believed that I hated science fiction and I wouldn’t even give it a chance. However, after taking on a science fiction project in 2011 as part of my Masters degree, I have started to explore the genre more and more. Guess what I have found? There are some fantastic science fiction stories out there that are a far cry from my stereotypical assumptions of what is science fiction.

I know I’m not the only one. When The Hunger Games was at the height of popularity, many of my students were disgruntled to be informed that The Hunger Games was a science fiction novel. They were happy enough when we studied the subgenre of dystopian fiction because they too did not consider themselves to be science fiction readers.

Some of the great science fiction titles I have read in the last couple of years include:

Juno Of Taris Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) These Broken Stars by Amie kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Divergent (Divergent, #1) Divergent by Veronica Roth

Delirium (Delirium, #1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Partials (Partials, #1) Partials by Dan Wells

Audiobooks
Metatropolis META-tropolis

As you can see, my science fiction tastes aren’t very varied … yet.

Recommend me some of your favourite or most interesting science fiction titles.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the most interesting and engagingly sad novels that I have read. The unique characterisation of the narration and the non-linear plot offers a truly omniscient perspective. A fantastic read!

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Read February 2012

 

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The Messanger by Markus Zusak

The MessengerThe Messenger by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fantastic, original read. The protagonist was an intricate and believable character who grew and developed throughout the novel. The plot was engaging as each chapter introduces more intrigue. Most of all, I enjoyed reading this novel as it wasn’t predictable or clichéd. I highly recommend The Messenger for everyone 15+.

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