Memory’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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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The second installation in The Raven Cycle will not disappoint Maggie Stiefvater fans. Sometimes the second book in a series is something that needs to endured in order for the story to progress rather than something to be enjoyed. Maggie Stiefvater has overcome this with a really strong subplot that keeps the reader engaged while the search for Glendower continues.
The Dream Thieves focuses on Ronan rather than Gansey, as we learn more about where Chainsaw came from and the Lynch family. “There are three kinds of secrets”and we soon learn that “Ronan Lynch lives with every sort of secret”. In The Raven Boys I didn’t relate to Ronan at all. While he still doesn’t seem as lovable as Blue, Adam, Noah and Gansey; we start to understand the boy behind the angst. Adam’s sacrifice to waken the ley line is taking its toll as he becomes more alienated from his friends and the reader. With Neeve gone, life at 300 Fox Way starts to go back to normal – if there is such a thing as normal for these vivacious women. Blue’s relatives become more involved with helping the boys; even if Calla is still referring to them as ‘the pretty one’, ‘Coca-Cola shirt’ and ‘the snake’.
The Dream Thieves is written in a way that makes you forget that you’re reading as the hours slip away while you fall into the story. A must read for everyone who enjoyed The Raven Boys.
The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
AVAILABLE 17 SEPTEMBER 2013
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Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
After reading, Touch of Power, I was really excited to read Scent of Magic. Unfortunately, I was disappointed that it wasn’t as good as the first one in the series. Each twist and turn in the story seemed to get more and more far fetched (even for a fantasy novel). Even though I say this, if the third instalment had of been written already, I would have read it.Read July 2013
Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first Maria V. Snyder novel I have read. Touch of Power is an enjoyable and easy read. Avry, the last healer alive in the fifteen realms, is kidnapped before her execution, by Kerrick. Kerrick intends to take Avry over the Nine Mountains to heal a plague stricken prince which she knows will result in her own death. Throughout the obstacles in their journey, Avry must decide whose life is more important. This adventure, fantasy story centres around a band of characters, who through their faults, become endearing to the reader. A good, casual read for a Sunday afternoon.
Read July 2013