I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hope's Reign by Selina Fenech
Series: Memory's Wake Trilogy #2
Published by Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd on May 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Hope’s Reign got off to a really slow start. Between not remembering a lot of important details and jarring transitions, I was confused for a while. And I almost gave up. Boy am I glad I clung to the really interesting pieces and kept going past my usual quit point (20%)! Because at about 35% things started getting really interesting and by 60% I couldn’t put it down.
Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.
I think my favorite thing was this unique world – though it was also the most confusing. Most of the world development happens in Memory’s point of view, and she’s as clueless as I am, so were blundering around together trying to figure out this strange world together. I figured it out for the most part, though, and it’s freaking cool!
Then there’s the characters. When Hope’s Reign started, Memory got on my nerves. She was so mopey! But as the story developed I grew to love her again. Yes she was still mopey, but for good reason. For a good portion I felt like she was the only one who was really doing anything a ruler should and with a clue! Eloryn was blinded by duty and pressure and I just wanted to smack her so she’d wake up! Oh and this one character just made by blood boil – I wont name him so I don’t spoil things for you – but he made me angrier and angrier!
Oh and I can’t forget the pictures! They’re gorgeous, even in the eBook. I stop and stare at them, soaking in the details and making predictions. I own the first book and paperback and intend to own all three, just so I can look at the gorgeous art work.
The last 15% of Hope’s Reign was pretty non-stop and things got really exciting. I’m going to make a point to pick up the next book really soon so I don’t forget things again. Maybe it won’t take me as long to get into the story that way!