Hope’s Reign by Selina Fenech

March 30, 2015 Reviews 14

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 FenechHope'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
Pages: 360
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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.

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.

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!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Selina Fenech

Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, her baby girl, an unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever.

During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as an artist, eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her, and now enjoys writing novels


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14 Responses to “Hope’s Reign by Selina Fenech”

    • Berls

      Yep! I’ve since finished the trilogy and its so SO good. The illustrations are amazing, you have to see for yourself!

    • Berls

      LOL! I do that a lot too. And I already knew Michelle had quit it, so I’m really surprised I kept on. I guess there was just enough to keep me wanting to know what would happen. And then it got great πŸ™‚

    • Berls

      I hope it does! It’s hard to know if you should give up or hold out hope sometimes. I’m glad this one kept me engaged enough to not quit!

  1. Lola

    That’s so annoying when you start a next book in the series and can’t remember all the details and there isn’t enough recap to help you along. Although I am happy this book picked up after that. And that’s neat the pictures are also in the ebook, although I can imagine wanting to own the books for the artwork. I have a few MG books with artwork in them and it’s just so fun to see pictures in books. Great review!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lola. It is tough when there’s not enough recap. Now that I’m writing, I appreciate better how hard it is to find the right balance. At least my memory finally reconnected and the story picked up. I’m reading the third one now and it’s even better πŸ™‚

    • Berls

      Me too! No I haven’t finished our yet, but I’m really enjoying it! The characters feel back to themselves, so that should make you happy. And Memory is rocking in her new role, though she did do something really stupid at first that’s having consequences. I think you should read it as soon as I’m done, so you don’t lose momentum.

  2. Ramona

    Why didn’t I know about the first book? I swear, every time I visit your blog, I discover yet another book that has completely escaped my attention. I’m adding the first one to my list – because I love complicated worlds that make me want to bash my head against walls in confusion :))) LOL, I have issues, obviously. But you’ve written a tantalising review, and I am such a fine Pavlovian specimen, so there you have it… Have a good one, ducks πŸ™‚
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    • Berls

      I’m glad you’re discovering new books constantly on my blog, that’s my goal πŸ™‚ It’s why I try to read books people haven’t heard of mixed with ones that are “popular”.

      LOL I enjoy books that emotionally destroy me too… we’re a pair, huh? I do hope you enjoy this though πŸ™‚

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