Hello fellow booklovers and Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for THE MEMORY THIEF BY Lauren Mansy hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the world Mansy has created. If you love unique and twisted fantasy stories, then you have to add this on your TBR.
Don’t forget check out the other tour hosts and their stops. There’s also a giveaway at the end so remember to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book.
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy,
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
A unique, fascinating, and thrilling fantasy adventure
The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy is an intriguing, suspenseful, and unique fantasy story that had me flipping through the pages and gripping the edge of my seat.
The world building is my favorite thing about this novel and I found myself mesmerized by everything. The idea that memories can be shared, taken, or used as a form of punishiment and torture is interesting, but incredibly terrifying. I would never want to lose or give away any of my most treasured memories… actually all my memories. Just imagining myself living in that kind of world gives me the chills and has my heartbeat racing. Mansy has created such a disturbing, but unforgettable and exciting fantasy world. It’s unique, intricate, dark, and utterly fascinating.
I really like Mansy’s writing style and the overall storyline never falls flat. There’s always something happening and Mansy knows just how to keep you on your toes and surprise you in the most amazing ways. However, (and this is just something minor) the pacing is too fast at times and the story is a bit rushed towards the end. For a story as elaborate as this, I wouldn’t mind if it’s longer with a slower (but not too slow) pace, so I can fully explore this world and digest every single thing in this novel. There are just so many delightful and intriguing aspects in the storyline that I think this would have been even better if it’s longer, or a series.
Having said that, the plot is still engaging, really surprising, and so entertaining. There’s plenty of awesome and exciting parts that had me on edge. There’s even a few moments that made my heart ache and scenes that made me teary. I enjoyed the suspense, the action, and all the unexpected twist and turns. The romance is okay… I’m not super into it, but I still enjoyed having a little love story. The ending is alright. It could have been more epic, but it does wrap up the story well enough that even though I want to change a few things, I’m quite satisfied with it.
The characters are complex and interesting. I admire Etta in a lot of ways even though I couldn’t completely connect with her. She’s betrayed her friends, made mistakes, and hurt people who trusted her. She’s far from perfect, but she’s has her own strengths and acknowledges the wrongs she’s done. I enjoyed seeing her change, learn from her past, and forgive herself. I also like that she’s fierce and protective of Ryder. I adore Reid. He’s selfless, brave, caring and sweet. He fights for what he believes in and is dedicated to doing what is good. I also really like Ryder. I think she’s fearless, determined, and a wonderful person. Porter, Felix, and Greer are all pretty amazing and I wish there’s more scenes with them. I love the bond some of the characters have with each other and their willingness to do whatever it takes to save the people they love.
Undeniably unique and thrilling, The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy is a wonderful debut novel that will keep you glued to the pages. The world building is superb, the characters are interesting, the romance is quite adorable, and the action, suspense, and twists are awesome. I also love how Mansy emphasizes the importance of family, loyalty, courage, sacrifice, forgiveness, love, hope, and staying true to who you are. All in all, I had a really great time reading this book. Mansy is definitely an author to watch out for and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
I received a finished copy of this book the publisher, Blink, in exchange for a fair and honest review and for participating in a blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Lauren lives in the Chicago area, where she’s spent years working with youth, from young children to high schoolers. When she’s not writing, Lauren is usually with her family or exploring the city to find the best deep dish pizza. The Memory Thief, which was inspired by Lauren’s own journey with her mother, is her first novel.
Prize: 1 finished copy of The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy + a poster and signed bookplate (USA only)
Starts: 10/14/19 & Ends: 10/26/19
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