The Memory Thief
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.

The Memory Thief Details

TitleThe Memory Thief
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBlink
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

The Memory Thief Review

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    This book is an okay read. The whole idea of memories being the greatest priced possessions are interesting. I like that twist as Etta arrived at Aravid. It’s good and unexpected. The bit of banter between Reid and Etta makes me smile. This story focuses a lot on how guilty Etta feels about the mistakes she made 4 years ago. It’s a good reminder of how it’s hard for us to forgive and move on. I like the idea of a prison set up as a maze with traps. I also like the cover of this book! This book is an okay read. The whole idea of memories being the greatest priced possessions are interesting. I like that twist as Etta arrived at Aravid. It’s good and unexpected. The bit of banter between Reid and Etta makes me smile. This story focuses a lot on how guilty Etta feels about the mistakes she made 4 years ago. It’s a good reminder of how it’s hard for us to forgive and move on. I like the idea of a prison set up as a maze with traps. I also like the cover of this book!This story is told in the first person point of view following Julietta (Etta), 17. Etta lives among the Ungifted even though she’s Gifted. People who are Gifted can read other people’s minds. Etta’s mother’s life is in danger. Four years ago Etta makes deals with the enemy by betraying her allies to save her mother and today she is forced to reach out to those whom she betrayed to save her mother again. In this world, memories are talents and experiences and they can be stolen, use as payment, sell off for expenses, or forcibly taken as a form of punishment. There are 4 different realms: Craewick, Kripen, Blare, and Aravid where each realm has a ruler but one ruler, Madame, wants to rule all realms and controls all groups. Then there’s the Shadows who protects the Ungifted. Etta is to go on a mission with Reid on behalf of the Shadows to rescue the Shadows’ leader because only him may be able to stop the upcoming war.The Memory Thief is a good idea yet the story seems to lack excitement for me. The main character, Etta is a broken girl. She seems to have more loss than gains and it’s eating her up. This book has an attempt at having a slow burning romance where it grows from dislike to love but love seems to grow rather quickly. Etta is too trustworthy even when her trust brought troubles to her in the past. She readily believes Aravid’s leader’s words and drink that medicine from Felix without verifying if it’s real knowing the leader is a master manipulator. Though I would have loved to read how he manipulates people. I do like Etta’s other qualities like helping the helpless such as her mom, Ryder, and Penn. Readers learned of how evil the villain is through Etta’s memory but there’s hardly any actions to justify it. The ending got me confused because I was under the impression that Reid left the maze with Greer and Etta to fight in the war and then go to the asylum to rescue Etta’s mom but somehow Etta’s mom says Reid has been in the asylum for two days.Pro: cover, easy to read, memory idea, maze, banter, very light romanceCon: lack excitement, main character too trustworthy, character being in two places at onceI rate it 3.5 stars!***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Blink YA Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo,Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    me upon getting an ARC from the publisher:me, noticing the book's rating now dropped to 3.00**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest
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  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p. 101I was having such an excellent streak of luck with YA titles, and then it all went south. Man, I don't know what it is about this book. I was so excited to read it when I first heard about the concept. The idea of memories as currency seemed like such a great idea and I love fantasy worlds built around dark topics. There was a compelling body-snatching element here that sounded way too good to miss and perfectly creepy for October. Reading this was an exercise in tedium, though. TOctober.PinterestDNF Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p. 101I was having such an excellent streak of luck with YA titles, and then it all went south. Man, I don't know what it is about this book. I was so excited to read it when I first heard about the concept. The idea of memories as currency seemed like such a great idea and I love fantasy worlds built around dark topics. There was a compelling body-snatching element here that sounded way too good to miss and perfectly creepy for October. Reading this was an exercise in tedium, though. The writing was especially juvenile, and seemed like it was about five years too young for the reading audience (e.g. middle grade instead of mid- to older-range teens). I didn't like the main character at all, and didn't find the world as it was represented here engaging or interesting at all. In fact, it kind of made me uncomfortable, because I felt like it smacked of pro life support propaganda. The heroine is trying to save her mother who's been in a coma for years and is essentially stopping the government from pulling the plug. Your read on this might vary, and that might well not have been representative of the author's thoughts or intentions, but it generated a very visceral response of revulsion from me.Between the writing and the subject matter, this really wasn't for me. I just didn't buy the world building, wasn't a fan of the info dumps, and didn't really like the way that the theft of memories or their implication was portrayed here. The way that gifts and memories work here kind of remind me of the Death potion from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and if it had been more like that, it could have been really cool. As it is, I was just completely put out. Your mileage may vary.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 1 star
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Memory Thief was an okay read. I was way more excited to dive into it before I actually did. Then, I definitely forgot about the book and ya know - diving into it. Luckily for me, I finally realized I was way behind on reading my ARCs. It happens but I'm slowly catching up on those bad boys. Back to this book, in it you will meet Etta. I actually really liked her which was surprising. Instantly I was sucked into the whole memor/>The I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Memory Thief was an okay read. I was way more excited to dive into it before I actually did. Then, I definitely forgot about the book and ya know - diving into it. Luckily for me, I finally realized I was way behind on reading my ARCs. It happens but I'm slowly catching up on those bad boys. Back to this book, in it you will meet Etta. I actually really liked her which was surprising. Instantly I was sucked into the whole memory auction. Sounded painful and it look pretty painful as well. Then there was the playful, and very enjoyable, banter between Reid and Etta. Their friendship gave me hope because they were each other's ride or dies basically.Enter the romance, it was cute. I liked them together but didn't know how things were going to pan out once some secrets It wasn't even like their own secrets because Etta was pretty forthcoming about hers at one point in this book. No, it was EVERYONE's secret - this book had so many. Everyone was hiding the truth at one point which just kept giving me whiplash. Whiplash that I enjoyed.Overall, the ending was kind of meh and was expecting something a bit better. Still enjoyed it though.
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  • JenacideByBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    I really didn't want to do this...but I had to DNF The Memory Thief. I got to about 38% and decided to finally just put the book down and move onto something else. It isn't horrible by any means, and the writing is fairly good. But the author is trying to shove SO much information at the reader way too quickly, while going into confusing flashbacks, and it is just making my head hurt. There was about 10 names mentioned in the first chapter, which makes it hard to follow who is who since I have n I really didn't want to do this...but I had to DNF The Memory Thief. I got to about 38% and decided to finally just put the book down and move onto something else. It isn't horrible by any means, and the writing is fairly good. But the author is trying to shove SO much information at the reader way too quickly, while going into confusing flashbacks, and it is just making my head hurt. There was about 10 names mentioned in the first chapter, which makes it hard to follow who is who since I have no idea...who those people are. I had super high hopes for this one, because the premise is phenomenal. But the excessive information, and lengthy dialogue, and the eye-roll worthy insta-love is just too much for me to deal with.
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  • Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so sorry to part ways like this. You seemed like such a great book, such an interesting concept. And you've got such a pretty cover. But when I found myself making excuses to avoid reading you, even as I approached the halfway point, I knew that this wasn't meant to last. - my breakup letter to this book, DNF around 48%I really did want to enjoy this book. The concept of memories as currency is fascinating, and I loved the way the author brought up ideas like people collecting experiences ju I'm so sorry to part ways like this. You seemed like such a great book, such an interesting concept. And you've got such a pretty cover. But when I found myself making excuses to avoid reading you, even as I approached the halfway point, I knew that this wasn't meant to last. - my breakup letter to this book, DNF around 48%I really did want to enjoy this book. The concept of memories as currency is fascinating, and I loved the way the author brought up ideas like people collecting experiences just to bargain them away for money. It's horrifying, but so incredibly interesting. And as I saw in interviews regarding the book, the author based a lot of Etta's struggles with her mother's health around her personal experience with her own mother's illness. I love when stories have meaningful personal connections woven into them, and that aspect of this book was quite nicely done.The problem was in the execution. The beginning was a massive info-dump that had me constantly flipping back and forth to double-check what different terms and groups of people meant. The whole thing became a bit of a jumble for me, and maybe that was just a result of me reading it at night when tired...but I don't typically have that experience with other books, so I'm inclined to think it was just an issue with the writing and pacing. But the final nail in the coffin, the reason I ended up giving up on this book about halfway through, was the cringe-worthy insta-love that emerged out of nowhere. I just couldn't justify sticking with it any longer--I was deliberately avoiding reading because I didn't want to get into this book, which in turn put me behind on all the other ARCs I have to review (not to mention all the new fall releases I want to check out!). Maybe someday I'll give this one another go, and maybe I won't resent it by then. But for now, I think it's in both of our best interests to simply leave while we still can.Thank you to BLINK for providing me with an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon.
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Just received an eARC and I’m super excited for this one. Sounds like it might be pretty dark! Review/read will come much closer to publication date.
  • Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!
    January 1, 1970
    “Memory Thief” was a lot better than I had originally expected considering the not-so-great reviews from previous readers. What I initially drew me in this Young Adult Fantasy novel was the unique concept on how memories are stolen and the lead heroine Etta journey to join forces with the Shadows, who run the black-market of memories in the Mines which is a hidden underground city thus them being known as the best thieves in the Four Realms. It was refreshing and I immensely enjoyed that porti “Memory Thief” was a lot better than I had originally expected considering the not-so-great reviews from previous readers. What I initially drew me in this Young Adult Fantasy novel was the unique concept on how memories are stolen and the lead heroine Etta journey to join forces with the Shadows, who run the black-market of memories in the Mines which is a hidden underground city thus them being known as the best thieves in the Four Realms. It was refreshing and I immensely enjoyed that portion of the book but what I wasn’t a big fan of was the ending, lead heroine herself and the instant love, instant bond, instant everything romance with Reid the author created. The heroine was a broken emotional mess that was too trustworthy and she opened up far too quickly with Reid in the midst of the story which created an unnecessary romance that would have been better without in my opinion. And lastly the ending. What the hell was that. It was rushed, lackluster at best and to be honest sloppy as hell. Needless to say, "Memory Thief" was somewhat sorta kinda decent read with flaws that depending on the reader could be hard to ignore.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This book started strong and then quickly collapsed under the weight of itself. “The Memory Thief” draws us into a world where memories can be bought or stolen giving their new owners different skills and abilities without any care to the lifeless husks it leaves behind when Etta finds herself starting at her mother’s notice for auction and has to return to the Shadows and make a deal with her old crew and current enemies in order to ensure her family’s survival. This book started off great inst This book started strong and then quickly collapsed under the weight of itself. “The Memory Thief” draws us into a world where memories can be bought or stolen giving their new owners different skills and abilities without any care to the lifeless husks it leaves behind when Etta finds herself starting at her mother’s notice for auction and has to return to the Shadows and make a deal with her old crew and current enemies in order to ensure her family’s survival. This book started off great instantly drawing me in with the memory auction and the desperate hunger the characters had to take happiness from those on the blocks and it set up a great threat once the trigger for Etta’s journey is revealed but after that the story starts to fall apart. The biggest issue was pacing. It becomes very clear where the plot needs to take us and for the first third of the book it does fine with things progressing at a rate that makes sense however, once we reach our destination, everything speeds up so quickly it no longer felt natural. Everything from alliances, romances and the way the world was structured no longer made sense organically and our main players lost all depth as they had to act out scenes that were structurally on point, albeit predictable, but hollow leaving them sounding unnatural and like they needed some sort of cheesy music behind them which completely shattered the “book end” dynamic it set up. Finally, I have to add that I learned more about how the kingdoms, which I didn’t realize it had, and the different titles granted to the characters at the very end of the book in the glossary type section that I did throughout the story so to anyone going into this for the first time this is the only book where I suggest skipping to the end just to get a quick rundown on how it works. This wasn’t great and it will most likely end up blurring into other books in the genre which is sad because I feel like something really cool could have happened with this idea if it was allowed more time to breathe but I can’t rate it on what it could have been only what it is which is something I won’t remember. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • McKenzie/literarydragon
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful cover! All the golden swirls set against the black really stick with the viewer as a visual representation of how memories can intertwine and color everything with light or darkness. One positive for The Memory Thief is that for the characters remembering something is like reliving it. Each memory has an intrusive quality which makes perfect sense given the memory powers peo My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful cover! All the golden swirls set against the black really stick with the viewer as a visual representation of how memories can intertwine and color everything with light or darkness. One positive for The Memory Thief is that for the characters remembering something is like reliving it. Each memory has an intrusive quality which makes perfect sense given the memory powers people have. The plot line itself was good and entertaining but overall this book had a ton of issues. The relationship between Etta and Reid was insta-love and insta-trust. It went from “I can’t trust this guy at all” to “I trust him with my life” in the space of two pages. At one point Etta literally thinks “three days ago this guy was nothing to me, but now he means everything.” Three days. If that’s not insta-love then nothing qualifies. All emotions are rushed. Love. Trust. Grief. **potential spoiler** Etta’s mom basically shrugs when someone dies and says well at least I got to talk to them one last time. Like really? **end of potential spoiler** Mansy cuts out character development for a “he was evil and now he’s not” solution that doesn’t fit. And the reason why he is suddenly not evil isn’t even a good or well-developed reason. And even worse it completely cuts the climax out. Imagine that characters are traveling to inevitable doom that they must fight against and defeat the bad guy to get through the terrible maze and … oh wait the bad guy is not that bad and the maze is pretty easy with a built-in guide. Awkward. But wait remember that big bad from the beginning of the book let’s go back to fighting that person. Flawless.for the full review please visit https://www.literarydragonreviews.web...
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  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!DNF at 29%Couldn't get into this one. While the premise is interesting -- people having gifts, including taking someone's memories and having gifts that you can hide in a world that categorizes people as Gifted and Ungifted -- it just fell flat. It felt too easy, too simplistic. I don't quite know how to describe it, but I think it came down to the writing. The writing was so easy and the pacing was off. That and the characteri/>DNF I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!DNF at 29%Couldn't get into this one. While the premise is interesting -- people having gifts, including taking someone's memories and having gifts that you can hide in a world that categorizes people as Gifted and Ungifted -- it just fell flat. It felt too easy, too simplistic. I don't quite know how to describe it, but I think it came down to the writing. The writing was so easy and the pacing was off. That and the characterization because of stilted/odd dialogue.Really, just couldn't do it. I thought about finishing it, but I knew that I couldn't force myself because it might put me in a slump.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    OH. MY. GOD. i just want to touch this cover.
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. The Memory Thief, in theory, sounded like something I would have loved. I know I don’t read too many fantasies but if it has an interesting plotline, I’m all in to read it. However, this one was just disappointing because the execution was done poorly. I think this had more to do with how the formatting of the ARC was but basically, readers be warned about the confusing terminology and world building of this story. Lauren d I was given an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. The Memory Thief, in theory, sounded like something I would have loved. I know I don’t read too many fantasies but if it has an interesting plotline, I’m all in to read it. However, this one was just disappointing because the execution was done poorly. I think this had more to do with how the formatting of the ARC was but basically, readers be warned about the confusing terminology and world building of this story. Lauren did a mediocre job at creating characters as the story started unfolding. What are Ghosts? What are Seekers? What is what? I don’t know and chances are that unless you have the definition page with you as you read along or if you just have an exceptional memory, you probably wouldn’t know who is who too. It’s also confusing in terms that there are slight and minor differences to characters and their abilities so most of the time you’re confused. Next, the story itself felt like a whole backstory. We don’t get the juicy bits of our main character being a Shadow and diving into that world where she stole memories to give back to the rightful owners. We just get the aftermath which is confusing and leaves us with no emotional attachment at all.Finally, the romance between two characters happened too quickly. For someone who betrayed your whole group and only coming back for help, they sure got over the awkward patch very easily… Would I recommend this? Ugh, it was all too muddled and confusing for me. I would say pass.
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Thank you Blink for sending me a copy of THE MEMORY THIEF in the mail in exchange for an honest review! Hi. Hello. I am a sucker for pretty covers. The cover The Memory Thief isn't just pretty, it's stunning. Now imagine my excitement when I learned that it was a stand-alone fantasy and saw that it finally had a summary. Needless to say that I was pretty excited when I received The Memory Thief to review. Etta lives in a corrupt society where me The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Thank you Blink for sending me a copy of THE MEMORY THIEF in the mail in exchange for an honest review! Hi. Hello. I am a sucker for pretty covers. The cover The Memory Thief isn't just pretty, it's stunning. Now imagine my excitement when I learned that it was a stand-alone fantasy and saw that it finally had a summary. Needless to say that I was pretty excited when I received The Memory Thief to review. Etta lives in a corrupt society where memories and talents can be bought or sold. The Memory Thief opens in the auction where "criminal's" memories are sold by Madame before they are killed. After a tragic accident to landed Etta's mother in the asylum and left Etta struggling with guilt, Madame threatens to send her mother to auction and Etta knows she will do anything to save her. Etta re-joins the Shadows, a rebel group that cost Etta everything four years earlier, but it's the only way to save her mother from her impending doom. To swear her loyalty to the Shadows Etta must memorize a map of the maze created by the cruel neighboring realm's leader. Only Etta isn't a lone, she is joined by Reid who is a desperate search for his brother who is trapped in the very maze that Etta has to break into. The Memory Thief is fast paced and didn't stop for one second. From page one you are transported to a gritty and corrupt society and through the realms on Etta's journey. I ended up finishing The Memory Thief in only a few hours (I was suppose to go to bed but I kept saying, "One more chapter" and then I was suddenly done with the book. #noregrets) The plot was unique and intriguing and kept me with the nagging feeling of wanting to know what was going to happen next. By last one hundred pages I was flying through the pages because I was desperate to know how Etta's story was going to end and if evil was going to be put to rest. I really enjoyed the both Etta's and Reid's characters. Especially together. Their banter and arguments made me laugh and go back to reread the things they said. Though I did find their relationship to develop rather quickly I did enjoy the romance aspect. I enjoyed it because it showed how both characters are flawed and that they both have things they need to heal from and that they are going to help each other through it. Love isn't always rainbows and unicorns and both Etta and Reid have things that they are going to spend time needing to recover from.The Memory Thief was inspired by Lauren Mansy's own journey when her mother was diagnosed with a heart condition and it was uncertain that she would survive surgery or would have many of her memories when she woke up. My own mother was diagnosed with a heart condition the summer I graduated high school and has been through countless tests and surgeries. Each time I had the same worries, was she going to survive? Was she going to forget the life she had? Having read this about Laruen Mansy and where her inspiration came from gave me an even bigger appreciation for a story I had already loved. Overall I really enjoyed The Memory Thief and I can't wait to see what Lauren Mansy has in store for her readers next. This book is perfect for people who are looking for a quick unique fantasy novel that is also a stand alone!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....Review: 2 StarsI really thought that I was going to love this book even after seeing several negative reviews. The idea of memories as currency was absolutely fascinating to me and the cover was so eye catching that I was excited to have a copy. While I think the bare bones of the plot were great, the execution was not. I had so many issues with this novel and honestly I think that it's a shame that it wasn't great because I felt like the plot ha You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....Review: 2 StarsI really thought that I was going to love this book even after seeing several negative reviews. The idea of memories as currency was absolutely fascinating to me and the cover was so eye catching that I was excited to have a copy. While I think the bare bones of the plot were great, the execution was not. I had so many issues with this novel and honestly I think that it's a shame that it wasn't great because I felt like the plot had so much potential, but this book fell short of what it could have been,The characters felt incredibly flat for me, Their emotions didn't feel real to me. The characters could be hard to keep track of even though there were only a few of them and the plot felt jumpy at times. The conflict between the villain and the protagonist made very little sense to me as well. The whole thing just felt so rushed. Things were brought up in the book like the reader should know what was going on, but in reality it was the first time we were hearing of it. There were so many plot holes and I had so many questions about how the memory thieving actually worked. Memories seemed to work completely different in this book than in real life, but these differences aren't acknowledged at all.The world could have been cool, but the world building was extremely brief. I am glad that they touched on the economics of what it would be like as having memories as currency, especially for the poor, but there were way too many aspects of this world that were left unexplored. The writing just wasn't very good. Everything was told to you and nothing was shown. There were numerous times when the author should have used dialogue, but instead explained what was said between two characters in summary form. While I think that maybe if this book was longer it could have achieved more depth, at the same time I wonder if it just should have undergone more editing than it did.Obviously I had a myriad of issues with this novel even though I really wanted to love it. I thought that the ideas behind the book were really cool and while this book had so much potential I just don't think that it came anywhere near reaching it. It should have been a powerful and interesting fantasy, but instead it was dull and easily forgettable.
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  • Queen Cronut
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this book sounded promising, however, its execution and the plot left much desired. I was interested during the first 50 pages but then my attention began to dwindle so that by the end, I didn't care so much on what was going on.The Memory Thief takes place in a fantastical world in a society in which memories are the currency that can be given (or stolen) by the Gifted (people who can transfer memories) in order to keep the Ungifted (people with no abilities) in order The premise of this book sounded promising, however, its execution and the plot left much desired. I was interested during the first 50 pages but then my attention began to dwindle so that by the end, I didn't care so much on what was going on.The Memory Thief takes place in a fantastical world in a society in which memories are the currency that can be given (or stolen) by the Gifted (people who can transfer memories) in order to keep the Ungifted (people with no abilities) in order. The worldbuilding and concept of memory stealing could've been very well developed but it gets overshadowed by insta-love and slow pacing that its potential gets wasted. The plot starts out fast but then drastically slows down after the 100-page mark so when the climax rolls around, it isn't very exciting.Most of the characters fell flat here and weren't very compelling to read about. Etta was not a very relatable or interesting character. I couldn't connect with her and she felt juvenile and ridiculously naive for the Chosen One trope. The villain wasn't much better and so two-dimensional. Their motives are never fully discussed or embellished upon- they did bad things because they were bad.Overall, not a terrible YA book (it carries a lot of worldbuilding potential) but was an OK read.*Thank you to NetGalley and Blink publishers for providing a free ARC
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love this one.  Especially with the author being from Chicago and that this story was based on things with her mom.  But sadly this one fell flat for me.  I'll try to figure out what it was while writing this.First, the pacing is really good.  But, I actually wanted it to be slower.  I feel like there was a lot of information that could have been added.  It was hard at times to understand what was going on because things went back and forth in time.  I I really wanted to love this one.  Especially with the author being from Chicago and that this story was based on things with her mom.  But sadly this one fell flat for me.  I'll try to figure out what it was while writing this.First, the pacing is really good.  But, I actually wanted it to be slower.  I feel like there was a lot of information that could have been added.  It was hard at times to understand what was going on because things went back and forth in time.  I had a harder time connecting to the characters, too.  I wasn't a big fan of Etta, which makes me sad.  She is a strong, determined female protagonist, but I struggled with her quite a bit.  There were a couple characters I loved.  First was Ryder.  She's a young orphan who pushed her way into Etta's life.  She was spunky and brave.  The other was Reid.  Etta is forced by Bray to go with Reid to find the directions to the maze.  Along the way, we got to see how sweet Reid was.  Even during tough times.  He forgave easily and loved his family so much.I liked the concept of this book.  The gifted can transfer memories from one mind to another by touching them.  This was supposed to be a special gift, but as many do, people want more and more power.  They can take the memories of how to fight from a trained soldier and then do it.  Madame was a perfect example of power corrupting.  The ungifted can receive memories, but can't transfer them.  The ungifted are basically victims of Madame and the others who wanted power.  They stole memories and sometimes gave false memories back.  This was interesting because while reading, I wasn't sure if the person was remembering things how they were or how they were told.  Sifters are very powerful gifted.  They can transfer memories without touching anyone.  This comes in handy when they are being attacked.  They can steal memories fast enough to kill someone without having any of the damage that regular gifted would have.  They can also protect their minds from others.   The Shadows stood out to me, but I felt like there wasn't enough from them.  They take in orphans and others to protect them.  They also run a black market of memories and fight.  Ghosts are terrifying.  They give horrible memories and are used as a type of soldier in a sense to make people suffer.  Hunters take memories from animals and become somewhat animal themselves.  Overall, I liked the story, but there were a lot of things that just seemed sloppy or not thoroughly thought out.  It's possible there could be changes since I read a pretty early arc.  I gave this book 3 stars.Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy. 
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  • Bryn
    January 1, 1970
    It's rare to feel that a book is going to amazing right from the start. I usually have hopes but my negative mind knows how easily a novel can disappoint just a few chapters. But The Memory Thief was one I just knew was going to be perfect without a doubt right off the bat. Mansy has weaved a tale of a gritty, dark world filled with desperate people and even more desperate plans. Our mc is probably one of the most flawed leads I've encountered in awhile, but she still won my heart with the love It's rare to feel that a book is going to amazing right from the start. I usually have hopes but my negative mind knows how easily a novel can disappoint just a few chapters. But The Memory Thief was one I just knew was going to be perfect without a doubt right off the bat. Mansy has weaved a tale of a gritty, dark world filled with desperate people and even more desperate plans. Our mc is probably one of the most flawed leads I've encountered in awhile, but she still won my heart with the love and fire she carried in her heart for her mother. Honestly, that part was probably the most refreshing. So many stories are about the girl who gets the crown and the guy ... parental love was so enjoyable to see. Of course I won't spoil the ending, but it so quotable and huggable ... and long. Yeah, I am so weary of stories that drag you right up till the last second and end with "oh and they lived *insert mood* the end." Mansy took her time to bring her people and her message full circle. Look forward to more from this author. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. my. word. This book is incredible. I'm definitely getting a physical copy of this.I don't really know where to start... except that it was amazing and one of my favorite books ever? The cover is eye-catching and definitely intrigues me. The characters were so well developed. The plot absolutely twisted my mind and then threw it on a carousel ride. xD I never would have thought that it'd turn out the way it did, but Mansy definitely pulled it off. The writing style is beautiful; i Oh. my. word. This book is incredible. I'm definitely getting a physical copy of this.I don't really know where to start... except that it was amazing and one of my favorite books ever? The cover is eye-catching and definitely intrigues me. The characters were so well developed. The plot absolutely twisted my mind and then threw it on a carousel ride. xD I never would have thought that it'd turn out the way it did, but Mansy definitely pulled it off. The writing style is beautiful; it's charming during the quiet moments and then fast-paced and makes me catch my breath during the harrowing plot-twisty parts. Anyway, that's my review. The Memory Thief threw me so off-guard with its genius plot and brilliant characters that I have no idea how to review it. xD Definitely read this gem of a book. 5 stars.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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  • Madison Terwilliger ♥
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 Stars**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*I truly enjoyed this book! It kept me entertained and I enjoyed the concept very much. The idea that memories are basically currency and some people have the ability to steal memories, give memories, etc., was really cool to me. The characters were very likable (except Madame of course, I want to throat punch her.) and I think the author did a great job of character backstories and developement. Man, the plot(except/>*Thank *3.5 Stars**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*I truly enjoyed this book! It kept me entertained and I enjoyed the concept very much. The idea that memories are basically currency and some people have the ability to steal memories, give memories, etc., was really cool to me. The characters were very likable (except Madame of course, I want to throat punch her.) and I think the author did a great job of character backstories and developement. Man, the plot twists in this book were crazy. I did not see any of the twists coming and I thought they were fantastic. It actually is super hard for books to keep me entertained and I get bored in about 85% of the books I read. This one kept me entertained the entire time. I'm not sure if it's because the book is shorter than most and the author had to make things go quicker, but all I know is that I don't remember being bored one time. Etta is a fiesty little thing and I'm just drawn to that lol. She has a dark past which... I'm also drawn to for some reason. At first, I didn't really want to like her but she grew on me over time. She has personality and emotion and I think she matured wonderfully as a character. She used the pain of her past to actually help her love again and cherish her family, and that's really beautiful to me.Reid. Man, I tried to not like him too lol. Of course, he fell in love with Etta over a whopping expanse of four days. If you know me, you know I don't like "insta love", but I didn't mind this romance as much. It was actually very sweet. Reid himself is super mature and loving. He also has a really cool power and was an awesome warrior. In the end, there really wasn't anything to dislike about him.This story was really cool and to me, really unique. To me, it seemed like the author left a possibility for a book 2? I definitely wouldn't mind reading more from this universe!
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  • Carlie Schadler
    January 1, 1970
    The world that Lauren Mansy has created is unique and exciting. I was swept right into the world of Craewick with the gifted, ungifted, collectors, and theives. I love when I have the opportunity to read an indie author's debut novel because I am always so impressed by their talent and creativity. Etta is our main character and I loved her right away. Like most of the MC we know and love she is constantly trying to protect the ones she loves. The main difference with Etta is that she is real and The world that Lauren Mansy has created is unique and exciting. I was swept right into the world of Craewick with the gifted, ungifted, collectors, and theives. I love when I have the opportunity to read an indie author's debut novel because I am always so impressed by their talent and creativity. Etta is our main character and I loved her right away. Like most of the MC we know and love she is constantly trying to protect the ones she loves. The main difference with Etta is that she is real and never claims to be anywhere near perfect. She knows she has made mistakes in her past that will haunt her forever and she isn't always making the best choices. I loved going on the journey of self-discovery with her and uncovering truths about her past. Character development is usually lacking in a shorter book, but Mansy managed to allow Etta some serious growth in less than 400 pages. The love interest was realistic, lovable, and I was rooting for him the entire time! I love a classic friends to lovers trope and this one was done well! I also really appreciated that things weren't always perfect between the two of them and they had to make a choice to look beyond their mistakes in order for things to workout. Normally I love when the romance is prevalent in the story, but in this case I am glad it was more subtle because the world building and story development was much more interesting and important!Overall I really enjoyed this book, my favorite part had to be that I was constantly trying to discern if something was reality vs planted memories. The fact that memories are a currency and anyone could be living a lie and be unaware was so intriguing to me. It had me constantly second guessing everyone and their motives. Great debut, looking forward to more from this local author!
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy sounded like it had a cool premise, but unfortunately it never quite worked out for me. I stuck with it through to the end, but in the end it just wasn't for me. The characters and the world were too underdeveloped for my tastes. Plus, it wasn't all that memorable either.
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Blink for the chance to review this title. I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, it fell flat. THE MEMORY THIEF takes us into a world where memories can be bought or stolen. This concept was unique and was what first drew me into requesting the book. Although the idea was entertaining and somewhat reminiscent of Everless, I held onto the hope that it would set itself apart. The opening was intriguing and exciting and showed us the world where Etta lives. When Thank you to NetGalley and Blink for the chance to review this title. I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, it fell flat. THE MEMORY THIEF takes us into a world where memories can be bought or stolen. This concept was unique and was what first drew me into requesting the book. Although the idea was entertaining and somewhat reminiscent of Everless, I held onto the hope that it would set itself apart. The opening was intriguing and exciting and showed us the world where Etta lives. When her own ailing mother's memories are put up for auction, she embarks on a journey to save her.That alone was enough to hook me. But it's not long after that the book begins to fall apart. The book kept my attention for the first half and then slowly, it began to collapse. Motives and twists and even romances began to emerge and not with as much fun as I would have expected. It all seemed forced and almost thrown together. It may have been because the book was too short for how much material Lauren had to work with. It may have needed a bit more fleshing out before completion. I also could not connect with the character's as I would have liked to. Their voices were not so unique as to give them separate personalities. They all sort of blended together for me. I truly wanted this book to succeed, but with all the other fantasies like it nowadays, it may be doomed to fall into the cracks. I loved the idea, but the execution was all wrong for me.
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  • lolo'
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect word to describe how this book made me feel would be: hungry. I was starving for more and more of this story and characters and world. First thank you to Netgalley, Blink publishing, and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book.This book does come out October 1st, 2019. So please please please go out and pre-order this baddie. Our main character Etta lives in this world divides into four Kingdoms. She lives in the kingdom ruled by the Madame this mind re The perfect word to describe how this book made me feel would be: hungry. I was starving for more and more of this story and characters and world. First thank you to Netgalley, Blink publishing, and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book.This book does come out October 1st, 2019. So please please please go out and pre-order this baddie. Our main character Etta lives in this world divides into four Kingdoms. She lives in the kingdom ruled by the Madame this mind read wench with the ability to steal memories from whoever she wants.Etta’s past is a tragedy (duh like most ya heroins). And she has suffered immense loss but has also betrayed those who helped her to begin with. Now she must swallow pride in order to help her mother. Who is currently in an Asylum bed comatose. But in order to help her mother and go against Madame. She must swallow her pride and go to the very people she betrayed....The Shadows. THIS BOOK WAS JUST AMAZING AND IT FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS. OUR MC IS AMAZING. ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE JUST BDKAHCHDKXJN. THE ACTION IS GREAT. AND THE WORLD AND MAGIC IN IT IS REFRESHINGLY NEW. PLEASE PRE- ORDER THIS BOOK!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s the thing about this book...It has a good start, and the premise is pretty unique and incredible. BUT it fell short in so many ways.First, there was a LOT of backstory that got glossed over quickly. This book should’ve been twice as long.Second, the backstory was often glossed over in the laziest way: with WAY too much dialogue. Third, there is NO depth to these characters or their relationships to each other. A bad guy isn’t a bad guy anymore and we are never given much Here’s the thing about this book...It has a good start, and the premise is pretty unique and incredible. BUT it fell short in so many ways.First, there was a LOT of backstory that got glossed over quickly. This book should’ve been twice as long.Second, the backstory was often glossed over in the laziest way: with WAY too much dialogue. Third, there is NO depth to these characters or their relationships to each other. A bad guy isn’t a bad guy anymore and we are never given much on why he ever was or why he isn’t anymore. The main character remembers all these old friends who are dead, but the lack of depth in the backstory makes those friends mean nothing to the reader. And the antagonist was given literally NO character development. I wanted to like this but I was very disappointed.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HarperCollins and Blink for the ARC
  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. The Memory Thief By: Lauren Mansy *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟I expected to like The Memory Thief much more than I actually did. The premise is unique. Imagine buying and selling memories! Do you have memories you would gladly sell? In the world of the story, some characters are Gifted, essentially meaning they can touch(or, rarely, look at) someone and steal their memories. The heroine, Etta, is Gifted but hiding this fac Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. The Memory Thief By: Lauren Mansy *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟I expected to like The Memory Thief much more than I actually did. The premise is unique. Imagine buying and selling memories! Do you have memories you would gladly sell? In the world of the story, some characters are Gifted, essentially meaning they can touch(or, rarely, look at) someone and steal their memories. The heroine, Etta, is Gifted but hiding this fact, from all but a few, for the sake of her mother's life. Now, with her mother in danger once again, Etta must make a perilous journey to retrieve something. Her Gifted abilities will be needed on this journey. It's an intriguing storyline that didn't deliver. There are moments of interest with action and drama, but there are also too long stretches of boring material. The story as a whole did not maintain it's magical little something to make me want to keep reading. I forced myself through half of it because I'm not a quitter. The ending was anticlimatic, and overall, it's mediocre at best. I think this story will be best for a young adult audience interested in fantasy fiction and magic. It's got the goods for those readers but not for me.
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  • KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the Publisher for granting this eARC of The Memory Thief in exchange for an honest review.DNFIt’s gray, gray, and more gray everywhere. But most who live here don’t even notice. Their memories keep them in whatever place in the past they wish to dwell.I’m gray, gray, and more gray about failing to garner more interest in reading this book further. I put it down and moved on without a second glance. My commitment to books nowadays is so sporadic, and if I don’t feel inves/>It’s/> Thank you to Edelweiss and the Publisher for granting this eARC of The Memory Thief in exchange for an honest review.DNFIt’s gray, gray, and more gray everywhere. But most who live here don’t even notice. Their memories keep them in whatever place in the past they wish to dwell.I’m gray, gray, and more gray about failing to garner more interest in reading this book further. I put it down and moved on without a second glance. My commitment to books nowadays is so sporadic, and if I don’t feel invested or interested in any element, I have to move on. So I’m moving on.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, hccfrenzy, for sending me this ARC for an honest review. Like so many other releases this year, can we take a moment to appreciate this absolutely gorgeous cover?! Even the cover of my ARC was lovely, and I cannot wait to see the finished copy.And also similar to other releases this year, the mixed reviews were not going to stop me from reading a book that I was excited about! I really enjoyed this book, and I am ecstatic that I did. My actual rating of Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, hccfrenzy, for sending me this ARC for an honest review. Like so many other releases this year, can we take a moment to appreciate this absolutely gorgeous cover?! Even the cover of my ARC was lovely, and I cannot wait to see the finished copy.And also similar to other releases this year, the mixed reviews were not going to stop me from reading a book that I was excited about! I really enjoyed this book, and I am ecstatic that I did. My actual rating of this book is 4.5 stars.I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but I knew that I would be in for an adventure with some kind of villain, magical abilities that involved memories, a maze, and just all around awesomeness. And honestly, this book didn't disappoint for me! I loved the characters, and appreciated Etta's character so much. Her love for her family and the grief at her losses and past things that had happened felt so true and honourable. And her strive to make things right is something I think almost anyone can relate to.There were a few twists that were so fantastically done in my opinion, things that I did not see coming. And while there was some romance - which I thoroughly enjoyed and was rooting for throughout the novel - I was glad that it didn't take away from the main messages of the book: family, survival, believing in and forgiving yourself.I loved the magical concept of being able to transfer memories, and the idea that it could be corrupted into something far more sinister and transactional. However, I think the part where it lost me a bit was some of the minute details of how that would work. In the novel, people transfer memories through touch, sometimes without meaning to when their walls/guards in their minds are down. It led me to SOOOOO many questions - with the main one being how on earth are these people having sex to have kids without memories just flying and swapping around!? HAHA. One other point I will say, nothing I would EVER hold against the author, is that this book could have used another round or two of editing. I hope it will be given that before release date, because that is something this book so deserves. To me, someone with an English degree who hates spelling and grammatical mistakes, it was distracting... BUT I am aware that this was an ARC and so as I mentioned, that was not included in my rating. Just a side point.I really enjoyed this novel, and I think if you are a fan of books like Everless, The Last Namsara, or Romanov (all others that I love) you might want to give this one a try!Also, I would say that this book is mostly clean YA. There is violence, and honestly not much else that I can remember!
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