The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

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Author: Lauren Mansy

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Recommended Age: 15+ (lots of romance, some violence, some language)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Blink

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I really loved the idea for this story and I thought that the premise behind it is great. I liked the world building and I liked the writing, it was smooth and easy to read.

However, I felt like this book was really too slow for me. The pacing is super slow and I got really distracted while reading it. I felt that the book would have been better without the romance aspect and there were a couple of mistakes with a character being in two places at once.

Verdict: A good concept but bad exposition for me.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Memory Thief

by Lauren Mansy

Publisher: BLINK

Release date: October 1, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fanstasy

Synopsis: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.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42613944-the-memory-thiefAmazon: https://amzn.to/34LJVVg

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-memory-thief-lauren-mansy/1130949243?ean=9780310767657#/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Memory-Thief-Lauren-Mansy/9780310767657?ref=grid-view&qid=1568695013677&sr=1-1

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=The+Memory+Thief

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.Website: https://www.laurenmansy.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenmansy?lang=en
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauren_mansy/

Grace Goes to Washington by Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham as Illustrator!

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Title: GRACE GOES TO WASHINGTON

Author: Kelly DiPucchio, LeUyen Pham (Illustrations)

Pub. Date: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 40

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“Who’s in charge here?”

 

When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. Should they buy new sports equipment? Books for the library? Instruments for the music room? The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Exploring government buildings and national monuments, Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday. But she and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to serve the needs of the people, especially when the people want such different things!

 

In this follow-up to New York Times best seller Grace for President, Kelly DiPucchio not only introduces how our government makes decisions, but also shares what it takes to be a true public servant. 

 

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Like most kids who grew up in the 1970’s, Kelly had a pet goat and bought all her clothes from the Sears catalog. Like most teenagers who grew up in the 1980’s, Kelly had really big glasses and feathered hair. 

 

Today, Kelly lives with her husband and three children in southeastern Michigan, where she enjoys writing just about everything except her own bio. 

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Kindled Legends: A Burning Embers Anthology by TE Bradford, James Quinlan Meservy, Rachel Pudsey, Alicia Scarborough, and Maria Vermisoglou

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Kindled Legends: A Burning Embers Anthology

Featuring Short Stories from TE Bradford, James Quinlan Meservy, Rachel Pudsey, Alicia Scarborough, and Maria Vermisoglou!

Burning Embers is a social media based community of authors, where authors discuss, share ideas, and support one another. It is a group that I have had a hand in helping to grow along with the fabulous authors listed above.

“It takes a community to rise above the ashes of obscurity.”

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