Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Quick Thought Review: The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy (@LaurenMansy, @BlinkYABooks)

Sometimes I read a book where I just don't have a lot to say about it. Hence the name quick thought reviews. This will be short and sweet.

The Memory Thief
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Blink
ISBN: 0310767652
ISBN13: 9780310767657
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley

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.

I really enjoyed the overall plot of THE MEMORY THIEF.

There were some neat revelations and surprises throughout the story, the world was interesting and I Enjoyed the characters.

The romance was meh. I am not a fan of the insta-love with no real build up. Etta goes from not trusting Reid to trusting him with her life in a snap. My biggest issue with THE MEMORY THIEF was the pacing. Seems to go from a nice pace with buildup to way too fast towards the end and through the major showdown.

I enjoyed the overall story and would read more in this world if more books were written.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.