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The Memory Thief

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,730 ratings  ·  563 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Blink
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Faye No, this is a pretty clean read. No swearing, some kissing--but not overly drawn out or explicit.
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Well, this was disappointing as heck.

This book had potential. It had the makings of a fantastic magical world and an extremely interesting premise. In another world,  perhaps in the hands of another writer, this book would have been great.

But alas, this book was not, in fact, great.

This book takes place in a world where memories can be stolen, bought, and sold. It follows a young thief tasked with stealing a map from someone's mind as she travels through this magical world. Essentially, it's an
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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 i
Mel (Epic Reading)
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
The concept and bones of this world and story are amazing; sadly they haven’t been given the space to transpire, breathe and sink in for the reader. I feel like there is a trilogy or at least 1000 page epic story here; and it’s been ruined by being chopped down or rushed into ~300 pages, one POV, and for a broad audience; instead of the darker feel I hoped for from the blurb.

Unfortunately Lauren Mansy has made a critical error. One of my number one pet peeves in writing is convenienc
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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DNF @ p. 101

I 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 Oc
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy is a young adult fantasy story that is told in the first person. The idea behind the story is that memories are used like currency and can be transferred or stolen from one person to the next which really drew my interest but unfortunately my expectations weren’t met with how the story was done.

Etta is the main character who is one of the “gifted” in the story however she has been hiding her abilities. The gifted can transfer memories by simply touching someone a
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 who
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
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
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
Melanie  Brinkman
Memories are gifts.

Four years ago Etta Lark made a decision that left her mother lying in the asylum. In Craewick, memories reign. When Madame, the power obsessed ruler, threatens to put her mother up for Auction, where her memories will be sold to the highest bidder before she's killed. Etta will do anything to save her, even if it means rejoining the Shadows, a rebel group she messily left behind.

Can she face her past so her future will last?

Trigger mental torture, illness of a parent, mention
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 ha
Caidyn (he/him/his)
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 characterizat
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs
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
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

“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 enjo
Amber J
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

I liked this one. It was a little slow starting for me, and while it never really picked up, it did get more interesting as the book went along.

I think the majority of the plot and the whole memory aspect of the story fell a little flat for me. What really kept me reading was the characters and the relation
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
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
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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 w
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Review: 2 Stars

I 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
Queen Cronut
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 worldb
Bryn Riplinger-Shutt
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
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
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 wa
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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 connec
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, disappointing. When I hear memory I go "OOOOOOHHH BRAIN this is going to be good", but, alas, I'm an idiot. Here's the rundown:

Magic System - lazy, underdeveloped: everyone who was "gifted" (meaning they could give and take memories) could just access all the different types of memories with no limitations (except that when the gifted take memories it gives the people who have had the memory taken a headache... but it's mentioned maybe once and doesn't affect the main players of this b
Madison Terwilliger ♥
*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
Carlie Schadler
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it when I close a book after reading the last sentence and just hold it or a moment, reliving all the feelings and vivid images from the story's journey for a few seconds. The Memory Thief was one of those books; full of heart and one I'll remember. The plot was riveting and unique and the characters deep. It had me laughing and smiling. I tucked it into a space on my shelf that holds all my favorite books. :) <3 ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The follows Etta who is living in the Stone Realm ruled by the cruel ruler called Madame. Although the four realms are famous for their own respective spheres, the Stone Realm is all together a different thing. In a time where memory can be stolen or put out to bid, Etta must keep her wits if she wants to save the people she loves. And it does not help when she herself is hiding a secret.

The story starts with the auction scene where the prisoners are getting auctioned off for their memories and
Celia McMahon
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
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wit
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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. ...more

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