The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy #bookreview #YA #fantasy #scifi

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Title: The Memory Thief

Author: Lauren Mansy

Publisher: Blink

Publication Date:  October 1, 2019

Page Count: 320

My rating: 2 1/2 stars

About the book:

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 she 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 rescue her mother, Etta must prove her allegiance to the Shadows by stealing a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. Etta faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past as she uncovers a conspiracy that challenges everything she knew about herself and the world around her.

In a place where nothing is what it seems, can Etta ever become more than a memory thief?


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 and the ungifted could only receive memories. Etta’s mother is in danger so she makes a deal to help and ends up paired up with Reid.

There were several things that I found in here that kept me from loving this story. First, the world building is rather brief and tossed in and along with the character building could have really used a lot more depth. The romance also seemed rather rushed going from a dislike to totally in love in what felt like pages.

I also kind of felt that more could have been done with the idea of memories than the overall plot of one ruler wanting control of all the areas which made it feel like more of a cookie cutter plot like a lot of other young adult fantasies. In the end it just wasn’t my cup of tea leaving me at 2 1/2 stars.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the Author:

Lauren grew up in the Chicago area, where she spent years working with youth of all ages, from young children to high schoolers. When she’s not writing, Lauren loves to travel, spend time with her family, and explore 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. You can visit her online at

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