Review: The Memory Thief

The Memory Thief

Title: The Memory Thief
Author: Lauren Mansy
Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★


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.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I normally don’t read standalone fantasies but this one was surprisingly decent. I enjoyed it more than I thought I was going to. It’s not really a favorite of mine but I did like it!


The main character Etta wasn’t someone I could really connect to but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading about her. I thought she was a solid character that went through a lot over the course of the book. I also enjoyed the romance and was so happy there wasn’t a love triangle. The romance between Etta and Reid was cute and sweet if not a little bit heartbreaking as well.


I liked the writing a lot more than I thought I would. It was simple and clear which is honestly my favorite writing style. I thought that it was very easy to read which I enjoyed.

I think the world that Mansy created was really cool and well planned out. It was interesting to read about as well as learn more about. I thought the magic system was cool and there were so many possibilities that could have been thought of. The fact that memories were such a commodity is interesting to think about especially in today’s society and how society interacts with one another in a world with technology. The plot was decent, not anything spectacular but I did enjoy it.

Overall Thoughts

I thought this was a decent book. It wasn’t anything special but I did still enjoy reading it. If you’re looking for a standalone fantasy with a sweet plot and not anything too complicated then this could be for you.

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