Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
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Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.

My Thoughts

This book sounded way too interesting to pass up so I was super excited to get to read and review it. I think that anything having to do with Frankenstein is cool so this caught my interest immediately. Also the cover is pretty awesome! And it actually represents the book well too.  This was not a fast paced book,. It moved along at a good steady pace and lets you really get to know the characters and get a feel for what is going on. 

Eva has grown up training to be Amarra her "other". She knows that someday if anything happens to Amarra she will have to step in and he her, but the thing is, she just really wants to be herself. To do things she wants to do. She things, eat things, and do things that Amarra has no interest in. She is raised by Guardians that are a little less strict with her than they should be and they occasionally let the rules slide. When she has to go be Amarra it is very hard for her to lose everything she has ever known and have to step in and be a daughter, sister, friend, and girlfriend to people she has only been trained about. The other problem with the situation is that Echo's are also illegal where she is going, so she has to be convincing. Besides the family, no one can know that she is not really Amarra. 

"I had this idea that I might be free if you were dead. But I'm not free, you've managed to trap me anyways. I've got to live your life and be you better than you ever were. - pg 159 ARC

I really liked Eva. She has her own personality and she tries to do what she is supposed to, but living her own life and being with the person she loves is taking over her and she has to decide what to do. On top of that the Echo hunters are now after her.  She doesn't know who she can trust or what to do, all she knows is that she wants to be free. 

We spend a lot of time getting to know Eva and the Amarra she is supposed to be. We also get to know her Guardians and Sean, the boy she falls in love with even though it's forbidden. I loved his strength. It was so apparent that he was in love with her too, but knows that it would put both of them in danger to act on it. He would rather never see her again than let them kill her for breaking the rules. I also really enjoyed getting to know a bit about the Weavers though I wish we got a little more. I have to say that I think I actually did like Matthew in a weird way. No doubt he can be heartless and he has no problem with ending and Echo's life if necessary , but I did like him. 

The slow steady pacing of this book didn't seem boring to me at all. I was so caught up in the story that even at over 400 pages I was thoroughly interested the whole way. The details unfold slowly and make you want more. You want to see what is going to happen when she does certain things. You really care about what happens to her. If you are looking for an intriguing read that you can immerse yourself in, this is for you. 4 out of 5 stars


  1. This sounds SO GOOOD! I can't wait to get a copy. I notice a lot of my favorite books are slower paced that have a really interesting story so I think this one will be added in the list. It all sounds just so awesome and it's been one of my most anticipated of the year! So happy you liked it!

    1. Yes!! I do love fast paced, action filled books, but I also enjoy a nice slow paced story that completely sucks you in too!! I was very caught up in this story and wanted to know how everything was going to turn out.

  2. I've heard really good things about this book and I'm excited to give it a shot when it comes out. Plus, the concept seems really interesting! :)
    I'm glad to hear that the book isn't really boring even with the slow pace!
    Thanks for the great review, Amy. :)

    1. I really enjoyed the slower pace of this book. It was really all about the characters and the story. There were some action spots, but in general, they weren't needed so they weren't in it.

  3. This one sounds really different. I like that.


  4. I'm definitely reading this -- great review!

  5. Fabulous review! I'm so excited for this one. I mean, first of all, the minute you mention Frankenstein, I'm in. But it also sounds so unique and powerful and awesome. I'm definitely buying a copy.

  6. I've noticed a lot of folks reading this one, but haven't paid it much notice. I'm glad that Lost Girl lived up to your expectations. Nice review, girl!

  7. I love the cover of this one! It's so good when a story is slower paced and full of details but it doesn't seem to drag at all. So happy you enjoyed it, and now I am even MORE excited for it. Great review love!

  8. Yay!! I'm so glad you loved this one, too. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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