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Lies My Memory Told Me

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Lies My Memory Told Me is a phenomenal thriller from start to finish. Filled to the brim with twists and a captivating plot, this one is sure to keep readers hooked. The characters are well-developed. The story is incredibly fast-paced. This is one not to be missed! Highly recommended! Be sure to check out Lies My Memory Told Me today.
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The surprise twist in this novel wasn't especially surprising. All of the clues are there if you're paying much attention. In spite of that, I do like the way the plot developed. It's more than questions about the protagonist's memories or the predatory nature of the technology. It's the exploration of addiction, of the double edged sword of virtual experiences. I might have liked it better if these elements had been given more space to develop within the plot.
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DNFed. Stopped reading at about 25% and was just was not into this book at all. Specifically had issues with the main character and their voice through the book. It just didn't capture me like I hoped it would and eventually I lost interest in the story.
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I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had an amazing plot, but I felt the characters were a bit hard to connect to. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.
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Lies My Memory Told Me is a story built on an intriguing idea but ultimately it failed in execution. Our protagonist, Nova’s, parents are the inventors of Enhanced Memory which is a really cool take on virtual reality except for you are reliving someone’s memories. Think skydiving, mountain climbing, and you get the picture. Nova is proud of her parents until she meets a boy, Kade, who leaves her questioning whether Enhanced Memory is the good thing everyone thinks it is.

There is a lot to love about this story. I found it very intriguing how Enhanced Memory has changed the way people view life. No one does anything even remotely dangerous because there is no point since you can “safely” experience it virtually. Nova works at a senior citizen home and it was really interesting to see how Enhanced Memory works with people suffering from Alzheimer or Dementia. I also loved the suspense element of Nova and her deteriorating relationship with her parents. The action at the end kept me at the edge of my seat and I thought the twist was well executed.

Despite all the many bright spots I really struggled with the timeline of the story. Enhanced Memory is relatively young to the world and it just seemed completely unbelievable that it has taken over so much of the world. Basically, the world this book is set in can’t function without Enhanced Memory and I think that it would take so much longer for that to happen. To be honest, I read this last year and I can’t quite remember how long Enhanced Memory has been around but Nova remembers life without it so it is definitely not long enough for it to become what it is. Society has evolved so much in this story that even riding your bike is considered dangerous and something you are judged for since you could just use Enhanced Memory. Which makes no sense since it is still a mode of transportation. Also, because of Enhanced Memory bars no longer serve alcohol since people would rather ingest (for lack of a better word) memories. And it is little things like that that just completely took me out of the story.

I do think this book is a worthwhile read for the concept. This is Wunsch’s debut novel so I can understand that she got lost in the idea and tried to cut corners to make the story work the way she wanted it too. I do want to point out that I read this book 8 or 9 months ago and I can still vividly remember what happens. And considering how many books I have read between now and then I think that is a major testament to Wunsch.
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I really wanted to love this story, as the premise sounded fantastic. Unfortunately, I was not able to connect with the writing or the characters. It read young and I'm sure there will be people who love it, but I just don't think I was the intended audience. I was not able to finish this one, sadly.
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DNF - Did not finish. I did not connect with the writing style or plot and will not be finishing this title. Thank you, NetGalley and Publisher for the early copy!
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3.75 stars

Social media expands into the mind of memories, but when no one is making new ones, stealing becomes a serious option. A strong concept/idea, straightforward writing style to read and a good story.

I enjoyed how Nova was fully onboard with EM until she was shown the darker sides; the abuse of the elder, the dangers of only depending on media, the moral choices and how living through memories is losing the moments you have to live. 
The ending felt a little rushed and also anti-climatic, sadly. But I can understand that it is hard to wrap up a massive memory media world in one book.

The story concept intrigued me and compelled me to finish this book in one sitting; if this science/moral/media society like the story is your thing, you'll love this.
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I liked the concept for this book a lot but I feel like the execution was only ok. The ending was rushed and had a very HEA feel to it even though the last chapter had so much going on and we did not get to really even see any of the resolution, just the HEA epilogue. I feel like with the level of detail and work that went into this world building, it would have been better for this to be a series or at least a duology instead of the standalone that it was. It was ok overall as a fast YA science fiction read, there was just a lot that didn't make complete sense to my brain that I would have liked expounded on but that might just be me and an actual teen reader looking for a quick sci-fi read might find this spot on.
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I wanted to like this. I love a good YA thriller, but this one just fell flat for me. I couldn't connect with the story or characters
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Didn't capture my attention and engagement. Interested in trying it again though and hopefully it will take.
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Memories can be tainted by personal bias and context but what if the memories you remember are not your own? In Lies My Memory Told Me, Nova is surrounded by sharing memories and gaining experience through others. At first, she is intrigued but could the odd feeling she has had something to do with her memories not being her own. The premise made me want to read this book because it can be translated to social media but the execution was lacking. I didn't really get a sense of the characters overall. Nova was ok and I could feel her discomfort but for some reason, there was no attachment to her. Kade was the same, he felt flat. I wanted more suspense and tingly feelings of weirdness and I did not get that.
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The premises of this book sounded really intriguing....I love YA dystopian and this definitely falls into that category while also being quite reminiscent of today. Enhanced Memory has taken over most people's lives as they opt to just experience life through full immersion virtual reality, rather than risk getting hurt. Despite a number of books being written with nearly the same plot, I was still a sucker for the summary of it. Unfortunately, the story fell short for me. The writing was not great. I do not expect most YA to be the greatest literary work I have came across, but it this just fell into the "plain bad" category sometimes. It definitely wasn't bad enough that I didn't plan to finish, but it was enough to bug me throughout. The character development was lacking. I really liked Kade, but his character did still feel too vague for my liking. Through most of the book, I was really teetering between a 2 and a 3 star rating. It got more entertaining throughout, so despite its flaws, it was an easy read. Then, there was the ending....which was terrible. I was convinced when I had around 10% of the book left that it had to be a series, so I would be waiting for a resolution. No, the author just haphazardly throws together a super unfulfilling ending that sucked. I wish there was a nicer way to say it, but honestly, it was terrible and not a good conclusion at all. I had much higher hopes, so I'm really disappointed this one did not pan out.
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Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a cool book.. Interesting premise, well executed. I enjoyed this one.
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The promise of this book’s synopsis seemed to hold excitement, mental health breakthroughs with a dash of romance and adventure. The reality was banal. The writing and dialogue did not match the message that was presented in the book’s summary, and it left this reader detached and dismayed.  

I received an ARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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A young adult, science fiction novel that takes us into the days prior to technology taking over everyone. Lies My Memory Told Me isn't quite dystopian, but the feeling that it's right around the corner was so prevalent and really haunting. Sacha Wunsch takes a normal town in America and twists it up with the genius idea of Enhanced Memory. People can experience everything they want through a machine, there's no need to go anywhere or do anything. But like all things, there's a dark side and Nova, daughter of two of the brilliant scientists who created the technology, is just about to discover it herself.  I really enjoyed Nova, I loved her sketchy past, and I really enjoyed the shaking Kade and the EM experience gives her. She goes from complicit and fine with what she's told, to questioning it all. Wunsch takes the coming-of-age experience up a bit with the political undertones and it's done quite well. Unfortunately, the story is slow and there is a gap in the technology development that feels brushed over. About ten more chapters were needed to amp up the distress, to get readers, and Nova, to understand how memories are created, especially those of insane experiences like skydiving. We get a glimpse, but not enough for a title that isn't part of a series and it limited this book quite a lot. An excellent idea, but not quite as developed as I had hoped. I think younger, less critical readers will absolutely love this and I can see it becoming a television series or movie quite easily.
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This was like a sci-fi thriller! It would seriously make a good movie!
The main twist was easy to guess but there were a couple other twists in here I didn't see coming. And two of them broke my heart! It was so sad!
I really liked the comparison of technology and mental health, along with what those big corporations do with that tech. It might start out as something good, but somehow it always becomes something bad. People get greedy and lack empathy.
Nova was SUPER interesting to read about. You learn as she learns who she is. She is curious and doesn't stop fighting.
Kade was so sweet! Ugh. I felt so bad for him!
I'm a big fan. I am definitely going to read more books by this author!
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This one sounded great. It reminded me of a lot of sci-fi stories of accessing memories and sharing information, but I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It kept going on and on, but I was just never "caught" on the story.
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A young adult, science fiction novel that takes us into the days prior to technology taking over everyone. Lies My Memory Told Me isn't quite dystopian, but the feeling that it's right around the corner was so prevalent and really haunting. Sacha Wunsch takes a normal town in America and twists it up with the genius idea of Enhanced Memory. People can experience everything they want through a machine, there's no need to go anywhere or do anything. But like all things, there's a dark side and Nova, daughter of two of the brilliant scientists who created the technology, is just about to discover it herself.

I really enjoyed Nova, I loved her sketchy past, and I really enjoyed the shaking Kade and the EM experience gives her. She goes from complicit and fine with what she's told, to questioning it all. Wunsch takes the coming-of-age experience up a bit with the political undertones and it's done quite well. Unfortunately, the story is slow and there is a gap in the technology development that feels brushed over. About ten more chapters were needed to amp up the distress, to get readers, and Nova, to understand how memories are created, especially those of insane experiences like skydiving. We get a glimpse, but not enough for a title that isn't part of a series and it limited this book quite a lot. An excellent idea, but not quite as developed as I had hoped. I think younger, less critical readers will absolutely love this and I can see it becoming a television series or movie quite easily.
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thank you Netgalley for the earc in exchange for an honest review!

while the synpopsis for this book is fun and the dystopian element seems promising, i genuinely could not get myself to power through the beginning. the enhanced memory concept was extremely compelling, but overall the entire exposition falls flat and it doesn't really motivate you to power forward. even when the book picks up it doesn't quite fulfill what i wanted.
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