29 August, 2012

Book Release: The Lost Girl By Sangu Mandanna

Yesterday, The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (from Echoes of a Wayward Mind) was released. I've been following Sangu for so long I can't remember when I started, and finally, her book is here!


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.


“Both an interrogation of bioethics and a mesmerizing quest for identity, this debut succeeds through its careful development of the oh-so-human Eva and those around her. A provocative and page-turning thriller/romance that gets at the heart of what it means to be human.” 
(Kirkus Reviews)

“THE LOST GIRL was the most honest portrait of grief and loss that I’ve read in a long time. Filled with heartache, love, and things that would stir Mary Shelley’s ghost, this is a story not to be missed.” 
(Lauren DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy)

“Mandanna’s debut novel is lovely and at times heartbreaking... A thoughtful study of both a girl’s search for her identity and the human reaction to death.” 
(Publishers Weekly)


Purchase links:

Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
The Book Depository

About Sangu Mandanna:

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when she was chased by an elephant and wrote her first story about it and decided that this was what she wanted to do with her life. Seventeen years later, she read Frankenstein. It sent her into a writing frenzy that became THE LOST GIRL, a novel about death and love and the tie that binds the two together. Sangu now lives in England with her husband and baby son.
Twitter: @SanguMandanna


Have you read The Lost Girl? Know Sangu? Have the book on your TBR?

-----The Golden Eagle


David P. King said...

This sounds truly awesome. Thanks for the highlight, Eagle! :)

Marsha Sigman said...

Ok, this sounds stunning. Definitely going to read! Thank you!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Golden
I read this on Alex blog too. What a great concept. I think I must read it.

michelle said...

This sounds very interesting and very different too... a must read...

Pat Hatt said...

Oh the cover is great with the fade out on the face.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She's getting a great response on my blog as well!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Such a stylish looking book. Great concept

Krispy said...

I'm excited for this book! It's already on my goodreads TBR. The concept just sounds fascinating and I love that Frankenstein was part of the inspiration for it.

Brinda said...

I saw this book on another blog today. Now, I've added it to my Goodreads TBR list. :)

Beth said...

Sounds awesome. Congrats to the author!

Cherie Reich said...

The Lost Girl sounds fantastic! It's on my to-read list.

Carol Kilgore said...

I saw The Lost Girl on another blog this morning. It sounds fascinating.

Deniz Bevan said...

Wow. What an interesting and heartbreaking-sounding idea. Congratulations to Sangu on her release!

Theresa Milstein said...

I read an ARC of this two week ago. Really good book. I reviewed it on Goodreads.

Lydia Kang said...

Wow, I love that cover! The book sounds great. Thanks!

M Pax said...

Congrats to Sangu! Awesome.

Sangu Mandanna said...

YAY! Thanks so much for this awesome post, Golden. And thank you for all the lovely comments, everyone!

(Sorry it's taken me so long to stop by today, it's been one of those days :-()

mshatch said...

I just went and followed because this book sounds so unique and interesting. Thank you!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I haven't read this book but it sounds great. Oh no, another one to put on my TBR list. Great reviews.

LynNerdKelley said...

I just read about this book on Alex's post, and it sounds like an awesome read. I enjoyed reading the wonderful reviews about it on your blog, Eagle, and that trailer is great! Best wishes to Sangu!

Anthony said...

It looks like an interesting book.

Shelly said...

My Kindle is going to bust.

Hugs and chocolate,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! It seems like an awesome book. I'll definitely have to pick up a copy. :)

Ciara said...

This book is everywhere today. Looks great. Thanks for sharing it here.

Trisha said...

WOW! This sounds amazing. Thank you for the feature, going to add to my TBR now. :)

Jamie Gibbs said...

I love the premise. It reminds me of one of the initial arguments against stem cell research; that we'd eventually create back-up clones of people in order to harvest their organs if need be. Sounds like a great story :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

HI GE .. Sangu has really stretched her imagination here - and I'm sure our reading of her book "The Lost Girl" will open our eyes to different perspectives ... very interesting ..

Cheers and good luck to Sangu - Hilary

Anonymous said...

I've been seeing this book around. It sounds awesome and is on my wish list. Congrats to the author.

Corvus Press UK said...

What a great idea, I love the trailer. I want to read this book!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting concept. That's a new one for me. Its great to meet Sangu and best wishes to her and The Lost Girl.

Mark Noce said...

I just read about this on Alex's blog, very cool:)

Talli Roland said...

Yay for Sangu! I'm so thrilled for her. Can't wait to read it!

laughingwolf said...

grats sangu!

sorry i've not been around more - blame rl...

thx ge!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm excited to read this. I love the fresh feeling of the story!

Jen Chandler said...

I've seen this book mentioned on several blogs. Congrats to Sangu! This one sounds intriguing. I may just have to check it out!


Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats Sangul!

Thanks for the interview Golden...

This book looks amazing. The cover is so intense ...

Jay Noel said...

Wow. That book looks so incredibly original and inticing. I will have to check it out.

Peggy Eddleman said...

The book sounds as fascinating as it's cover!

Cally Jackson said...

The Lost Girl is definitely on my To-Read list. It sounds like an amazing read.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Sangu seems like such a lovely young lady. I wish her the very best with her book. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

David: You're welcome! :)

Marsha: Anytime.

Nancy: I love the concept, too.

Michelle: It's an original idea!

Pat: I agree. :)

Alex: Awesome!

Maurice: It is.

Krispy: That's definitely an interesting aspect.

Brinda: It's on my TBR, too. :)

Beth: I'm looking forward to reading it.

Cherie: Same here.

Carol: Definitely!

Deniz: It does sound like it's sad, to an extent. Anything that deals with mortality has an element of sadness.

Theresa: I'll have to find your review. :)

Lydia: You're welcome!

Mary: Yup!

Sangu: Glad I could help spread the word. :)

Mshatch: You're welcome. :)

Susan: I know; those are some big endorsements!

LynNerdKelley: I really like the trailer, too.

Anthony: I can't wait to read it.

Shelly: My TBR pile has already busted. I add more anyway. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Madeline: You're welcome!

Ciara: Of course. :)

Trisha: Looks like it's being added to a lot of TBRs!

Jamie: Reminds me, too. It's a fascinating (though slightly scary) idea.

Hilary: It does sound like a book that explores unique viewpoints!

Medeia: Mine, too. :)

Corvus Press UK: It's a great trailer, I agree! And I want to read it, too.

Stephen: It's a different one, that's for sure.

Mark: Sounds like Alex's blog got The Lost Girl a lot of exposure. :)

Talli: Me, neither!

Laughingwolf: No worries. Nice to see you around, at any rate. :)

You're welcome!

Tricia: Same here.

Jen: It's certainly on my TBR list.

Michael: Sure--and I love the cover, too.

Jay: Great!

Peggy: It does. :)

Cally: Agreed.

Sharon: As do I. :)

Kari Marie White said...

This book sounds amazing. I'm adding it to my goodreads list right away. Thanks for highlighting it.

Alleged Author said...

This so sounds like a phenomenal novel. I will check it out!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds pretty good

DWei said...

This sounds like something that would make a great movie. Kind of reminds me of My Sister's Keeper.

Paul Tobin said...

A very interesting idea that deals with the question of identity. I am intrigued by this book. Lovely interview.

....Petty Witter said...

Sounds like a fascinating read, I'm intrigued by the cover.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have to read this book. Sounds intriguing. Good luck to Sangu.

The Golden Eagle said...

Kari: You're welcome!

Alleged Author: Cool. :)

Charles: I agree.

DWei: Haven't read My Sister's Keeper, but there do seem to be similarities based on the books' blurbs.

Paul: Glad you liked the post!

Petty Witter: It's a great cover.

Rachna: I can't wait to read it myself. :)

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Well ... thanks .... my book-buying wallet is now officially overloaded. :)

Definitely one for the to-buy list and a great original premise.

Thanks for the highlight.

The Golden Eagle said...

Julie: LOL. You're very welcome. ;)