The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna – Interview & Giveaway
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. Possibly one of my favourite books ever. I felt SO MUCH while reading The Lost Girl and I have not fallen in love likes this with a story in ages.
So I’m really excited to share this interview and giveaway with you guys in honor of The Lost Girl’s release date, which is TODAY YAY. My finished copy is on its way to me right now and I can’t wait to send a copy to one of you!
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Author Twitter | My Review 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. – Goodreads
Sangu Mandanna, author of The Lost Girl
Describe how you feel right now, on release day, in one sentence.
Very, very scared, and excited, and a little more scared, and a little bit sad because I really have to let this book fly away from me now, and so completely thrilled that this day is finally here! (Yeah. This what you get when you ask for just one sentence. A complete mess!)
How many times did you read Frankenstein while writing The Lost Girl?
Just once from beginning to end. But I reread certain scenes several times, like the scene where Victor’s contemplating the moral and practical implications of his ‘dark endeavour’. And the scene after the Creature wakes, when Victor abandons him. And the end, which makes me cry every time because it’s so clear the Creature loved Victor every bit as much as he hated him (I’ll stop now, I promise.) That complicated, painful, love/hate relationship was a huge inspiration for Eva’s relationship with the Weavers.
If you had an echo, would you lean towards Amarra’s attitude or would you be more friendly with your echo?
Gahhhh, I don’t know! I think maybe I’d be halfway between Amarra’s passionately negative attitude and Nikhil’s more accepting one. A part of me would want to be selfless and would want to know that someone might try to fill the holes I’ve left behind after I’m gone. And I guess a part of me would also hope that maybe the Weavers would succeed and I’d be the one who came back, my soul in a new body and all that. But on a very basic level, I would hate the whole idea, like Amarra does. Especially because I have a husband and baby. I try to imagine some creepy Sangu-lookalike playing wife and mummy to them and I’m all OVER MY DEAD BODY! (Which is a very silly protest because, you know, that would kind of be the point… :-))
Ray or Sean? For you, I mean. Not for Eva.
Sean. Because he’s Sean. Actually, I think my husband’s a teeny, tiny bit like him too. And they both have green eyes, which helps. But you know, I do love Ray and, eight years ago, I’d have picked Ray (assuming I was the Amarra in his story, not the Eva, of course.)
I need a sequel. Please and thank you. But in the meantime, what are you working on now? Any details you can share? :)
HAHA! What I’m working on now: a lot of things. None of my current projects are ‘my next book’ (yet) but I’m having a lot of fun working on them. There’s a steampunk ROMEO AND JULIET, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID (yeah, I know. I seem to find no end of inspiration in the classics), a book about a girl raised by Death, and a time travel romance that I’m probably going to abandon because it’s not working right now.
Giveaway of The Lost Girl
I can tell you right now, I will be reading whatever Sangu Mandanna writes in the future. Even if it’s about flying pigs.
But in the meantime I’m giving away a finished copy of The Lost Girl! Just follow the simple rules and fill out the rafflecopter thing!
13 years or older
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