Blog Tour | Review ― Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano (+ Giveaway)

I always do this thing where I unconciously compare something with another thing I’m already familiar with, and somehow this “another thing” usually ends up being Tokyo Ghoul. It probably skews my opinion of the “something” but it just happens?? Like I’ll read something and my mind goes “hey, that sounds like something that could be in Tokyo Ghoul.

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!

lost-girls-3d-coverLost Girls
by Merrie Destefano

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication Date: 3 January 2017

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Fight Club meets Black Swan—Rachel wakes up in a ditch to find she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, and that everything—including herself—is vastly different than she remembers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry.

Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

my-thoughts-1The book wastes no time in throwing the readers into the story. There’s a few paragraphs briefly mentioning the last memory Rachel remembers before the scene changes and she wakes up in a ditch with her memories of the past year missing. And in this first chapter, two mysteries were already being presented to us: how did Rachel end up in a ditch and what caused the drastic change in her personality?

The old me, the girl who fell asleep lisening to Taylor sing about a broken heart,
never would have done this. What was wrong with me?

I was actually a bit confused at the start due to some unfamiliar terms such as “raves” and “Kandi bracelets” and the fact that my memory of this book was a bit choppy due to me constantly falling asleep while reading it (definitely not because the book was boring but every time I picked it up, it was past midnight so I was really sleepy). As the book progressed, the confusion cleared up (mostly) and I was able to fully indulge myself in it.

The prose is absolutely beautiful in that it’s descriptive and makes great use of metaphors without being overly fancy. It has also managed to bring out the emotional turmoil Rachel feels―how out of place she felt returning to a life that is unfamiliar to her, and her fear of the unknown contradicting with the need to find out what happened during the past year.

Romance wasn’t really a huge factor but it’s rather swoony (a word I don’t often use). Seriously, who doesn’t like a guy who can write poems?

Lost Girls isn’t simply about Rachel’s story, though. It also touches on the backstories of some of the other girls that appeared in the book and what it means to be a “Lost Girl”. There are many ways to feel “Lost”―maybe you don’t know where you fit in or you have no idea how to fight back against someone who is hurting you―but ultimately, you just need to reach out, and someone will be there to help you.


about-the-authormerrie-destefano-1CURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, Lost Girls, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include Afterlife and Feast, both published by HarperCollins, and Fathom, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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give-awaylost-girls-giveaway-bannerThis giveaway is open for US only and ends on 13 January 2017. Enter the rafflecopter here for the chance to win:

  • a Kindle Fire Tablet, black: 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, with the Alexa cloud-based voice service
  • a digital Kindle copy of LOST GIRLS
  • a pack of 14 vintage-style Swan Lake postcards 
  • a pair of Black Swan earrings, handmade by the author
  • an “Always” temporary tattoo

However, if an international winner is chosen, the prize will be a $50 gift card.

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