Lost Girls by Merrie DestefanoLost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Lost Girls

byMerrie Destefano

Paperback | January 3, 2017

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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.

Born in the Midwest, former magazine editor Merrie Destefano 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 ca...
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Title:Lost GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.18 × 5.77 × 0.8 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:163375605X

ISBN - 13:9781633756052

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This was so much fun to read. YA, female Fight club but with enough differences that made this book unique. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and could not wait to find out how the story would end.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! **WARNING!!** This review does contain some SPOILERS! I will admit that the only reason I read this book was because it has the same title as one of Lindsey Stirling's songs. I had no idea what this book would be like before I read it. Turns out, it was amazing. The story is about a girl named Rachel who wakes up bleeding in a ditch, the last thing she remembers is falling asleep in her room while listening to Taylor Swift. She later finds out that that memory is from a year ago. She has no memory of an entire year and she wants those memories back. She also wants to know who kidnapped her, how she got away and ended up in a ditch. It turns out that there are other girls have gone missing, with Rachel the only one to be found. Rachel's search for truth leads her down a dangerous path that could also lead to her death. I read this book in one day. I was very eager to find out who took Rachel, why they did it and where the other girls who had been taken where being held. The suspense builds up the farther you get into the story and the concept of Rachel not having any memory of an entire year in which many pivotal events took place, adds a intriguing layer to the mystery. I wanted Rachel to get her memories back as much as she did. Rachel had moments where she was quite a jerk but who doesn't have those moments? She is a strong girl who knows how to take care of herself, though she still knows her limits and is not too proud to ask for help from those she trusts. I like how she handled what happened with Lauren. She still showed grace even when she was hurt (and super mad) by what Lauren had done. I didn't like Dylan much at first, I didn't really get good vibes from his character. I changed mind about him after I read the epilogue. He was really sweet in the epilogue. It was kinda strange how the author kept mentioning black lines and dark shadows around his eyes, it kinda seemed like she meant he was wearing eye shadow or eyeliner but I am not 100% sure that that is indeed what she meant. Molly was one of my most favorite characters. I mean, what's not to like about an understanding, supportive and LOTR/TH obsessed bestie? Not much. If Molly was real, we'd get along famously. I liked Agent Bennet, I kinda shipped him and Rachel. It was sweet of him to come rescue her even if all he succeeded in doing was getting himself beat up. Rachel's Dad need the worlds greatest dad award pronto! I love how he was the one to rescue Rachel and not Dylan (the love interest always being the rescuer is getting old imo). Her Dad busting in to save his little girl was my favorite part of the whole book! It was just so perfect and filled me with warm fuzzy feelings. Sibling stuff really tugs on my heartstrings in books and Kyle was such a nice brother. I liked how he tried to protect Rachel by taking down the mean notes about her, it was so sweet! All in all, I really liked this entire book and if you enjoy books about mysterious kidnappings, memory loss and dangerous secrets, then this book is for you! Read it!! Even if you don't like books with mysterious kidnappings, memory loss and dangerous secrets, read this book anyway! You might just like it.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from poorly written, not worth a second glance. The entire first page is word for word the back cover blurb. Which I know isn't the author's fault, but as far as novel openers go, as an agent, I've already read the blurb, and would be looking for something in the manuscript sample to tell me something I don't already know about the novel. So often, I find myself 50 pages into a novel, turn to the back cover and go "oh, that's what this novel's about?" and it's a feeling I thoroughly enjoy, because it means the author's keeping me guessing. That's not what's happening here and it's just very lazy on the publisher's part. My interest just isn't piqued and it isn't helped by the juvenile writing style. Also, you can't tell from anything in the marketing of this book, but she's got hints of possibly having some special magical power and I'm already bored.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fight Club Meets Black Swan When Rachel fell asleep she was nervously preparing for her geometry final; when she wakes up she is in a ditch, bloody and bruised. A year of her life is missing. As she begins to piece things together, she doesn’t recognize herself (her appearance and her actions). She isn’t the only girl who has gone missing that year, but she has been the only one to return and she is desperate to find out the answers. What is happening to the lost girls? Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano is a suspenseful, young adult read that reminded me of Fight Club. Random? I know. I tend to read some pretty heavy stuff; that being said, I am not usually one for Young Adult titles. The synopsis of this book hooked me right away. Found bloody in a ditch, missing a full year of her life. Sounds right up my alley! I wasn’t even aware that this one was a YA title (or really what this book would be about) until after I had requested it on Netgalley. All this being said: this novel changed my opinion about YA books. There was nothing adolescent or trivial about Lost Girls. It is an intelligent, suspenseful read that I ended up loving; from the character development to the plot, this one had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out the truth! From the first page, Destefano hooked me with her narrative and I found myself completely captivated by this story. From Rachel’s initial encounters once she has been found, to her desperation to fit back into her old life and her revelations about her place in her new one, Destefano weaves an intricate path that forces the reader to follow along willingly. This book was completely not what I was expecting, but I actually loved this aspect. As the narrative changed paths, and it became clear where it was going, I found myself more entranced. I won’t say much more. After all, you aren’t supposed to talk about it. My only complaint was that I found this novel ended too quickly; it seemed a little rushed. Resolutions were made but I felt like it was too neat and tidy for such a story. I needed the ending to be a little more developed. Overall, I ended up being completely entranced by this one and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a YA title with some twists. Fight Club meets Black Swan, this one will appeal to the masses. Thank you to Netgalley, Merrie Destefano and Entangled Teen for providing me with a digital copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
Date published: 2017-01-03

Editorial Reviews

"Brennan throws a lot of story lines into the air and juggles them like a master. The mystery proves to be both compelling and complex. Previous knowledge of Lucy Kincaid books isn't necessary to enjoy this chilling and twisty romantic suspense gem."-Associated Press"Once again Brennan weaves a complex tale of murder, vengeance and treachery filled with knife-edged tension and clever twists. The Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan novels just keep getting better!"-RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick)"The novels featuring Lucy Kincaid and her cohorts are marked with deep characterizations and details of the workings of investigations by private eyes, the police, and the FBI.Catch the latest in this series as Lucy continues to evolve in strength and wisdom."-Romance Reviews Today