What Are They Up To?

Every once in a while I’ll have a book I really enjoyed and then something will make me think about the book/author and think, “huh! I haven’t heard anything new about them in a while.”  I will then scamper over to Goodreads to find out what ~they~ know and more often than not I will find out one of three things:  1) they came out with a new book and I didn’t even know (rude! why didn’t the world alert me!) or  2) they haven’t come out with anything new or 3) they have a book coming out soon! Hurray!

This happens quite a bit because honestly I only really heavily keep track of news of favorite authors. And by that I mean I stalk their social media and Publisher’s Weekly and Goodreads and websites for any updates on new work from them! I wish I could be up-to-date on all authors I enjoy but alas…I’m not so this happens so often.

I thought it might be fun whenever this happens to share it on the blog because 1) I get to talk about a book I enjoyed a while ago and maybe YOU get to discover it for the first time and 2) maybe you are curious too.

So this first one up is the book that actually inspired this idea and it’s taken me forever to actually write this post:



Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna - new dystopian book series

Amazon // Goodreads // My Review Of The Lost Girl


I read this book back in September 2012 and absolutely LOVED it. I feel like it’s such an underrated gem! I had hoped that it would be a series I remember!

What It Is About: The Lost Girl takes place in the future when scientists (the Weavers) have perfected a way to make an “echo” or copy of somebody that would take the place of the original human being, or the “other” as they are referred to, in the event that the “Other” died. The practice is not widely accepted in some countries and is against the law in many others so the echos have to be hidden. The echo’s life is devoted to studying their Others life so intently that, if something happened, they’d be able to take their place seamlessly. They are quizzed on their other’s friends, learn everything they learn at school and even have to get a tattoo or an ear piercing if their Other does it. Eva has been studying her Other, Amarra, for fifteen years and gets her chance to fulfill her duty when her Other dies in a car accident. She must say goodbye to the family & friends she has made and must travel to India to live and convince everybody that Amarra still lives. When she arrives she quickly realizes how hard it will be to BE Amarra amongst a family who has known her for her whole life & a boyfriend who knows her so intimately  — especially when Eva struggles to eliminate who SHE is and fully become Amarra.



I actually didn’t even have to go to Goodreads for this one because my friend and literary agent extraordinaire Eric Smith made an announcement about signing Sangu this year!

My hopes for a Lost Girl sequel probably aren’t happening but the book that was queried sounds AWESOME.

From Sangu’s website:

“The book, for those of you who have asked, is a YA space fantasy based on Indian mythology. In which a teen girl tries to reunite with the family that abandoned her and instead ends up on the wrong side of a war.”

YA SPACE FANTASY BASED ON INDIAN MYTHOLOGY? Um yes. Editors! People who make decisions! Pleaaaaaase please scoop this book up because I want it. THANKS!

So this is my reminder to read The Lost Girl if you haven’t already and keep your fingers crossed for this YA space fantasy!!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. This sounds like such a great book — I absolutely love futuristic-y type novels! Great blog post, as always. 🙂


  2. I read that book a while back and didn’t like it at all. But I will definitely check out the new one.

    • Aw sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it! I am curious how I would feel about it now if I reread it! I think that way about a lot of books I read earlier on in my blogging life when I was very new to certain genres! I just remember adoring this book! And yeah, hoping good things happen so this new book will be published! It sounds excellent!

  3. the lost girl is on my list! i totally rely on other people talking about books to keep me updated haha

  4. Ooh, this book sounds fantastic! Adding it to my list now. And what a great idea for a post! I can’t keep up with all the latest book news anymore (at least not since I no longer work in a book store), but I too will often, out of the blue, be like “what’s this author up to!?” 🙂

  5. This is a great idea for a blog post! Both of these books sound SO out there, but interesting, too! I’m glad you got some new details on a favorite author!

  6. I know what you’re talking about with the authors and finding out they have a new book coming and why didn’t anyone tell you? I just started following some of my fav authors recently so hopefully that won’t happen again. And I just joined the BookTube community recently so I’m more up with the book news these days too.
    Are you on YouTube. You can check out my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYPEHw_VezA

  7. The Lost Girl sounds really creepy, and the author’s next novel sounds like it could be amazing. Definitely an author I’ll be keeping an eye out for!