Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst | Review

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Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst | ReviewConjured on September 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she's in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.
At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

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I originally was really intrigued by this book as soon as I heard about it because of the carnival theme that runs throughout the novel. I knew that the carnival aspect probably wouldn’t be the main idea of the book, but I love everything having to do with carnivals or circuses. I just find that they can be so fun but also really creepy at the same time, and that’s something that I’m really interested in.

In Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst, Eve is part of the witness protection program. She doesn’t know why or how she got there or anything, but she is definitely a part of it and that’s one of the few things she actually knows. You see, Eve doesn’t really know much. She has to be taught everyday routines and techniques that most people acquired long ago. Eve has no idea why she doesn’t know how to do some of the things that everyone else knows how to do. 

Eve dreams of a magical serial killer who likes to cut up his victims and keep them in little boxes (which is uber creepy, I know!). She also finds that she knows how to do magic, though she keeps seeing this man and the carnival in her visions and dreams. Throughout the book, Eve must find out who she really is by piecing together the mystery one step at a time.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m quite glad that I picked it up. The carnival aspect was a great addition, and I was always on the edge of my seat because of the mystery. I just had to know who this serial killer was and why he was doing what he was doing, because it was freaky. I also really wanted to know who Eve was, because she didn’t even know who she was. Zach was probably my favorite character, because he loved books and worked in a library. How awesome is that!?

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I enjoyed how Sarah Beth Durst interwove pieces of information throughout the book. Not once did I even make a correct prediction because in the end I was just like “WHAT JUST HAPPENED.” It’s definitely the kind of feeling that I like to get out of mystery books! I’d suggest picking this one up in the fall or read it late at night-it’d be perfect!

Notable Quotes:

“Plans fall apart and time moves on.”

“Lie. Lie to everyone until you know the truth.”

“I can’t be bound by a past self I don’t remember.”

“I have done all that I can for you and less than I should.”

“Good luck. Be safe. And if you can’t be safe… be yourself.”

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