Conjured. a young adult novel by Sarah Beth Durst available now from Bloomsbury / Walker Books for Young Readers · Read the first chapter. Eve has a new. Title: Conjured. Author: Sarah Beth Durst. Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Young Adult. Publisher: Walker Childrens Publication Date: September 3rd. One. She can’t remember who she is – but she has someone else’s face and name. Two. She is the only survivor of a notorious serial killer – who will never sto .

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This is going to be a messy review because it’s so hard for me to parse through my thoughts for a book of this nature. Initially, Eve is a very flat, and almost emotionless girl who demonstrates no real ambition or interest in the things around her. Some of them were positive and heart-warming, others.

The problem was, it was revealed so slowly, I kept wondering when the serial killer was going to show up. The few creepy moments were a welcome change of pace, but they were not enough to salvage this story. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It’s the memory flashbacks that Eve experiences that lured me into the storyline. Two cops are protecting a magical-girl Eve witness from a powerful magician wanted for murder. Because usually it’s girls and we can all agree that boys can be talkative and bright too. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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She’s in the magical witness protection program because she’s either the witness or a potential target of gruesome magical-related crimes. As hard as it is to pass out and lose hours, days, and sometimes weeks, Eve gets on with her controlled life by taking a summer job at the local library. Her amnesia was really a plot device that I struggled with. I even loved when everything tipped over from a familiar world and into a very dark, alien place featuring a nightmarish carnival setting.

The complexity of this story was at times overpowering in a good way and I felt heavy with so many feelings and emotions this story brought on. Eve just stands there feeling really sorry for herself, and so utterly apologetic that she can’t deliver the answers that the Big Honchos want to hear.


And you really need to know nothing more than what is written in the summary, or it spoils things. There are certain things she knows though.

She is given a job as a library page and gets to meet Zach who is a wonderful character as well. Maybe a doctor’s visit would be beneficial? Explore the Home Gift Guide. They’re always three dimensional, intelligent, witty and relatable. For one thing, Zach is not a character that I found attractive, he is a smart-alecky type of boy, one of those smooth-tongued types who go off spouting factoids at you all day long and just never seem to fucking shut up.

Zach disappears, thankfully, but even the scenes with just Eve and the adults are still annoying – though I just can’t put my finger on exactly why.

The premise of the Witness Protection Program was nonexistent; the danger was not made evident enough for me to feel there was a purpose for its inclusion in the book as a selling point. There is a killer targeting children and teens that puts Eve in the bby of danger. On the one hand, there is an element of insta-love as Eve has an almost immediate connection to a boy named Zach whom she meets at the library where she is sent to work.

All the secrecy, all the sacrifices involved, vurst to mention the danger of having one’s ocnjured blown and having one’s life endangered Jul 26, Jen Ryland added it Shelves: Somehow, the goal of all of this is to get Eve to regain her memories so she can help identify a serial killer. I could not stop reading! That night I dreamt of the caravan tents and boxes that trapped people and buttons being sewn into skin and magic.

Maybe you should check up on ya boy and see djrst he’s addicted to eating flowers or something because yo, flower breath is unnatural. My favorite scene was the paper birds.


Huge chunks of memory of her present life is missing. Okay, I can’t write anything else without spoilers.

Sarah Beth Durst

For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst. Aug 18, Evie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? And the serial killer traps people in boxes, sqrah before or after he cuts them up? Sep 12, Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing Shelves: Conjured was a blend of mystery and fantasy, with contemporary elements and eerie flashbacks. And I slept on the rating.

Yeah I’m here to tell you that there’s a lot less creepy magical serial killer and witness protection program than there is cringey instalove, awkward snark, and a heroine who’s pre Okay, I’m sorry friend, but I pretty much hated this book.

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

What the hell kind of person talks like that? The concept of the US Marshal’s Service’s Witness Program having a Paranormal Witness Protection branch for endangered witnesses from other worlds that have magic is at the base of this story of a girl who has lost her memory and is in this program. I can’t imagine wading through hundreds of pages of this, so I’ll just quit now. She doesn’t rewrite old tales, she creates all her stories, settings and characters from scratch.

When I finished reading Conjured, my first thought was, “Why wasn’t this a short story? Conjured btw the title really doesn’t make much sense, but it at least will make folks pick up the book features very fine writing, interesting work with POV that I really appreciated and strong characters. Those segments added a touch of intrigue but were also pretty cryptic.

Read more Read less. Share your thoughts with other customers. No trivia or quizzes yet. Irony is so delicious. I really love how the magic works.