Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Mixed Up Read: Conjured - Sarah Beth Durst

ConjuredConjured by Sarah Beth Durst 
Date Released: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children 

Pages:368 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: Liked
Series: Standalone

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
From Goodreads

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst is what I would called a "mix bag of emotions" not in a good way or bad way. I had such high expectations for this novel, but it ended delivering some of them but not fully dazzling the reader. It was a VERY unique book and I think it is one everyone should try and you might not know how you will end up liking it. 

Eve has a completely new life. She doesn't a a recollection of memories of her past and she is slowly learning to adapt to her environment. I think most reader would find this cliche off the bat it does but Sarah brings in her own take on it and a bonus, she doesn't focus mainly on the memories part. Conjured was a definite surprising read and I can't see what is next for Sarah. 

This book had:
-A protagonist suffering from amnesia
-Witness Protection Program

I mean these are the things that absolutely hooked me into the book but when I look back it wasn't as perfectly weaved together than I wanted to. It suffered than "big expectation syndrome" and I'm still happy to say there are some well-written scenes with Eve. I LOVED how easy with was to pick up this book and not be clogged down with heavy writing or scenes where you don't remember what happened. There's a slight ease to her writing anyone will greatly like. 

Conjured is a great book if you love smooth writing integrated with magic, witness protection program, and even a protagonist undergoing that amnesia syndrome. I love how it was a very unique read! I can definitely see myself picking up any of Sarah's books soon!

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  1. Unique is right. This was my first book by this author and I did enjoy the quirkiness of some of the characters and the creepiness of the end part. I'll definitely try another of her books.
    Jen @ YA Romantics


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