Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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.

Book Review:
I was super excited to read Sarah Beth Durst newest YA novel, Conjured, she is one of my go-to authors. The premise of the novel is unique and enticing. I really enjoyed the multiple magical settings of Conjured. Between these various settings and Eve's visions, Durst creates a layered story full of mystery and wonder. However, after a while, the book hits a repetitive cycle. As the reader, I craved to learn more and became frustrated with the lack of information given. This created a slower pace than I normally like. However, once I hit the final 100 pages, I was completely hooked. The pieces start to come together and you have this moment of "why didn't I put this together sooner?!". Overall, Conjured is a tale of mystery, romance, magic, and discovery. In a very Durst-like fashion, Conjured stands out in the crowd of YA paranormal romance. Recommended for fans of Durst and those looking to try a little something different.

Thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for this copy.
Publish date: September 3rd, 2013
This is my honest review.

Favorite Quote:
"You say you dream of the extraordinary, but you're extraordinary. I say I'm broken, and you try to fix me. I say I'm lost, and you try to find me. I say I'm empty and you fill me. You're like a night in shining armor..."

Cover Art Commentary:
I like the originality of this cover. YA books are a dime a dozen these days, so it's nice when a cover sets the book apart from the crowd. Now that I've read Conjured, the image of the heart and straight pins make sense, but I don't want to give too much away!