Review: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

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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. 

Date Finished: 7-29-15

Thoughts, and would I recommend?

When I found this book, I was immediately drawn in by the synopsis and simplistic, yet sinister cover. Serial killers, carnivals, and memory loss? My kind of book! However, I feel like the actual book fell a bit short of the awesome description.

For one thing, there are some weird POV changes throughout the book. It starts out in 3rd person, sprinkled throughout with visions in 1st person. That was okay-ish, I guess. It wouldn’t be the first book to include a different POV for flashbacks/visions/dreams. The problem that I has was the major POV switch about halfway through the book, to first person. The shift is a bit abrupt, but the 1st person POV actually felt better for a book like this. From there, the POV changed a few more times. I understand that the POV changes were all for the plot, but…. nope. I wasn’t a big fan, and I actually wondered if the author had made a mistake.

POV aside, the plot was very captivating. There were twists that I didn’t expect, and I was very pleased with the ending. Some of the characters seemed a bit unrealistic, like the too-perfect Aidan, or Eve’s love interest, Zach, who spoke in a way that made me think of Augustus Water from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Hmm. I feel like the plot is enough to carry the characters and excuse the POV issues a bit.

I’d recommend this to people who love circus/carnival novels, or people who are into horror/dark fantasy themes. It’s an interesting novel, and while it has issues, it’s still worth a read!

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