CONJURED BY SARAH BETH DURST PDF

That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. 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. 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. The story revolves around Eve, who is placed in a witness protection home to protect her from a violent serial killer. The only thing she knows is that she has powers — she can make inanimate objects come to life.

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That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. 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. 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.

Everything — from walking and talking to understanding how the world works is all new to her. There are certain things she knows though. She knows she has undergone several reconstructive surgeries. She knows she can do magic — she looks at the mirror one day and decides that her eyes were actually green before and just like that, they are changed.

She knows that every time she uses her magic, she passes out and has horrifying dreams or are they visions? When she wakes up after those black-outs she realises that days or sometimes even weeks have passed and she has no short-term memory of those moments.

Conjured is a beautifully constructed novel that goes from utterly disorienting to exceptionally horrific as its story progresses. It features an ubber-creepy carnival, a supernatural serial killer and an amnesic narrator. But its true core is a story about agency and identity and what it is like to forge both when there is no memory, no past, no sense of true self to start with.

It is more or less divided in two parts: the first is a progressive build-up to the revelations that appear in the second part. The former, a disorienting advance toward the truth about Eve, the latter an affecting horror story unlike anything I have read of late. What impresses me the most about the novel is Eve as a character and the writing of her narrative. Since everything is from her point of view, we only ever know what Eve knows and she knows very, very little.

When she wakes up with no memory, we are as lost as she is, not knowing who to trust, what happened in the past days or weeks. It is not only disorienting but also claustrophobic. More to the point though, I loved how the author took such a gamble with Eve because she is essentially a blank slate narrator. To start with, she has little personality and no agency. And it is very interesting to see the way that the character progresses, not knowing who she is, what she can do, and what happened to her.

When the second part comes and the deeply cruel, creepy and dark nature of her story is finally revealed, we come to have not only a deep understanding of why Eve is like she is and how important it really is when she finally voices her choice and forges her own sense of self.

All of this was superb: from the puzzling narrative to the development of Eve as a character, from her visions and fear to the creepily awesome horror in the latter part. My only real misgiving about the novel comes with its romantic storyline and I confess to be on two minds about it.

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. I was immediately put off by Zach when as soon as he met Eve she told her point-blank that they could never be friends because he wanted to kiss her.

Okay, then. On the other hand, Zach turn out to be a nice boy, who never lies there are Reasons and who is completely loyal to Eve. It is yet another breath of fresh air to have the guy be so besotted and awed to the point of being ready to drop everything for the girl — as abrupt as that turns out to be.

The ending though is kind of perfect for them and for this story in the way that it is flawed and even perhaps, questionable. Ultimately, this book is All About Eve and I really loved it, just as it is.

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Author Interview (#4): Sarah Beth Durst on Conjured

Goltiktilar Sarah Beth Durst Eve is stationed in a house with an agent and is also set up at a job to fit into her surroundings and pass time. Okay, he stole the ny. If the mystery had been a bit better paced it would have gotten 4 stars. Conjured is a fluffy, young adult fantasy that tip-toes around dyrst horror genre but, mainly, remains safely in the real world of amnesia and teenage angst. They give a whole new meaning to magical kisses and breathing each other in. I was impressed by some of the creeptastic detail and really wished more of that had been incorporated earlier in the story.

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CONJURED BY SARAH BETH DURST PDF

That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. 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. 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. Everything — from walking and talking to understanding how the world works is all new to her.

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Book Review: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. 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. 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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However, after reading the story, I cannot say that this is a book I would recommend. The writing is lovely, the descriptions and use of the carnival imagery will delight all fans of circus-themed things, but unfortunately, it failed to deliver on all three selling points. The use of the three items which I mentioned were completely arbitrary; besides the inclusion of magic, there was little relevance and mention of the serial killer or portrayal of Witness Protection Program that I had hoped to get. It felt so utterly disorganized. The plot was long-winded, confusing, and nonsensical. This book reminded me a lot of Another Little Piece in its surrealism and the massive wtf-ery of its plot.

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