Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst REVIEW

Conjured Book Cover Conjured
Sarah Beth Durst
YA fantasy thriller
Bloomsbury
paperback released October 2014
paperback
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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. 

Review by Chelsea

Conjured follows Eve. She has been told she is the only survivor of an insane serial killer.
Eve however, has no memories of this. No memories at all. She listens to Malcolm. He is in charge and cares about her a lot.

What Eve does know, is that she has an ability. She can change her eye colour on demand, bring inanimate objects to life, and much, much more. But with this strange magic, comes with a side effect. She passes out each time this magic is used. Whilst unconscious she has strange visions about a carnival and a magician.

I absolutely, 110%, completely adored this book. Sarah Beth Durst has incredible writing. Her descriptions make you feel all the feels. Her writing allows you to understand exactly how the characters are feeling as well as what’s happening to them and even where they are.

My favourite quote from this book is: “if my insides were a bookshelf, I’d be a jumble of volumes, stacked in random order and filled with blank pages,” beautiful.

There are lines that take your heart on a rollar coaster. Ones that fill you with joy and swoon and ones that make your heart drop. Sarah Beth Durst is extremely talented and those talents are all reflected in this master piece novel.

I took over 40 notes whilst reading Conjured and well over half of them were compliments to the plot and world. I adore the worldbuilding which takes place right from the very start of this book. But where this worldbuilding is most obvious would have to be in the last 100 or so pages. Incredible. Even to the last page, you were still learning more about this complex storyline.

The page turning plot was also a contributing factor to the brilliant novel. It was such a complex plot that you just had to keep reading. It was so incredible and took off in so many unexpected directions. It was thrilling, adventurous, mysterious and most of all: addicting.

One of my favourite parts of this story was the magic system. It was so beautiful. I loved how much Eve grew into her magic and learned to use it to her ability. The magic system was constantly being added to to make it into an extremely complicated and, well, magical system.

Characters are, of course, just as complex and amazing. Eve grew so much as a character as she can to realise the things that went down in her past. During the book, I remember thinking “I love Aiden,” he too was a great character who contributed so much to the story. Zach, Malcolm and even Aunt Nicki were so well developed with back stories and character traits which distinguished them as their own person, so unique and unlike another.

Oh and one more thing: that plot twist. Wow. Just wow.

So if you’re after a thrilling fantasy filled with a captivating plot, a brilliant world and extremely awesome magic, Conjured is the book for you.
Or if you’re not looking for those things, Conjured is also the book for you.
FOR EVERYONE EVER! Just go read it. Just. Just go.

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