The Compulsive Reader: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Eve doesn’t have any family, any connections, or any memories beyond entering the witness protection agency hiding her from a magic-wielding serial killer. Eve passes her days working at a library and trying to understand her own magical abilities and her visions of a nightmarish circus. The visions become more and more tangible, until Eve is positive that they are memories that the witness protection agency is desperate to access.

Conjured is an eerie, dark book that blends the real world with the magical in a strangely believable fashion. Much of the first half of the book is concerned with Eve’s growing awareness of her surroundings and her own self. Her convenient memory lapses and black outs serve to move the timeline along, but also make the pacing slightly uneven at first. The story picks up once Eve takes control of her life and begins actively investigating her own past, uncovering the shocking secrets about her life. Durst’s use of point of view is subtle and extremely skillful in helping define Eve’s character as she confronts issues of morality and what it means to be human. Conjured is a thoroughly unique and creative book, full of magic, mystery, and danger. It is unlike any other YA fantasy book currently published.

Cover Comments: I really like how this cover looks like something you might expect to see on a tarot card. It's really evocative of the magical circus without being too cheesy, and it has a nice edge to it.

Book provided by publisher.

Check out this awesome interview I did with Sarah Beth Durst last fall. And then check out my favorite book by her, Ice!


Cassie G said...

This sounds really good! I have the eARC from NetGalley that I downloaded a while ago, but just haven't started it. It may move up the queue now, though!
Thanks for the review!

Unknown said...

This sounds like something I might have to look into!

Lizzy said...

I've had this one on my list for a while, but I hadn't gotten around to it (and I hadn't heard that much about it). It sounds like it's a unique read, and I can't wait to get started! Thanks for the review!

The Compulsive Reader said...

I was totally the same way, I remember hearing about it back in September and thinking, "I should read that sometime!" I'm sad it took me this long to finally get to it! It was really good!