Lulling, nightmarish and unusual,
Conjured makes you feel like you are the main character. Eve’s past is non-existent. She can’t remember anything, and often wonders how she knows things like what a seatbelt is, but not how to use it. All she knows is what she’s been told by the US Marshals who are keeping her from harm. She’s now living with “Aunt” Nicki in a house that contains pictures from her past that she can’t recall.
Eve is a witness, but she’s not sure what for. She’s supposed to live as normal a life as she can, waiting for the Marshals to catch an elusive killer. Eventually, they hope that Eve will recollect who this person is through dreams she has, usually after she’s blacked out from using magic.
Everyone wants something from her except for Zach, her co-worker at the library. When they kiss (and float up off of the ground), Eve figures out that when they use her magic together, amazing things happen. And as Eve begins to learn more about where she came from and what’s going to happen to her, she has to determine who is friend…and who is foe.
This book is an amazing combination of freaky, bizarre, lovely and claustrophobic. Not knowing anything about Eve and learning as she does is a great way to really get into the mind of the main character. The descriptions of the crazy carnival are disturbing and feel just like a dream you’ve probably had at least once in your life. Plus, you don’t know who to trust!
Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst was published September 3, 2013 by Walker Childrens. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Horror Mystery Romance