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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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Walker Childrens
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
✔ Witness Protection Program
✔ Magic
✔ Serial killer

Let's be honest, this book had "Khanh Bait" written all over it. 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 w
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Tamora Pierce
Technically this book is YA, but any adult who denies it to her/himself for that reason will be missing something incredible. Technically it's also fantasy, but there's a touch of science fiction. Technically it's also a mystery thriller, but without the other elements it wouldn't have left me tied up in knots and speculating through a session of having my backbone stretched where the *h*ell* Sarah was going with this. I never, NEVER would have figured it out; neither will you. When you do find ...more
♥Rachel♥
Aug 05, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ marked it as dnf
I can't take this book anymore. The plot is going nowhere and doesn't seem to be picking up anytime soon. Nothing but confusion, and there is nothing that's grabbing my attention.

DNF @16% may seem early on to quit but at this point its grating on my last nerve.
~Tina~
I've been a big fan of Sarah Beth Durst since her debut novel, Ice. Since then, I always look forward to anything this women writes. Her stories are always so full of life, bursting with imagination and cunning creativity and always so much fun to lose myself within these pages. Once again, Durst brings out the larger then life quality she pours into her books, with her newest novel, Conjured. Only, this time she took it one step further, bringing in an animated cast and story line fit for a mag ...more
Abida
Maybe I should have read the reviews for this book before reading it. That would have not wasted my time on this book. At the beginning it seemed interesting and then........ I hated it.(like wow you ruined what-could-have-been a good really good book). The book was missing all the action, exciting danger and serial killer moments. Instead I'm left with a book, filled with boredom. The only exciting part in this book was at the very end. Not even the part when killer was chopping up bodies all t ...more
Evie

An ambitious, visually dazzling and completely breathtaking literary triumph - Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst is an absolute must-read for any paranormal fantasy fan out there. This book makes for an extremely compelling, refreshing and emotionally engaging journey - one that you'll want to re-take time and time again. It's entirely unique. It's seamlessly plotted. It's dark and creepy, yet mesmerizing and magical at the same time. Hands down one of my top favorite books ever.


Conjured is a gorgeou
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Jessica
Okay, wow. Wow.wow.wow.wow.

Wow.

I know Sarah Beth Durst. I met her shortly after her first book (INTO THE WILD) and mine came out, and I've followed her wonderful career ever since. Every one of her books has been something different, and but they are always, ALWAYS, good.

And then came CONJURED.

Sweet fancy Moses.

I mean, this might very well be her best book yet. Much as I love ICE, there was something about this book that really went . . . okay, this book is off the rails. In a good way. It's won
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TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Eve doesn’t recognise the face when she looks in the mirror, she has no true memory of her past and can barely function in the present. Everything – from walking and talking to understanding how the world works is all new to her. She’s been told she has lost her memory. She’s been told she is in a witness protection program for paranormal creatures, hiding from a creepy serial killer who is out to get her. She’s been told she is the key to find him and
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Stephanie
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

When I finished reading Conjured, my first thought was, "Why wasn't this a short story?" The first 75% was an uninteresting and somewhat confusing mish-mash of genres: lost memories, a serial killer, and magic. The last 25% threw in a crazy, creepy twist and featured a recapping of the entire plot. I wondered why I had to sit through a full story when it was all going to be explained for me at the end.

In Conjured, Eve has no memories of he
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Leslye
2.5 stars

If you can make it through the first half of this book, you will be rewarded with the second half. Things will make sense, a richly imagined and inventive story will emerge with a perfect ending.

However, to get there you must suffer a bit. Suffer through the tedium of a main character that has no memories for far too long. Suffer through dialogue that sounds like it comes from a CW TV show. So much banter. There are great magical ideas, but the shroud of mystery is claustrophobic. We do
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
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Conjured was a blend of mystery and fantasy, with contemporary elements and eerie flashbacks. I enjoyed the darker side of Conjured, but overall I struggled to really immerse myself within the storyline. Eve is as whimsical as she is magical, and although readers may struggle to connect to her character, her thoughts are among the loveliest, not to mention eerie, that I've had the pleasure of reading.

It's the memory flashbacks that Eve experiences that lu
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Jillyn
Eve doesn't remember anything. Where she came from, what her name is.... Or what she saw that has marked her as a target for a paranormal serial killer on the lose and has her enrolled in the witness protection program. But she's special, and they know it. She questions little about what her agents Nicki and Malcolm tell her... That is, Until things don't start adding up. When a friend mentions painful truths and her memories start adding up, she'll have to decide once and for all who she can tr ...more
Kathy Martin
CONJURED was breath-taking, amazing, compulsively compelling, and totally awesome. I run out of superlatives when I think about this story. The main character is Eve who begins the story in a new home, with a new face, and no memories of her past. She is told that she is a witness to a crime and under the protection of the US Marshall's service. Malcolm is one of the marshals who are protecting her and he is the one she can trust who helps orient her to the world around her.

She is given a job a
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Jenny Schwartzberg
I read this as an eARC from NetGalley. The concept of the US Marshal's Service's Witness Program having a Paranormal Witness Protection branch for endangered witnesses from other worlds that have magic is at the base of this story of a girl who has lost her memory and is in this program. As she struggles to regain her memory and adjust to this world, there's a slow creeping horror that mixes in with first love, friendship, fear, and lies upon lies. Everyone but one wants to use her and she wants ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
I received this book from Bloomsbury Australia last week and didn't know anything about it. After reading the blurb, I was intrigued. Not to mention that the cover is super freaky. The heart with all those pins reminds me of Pinhead from Hellraiser. Or a pin cushion. Even a voodoo doll.

After reading the book, the image makes a lot of sense.

Eve has a hard time remembering things. Her mind is empty and she has no memory of her past. She also doesn't recognise herself in the mirror. Everything ar
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Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This was an okay story, but it was weird and slow.

Eve was a bit of an odd character because she remembered so little. Not even remembering what you look like, or what a library is, or whether you have ever eaten a strawberry is a bit strange. I did feel sorry for her at points, and it did seem frustrating for her that she couldn’t remember anything, but still, she was a bit strange.
Nick was also strange. He had a severely bad case of verbal diarrhoea, and a ve
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Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

Sometimes, a book can surprise you. I was surprised by Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst because I actually finished reading it. The book wasn't bad, but I went into it blind (I didn't read the synopsis), and Conjured really wasn't the right book for that. The main character, Eve, had no memories or any idea of what was going on. Therefore, I had no idea what was going on until maybe the last sixty pages. However, I liked Eve enough to make the jour
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Shambhawi P.
Tomorrow it will be full three months since I read this book. Surprising, really.

As a book that has left such a lasting impression in me I cannot even determine whether I loved this book or hated this book for it to be so unforgettable.

Three months and I can still conjure images of the Storyteller sewing buttons into Eve's skin and it still leaves me in goosebumps.

I can picture the desperation of the Magician's victims. I can picture the black whirlpool of Eve's memories - of losing hours, days,
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Jen Ryland
I was SO excited by the concept of a magic-wielding serial killer, but I was disappointed that serial killer was not actually a big part of this book.

I must have glossed over the part of the blurb that mentions that Conjured is also an amnesia story. Eve, the main character, is in witness protection but doesn't remember why. But instead of regaining her memory, she keeps passing out and losing it. She's constantly being told she's in danger, but I never felt that.

Characters with amnesia can be t
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Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
I was first drawn to this book due to the simple, yet striking cover. I thought the heart with pin needles stuck through it was quite intriguing and the title Conjured got me very excited to read about magic! However, the blurb makes it sound a lot more exciting and gripping than it actually was. 150 pages in and I was still left waiting for something spectacular to occur. I found I couldn't connect with any of the characters and I found them to be quite dull and lackluster. The plot, while orig ...more
Elizabeth
First, let me say that this book was so, so beautifully written. The prose was never overly flowery (although, admittedly I do tend to like very flowery prose), but it wasn't sparse like a Hemingway novel either. It was just...perfect. There are all these descriptions..of people with diamonds in their dreads, or women with antlers growing out of their heads...and I could see them. I'm a pretty imaginative person, so I usually see when I read, if that makes sense (I've heard that it doesn't work ...more
Melodie
Conjured is The Night Circus meets Pinocchio, with a lot more nightmares. Since the MC, Eve, starts off as an empty-headed amnesiac, it was slow going at first. (There's not a lot of relatability to a girl who doesn't seem quite human and has no memories or emotions.) But Durst's rich world - and amazing imagination - grew on me. I spent most of the book torn between sick fascination and intrigue as the extreme "otherness" of Eve's real world is revealed. The problem was, it was revealed so slow ...more
Fantasy Literature
I want to live in Sarah Beth Durst’s brain. Every time I turn around, she has a new book out, and it’s completely different from the last one. Her imagination is seemingly boundless. Another thing I appreciate about her books is that they stand alone. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good series as much as the next girl, but there’s also something to be said for a self-contained novel.

Laini Taylor, author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, provided the front cover blurb for Conjured, and I can’t think o
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Abbie
Actual rating - 2.5

Conjured felt about 600 pages long!

I felt sorry for Eve, because most of the time she had no clue what was going on.. but because of her being confused all the time, i couldn't warm to her enough to like her.

The pacing in this was just way too slow for me. It took ages to get answers, and because of that, i was just as confused as Eve was!
It felt like i had read for hours when i was about a quarter of the way in, so when i got to the the end, it was a huge relief.

Overall,
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Ashley
It starts out with a girl named Eve. She was kidnapped with a lot of other people. The doctors had to stich her together again because she was cut into pieces. The reason she didn't die was because she had some type of powers. So did they other people kidnapped. All of the them looked like dolls cause their perfect skin and hair. Eve couldn't remember anything. She would remember but then she'll have a vision and she would forget everything before the vision. Well Malcom is her police officer th ...more
Cait Grace
Well. That was a wild ride to Creepville on Freaky Express with multiple stops by Confusing Station. I think my brain got off around 50% and just said, "Nah, mate, I'll come back when things make sense." Yet, I kind of enjoyed it. Kind of. I'm still so confused and befuddled I don't even know what I THINK. Maybe a list? Okay, okay, keep your creeptastic socks on and I will explain all with a LIST.

STUFF I LIKED:
1. I enjoy a good book of extraordinary imagination. This book fits that perfectly. Th
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Chelsea Herondale
Review to come!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK
Virginia Manning
Conjured was a beautiful thriller and told from the perspective of a girl in the witness protection program. Eve, struggles to remember her past and has short term memory loss and losses days and weeks, but the last thing she always remembers is blacking out and have vivid visions at the circus and watching a haunting magician murder young teens like herself. As eve begins to learn who she is and discovers she had powers and there are others like her she goes out to search for a place where she ...more
Circus Princess
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Melissa
This book is frustrating. Now before I go further, let me explain that it is a good thing. :) You are supposed to be frustrated and a bit confused. You are following the protagonist, Eve and she is frustrated and confused. She has memory loss and is trying to feel her way, trying to figure out who she really is and why she is being protected by the witness protection program. Yes, those answers come, but it is only revealed when it is revealed to Eve.

There is also a surreal dreamlike quality to
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Sarah Beth Durst is the author of nine fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults, including Conjured, Vessel, and Ice. Her most recent YA novel, Chasing Power, came out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury, and her most recent book for adults, The Lost, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and has been a finalist for ...more
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