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 was ...more
DNF @16% may seem early on to quit but at this point its grating on my last nerve.
Conjured is a fluffy, young adult fantasy that tip-toes around the horror genre but, mainly, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Most of it is completely shrouded in mystery and a heroine with memory-loss that faints every time she casts magic (I mean, really) and the development in the last few chapters does absolutely nothing to the elevate the story or endear the characters to me.
It's just all around bizarre.
(view spoiler)[ Did Eve change herself into a human at the end or did she remain a doll? Is she essentially Zach's blow-up doll? (hide spoiler)]
“I’m not an unformed cloud. I’m a cloud that’s broken open, and my insides are pouring out like rain.”
Eve can’t remember where she came from. All she knows is that she is a witness to a horrible crime and that she is in a witness protection program. The crime she witnessed involves magic wielded by a serial killer. At night she dreams of carnival tents and buttons being sewn into her skin. The powers that come from inside of her drain her. Who is she and can...more
This afternoon, I skimmed what I'd read before (still vaguely annoying) and tried to move on from there....
Shortly after, a guy named Zach is introduced... Instalove, I suspect. Ugh. One of my pet peeves - especially in YA books.
That by itself is annoying enough but how does he introduce himself?
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, ...more
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 ...more
She is given a job ...more
SO I suppose you've read the blurb to get this far, right? Witness protection program, creepy magical serial killer, the works?
Yeah I'm here to tell you that there's a lot less creepy magical serial killer and witness protection program than there is cringey instalove, awkward snark, and a heroine who's ...more
"I'm Zach, library page, at your service." After a second's hesitation, she shook his hand. It was warm and soft. "I think it's a shame that it's customary to shake hands upon greeting when what I really want to do is...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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