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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,890 ratings  ·  550 reviews
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, first of her name, mother of 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
Tamora Pierce
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
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
Jul 30, 2013 added it
Shelves: 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.
Heidi The Reader
Eve can't remember who she is or where she's from, but there are government agents with her, protecting her. They say that her mind holds the key to solving the case(s) of a serial killer, but she can't even remember her own parents. How is she going to help save others when she can't even recall what happened last week? And, why is she able to make birds fly out of wallpaper? That's not normal... is it?

Conjured is a fluffy, young adult fantasy that tip-toes around the horror genre but, mainly,
Colleen Houck
I can honestly say I've never read a book like this before. This one is a slow burn and you won't know exactly what's going on until you get into the last third of the story, but once you do, it's a surprising turn of events entirely unexpected. I really love how the magic works. My favorite scene was the paper birds. ...more
Abida's Book Adventures
Dec 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
Okay, 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

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
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
I've tried to read this three or four times since I bought it. I don't know what it is, but something about it annoys me, so I never made more than 10-20 pages before putting it back on the TBR stack.

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?
Sarah Marie
Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

1.25 stars

“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

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,
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Kathy Martin
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
This book has no rhyme or reason.

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.

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Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
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
Aryana Parmar
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book... like definitely, I did not expect it to be this good. My first impression was maybe a 3, a 3.5, but I say this is a solid 4.5. It was a little confusing at times, but it was good. I definitely just skimmed through parts of it, but it was good. Yeah.
Okay, I'm sorry friend, but I pretty much hated this book. That extra star up there? That's because I feel bad about hating this book when she liked it so much. (*spoilers abound! Be warned!*)

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 pre
Dec 08, 2018 marked it as abandoned-with-prejudice
So I got twenty-some pages into this a year and a half ago and stalled out. I think it's probably time to admit I am never going to get over the way the romantic lead introduces himself to the protagonist, his brand new coworker, the day she arrives at their place of employment:
"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 kis
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
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
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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.

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
Kayla Beck Kalnasy
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
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
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
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
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including Spark, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her child ...more

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