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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802734588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802734587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up-Suffering from severe memory loss, Eve is taken to a safe house and told she's in a witness protection program, but that fact and many others are called into question when she meets other "witnesses" who believe that the agents will eventually kill her. With no information about the crime she witnessed, the teen has no idea who to trust. She's also haunted by chilling visions that immediately follow when she uses her various powers to do things like making the birds on her wallpaper fly or walking through walls. Eventually, she is able to remember enough to go traveling through many magical worlds on a hunt for "the Magician," only to find out that she herself was created as a way for him to store power from young magical beings by the inference of their dying breaths. Only her nonmagical boyfriend's belief in her newfound humanity is able to convince Eve that she doesn't have to be defined by her past. This is an urban fantasy without a solid sense of time or place. It's contemporary in tone, but there are no distinct regional flairs or cultural references. Due to Eve's memory loss and the story being told entirely from her perspective, readers learn things in fits and starts with memories slowly taking shape and reality constantly being questioned. The narrative progresses slowly and can seem disjointed at times, but the action does pick up and leads to a satisfying, if slightly creepy, ending.-Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"A twisted circus of a book, completely freaky and delicious at the same time. It's a thriller, a fairy tale nightmare, and a romance all in one, unlike anything else and impossible to predict. I could not stop reading!" -- Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series

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Sarah Beth Durst is the author of eight fantasy novels for teens and adults. Her YA titles include CONJURED, VESSEL, DRINK SLAY LOVE, ENCHANTED IVY, ICE, OUT OF THE WILD, and INTO THE WILD. Her first book for adults, THE LOST, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira, and her next book for teens, CHASING POWER, comes out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury. Sarah was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. For more information, visit her at www.sarahbethdurst.com.

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She doesn't rewrite old tales, she creates all her stories, settings and characters from scratch.
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It's hard to talk about this book without giving too much away, except to say that if you find yourself feeling lost, don't give up.
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It did feel a bit blurred and rushed in parts near the end, but I didn't feel like it really impacted the plot too much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 gorgeously told story - one that explores themes of identity, belonging, destiny and love. Reading it was a truly magical experience. I was mesmerized and amazed every step of the way. I loved everything about this book - the luscious detail in which the carnival backdrop was described, the horror of Eve's dreams and visions, the hidden symbolism and the perfectly satisfying ending. This tale was both uplifting and heartbreaking, sad and wonderfully hopeful. Full of meaning. I loved how new and fresh everything felt - I've never read anything like it before! Every page of Conjured shines with creativity and uniqueness.

The plot line itself was incredibly well thought out and gripping. I did not want to stop reading. I loved the mystery behind Eve's character and how it slowly unravelled through visions and dreams. Many aspects of this tale were downright scary - like the magician-turned-serial-killer who would cut his victims into pieces and then keep their remains in special boxes, or Eve's disturbing memories resurfacing while she was unconscious - but there were also other aspects of it that were incredibly beautiful, meaningful and moving. Some of them were positive and heart-warming, others.. simply tragic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on September 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is intense, and like all psychological books, it can be confusing at times. The protagonist spends much of the beginning of the novel with amnesia, and she spends most of her time observing and staying quiet. I loved the mystery of it. I usually figure out most of the "twists" and mysteries in stories because I am constantly scouring for the little clues the author leaves. This book does not disappoint - you will have all the clues, think you know what's going on, but the author will still surprise you. There are times when it gets a little too confusing, even for me, and I found myself saying out loud "What?? What is going on??" but I'm very glad I stuck with it, as the resolution to this mystery absolutely does not disappoint.

"`You have to trust yourself. In the end, that's all you have. You.'

'I don't know who I am,' I said.

'Then find out.'"

In all this mystery and creepiness is the story of a girl literally trying to find herself. Her quest for identity, for self-sufficiency and power in a world that is wildly out of her control is very real, and hit me on a lot of emotional levels. It's hard to talk about this book without giving too much away, except to say that if you find yourself feeling lost, don't give up. Press on. The second half of the book is definitely worth whatever confusion was caused in the first half.

"You've made yourself ... Maybe you didn't start out that way. Maybe your childhood was crap. ... It doesn't matter what happened in the past or what other people think of you in the present. What matters is who you are. And you... you're amazing!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspiring Insomnia TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 her past. She has two mysterious caretakers who play good cop and bad cop. Malcolm seems nice enough, but Nicki speaks to Eve with a sneering, sinister tone. Eve is in a witness protection program for reasons unknown, and Malcolm and Nicki instruct Eve to have as little interaction with others as possible. At the same time, they set her up with a library job that ensures she will have personal interactions. They tell Eve that even though she's capable of performing magic, she is not to do so in public. Of course, that doesn't last very long. Somehow, the goal of all of this is to get Eve to regain her memories so she can help identify a serial killer. Is this all making sense?

At her library job, Eve meets another employee named Zach who immediately says, "I think it's a shame that it's customary to shake hands upon greeting when what I really want to do is kiss your lips and see if you taste like strawberries." Most people would be disturbed or disgusted by such a greeting, but our Eve loves it. They are soon kissing and (literally) flying, with the help of Eve's magic.

Eve meets a group of odd teenagers who seem to only speak the language of snark, and they possess magical talents, too. There's a scene straight out of X-Men: First Class when the group and Eve all show off their talents.
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