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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Only one more week until Halloween! And today is Scary Tales Thursday! I chose Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst for today, based mostly on the cover. It's kinda creepy. But I also know that the last Sarah Beth Durst book I read was very funny, so it might not fall into the "scary tales" category.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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—or do—to her to get her to remember. At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

What I Liked: 1) I want to start with the concept. The idea of the MC having amnesia or not remembering who she is seems to be a theme that is gaining in popularity. But the way that author Sarah Beth Durst brought it into the story, alongside a supernatural aspect and witness protection is very exciting. It's as if she's pulled three different books together and found the one way that they could actually meld. But it wasn't overwhelming. There was a lot happening, but it all fit together perfectly, like a puzzle. 2) There are some parts of the book that are pretty creepy. Particularly when you find out more about her past and who she really is. I can't give it away, but I absolutely loved this. It was so unique and creative, and completely surprising to me. And also, creepy. It's this revelation, when Eve figures out her past and what it means, that is the real high point for the story. Everything is leading up to that. There is still quite a bit of book left after that, but in my opinion that is the true climax. 3) Eve and Zach. First, what book lover doesn't think a relationship that begins in a library is adorable? Because I do. What a great setting for romance. Do y'all agree with me? Their relationship is so refreshing, especially with Eve's memory problems, she basically has to be reintroduced to him every few days. I would have liked a little more character development for Zach, because he isn't the kind of book guy that I just fall in love with, but he was goofy and quirky, and helps to keep Eve grounded when everything else around her seems to be crazy. 4) The ending. It's rare that a book will completely change settings in the final pages, but it worked for this book, and I loved the new dimension it gave to the story. Like it could just keep going forever.

What I Didn't Like: As I said before, I would have liked some more development of the characters. Not only Zach, but Eve and Aiden and the rest of that crew. I know it was challenging to develop them because there was so much they didn't know and Eve didn't know. But I would have been even more invested in the story if their personalities were three dimensional, instead of two dimensional.

Overall Thoughts: Conjured is definitely one that many people will enjoy. For me personally there was something to be desired by character development. But for those of you who love plotlines, this one will be right up your alley. The focus is definitely on plot, but the relationships are fun to follow as well. The humor that I've come to expect from Sarah Beth Durst was there, but slightly different - fitting in with the story.

My Rating: 4 candy corns

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