Sunday, August 11, 2013

Horn Book Review of CONJURED!

Very excited to share with you this lovely review of Conjured from Horn Book!!!

Conjured
by Sarah Beth Durst
High School    Walker    303 pp.
9/3    978-0-8027-3458-7    $17.99

Eve has peculiar memory problems. Not only is she unable to remember her former life, but every time she uses magic -- purposely or inadvertently -- she blacks out and awakens with even her short-term memories erased. The U.S. Marshals of the witness protection program, WitSec, are determined to make Eve remember in any way they can: they're sure she has vital information on a teen-murdering, interworld criminal -- information that is embedded in Eve's nightmarish visions of a sinister carnival and its magic show. In her new, puzzling, and forgetful life, Eve doesn't know whom to trust: Malcolm, the marshal who watches over her; the three magic-wielding teenagers WitSec lets loose on her; or Zach, the garrulous, sweet-souled fellow volunteer at her library job. Durst combines the particular terrors of memory loss and icy bureaucracy with the colorful horrors of carnivalesque murder, killer sleight-of-hand, and a creepy, terrible truth about Eve's very being. Disorientation, curiosity, and fear course through the story, offering tight suspense and satisfying mystification even up to the last pages. An unusual blend of magical worlds, psychological thriller, and teen romance. -- Deirdre F. Baker


This review completely made my day.

Another thing that made my day: the realization that in less than a month, Eve will be out in the world!!!  Granted, I do wish the summer weren't flying by quite so fast.  I feel like it's vanishing faster than an ice cream cone.  But I can't be sad since it means I'll be able to share Eve and her creepy, topsy-turvy, wild life with you soon... in 23 days, to be exact!  Yay!!!


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3 Comments:

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Priya Sridhar said...

Congrats, Sarah! I am totally purchasing this book for my Kindle. Also, totally enjoyed your essay on parents in Percy Jackson and fingering my troubled thoughts about the chases

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Priya: Yay! Thanks so much! I had a lot of fun writing that essay. Love those books.

 
At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Laura Harrison said...

WOW! BRILL review Sarah! Well Done you!! YAY for your book coming out soon too! *pops party poppers*

 

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