Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
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From the Publisher: 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.
I am saddened that so many of the books I’ve read lately have been rated 3 or less.
This one was particularly frustrating for me. The main character lost her memories and had no idea who she was, where she was from, or what she was supposed to even look like (her face was surgically altered when she entered the witness protection program).
As a reader, I was as clueless as Eve was. Except more so. Because she knew where she was and why. She at least knew the reasons she had been told (off-page) for the things that were happening to her. I had no such luxury. I was thrown into the middle of a story with a main character prone to memory loss.
It was maddening.
I nearly put the book down many times out of sheer frustration.
I believe it was probably written that way on purpose to help the reader feel the same confusion Eve felt, but it was too confusing and unenjoyable.
It was impossible to know which characters were trustworthy and which were not. And to be honest – it still wasn’t entirely clear right up until the end.
The big reveal surprised me, but I didn’t like it. It was horrifying to me. And then the way she was treated after the reveal – by those who were protecting her – it just horrified me.
Overall, I simply didn’t like the book. It was confusing and frustrating and gave me bad feels.
What Others Are Saying:
- The Not-So-Literary-Heiresses: All in all, the revelations at the end of this book almost makes it okay, but then I remember my frustrations getting there.
- The Book Smugglers: All of this was superb: from the puzzling narrative to the development of Eve as a character, from her visions and fear to the creepily awesome horror in the latter part.
- Bookish: It’s dark and creepy, yet mesmerizing and magical at the same time. Hands down one of my top favorite books ever.