Published by Walker Childrens on September 3, 2013
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, YA
Source: Library Book
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.
The first 2/3’s of the book was leaning more towards a 3 star, and then the last 1/3 was leaning towards a 5 star, so I split the difference. The beginning of the book is, to steal a line from a 90’s song, building a mystery. And it’s a confusing mystery, with bits of memory of a strange carnival interwoven with special CIA agents, libraries and a nerd boy. But once things start to really take shape, the book becomes almost as magical as Eve. The author accomplished a lot of beautiful strangeness towards the end. Give me a whole book of that and it would definitely be a 5 star, full on Midnight Read.
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