*REVIEW* Carnival of Souls
In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.
All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.
From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and "Graveminder," comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.
Omigosh, this book was AWESOMESAUCE!!! Seriously, another complete and total masterpiece by the fabulous Melissa Marr. I was lucky to get the opportunity to read an ARC of this through Around the World Tours but let me tell you... I will be first in line when it releases in September to get my very own copy. This is one of those books I KNOW I will re-read. Pure WIN.
Carnival of Souls introduces us to Mallory, a teenage girl used to life on the run. Her father took something valuable from a daimon, and Mallory has spent her life learning to fight and defend herself in case the time comes where she must face one herself. While her father is a powerful witch, Mallory has no supernatural powers... that she's aware of.
Life in The City is very different from the human world where the majority of the witches live. The City is the domain of the daimons and is a place where danger, debauchery, and power struggles are around every corner, or stall at the Carnival of Souls. Adding to the danger is the fight-to-the-death competition that is now going on, a competition that allows the victor to rise in caste and to make a better life for him or her self. Kaleb has joined the competition to try to earn a better life for himself and for his pack. Aya has joined because she is desperate to avoid the marital bliss and parenting that await her if she fails.
The lives of Mallory, Kaleb, and Aya become entangled as vows are made, contracts are drafted, and shocking revelations are revealed. Will Kaleb be able to convince Mallory to trust him so that he can protect her as he desires? Will Aya be able to avoid the fate she dreads, a fate that could cost her everything--including her life? And will Mallory discover the truth and be able to do what must be done? All answers await if you're brave enough to navigate the Carnival of Souls...
This book is really incredible. I refuse to spoiler anyone because it is THAT GOOD. Melissa Marr does a fantastic job creating this new and dangerous world and I really felt that I was there at times. The pacing is superb, the story is entertaining and engaging and I just couldn't seem to stop reading! I LOVE it when a book affects me like that. I'd tell myself, "one more chapter" and then devour another 50 pages. This book is addicting, you've been warned!
I really can't wait to see where the story is going next. I felt like it ended when things were getting EVEN better. ARGHHH! Haha. I highly recommend this book though, if my gushing didn't make that abundantly clear. It will keep you entertained from the first page until the very last. Make sure you grab a copy when it releases. Enjoy! *XOXO*
Expected publication date: September 4, 2012 by HarperCollins