Mon, October 15, 2012

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr Review

Carnival of Souls book cover

Carnival of Souls book cover

Carnival of Souls
By Melissa Marr
Publication date: Sept. 4, 2012
HarperCollins, 306 pages
Source: April

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.

β€” Goodreads.com description

You know when you get a text message from April that says “Pg. 106 Carnival of Souls. Total Anna passage.” you just HAVE to read a book. And does she know me or what?!

Wooooo page 106. Hot stuff. Okay, so it was a little bit of instalove, but it was instalove wrapped up in secrets and this animalistic “pack sense” Kaleb had…and that was so different that I loved it.

Carnival of Souls really won me over in its world-building. It was creepy and cool and dark and mysterious and I was entranced.

Did I love the book overall though? Maybe not as much, but I think that can be attributed to the fact that I was reading it in a hospital waiting room. The violent scenes just didn’t mesh with my environment, so I think they didn’t click with me as much as they would have at another time. Do you know what I mean? When and where you read a book can really affect your reaction. In this case, I liked it but can just tell I would have LOVED it if I’d waited to read it at a better time.

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  1. Lori said:

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the Wicked Lovely books, but I’ve been hearing good things about this. April’s review made me add it to my TBR. πŸ™‚

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  2. Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve said:

    I know exactly what you mean about how time and place affect how you read a book! I was so sure I was going to love Girl of Fire and Thorns, but I read it while some other issues were going on in my life and I ended up not liking it. I think life got in the way of enjoying a great book, which makes me sad πŸ™

    Anyway, I’m on the fence about reading this one. I DNFed Wicked Lovely, but this one sounds much more interesting. We’ll see!

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  3. Tara said:

    This is another poor, poor BEA book I need to read ASAP. Now I’m going to go home and look at page 106 πŸ™‚

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  4. jen said:

    YES, page 106. love that stuff and man, oh man, do i love melissa marr. unfortunately this series didn’t grab me the way wicked lovely. but even that series took me awhile to get into. i needed the second book before i was sold. i have faith this will be a favorite of mine, yet.

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  5. Vyki @ On The Shelf said:

    I’m looking forward to this one. I loved Wicked Lovely and can’t wait to see what she has in store for this book. I’ll have to keep page 106 in mind πŸ™‚

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  6. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) said:

    If you decide to reread it at some point, AUDIO. James Marsters’ voice is a thing of freaking beauty.

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  7. Becky@Cardigans Coffee and Bookmarks said:

    I’m on the fence about reading this, but I like your description of it as wrapped up in secrets and this animalistic β€œpack sense” has decided for me :)!

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  8. Carla said:

    at the risk of really upsetting jen…i do not like any of marr’s books. they are just not My Thing. and is page 106 like page 211 of Forget You??!!!!

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  9. JennRenee said:

    i have this on audio just waiting for me. I have a few schedule before but will get to it in the next month or so. thanksf or the great review.

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  10. Allison L said:

    When I told April I was reading Carnival of Souls, she was like “TELL ME when you get to page 106!”, and of course the girl knows exactly what she is talking about! πŸ˜‰

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  11. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I’m really intrigued by this one, as I heard Melissa talk about it during National Book Festival and she definitely mentioned a few things that made me want to read it!

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  12. April Books & Wine said:

    <33333
    PAGE 106 yo.

    I haven't read Wicked Lovely, but I did like this one AND Graveminder.

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