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.
— 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.