Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr


Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
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Genre: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 4th September 2012|

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
Mallory, given up as a child to be protected from her Father, seems like an average girl who goes to school and then practise, except practise is learning to protect herself and fight against daimons. She has grown up thinking she is human. Her Step-Father Adam, is a witch, and does what he can to keep her safe, wards around the house and constant training.
Aya is a woman born of high caste, but chooses to fight to rather than be married and have to have children with her betrothed, Belias.
Kaleb and Zevi are pack mates, Kaleb took in Zevi and now fights to ensure they both can live with food, while Zevi looks after him and helps his wounds.

All of these characters have their own stories to tell, and Carnival of Souls is narrated in multiple characters points of view so we get to see each and every story that leads each individual to where they are, but also ensures we get to see the complete story. Eventually their paths cross and intermingle, but it's not till near the end of the book that his happens and sets it up perfectly for the next instalment.

I really enjoyed reading Carnival of Souls and loved how all the bits and pieces connected together so well. I admire Aya for her determination and will in doing what she believed in, and not what she was meant to do like every other female in her caste. She kicks serious butt and I cheered her on in every encounter she faces. Mallory is just as equal in kicking butt as Aya is, while Aya is aware of her powers, Mallory goes into each fight with the fear of not surviving and just being strong enough to survive and go back home to her Dad.

From the moment I began reading I could not put this book down, and while I am already a HUGE fan of Melissa's Wicked Lovely Series, Carnival of Souls has just added to that fangirlyness and it will now take pride of place right next to them on my bookshelf. It has just the right amount of action to keep you hooked and a steady moving plot that keeps you wanting more, and just the right amount of blood to keep me satisfied. Carnival of Souls is a must read for anyone who looking for a new paranormal book to devour.

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