Read | Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Read | Carnival of Souls by Melissa MarrCarnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr
Publication: Harper Collins on September 4th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED as Carnival of Souls in 2012

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, 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.

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.

I don’t really know why but Carnival of Souls took me months to finish. Normally, when I find a good book I can get through it pretty quickly but this one took me a while.

I liked the plot, the story building was well done, and all the characters were interesting… but it somehow wasn’t fulfilling. At some points I was almost bored too, but yet felt that this deserved a higher rating (that’s why I gave it four stars.) Its difficult to explain my feelings because I thought it was really good yet there was something about it that didn’t make me completely love it and I can’t put my finger on it.

I think this is in large part due to having a cliffhanger ending + no sequel in the near future. There is a short novella I might pick up but would really like to see where the story goes.

four-stars

#24in48 Readathon

Another readathon, yay! I seem to be loving readathons lately, as I have joined in a few already this year. For the #24in48 the goal is to read 24 out of 48 hours, that way we have time to read and sleep and read some more. Read more about it at the 24 in 48 page.

I don’t want to set any unrealistic goals seeing as I will most likely: 1) Not read for 24 whole hours — I have an engagement party to attend today and tomorrow am going out with my grandparents and 2) I will probably jump around a few books. But! I do hope to finish 3 out of 4 books that I am currently (and have been reading since the #TBRTakedown readathon last week.)

#readathon goals:

Finish — Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Finish — Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Finish — Deadpool #4

I’ll be updating back here several times a day (hopefully) and posting progress on social media (Instagram/Twitter @oodlesofbooks) so follow me there too! If you want to join, it’s not too late :)

Day 1 Updates

11:00am — even though I woke up at 7am, I fell asleep and have only read about 17 pages so far! Eeek! Hope to read a few more before the engagement party later today.

Also, here is the Hour 6 survey!

Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Long Beach, California!
Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Nope, but I love readathons!
Where did you hear about the readathon? Twitter 😀
What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? I’m finishing off four books, so I’m excited to get through all of them!
Tell us something about yourself: Studying to be a librarian!
Remind us where to find you online this weekend: blog: http://oodlesofbooks.net
twitter/instagram @oodlesofbooks

Day 2 Updates

10:00pm — Fail! I only read a few hours (not even close to 24!) but I did manage to finish reading one of four books which was good enough for me haha. Better luck next time. Hope every one else did much better :)

Read | The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Read | The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguiéThe Rules by Debbie Viguié, Nancy Holder
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers on June 23, 2015
Genres: Mystery Thriller, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Narrated by alternating unreliable narrators, this dark thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. It's Saw meets I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Junior Robin Brisset has no idea what she's in for when she accepts an invitation to one of Callabrese High's most exclusive parties. And when the trademark scavenger hunt begins, Robin must go against every rule she's lived by to survive.

The main problem I had with The Rules, was how dull I found it. While the story starts off pretty interesting, I didn’t like the characters (there are so many to keep track of too,) couldn’t understand how they were being killed off so easily or why they kept thinking splitting up was a good idea. Luckily, I had the audiobook version of this book, so it was easy to get through and not feel like I wasted too much of my reading time.

Also, the killer in the end? What the hell was that. I sort of predicted before it happened but was still disappointed the authors took it that way. Wouldn’t really recommend this one, but it’s not completely terrible. Just a little boring but with plenty of violence to keep me listening.

two-stars

2016 Challenges

It has been years since I joined in on any reading challenges and I never thought I would want to again. I saw a few around and thought, what the heck! I used to love joining them even if I was quite terrible at completing. But it’ll fun to give it a go again! This is the post where I will be keeping track of the books I complete!

Retelling Challenge

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Eclectic Reader Challenge

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  1. A book about books (fiction or nonfiction):
  2. Serial killer thriller:
  3. Paranormal romance:
  4. A novel set on an island:
  5. Investigative journalism (non fiction):
  6. Disaster fiction:
  7. Steampunk sci fi:
  8. Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize:
  9. Psychology (non fiction):
  10. Immigrant Experience fiction:
  11. YA historical fiction:
  12. A debut author in 2016:

Read | We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Read | We All Looked Up by Tommy WallachWe All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Publication: Simon & Schuster on March 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

I was able to really enjoy We All Looked Up, which was sort of a mixture of contemporary/science-fiction. I felt like I connected with all the characters well, and liked them all. At some points I felt that the book dragged on a little much, but it made sense since there was a lot to go through for the end of the world.

I had seen in a review that the ending is sort of open, and while I expected this to disappoint me..it didn’t. I really liked how it ended, since it didn’t feel like a cliffhanger at all.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable read but I am glad I picked up an audiobook copy because I am not sure if I would’ve been able to finish it.

three-stars