Jan 19, 2016

Review | Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Title: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Series: Untamed City #1
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy/Paranormal
Publication: September 4th 2012 by HarperCollin
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: 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.


Thoughts: 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.


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