Sunday, September 2, 2012

Review: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: September 4th 2012
Publishers: HarperCollins
Available from: Amazon
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Source: HarperCollins Aus 

In a city of daimons, the Carnival of Souls hosts a deadly competition. Once in a generation, every citizen can fight 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.

In our own world, Mallory knows that her father—and every other witch—fled the daimons’ city long ago. She trains to be lethal because it’s only a matter of time until the daimons catch up with them.

While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans there for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, comes a brand-new tale of secrets, love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny.

Carnival of Souls is a rich and delicious world that I got lost in. To me it is like eating dark chocolate; it’s rich, sumptuous, decadent and addictive. The bitter aftertaste always somehow adds to the flavour, making it more complex. I loved Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series so I jumped at the chance to review Carnival of Souls.

The Carnival resides in the centre of The City, a dangerous world full of dark pleasures. Daimons inhabit the city and are ruled by Marchosias. Every 20 years Marchosias hosts a competition for all daimons who want to be a part of the ruling caste and live in the palace. The competition consists of daimons battling each other until the death or one forfeit. Kaleb is a Cur from the lowest caste and is determined to win so he and his pack mate Zevi can have a better life. Aya is from the ruling caste, but she hides a secret that could get her killed. She enters the competition so she can change the city. Mallory lives in our world, but she has been raised by witches to despise and kill daimons. Witches used to inhabit the City as well, but a war broke out, and the daimons almost destroyed them as a species, so they relocated to our world. Both despise the other, with daimons controlling the few witches who are allowed to live in the city.

I loved all the characters in this book. They're all strong and captivating, each making their part of the story come alive. Some authors have a hard time keeping so many characters interesting, but Marr does it with ease. Each of them have their own agenda, but to help them survive they decide it's best to join together and work off each others strengths. I enjoyed how the separate threads of Kaleb, Aya and Mallory intertwine to make it that much more exciting. There are lies and secrets that are binding them together, but could also tear them apart when they come to light.

The world that they inhabit is vivid, every page sparking to life. It was so easy to 'see' each and every scene, that I had a hard time putting the book down. I was sucked in as soon as I started reading. The ending is definitely a cliff hanger, and leaves you going WHAT! that's it? I now have to wait for the next book to come out and I can't wait to see how the characters and story line are going to evolve.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I'm a big fan of Melissa Marr, so I can't wait to read this book. Sounds fantastic character and world-wise. :)