Wednesday, October 10, 2012

(Blog Tour) Review + Giveaway: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Carnival of Souls

Paperback: 306 pages
Release date: September 4th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Rating: 3.88
Goodreads Summary: 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.

Carnival of Souls is a powerfully engaging story set both in human world and The City, an intriguing paranormal realm where daimons and witches exist. The City is a daimon-ruling-world where everyone is labeled by the caste system and those in the lower caste sell pleasure and blood. Once in a generation, a deadly competition is held that gives every daimon a chance to join the highest caste and be given the biggest respect. 

Interwoven in this book are the lives of three people: The City ruler’s long lost seventeen year-old daughter Mallory who wants normalcy and was raised in human world by his witch stepfather; Kaleb, a lower-caste daimon determined to win in the competition and achieve far more for himself and his packmate, Zevi; and Aya, an equally indomitable competitor and elite daimon who is bent on doing what no other woman had– join The City’s government. These three were some of my favorite things about the book. If you’re like me who’s always apprehensive about multiple point of views, worry not because Melissa Marr handled it smoothly and managed to pull it off with grace. It was a great experience to be in the minds of diverse and richly-developed characters. Admittedly, my favorites are Belias and Aya. What can I say? I have a soft spot for bad-ass female characters and their love interests.

The heart of this book is in its world-building. You know what they say about the power of writing to suck you in right from the beginning. Well, Melissa Marr took me herself to the dangerous and dark world of the carnival from page one. It also has a quite complicated plot that doesn’t reveal itself in the summary. It divulges the story to the readers in just the right pace. 

I have a confession to make… This is the first Melissa Marr book I’ve ever read. I know about the Wicked Lovely series which I’ve been meaning to read since I’ve become a booksnake (a level-up from bookworm according to my college friends) but unfortunately haven’t had the time and resources to do so. When Carnival of Souls arrived in the mail, I swear I could have danced in front of my mom’s guests. So yeah, too much excitement comes with great expectations. I think I’d set the bar too high. I’m not saying that CoS disappointed me. No, I loved this book although I had a few issues with some things. First is the underdeveloped chemistry between Kaleb and Mallory. There were times when I felt disconnected when I should have been cheering them on in their relationship. The second one would be the ending. I think it was rushed and raised more questions than it did answers. Despite the fact that it’s the first book in the series, I felt like there should have been more. 

To sum it up, I highly enjoyed and recommend Carnival of Souls and I will be waiting with bated breath for book two. This is a must-read for fantasy readers who are looking for a unique and magical read!


Author Bio

I write books. I read books. That's all you need to know. The books matter, NOT the author. 
Follow her on these sites: Website││Twitter|| Goodreads

As part of the blog tour, Pinoy Book Tours and HarperCollins provided a paperback copy to give away!
Open to PH residents only 


  1. Hi,
    I have wanted to read this one! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Hmm, I haven't read any of Melissa Marr's other books, either, but I picked this up at BEA and have yet to read it. It sounds like it has some really great elements, though I'm bummed to hear the romance is somewhat underdeveloped, so I hope I like it when I finally get to it. Great review!

  3. I haven't read any of Melissa Marr's books before but have heard they are all fantastic! This one sounds really addicting and entertaining as well!

    Thanks so much!

  4. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds like a winner.

  5. I haven't read any of her books before but I would love to get my hands on a copy of Carnival of Souls! Thanks so much for the giveaway! ^.^

  6. I have seen this book, but have never read any of Melissa Marr's books before. After reading the review I am adding it to my TBR list.

  7. Ahh, another awesome review! So far, I've read about four from the PBT site, and they're all fantastic. It seems like Carnival of Souls is truly a winner-not only in plot and world-building, but in characters and writing as well.

    Thank you for the thoughts about the book and the giveaway! :)
    -Tiffany@Read, Breathe, Read

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  9. This story is so dark, intense, and mysterious! Can't wait to read what comes next because I was left with many questions, also. Perhaps that is what a talented writer does --leaves us wanting more. Carnival of Souls is one of my top 5 favorites this year.

  10. Thanks for posting this. I had added the invite to my own site, but couldn't get it to work because I didn't about about the Canvas issue. Your blog cleared it up and it works fine now. Thanks!estetik

  11. The actual carnival sounds very cool and interesting. I also love multiple POVs and they all seem like great characters. It is too bad it is confusing. I have heard a lot of mixed things on this so far. I'm planning on just checking out the audio book when it becomes available.

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