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

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Crash Blog Tour: Review and Excerpt

Crash by Nicole Williams
Ebook: 215 pages
Release date: July 19th, 2012
Goodreads Rating: 4.16
Goodreads Summary: 

Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.
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I've been very busy this past few days and I think until the finals exam. And with all of the work I have to finish and do before its due date I find way to sneak one book to read and it is Crash.

It did not disappoint me, the story was easy to grasp as well as each characters. I love how the story encircles with a girl, Luce who even though faces a lot of problem with her family and the past she’s trying to forget she still has that strength that’s burning through her that make her likable to me. While Jude was another enigmatic guy/hot/a womanizer, but when he met Luce everything changes. Their banter was fun to read and honestly I see their attraction was built easily and a bit hurried, but the story was still lovely to read with this little setback I noticed. And what was more thrilling to this book that made me gave it a four star was the twist. I don’t know why I didn't guess it the first time I read the story, I’m usually the girl who thought what will happened in the end of the story. I think it was because I was too caught up with Jude and Luce’s realm. If I’m not mistaken I see myself in this gif. 

It was like I am the mailman who knows what’s going to happen in the next hours of my life as a worker: put mails in the mailbox and then move to the next...until out of the blue spongebob came out in the mailbox. That’s me the mail man, I swear.

So yeah I like this book so much that I’m trying my best to read the 2nd book though I think my best wasn't good enough L Oh and I am totally recommending it for everyone who love light read contemporary books. <3



“Good morning, beautiful.”
 I elbowed Sawyer as we settled into our morning routine. “Go away, ugly, and don’t come back until you come up with a better line.”

 “Just you wait, I’ve been working on a few and I think you’re going to be rather impressed come next Monday,” he replied, handing me my morning mocha he’d started bringing a few days ago. 

“Unlikely,” I said

"You calling me ugly every morning might actually bruise my delicate ego if I wasn’t sure you were only teasing,” he said, nodding his head at a couple of his football teammates as they passed by.

“Or if you weren’t positively certain you weren’t ugly.”
 “Are you saying you think I’m hot?” he asked, grinning a wicked one over at me.

“If that’s what you heard, you need a couple of hearing aids,” I said, taking a sip of coffee. “I was merely confirming you are not, in fact, ugly.”
 “I think that’s the worst compliment I’ve ever been given,” he said, slinging an arm around me and pulling me in. 

 And the whole easy relationship Sawyer and I navigated most of the time just ended, like it always did, when he tried pulling me into some awkward embrace or touched me with a certain look in his eyes. 
 “How’s the ankle, Diamond?” a voice called out from behind us. A voice that froze my feet to the ground, but melted me in every other place. 

 Coming around us, Jude crossed his arms, glaring at Sawyer’s arm hung around me before looking at me. I’d never been stared at with such a mix of emotions. I’d never been stared at in a way that made my breathing irregular and painful all at once. 

 Lifting a shoulder, Sawyer glanced down at his wrapped ankle. “It’ll heal up all right.”

 Jude’s eyes didn't leave mine. “I was talking about your other ankle.”

Sawyer paused, clearly thrown off guard. “It’s fine,” he answered.

 “Do you want it to remain that way?” Jude asked, stepping forward, still watching me. Other than a bruise shadowing his cheekbone, he looked the same. I don’t know what I expected, but it just seemed like a person who’d spent almost a week in prison would come out looking different, and maybe they did, but for someone who’d been to jail a grand total of thirteen times now, it was just another day in the park. 

“ You've got your arm on something of mine,” Jude said, his eyes flashing when he looked at Sawyer.
 “I believe that property changed ownership when you left it high and dry curbside.” Sawyer tried to cinch me in closer, but not before I weaved out from under his arm. 

Turning on him, I leveled him with my glare before spinning around and giving Jude the same. I had not worked my ass off for the grades I had, or worked tireless summer days waiting tables, or paved my way as a strong woman to be reduced to some object two jealous boys could fight over.

"I am not a piece of property,” I said, lifting my finger at Sawyer. “I am not yours,” I said, before turning around and meeting Jude’s eyes. “And I am not yours.”

Saying that the first time around was infinitely easier, and that pissed the hell out of my parental I-know-what’s-best-for-you psyche. “Now both of you leave me the hell alone.”

I shouldered past Sawyer, shoving the mocha back into his hands—I didn't want anything from him—before weaving through the crowded hall, trying to calm my heart. For the first time this week, it felt warm.

And I didn't want to accept the reason why it was because I could feel his eyes on me the entire journey down the hall, and even after I rounded the corner, I could still feel his watchful gaze upon me.


Author Bio

I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?

Check out the 2nd book on Crash series "Clash"
Clash (Crash, #2)


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