This Week's Pick: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 4th, 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 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.
Did you guys read that summary? Doesn't it sound like awesome sauce in book form? I know it does to me!
Although I have yet to finish the Wicked Lovely series, or Graveminder for that matter, I have always kept up to date with Melissa Marr. She always seems to come up with interesting, and creative new story ideas that I can't help but be drawn to. I have to say, Carnival of Souls sounds like her best plot yet! Fantasy and reality, dark and light, as well as fate and choices seem to come into play in this novel, making it all the more intriguing! This one looks like it could be spectacular.
One thing I sadly don't think is spectacular...the cover. I love masks, fire, and plain backgrounds, but an angry silver mask with fire behind it? Yeah, not that appealing. With a title like Carnival of Souls I excepted an out-of-this-world cover, but I was pretty disappointed. But, if the story between the covers is awesome, I won't mind at all.
- Ciara who is lost at midnight