Review: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Publisher: HarperCollins (September 4, 2012)
Hardcover:  306 pages
Source: B&N ARC
Rating: of 5 stars

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.


As someone who’s only read the first book in the Wicked Lovely series, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was a well balanced read that was able to blend romance and love so perfectly with the violence, death and deception.

There are quite a few characters introduced in this. But there’s definitely a good balance between the time spent with all the characters. My favorite relationship is Aya and Belias; they clearly have feelings for one another, but due to circumstances they can’t be together. They’re a major part in why I want to keep reading. Mallory fell into the background for me with so many other characters vying for my attention. I felt bad for her ignorance of the truth, but that was about it.

Zevi ended up being a character I want to know more. He is so fiercely loyal to Kaleb, but doesn’t just roll over to do whatever Kaleb wants and isn’t afraid to let him know what’s on his mind. They have a great relationship. And it always seems like there’s definitely more to Zevi than meets the eye.

The ties and twists interwoven through the book is well done, and keeps you hanging on for more. For anyone who’s in the mood for a quick paced YA paranormal romance with that good dose of violence, this is the book for you. The romance aspects aren’t overbearing, but still plentiful.


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