Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Date Started: August 23
Date Finished: August 25
Format: Hardcover from local library
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, 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.
As usual, Marr writes really odd books. I don’t think I’ve read one yet by her that wasn’t a little bit out there. That being said, this book is extremely odd. I always felt that I was skipping pages or something as I read Carnival of Souls. It was almost like there was a lot of action happening in the background that we the reader didn’t get to see. It really confused the hell out of me, and made this story extremely disjointed. There really weren’t any redeeming characters either. The character of Mallory – the head daimon’s daughter – is hidden away by witches and raised to hate daimons, so that way when she reaches 18 she can go back and kill them all. Although, for that to happen her step-father Adam – the witch – has to keep cloaking her in all these spells so that way her true nature doesn’t come out. But even magic has it’s loopholes, there are times when the magic slips and he has to cast a memory spell to make Mallory forget. The constant forgetting causes for even more of a confusing storyline. It’s hard to figure out what Mallory remembers and what Adam is casting way for her to forget.
Don’t even get me started on Kaleb, Aya, and Belias. Those daimons have their own twisted little thing going on that is ridiculously over complicated and really, why couldn’t they have just died in the fight to the death match? It would have made things so much easier.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The second half of the book was actually much better than the first half. However, there is a confusing thing where the book doesn’t really end. Well, it does, but on a cliffhanger and there hasn’t been a sequel written and it’s been almost four years. I’m actually curious to know how things end. Does Mallory accept what she really is? What about her relationship with Kaleb? Aya? Belias? And what happened to her step-dad?
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