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Carnival of Souls (Carnival of Souls #1)by Melissa Marr
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Kicking off a new series, Marr (the Wicked Lovely books) introduces a pair of worlds whose fates are intertwined. In 'our' world, witches secretly run corporations and spread their influence. In 'The City,' daimons reign supreme, plotting and scheming, and anything can be found in the sinister Carnival of Souls. A bloody competition to determine who will rise up to help rule the City draws close to conclusion, with several contenders vying for the last slots. Aya is a high-caste daimon, who must win to survive; Kaleb is a low-caste assassin willing to risk all to succeed. And in the mortal world, 17- year-old Mallory has been raised by a witch, Adam, and trained to fight daimons. When their paths cross, it sparks revelations and a dangerous change in the status quo. Marr's trademark blend of dark romance, fantasy, and action is on full display, but while Marr makes Mallory strong and independent, those qualities are undercut somewhat (in this installment, anyway) by the multiple brain-wipes she receives from Adam, what amounts to a forced marriage, and an abrupt ending. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writer's House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Lives collide in a spectacular tangle of love, hate, and long-standing vendettas....Add in class warfare, a deadly tournament, and the Carnival of Souls, where any pleasure or contract can be fulfilled, and this is one novel that will be at the top of everyone's to-read list." Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
"The fast pace, feisty female warriors, and themes of social justice bear more than a small resemblance to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, but Marr's many fans from the Wicked Lovely series won't be disappointed." Booklist
"Marr showcases her impressive talent by crafting an incredible, fantastical, complex world. This book is worth reading for the amazing fight scenes alone. Immerse yourself in the Carnival of Souls, you won't regret it." RT Book Reviews (top pick)
"A novel so dangerous and decadent it's impossible to put down." Kami Garcia
"Melissa Marr's best book yet, which is saying quite a lot." Margaret Stohl
About the Author
Melissa Marr is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestsellers Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows, and Darkest Mercy, as well as Graveminder, her first novel for adult readers. She is also the co-editor, with Kelley Armstrong, of the anthology Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions. Ms. Marr lives in Virginia.
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