Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Carnival of Souls

Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Pages: 306
Rating: 2.5 but rounded up to 3

Goodreads Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

I’ll be honest, I had a really hard time writing this review. I wanted to love Carnival of Souls. Really, I did but…I didn’t. I didn’t get into it the way I did with the Wicked Lovely series. I was so excited about this book but once I started reading it I was disappointed. I thought the description sounded interesting but what I got was only mildly entertaining.

The characters in Carnival of Souls were okay, however, none really stood out. I didn’t understand Aya decisions even after her secret was revealed. Kaleb seemed like he was trying to be two different people; one when he was with Mallory and one when he was in the City. I felt sorry for Mallory because she had been lied to her entire life but at the same time I didn't.

Carnival of Souls has a lot of world building. I know Marr has become known for her world building skills but I wanted more action. I wanted to know more about the characters and their past. I didn’t get that. However, my biggest problem with this book was the world itself. The City was so harsh and cold. At times, I had a hard time reading it. I’ve never been one to shy away from violence and gore in books. I loved The Hunger Games but as I read Carnival of Souls I started feeling a little…disturbed. Marr never describes anything in detail but she does give enough information for the reader to figure out what’s going on. I think what really got me was the fact that everyone seemed to be okay with it. Yeah, Aya and Kaleb wanted to win so they could have a better life but neither of them ever say that they want to change the way things are done.

In the end, Carnival of Souls was okay. There wasn’t anything I absolutely hated about it. I may read the next book in the series, but then again, I may not. The jury is still out.

1 comment:

  1. I just recently listened to this book. It's narrated by James Marsters and he did an excellent job with the narration. I think if I'd read the book, I would have just been so-so on it but listening to it made a real difference (especially with a good narrator). It also made some of the dark stuff feel much more real. I guess it's easier to gloss over that stuff when I physically read a book. If you decide to read the next book, and James Marsters narrates it, I suggest giving the audiobook a try.


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