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Carnival of Souls (Untamed City #1)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED as Carnival of Souls in 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, 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 compe...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published July 31st 2012)
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Nafiza
Oct 15, 2012 Nafiza rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Strike one: The contradictory nature of the narrative. Mallory spends all her time learning how to be a good fighter but when she's faced with daimons that she has spent her life learning how to fight, she's useless. Regardless, her aunt speaks about wanting to use her as a killer...of what? Ants? Because I don't think she can kill anything else. Mallory calls her father "Daddy" most of the time but then all of a sudden switches to calling him Adam. It's jarring and conflicting with her characte...more
Emily May

A feels an inexplicable, seemingly supernatural, attraction to B. However, B is sexy and gorgeous and also just super-duper awesome, whilst A is plain and ordinary. So B could never be interested in A. Except, oh my, B is interested in A. But B has a secret, he isn't who or what A thinks he is, and this secret could tear them apart.

Does this sound even vaguely familiar to you? If the answer is no, I'm guessing you have yet to journey into the land of young adult paranormal novels. In that case,...more
Sam
A world of seduction and brutality surrounds Melissa Marr’s latest creation, the Carnival of Souls, where characters of The City enter Marchosias’ Competition to fight to the death. Emerging triumphant results in a place in the elite ruling caste, and for Aya and Kaleb, two of the main characters, this is the ultimate goal, though for very different reasons. In the human world, the sensuality of the carnival and the grittiness of the daimon-filled City are left behind to introduce us to Mallory,...more
♥Rachel♥
4.5 Stars

This was a deliciously dark, magic filled tale of daimons and witches, and their hatred of each other.

In Carnival of Souls, we have three POVs: Mallory, Kaleb and Aya.

Seventeen year old Mallory craves normal. She moves from town to town, always “the new girl” in school. She never has a chance to make close friends, or have a boyfriend, for that matter. This is because her adoptive father, Adam, is a witch on the run. He took something from the daimons long ago, and they want it back....more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls is an intoxicating journey into a fantastical world called The City, where daimons and witches reside. Every generation, The City offers its inhabitants an opportunity to join the ruling elite through the Carnival of Souls. Plagued by an unforgiving caste system, the Carnival gives fighters a beacon of hope – and the chance for those at the bottom rung to escape from dirty ‘black mask’ work which involves fighting and killing.

We follow the perspectives of fascina...more
Heidi
“Four stars: A world where everything is for sale for a price at the Carnival of Souls.

At the Carnival of Souls bodies jostle in the crowded streets. Everyone is here for something....whether it be pleasure, fights, murder, favors, secrets, impossibilites and more. Everything and anything is for sale in this world. It is a world where the daimons cast out the witches after centuries of battle. In this society, there is an ordered caste system. The ruling class holds the power while the lowest me...more
Kimberly Derting
This was a glimpse into a dark and captivating world, with characters I couldn't help falling in love with. Brilliant!
Courtney
Sep 01, 2012 Courtney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone sick of Bellarific protagonists
This review is from my blog, Studies in Storytelling.

Melissa Marr conquered the YA market with the Wicked Lovely series, and she’ll be expanding her horizons on Tuesday, September 4th when Carnival of Souls hits stores.

The first few things that happen in this novel are:

A demon woman sacrifices everything to a witch in the human world, for help protecting her child.

Another, Aya, matches against her ex-fiancee in battle, to further her aspiration to make a statement about women's equality and th...more
Suzanne
Carnival of Souls was a really slow starter for me. I was kind of confused about the Daimons and the Curs and exactly what they are. If I'm honest, I'm still slightly confused. I know they're fast and powerful, and that they can shape shift, though I'm not sure exactly what they shift into, is it a dog type thing, a wolf maybe? Kaleb is a Cur, who are the lowest class of Daimon and he describes himself as being like a mongrel or stray dog, but I'm not sure if that's just a metaphor.

Mallory has...more
Rayne
Review originally posted at http://www.mycutebookshelf.com/2012/1...

I think it is time I finally admit to myself that Melissa Marr's books and I are just never going to get along. It started with the dull first two installments in the Wicked Lovely series, followed by the snooze-fest that was Graveminder, and now concluded by the utter disappointment that Carnival of Souls turned out to be.

Personally, I believe her books suffer from what I call concept versus execution. Want a fascinating, intri...more
Parvathy
Where do I start with this review? Let's see now...... Mellisa Marr had introduced an interesting story in the beginning chapters of this book. As the story progressed it got more and more bizarre. I had to leave not only my sense but also my morals to like the characters and the world she has created. Incomplete was the word that went through my mind when I finished this book and that was not just because this book is the first one in a series of books. Everything about it was incomplete, be it...more
Kami Garcia
A dark and decadent read. I couldn't put it down!
Yodamom
Gritty, sexual, intense fighting, insta-mate, torture, belittling of women. I have a hard time thinking of this as YA. it was very original, and has intensive world building, that is never boring.
Mallory is raised in the human world by witches. She was taken from the Daimon world as an infant to save her life. This Daimon world is run by Caste system and our main hero ? Kaleb is of the lowest rank. There is one way up, fighting in this 'Thunderdome" kind of tournament. Many want up and out, som...more
Erin
Wow, what a ride Marr takes you on with this book!! Carnival of Souls is an eerie, captivating, sexy story that hooks you from page one and leaves you thirsting for more when it comes to a close. I'm giving this a very solid 4.5 stars!!

This was such a unique story, the world that Marr creates is like this dark fantasy of the imagination that you get sucked into and get lost in. In this world where daimon creatures are more humanlike than animal, and witches with vast powers are their mortal enem...more
Once Upon
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC! This was my first book that I finally read by Melissa Marr, I had others books by her in my personal library but never got around to reading since they were bought and not sent from publishers. I usually give all publisher books priority, so my bought books tend to get forgotten on the shelves. So that being said I am extremely grateful I was given a copy of Carnival of Souls to review. This book from page one until the last page was non-stop entertaining, like being at...more
Crystal
Where do I even start?!! Melissa Marr has totally exceeded my expectations and I have no idea how in the hale I am going to wait for the next book! Carnival of Souls delivers that dark and gritty story that I have been waiting for ever since reading her previous series Wicked Lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed that series, but I always wanted more books centered around the Dark Court because Marr wrote that side ruthlessly and I tend to like that kinda stuff. She not only brought back the intense ruth...more
Livvy
This book was dark, devious and absolutely delicious! I may have really enjoyed this book, but I still have a few reservations. Nevertheless, I am beyond thrilled to have got my hands on an early copy of this! It was the kind of dark novel that I’ve been waiting for from the young-adult genre! And the cover just looks divine. Once again, it’s a book with a pretty cover and a phenomenal story line to boot!

From the very first moment this novel kicks off, we know we’re in for something special and...more
Mimi
Ok I have to start with freaking Kaleb, the way he was so possessive over Mallory and the way he just plowed right over any of her concerns or requests...not cool or romantic at all! In what world is it ok to marry someone without their consent and then think to convince them of your marriage afterwards. I hope she breaks his face.
And nothing was explained at all! Like what are daimons? are they like demons? They didn't explain anything about that stupid pack junk or cur nonsense. And aya's stu...more
Isamlq
3.45/5
Sorely tempted, I am to grant that one-star that ending seems to be begging for. But I won’t because overall I was mostly entertained by the four voices in this one. This is so even with some choice actions on Kaleb’s part; and yes, this is so even with Mallory shifting down from kick ass to mopey somewhere along 77 because over all, yes, this was kind of awesome.

So, here we have two sides of daimon and witch at war (and I believe as the case usually is, with the humans, oblivious to it a...more
Ms. Library
Stop me if you've heard this before. Girl who thinks of herself as plain is REALLY IMPORTANT. She's drawn to a boy she hardly knows, even though she knows its a bad idea, and he seems somewhat dangerous. But they pursue each other anyways, because OH MY GOD MEANTTTT TO BEEEEEE. She falls hard, and he totalllyyyy loves her even though they've talked like three times. There's a mystery that isn't very mysterious. Girls are treated as commodities, and man, that's kind of a bummer, but let's spend m...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 08, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to listen to James Marsters
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

I've been a Melissa Marr fan since Wicked Lovely, though I admit that I've gotten way behind, having missed reading several of her more recent books. This one, though, I simply knew that I had to listen to, because James Martsters, so I made time. Melissa Marr's newest differs quite a bit from her Wicked Lovely series, but shares the dark romance and gritty world building that I enjoyed so much in those books.

Mallory has been raised knowing that daimons...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Melissa Marr has done it again! Carnival of Souls is an absolutely awesome read full of enchantment, magic, lore, and plenty of action. Everything with this story came together perfectly. The fantasy and paranormal elements, the strong characters, incredible world building, and the exciting storyline made this one engaging book I picked up and starting reading the moment it arrived at my door (yesterday afternoon) and didn't put it down until I finished it. There's something about Melissa's wri...more
ExLibris_Kate
This was my first Melissa Marr book and I was extremely impressed! I was struck by the way Kaleb's rough life is presented in contrast to Mallory's almost normal suburban existence. When the two worlds start colliding, the reader is drawn into the conflict that has always existed between witches and daimons as well as the haves and have nots in the daimon world. The author does not glass over anything and, as a result, this book had some very dark moments, which I loved. That brutality really to...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Carnival of Souls is one of the most unique stories I’ve read this year so far. Melissa Marr has created this imaginative realm of daimons and witches, fights to the death, and so many secrets. It was amazinnnnnnnng!!

One of the things I loved about Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series was how many characters and love stories were in those books. In Carnival of Souls, we get the same thing. There isn’t just one boy and one girl,...more
Heather Doss
Good Gracious - this is awesome! A dark, delicious, rich world where murder & pleasure combine in a fight for power. Perfect for fans of her WICKED LOVELY series as well as adult cross-over of GRAVEMINDER. On sale 9/4/12
Ferdy
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I hated this piece of shit. It was bloody awful.
The amount of sexism pissed me right the fuck off.
The heroine, Mallory, was a boring bland bitch and the hero, Kaleb, was one of the worst heroes ever.
In Kaleb's fucked up sexist world, he was able to marry Mallory without her knowledge and he was able to consummate and legalise his marriage to her by fucking some other girl. I won't be surprised if Mallory ends up finding it romantic that Kaleb lied to her, cheated on her and made her hi...more
Marisa
Aug 06, 2014 Marisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, paranormal fiction and possibly fans of Kresley Cole.
Recommended to Marisa by: barnes and noble
UGH. UGH. ALL I FEEL AND THINK, MY EXISTENCE IS NOTHING BUT UGH.

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WHAT IS LIFE?

Okay, so this book was very catching from the beginning, at least for me as a huge fan of paranormal fiction/fantasy and the only time I put it down from when I bought it this morning was when I went to get food. No other time. It traveled with me everywhere. Probably more than you needed to know but that was how good it was. Catching. The only complaint I really have is that it ended too soon, but that's what you get w...more
Phil Ansell
What surprises me every time I read a Melissa Marr book is just how utterly imaginative she is, how can one person have such a richly wonderful imagination?!

Carnival of Souls is a shining example of this. Set in The City where a feud between daimons & witches has already begun spilling over into the human world, the book follows a number of interesting and captivating characters, both daimon, witch and human, as a web of tangled lies, secrets and violence that is their lives begins to unfold...more
Kyra
1.5 stars. Didn't like it as much as her Wicked Lovely series. There was a lot of telling, including information-dump after information-dump. I almost put the book down permanently, however I was in a car for 5 hours, so I figured I would just finish it. Almost painfully passive story telling. Stop telling me what your characters are like. SHOW ME. And I am sick and tired of rushed romantic relationships. "Because MaGiC" does not constitute a valid reason for two people to fall in love.

And the...more
Howdy YAL
Really this one deserves 2.5 stars.

To see full review click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/201...

I don't know how I feel about this one. A part of me really liked it. It's pretty different. I mean, yeah it had some of the similar YA tropes, but it wasn't your run of the mill YA paranormal or dystopia. It had that something more. That being said it was bogged down by some cliches.

In this case, instant love.

And the instant love wasn't totally reciprocated so that was a good thing, but it...more
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