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Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
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Oct 22, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, magical, romance, series
Read from July 20 to 23, 2012

Marr has a gift- an amazing capability to write, create characters, a fantastic storyline and make magic happen. I'm not going to say that it's all new and something never written about before, but there's enough to make it substantive and sustainable. There are death matches, daimons and witches, betrayal, lust and love, masks and trust issues making it similar to the fads of current YA lit. Yet, Mallory's ignorance of her lineage and her stepfather's steadfast loyalty to keeping her in the dark with spells and potions make Mallory's coming-of-age dangerous. She has trained to kill daimons, yet will find out that she is one of them since she is being pursued by Kaleb who has made deals with The City's leader Marchosias as well as Marchosias's brother also bent on taking The City and it all hinges on Mallory's eighteenth birthday-- she just turned seventeen as the book begins.

Kaleb though goes between the human world and The City where he is a fighter-to-the-death in order to gain status and stability for his two-person pack as one of the lowliest beings, a cur. He encounters Aya, who is a half daimon-half witch (who keeps the secret that she is half of both who are hated by each other) from her lover, Belias, because she wants power, not to breed. Aya has now joined forces with Kaleb in order to match Marchosias and gain power.

There are plenty of betrayals and sins in The City, but the story and setting are exciting. I read word for word and could not put it down. The Carnival of Souls, for which the book is named is the place where both bribes, death, and sex can be caught, but you wouldn't want to be caught there at night.

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