Book Description via Goodreads:
Paperback & Hardcover, 306 pages
September 4, 2012, Harper Collins
Source: Pinoy Book Tours (Thank you!)
From page one I was sucked into the beautiful and dangerous world of Carnival of Souls. Marr created a very detailed and vivid story world from the social hierarchy to its history. The prologue reminded me of the Downworlders of the Mortal Instruments series but this first impression eventually faded into solid awe as I read on. Carnival of Souls had the same dangerous and exciting vibe as Daughter of Smoke and Bone did. I loved this world.
The yearly competition nestled in the Carnival of Souls was filled with blood, danger and losses. As fighters bled and killed for survival and power, the stakes get higher. Marr delivered feral, as well as graceful, action. Imagine watching an action movie a-la-matrix with the daimons’ dual forms (human form and daimon form – resembles a werewolf) in action. I could easily picture the fight in my head with all the details given. It was enough to keep on the edge of my seat as I cheered on for Kaleb and Aya.
The character I was most interested in was Kaleb. He was a cur, lowly ranking in the social hierarchy of his world. He not only had a dark past but he lived a dark life as an assassin and a seller of flesh and pleasure. I felt for him. In the competition, not only was his life at stake but his chance of changing his life and making sure that he and Zeke had enough coin to sustain their needs. Beyond the tough, scarred skin, he had a heart. He deeply cared about Mallory.
Mallory was kept in the dark by her father for her entire life. She was an obedient daughter, always following her dad’s rules and requests. She was even stopping herself from getting close to the cute boy with the intense gaze, Kaleb. I sympathized with her. It was hard to keep her questions to herself when deep inside, she wanted and needed answers.
The attraction between Kaleb and Mallory was simmering behind their simple conversations, silenced statements and stares. Their romance might be considered insta-love but I consider it fated love. As creatures that aren’t human, they are not bound by human romantic rules. Although their strong desire to be with one another could be denied and even suppressed, it was a part of their being. They were anchored to one another whether they liked it or not. The connection between the two was undeniable. Marr wrote beautifully intimate scenes that made my toes curl.
Aya was daimon elite. Gorgeous, smart and badass, she had managed to stay in the competition for as long as she could with her strategies. Girls weren’t supposed to fight in the competition, much less elite girls. Through her pretty face and sleek dresses, she hid a dark secret. She carried this burden on her shoulders. Aya fought for freedom and the right to rule. She wanted to break free from the shackles of daimon norms. I admired her for that.
But happily ever after didn’t exist in the daimon world. The truth behind Mallory’s real identity will give birth to chaos not only in her mind but in both the human and the daimon world. As she struggles to find the pieces of her true self, she will doubt and question everything she has ever known.
My only complaint was the ending. I feel that it was too abrupt, cutting off my connection with the characters with a quick snip. However, I am still 100% interested in finding out what happens next in the sequel. It was just that I felt that the story of Carnival of Souls needed a hundred or so more pages.
Carnival of Souls is an engrossing paranormal romance that will keep readers entranced and on the edge of their seats with its romance, action, danger and twists and turns. If you liked Daughter of Smoke and the Mortal Instruments, you will enjoy reading this! I highly recommend this to paranormal romance readers!
4.5 Cupids = Obsessive book love.
Almost made it as one of my favorites! I strongly recommend this!
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