By Melissa Marr
Young Adult Fantasy
Edition Read: Hardcover
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 OVERVIEW: The book was a rollercoaster ride for me. It started out good, then got boring in the middle, and then ended "ok". This was my first Melissa Marr book, and I was disappointed. Everyone raves about her books, and I found it just ok.
PROS: I think Kaleb was the most well written character out of the bunch. I really like how protective he is and how scared he got when he felt some real power. He really underestimates Zevi, and I look forward to Zevi stepping it up more in the next book.
CONS: Mallory was confusing and annoying. She knew Adam wasn't her real father - yet she called him Daddy through most (and I do emphasize most) of the book. However there were quite a few times where she switched to calling him Adam. To me this doesn't really solidify how she really feels about him. The other thing I didn't understand was Aya was trying all this stuff to change her life, yet, she never thought of leaving. Why?
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Even though the book only ended "ok" for me, I do look forward to the next book in the series. I am more interested in what is going to happen to Kaleb than anyone else.