Saturday, September 8, 2012

Audiobook Review: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Author: Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 4th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Narrator: James Marsters
4.5 Stars - I loved this book!

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.

Spoiler Free Review:
I had planned on picking up this book as soon as it was released because I already love Marr and her Wicked Lovely series so much.  Then I heard that James Marsters  (AKA Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was going to be the narrator, so I bought the audiobook from Audible instead! I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that he did not read it in the "Spike" British accent,but soon got over that.  IT ao made me realize that he had read some of my  favorite books ever - The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and I didn't even know it.
Marr can create these wondrous ever engaging worlds where you feel ever step and hear every bird fly over head.  She hits it out of the park on this one just as well.  The book is action packed with fights, dark magic and war.  She balances the book wonderfully keeping the story line flowing and the characters moving on and developing throughout.  I love how all the characters intertwine towards the end, it like a fantasy soap opera with battles to the death!  Marr is a genius, masterful storyteller and I can not wait for more.  I think I may finally go and pick up Graveminder soon also.  

Synopsis and photo courtesy of Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. There are some serious twist and turns in this novel. The passion between the characters is refreshing. The gladiator like theme made it an exciting read. Can't wait for more.

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