Carnival of Souls
This post is part of Pinoy Book Tours, which has partnered with Fully Booked to talk about Melissa Marr‘s latest book Carnival of Souls.
Carnival of Souls is a new series by Melissa Marr, author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series. Her stories, mostly written for young adults, are urban fantasies where extraordinary teens have to balance their powers and responsibilities with, well, being a teenager, and all the drama that implies.
Carnival of Souls is the first book in its series, and revolves around seventeen-year-old Mallory, who has been trained since childhood by her foster father, a witch, to battle daimons, shapechangers who will be after her for reasons he does not really explain. To keep one step ahead of the daimons, father and daughter move around a lot, which doesn’t give Mallory time to make lasting friends. This changes in the latest school she attends, where she is attracted to Kaleb, a rakishly charming boy who seems to know her every move. Little does she know that Kaleb holds the secret to her origins, and that their destinies have been entwined by fate.
Mallory’s quest to find herself is just one part of the story. The reason the daimons are so eager to get to her is because she is one of them. The daimons live in The City, where they follow a rigid caste system that doesn’t allow for moving up the social strate except through ruthless means. It also doesn’t allow women very much movement in society. This is where Aya comes in. Aya, who is 19, is a girl from the upper caste who wants more than to be married off, so she has decided to take matters into her own hands and fight for the right to rule in the Carnival of Soulsm which the book ins named after. Aya can be quite ruthless, but only because she hides something that, if publicly known, could mean her death.
Witches aren’t allowed to roam freely in The City, but that doesn’t stop both races from interacting. Most of the time, this means bloodshed but now, with Mallory poised to come into the knowledge of who she really is, it looks like this may not be the case, but not before a lot of people get hurt, first.
Carnival of Souls melds fantasy and intrigue with budding romance. Mallory believes that she is a regular girl, and does not know her importance in the world of daimons and witches, nor does she understand the danger that is closing in on all sides. It is also a story of perseverance and making tough choices, with Aya having to choose between true love and fulfilling a dream, as well as trusting someone with a secret that could ruin her life. It’s a compelling book with its share of ice-cold antagonists, melt-your-heart swoon-worthy love interests, and political intrigue that makes the second installment worth the wait.
Just so you get a better picture of what life in The City is like, here’s the book trailer:
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