Carnival of Souls Sneak Peek

This sneak peek includes the first six chapters of Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr plus an essay from the author. 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.

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By Nafiza (Vancouver, BC, Canada) · ★☆☆☆☆ · October 15, 2012
Strike one: The contradictory nature of the narrative. Mallory spends all her time learning how to be a good fighter but when she's faced with daimons that she has spent her life learning how to fight, she's useless. Regardless, her aunt speaks about wanting to use her as a killer...of what? Ants... ...more
By Emily May (The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 18, 2012

A feels an inexplicable, seemingly supernatural, attraction to B. However, B is sexy and gorgeous and also just super-duper awesome, whilst A is plain and ordinary. So B could never be interested in A. Except, oh my, B is interested in A. But B has a secret, he isn't who or what A thinks he is, a... ...more
By Jeann (Happy Indulgence) · ★★★★★ · August 13, 2012
Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls is an intoxicating journey into a fantastical world called The City, where daimons and witches reside. Every generation, The City offers its inhabitants an opportunity to join the ruling elite through the Carnival of Souls. Plagued by an unforgiving caste system,... ...more
By Parvathy (Manchester, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 18, 2013
Where do I start with this review? Let's see now...... Mellisa Marr had introduced an interesting story in the beginning chapters of this book. As the story progressed it got more and more bizarre. I had to leave not only my sense but also my morals to like the characters and the world she has cr... ...more
By Kimberly (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★★ · June 09, 2012
This was a glimpse into a dark and captivating world, with characters I couldn't help falling in love with. Brilliant! ...more
By Rayne (Puerto Rico) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 21, 2012
Review originally posted at

I think it is time I finally admit to myself that Melissa Marr's books and I are just never going to get along. It started with the dull first two installments in the Wicked Lovely series, followed by the snooze-fest that was Gra... ...more
By Courtney · ★★★★★ · September 01, 2012
This review is from my blog, Studies in Storytelling.

Melissa Marr conquered the YA market with the Wicked Lovely series, and she’ll be expanding her horizons on Tuesday, September 4th when Carnival of Souls hits stores.

The first few things that happen in this novel are:

A demon woman sacrifices e... ...more
By Suzanne (Dublin, Ireland, Ireland) · ★★★★☆ · September 15, 2012
Carnival of Souls was a really slow starter for me. I was kind of confused about the Daimons and the Curs and exactly what they are. If I'm honest, I'm still slightly confused. I know they're fast and powerful, and that they can shape shift, though I'm not sure exactly what they shift into, is it... ...more