by Melissa Marr
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 andGraveminder, comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.
My (mini) Review:
That's pretty much how I felt about this book. There was just nothing keeping my interest. And that's what makes writing a review for it so hard. I didn't hate the book necessarily, but I certainly didn't love it.
I was a bit nervous to read it to begin with because I hadn't heard to many good things about her previous series, but this one just sounded to good to pass up! Daimons? The Carnival of freaking souls?! The synopsis just sounded so enticing, but don't let the blurb fool you. This book is anything but.
For one, I felt like it was 2 completely different books. You have two different POVs. One of Mallory in her "ordinary" home and the other dealing with daimons taking place in the Carnival of Souls. But even halfway through I didn't feel like there was any connection between the two. Even though I know there is, it just wasn't enough to keep my interest. I really had no interest in learning anything about Mallory and her history and what-not.
The only semi-interesting part was the Carnival of Souls but it still wasn't nearly intriguing enough for me to really care about anything. I didn't really care about any of the characters and therefore could care less what happened to them. Oh, he just got mauled? Well that sucks. Too bad I don't care.
All the best ♥