Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper (HarperCollins)
Mallory is raised by witches in the human world and trained to hate daimons, never knowing that she is one, and that her real father is the daimon ruler of The City. At the heart of The City is the exotic Carnival of Souls, where once a generation, fighters vie for a spot in the ruling elite. Kalab and Aya are some of the last remaining fighters. But when Mallory’s daimon father discovers where she is, all three teenagers are dragged into the centuries-long war between daimons and witches, where they must fight for more than just their lives.
This book was addicting and The City and Carnival of Souls was intoxicating. But, it was hard to keep up with all the cultural and otherworldy differences, especially when the first person view point kept switching characters. While the relationships between the characters were a driving force to keep reading and often surprising, they often seemed to develop a little too fast. But maybe that’s an otherworldly cultural difference I didn’t understand.
The worst part about this book is that it ended just when it got really good! The book felt like the first half of a really good book, lots of wading through the set-up details, but I didn’t want to stop reading when it ended. What a tease.