Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Series: Untamed City, book one
Source: Purchased from Audible
Narrator: James Marsters
Audiobook Publisher: Harper Audio
Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
About the 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.
My Thoughts: I absolutely adored Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series so I was super hyped for this book. When I got my last audible credit I knew this had to be the next book I listened to. I really enjoyed the story and the overall listening experience.
One of my favorite things about Melissa Marr's Carnival of Souls is the world she builds. I was so interested in learning more about The City and the daimons. The class separation and the competition to advance totally had me enthralled. The phenomenon of "pack" also drew me in. I loved what it added to the story and to Kaleb as a character. I just wanted to learn more and more and more!
Mallory was a great character as well. Her world is so colored by her father and his views. Seeing her grow and learn more about herself and about the world at large had me cheering. I'm looking forward to seeing how she changes in relation to the witches and daimons.
As far as the audiobook goes... James Marsters. Do I need to say more? It was so well done. I loved his reading. My only issue was Kaleb. I just couldn't get behind the voice Marsters used for him. Still, I really enjoyed listening to this story. The pacing and general set up really worked as an audiobook.
Melissa Marr's Carnival of Souls grabbed my attention and didn't let go. I was immersed in a new world that I wouldn't want to visit yet didn't want to leave! I am eagerly anticipating the next book!