Carnival of Souls
This was my first Melissa Marr book and I was extremely impressed! I was struck by the way Kaleb’s rough life is presented in contrast to Mallory’s almost normal suburban existence. When the two worlds start colliding, the reader is drawn into the conflict that has always existed between witches and daimons as well as the haves and have nots in the daimon world. The author does not gloss over anything and, as a result, this book had some very dark moments, which I loved. That brutality really took me into the class system that served as the foundation for a lot of the conflict in this book and I did not want to look away. Aya’s story was perhaps my favorite and I found her life, and the choices she made to survive, extremely compelling and heart wrenching. In truth, each character is hiding something about themselves from others and each character has to make decisions that leaves someone hurting in the end. At risk of sounding morbid, I loved that. Any writer that can pull me into a story with such elements of suffering without turning me away from reading the book has done an excellent job of striking a balance between brutality and beauty.
The world building in this book was excellent. That was no easy feat since it switched back and forth between the world we know and the world that humans don’t see, but Melissa Marr was painstaking in its creation and it really helped suck me into its pages. Carnival of Souls is a story with many layers and as those layers are peeled away they reveal an intricate and beautifully written book that is as compelling as it is dark. I was sad to see it end since I felt like I was just getting to know everyone, but I suppose that’s the point since I will be waiting anxiously for book two!
I received this ARC as a pert of the Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours.