Category Archives: Sci-Fi

SAVE THE DATE {22} CHARMED VENGEANCE BY SUZANNE LAZEAR

CHARMED VENGEANCE
SERIES: The Aether Chronicles #2 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Innocent Darkness #1
AUTHOR: Suzanne Lazear
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: August 8th 2013 by Flux
EDITION: Paperback, 408 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fairies, Romance, Historical Fiction, Flux, August 2013 Release, Save the Date

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock’s relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V’s mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother’s air-pirate ship, the Vixen’s Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact–one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.

MY THOUGHTS: Fairies…Steampunk…Romance…need I say more?! And look at that cover – uh, looks like some crazy stuff is going down! This one is on my TBR list, and I definitely think you should add it to yours as well! 

HAPPY READING!

SAVE THE DATE {21} All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS
SERIES: Book#1
AUTHOR: Sarah McCarry
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 30th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
EDITION: Paperback, 240 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Music, Sci-Fi
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The first book in an exciting YA trilogy, this is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.

Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, two inseparable best friends who have grown up like sisters—the charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, watchful narrator—find their bond challenged for the first time ever when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.


And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

MY THOUGHT: I like how different this one sounds from most of what it on the market today. Of course, that is being said from the vague description given above – but I can’t think of what I’d compare it to offhand. I like that they give the 2 main characters as Aurora (which that is one of my favorite names!) and “Narrator”. That makes it seem spooky and mysterious, and pulled me in right away when I read this summary. I think Jack is going to be an awesome character too, from his description, and I think the cover is really pretty! This one sounds like it’ll be a good read. What are your thoughts? 

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Save the Date {20} Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay

Of Beast and Beauty
SERIES: Stand alone
AUTHOR: Stacey Jay
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 23rd 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
EDITION: Hardcover, 400 pages
CATEGORIES: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Beauty and the Beast, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Paranormal
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.


Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.


As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

MY THOUGHTS: Some people love retellings, some people hate them. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I’ve read good and I’ve read bad. What I love most, is just seeing how someone takes an idea and spins it their own way. How many times have you finished a book and thought that you would’ve ended it differently, or had the characters take different paths, make different choices, or put them in an entirely different world completely? That’s what I love about retellings, and this one sounds like it is going to be so different not only from the original story, but from anything I’ve read. I’m very interested and curious about this one, and will be placing my request with the library as soon as I’m done writing this post! Plus, I think the cover is really awesome!

What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

Save the Date {19} Starglass by Phoebe North

STARGLASS
SERIES: Starglass #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Starbreak #2
AUTHOR: Phoebe North
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 23rd by Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
EDITION: Hardcover, 448 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Fantasy, Space, Romance, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Aliens, Simon & Schuster, Starglass Series, Phoebe North, Save the Date

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn’t interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he’s yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she’s got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain’s guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship’s idyllic surface. As she’s drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime–one that will determine the fate of her people.

MY THOUGHTS: I really love the cover on this book! I think it’s really pretty and doesn’t give anything away. I also like that it isn’t using a live model. Sometimes I like to picture the main character how I imagine them from the descriptions in the book, and when a live model is used sometimes it doesn’t fit what I imagined, but that really isn’t here nor there! Once I really started loving dystopian books, it was only natural that I then progressed to books that take place in space (ha, that rhymed!) I really enjoyed Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, and I have been meaning to finally dive into Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Being trapped on a ship in space with no way off kind of creeps me out, so of course I would enjoy books that take place on spaceships! Since it’s a genre I’m still getting comfy with, this one sounds like it’s got tons of action and suspense to keep me engaged, and I definitely want this one on my bookshelf!

Happy Reading!

Review {27} The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

THE DARKEST MINDS

SERIES: The Darkest Minds #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Never Fade #2 (Release Date: October 15th 2013)
AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken
PUBLISHED: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
ACQUIRED: Borrowed | Library
EDITION: Hardcover, 488 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Romance, Adventure, Dystopian, 5 Star Rating, Disney Hyperion, Alexandra Bracken, Series Book 1, The Darkest Minds, Review
RATING: 5.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.26/5.00
WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.


When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.


When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

MY THOUGHTS: Holy cow, guys! This book seriously was more than I ever imagined it would be! Not that I didn’t have high expectations or anything like that, I’m just saying I went in hoping to like it, but came out LOVING IT!

Can we talk about Ruby, our main character who tells the story from her POV, for just a sec? I adore her. Truly, I feel like we are BFFs now, and she is telling her story directly to me, just me, like it’s a well-guarded secret. Ruby on page one is not the same Ruby on page 488, that’s for sure. The situations she encounters, the emotions she experiences that she never knew were possible make her into one of my favorite heroines  by the time I closed the book after the last page. Ruby is a very selfless person who cares so deeply for others that it could be considered one of her flaws. She wants to think the best of everyone, even when they prove unworthy of her trust. She still believes there is good in people, which she chides Liam for at times. 

Besides Ruby, we spend time getting to know Liam, Chubs, and Zu. This is one dynamic foursome, let me tell you! From younger, nonspeaking Zu, to strong, level-headed Liam, and blind as a bat Chubs we get to experience their joys and sorrows, their happiness and their setbacks. Each character is so wonderfully created with such love and detail that you literally feel like you’re in Black Betty (their minivan) with them as they try to find East River.

The pacing of the book is fast, flying by page after page with no lags or slow parts. There’s continuous action, lots of adventure, and so many anger inducing, tear jerking, want to throw the book against the wall because that SO did NOT just happen moments that it’s like you’re on an emotional roller coaster while you’re reading. From run ins with PSFs, to run ins with The Children’s League, to moments where one of them uses their superpowers or has them used against them, it’s constant up and down, oh my god moments.

The relationships between characters is very real and tangible. Nothing ever feels forced or awkward – even moments between Ruby and Clancy (Which, yeah, can’t wait to read more of, because I know we haven’t seen the last of Clancy, that weasel!) It was very refreshing to see the relationship between Ruby and Liam grow and wasn’t any of that insta-love. While both knew they had feelings for each other, they took their time (Thank you, Miss Bracken, seriously. Thank you!) getting to really know and trust each other, and even then it was stolen kisses that they shared in moments of fear and worry. There is still so much more to their relationship that we haven’t even seen yet, so I am extremely anxious to find out where they take their relationship in the next book(s)… especially with how the book ended.

As easy as it is to hate Clancy, it is also him we can thank for the strength and confidence that Ruby develops by books end. She’s managed to learn how to somewhat control, or harness and use her powers. While she still struggles with keeping her distance so that she doesn’t accidentally erase herself from people’s memories, Ruby is also able to grow her confidence in her abilities as well. She’s also learned to fend for herself, and to rely only on herself and not trust anyone until they’ve proven to be trustworthy. 

I would recommend this book to absolutely any- and everyone on the face of the planet. Even if you typically do not read paranormal or dystopian, I beg of you, give this book a whirl! You will not be disappointed. (And if you are.. well, then I am sorry. lol)
SIMILAR READS: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes | False Memory by Dan Krokos | Beta by Rachel Cohn | Black City by Elizabeth Richards | Renegade by J.A. Souders

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken wrote Brightly Woven as a birthday present for a friend, and the story grew and flourished during a year of unpredictable, wild weather. A native of Arizona, she is a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she majored in History and English. She now lives in New York City.
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Review {23} Obsidian

AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
SERIES: Lux #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Shadows #0.5; Onyx #2; Opal #3; Origin #4; Untitled #5
PUBLISHED: May 8th 2012 by Entangled Teen
ACQUIRED: Own
EDITION: Paperback, 361 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Romance, Aliens, Supernatural, 5 Stars, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian, Lux Series
RATING: 5.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.37/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Starting over sucks.


When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.


Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 


The hot alien living next door marks me.


You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 


If I don’t kill him first, that is.

MY THOUGHTS:  Holy cow! I don’t even know where to begin with how much this book rocked my world right now! And how badly I wish that I had book #2 because I have a wicked case of book hangover. I want more Daemon! I NEED more Daemon! And Katy – how much more awesome can a main character get?! Okay, let me take a second and attempt to compose myself  *makes several minutes worth of squee and eeek noises*
Let’s try this again.
Oh. My. God. Who knew aliens could be so sexy?! And so bad ass?!
I absolutely loved Katy’s character. The only way I can think to describe her is… Feisty! She is one sarcastic, funny girl and definitely a top fave of mine now. All of the characters were fabulous. The sexy, smoldering Daemon, sensitive and lovable Dee; and even Katy’s other new friends Carissa and Lesa offer up tons of funny dialogue. The intense sexual tension and chemistry between Katy and Daemon is insane, and I am craving MORE!
I really enjoyed how well plotted out the story line is too. From the first page to the last, the story never slowed down or hit speed bumps. I was happily cruising along at a constant pace the entire time. There were no parts that felt awkward or forced, and I simply did not want to put the book down to eat, sleep, and go to work! It is easy to see what all the fuss was about when Armentrout hit the YA scene. I find her to be a fabulous author, and I will happily read anything that she puts out.
SIMILAR READS: AWRY by Chelsea Fine | SPARK by Brigid Kemmerer | ACCORDANCE by Shelly Crane | TOUCH by Jus Accardo | PREDESTINED by Abbi Glines
WHO I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO: Anyone who loves a good sci-fi story with hot aliens and one heck of a feisty, not-afraid-of-anything heroine!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends time reading, working out, watching really zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories … which explains her dismal math grades. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published with Entangled and HarperCollins.

Review {16} Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe
BY: Sarah Crossan
SERIES: Breathe #1
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: October 2nd 2012 by Greenwillow
EDITION: Hardcover, 373 pages
ACQUISITION: Borrowed/Library
CATEGORIES: Young adult, Sci-Fi, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Adventure, Romance, Dystopian
RATING: 3.50/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 3.73/5.00
WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe… The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
ALINA has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.
QUINN should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
BEA wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?
MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this book, which isn’t a huge surprise considering my love for anything dystopian/apocalyptic. This book has it’s own unique spin, as Crossan creates a world without trees – – without oxygen.  The book centers around the big, bad corporation, Breathe, who manufactures oxygen and pumps it into the dome that the survivors now live under, and who are split into a caste-like system with premiums and auxiliaries, and the Resistance – aka – RATS. 
Of course there is corruption within the dome, and the RATS are trying to bring it to light, and bring the world back how it was before the Switch. Part of the RATS, Alina Moon finds herself mourning the loss of Abel, her crush and fellow RATS member. She runs into Quinn Caffery at school, in line for green flu vaccinations, and he’s smitten. But Bea Whitcraft, an auxiliary, is secretly in love with Quinn, the son of Breathe’s head honcho. Alina suffers alone with the grief of her “missing” (read: Dead) parents, and lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Silas – also all RATS. 
When Alina is suddenly being hunted by Breathe, she must escape the dome and make her way through the Outlands to The Grove, one of the outposts of the RATS who call an old soccer stadium home. Of course as a wanted possible criminal, she isn’t able to get access out of the dome, and so Quinn, in an act of lust, gets her out of the dome with himself and Bea, who planned a camping trip. Along the way they meet drifters, one in particular, Maude Blue who is actually the best character in the book, in my opinion. She’s so flawed and imperfect that you can’t help but love her and feel for her. With the stealing of a Breathe tank, Alina unknowingly begins a war between the Resistance and Breathe.
I think the overall theme and plot are my favorite part of the book. To me, this is something I constantly think about. Can we ever eventually log all of the forests? Will there ever be a time where the Earth is tree-less? Clearly Crossan has similar thoughts and even was able to build this world around the same question. While I thoroughly enjoyed Crossan’s writing style, I did have some trouble with the world-building, and had some trouble envisioning the dome world, and The Grove in my mind’s eye. Eventually I was able to get a sense of the world she’s created, and was able to put myself right in the action.
I have a love/hate relationship with the multi-POV as well. The story is told from the POV of three people – Quinn, Alina, and Bea, with Alina being the “Main character”. I did have some issues distinguishing the characters from one another, and sometimes had to go back and check the chapter’s first page to see which character it was “speaking”. I liked each of the characters, as they each had different challenges and inner demons, but I didn’t feel that they were totally rounded and 3D. If I had to choose a favorite, I’d actually pick Quinn. I think of the three, he’s the one who changed and grew the most throughout the book, and had the most to lose.
Another plus is that there aren’t too many obvious twists, and Crossan is wonderful at leaving doors open to be resolved in the sequel/subsequent novels in the series.
TO SUM IT UP: If you are looking for a fast-paced, action packed dystopian with a unique spin on a post-apocalyptic world and incredible characters that you’ll keep thinking about long after you end the book, then you should read Breathe.
READ THIS IF YOU LIKE: Beta by Rachel Cohn | Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler | Skylark by Meagan Spooner | Black City by Elizabeth Richards | The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
MY ‘SIMILAR BOOK FROM MY BOOKSHELF’ SUGGESTION: Matched by Ally Condie
BREATHE MEDIA:

AUTHOR INFO: Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
She currently lives in NYC.

Save the Date {11} Touched by Corrine Jackson

Touched
AUTHOR: Corrine Jackson
SERIES: Sense Thieves #1
EDITION: Paperback, 343 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: November 27th 2012 by Kensington Teen
CATEGORIES: Young adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Sci-Fi
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WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: Remy O’Malley heals people with touch – but ever injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive father, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns, and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her – if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

This is book one in the Touched trilogy.

MY THOUGHTS: A pretty unique concept, and not one overburdening the YA market right now. I’m really curious to see how the relationship between Remy and Asher is going to play out — sounds like it could get pretty messy!!

What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

Review {15} Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & Adam
By: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Publication Information: October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Edition: Hardcover, 291 pages
Acquisition: Borrow | Library
Categories: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Rating: 0 Stars | Did Not Finish; Goodreads Rating: 3.68/5.00
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What the Back of the Book Says: In the beginning, there was an apple —
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears, a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.
Just when Eve thinks she will die — not from her injuries, but from boredom — her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.
Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect … won’t he?
My Thoughts: I read up to page 128, which is 44% – just under half of the book. What ultimately made me set the book down, is that the pacing is slow, and even though the characters are well done, I just didn’t have it in me to care about finishing their story. That sounds harsh, and I don’t mean it to! It’s not that I hated them, or couldn’t connect, I just really wasn’t all that into the story.
I found the plot to be interesting and unique. Originally, I thought that it was a dystopian and took place in the future, but it is actually set today. I’ve never really been into the type of movie or book where there’s a mad scientist who is playing God with genetics and creating humans, etc. which is precisely what this book is, so I suppose it isn’t a huge shock that it wasn’t my cup of tea.
The writing style was fine, other than just a bit slow, I didn’t have any major hangups with the pacing or events unfolding, however I really disliked Evening’s friend, Aislinn. I would still recommend this book to the right person, but it wasn’t for me. The book also seemed to read a bit young, which turned me off as well.
Read this if You Liked this: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette | The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna | Beta by Rachel Cohn | Poison Princess by Kresley Cole | Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Happy Reading!

Review {13} Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Information: September 4th 2012 by HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover, 306 pages
Acquisition: Borrowed/Library
Categories: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Demons, Witches, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Rating: 3.25/5.00 | Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5.00
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What the Back of the Book Says: 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, Aya and Kaled 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 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.
My Thoughts: The incredible world-building that made me fall in love with Marr’s Wicked Lovely series is what hooked me from the beginning of Carnival of Souls and kept me going to the last page. I was absolutely blown away by The City, the world that Marr created that is inhabited by daimons. The story alternates between Aya, Kaleb, and Mallory. I didn’t really connect with the characters as much as I’d hoped. If any character stood out to me, it would be Kaleb. He was the most three dimensional with tons of emotions and strength. He was willing to do anything to keep himself and his packmate, Zevi, safe and his love for Mallory is tangible.
Mallory wasn’t a character I could really connect with. She was kept in the dark as to who her father is, and what her true heritage is. That part is understandable, but the scenes with Mallory just really didn’t do anything to make me like her. Aya was a decent character, I liked her and could get into her story. She has tons of secrets and there is so much going on that isn’t within her control. 
The plot of the story was completely unique and not like anything I’d ever read before, which kept me motivated to devour the entire book as quickly as possible. I did find a few things predictable, and there wasn’t a whole lot of action other than the fights in the Carnival of Souls, which was the first half of the book. I felt that the book lost just a tiny bit of steam in the second half. There are so many themes and elements that are different than most other books so it stays fresh and new through the entire book. I felt that the book deserved more than a 3 star rating, because I really did enjoy it. I didn’t love it enough for 4 stars though, so I felt that a 3.25 rating is perfect, even though I try not to give out odd ratings! I love the cover of the book and everything about it, and I’m excited to see what happens in book #2.
If you liked this, read this: The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson | Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong | The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd | Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff | Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
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