Untamed City : Carnival Of Secrets

Untamed City : Carnival Of Secrets

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An extraordinary new world, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series. Enter the Carnival...In a city of daimons, strict class lines control every aspect of life. At the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls where, once in a generation, anyone can fight for their chance to join the elite. Kaleb is of the lowest caste; Aya is ruling caste - but female. They both face bleak futures and, for each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live. Mallory lives in the human world and knows little of The City, beyond the threat it poses her and her family. But soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls...Combining Melissa Marr's extraordinary world-building, breathtaking action, secrets, love and the struggle to forge one's own destiny, Carnival of Souls will blow your mind and win your heart.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 216 x 217 x 135mm | 340g
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007476302
  • 9780007476305
  • 243,841

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`Marr offers readers a fully imagined faery world that runs alongside an everyday world, which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into` Publisher's Weekly `Marr's world-building is complex and masterful, and through skilful plotting, she builds intrigue and suspense, with plenty of romance as well.` School Library Journal `The City is so well described that it almost takes on a life of its own ... I really felt as though I was there and could hear the noise and smell the smells of the `Carnival of Souls. I can't wiat for more!` bigbooklittlebook.com `Melissa Marr has created another amazing world that pulls you in from the first page. The magic and mystery that is created between the covers of this book leave you wanting more, and with each turn of the page getting exactly what is needed.` bookalicious.org
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About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr was voted in high school the `most likely to end up in jail`. Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Her novels Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows, Darkest Mercy and Faery Tales and Nightmares are published by HarperCollins Children's Books. She has also recently compiled and edited Enthralled, a collection of paranormal novellas with Kelley Armstrong.
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Carnival of Souls was a really slow starter for me. I was kind of confused about the Daimons and the Curs and exactly what they are. If I'm honest, I'm still slightly confused. I know they're fast and powerful, and that they can shape shift, though I'm not sure exactly what they shift into, is it a dog type thing, a wolf maybe? Kaleb is a Cur, who are the lowest class of Daimon and he describes himself as being like a mongrel or stray dog, but I'm not sure if that's just a metaphor. Mallory has been raised by Adam, a witch. She doesn't know what she really is or the exact danger she is in, because of who her real father is. She is aware of Daimons though and has been trained to fight. Everything starts to change when Kaleb enters her life. Every generation, a fighting competition is held in the Carnival of Souls. It's a fight to the death, and the prize is becoming ruling class, the highest caste (class) of Daimon. The fight is down to the last few contenders and Kaleb and Aya are still in. My favourite character was Kaleb. He has done a lot of horrible things in his 17 years but I love how he wants to be a better person for Mallory. And he is so caring towards Zevi, who is part of his pack. The relationship they share is an interesting one. Mallory was really sweet. She comes across as very young and naive, but that's probably because every time something has happened to her (being attacked by Daimons etc.), Adam has spelled her to think it wasn't real and forget about it. She is very much a loner and when things do get dangerous, she is not afraid to stand up and fight. I didn't like Aya at the beginning, she seemed very cruel and heartless. But after learning more about her, I really came to like her. I feel that she is going to be an awesome character in the next book and I'm looking forward to seeing how things will play out between herself and Belias. But then we have a cliff hanger. I really felt like this book was only getting to the really exciting stuff and then I was turning the last page. I'm expecting great things from the next book.show more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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