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Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

40 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended! A dangerous new world you will never want to leave!

My First Thoughts:
Well, let me start by saying that I was extremely excited to read this one. The cover is freaking awesome, I loved the title and concept. Plus, I had seen so much promo for this book that I felt as though I had been waiting forever by the time my cop...
My First Thoughts:
Well, let me start by saying that I was extremely excited to read this one. The cover is freaking awesome, I loved the title and concept. Plus, I had seen so much promo for this book that I felt as though I had been waiting forever by the time my copy finally arrived on my doorstep! So, was the wait worth it? Absolutely! I liked Carnival of Souls after the prologue, and was in love by chapter 3. It just kept getting better and better with every page I turned!

My Review:
This is one of the most original books I have read in quite a while. The world was absolutely brilliant! The City where the daemons live was crafted so brilliantly that I felt as if it was somewhere I had actually been in real life. The Carnival of Souls is the center of the city. It is where all of the commerce happens. Oh yes, commerce, such as: murder for hire, prostitution, and drugs. See that may make some people think, wow I don't know if this is for me... Well let me just say that all these things made the story that much more real, the characters lives more desolate, and their situations more desperate. It is important to know what is normal for the daemon society, so the reader can understand just how hard it is to change your lot in life in the city.

The characters were written in such a way that even if they were doing something that you would consider to be morally wrong, it is impossible not feel compassion for WHY they were doing it. This is what really made this book brilliant. It was told from alternating perspectives while never being first person narration. I feel this was a brilliant move because it lets you see so many different views of the same world that it is truly opened up into something with many layers. You really get to know each character intimately. This was such a refreshing way to read a story and I honestly feel like I've never read a book with a character focus like this. After reading the book, I feel as though even if I may not LOVE every character in the book, I completely understand them and their motives.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was sinfully dark and full of love at the same time. There was such an honesty in even the worst situations that they were always beautiful. This book made me laugh out loud and shed a tear in the same chapter! I truly loved Carnival of Souls and it comes highly recommended from me! Anyone who loves YA Paranormal and is looking for something refreshing and different, this is the one for you!

posted by JessabellaReviews on September 10, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

I bought this because of the good reviews

But did not like it as much as the other reviewers. It was ok but the writing was a bit sketchy here and there which made me have to reread pages to understand what was going on. The ending was not good. Just not the best book Ive read in a while but I was hoping it wou...
But did not like it as much as the other reviewers. It was ok but the writing was a bit sketchy here and there which made me have to reread pages to understand what was going on. The ending was not good. Just not the best book Ive read in a while but I was hoping it would be.

posted by Shomesue on September 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Sequel. Sequel?

    Enchanting read! The ending really leaves you wishing for more... Is there a sequel coming soon?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Transports you to another place

    This is my first Melissa Marr novel and I am pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed her writing style and am looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    love this

    read this one,its very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Liked it.

    Wish there was more to the ending.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    This dark read introduces a world where magical beings called Da

    This dark read introduces a world where magical beings called Daimons and witches must reluctantly live under the noses of the other but they don't have to like it.  Carnival of Souls switches between the points-of-vies of Mallory, Kaleb, Aya, and a few other side characters.  Each character's point-of-view switch coincides with a chapter change so it isn't confusing.  Mallory unknowingly finds herself caught in between  the human world where she lives with her father, a witch, and is raised to hate Daimons.  However, her father has not been altogether truthful with Mallory about her history with the Daimons.

    The Daimons have a strict class system.  Many Daimons are limited to the class they were born into.  But one fight-to-the-death tournament allows one Daimon to climb to the top of the class system.  Both Caleb and Aya join.  Caleb joins because he is poor and needs to protect his friend and packmate, Zevi.  Aya becomes the first woman to enter the tournament and surprises everyone because she is already of a higher social class.  She enters the tournament to protect her secrets with surprising results.  She'll do anything to protect herself even if it means betwaying those she loves most.  Soon the characters find themselves connected in unexpected ways and must navigate the changing world.

    On the story...
    I enjoyed this read and found it to be surprisingly gritty at times.  Ms.  Marr is great at creating a unique premise that draws the reader in.  There were a few twists and turns that kept me interested.  I enjoyed the colorful characters and the intrigue.  On one hand this story was great because it unveiled many secrets that added depth to the premise.  But on the other hand, the story ended just as the action began.  There's tons of build up but little resolution.  I've been getting mixed information on whether this is a series or if there will be a sequel of some sort.  If there is another book after, I'd feel that this book was a nice prequel to real action and questions.  If there is no sequel then I'd be much more disappointed with this read since very little was tied up and explained.

    On the narrator...
    James Marsters did a good job.  This was my first time with this narrator and thought he did a great job with both the female and male voices.  I'd definitely listen to this narrator again.

    Overall, I found this well-written read to be both exciting, engaging, and disappointing at the same time.  I'd have appreciated a little more action and less set-up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Really disliked

    I have enjoyed some of her other books, but i couldnt even finish this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Medusa

    Sits on the moon and watches maka

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Another good one but UGH! sequel?????

    Loved it, read it in 2 days. HATE when there isnt a follow up book!!! When is the sequel??? Well, it seems she promised it in 2013 however, too many projects on the burner?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Loved it

    Definetly recomend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    MAY I FUQKEN JOIN

    Flame here let me join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Kala

    *takes his hand and walks to the new rp.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    I loved it!!!  I need the sequel!!

    I loved it!!!  I need the sequel!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Dilly

    I wouldve left you know cuz this is just a dare...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Seth

    DOES THE HARLEM SHAKE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Maka

    "I will. Something like this isn't going to bring me down." She stared at the ground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Mina

    *snickers*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Angel

    *kissing soul*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    E

    Erica shakily goes there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Maka

    (I'm going on vacation in Flordia until the 26. See you in a couple weeks!)

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