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Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets Paperback – September 4, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Untamed City (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061659282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061659287
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Marr's new series introduces readers to a world very different from that of her previous novels. The Carnival of Souls is the epicenter of The City, inhabited by daimons. There has been enmity between daimons and witches for centuries, and most of the witches have been banished to the human world, where they live undetected. The City has a rigid caste system in which one's fate is determined by birth. Once every generation, Marchosias, the leader of the daimon ruling caste, holds a competition open to all of the castes, in which contestants fight to the death, with the final winner allowed entry to the ruling caste. Aya has rebelled against social norms by being the first ruling-caste girl to enter the competition, instead of marrying and breeding as is expected of her. In contrast, Kaleb, born into the lowest rung of the daimon social ladder, fights to escape the constraints imposed upon his caste. Mallory, the daughter of Marchosias, was taken from The City as an infant and raised among witches in the human world. She believes herself to be human and has been taught to hate daimons. The destinies of Mallory, Kaleb, and Aya are intertwined, and each one will play pivotal roles in the power struggle between daimons and witches. Marr's world-building is complex and masterful, and through skillful plotting, she builds intrigue and suspense, with plenty of romance as well. Her fans, as well as readers of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown, 2011), will devour this, and will eagerly await the next installment.-Francesca Burgess, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“Lives collide in a spectacular tangle of love, hate, and long-standing vendettas…Add in class warfare, a deadly tournament, and the Carnival of Souls, where any pleasure or contract can be fulfilled, and this is one novel that will be at the top of everyone’s to-read list.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

The fast pace, feisty female warriors, and themes of social justice bear more than a small resemblance to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, but Marr’s many fans from the Wicked Lovely series won’t be disappointed. (Booklist)

“Marr showcases her impressive talent by crafting an incredible, fantastical, complex world. This book is worth reading for the amazing fight scenes alone. Immerse yourself in the CARNIVAL OF SOULS, you won’t regret it.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))

“Marr’s trademark blend of dark romance, fantasy, and action is on full display.” (Publishers Weekly)

A novel so dangerous and decadent it’s impossible to put down. (Kami Garcia)

Melissa Marr’s best book yet, which is saying quite a lot. (Margaret Stohl)

More About the Author

Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

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This was one of those stories where the book just felt like words on a page.
Ashley Evans
I wasn't really sure what to expect except that Melissa Marr is excellent at creating magical worlds full of darkness.
Awesome book I can't wait for the sequel... Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors... Keep the good books coming!!
Kristyn Gabbert

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Evans on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Carnival of Souls was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I think when I read the blurb I just saw "deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite," and made assumptions. I assumed this was going to be an intense action-packed book about this deadly competition that was also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I expected blood, guts, love, loss, heartbreak, crazy heart-wrenching/tear-jerking scenes.. Instead, the book kind of felt flat.

This was one of those stories where the book just felt like words on a page. I didn't get pulled into the story. I didn't feel like I was in the middle of the action. I just didn't care about the characters. And on top of that, I felt like the world building barely existed. For me, the world building is good when I have a perfectly clear picture of everything and feel like I could just slip away and exist in the fantasy world. But in Carnival of Souls there were so many unanswered questions or unexplained parts of the world. What exactly are daimons? They're shapeshifters, but that's basically the only knowledge I came away with.

Even the "deadly competition" just felt... lame. Melissa Marr could have really hyped it up to be scary, intense, and dangerous. But it didn't feel that way at all. At the very beginning of the book, two characters have to face what could have been a really intense fight, but there was no intensity. It was like two people going to work or something.

To make things worse, Carnival of Souls suffers from insta-love. When the story starts, Mallory and Kaleb had apparently already known each other for a while, but it's not clear how long. But they clearly aren't that close because Kaleb had never been to her house before.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Housework Can Wait on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Carnival of Souls is the story of two magical races -- witches and daimons -- that aren't exactly at war with each other, but are definitely not on good terms. Mallory is the daughter of the daimon ruler, but her daimon nature is hidden from her when her mother hides her with Adam, a witch. (None of this is spoilery -- it's revealed in the prologue). Adam raises her human, since she can't pass for a witch (in this story, being a witch is not something you can become; it's an actual separate species), and teaches her to fight, and to hate daimons.

Then, of course, everything gets thrown into chaos when Kaleb -- and other daimons hired by Mallory's true father -- find her.

Carnival of Souls switches between many points-of-view: Mallory, Kaleb, Aya, and also snippets of Adam, Belias (Aya's former betrothed), and Zevi (Kaleb's packmate). It's all third-person, so it's not confusing, but I'm not sure the single chapters from the secondary characters' POVs were really necessary. Mallory, Kaleb, and Aya would have been plenty. The others are interesting but superfluous. Maybe they were included because those characters will play bigger roles in the sequel(s), but I think in that case, we could still have waited until the sequels to hear from them.

Mallory is the axle around which the entire story revolves, and the problem with this is that she is the weakest character. Her back story is fascinating: a daimon child, heir to the ruler, raised by a witch who loves her as his own, ignorant of her own nature and taught to hate her kind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessabella Reads on September 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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