Sep 18, 2012

Tuesday Tickle

Tuesday Tickle is a meme inspired by Should Be Reading's Teaser Tuesday. It's basically the same concept, I just always tended to give more than two sentences plucked out of a random page, so I thought I'd just go with it and give a more in depth look at a book I'm reading or recently finished.

This week, I'm choosing Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. I purchased this as an audio book and finished listening in two days ~ couldn't press the stop button! It's an amazing tale of secrets, betrayal, and survival of the fittest. (Review to come soon!)

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 that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb 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 a 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.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and "Graveminder," comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.
The synopsis makes it seem that the story focuses on Mallory ~ and it does to a certain extent ~ but I felt there was  more spotlight on Kaleb and Aya... Aya in particular is one of my favorite characters.. complex and courageous, hiding a secret that would undoubtedly lead her to her demise.

Aya withdrew the knives and and slid them into the sheaths that hung from her belt. She was so far from class-appropriate behavior by now that one more stain wasn't worth the guilt that threatened. It was bad enough that she lived alone, that she wore her hair in a short, non-ornamented style more suitable for a soldier in Marchosias' army than an eligible ruling caste girl. Her behavior in the fights was an embarrassment to any ruling class family: noble women didn't engage in fights outside sanctioned clubs, and they certainly didn't kill for sport or gain.

I also came across an excerpt you might like, giving a bit of insight into the minds of Kaleb (a badass who's impossible not to love) and Aya (a kick-ass female who's unafraid to get her hands dirty), while also shedding some light on the type of world The City is.

Exclusive excerpt: 'Carnival of Souls' by Melissa Marr

Hooked yet? If not, check out the trailer.. C'mon... you didn't really think you'd be able to read one of my posts without coming across a trailer, did you? ;) The best part about it ~ Five Finger Death Punch.. :)

Hope I've convinced you of your need to read this book.... ALSO, check out the webpage

Enter the Carnival
Totally fun interactive page ~ gives more insight to what's held between the pages of the book, including quotes, maps, and character introductions.... 
You should definitely check it out!
And if that's not enough, Amazon has a sneak peek you can download 
to your kindle ~ free! ~ so get clickin'!
Sneak Peek
Happy Reading Everyone :)

~ Keely ~


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  2. Wow, this sounds unbelievable!
    Thanks for visiting my blog, following back :)

  3. Wow! I loved the teaser, but that trailer is awesome. I definitely need to know more about Five Finger Death Punch - that backing music was amazing.

    My teaser is here if you'd like a look :)

  4. I really need to pick up a copy of Carnival of Souls...it sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my teaser from Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick. Happy Tuesday! :D

  5. The sample seems to start on chapter 4! is this right or is my browser playing tricks?

    Also, some guy is suing Marr because of the title of the book. According to him, he trade marked that name and nobody can use it! Really?

  6. Okay, I'm sold! I love your Tuesday posts ~ so fun!!

    My TT

  7. You've definitely convinced me I need to read this. Good campaign! ;) My TT this week is from The Magicians.

  8. The book seems like a good one to me after reading that teaser! Hope you enjoy the book!

    My teaser is a poem from Hurrah's Nest by Arisa White

  9. Aaaaah I have Carnival on my shelf but I can't dig in because I'm participating in a sequels challenge and I'm way behind >.< The way this book keeps staring at me from the shelf is killing me :P Great teaser! Now I want to read it even more badly ;)
    Thanks for stopping by earlier ^^

  10. Nice teaser. I've been eyeing this book for awhile. Maybe it's time I check it out. lol.

    Thanks for stopping by
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

  11. @Lectuslol I think that's done on purpose.. gets you wondering what's happened before and what's gunna happen after.. it's amazing! trust me :)

  12. I love her Wicked Lovely series, thinking about rereading them. Also haven't read the two last books in the series. Whoops. Anyway, sounds fantastic!

    J'adore Happy Endings


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