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August 20th, 2012

Marr, Melissa: Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls (2012)
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 306 (hardcover)
Series: Definitely book one in a series, though the series doesn't seem to have a name yet.

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Why I Read It: I've had a declining relationship with Melissa Marr's work. Back in 2008, I read and LOVED Wicked Lovely; I enjoyed, though not to the same extent, Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity; I was very ambivalent about Radiant Shadows and I've yet to be compelled to read Darkest Mercy. I really didn't enjoy her adult offering Graveminder, which I read last year. I told myself that I was done with her work. But then I saw the lovely cover for Carnival of Souls and found an ARC of it at work that no one else wanted. So I took it home and decided to read it this month, as it's going to be released on September 4th. I don't really want to give away spoilers, as the book isn't even out yet, so this review will be spoiler-free.

REVIEW: no spoilersCollapse )

Final Verdict: *sigh* Melissa Marr, I want to like your books. I REALLY DO. I keep trying them and hoping I'll like them and just end up disappointed. This book had such a cool cover, and I know that rarely equates into a good book, but the beginning of this one was so promising. I thought I was going to get a cool gritty contemporary fantasy. Instead, I got a book that presents gender roles and then doesn't bother to challenge them at all, insipid and boring characters, and a paranormal romance that tries really hard to not be run-of-the-mill but ultimately is. Unless you're a hardcore Marr fan, I suggest passing this one over. As for me? I highly doubt I'll continue with this series. There was just too much that rubbed me the wrong way.

Cover Commentary: The cover is what initially drew me to the ARC. It's not frilly and frou-frou like a lot of PNRs are, and the masks are actually sort of pertinent to the story.


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