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Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets | [Melissa Marr]

Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets

Warriors Kaleb and Aya will stop at nothing to destroy their competition. But when Kaleb finds his fate entwined with that of Mallory, a 17-year-old human girl, he can’t seem to separate the vicious Carnival contest he’s entered from his sudden devotion to her. He and Aya may be prizefighters from the otherworldly Untamed City, but his strange, obsessive connection makes staying away from the witch-ruled human world, and Mallory, harder every day.
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Warriors Kaleb and Aya will stop at nothing to destroy their competition. But when Kaleb finds his fate entwined with that of Mallory, a 17-year-old human girl, he can’t seem to separate the vicious Carnival contest he’s entered from his sudden devotion to her. He and Aya may be prizefighters from the otherworldly Untamed City, but his strange, obsessive connection makes staying away from the witch-ruled human world, and Mallory, harder every day.

All Mallory knows of the Untamed City is what her elders have told her - that it’s full of debauchery and daimons looking to destroy her. But she knows she’s being pulled toward Kaleb with an emotion so fierce that it’s utterly foreign.

The two are forced apart by Mallory’s overprotective witch father, stranded by necessity between warring populations that can’t coexist. But when The City’s ruler raises the stakes of the Carnival’s prize, there’s nothing Mallory, Kaleb, or Aya can do to stop the two worlds colliding. Mallory’s about to discover her true identity - and stumble into a fate she’d die to avoid.

Fans of The Hunger Games will devour this tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny from the best-selling author of Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr.

©2012 Melissa Marr (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Abdul Aziz Jalloh, Jr. 11-03-14 Member Since 2013

    34-yr old African IT professional who relies on great audiobooks to get him through boring and repetitive work days. Also while driving!

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    "Won't be reading the sequel (minor spoilers)"

    In contrast to the other reviews here I only marginally enjoyed this book due to a number of issues I had with parts of its presentation.
    First and foremost I thought the book lacked in description as we never get a decent idea of what a number of the characters look like: it's only towards the tail end of the book that you realize how young the main cast is supposed to look and that comes of as somewhat as a jarring shock given how they act and what they're capable of. We also never get a solid feel for what the demon's beast form looks like and this is a shame given how bad ass it's supposed to be and how often it comes up.
    I also really didn't like how Mallory very quickly accepts her true nature at the end of the book despite having lived her entire life believing she was human only to find out that everything she's been told is a lie. And yet somehow she doesn't bat an eyelash, accepts it all in stride and moves on. Yeah I just don't buy that, it isn't very convincing or credible. This added with Mallory's simpering attitude (although explained, but still) served to not make me like her very much.
    Finally I didn't really find any of the characters (except for Kalleb's pack mate) to be likable as they all do pretty horrible things to survive or make twisted decisions that affect people they supposedly care about.

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    Betty LYNNWOOD, WA, United States 09-26-13
    Betty LYNNWOOD, WA, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was not a fan of the character Mallory but i enjoyed the story overall


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was amazing as the narrator! I would listen to anything that he did! The subtle changes he made in his voice for each character were outstanding!


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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-21-13
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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    "Very enjoyable!"

    Mallory is a daemon who has been raised by daemon hating witches in our world to believe she is human. Now the daemon's want her brought back to their world. The witch who raised her has come to love her as his own and is determined to protect her from the truth of her origins. But there is so much more to this story!

    Ms. Marr shows real skill in deftly handling the various story lines and brings them all together in a very satisfying way. It ends in a cliffhanger, but at a reasonable point in the plot.

    I've never read anything by Melissa Marr before, but I'll be checking out her other work as a result of this book. I am very much looking forward to sequels.

    James Marsters does a great job bringing the characters to life with two exceptions: the southern accents he uses for Kaleb, and particularly for Zivvy, were not believable. Why would two daemon's from another world talk like that? It was distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Carras Lacey, WA 01-19-13
    Mark Carras Lacey, WA 01-19-13 Member Since 2010

    I hope to release my 1st book (about 3 friends who start asking questions and end up saving the world) on Audible before the end of 2014! :P

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    "I can't remember a thing about this book"

    Ok, sure I listen to a ton of audiobooks due to having a job that takes zero brain cells. But when only a few weeks later I can't remember a single detail about a book? That is a bad sign people. It tells me that although it didn't annoy me in any way, it also did not interest me at all either. This might be a good book to go to sleep to. I just might give it a few more listens and test this theory out.

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    Michelle A. Lemire San Francisco, CA 09-24-12
    Michelle A. Lemire San Francisco, CA 09-24-12 Member Since 2003
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    "More please...?"

    Interesting original mythology in this world, and a wonderful story to boot! And to top it all off, my favorite reader, James Marsters, does an excellent job as usual. Now I just have to wait for the next book!

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    shirley perth, Australia 10-12-12
    shirley perth, Australia 10-12-12
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    "more melissa"
    What made the experience of listening to Carnival of Souls the most enjoyable?

    unable to find a place to pause


    What other book might you compare Carnival of Souls to and why?

    greyfrier


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too good a book to say


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    a few tearful sad moments. a lot of eciting events


    Any additional comments?

    just can't imagine anyone but James Marsters reading for me. i cant find other narrators now

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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