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Author: Melissa Marr Narrator: James Marsters Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Untamed City Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780062201911
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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 seventeen-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 bestselling author of Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr.

(Formerly published as Carnival of Souls)

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marr showcases her impressive talent by crafting an incredible fantastical, complex world. This book is worth reading for the amazing fight scenes alone.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Marr’s trademark blend of dark, romance, fantasy, and action is on full display.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Marsters smoothly juggles his portrayals of the paranormals both from The City and the human world. There is depth and characterization in his voices…Marsters excels with dialogue, making a heated conversation among various parties as exciting and breathless as if the characters were hiding inside one’s speakers.”


  • “Combines gladiator-like games, a strict caste system, and magical feuds between witches and daimons…There’s a lot of stage to set, and historical explanation is balanced with action-filled battle and magic scenes.”


  • “Marr’s world-building is complex and masterful, and through skillful plotting, she builds intrigue and suspense, with plenty of romance as well.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A spectacular tangle of love, hate, and long-standing vendettas. Marr’s talent for blending several story lines together does not fail her here.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/14/2014

    " Freaking genius!!! I can't wait for book 2! :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/13/2014

    " Liked the story but it read like marketed for a teenager audience. I disliked how the books ends just when the story begins so basically a primer for the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 2/1/2014

    " I expected way more out of this book. The plot was under developed to me and overall it was boring. The excerpt from the book made it sound way better than it actually was. 2.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this dark magic fantasy novel & look forward to reading the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 12/29/2013

    " I don't know what has possessed me but I'm embarking on a new young adult series. This one sorta reminds me of the Mortal Instruments series. It has witches and diamons and watchers all battling each other. It really intrigued me so I'm eager for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/25/2013

    " A book that sneaks up on you. Looking forward to the next "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannie-leigh | 11/25/2013

    " Great book. I cant wait for the next one to come out. From the very beginning I was taken into a world that was interesting and different, a world I wanted to read more about with characters who kept the story alive and intriguing. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fantasy/mythical fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vi | 11/7/2013

    " Not quite a strong pull as her last series. I had issues with the bad decisions the "adults" kept making. The strong feminist undertone was nice, but the violence, argh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 10/16/2013

    " Carnival of Souls is a captivating journey into a fantasy world that is full of amazing sights and people. This book is impossible to put down, and once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. I can't wait for the sequel to come out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 5/12/2013

    " I liked it, easy fantasy read, looking forward for the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/31/2013

    " I love this suspensful book. A beacon of light, love and friendship can be found in the most cruel, hated, lustful, and darkest places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephie | 12/9/2012

    " um i don't know what to think about this book......i enjoyed it but i don't's just one of those books that end in a lot of questions for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/27/2012

    " 3.5 stars to be exact, I really liked the first 3/4 of the book but the end kind of wained for me. "

About the Author

Melissa Marr grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college literature for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Wicked Lovely was her first novel. Currently, Marr lives in the Washington, DC, area, writes full-time, and still believes in faeries and ghosts.

About the Narrator

James Marsters, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. He got his big break as Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also a talented musician; his band Ghost of the Robot has released three albums: Mad Brilliant, B-Sider, and Murphy’s Law.