Enter the carnival

My friend and critique partner, Melissa Marr, has a new book out today, so I’m popping up from writing the end of mine to tell you about it.



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, international 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.


Watch the book trailer with song from Five Finger Death Punch: http://youtu.be/QE7ET52Zs2g

Because Melissa and I swap books for critique purposes, I already read Carnival of Souls and I highly, highly recommend it. In usual but-I’m-her-friend-so-I-may-be-biased disclaimer, here’s what others have to say about it:


“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.” Romantic Times, 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, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures.


Order from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion, Powells, Indiebound, or your favorite book store.

If you’re into audiobooks, the one and only James Marsters (a.k.a. Spike) narrated Carnival of Souls: Audible.com, iTunes


Now, back to finishing my own book :).


  1. Suzan Lacey says

    I’ve had my eye on this since Melissa released the first details of it! As soon as I get the money to I’m buying it and adding it to my TBR pile!

  2. Alina says

    Hi :) I’m German so I’m sorry if my english isn’t as perfect as I want it to be.. I just wanted to tell you that I love your books.. everytime I go to a bookstore I look for your name :) I wanted to ask if you could write something about Ian or Ted? I love both characters and both of them seem to be pretty unhappy with their situations.. Will you ever come to Europe to sign books? have a nice day :)

  3. Miriam says

    Hi. I love your books. I just keep reading them over and over again…
    I just came here because I was wondering whether or not you would wright Ian story when i noticed a post you made in 2010 about the extension of the series to 10 books. One of the replies mentioned how it would be nice to mix Justina with Vlad. And you also mention that Ian wasn’t ready to get serious with relationships…
    That keep me thinking. Justina isn’t either. She as been trough so much and he trough so little… and then i remember how well Ian turned the tables on Justina on that Christmas party in ‘At Grave’s End’…
    Well, either way I’ve loved every book you wrote so far so any other will be just as loved. Can’t wait for the next one… Been dying to read Vlad story and when i found it would be a new series i did died and went to heaven…
    I wish you good luck and success as bright as the stars, since their already as bright as gold.

  4. says

    I’m an actor and writer (blogs and academic works), that book trailer is truly fantastic. Not only does it make you want to buy the book, it really evokes emotion in such a short period of time. Wow.

    I am definitely buying it. Damn.

  5. Yulia from Russia with Love says

    Hi))) I’m crazy about your books!!!))))) I re-read them many times) I really enjoyed!) And I do not know what will happen next, but I really want that in one of the following books was about the Wedding Cat and Bones!!!!! I’m sure it would be fun and exciting!!!) Thank you for your books and I look forward to the continuation!!!) Good luck!!!!!
    P.S. I’m sorry for my english, if there are errors..)

  6. Diane says

    Dear Jeaniene,

    I’m glad your dealing with Vlad and his honey, but to be honest I miss Cat & Bones. The two book deal on Vlad is cool and I’m happy you got it.

    I’m floored by your talent. Bones and cat mean a great deal to me. I live a hermets life. I think being able to write is a gift. Thank you for making my life a bit brighter.


    P.S. Are you sure you didn’t base Cat on me? I am much like her in personality god help me. lol

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