Friday, October 12, 2012

Team Book Chat: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

We chose Carnival of Souls as our Halloween WinterHaven Book Club pick for this month. After having a great time reading and discussing this novel by Melissa Marr, we've put together a few highlights about our conversation. Enjoy!

On a scale of 1 - 5 how perfect was this book for Halloween?
Amber- I'd say it's a 5.
Arlene-I will definitely give this book a 5.  It has daimons, witches, curs, scabs, and all sorts of paranormal fun to make this a perfect pick for Halloween.
Crystal-Definitely 5 plus some!!

Would you recommend this book to our ghoulish readers?
Arlene-Well I’m an avid Melissa Marr fan so this might come off a bit biased but HALE YEAH I recommend this book to our ghoulish readers. This book is signature perfect of what Marr is capable of delivering. Her dark, poetic prose captivates me every.single.time. I love her world building and how she crafts her lore. So, absolutely, I definitely recommend this to paranormal fans.
Crystal-I would recommend it with every fiber of my being!!  This book was amazing!

Do you think Adam should have shared more with Mallory about who and what she really was?
Crystal-I do, I wish he would have had more faith in her ability to handle it all..  He expected her to grow up and defend herself so she should have, at least in my opinion, had the full honest story.  I think it would have made her stronger.
Amber-I think he could have grown a set and told her earlier. On the other hand, I understand his hesitation.
Arlene- Do I think he should have share more with Mallory… yes. Do I understand why he didn’t… absolutely. I really came to care for Adam in this book. He sacrificed so much to protect Mallory as best he could. I think as with everything else in life… you make choices that you feel are best for those you love and he definitely showed that he loved Mallory more than anything. I don’t agree with some of the things he did to protect her, but I most certainly understood that he did it with good intentions.

In a fight between Kaleb and Aya who do you think would win?
Amber-If Aya could use her "special skills" I'd say hands down Aya.
Arlene-If I were betting with my heart, I’d say Kaleb. If I were betting with my money, I’d say Aya. There’s no doubt that Kaleb is a fighter and he’s been put to the test of survival more than his fair share. However, you’ve got someone as ruthless, cunning and wickedly badarse like Aya so when it comes down to it, I think it would be a worthy fight but my money would be on Aya.
Crystal-Aya without a doubt!  She is ruthless and a complete badarse!!

Who was the creepiest or coolest character in the book?
Arlene-The creepiest would be Zevi because if I read it right, he runs around like the speed of light on all quads… and he has no qualms sticking his nose and sniffing around … parts… okay that’s just too creepy for words! The coolest I would have to agree with Belias. He was pretty much full of awesome.
Crystal-Creepiest would have to go Zevi for me.  There is just something about him that creeps me out.  I love how devoted he is to Kaleb, but I think he is hiding something.  Coolest for me is Belias. I love him!  I love Aya too, but Belias is just awesome =D
Amber-Creepiest would be Evelyn and the coolest, I'd say Aya. I really liked her.

Freezer or read in the dark by a window material?
Crystal-I am going to say read in the dark by a window.
Amber-Read in the dark by a window.
Arlene- I would say read in the dark by a window. How cool would be it be look out the window while I was reading, into the dark night and see right down the street from my house a Watcher spews black crows from her mouth!! That would be pretty awesome!!
We hope you enjoyed our Carnival of Souls discussion!
Happy Halloween!


  1. Love this group post, ladies! I loved CoS as well. I felt the same about Adam, I think he should've been more forthcoming with Mallory. I also thought Zevi and his stiffing around on people parts was creepy! :)

    1. That sniffing part cracked me up!!! I laughed out loud when he did that.

  2. This book seriously is sounds awesome! I won an ARC ages ago and still haven't receive it :( But I hope I get a chance to read it someday.

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