Pages: 306 (hardcover)
Carnival of Souls has been on my TBR pile since the moment I saw the wondrously put together book trailer. After watching it, I just hoped I'd be given the intrigue, bloodiness, and Carnival-set world that it promised. I got a little bit more than I bargained for, I realized the moment I started the book.
While this book is indeed set in the Carnival of Souls, it wasn't the only place that was featured in this novel. I hadn't known that even the real world (filled with normal homes, jeans, sneakers, and coffee shops) would also be a stage on which these many characters would be performing. The Carnival seemed like a minor plot that was losing face time against the real world or “human world”.
When I began this book, I experienced a huge culture shock. I was doused in a society entirely unknown to me from the second chapter onward. Once The City was introduced and the characters that lived there, I felt lost. There was too much to remember, information that didn't really even matter. It felt too rich and claustrophobic as if I was trapped inside the book itself. Everything is different from a human society. The daimon’s way of life was very foreign and I found most parts hard to grasp. Most huge plots went without explanation. Granted, I didn't finish the whole thing, but it still felt like it was missing huge pieces in the plot line. I found this book too filled with information that it soon became very boring and quite stressful to read.
The City, the daimon’s underworldly city, is a dark place and the main plot (the tournament that is fought in the Carnival) isn't all that original honestly.
The characters (gosh, I can't even count now many there actually were and most were actually main protagonists) were rather flat and uninteresting. I couldn't connect with any one of them. They sounded more like they were reading info-boards filled with history facts rather than genuine, emotion-able people. Not one character really felt anything. There wasn't a moment where someone actually had any emotions. It was all description and felt like it would never end the more I read on.
I regret that I had to put this novel down and continue on my way. It just wasn’t really for me, I guess.