From Heidi’s Blog at Rainy Day Ramblings:
Something Wicked Comes….bringing Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and more Oh My! What is this wicked thing? Why a month long blogging event celebrating all books paranormal/supernatural or Halloween related. Every day during the
month of October there will be several stops. Each blogger will be featuring a favorite paranormal book and offering it for a giveaway. Think of it as a month long Blog Trick or Treating Event…
Many of the stops have these great features with the authors but I’ve been so crazy busy that I didn’t even get a chance to email Melissa to see if she’d like to be on. So I’m going to tell you my own story…
I’m a chicken. I’ve never handled scary things very well. Growing up I was raised that scary stuff is evil, if we allow ourselves to meddle in it then we’re allowing evil into our life and bad things will happen. As a teen that didn’t deter me much because obviously I was curious. I was never exposed to scary movies or even scary books. So when I went to baby sit one Friday the 13 shortly before Halloween (I think. It was fall anyway.) I was all over the opportunity to watch a scary movie for the first time. I don’t recall how old I was but I think maybe I was in 8th grade.
Once the kids were asleep I started flipping through channels and I came across a movie that was Friday the 13th or Halloween. I can’t remember now and since I’ve never watched the movies since I couldn’t tell you for sure. But it was one of those things that I just couldn’t look away but I couldn’t hardly look either. I kept changing the channel right at the scariest part because I couldn’t take it but as I flipped through the channels I always ended up back at the movie. I learned that day that scary really wasn’t for me and since then I have avoided scary movies and books. While I have run into them a time or two because I just happened to be somewhere they were watching a scary movie or something it just re-affirmed that I was right in staying away from the scary!
I have learned that it’s harder to assess whether a book will be too scary for me. There are some horror books that I’ve read that were fine, I really enjoyed them and wasn’t too scared, but there were others that completely horrified me. So I’m willing to give scary books a chance but most likely I’ll check out a lot of reviews before I give it a shot.
Carnival of Souls was not that scary for me. The carnival itself is a horrifying place, but it wasn’t anything that freaked me out. And it really added to the atmosphere of the book. Now I’m giving you the opportunity to win my once read ARC of the book.
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, 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.
This giveaway is open to US addresses only and you must be 13 or older to enter. Ends Oct. 30th, 2012. Please fill out the rafflecopter to enter. Good luck!