Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Summary (from Goodreads): In a city of daimons, the Carnival of Souls hosts a deadly competition. Once in a generation, every citizen can fight 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.
In our own world, Mallory knows that her father—and every other witch—fled the daimons’ city long ago. She trains to be lethal because it’s only a matter of time until the daimons catch up with them.
While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans there for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence that is the Carnival of Souls.
From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, comes a brand-new tale of secrets, love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny.
I am so freaking excited for Carnival of Souls. Melissa Marr is one of my favorite writers. I love her Wicked Lovely series. It’s the book that really got me hooked on YA literature, and thus the reason I’m a YA book blogger. I love the cover and title, which is a line from Five Finger Death Punch’s “Far From Home.” The premise sounds really cool, so I can’t wait to read it!
UPDATED TO ADD:
I forgot to mention, Melissa Marr is running a contest for an ARC of Carnival of Souls on her site here: http://melissa-writing.livejournal.com/416422.html