Monday, July 4, 2011

Gabrielle's Review on Masquerade

Masquerade
Author: Melissa de la Cruz (@MelissadelaCruz)
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Series: Blue Bloods #2
The Other Books: Blue Bloods, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Misguided Angel, Lost in Time, The Gates of Paradise
Extras: Trailer, Series Website
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help--her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly under way for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman--a true Blue Blood affair.

But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger larks. Hidden behind masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny.

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Blood saga will leave readers thirsting for more.
This review was updated on May 11, 2012
The second book of the series, Schuyler's mask for the masquerade ball and the silhouette of Venice, Italy where the beginning and the end of the book take place.
Schuyler had learned from Cordelia that, like the Blue Bloods, Silver Bloods were fallen angels, doomed to live their eternal lives on earth. However, unlike the Blue Bloods, Silver Blood vampires had sworn allegiance to the exiled Prince of Heaven, Lucifer himself, and had refused to comply with the Code of the Vampires, a stringent rule of ethics that the Blue Bloods hoped would help bring about their eventual return to Paradise.
I started this series late and I’m disappointed with myself for that. This series is really good. On the other hand, I am glad I started late so I could just continue on with the story without the wait.

In this second book of the series, you get a little bit of a mystery, as Schuyler and her best friend, Oliver, travel to Venice to find her grandfather. But it’s hard to find someone who does not want to be found. Meanwhile, Mimi is help plan the Four Hundred Ball that is exclusively only for Blue Bloods. She also has planned a secret masquerade after party for the young bloods. Bliss, on the other hand, is experiencing blackouts and finding herself in places she can’t remember going to. When a mysterious boy helps her out, Bliss thinks its Dylan in hiding.

When a new Blue Blood arrives at school, he has interests in the three girls, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Schuyler’s grandfather comes home and she discovers some new powers. Mimi is getting more and more jealous when Jack is still giving Schuyler attention. Bliss is getting worried about her constant blackouts and weird dreams.

It is now known what Mimi, Jack, and Schuyler’s moms’ true forms are. They are fallen angels from heaven, trying to work their way back into heaven by doing good. In this book, you get more mysterious romance, a little bit of a mystery case, family problems, and more questions. I mean there seems to be more questions then answers. You get one thing answered but it seems to lead into many more questions. It's frustrating.

In this book, Schuyler Van Alen does things that take a lot of courage, and strength. After her mother is in a coma, and her grandmother died, all she has left is hope to find her grandfather. Not only is Schuyler deal with all that, she needs to watch out for Mimi Force, again. Mimi is really jealous in this book and rushes to conclusions.

My favorite part in this book is when Schuyler is at Mimi’s after-party and gets kissed by a mysterious boy under a black mask. You won’t found out who it is until the ending though but it was definitely steamy type of kiss.
Melissa de la Cruz has the sixth installment of the Blue Blood saga coming out this October. It is titled Lost in Time and will pick up where Misguided Angel left off.

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