Masquerade

Masquerade

Schuyler Van Alen is starting to get more comfortable with her newfound vampire powers, but she still has many unanswered questions. A trip to Italy in search of her grandfather only serves to make things more confusing. What secrets are the leaders of The Committee hiding? Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball....

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Title:Masquerade
Author:Melissa de la Cruz
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Masquerade Reviews

  • Mdolelle

    What would you do if you could bring the dead back to life? I didn't like Masquerade, I loved it beacuse it will leave you with so many questions that you will have to read the next book. Schulyer Van Alen goes on an adventure to figure out the truth. Even things seems to be going fine as she connects with long lost faminly members. Unfortunately, her world is turned upside down when a explosion goes off in the most secure place for a Blue Bloods. And when people start making assumtions about wh

    What would you do if you could bring the dead back to life? I didn't like Masquerade, I loved it beacuse it will leave you with so many questions that you will have to read the next book. Schulyer Van Alen goes on an adventure to figure out the truth. Even things seems to be going fine as she connects with long lost faminly members. Unfortunately, her world is turned upside down when a explosion goes off in the most secure place for a Blue Bloods. And when people start making assumtions about who did it, Schuyler has to save her worst enemy. As Schuyler continues to find out all about the deaths by Silver Bloods the effects are worst then anyone could have imagined. I would definately recommend Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz if you read the first book and you are thirsting for more romance drama and vampires.

  • Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    When we last left off with Schuyler Van Alen, she was just getting used to the news of being a Blue Blood, or what we normally label them as, a vampire. She gets invited into the New York Blood Bank Committee and, before she knows it, Schuyler is swept away into the unknown world of the Blue Bloods. Unfortunately, it seems like Schuyler discovered her true self at the wrong time, since three Blue Blood teens have been murdered.

    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    When we last left off with Schuyler Van Alen, she was just getting used to the news of being a Blue Blood, or what we normally label them as, a vampire. She gets invited into the New York Blood Bank Committee and, before she knows it, Schuyler is swept away into the unknown world of the Blue Bloods. Unfortunately, it seems like Schuyler discovered her true self at the wrong time, since three Blue Blood teens have been murdered.

    Still not satisfied, Schuyler wants more information for why young vampires are dying and the only way she can find out more is by visiting her grandfather, who lives in Italy. And so in MASQUERADE, Schuyler is off with her best friend to get to the truth. But while Schuyler is trying to learn more about her new world, the Four Hundred Ball is being held in New York, and it seems like the party, before and after, are more than what she bargained for.

    Of course, with all of this mystery and drama, Schuyler's life also has to be filled with a little boy drama. It's not enough having mixed-up, obnoxious feelings toward Jack, but with the new guy in town, things just happen to get messy.

    Melissa de la Cruz continues her amazing series, BLUE BLOODS, with full force in MASQUERADE. Some problems are solved while even more are unleashed, and you just can't help but fall deep into this wonderful series. The relationships that Schuyler has with everyone around her are just amazingly sweet. The good part about this series is that there is definitely more to come. The drawback just happens to be waiting for the next one.

  • Suzanne

    I think the covers on the books of this series are so pretty. I enjoyed Masquerade and honestly I was unsure if I wanted Mimi to be “saved” so to speak because she is really not likeable so far in this series. I am starting book three right after lunch and plan to read through this series during this coming week but I really hope they move a bit faster on the romance and revelations. I think they will since the sizes of the books are smallish. The ending with Dylan’s words will make readers grab

    I think the covers on the books of this series are so pretty. I enjoyed Masquerade and honestly I was unsure if I wanted Mimi to be “saved” so to speak because she is really not likeable so far in this series. I am starting book three right after lunch and plan to read through this series during this coming week but I really hope they move a bit faster on the romance and revelations. I think they will since the sizes of the books are smallish. The ending with Dylan’s words will make readers grab the next book right away.

    My quick and simple overall: enjoyable, quick sequel that leaves more questions for readers to continue on.

  • Michael

    While the vampire lore was pretty much all that kept me going while reading

    , I found a little more to appreciate while reading its sequel,

    . Granted, this book isn't perfect, but it is a slight step up.

    One big thing I noticed was the minimal designer name-dropping. It worked against the previous novel, basically since it made the characters even more distant and unrelatable (except the fact that they're, you know, vampires and all), since I don't think any reader had any id

    While the vampire lore was pretty much all that kept me going while reading

    , I found a little more to appreciate while reading its sequel,

    . Granted, this book isn't perfect, but it is a slight step up.

    One big thing I noticed was the minimal designer name-dropping. It worked against the previous novel, basically since it made the characters even more distant and unrelatable (except the fact that they're, you know, vampires and all), since I don't think any reader had any idea who those designers were anyway. Also, it sped the story along, since the plot wasn't stalled to go into laborious descriptions of every article of clothing and accessory everyone was wearing. Keep in mind that outfit descriptions are in plenty, however, just not to the extent of this novel's predecessor.

    With any series, it's nice to revisit characters and their many subplots, and it was nice to do that with

    . I found myself caring a little more about characters, even petty things like (-gasp-) if Schuyler and Oliver were going to get together. All the subplots that were hinted at in

    are fleshed out in this novel as well, and I like how they are developing so far.

    Of course, the saving grace of this whole series is the vampires Melissa de la Cruz has created. They’re probably some of the most inventive and interesting supernatural creatures in YA literature. The best parts of these books are learning about their pasts, how they fell from Heaven, their memories of past reincarnations, etc.

    However, the lack of any climax or satisfying conclusion whatsoever left something to be desired. The main plot of this series seems to only be who the murderous Silver Blood is, and that doesn't seem to have enough substance to sustain a series like this.

    kind of runs the reader in a circle and leaves them right where they started - knowing nothing (except, at the end, you do have one suspect). I don't know, maybe the plot will flesh out into something more, but for the time being, it doesn't seem to have enough substance.

    Also, what was the point of the Masquerade ball? Its only point seemed to be the filling of the first 150 pages. Well, I suppose it also shows how much these fallen angels love to party down, but I think anyone could have figured that out by now, since that’s all they seem to do, except maybe buy designer clothes. Do these people seriously except to get back into Heaven?

  • Joyzi

    Melissa dela Cruz, this is a filler right?

    Come on, nothing really happen in this book. I guess I just have to read the next one since many of my friends considered Book 3 as the best out of the series .

    I just don't like that majority of the book was all about partying and hooking up (meh that's pretty much it).

    I really also don't have a favorite character atm so to speak. None of them really strike me as interesting enough to held my interest. And I just felt that the character are very similar

    Melissa dela Cruz, this is a filler right?

    Come on, nothing really happen in this book. I guess I just have to read the next one since many of my friends considered Book 3 as the best out of the series .

    I just don't like that majority of the book was all about partying and hooking up (meh that's pretty much it).

    I really also don't have a favorite character atm so to speak. None of them really strike me as interesting enough to held my interest. And I just felt that the character are very similar to the other characters of YA books I've already read.

    Schuyler= Zoey, Rose, Ever, Clary

    Bliss= Lissa

    Mimi= Aphrodite

    Jack= Edward, Erik, Jace

    Oliver= Heath, Simon, Mason

    Kingsley= Adrian

    Allegra= Clary's Mom

    I guessed my disappointment was due to the fact that I've read too many YA books lately and it just so happen that when I've read this one it will always be subjected to comparison and yeah it just that I didn't felt surprised or thrilled. It just so happen that I read it recently so it was just very unfortunate, I can assume that if I read it before Twilight, Vampire Academy or House of Night it can be one of the vampire series I would rate higher.

    But still I find the book very sexy and still it was a bit different because it talks more about fashion and the vampires are associated with fallen angels and I really loved the author's writing style it was not annoying and I really like how she describe dresses and gowns that sort of stuff.

  • ☙ percy ❧

    ehhhhh it was okay but i don't think i'll be continuing with this series. it just reminds me of vampire academy, but a slightly crappy version.

  • PurplyCookie

    is the second installment In De La Cruz's

    series. It continues where

    left off, when Schuyler's grandmother was reprocessed through the vampire cycle, where she would eventually be reborn, after an interrupted attack by a Silver Blood. She (along with her Conduit Oliver) goes on a mission in Venice to find her grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen. Her grandmother's last plea was that Schuyler find her grandfather so that he could save the Blue Bloods from the Cr

    is the second installment In De La Cruz's

    series. It continues where

    left off, when Schuyler's grandmother was reprocessed through the vampire cycle, where she would eventually be reborn, after an interrupted attack by a Silver Blood. She (along with her Conduit Oliver) goes on a mission in Venice to find her grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen. Her grandmother's last plea was that Schuyler find her grandfather so that he could save the Blue Bloods from the Croatan, or the Silver Bloods. But what they find is a man who does not want to come back to a group that shunned his ideas and cast him out.

    Back in Duschene, the intrigues thicken. Bliss' mystery deepens, including the identity of her mother and the whys and wherefores of all of her nightmares and blackouts. Jack's infatuation with Schuyler is given more significance, and I liked the reasoning behind it. The connection between Mimi and Jack through all of their life cycles is explored well, but apart from that their characters are much the same. I was hoping for more development from Mimi. She's turning out to be one of the most one-dimensional characters I've had the chance of reading. Best friend and Conduit Oliver takes a familiar and predictable turn in regards to his feelings for our heroine, Schuyler, who grows a bit more spine. Her character is more well-defined here, and her relationships with Oliver and Jack are explored in more depth in this novel though with no real resolution.

    The book didn't start off on the right foot for me because it violated a pet peeve of mine. In the first few pages, it almost blatantly dumped everything on the reader that had happened in the previous book. If people aren't smart enough to start with the first book in the series, then let them swim without a lifejacket and try to pick up what's going on. It felt like a waste of time reading the same descriptions repetitively.

    There are a couple of divergences so Bliss and Schuyler can pursue modeling careers which adds nothing to the plot. It felt like the author knew the fashion world settings and couldn't help but show off her knowledge, even though it had nothing to do with the story. Lastly, the arrival of a new boy at school feels contrived--a means to a certain end--and its starting to feel a tad too deux et machina to me.

    That said, I think it is time I abandon this series. It was only the vampire lore which has made me buy the sequel but unfortunately De La Cruz's writing style frustrates me to no end. She could've ended the series with the sequel or maybe with the next one, making this a trilogy, but instead she's stretching the plot too thin with news of more books to come. I'm sure there are far more superior vampire fiction out there; I just need to explore my options.

    Masquerade (Blue Bloods, Book 2)

    Melissa De La Cruz

    Purplycookie

  • Tatiana

    This second "Blue Bloods" book has one major improvement - the number of pages dedicated to describing various pieces of clothing is reduced from about 150 pages in the first book to about 50. The rest of the book is of the same quality - same flat characters, same obsession with parties, expensive things and good looks, same absence of noticeable climax, and, sadly, same plot (or lack of it).

    What goes for these books however is a very intriguing new take on vampire lore. It is obvious this lore

    This second "Blue Bloods" book has one major improvement - the number of pages dedicated to describing various pieces of clothing is reduced from about 150 pages in the first book to about 50. The rest of the book is of the same quality - same flat characters, same obsession with parties, expensive things and good looks, same absence of noticeable climax, and, sadly, same plot (or lack of it).

    What goes for these books however is a very intriguing new take on vampire lore. It is obvious this lore comes to de la Cruz easily. Her mythology is elaborate and inventive, skillfully mixed with theology. Unfortunately it is wasted on the stories which are nothing more than fluff. Because seriously, how many centuries will it take these millenia-old fallen angels to redeem themselves in the eyes of God if all they seem to care about are: clothes, modeling, parties, and hooking up? My guess is: very many centuries (and books).

    In spite of the obvious low quality of the books, I am still moving on to book 3. Mainly because they are entertaining albeit mindless page turners. However these books will never be something that I re-read, spend my money on or recommend to my friends.

  • Giselle

    Again, a whole barrage of info dumping and more telling the story than showing it. I really dislike stories being told that way. I also don’t see what’s so necessary about name dropping every single fashion designer brand. I also feel uncomfortable that the twins are long lost lovers and in this shell they’re supposedly brother and sister. This series would have probably intrigued me when I was younger, but now? Not at all.. I’m sorry that I have to donate all these books that are signed but at

    Again, a whole barrage of info dumping and more telling the story than showing it. I really dislike stories being told that way. I also don’t see what’s so necessary about name dropping every single fashion designer brand. I also feel uncomfortable that the twins are long lost lovers and in this shell they’re supposedly brother and sister. This series would have probably intrigued me when I was younger, but now? Not at all.. I’m sorry that I have to donate all these books that are signed but at least they might go to a home that will enjoy it.

  • Becca

    I bought this book yesterday and finished yesterday too.

    Urgh. I was too intrigued by the first book's whole IDEA to let this one go by without a read. I buy books out of habit, one I should VERY much stop until I have read it before since this one too was a waste of my money.

    Urgh again! More blandness. I want to punch Charles force in the face, slap Mimi and the whole Kingsley thing was random and just .... what was the fracking point? Also, Mimi said in the first book that she couldn't remember

    I bought this book yesterday and finished yesterday too.

    Urgh. I was too intrigued by the first book's whole IDEA to let this one go by without a read. I buy books out of habit, one I should VERY much stop until I have read it before since this one too was a waste of my money.

    Urgh again! More blandness. I want to punch Charles force in the face, slap Mimi and the whole Kingsley thing was random and just .... what was the fracking point? Also, Mimi said in the first book that she couldn't remember anything before Roanoke and now suddenly she remembers ROME and PARADISE and Lucifer himself? WTF again! Mimi just rubs me wrong.

    de la Cruz focuses to much on random modeling crap and should focus more on scenery and setting and STOP skipping key pieces of time. Like, whole hours will go by and she will sum it up in A sentence. Come on now. Flesh out your stories.

    I would rather have a story with too much detail than barely any at all.

    I have read the reviews of the third and have decided that I will go to the library for that one. The other two are going to a friend ... or the trash.

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