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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Masquerade (Blue Bloods #2)


Series: Blue Bloods, #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
Release Date: May 1, 2007
Publisher: Hyperion
Original Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7868-3893-6
My Rating: * * * * * (5 stars)
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 lurks. Hidden behind the 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 Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.
The Cover:
I'm actually disappointed in the cover. I know Schuyler bought a mask in Venice, but in the book in Venice, the mask sounded beautiful, with the gold lining and everything. It sounded vintage. Now, the mask on the cover looks like something you would buy a Walmart. I love the idea of the masquerade, but I think a lot more could have been done with the cover. Cover Rating 2/5


The Review:
Now, off of that negative note, the book itself was SUPERB. There was a cliffhanger that had you begging for more. It was just perfect! I love how Melissa de la Cruz wove Lucifer and angels and everything with vampires. It does not fail to amaze me. For this reason, I am probably going to rate every book five stars.


Now, here are some character I just want to kick in the butt(they pertain specifically to the Force family). Mimi Force. She is really frustrating me! I know that's the point of her being in the books, but really, I wish Schuyler wouldn't have done what she did at the end. Mimi deserved what was going to happen!


The other Force that frustrates me is Charles. In his whole life he has never been interested in Schuyler. Now he wants to adopt her?! What the heck! I wanted to punch him! Schuyler was so happy with her grandfather!


Lastly, I have one more thing that I want to rant about. And forgive me because this review was more of a rant. Jack vs. Oliver. Obviously I like Jack better. He's hotter, stronger, and just more likable. When I think of Oliver, I think of a forlorn puppy. Sad and moping. I just don't like him.


Read this book! Read the series! You won't regret it.


The Author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of many books for teens, including Blue Bloods, The Au Pair series, Angels  on Sunset Boulevard, and the upcoming The Ashley Files. Her books for adults include Cat's Meow and the anthology she credited with Tom Dolby, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. She began her career as a magazine and newspaper journalist, covering the New York City style and social scene, and now writes novels full-time. Melissa divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and daughter. While Melissa is not a Blue Blood, she knows people who are...





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