Monday, January 23, 2012

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Masquerade (Blue Bloods Series #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Acquired: Bought
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 80% or B-
Buy It: Amazon
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 underway 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.
My Thoughts::
Like I mentioned before, I own all of the Blue Bloods books that are out so far, so I'm going to be reading them occasionally after every couple of review, or other books that I have. I've been doing my best to avoid spoilers or reading reviews for these books, even though I am very curious. The temptation is there, which is one of the downfalls of waiting so long to read such a popular series.

I was really happy with how much was put into the first book, so this one kind of disappointed me. Will this be the beginning of trying to stretch the plot out for as many books as possible? Or maybe this book was just trying to focus on character development and didn't want to rush things? Because I can see how both might be true. While not a lot happened, I feel like the things that did were kind of big and put everyone on the path of something big happening in the next book. I was almost freaking out at some points, but it was a bit dulled because I know how many books I still have to read, and a main character can't be dead already, right? There were a couple of twists in this book, some that I expected, and some that I never could have imagined.

Bliss didn't pop for me like she did before, because I think her story was sort of put on the back burner and was worked around Mimi's and Schuyler's. Both of whom went through some crazy stuff. When Schuyler talks to her grandfather I am so amazed at how shocked he is about things that were supposedly "normal" for vampires. This is leading me to believe that more is going on besides the whole silver blood thing.

Overall I think this was a decent second book. The plot went on but at a slower pace to develop the characters and to let some small plot points play through. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first one, and I recommend the series to those who are interested in the House of Night Series.

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