Masquerade – Book Review #18

Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz

Title: Masquerade
Series: Blue Bloods
Book two
Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher:  Hyperion
Published: 1st May, 2007

Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Young Adult

Rating: ♣♣♣♣

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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.

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.


I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one. Hence the four club rating!

I liked Schuyler a lot more in this book. She was just more likeable for some reason. To be honest her best friend Oliver gets on my nerves more than anything else. Mimi is an interesting character. The way she acts is the way she lives. You completely understand every decision she makes. She’s rather selfish but that makes her more interesting than anything else. I didn’t like Bliss in the first book. But I did in this book. She is also interesting, I think she has a lot of potential. As for Jack. Ahh Jack, in the first book he felt like an untouchable, handsome god (Angel? Well technically vampire). In this book that drops drastically and at times he feels like a broken, torn-between-two-loves, weak boy. I’m interested in finding out how he grows.

I felt like the point of views flowed a lot more and that the story wasn’t held back by each POV chapter like I felt like it was in the first book. Instead they were utilised and used in such a way that it made it exciting and hard to put down because whenever you finished a chapter it finished with such a cliff hanger that you just had to keep reading to get to the next chapter of that POV to find out what happened. This pleased me because this was one main thing that I was disappointed by in the first book.

In the first book the POV’s made the book feel like it didn’t start till half way through the book and the pace was pretty slow. In this book it goes to the opposite end of the scale. In between some chapters time flies by in weeks! Sometimes I felt like I missed stuff that happened in those weeks. Although this was an improvement to the slow pace of book one and I prefer it to that.

One thing that makes me cringe though is the incestuousness of the blue bloods. It’s kind of weird because it’s not incestuous yet at the same time these relationships just feel so wrong! Given the way everyone was born. Such a complicated family history.

One thing. *Mini rant ahead* For some reason I had been picturing Schuyler with platinum blonde hair. I think this started in the first book when her and Bliss did the photo shoot. I suddenly got confused and thought the book described her with blonde hair. But that felt like it was confirmed because of the many comments and mentions that Schuyler looks just like her mother. The books keep saying they were spitting images nearly, and in the masquerade ball when Schuyler turns up it says everyone freezes because for a moment they thought Allegra had come back to them. They could barely tell the difference. Thing is Allegra has blonde hair and Schuyler has blue black hair. I’m so confused! How can she be mistaken for Allegra so often if she has a completely different colour of hair? Yes she probably has the same eye colour and facial features but I do not believe that her hair colour can be forgotten, it does change her appearance and you could clearly tell that she is not Allegra! It’s not like the first thing Allegra would do if she wakes up is dye her hair dark and then present herself to the blue bloods! So she is not a spitting image since spitting images hare in fact spitting images! Therefore I am annoyed that Schuyler has blue black hair when I can now only picture her with blonde hair. And since she is so adamantly described to look like her mother she should look just like her mother! *Mini rant over*

Overall this sequel was a lot better than the first book. It flows better, the pace is better and the storyline is interesting. If you didn’t like the first book give this one a go because it might just change your mind, if you liked the first book then hopefully you will love this book!

Now I wish I could live like the New York Socialite like these ladies do! But alas, I am not in New York haha.

Miss J


4 thoughts on “Masquerade – Book Review #18

  1. I haven’t read the first book, but this seems interesting enough. Although I know what you mean. The blue-black hair vs. platinum blonde would have driven me bonkers. In some cases, it would’ve been a deal-breaker, actually. But here’s the thing, planning on reading YAs again — I haven’t read one since college which was 5 years ago–and I’d love to know what books you’d recommend I start with. :) Thanks!

    • Yeah I have to say the way that vampires are portrayed in this series is definitely different to any other vampire series I have read. And I like that because it’s not the same sappy vampire love story told over again.

      Yeahh, to be honest it would have been a deal breaker for me too if I had felt confused in the first book. But since it’s the second book I realised my mistake and I’m so invested in them already I’m just going to ignore Schuyler’s hair colour whenever it is described haha.

      Ohh cool! Hmm I think that depends on what type of YA’s interest you? And what sort of topic. Like Vampires, Angels, Fairies, Dystopians, Space (Space is my personal favourite, yet there aren’t that many out there that I can find.) etc. Like for me I just can’t read faerie stories, faeries are just way too dark for my tastes. And that has nothing to do with the writing!

      I would highly recommend the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand though! It’s based on angels (Which isn’t a favourite topic of mine) but it’s written very well in my opinion. And it’s not solely based on love or a romance or how the main character gets the guy etc. There’s character development, the romance develops, you’re left guessing and asking questions and I just love it! I did a review on the first book but I haven’t read the second book yet because it’s so good I don’t want to have to wait a whole year to read the third book!

      I also recommend The Wildwood series by Juliet Marillier. It’s more of a fantasy story but it’s so interesting. I read them ages ago hence why I haven’t written a review on them but that series remains one of my favourites and she is one of my favourite authors. Heart’s Blood by her is also pretty good. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, yet it’s quite different. It only has the premise of beauty and the beast. I also love her Seven waters series but those books are more of an epic fantasy and not really YA.

      If you read any of these books let me know what you think!

  2. I’m more of a Dystopians kinda girl, I think. :) But I’ll give the Unearthly and WIldwood series a try. Will write this down and hopefully I can get them the next time I go book shopping. :) Thank you!

    • No problem! Or even get them out at the library? That way if you don’t like them you haven’t wasted money on them!

      Ohh Dystopians? I’m just getting into the genre! I’ve only read The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins so far. Although the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis is under Dystopians. It’s set on a spaceship named GodSpeed. I liked it, but it’s set on a spaceship, and like I said before I love space, so my opinion could be a little biased haha. Otherwise someone has recommended the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth to me which are Dystopians. Although I have not read these yet. There seems to be a lot of hype about them but that doesn’t really mean anything until you read them I guess! They’re getting mixed reviews on Goodreads. People either seem to love them or hate them haha.

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