Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Plenty of Paper's Hiatus Tour: Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz

This is the wonderful girls from Plenty of Paper's review of Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz. It is not my review, but I have read the book and have a review up and coming. Don't forget to comment to be entered into their fabulous contest. For the rules, click here.

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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 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. [description from inside cover]

After taking months to get into the first book in this series, Blue Bloods, I jumped right in to Masquerade. The new plot developments were much more interesting in comparison, and the suspense was built up to extremes. Not only did the characters become more developed and have stronger emotions, but the vampire lore became more developed and had a past. Everything about the Blue Bloods that you couldn’t figure out in the first novel was very well explained in the second.

For example:

Once Schuyler finds her grandfather, he decides she needs to be trained to use her powers—something The Committee is no longer doing with new vampires. In his training, he teaches Schuyler about the four factors of the glom, or mind control. This is just one of the many new introductions to vampire lore in Masquerade.

Despite the lack of many Silver Blood attacks in this novel, it is surprisingly more suspenseful than the first. I was flipping pages fervently as it got later and later into the night—I just couldn’t put it down. The romance between Schuyler and Jack (and Oliver) becomes part of the story, as does the romance between Jack and Mimi, Bliss and a new character, Kingsley, and Charles and Allegra.

If you’ve read the first and are skeptic about the second, I encourage you to go pick it up now. It will not disappoint.

Or even if you haven’t read the series at all, I encourage you to start it—and don’t worry, if you can’t get into Blue Bloods, it ends up turning into a great series.

4 cups of coffee for this one.

Heather

Hinting the Final Location:

These lovely mistresses, in the dark they rest,
Through the water, you’ll begin your quest;
they judge their books using the archaic Levin,
Their swirling home is location number seven.

8 comments:

Elainareads said...

A habitual reader, one book after another These repeated actions are like no other On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

Great review! I really liked this book and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

=D

Shooting Stars Mag said...

"A habitual reader, one book after another
These repeated actions are like no other
On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five"


Nice review. I have Blue Bloods at my house and need to read that, but I'm glad that if I don't like the firs too much, the second is better. This next one sounds awesome though, I must agree!

-Lauren

RR2 said...

A habitual reader, one book after another These repeated actions are like no other On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

I really enjoyed this series and I really can't wait till the next one is released.

ambeen said...

A habitual reader, one book after another
These repeated actions are like no other
On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

Wow, your clues aren't as easy as I thought. I visited five other blogs before realizing it was this one, lol.

The Book Muncher said...

A habitual reader, one book after another
These repeated actions are like no other
On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

actually, ambeen, i came up with the clue. i think heather or caroline was supposed to send me one, but the day came around...and they didnt (although they did tell me where the next review was), so i came up with one myself. it was actually kinda hard

Carol said...

A habitual reader, one book after another
These repeated actions are like no other
On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

i liked this book much better than the first. I can't wait for the third book to come out.

Breanna said...

A habitual reader, one book after another These repeated actions are like no other On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

I haven't even heard of this book yet but it sounds pretty good.

-Breanna

Khyrinthia said...

A habitual reader, one book after another These repeated actions are like no other On books and more books she does thrive
At her lovely blog dwells review number five

I need to get this series. It sounds really good.

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