Published by Hyperion on May 1st 2007
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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 read the first Blue Bloods book over a year ago. The second book lingered in my TBR pile until my friend Ame began reading the series- I get super excited when I get the chance to discuss books with someone, so Masquerade jumped to the front of the line.
I love vampires, in books, movies, whatever form. I especially like super hot vampires, and Blue Bloods has that. At times its just a little too much Gossip Girl with fangs, and at other times it reminds me of Dark Shadows with all of its “ghosts” and spooky mysteries. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.
Masquerade gets a “C” from me. It’s a compelling read, but too often shallow for a book where the main character’s lives are in mortal (or is that immortal?) danger. There’s also a modeling plot that’s too ridiculous for words, and the icky relationship between hottie vamp Jack Force (who Schuyler loves) and his bitch sister Mimi. I do appreciate the complicated history and lore that makes Blue Blood vampires different from other literary vampires, and I’ll continue on with the series.