Reviewed by: Mary
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
At the end of the first book in the Blue Bloods series, Schuyler’s dying grandmother charges her with tracking down her grandfather and enlisting him in the fight against the silver bloods (evil vampires) who are killing off the blue bloods (good vampires, mostly anyways).
Schuyler has just recently discovered that she is a blue blood. Unlike the other blue bloods that she knows, she was not one of the angels that rebelled against God in the war in heaven. She was not reborn, an immortal soul who has lived countless lives throughout history. She is new soul, born when her mother left her vampire mate, her other half, out of love for Schuyler’s human father.
As if she weren’t facing enough challenges simply due to her birth, the silver bloods have returned and are targeting young blue bloods, Schuyler included. She manages to track down her grandfather rather early in the book, but is extremely disappointed when he fails to jump into action and help Schuyler. Exile has caused Laurence Van Allen to withdraw and become bitter. Alone and hunted, Schuyler has only her red blood, or human, friend Oliver. However, as her blue blood tendencies become stronger, Oliver comes to have more appeal to her than just friendship. Throw in her love for Jack and Schuyler is in for a bumpy ride in this book.
While the story line in Masquerade revolves around Jack and Schuyler, the mystery surrounding secondary character, Bliss, really drives the pace of the book. There are so many unanswered questions about her at the end of the first book, and this installment raises more than it answers. Many of those questions surrounding Bliss give the impression that she might be involved in something darker. Everyone knows hearing voices is bad, and her boyfriends have a tendency to go missing. This book leaves you really scratching your head, rooting for the under-vampire, and desperate for answers.
One thing that I really like about Masquerade is detail added to the origin story of the Blue Bloods, specifically Michael and Gabrielle. It seems like there is much more to the story that we still don’t know (an obvious and frustrating theme throughout this book!). Michael fell from heaven to be with Gabrielle, who wanted to help the blue bloods earn their redemption. The complex relationship between Schuyler’s mother and Jack’s father makes it seem almost impossible for our lovers to get together.
This is a strong installment in a great series. De la Cruz really ups the mystery in Masquerade and leaves with a cliffhanger that will have you downloading the next book just to find out how the rest of that final conversation goes. If you have some time to spend book binging by the pool (hopefully in a bathing suit that covers much more than Schuyler’s!) this summer, try out this series!
Sexual content: kissing