This is the second book in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. I was pleasantly pleased with this book. After reading both Melissa Marr's "Ink Exchange" and the remainder of the House of Night series I have to say, I think Melissa de la Cruz writes much better than either of those authors.
Schuyler travels to Italy with Oliver in hopes of finding her grandfather; she hopes he can help her figure out how to fight the Silver Bloods. Meanwhile the Blue Blood community is planning the Four Hundred Ball and at Duchesne School Mimi is planning an exclusive after party. Also a mysterious new kid, Kingsley, enters the scene. Will Schuyler find what she seeks? What will happen to Mimi as she walks a darker and darker path?
I like this book better than the first book of this series. There is a lot more plot and things move along at a fast clip. It was nice to see Schuyler doing something productive and really taking the initiative. The tension between Oliver/Schuyler/Jack and Jack/Schuyler/Mimi continues to make things interesting. In this book you feel like things are kind of building to a climax as you find out more and more about the Silver Blood taint within the Blue Blood community.
This book is also a fun read if you like fashion and reading about the elite. There are a couple good fashion shoots that Bliss and Schuyler attend and some discussion about style and fashion in general. I happen to enjoy fashion so I find these parts of the book to be interesting and entertaining.
I thought many of the characters really filled out in this book. I also thought that this book was more linear and didn't jump between characters in a way that was as distracting as the first book. All in all I really enjoyed the book and am eagerly awaiting the next book. Just remember these are books to read for fun and really aren't all that deep. Although I will say that this book had more depth than the first book.
This book is captivating. The first in the series was only the start of a phenomenon known as the Blue Bloods series. It's simple: If you liked the first one, you will DIE for the second one. I was so impressed by the first one I went out looking for the second one at 1 am (I read at night)... I read it in 2 days and can't wait 'til the 3rd one comes out. (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST) It is Gossip Girl mixed with Twilight, but better. Amazing series.
I really liked the first book, but this one was even better! Don't give up on this series yet!
This is book 2 in the Blue Bloods Series. It looks like there will be a minimum of six books in this series.
I found Masquerade predictable in the story that she chose to wrap up and left more questions than the first novel. I really want to go out and purchase book 3 right now but it wont do me any good, De La Cruzs MO seems to be leave em hanging which is good for book sales but aggravating as all get out for readers.
At the end of this book she has included a Family Tree with some of the other names the vampires have used throughout history. In each book she has various letters written by the vampires and or news clippings. I swapped out my first book and now I want to go back and look at the letters written by the Plymouth Bluff Vampires and see who they are in the present time. I wish she included the family tree in the first book.
I am anxious to read Book 3, Revelations, but I am going to wait since the fourth book, The Van Allen Legacy does not come out until September 2009. Seems to me adult and maybe even a majority of teen readers may want to read these straight through