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Schuyler Van Alen is starting to get more comfortable with her newfound vampire powers, but she still has many unanswered questions. A trip to Italy in search of her grandfather only serves to make things more confusing. What secrets are the leaders of The Committee hiding? Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball....more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 307 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Hyperion
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Tatiana
Dec 18, 2009 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teen girls who like reading about clothes, parties, hot guys and hooking up
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
Shelves: 2009, ya, romancelandia
This second "Blue Bloods" book has one major improvement - the number of pages dedicated to describing various pieces of clothing is reduced from about 150 pages in the first book to about 50. The rest of the book is of the same quality - same flat characters, same obsession with parties, expensive things and good looks, same absence of noticeable climax, and, sadly, same plot (or lack of it).

What goes for these books however is a very intriguing new take on vampire lore. It is obvious this lore...more
Joyzi
Jan 27, 2011 Joyzi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind a filler book
Recommended to Joyzi by: Julie, Szam, Gabby and Isamlq
Melissa dela Cruz, this is a filler right?

Come on, nothing really happen in this book. I guess I just have to read the next one since many of my friends considered Book 3 as the best out of the series .

I just don't like that majority of the book was all about partying and hooking up (meh that's pretty much it).

I really also don't have a favorite character atm so to speak. None of them really strike me as interesting enough to held my interest. And I just felt that the character are very similar...more
PurplyCookie
"Masquerade" is the second installment In De La Cruz's "Blue Bloods" series. It continues where "Blue Bloods" left off, when Schuyler's grandmother was reprocessed through the vampire cycle, where she would eventually be reborn, after an interrupted attack by a Silver Blood. She (along with her Conduit Oliver) goes on a mission in Venice to find her grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen. Her grandmother's last plea was that Schuyler find her grandfather so that he could save the Blue Bloods from the Cr...more
Mdolelle
What would you do if you could bring the dead back to life? I didn't like Masquerade, I loved it beacuse it will leave you with so many questions that you will have to read the next book. Schulyer Van Alen goes on an adventure to figure out the truth. Even things seems to be going fine as she connects with long lost faminly members. Unfortunately, her world is turned upside down when a explosion goes off in the most secure place for a Blue Bloods. And when people start making assumtions about wh...more
Michael
While the vampire lore was pretty much all that kept me going while reading Blue Bloods, I found a little more to appreciate while reading its sequel, Masquerade. Granted, this book isn't perfect, but it is a slight step up.

One big thing I noticed was the minimal designer name-dropping. It worked against the previous novel, basically since it made the characters even more distant and unrelatable (except the fact that they're, you know, vampires and all), since I don't think any reader had any id...more
Rebecca
I bought this book yesterday and finished yesterday too.

Urgh. I was too intrigued by the first book's whole IDEA to let this one go by without a read. I buy books out of habit, one I should VERY much stop until I have read it before since this one too was a waste of my money.

Urgh again! More blandness. I want to punch Charles force in the face, slap Mimi and the whole Kingsley thing was random and just .... what was the fracking point? Also, Mimi said in the first book that she couldn't remember...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

When we last left off with Schuyler Van Alen, she was just getting used to the news of being a Blue Blood, or what we normally label them as, a vampire. She gets invited into the New York Blood Bank Committee and, before she knows it, Schuyler is swept away into the unknown world of the Blue Bloods. Unfortunately, it seems like Schuyler discovered her true self at the wrong time, since three Blue Blood teens have been murdered....more
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Blue Bloods are the highest level of elite modern New York society. The teen Blue Bloods attend Duchesne School, enjoy the most fabulous parties and share a dark secret. Blue Bloods are vampires; they literally bleed blue blood and sprout fangs when hungry. But that doesn't stop them from partying in this second installment of Melissa de la Cruz's fantasy/horror series, which has even more mysterious secrets and action than its predecessor.

Schuyler Van Alen and her destined human assistant, Oli...more
Chelsea
This wasn't as good as the first one. I actually went back, and flipped through the first one to make sure I wasn't imagining things. de la Cruz's writing style gets much more stilted and awkward in this book, and her exposition gets much more awkward. The first ten pages are full of INFORMATION BEING THROWN AT YOUR HEAD, HEY GUYS REMEMBER FROM THE LAST BOOK?!?

Maybe I was on less cold medicine this time around, but I wasn't as enthralled. The story is still interesting (I like how de la Cruz wor...more
stephanie
even more drama! schulyer and oliver's relationship takes a twist, lost relatives return, and the monster in bliss' dreams is still around. mimi gets what's coming to her, in a sense, and then, strangely, charles force wants schulyer.

this installment was more action-filled and assumed from the beginning that we knew the characters and the setting. there was no baby-sitter's club-type intro, which i appreciated. (i always ended up skipping that part of the book - i knew claudia dressed funky, ok...more
curious little beastie
I'll admit, I'm beginning to really like this series. I'm even gonna start book three right now, since that ending didn't even deserve to be called an ending. It was the biggest cliffhanger in all of Cliffhangersville.
Kate
Nejvíce se mi na celé knize líbí to propojení s minulými životy. Podle mně je tohle úžasné série a strašně mě zajímá jak to celé nakonec dopadne.
Kristy
This one was much, much better than the 1st Blue Bloods book. I know, I know a lot of you hate this series but................
The story starts off a little slow in the beginning and the pov alternates between 3 or 4 different characters, which takes a while to get used to. Midway through the book things really start to get interesting and you start to understand why the 1st book was written the way it was. The story really devolps and becomes really interesting.
I will read the 3rd book in this s...more
Julie
Dec 18, 2010 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Blue Bloods and Other Vamp Novels Fans
Recommended to Julie by: Che Artuz and Szamicaela
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karen
Jan 19, 2009 karen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ugh
Oh good grief, Masquerade is even worse than Blue Bloods. The first handful of pages are devoted to awkward exposition, recapping the ENTIRE FIRST BOOK, which most people will have READ ALREADY.

Every single thing that I thought was being "hinted" at in the last book came to pass in this one; the twists were predictable, and the bits of writing that were supposed to be from the nineteenth century were laughably horrible. Did newspaper articles, even in the late 1800s, really mention in every arti...more
Trinity
I really enjoyed this book much more than I enjoyed the first book, Blue Bloods. There were some things that I thought were annoying but the rest of the book was really great. It ended with a cliff hanger, which I hate, and the thing with the Silver Bloods is starting to annoy me.

Schuyler:
Schuyler, in my opinion, was a better character in this book than in Blue Bloods. I really want to know how it goes with her and Jack, but now with Oliver, she just got into one big mess. But I am curious how...more
Clarisse Hurtz
Masquerade picks up right where Blue Bloods left off, with prepartions for the Four Hundred Ball in full swing while Schuyler Van Alen and her best friend/Conduit Oliver Hazard Perry travel to Italy in search of her Grandfather. The book is told through the alternate points of view of three Blue Blood females: Schuyler, who just found out that she’s a vampire and has started her transition, Mimi Force, the most powerful/popular Blue Blood at their school, and Bliss Llewlyn, Texan daughter of a s...more
valee
WOW!

I loved this book. I can't even believe that such a short book could have so many things going on at the same time. Seriously, this series is so not what I expected of it. Maybe that's the reason why I love this series so much. I thought it would not be a good series, but I ended up loving it. Although I liked this book much more than the first.

Schuyler becomes more and more interesting with every book. She is such a great young heroine. I still can't decide if I want her to end up with Jack...more
Lauren
Jan 11, 2008 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYONE
I loved this book. It was sooo good I read it in one day. It is probably better for girls because it is written from a girl's point of view, but I think anyone would enjoy it. It was one of the best books I have ever read.
This book was about Schuyler, a girl who is a blue blood, or a vampire. But the vampires peacefully live among humans. There are alot of twists to this story, making for a great mystery. It is about teens who are learning how to live with the powers of being a vampire. However...more
Lisa
After reading the first book in the series and being dissapointed by it, I wasn't expecting a lot from this one. Well, I was definitely most pleasantly surprised! After reading this installment, which I find to be infinitely superior to the first, I cannot wait to continue the series. Things definitely become much more interesting in this book since all the ground work is laid out for the series and all the main characters fully developed. If you're unsure after reading the first one, definitely...more
Tamara
3.5 stars




While I liked this book a lot, for most of the time I've felt like I was reading a filler book. If you guys dont know what a filler means let me explain it to you; they are basically random (anime) events/episodes/arcs/characters that do not happen whatsoever in the manga. They come out when the anime adaptation catches up with the manga and has to make time so the manga artist can get a head with the story.The other reason for fillers are to simply milk an anime for more money. These e...more
Rachel Lightwood
Note: This review may contain spoilers for Blue Bloods.

Some people question why I bother to read the sequels to books I disliked. The answer is kind of complicated but the main reason is pretty simple: because I like to give the series a chance to improve. For me Blue Bloods was a bit of a disaster. It wasn't what I was hoping for at all. The characters were shallow, the plotline dull, the vampire lore was interesting but not expanded in a way that would have been beneficial. I was lucky to have...more
Krys

Well, that was a fun day. I picked up Melissa de la Cruz's second book in her Blue Bloods series, Masquerade. This was this morning.. I just completed it. Ummm, another one bites the dust? I suppose.

The books are super quick reads (clearly) but so much fun. This one starts with Schuyler and Oliver searching Venice for Schuyler's long-lost grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen. Schuyler hopes that in locating him she can put an end to the rash of Blue Blood deaths that have been plaguing New York.

Meanwh...more
Hiram Alexander
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Rebekah
This was just as good as the first. Perhaps even better!

I really liked how the nightmares with Bliss Llewelyn are still a mystery and I can't believe that she's also the daughter of Allegra!!!! I'm so glad that her and Schuyler have band together and i think that their friendship will thrive. It's a guess but I think that Bliss is the missing Maggie but that is just me. I wonder how she got back.

Anyway the writing was great and I'm glad this time Cruz didn't get into the fashion aspect too muc...more
Khalia Hades
Blue Bloods are the highest level of elite modern New York society. The teen Blue Bloods attend Duchesne School, enjoy the most fabulous parties and share a dark secret. Blue Bloods are vampires; they literally bleed blue blood and sprout fangs when hungry. But that doesn't stop them from partying in this second installment of Melissa de la Cruz's fantasy/horror series, which has even more mysterious secrets and action than its predecessor.

Schuyler Van Alen and her destined human assistant, Oliv...more
Katie
Maybe 2.5 would be a better rating. It just seemed too harsh.
I almost didn't finish this book. It started out very shallow (the plot and the characters) and irritating (again, the plot and the characters). I only finished it because I had borrowed it from a friend and didn't want to give it back unfinished.
That said, it did get much better toward the end and I'll give book 3 a try. There are just so many inconsistencies. They can sense another of their kind anywhere in a building, but a paper...more
Charlene
The Good:
- At least we are finally getting a glimpse of what's going on.
- Fun and easy to read.

The Bad:
- The pretentiousness have multiplied.
- Dude, Schuyler is supposedly dresses up like a hermit or a homeless person, but she grabs modeling gigs left and right? Ok...
- I want to feel for Mimi Force, I do, but she's a nasty person.
- The attraction between Jack and Schuyler? When did that happen? They don't even speak!
- Familiars? Y'all have billions of dollars and you don't own a private blood...more
Darcy
I definately liked this one a lot better than the first and am glad that I kept reading the series after thinking the first one was just, ehh. I liked getting more background about the Blue Bloods and their eveolution. I really thought it was interesting how the family lines were, that was something that I didn't expect.

I was glad that Schuyler went looking for her grandfather and the way things developed there. I think there will be more to come with that.

I am not sure how I feel about Schuyle...more
Jennifer
This series definitely has some refreshing and interesting perspectives and ideas regarding vampire lore. Also I like the "Gossip Girl meets Vampire Diaries" feel.

I feel like the writing of the book could be more polished- words don't always flow smoothly, and that makes for choppy reading. Some of it reminds me of the things that used to annoy me about the Babysitters' Club books from my youth, and why I quit reading them at the age I did. After a time, constant reiteration of every bit of bac...more
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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