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Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz
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Jan 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, vampires, young-adult
Read in January, 2009

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, okay?!)

jack is still around and we don't really know why. the blue bloods have their equivalent of a coming-out-deb ball, and the true persona's of mimi, jack, allegra, and the rest are revealed. it's SO COOL to see how she ties this all to a bigger mythology, and how schulyer isn't the same - how she doesn't fit the story.

lawrence is awesome, and i so feel for oliver. the silver bloods are a reality, just like cordelia said, and then - just as you are waiting for the big stuff to happen - you are kind of left hanging. it's quick and fun and actually really thoughtful, if you aren't reading it just for the plot. i must admit i do love knowing the setting so well, but it's more than the fact it's set in new york. there are layers to these characters that i feel like we are just beginning to learn, and that's something i felt was missing from both the Twilight and Gossip Girl series. which isn't to say that i didn't read all of those, but this seems to be on a slightly higher intellectual level.

or maybe i'm just a sucker for stories about fallen angels.

this was a little more over-dramatic and cliched, but it didn't stop me from grabbing book three from the library immediately.
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message 1: by Ami (new) - added it

Ami B i read the first one and thought it was ok, i wasnt going to read the second one but after reading this review i might take a crack at it. Good review :)

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