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The Homecoming Masquerade (Girls Wearing Black: Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Spencer Baum
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Book Description

In a posh suburb of the nation’s capital, at the most exclusive high school in the world, the vampires who secretly run the government have created a game for America’s daughters of privilege. Show up to Homecoming in a black dress and you’ve entered yourself in a contest where the winner becomes a vampire, and the loser becomes the winner’s first victim.

Only the wealthiest, most connected students can hope to win, so when new girl Nicky Bloom wears a black dress to Homecoming, everyone assumes she has a death wish. They don’t know that Nicky has her own agenda. As the dance continues into the night, they will find out that Nicky Bloom is far more than she seems.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "This book kept me awake for a good part of last night and resulted in me going to work today looking like an undead...I am so waiting for Book Two!"- The Japanese Garden

    A #1 Bestseller in Contemporary Fantasy
    A #1 Bestseller in Teens
    A #1 Bestseller in Vampires
    A #1 Bestseller in Paranormal and Urban Fantasy

    From the Author

    The Girls Wearing Black Series is a new take on the teen vampire novel, written for those who prefer vampires that are strong, bloodthirsty, and evil, and heroines who are more interested in killing vampires than dating them. The series is complete with all four books published. 
    • Book One: The Homecoming Masquerade
    • Book Two: The Festival of the Moon
    • Book Three: The Rose Ransom
    • Book Four: The Bonding Ritual

    Product Details

    • File Size: 451 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0072X4ATA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,016 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    75 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars One long background story February 12, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition

    If you're looking for an action packed book, look elsewhere. After reading the blurb I got a completely different thing from what I expected to get.

    This book feels like one long background story, that goes on and on and on. The narrator's voice wasn't very engaging, I felt like I was reading a lecture about the past of every person we meet, well every IMPORTANT person we meet.

    The characters were not very engaging either, because we were told so much about their past that there was no place for them to act and do something. Most of the book (and I do mean MOST) was spent talking all kinds of BS and networking at the Homecoming dance. I actually didn't feel disappointed when I got to the last page, my feelings were more along the lines of "that's it?" If a whole book covered about 3-4 hours, then I'm afraid to know how many books are going to be there to finally get to the actual Coronation ceremony... Let's see, if 1 book = one day, and they are in the fall, Coronation is in the spring, are we going to get over 90 books before we get to the end of the story? Because it sure seems that way based on the pacing of this book.

    There were some things that made me raise my eyebrows while I was reading it. Like calling someone who is 6ft tall a behemoth... Um... for the record 6ft tall is not a behemoth, maybe in Japan it is, but not in USA. Also, one of the contestants entered the contest pretty much knowing she will die, because she was desperate for attention. I find it hard to believe that someone would take a most likely death all for attention. By definition these girls are already famous just because of their parents, media probably follows their every step.
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    25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read February 4, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Masquerade jumps right into the middle of the action, and really draws you in from the first page. I like the vampire genre in general, both romantic fiction and fantasy mystery adventure. After a few pages, I could tell that the book was well- written with an engaging storyline, pulling you into a human world run by vampires.

    The story is told from the viewpoints of two main characters, Nicky (originally Celeste) and Jill. Both are master spies, for lack of a better world, infiltrating a top-notch school for wealthy human power-players. The human world is getting ready to fight back in a major way.

    The entire book ( book one in a series, as usual - such an annoying trend!) takes place on the night of the Homecoming Masquerade Ball. The ball is a decades-long tradition that starts a competition to win the Coronation. The lucky girl who wins gets to become immortal, a vampire. The loser, in last place, gets to be the winner's first meal. The stakes are high.

    Kim, the girl who appears to have it all locked up, suddenly has pretty strong competition from Nicky, the new girl in school. There is a lot of backstory - and the book ends with many questions unanswered. There are a couple of important boys, and the characters are well-drawn.

    While reminiscent of the Vampire Academy series, there is still a very original storyline and vampire world. There don't appear to be any good guy vampires in this world, though.....they are all killers who kill with no compunction. I read it quickly and am anxious for he next installments.

    Totally satisfied, especially since it was free for the Kindle. This is a collection that I wouldn't mind having in hardcover right beside my Vampie Academy series on the bookshelf.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Too much, and not enough February 9, 2013
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    When I read the description of this book, I though it sounded like a fun, quickly read (important when reading on lunchtimes) young adult style book. I had in my mind, something along the lines of the P.C. Cast books. I was very disappointed and couldn't wait for this book to end.

    The premise of the story is good, and it started off good, then, for me, went downhill. This book covers about 6 hours in one night, with trips to the past to try and explain the characters backgrounds. The book flips between two main girls and being told from their point of view. Since this is the first book in a series, I am guessing the author wanted to spread the issues that the characters face to complete their goal/mission throughout the books, but there was too much left unexplained, and too much put into describing one night. I enjoy books that are well described, Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and he can go on for pages for one scene... this book didn't leave me feeling it was well described.

    I do not intend to read anything further in this series, so I cannot comment on how this will progress. There are a couple of spots that have bad language, but for the most part, this is written for teenagers or young adults. The morals of most of the characters are questionable, and, at least for this book, there is not much of romance type parts. This book may be more enjoyable if you go straight through the whole series, and you like reading books with a lot of superficial people, with blackmailing and backstabbing.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Original, But Somewhat Lacking June 23, 2012
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    Originally posted on my blog: The Bibliophile's Corner

    This book jumps right in the middle of the action. I found this both good and bad. Good because I liked how we didn't have to sit through three or four chapters just getting to the masquerade. Bad because I think for this particular book, sitting through a couple of chapters to lead us into this world may have actually been helpful.

    The synopsis versus the first couple of chapters really threw me off. Jill is the first character that we are introduced to and we get to know more about her in the beginning then we do Nicky. And right from the beginning, I really liked Jill. She was pretty accessible and I felt kind of bad for her. She is essentially a spy and a pawn in a bigger game.

    Nicky comes in later as she makes a dramatic entrance with the rest of the girls in black. The girls in black are contestants in an old tradition where the winner becomes a vampire and the loser becomes the winner's first meal. Nicky, much like Jill, is part of an organization and a huge agenda. I really enjoyed getting to see Nicky's past as well and seeing how she had to grow up. It made me like her all the more for it.

    While I enjoyed Jill and Nicky, there are only a couple of other characters that I like. Ryan, the golden boy outcast and Kim, the royal bitch and shoe-in for winning the contest. Ryan seems like a really sweet guy and I am hoping to see him make the right choice in book two. Kim, I love because she is the prime example of queen bee and I love when a character really embodies this. Also, part of me actually feels sorry for her. By the age of three, her father and mother already had her blackmailing and hurting people. I can't really blame her for turning out the way she did.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
    I like this kinda books so it was easy read for me. Will be looking for follow up
    Published 22 hours ago by lhiroms
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to an original paranormal series.
    A great YA series, with an original storyline.

    I received this book free, however, I believe that I would have paid for it. It keep you engrossed and entertained.
    Published 7 days ago by MRandall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great book !
    This book is VERY good. Has a great plot and flows greatly. This is a must read
    Published 16 days ago by Destynee Cox
    5.0 out of 5 stars A well rounded, multifaceted book.
    I bought both the book and then the audio upgrade since I love audiobooks. From the beginning, I was hooked on this book. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Cassandra S
    3.0 out of 5 stars Girls Wearing Black book 1
    It's a bit slow going tho the story line keeps one reading. Interested in seeing where they go from here.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Homecoming
    A fanciful tale of suspense, fear, power and intrigue. I am not in the right generation to get really involved, but I was interested in how the heroine solved her problems.
    Published 1 month ago by Katharine Showman
    1.0 out of 5 stars boring!!!!
    I'm at chapter two and already so bored with this book!! I understand giving some background, but honestly I do not know what to call it at this point. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by sikverredfern
    3.0 out of 5 stars Unique plot made it interesting
    Interesting concept different from much else out there. I enjoyed it.
    Published 1 month ago by Kay Tres
    3.0 out of 5 stars more plot please?
    it just needed some more plot..
    Published 1 month ago by lisa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for teenagers
    If you like vampires this a good book but it should be taken with caution as I'm a 36 year old male this book contains graphic language cursing to be exact it should be read by... Read more
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    Spencer Baum is the author of 7 novels, including the bestselling Girls Wearing Black series. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and three children.

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