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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.

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: 362 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: #1,303 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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72 of 78 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 28 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much, and not enough February 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to the next book! February 9, 2012
By Brooke
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book through a free kindle books website. Sometimes it's a quality gamble wih the books that are offered for free, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was happy to note that there were no grammar or typographical errors in the whole book (and I was on the look out for them because that's something that really bothers me in a published work as well as something that occurs frequently in the kindle freebies) .

The story grabbed my interest right from the beginning and by the end I cared about the characters and what was happening to them. The book ended on kind of a cliffhanger that has me torn between anticipation for the next book and irritation that this installment ended where it did.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, the writing style, and the characters and their complexity. I didn't give it 5 stars because their was a slight overuse of profanity. I don't mind profanity so much if it has a purpose, but I am not a fan of swearing just for the sake of swearing. If less swearing was used, this would have been a hands-down 5 star book. I would definitely read this author again and am looking forward to the next book in this series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The masquerade ball
I gave this book a 3 star rating because It was nothing like the other books I've read. It was unique, thrilling, and suspensefull
Published 3 days ago by Aleah Larae Frausto
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A good read. Like how you developed the characters, plus it's good to have strong female presence in the book.
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good vampire adaptation
I am very impressed with the creativity of this vampire adaptation. I love the concept and find the series intriguing. It is a great tie of vampires in modern society. Read more
Published 6 days ago by secretpearls
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read can't wait to read the next installment
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!!!!
Such a great twist on vampires and humans!!!! Can't wait to see how Nicky and Jill grow through this series...and the secrets and lies that are bond to come out.... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I got extremely bored with this book a quarter of the way through
I got extremely bored with this book a quarter of the way through. I never even finished it before deleting it.
Published 20 days ago by mandi
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
This was a good story about the Homecoming Masquerade ball at Thorndike Academy. There was so much going on and it was interesting learning about the vampires and the Network.
Published 25 days ago by Angie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good. Didn't buy the sequel but might.
Published 1 month ago by Diana Buckner
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Beginning, Possibly Interesting Middle, and Bland End
The beginning was pretty mediocre, there were many chapters that emphasized how rich and talented everyone was to the point it was overly excessive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brianna
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not very catch-and-hold hooking type. Also, really slow paced.
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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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