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Masquerade (Blue Bloods, Book 2) Hardcover – May 1, 2007

Book 2 of 7 in the Blue Bloods Series

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A tasy and alluring sequel Kirkus --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the best-selling Au Pairs novels for teens and the co-author of the popular adult titleThe Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas. Melissa has appeared as an expert on style, trends, and celebrity for CNN and the E! Entertainment network and is a frequent contributor to popular magazines likeGlamour, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, andCosmopolitan. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Melissa is not a Blue Blood, but she knows people who are
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786838930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786838936
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End series.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.

Customer Reviews

Looking forward to the next book in the series coming out!
Margaret Atkinson
More happened in this book than the first and overall I enjoyed the mystery in this book (though there wasn't much) the characters and the overall story.
Loves to Read
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something fun and intriguing to read.
April L. Pawless

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Masquerade after finishing Blue Bloods, Melissa de la Cruz's first novel about the vampires aka Blue Bloods. This second effort follows-up where the first ended...the young Blue Blood, Schuyler Van Alen goes to Venice in search of her grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen whom she believes can help solve the mystery of the Silver Bloods, a deviant branch of vampires intent on destroying young Blue Bloods. Back in Manhattan, preparations are in full-swing for the Four Hundred Ball, the elite event for vampires only. We are re-introduced to familiar characters such as Jack and Mimi Force, the immortal twins, Bliss Llewellyn, Oliver Perry [Schuyler's conduit], and some new ones like Kingsley Martin, the new boy. I thought this was a better plotted novel than the first...there's more intrigue, and also a lot more elaboration on what makes the Blue Bloods tick, i.e. their abilities, the training that goes into the young Blue Bloods, their weaknesses and of course the partial unravelling of the mystery of the Sivler Bloods. Schuyler Van Alen's character is more well-defined here, and her relationships with Oliver and Jack are explored in more depth in this novel though with no real resolution. There is a lot more that needs to be explained, and I guess that's to be found in the third novel, Revelations, which I am eagerly anticipating.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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, Oliver, begin the book by traveling to Italy in search of Schuyler's outcast grandfather. Her grandmother just passed away in this cycle and advised her to get help from her grandfather. She finds him, but he doesn't seem to be interested in helping her fight the Silver Bloods, who have tried to get rid of the Blue Bloods throughout history. No one believes her insistence that they're back, but she knows that some teens and her grandmother had help dying from the Silvers.

Mimi and Jack Force are leading the Blue Bloods in getting ready for the traditional Four Hundred Ball. They will be presented officially at the ball, with their vampire names and identities. Mimi begins to plan an exclusive afterparty for the teen vampires, but she is most looking forward to letting everyone know that she and Jack are destined to be together from history. He may be attracted to Schuyler, the half-Blue Blood, but in each life he and Mimi have ended up together.

Bliss, the Blue Blood who moved from Houston with her Senator father, finds herself in strange locations. One time she wakes up at the bottom of a lake, and an unknown vampire helps her. She blacks out more and more frequently and doesn't know why. She still feels that Dylan, her boyfriend who disappeared in the first book, is alive.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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.

Still not satisfied, Schuyler wants more information for why young vampires are dying and the only way she can find out more is by visiting her grandfather, who lives in Italy. And so in MASQUERADE, Schuyler is off with her best friend to get to the truth. But while Schuyler is trying to learn more about her new world, the Four Hundred Ball is being held in New York, and it seems like the party, before and after, are more than what she bargained for.

Of course, with all of this mystery and drama, Schuyler's life also has to be filled with a little boy drama. It's not enough having mixed-up, obnoxious feelings toward Jack, but with the new guy in town, things just happen to get messy.

Melissa de la Cruz continues her amazing series, Blue Bloods, with full force in MASQUERADE. Some problems are solved while even more are unleashed, and you just can't help but fall deep into this wonderful series. The relationships that Schuyler has with everyone around her are just amazingly sweet. The good part about this series is that there is definitely more to come. The drawback just happens to be waiting for the next one.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Supinski on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I finished this book within 6 hours of picking it up. I couldn't put it down! De La Cruz keeps the pace going quickly as the novel picks up several months after Blue Bloods ended. Schulyer is still on the hunt to find the truth about the Silver Bloods and fight her feelings for Jack Force, while encountering a slew of new problems that she has to face. De La Cruz packs so much action in this novel, you will wish it was twice as long. She leaves the reader waiting impatiently for the third book in the series with unanswered questions and an unbelievable final scene. I absolutely loved this novel.
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