Thursday, August 23, 2012

Katrina's Review of Masquerade

Published: May 1, 2007

Buy: Amazon, B&N

Source: Own

Goodreads Blurb: Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help - her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman - a true Blue Blood affair.

But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny.

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.

Wow! I forgot how much happened in Masquerade.  A lot of the questions I had in Blue Bloods were answered, but boy have a lot of new ones arisen.  

I thought Kingsley came into the picture later on in the series, but no. He was causing problems for the Duchesne Blue Bloods. You don't really know what to think of him.  Schuyler also begins to learn how to harness her vampiric powers.  

There are a lot of twists in this book. A shift in Oliver and Sky's relationship, as well as Mimi & Jack's. I loved re-reading this installment and found myself sympathizing with Mimi. I know, you're shocked! She's still a Queen B, but she also shows some vulnerability. It's nice to see that side of her.  Bliss finds a picture of her mother, and that raises all kinds of questions. I don't remember the explanation so I can't wait to see what it is.  I'm stoked to see the emotional ups and downs that are sure to happen in Revelations next month.  I also wonder why Jack held off on his moment with Mimi in Venice???  The answers will be waiting for me to read next month. I hope. :D

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Katrina's Masquerade Mini Challenge

So this mini challenge works great for me.  My friend and I are wanting to have a masquerade for our birthday so bad, so this helped get the creative juices flowing. :D

This beautiful gown by Angela at Glamtastik is beautiful!

It's dark, yet elegant.  Exactly my style!

This mask by The Mask Menagerie is amazing. I love it, it's simple and bold.

This is totally corny, but my dream date would be my hubby. I couldn't imagine experiencing an event like that without him. :D

Dream venue would either be a library or museum.  Seriously some of my favorite places.  Now if only I could make this happen for our birthday shindig. :P

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Month 2: Masquerade Mini Challenge

You have been cordially invited to a masquerade ball...

This ball isn't like any other ball you have been to or dreamed of. This is the Masquerade Mini Challenge Ball. 

Welcome to the first mini challenge! This month is all about Masquerade. We are keeping it simple for this one and only have, but a few simple questions for you! You know this takes part in the book and we want to know what your ideal Masquerade would be like.

Here are the questions, you can be as elaborate as you want and even use pictures.
  • What would be your ideal costume?
  • Describe what your mask would look like. Would you keep it simple, go a little funky, or even go without a disguise.
  • Who would be your dream date?
  • And lastly, What kind of venue would you want it to be in?
Particpating in the Mini Challenge is not only fun, but also rewarding! How you might ask? For every challenge you do, you get extra entries into the Grand Prize. Next month is a special prize, but we wouldn't want to ruin that, now would we? Just make a blog post and link it below. Good Luck, Have Fun, and Be Creative!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Month 1 Blue Blood RAL Winner

Jen from The Book Twins has won a copy of any Melissa de la Cruz book she would like this month.  Congrats!!!!!!

Link up next month and you can win also. :D

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BBRAL Month 2 Reviews: Masquerade

Today begins the read-a-long of the second book in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz, Masquerade.  Join us as we enter Schuyler's world.  Liz and I will both post are reviews as we finish our read.  We can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts as we make our way through the series.

Don't forget to post your review to be eligible for the monthly drawing.  Also, if you do not have a blog, feel free to post the link for your review from goodreads.  You can also email either one of us to have your review posted on the site if you do not have a blog or goodreads account.

All reviews should be posted by midnight on August 31st.  Thank you all so much for reading along and sharing in the love we have for this series.

To post your reviews: simply add your information to the linky list below. :D