Masquerade (Blue Bloods Series #2)

Masquerade (Blue Bloods Series #2)

by Melissa de la Cruz

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Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young Blue Bloods. Her search brings her to Venice, Italy, in the hopes of finding the one person who can help. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous 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 masquerade that the true danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will 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 thirsty for more.

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ISBN-13: 9781440730511
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/10/2009
Series: Blue Bloods Series , #2
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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 title The 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 like Glamour, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Melissa is not a Blue Blood, but she knows people who are?

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Masquerade (Blue Bloods Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1125 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. He must be the one helping her, she thinks. On a modeling gig with Schuyler, she feeds for the first time with a crew member, only to regret it as they then share a bond. 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 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.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue bloods series are great books reveiling unveiling the Van Allen legacy. These books are great vampire series that will keep the reader wanting for more. Schuyler van Allen is a great leading character especially in this book. She has to deal and make major decisionsin her life.In Masquerade, theirs so many turns that kept me hook. Van Allen is very determined to find the silver bloods. She also learns more about what kind of powers she has as a half human, half vampire. The book has a lot of good parts since theirs so many secrets reveiled that as a reader one would've never guessed. Melissa de le Cruz creates many situations in the book where the reader has to predict who are the silver bloods, She provides the reader with great clues of who is the silver bloods. This book is also a love story. In this book the reader gets to read how Schuyler and Jack's feelings for each other grows. Jack's true feelings for Schuyler are revealed in this book. Not to mention the end of the book many secrets are reveiled about Schuyler and other characters.I really liked the end of the book for many reasons. The end grabbed my attention so much. After i was done reading i wanted to read the third. i can't wait to read the third book in the series and find out what's going to happen between Jack, Schuyler, Bliss, Oliver and the Silver bloods.
CMC11 More than 1 year ago
I have to say when i picked this book up at the store i wasnt so sure about it. Then when i started reading it i couldnt put in down. I found out that after i read it that it was actually the second book of the series and not the first. it didnt matter though because I was still pulled in. This isnt like the other vampire stories you read today or see in movies. It gives us a side of vampires that keeps you in the story and wanting more. Sky is a great main character, she has traits that everyone can relate to. The love story in this book was so great between sky and jack. Its a must read and after you read it you'll want to read it over and over again. :)
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
wow- i have been reading this series from the beginning and can't wait to read the next one.
ROBBIE88 More than 1 year ago
Schuyler has a sister! Could it really be Bliss? So amazing it keeps me sitting on the edge. It would be nice for Jack Force to bite my neck! SO HOT!
Tinkerbellv101 More than 1 year ago
The second one really pulled me into the series. The mysteries of the commity are nail bitting and Schuyler's search for her grandfather is new and interesting. And who doesn't love a Masquerade! But i will admit it was sometimes a little dragged out and could get boring at times. I would still recommend it to most!
Julia_Rose7 More than 1 year ago
One day I asked one of my friends for a good book because we have the same interest in books. The next day she brought me Blue Bloods and Masquerade. I read them both. and I loved them! I really liked them a lot better than The Twilight Saga. One thing I liked better than The Twilight Saga is the abilities in the vampires. In The Blue Bloods Series they can have human familiars and how they can come out in sun light. In The Twilight Saga they have to stay indoors or they will turn sparkly and they can't eat anything. I liked how the characters could trace back to history because of their previous lives on the Mayflower and the Plymouth Colony. Another thing that made this book a page turner were all the characters. Schuyler being a blue blood, Oliver knowing all this and being a human, Mimi and Jack Force how there suppose to be together forever but Jack is attracted to Schuyler, and Bliss being from Texas and how she can remain friends will Schuyler and Oliver and Mimi. I would recommend this to anybody who likes New York City, Vampires, Old Money, Mysteries, Channel Dresses, Balls, Christian Dior, and a really great book!
murphyslibrary More than 1 year ago
(from Murphy's Library - 4 and a half rating) At the end of Blue Bloods we already know Schuyler is a girl in a mission. After Cordelia's death and the news of more deaths between blue bloods, she is certain that she needs to find her grandfather-a Blue Blood that has decided to live forever and is currently missing, but may be in Italy. With Oliver on her side, she travels to Venice to find her best shoot on discovering the possible solution in the continuous extermination of blue bloods. At the same time, in New York, Mimi Force starts to plan a secret after party to the Four Hundred Ball-a prestigious event for Blue Bloods only- and that's where the danger will certainly begin, especially if Mimi is the one behind the planning. We already know Mimi can't do anything following the laws, even the ones made just for blue bloods. What consequences can have this party? Masquerade was a ride, and what a ride. I couldn't stop reading, devouring this story. Mimi is a b*tch. She is a product of time, of how things always were, and she truly doesn't have the best soul. She is vain, and she is self-centered to the top, and you start to hate her in this book. Bliss was a surprise in this book, she doesn't want to forget Dylan, but she has so much on her plate. I truly liked her appearences in this book and her maturing as a blue bloode. In the same circle, we have a new character: Kingsley, a blue blood with a title, as Mimi presents him to Bliss. I think Schuyler matured a lot in this book, and she got a lot smarter. Lawrence-her grandfather-was a great help in her maturing process. Their interaction was truly amazing, and we finally understand more about the Silver Bloods, the things that are killing them. What made me mad with her in the first book was that Schuyler seemed almost not affected by anything. It showed she was tough, but, at the same time, she was passive. In this book she went to the action, and I loved it a lot. She was still afraid of giving herself to her truly need as a blue blood, but when she does, she does it with someone who truly means to her, just, maybe, not the way this someone would want. Charlie Force played a strong character, and Schuyler's grandfather too. I truly liked him. I didn't like Jack Force much, but I'm still expecting the moment when he will truly wake up. The ending of this story let me completely awed. The suspection about Bliss and Schuyler relation is fantastic, and the last line almost made me go crazy! The book was better than Blue Bloods. While the first was a introduction to the story, Masquerade was pure action. As I already told in my review of the first book, be certain to have the next one near.
angel18FH More than 1 year ago
this book topped every book i've ever read. I wonder how they are going to top the events of this book. I always wonder if something was going to happen between sky&ollie(spoiler alert). I wish someone would put mimi in her place!!
thebookscoop More than 1 year ago
...So many things pop off over the course of this book and if you're a lesser person it might get overwhelming but me? I I couldn't get enough of this book and while I like Jack a little I think he's good enough for our Schuyler? Not by a long shot. His relationship with Mimi gets in the way of my wanting him to get with Schuyler and while we're talking about him getting with Schuyler, did I miss something? Because, it hasn't been that long since he bumped into her at the club and though it feels like forever ago since he kissed her so passionately, I'm not getting how he's in love with her. I mean, that kind of felt forced and might be why I'm not totally sold on him and Schuyler yet. I can understand him being infatuated with her, being mighty intrigued by her and hell even in lust with her but love? I'm not seeing that. But as much as that stumped me, I hecka loved this book. My heart soared, my heart broke and I fell a little more in love with these characters. From Schuyler to Oliver (awww Ollie) to Bliss and Dylan. These guys totally rock my socks and I cannot wait for more from this series. I absolutely adore this series and could not pimp it out enough... To read the full review, please visit
Unenchanted More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT: I seriously just had no love for this series. I like their idea of where vampires come from. It's an interesting take that vampires are fallen angels. However, I don't like the idea that Micheal and Gabriel have been turned into Micheal and Gabriella. I disagree with books that will take a part of the bible as truth but will not acknowledge the rest of it. So yes there is a Micheal and a Gabriel, but we will leave out the God they were created by. No, wait it gets better not only will they not speak about God, they do, however, speak about Lucifer...So take it all or leave it all people quit walkin the line.
vampreader54 More than 1 year ago
I love this story. I love the characters and how the vampires themselves came to be. I also love that as this story progresses I am more drawn into the characters. There are a few unexpected twists in this one. But where Blue Bloods verges on the dry side, this book was nonstop action. A must read for vamp lovers.
vampiregirl1314 More than 1 year ago
this book isn't just about a friend ship, it is a love story how does Schuyler know who she really wants to love? guess you'll have to read it and find out like i did
dancingmysocksoff More than 1 year ago
it brings you in on the first page. first book. and it leaves you wanting more. its a good book to read.
KATKV More than 1 year ago
read it in 2 days. great book. i couldnt ask for anything more the book kept me wanting more. now i am off to the thirf book
Fizzynotfuzzy More than 1 year ago
Romance. Mystery. This book has got it. When you first read it, it may start out slow, but when you give it a chance, the plot unravels and you are transported into the world of the fabulous, rich, and stunning vampires. Though I must warn you, even though this book may be thoroughly amazing, the writing style is a bit...unchallenging. This might be because it is written for teens who are just not that into reading. Also, I think the title is a bit misleading due to the fact that only a small section in the middle of the book is about a masquerade. I must say that third book is definitely a much more intense read with it's storyline, but in order to further your understanding and help you, so you're not confused out of your mind, you must read this book! It's a very short read and you'll finish it in no time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Masquerade was good. It had a lot of twists, especially at the end. Glad i read it later in the year, i only had to wait two months for the third revelations and that was brutal. There was plenty of action, but not a lot of romance. im a total Jack girl and i hoped she didnt try sellin me Ollie and sky though i do like Oliver very much. It was fast paced, couldnt put it down and ended up finishing it within a day. I just wish they were longer and didnt have so many details about fashion all the time and instead had more on the characters and how theyre feelin, you know? Overall, i'd say it was a pretty freakin-sweet read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book by melissa de la cruz is a very interesting book and leads up to an OUT STANDING ENDING! this book will Make you read the next book in the series!!! i would definetly recomend this book for anyone who enjoys a love/ thrillng series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!! If you are into reading books about vampires i definitely recommend that you read this! Along with the first book, Blue bloods
Guest More than 1 year ago
it tells how schuyler cant get jack off her mind and jack said he loved her. now i wonder what will happen now that shes living with them. it was an amazing book just leaves you there at the end though and you want more so i cant wait for the third book to come out. i recomend that you read this book and the first one for a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't even have the right words to describe this book- all I can say is if you liked the first one or you like books with vampires, etc, then this is the book for you!!! It sooo good- it has twists and turns the whole way. I can't wait until she writes the next book in this amazing series!!!
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mini Review: Fantastic continuation of the series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first novel in the series. The history of the blue bloods is more fleshed out and there is a lot better character development in this installment of the series. There are tons of twists and turns in the plot and it keeps you guessing about what is going on. I like the heroine Schuyler as I find her rather sweet and real. I also enjoy her connection with her best friend Oliver as it really is an honest portrayal of what happens when friends start to grow up and the change in feelings that can occur. I am still irritated by all the mentions of designer clothes and beautiful people, but I do know that these books are not written for frumpy middle class moms like me. But it does affect my enjoyment of the story, hence why I give it 4, not 5 Dewey's. The intended audience for these books will probably enjoy this and give it a higher rating, but just wanted to be honest for those in the same category as me. 4 Dewey'sMy neighbor's daughter Keira lent me this and the the next book in the series. I am not required to review this at all, just really enjoy the series and want you all to know about it too.
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so much better than Blue Bloods. I have a feeling they are going to get better with each new one.
DeeDee10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again I love the story that the author is telling us and the history she tied into it. I love the characters and their relationships with each other and their struggles.
ReZo1001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the second book of a series, it was a fairly good book. There were some parts that the author should've focused more on just a little bit, but other than that it was good.