Masquerade

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Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn't haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I'm a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can't remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can't shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing ...
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Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn't haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I'm a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can't remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can't shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don't know anything. He makes me see that my scars don't matter. That they never mattered. I can't help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
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Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there - I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938857041
  • Publisher: Cambria Hebert
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Cambria Hebert grew up in a small town in rural Maryland. She is married to a United States Marine and has lived in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and her current state of North Carolina. She is the mother of two young children with big personalities, is in love with Starbucks (give the girl a latte!) and she is obsessed with werewolves. Cambria also has an irrational fear of chickens (Ewww! Gross) and she loves to read and review books for her blog. Her favorite book genre is YA paranormal, and she can be found stalking that section at her local Barnes and Nobles (which happens to be her favorite place ever!).

Masquerade is her first published novel, but she has many more books waiting to be published and devoured by her fans, including the sequel to Masquerade.

Cambria also co-hosts a live, internet blog radio talk show, JournalJabber, (www.blogtalkradio.com/journaljabber) where she dishes about books, publishing and everything in between: hair in a can, toilet snakes, chicken phobias, etc…

You can find Cambria on Facebook, Good Reads (she is a moderator of the Creative Reviews group) and her website www.cambriahebert.com.
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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I am so excited right now I am just squealing all over the house lol, today, in the mail I received my signed copy of Masquerade and, I get to bring to all of you my review of not only this amazing book with its oh so gorgeous cover as well as its amazing author. You see the reason I am so excited about not only this book, as well as the author, Cambria Hebert, a very great friend of mine and I am so proud of her with the release of her new book, or should I say 3 books, yup that's right 3 books, I will tell you about the others shortly. Cambria and I met last March not long after I had found the Goodreads website and we became fast friends, she was one of my very first few that had started to follow my new blog and gave me so much support and encouragement to keep going, even though I had no idea what I was doing lol. We had none the less became fast friends, Cambria has a huge heart, and one of the nicest ladies I have been blessed to call friend, so when it was her time to get her blog up and running, I returned the favor and helped her the best I could, we had so much fun making and fixing our blogs together and over time I learned she was in the process of writing a book. I couldn't wait for when it would be released as I knew it would be the most amazing book, Cambria emailed me from time to time and ask my opinion on what I thought of the blurb or the unfinished pic for the cover or the look for her new website. Cambria, you will never know how much that meant to me that you wanted my opinion. Thank You for including me in one of the most important events in your life! On to my review, after reading the blurb for this book, I knew it was going to be a great one, I just didn't realize HOW good until I started reading. BEFORE, Heven was a very happy, popular, normal teenage girl who had every reason to believe that life was going to be good, until one event in her life changed everything, after coming home from the library one night she was attacked and woke up in the hospital, the biggest problem.......Heven can't remember how or what attacked her, and how she got the scars on her face she now works so hard to hide from everyone. Was it an animal that attacked her, she doesn't remember anything. Then Sam shows up, the new kid at school, who doesn't seem to notice her scars, but what Heven doesn't know is Sam has his own secrets that could destroy Heven and how she feels for Sam. Cambria's storytelling takes you right into the story, I love when a great book can do this to me, it makes me feel like I'm right there with the characters, her way of setting up the scenes, describing how Heven feels, what she has been through, the pain, sadness, helplessness, her anxiety, you can feel it right along with her, so much emotion has been put into this story. Usually I find a story that is told from different POV's sometimes hard to follow, but the way Cambria has done this is fantastic I had no problem following. At first when reading Heven seems like a weak character but as you keep reading you come to understand why but as the book goes on and Heven comes to terms with who she is you just cant help but to love her. I love Sam, he's so sweet and oh so gorgeous :) who makes Heven feel beautiful now like she did BEFORE when life was normal. If your looking for a book that takes you on a wild ride, this is the book to pick up, twists and turns you will absolutely not see coming and make you gasp out loud, the fighting

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Okay

    I thought this book didn't quite hit the mark. It had the potential to be really good but was too smothered with teen infatution (I know thats what teen books are mostly about) BUT this story started with a girl who had everything taken away from her, and was strong and brave enough to face the world. By the end a majority was about her being obsessed with a hot guy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) 16-y

    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
    16-year-old Heven used to have it all. She was popular, she was a cheerleader, and she was always dressed fashionably, but all that changed one night as she was walking home from school.

    Attacked by an unknown entity, Heven has been left with three scars down her left cheek, and a certain amount of nerve damage too. She’s lost her self-confidence, she’s given up cheerleading, and she spends most of her time trying to hide behind her hair.

    The only thing that hasn’t changed is her friendship with her best friend Kimber. Kimber has stuck by her, and Heven is grateful for that, but now Kimber is making a mistake and Heven isn’t sure what to do about it.
    Kimber and her boyfriend Cole have been together but arguing for as long as Heven can remember, but they always make up. Now Cole has been caught kissing another girl, and Kimber has vowed to get revenge.

    Sam is new at the school, and lots of the girls are interested in the gorgeous new guy. Heven is attracted to him, but would never act on this attraction because of her issues with her scars. Kimber doesn’t have those kind of worries though, and begins to date Sam just to make Cole jealous, and boy is it working!

    The other thing worrying Heven is that she constantly feels like she is being watched. She’s always looking for something in the shadows (the thing that attacked her?), and it isn’t helping her to move on.

    Thankfully Kimber realises the mistake she is making with Cole, and gets back together with him, which leaves Sam free for Heven to get to know. For some reason she feels safe with him, a feeling that she craves, and she’s more than relieved that Sam is with her when she is harassed by two men in the street. Occasionally though she catches a glimpse of a different Sam, a Sam that scares her, and she has no idea where this comes from.

    The question is, who or what is stalking Heven? And what is Sam hiding?


    I loved this book, I received it for review (Thanks Cambria!) and started reading right away because I thought I could join in with the Masquerade Read-Along that is happening this April (2012). However, having started reading it I couldn’t stop at chapter 8 (the first week’s chapters) I had to keep going because I was so intrigued as to what was going on!

    I loved Heven. She has obviously been through a lot and was still suffering, not only because of the scars, but also because she still felt that something was after her. I think there could have been better ways for her to deal with it, but it isn’t always easy to see that when you are depressed and suffering, and I really felt for what she was going through.

    Sam was so lovely. He tried to protect Heven even when they had never met, and he worked so hard to keep her safe. I loved the way they were together, and they were both just such normal, loveable characters that you couldn’t help but love them.

    There were quite a few twists and turns in this book, and I have to say that I honestly didn’t see them coming! I was actually quite shocked in places, and I’m really interested to see what will happen to Heven and Sam in the next book.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and if you haven’t read it and like young adult books I would recommend that you get a copy now!
    9 out of 10.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Really Good Read

    I have to start out by saying that I was so taken in by this book that I am desperately wanting to read more in the series. Masquerade is a very well written intriguing book that left me trying to guess what was going to happen. Although there were a few grammatical errors it was overall a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Whirlwind Paranormal Romance

    Masquerade is the debuting Young adult novel by the lovely Cambria Hebert. Masquerade is about Heven a teenage girl was who attacked and is physically scared causing her to internally withdraw from the world, and who she was. She hides in her sweatshirt and uses her hair as a curtain with her only two friends being Kimber and Cole. Who even then she suspects there are problems. With junior year of high school Heven is still so uncomfortable in her skin and her world continues to spin in circles. A new guy, Sam, with darkness from within waltzs into Heven's life starting a whirlwind romance. Sam is a guy with a heart of gold though, what could go wrong with a guy who hates tomatoes? All the while Heven is having nightmares of the event that left her with the scars, and there is something lerking in the shadows to finish the job that the it started. Masquerade is a paranormal romance novel that is about darkness that is waiting tear apart all the good in the world, journey of finding out who you are, and the power of love. Pick up a copy of Masquerade to find out what people are hiding in the masquerade of life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    Heven used to be popular, a cheerleader, beautiful ¿ all that was Before. Then she was attacked and left with scars on her face ¿ now she hides herself behind her hair, inside hoodies, under baggy clothes. She tries not to be noticed. Then he comes to school ¿ Sam. Tall, muscular, gorgeous ¿ and he wants to be with her. But he holds mysteries ¿ has he told her the truth about who he is? Can she live with that truth when it comes out?

    ¿Masquerade¿ is Cambria Hebert¿s first published novel, although she¿s had a couple short stories released recently as well: ¿Whiteout¿ and ¿Before,¿ which is the prequel to ¿Masquerade.¿ This may be her first published novel, but it is obvious she has been honing her skills for a good while ¿ the plot flows smoothly, the characters are well developed, the twists and turns come without warning. All in all it is a great story and one that fans of paranormal books should all love. If you haven¿t yet experienced the ¿Masquerade,¿ you need to do so ¿ now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    The synopsis is tantalizing, yes? I agree! It made me want to pi

    The synopsis is tantalizing, yes? I agree! It made me want to pick up this book and read it. Which I did. Obviously.

    The story is simply sweet. The romance is sweet. The plot is not complex. There are no red herrings. There are no dead end trails.
     It's just a straight-forward read, where you know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.

    There were, however, 2 surprises. I'm not going to reveal them, cuz that wouldn't be fair, but as I was reading, 2 thoughts began to
    emerge in my head.

    1. I was worried that I was reading another werewolf shifter story (of which I'm not a fan)...it's not! 
    2. I was worried that it was one of those hit-the-bible-over-your-head-cuz-I'm-gonna-preach-to-you stories...it's not!

    Actually, the "demon" in this story is one I've never read about, so I was very intrigued and a little fascinated, I have to admit. I don't
    mind shifter stories where the shifting goes into monster form...I like monsters. Dark. Creepy. Dangerous. Those are my kind of
    shifters. This demon fits the bill. I would read more of this kind of bad guy.

    What didn't quite pull me in were the characters. I liked them, but I wasn't swooning or falling in love or drooling. I like to do all 3
    when I'm reading. When I analyzed my lack of swooni-ness (ok, if I make up a word, I get to make up the spelling, right?) I think
    it's because there isn't a lot of visceral description. I didn't feel what the characters were feeling, because I was told what the
    characters were feeling.

    There was a lot of redundancy in the writing, some repetition, which slowed the pace for me.

    This is a read for those who like sweet romance, but not necessarily dark paranormal. 

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    Though within the Heven and Hell series this is only the beginni

    Though within the Heven and Hell series this is only the beginning,this book has sold it all for me. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Heven, Sam and the whole crew. Found myself surprised at every turn. Found in tears during moments of heightened emotions be it happy tears or tears of sadness. Be prepared for a roller coaster ride.




    What would you do if you were left scarred not only physically but mentally? You would do as Heven did, close yourself off from the world and all those connected to it...well most of it anyways. Only two truly were trusted to remain in her inner circle. When a boy named Sam appeared on scene, Heven began to feel, began to open up more. In this book you will follow both Heven and Sam through many trials that are to either make or brake them. Will they survive what is to come? Be torn apart by what lurks in the shadows? Or perhaps consumed by the secret of what truly happened the night that changed Heven's life?

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Oh my goodness.  That¿s the first thing that comes to mind.  Lov

    Oh my goodness.  That’s the first thing that comes to mind.  Loved this story.  Love Heven, love Sam, and REALLY love them together.  The phrase “two halves make a whole” fits these two perfectly.  They both feel like half a person until they meet.  Heven feels this way because of her accident that she can’t remember, and has left her scarred and feeling like everyone thinks she ugly.  It makes her hide her face, and everything of herself, that she can from the rest of the world.  The complete opposite of the beautiful, outgoing girl loved by everyone “before”.  Sam feels this way because of who he is.  Because of the secrets he keeps in how he was involved in her accident, and how he has vowed to protect her, even if he has to stay in the shadows.

    But when these two halves meet, they slowly make each other whole.  They give each other the strength to be OK with who they are, to move past it, and to be together.  I really like that the story of how this comes about is realistic, with the ups and downs that teenagers would certainly deal with faced with all they are faced with in their lives – parents and all.  And their story, for a lack of a better explanation, is sweet.   I really liked these two, especially because of their imperfections, and how their imperfections made them fit together even more perfectly.

    And I’m even happier that this story is just the beginning, and there are more books to read!  I look forward to devouring the next one!  
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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    This book was amazing!!!!The mystery in this book is crazy. I wa

    This book was amazing!!!!The mystery in this book is crazy. I was going crazy trying to figure out what Sam was (which I'm not saying lol), then when it finally came out I was like holy crap. It was totally not what I was thinking. Heven is so strong in this book. This girl shows you what it is like to have courage. Her mom gets a little crazy on her and if I were her I don't know if I would have delt with it as well.

    This is a must read series!!!! I'm on book 2 and can't wait to keep going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Great beginnings

    Wow, a great book from an amazing author . I have never read a book with the type of creature in here before
    , but I certainly was not disappointed. I love how Sam and Heaven fit together, what a love to have. I also loved the fact that this book made them go through normal everyday teen and relationship problems. Another thing I loved about this book is the fact that you can see the true love by what each would do for the other. The characters in this book were very cool. While I loved the two main characters, who wouldn't love Cole with his sweet and caring heart , and of course Kimber with that vibrant personality. Congrats Cambria on the well written book, can't wait to dive into the next in the series.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    I now realize that I put off reading Masquerade for far to long.

    I now realize that I put off reading Masquerade for far to long...Cambria, please forgive me. :)

    I'm so happy that I finally found the time to dive in, because it was a fantastic read. The writing flowed seamlessly, and the love story between Sam and Heven was epic.

    I will immediately be moving on to Charade, as I can't wait to see what will happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    True Love!!!

    I recommend this book to anyone that likes to read, no reading preference needed!! This was such a great book!!

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    I want to thank author, Cambria Hebert, for providing me with a

    I want to thank author, Cambria Hebert, for providing me with a copy of this wonderful book to read and give an honest review.

    Blurb from Goodreads:
    Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
    Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

    ***
    Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.

    First, I have to comment on this totally awesome cover. It's really the first thing that drew me to this book. It is just gorgeous and completely captures Heven! Once you read this book, there is no way you can't see that this is Heven and what she is about.

    I happened to read the prequel, Before (Heven and Hell #0.5) before I read this book, and, honestly, I think it made things a little more clear for me right from the beginning. Tho there was still quite a bit of mystery surrounding Sam.

    Heven: I like her. She's believable to me as a teen character. I connected enough with her to feel her angst, her fear, her self-conciousness. I can definitely picture, in my mind, a young girl hiding her scars from the world and being embarrassed to show them. And she certainly grows throughout the book, accepting her scars and who she is, realizing that she pulled away from all those who were special to her. Her relationship with Sam is, of course, tentative at first. They seem to have a connection, which I understood much later in the book. And you certainly feel badly for Heven, that she was injured, that she feels like she can't show her face, that she feels like she has no one but her best friend Kimber to go to in her time of need. Heven certainly comes into herself by the end of this book, showing us that people can grow and change as they overcome the giant obstacles set before them. I was able easily sympathize with Heven during her down times, and cheered her on during the times she was strong. Heven's ability to put herself into situations that would get her hurt got to be a little frustrating. She knew she was in danger, yet she took many risks with her life, as if it didn't matter to her that she might get hurt. And she often didn't realize she was even doing this, as she never mentions it during those times at all.

    Gorgeous and perpetually sweet Sam: the mystery of him was driving me bonkers. I could tell he was some kind of "animal" but I just could not figure out what he was. And then suddenly it's revealed and I had that lightbulb moment. I have only read one other series with this type of creature in it, and it was a bit different. I loved how we finally understood his strength, his not being injured by fire, and his other strange abilities that just kept me guessing. I did find that his speech was not consistent with his age. He said "honey" and "sweetheart" so many times during the second half of the book, it actually began to annoy me. But overall I liked his character and how he cared for Heven. He took on the task of protecting from the very start, before he even know what his true purpose was.

    The ancillary characters are nicely enough laid out. Kimber is your typical high-school girl, obsessed with clothing and boys. She's a bit wishy washy with her need to make her boyfriend, Cole, jealous. And she is quick to accept the relationship between Sam and Heven, despite the fact that we see her having some feelings for him in the beginning of the book. Cole certainly cares for Heven, tho it's hard to understand in what capacity. On the one hand you feel like he has a thing for her, then you suddenly feel as if he might not be exactly who he says he is. He's kind of hard to figure out. Heven's mom is annoying. I didn't really get a sense of the relationship they really had and then suddenly she's overpowering. I was kind of surprised. And I really could not get a good read on what China looked like. I knew she was evil, but because we don't really "meet" her until later, I had a hard time believing her character. I loved Heven's grandmother. I was expecting her to know more about Heven and her purpose, but that never came out during this book. She seemed to be the person who cared most for Heven, tho I thought at some parts she could have been more verbal and stood up for Heven. The Hate and Hope sections of the book honestly had me a bit confused. I understood where Hebert was going with them, but not until I was a good half way through the book. I think the ancillary characters probably could have been more well developed, but overall they certainly add to the story.

    I like the plot line of the story, how it kept you guessing, taking many twists and turns. It was dark and mysterious and certainly kept me reading on. There were many twists and turns that were unexpected. The interactions between Sam and Heven were often heart pounding and certainly made me want to move on through the book to find out what was really happening. The moments between Sam and Heven are really often breathtaking. I certainly felt their need for each other as well as their need to protect eachother.

    The POV switches in this book annoyed me. I didn't think there was enough from Sam, tho I understand that the focus of the book was supposed to be on Heven. In my opinion when a POV book is written, I expect to really get an equal amount from all characters, but that didn't happen here. I honestly think it could have been laid out better. I got confused when the POV changed. Perhaps starting a new chapter for each POV might have made more sense rather than switching around within one chapter. It broke the chapter up too much for me. It was nice, however, to get a sense of the characters through their POVs. I just think it could have been handled better to make the story more fluid.

    I really enjoyed Cambria's fluid writing style. Her descriptions were pretty spot on, although in some of the fight scenes I had to go back and read a bit again to get to complete picture in my head. But there's no denying that I can visualize the main characters very well and most of the ancillary characters. The world building was interesting, for sure. I could also see the different personalities of most of the characters without having to read into anything. And Cambria's storyline was fairly unique, so that just leant to the credibility of her as an author.

    Of course I am curious where things are going. Any story that introduces a new character right at the end certainly leaves you in suspense and wanting more.

    I give this story 4 stars out of 5 as I really enjoyed as a whole, despite the few things I think could have been worked out better.

    Great job Ms. Hebert! I'm ready to move on to Charade :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    AMAZING, A MUST READ!

    This book was AMAZING! The characters were easy to relate to and you felt for them. The action was intense and exciting. The twists and turns this book makes you go through is unique and unpredictable. This book has everything action, romance, heartache and suspense. This is A MUST READ!

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

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    Reviewed by Fiona I. for Readers Favorite Golden girl Heven Mon

    Reviewed by Fiona I. for Readers Favorite

    Golden girl Heven Montgomery had it all: the looks, the body, the talent, the popularity and the good grades, and she is (of course) a cheerleader. Life is perfect until one day something dreadful happens. Heven is attacked by some horrific creature while walking home from the library and she ends up terribly disfigured. Her life goes from hero to zero in one foul swoop. She can’t even remember what really happened. She hides away from the world, dresses in unattractive clothing, and is left with only one true friend, Kimber. Then gorgeous hunk Sam Kavanagh arrives at her school and things change. Although Heven is sure Sam must be put off by her appearance, he is not. Only Sam sees Heven’s inner beauty, which is still part of her. However, Sam also has terrible secrets; he is not who Heven thinks he is. And he is consumed by guilt about it.

    This is a different kind of YA love story, involving the paranormal. It also reverses the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ theme in an interesting way. Just as Beauty discovered the Beast’s inner worth, so does Sam see Heven for who she really is. Heven also rediscovers her sense of self worth. Told from multiple points of view, the story unfolds to reveal an astonishing array of twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing until the very last page.

    Author Cambria Hebert has done well with this first novel, getting into the YA thought patterns and expressions, really conveying the emotional highs and lows of the YA experience. Love, the first fluttering feelings, the angst, and ecstasy, and the intensity of each moment are all well described. Emotion, drama, action, horror, and character development make this a YA novel that stands apart from the rest. I found some coincidences a little too convenient and editing issues were distracting, but the story is compelling. YA and paranormal fans will love this book, especially since the ending leads the reader into the next story.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    This book was gifted to me and I loved it! When I decided to re

    This book was gifted to me and I loved it!

    When I decided to read and review Masquerade I never even thought to read the description so I did not know what I was getting myself into. This made for a bit of suspense as far as not knowing what kind of supernatural creatures might be lurking in the dark. Although it takes almost three quarters of the book to really know what creatures might show face in this series they are written with a creative twist on some old mythologies.

    For me, sometimes the characters in YA books can be a little too “annoying” in an immature bubbly kind of way. There were some elements of the whiny teenage drama queen but it does work for the characters in this book. The main character Heven not only grows on you as the reader but she grows into herself. Heven faces her fears both real and imagined but you will need to read Masquerade to find out how for yourself.

    This is a true YA romance with just enough heat to keep us adult readers looking for more. Cambria is able to really bring back the rush and excitement of a new crush or a new boyfriend. And in this book the main young man has just the right amount of bad boy that every girl truly desires, but does he have enough of a good heart and good intentions? Again, you will need to read this one to find out.

    This book is written from multiple points of view. At times I found the sub characters pov’s a little confusing and needed to reread them to clarify who was speaking. In the end they all came together to make fantastic sense. Although I do still have my theories about whom one of them might be.

    As a female I loved reading the perspective of the main male character Sam. He really draws you into his world. Cambria had a skilled hand in knowing when to change pov. There was just enough overlap to give a rounded sense of what was happening without unnecessary filler of just repeating the same scene.

    This ebook is worth well more than what it is currently listed at. Just when you thought the book could be over it just kept giving. There are some twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.

    I would give this book as an adult reader 4.5 stars but if I was a teen I would probably give it 5. I truly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I have the prequel short story Before waiting on my kindle now.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    Masquerade by Cambria Hebert ¿¿¿¿¿ Heven had everything before

    Masquerade by Cambria Hebert
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    Heven had everything before she was attacked and her face was disfigured. She was popular and a cheerleader and always stood out. After she was attacked, everything changed; she had become a freak with only one friend, Kimber, and now, when she was noticed, it was because of her face. If that wasn’t bad enough, what made it worse was the fact that she didn’t remember the night her life changed.

    Heven hid until she met Sam, who thought she was beautiful even with the disfiguration. Sam seemed perfect, but he had demons of his own, and some of them were still after Heven.


    The premise of this story really interested me. I had heard some great things about this book and, as far as the story line goes, it was very good. The story kept me interested and I really wanted to see where it went. I really enjoyed the story line. I also generally like seeing different points of views. I think it would have been better if the book only used Heven’s and Sam’s point of view, though. The Hope and Hate stuff just added confusion and I didn’t care for it. I think the book would have been stronger without those parts.

    The author did a great job with creating an interesting world but I did have an issue with the writing. I’m not terribly picky when it comes to typos and errors, but there were too many in this book. If the book was well-edited, it could easily be a four- to five-star book; there were just too many editing issues for me to ignore in my review. It made some parts confusing and I had to re-read some parts multiple times.

    In all, it was a good story and I really enjoyed the world. With work, it could be a much stronger story.


    I received this book from the author for the Masquerade read along and for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Awesome!

    I am addicted to this series! They are sooo good.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

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    A must read!

    Masquerade is the story of Heven. Heven had the perfect life; she was pretty and popular, and everything was going her way. Then something happens, and her world is shattered. The Heven who once was is gone and what is left is a scared girl who is hiding from the world. She sees herself as a freak and lives an empty life. Then Sam appears. Sam comes into Heven’s life and changes everything for her. He makes her see that everything she thought was important is not. What Heven does not know is that Sam has been there all along, even Before. He has deep, dark secrets, the least of which is that he has been in love with Heven for a very long time. I loved the characters in this story. They were very well written; you could not help but falling in love with them. It’s so easy to feel that you know them, and you hate to watch them go through their struggles, only being able to hope it will work out for them in the end. I loved having the different points of view throughout the book. Seeing the story through both Heven’s and Sam’s eyes brought completely different perspectives to the story. This story was well developed and easy to read. There were twists and turns to keep you want to keep reading and guessing. In fact, once I picked it up I did not want to stop reading! The world the author created in this book was fascinating, and I was left wanting more. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

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