Masquerade (Blue Bloods Series #2)

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michele DeCamp
With the Children's bestseller lists frequently featuring series like "Clique" and Stephanie Myers' popular "Twilight" novels, readers will most likely be intrigued by De La Cruz's series "Blue Bloods," which combines the fashion conscious teens of "Clique" with the vampires that populate Myers' series. However, what differentiates De La Cruz's novel from just anther piece of chic lit is its ability to combine theology, gothic tradition, and history into a narrative that hooks readers with its plausible explanations about how vampires have managed to infiltrate and practically run human society. Masquerade, the second novel in the "Blue Bloods" series, focuses on the experiences of Blue Bloods, a group of elite immortal vampires who were once angels in heaven but fell with Lucifer when he was overthrown. Having repented for their crimes against God, these vampires try to enrich human society while feeding off a select group of human familiars whom they treat as lovers rather than as food. While the Blue Bloods are some of the wealthiest and most influential families in the world, they fear Silver Bloods, vampires who did not repent and continue to do Lucifer's work. Readers experience the vampire life from three different perspectives: Schuyler Van Alen, Mimi Force, and Bliss Llewellyn; all three are beautiful teenage Blue Bloods with illustrious backgrounds, lots of relationship drama, and parts to play in the future battle between their kind and the Silver Bloods. Readers who start the series with this second novel will find some summaries of Blue Blood history and the first novel's events, but De La Cruz does not recount everything and some aspects of Blue Blood life willrequire guesswork if one is not familiar with the first story. This novel is also not the end of the saga; the girls' lives are still hanging in the balance as the novel concludes, but the adventures that take place among the three protagonists, in-between shopping trips and clandestine kisses, will sweep readers up and also offer explanations about major historical events including what really happened to the Lost Colony and what the aristocracy is really up to in their mansions.
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
The young, rich, and undead students of the Duchesne School return in this sequel to Blue Bloods (Hyperion, 2006/VOYA April 2006). Fearing the return of the ancient race of vampire killers called Silver Bloods; anticipating the wonders of the Four Hundred Ball, where they will be presented to the Blue Bloods community; and mourning the loss of loved ones, Schuyler, Bliss, Mimi, and the others face peril all around them. Schuyler discovers the depth of her powers on a trip to Venice, searching for her long-lost grandfather. Bliss experiences strange and disturbing blackouts, and Mimi suffers the most frightening fate of all. More serious in tone than de la Cruz's previous vampire novel, this sequel continues developing her modern mythology, tying the characters to Lucifer, Michael, and other former angels of heaven. The tongue-in-cheek tone of the first book prevented the story from being too over-the-top, and this novel suffers a bit because of its gravity. De la Cruz intersperses newspaper articles and psychiatric reports about a young woman who disappeared in the 1870s under mysterious circumstances. These archival anecdotes further tie the present to the past, although a bit awkwardly. Still fans of the first book and the author's other works will not be disappointed. The continued fusion of the New York City kingdom of the super-rich with the creepiness of the vampire world is sure to please teen readers, and a late surprise will make them eager for the next installment.
Kirkus Reviews
Sexy vampires in Coco Chanel glam up Manhattan in the continuing web of intrigue. These wealthy teens and parents are Blue Bloods, immortal vampires who've been reincarnated continually since the fall of Lucifer. Accustomed to running society in the guise of upper-crust humans, Blue Bloods now fear Silver Bloods, who have returned to threaten soul-sucking corruption and murder. Themes range from good vs. evil, to skinny models and haute couture, to eternal bonds of love and dizzying teenage lust (conflated with the urge to suck blood, natch, which is necessary for survival). Which powerful Blue Blood family is harboring a Silver Blood? Who's corrupt, and who's lying? Several unknown motivations are reserved for the next installment, and de la Cruz sometimes strains the plot, leaning soapwards near the end; but overall, a tasty and alluring sequel for the vampire-sex-and-fashion set. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615543847
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Series: Blue Bloods Series , #2
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the novel Cat's Meow and the co-author of How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less. Her work has been translated into several languages. She writes regularly for Marie Claire, Gotham, Hamptons, and Lifetime magazines and has contributed to the New York Times, Glamour, Allure, and McSweeney's. She recently moved from New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She has never dared use her cell phone on the Hampton Jitney. This is not her dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Masquerade

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    great read

    wow- i have been reading this series from the beginning and can't wait to read the next one.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Great Vampire book

    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. :)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

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    Bliss, the Blue Blood who moved from Houston with her Senator fa

    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.     

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    Being pulled in...

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    So Much Better Than The Twilight Saga!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Masquerade

    (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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    GOOD!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Need More!

    ...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 ate.it.all.up. I couldn't get enough of this book and while I like Jack a little more...do 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 http://thebookscoop.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Teen Vamps with Bite!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    love it

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Even better then the first

    I read this book in two days. Two school days this is. I found this book to be verry entertaing. The story was intersting and the characters oh i love oliver he is the best. Definatly read it is a must.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    this book is a recommended book. i absolutly could not put the book down. it was a mysterty but a very good one. it brings you in when you first pick it up

    it brings you in on the first page.
    first book.
    and it leaves you wanting more.
    its a good book to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    awesome

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    Everything you could wish for at a masquerade...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

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    Pretty Freakin-sweet...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    VERY GREAT BOOK!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    Spectacular!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    it was AMAZING

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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