It’s been around two years since I read Blue Bloods so I was a little worried about taking up this series again at book two, but I found it was easy to get back into the series. Everything important is explained clearly in Masquerade so if you’ve forgotten some of the details from the first book it doesn’t matter – in fact, you could probably just dive straight in at book two.
If you’re staying away from this series because you think it’s ‘just another vampire series’, then you’re wrong. The ‘Blue Bloods‘ in this series are an elite race of vampires whose lives are ‘recycled’ so to speak. This means that when Blue Blood teens turn 16, the memories from their past lives start to resurface and they remember who they used to be which helps them figure out who to become.
There are characters such a Lucifer, Michael, Gabrielle, the angel of Death etc. who are all immortal but live their lives in different ‘cycles’. It’s sort of like hibernating every time you get bored of your current cycle or something happens to your body and then waking up in a new body many years later and carrying on with life.
If you’re wondering what sort of vampires these are, think Gossip Girl and add fangs. Blue Bloods are the social elite of New York City with the most cash to splash and the parties with the most sought after tickets. The children attend the best, and most expensive, private school where girls crave designer labels and the likes.
I love the narrative style of this series. These books are written from a third person perspective but you still get to see right inside each and every character with different passages written from each character’s point of view. In this way, we’re stuck right in the middle of story but still dangling a few feet away so that we can see the bigger picture.
I did feel that the characters were a little disconnected from each other in this book and there wasn’t that much interaction between many of them. The most prominent relationship is that between Oliver and Schuyler and whilst you do get a look at those between Jack and both Mimi and Schuyler, they aren’t very prominent. I was a little disappointed by this, but I imagine these will be developed in the subsequent books.
In Masquerade, we see Oliver and Schuyler’s relationship take a new level. They’re best friends, but now that Schuyler’s Blue Blood ancestry has been revealed and Oliver has been made her ‘familiar’, things are about to get messy.
We also see Mimi and Jack’s relationship develop as their past memories surface and they see who they used to be to each other – much messier (and weirder) than Oliver and Schuyler’s relationship given that they are twin brother and sister. We also see a little bit more of Jack and Schuyler, but not as much as I would’ve liked and to be honest I have absolutely no idea where their relationship is headed.
Bliss was quite solitary character in Masquerade and she isn’t featured that much even though she was integral to this book’s storyline Bliss is going through some pretty big stuff with creepy dreams that feel a bit too real, not to mention there’s a new hottie on the scene whilst she’s trying to grieve for Dylan.
I still find the family relationships in this novel absolutely bizarre. In fact, with the whole ‘recycling’ of the Blue Blood lives it’s a little bit incestuous but I’m intrigued to see how this all plays out later.
Since we were officially introduced to everyone in book one, book two could really get going with the issue of the rise of the Silver Bloods. The Silver Bloods are a race of vampires that feed off Blue Bloods instead of humans, sucking their entire life force out so they are unable to ‘recycle’ themselves and so are dead forever.
There were some glimpses of Silver Bloods in the first book, but the story behind them develops a lot more in Masquerade and you get a bit closer to finding out exactly who the Silver Bloods are, what they want, and why they’re back. You don’t get that much detail about them, but enough to make you want to read book three so I suppose that’s good enough.
There isn’t much romance in Masquerade, I think it’s much more about Schuyler’s quest to find her ‘exiled’ grandfather as she believes he is the key to unlocking the ‘Silver Blood’ mystery.
These books don’t have a very complicated plot line, which makes this series quick and easy to read, but it’s still fast paced and full of action. I’d highly recommend this to fans of paranormal books and maybe even fans of historical fiction because those two elements are drawn together.
As I said before, this is a sort of Gossip Girl world with vampires thrown in, so if that sounds like something you’d like then get started on this series! Although I would compare the story line to Gossip Girl, it is by no means a superficial tale, there is plenty of action and mystery as well.