Masquerade by Cambria Hebert
ebook, 392 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Otherworld Publications
Age Group: YA
Series: Heven and hell #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge
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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.
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.
I really loved this book! Masquerade is told in a few different POVs. It has the normal split POV between the main girl and the main guy. I love this style, and what I really liked about it were the proportions. Heven had a little more than double the amount of chapters as Sam did. It worked out really well. But in addition to these two know POVs, there were also some sporadic mysterious POVs. These were such an awesome addition! I kept trying to figure out who they were. I didn’t even know if they were characters that we had already met in the story or not. I like that you are kept in the dark about their identities but it doesn’t leave you totally confused for the story. I am just super impressed with Cambria and her writing style. Everything worked so well.
Heven is smart, nice, popular and pretty and then something awful happens to her. I felt so bad for her because she is such a good person. And then as I was reading the story, instead of feeling bad for her, I just started feeling very proud of her. And then her mom would open her mouth and I started getting so defensive of Heven. I got pretty attached to Heven. 🙂 I honestly just wanted to punch her mom and give Heven a hug.
The other characters are all well developed too and they all evoked emotions in me. I love Sam, I really like Cole, I hate Heven’s mom, and Kimber leaves me a little indifferent. On one hand, I think she is a good friend but there is just something about her. Her jealousy bugs me. But I like that there is a pretty large cast of characters that play a significant role in the story.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away because experiencing the story for the first time was awesome for me. I think that if I had read a lot of spoilers about Masquerade, some of the excitment and appeal of it would have been lost for me while reading it. It is just one of those books that you have to experience for yourself to get the full effect of it. I am so excited to start Charade right now, that I don’t even want to finish writing my review. I just want to pick up Charade and start reading. This is a great book for fans of the paranormal. I can’t wait to read the rest of Cambria’s books!
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