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The Homecoming Masquerade (Girls Wearing Black: Book One) (English Edition) par [Baum, Spencer]
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In a posh suburb of the nation’s capital, at the most exclusive high school in the world, the vampires who secretly run the government have created a game for America’s daughters of privilege. Show up to Homecoming in a black dress and you’ve entered yourself in a contest where the winner becomes a vampire, and the loser becomes the winner’s first victim.

Only the wealthiest, most connected students can hope to win, so when new girl Nicky Bloom wears a black dress to Homecoming, everyone assumes she has a death wish. They don’t know that Nicky has her own agenda. As the dance continues into the night, they will find out that Nicky Bloom is far more than she seems.

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HASH(0x8bc6b18c) étoiles sur 5 One long background story 12 février 2012
Par redLYUBA - Publié sur
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If you're looking for an action packed book, look elsewhere. After reading the blurb I got a completely different thing from what I expected to get.

This book feels like one long background story, that goes on and on and on. The narrator's voice wasn't very engaging, I felt like I was reading a lecture about the past of every person we meet, well every IMPORTANT person we meet.

The characters were not very engaging either, because we were told so much about their past that there was no place for them to act and do something. Most of the book (and I do mean MOST) was spent talking all kinds of BS and networking at the Homecoming dance. I actually didn't feel disappointed when I got to the last page, my feelings were more along the lines of "that's it?" If a whole book covered about 3-4 hours, then I'm afraid to know how many books are going to be there to finally get to the actual Coronation ceremony... Let's see, if 1 book = one day, and they are in the fall, Coronation is in the spring, are we going to get over 90 books before we get to the end of the story? Because it sure seems that way based on the pacing of this book.

There were some things that made me raise my eyebrows while I was reading it. Like calling someone who is 6ft tall a behemoth... Um... for the record 6ft tall is not a behemoth, maybe in Japan it is, but not in USA. Also, one of the contestants entered the contest pretty much knowing she will die, because she was desperate for attention. I find it hard to believe that someone would take a most likely death all for attention. By definition these girls are already famous just because of their parents, media probably follows their every step. And it's not that hard to act obnoxious to get even more attention from the media. What other attention does she want that she is willing to die young? Not only that, but if EVERYONE already knows who's going to win, what's the point of entering to begin with? It's not like 2nd place gets any kind of reward anyways.

Then the book also rubbed me the wrong way because it pretty much said that EVERYONE in this world is corrupt... can you say depressing? The only way you're safe is if you're rich and powerful, which The Homecoming Masquerade made sure to remind me at least every other page. Many times I just wanted to scream "I got it, they are filthy rich, can we get to some action now?". Vampires control everything in the world, be afraid, be very afraid! I might be wrong, but at one point I believe it said that USA tribe was the largest, and other tribes were so small that they didn't even deserve to be called tribe (or whatever they are called). But they can be killed, so why haven't everyone got together and killed them?!

My final question is why are girls the only ones who can become immortal? Is there some kind of girls rule club thing going on? Sure those girls can bond with a man and turn him into vampire, but that doesn't explain why guys don't have an equivalent of this contest.

Overall, it wasn't a bad book. It held my attention, and I wanted to know what's going to happen next, but I don't think I will pick up the next installment. I believe this is the book for anyone who loves politics and intrigue, and lots of talking, but not a lot of action. If you're one of those people, then you will love this book. I, on the other hand, will move on to books that have characters that actually do stuff.
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HASH(0x8ba18810) étoiles sur 5 Worth the read 4 février 2012
Par Vicki Khouli - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Masquerade jumps right into the middle of the action, and really draws you in from the first page. I like the vampire genre in general, both romantic fiction and fantasy mystery adventure. After a few pages, I could tell that the book was well- written with an engaging storyline, pulling you into a human world run by vampires.

The story is told from the viewpoints of two main characters, Nicky (originally Celeste) and Jill. Both are master spies, for lack of a better world, infiltrating a top-notch school for wealthy human power-players. The human world is getting ready to fight back in a major way.

The entire book ( book one in a series, as usual - such an annoying trend!) takes place on the night of the Homecoming Masquerade Ball. The ball is a decades-long tradition that starts a competition to win the Coronation. The lucky girl who wins gets to become immortal, a vampire. The loser, in last place, gets to be the winner's first meal. The stakes are high.

Kim, the girl who appears to have it all locked up, suddenly has pretty strong competition from Nicky, the new girl in school. There is a lot of backstory - and the book ends with many questions unanswered. There are a couple of important boys, and the characters are well-drawn.

While reminiscent of the Vampire Academy series, there is still a very original storyline and vampire world. There don't appear to be any good guy vampires in this world, though.....they are all killers who kill with no compunction. I read it quickly and am anxious for he next installments.

Totally satisfied, especially since it was free for the Kindle. This is a collection that I wouldn't mind having in hardcover right beside my Vampie Academy series on the bookshelf.
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HASH(0x8bf10858) étoiles sur 5 Too much, and not enough 10 février 2013
Par A.K. or J.P. - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
When I read the description of this book, I though it sounded like a fun, quickly read (important when reading on lunchtimes) young adult style book. I had in my mind, something along the lines of the P.C. Cast books. I was very disappointed and couldn't wait for this book to end.

The premise of the story is good, and it started off good, then, for me, went downhill. This book covers about 6 hours in one night, with trips to the past to try and explain the characters backgrounds. The book flips between two main girls and being told from their point of view. Since this is the first book in a series, I am guessing the author wanted to spread the issues that the characters face to complete their goal/mission throughout the books, but there was too much left unexplained, and too much put into describing one night. I enjoy books that are well described, Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and he can go on for pages for one scene... this book didn't leave me feeling it was well described.

I do not intend to read anything further in this series, so I cannot comment on how this will progress. There are a couple of spots that have bad language, but for the most part, this is written for teenagers or young adults. The morals of most of the characters are questionable, and, at least for this book, there is not much of romance type parts. This book may be more enjoyable if you go straight through the whole series, and you like reading books with a lot of superficial people, with blackmailing and backstabbing.
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HASH(0x8bf104bc) étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and Original, But Somewhat Lacking 24 juin 2012
Par Ashley Prince - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Originally posted on my blog: The Bibliophile's Corner

This book jumps right in the middle of the action. I found this both good and bad. Good because I liked how we didn't have to sit through three or four chapters just getting to the masquerade. Bad because I think for this particular book, sitting through a couple of chapters to lead us into this world may have actually been helpful.

The synopsis versus the first couple of chapters really threw me off. Jill is the first character that we are introduced to and we get to know more about her in the beginning then we do Nicky. And right from the beginning, I really liked Jill. She was pretty accessible and I felt kind of bad for her. She is essentially a spy and a pawn in a bigger game.

Nicky comes in later as she makes a dramatic entrance with the rest of the girls in black. The girls in black are contestants in an old tradition where the winner becomes a vampire and the loser becomes the winner's first meal. Nicky, much like Jill, is part of an organization and a huge agenda. I really enjoyed getting to see Nicky's past as well and seeing how she had to grow up. It made me like her all the more for it.

While I enjoyed Jill and Nicky, there are only a couple of other characters that I like. Ryan, the golden boy outcast and Kim, the royal bitch and shoe-in for winning the contest. Ryan seems like a really sweet guy and I am hoping to see him make the right choice in book two. Kim, I love because she is the prime example of queen bee and I love when a character really embodies this. Also, part of me actually feels sorry for her. By the age of three, her father and mother already had her blackmailing and hurting people. I can't really blame her for turning out the way she did.

Aside from the characters, I found this world of vamps being in government pretty believable and original. I'm so thrilled that there is no human-vamp love as well. I also love the mention of Farms, for vamps to get their food from. These are how vamps should be. Beautiful, immortal, bored, and scary. My biggest problem with the vamps however is that we are only told about them, not really shown. There are only two scenes that stand out in my mind that showcase the vampiness. Everything else is just being told to me.

My downfall with this book was the pacing and the wordiness. The pace was pretty steady at the beginning, then it started to lull some, then it picked up again, and then it started to lull again. Also, there are a couple of scenes I skimmed the paragraphs trying to get to the dialogue and the point of the particular scene. As a side editing note, I completely think that had the author done a bit more editing, he could have cut down the not necessary parts and made book two (which is not out until later this year) as the second half of this book. But that is just my personal opinion.

Overall, this book is good. I found myself strangely pulled to it even when my writer side of me was wishing it would have been executed differently. The characters are fun to get to know, the setting and world building was interesting and pretty well put together. I do recommend this book as a fun, fast read. Especially if you like vamps and have a thing for masquerade balls.
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HASH(0x8bf10bdc) étoiles sur 5 looking forward to the next book! 10 février 2012
Par Brooke - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I found this book through a free kindle books website. Sometimes it's a quality gamble wih the books that are offered for free, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was happy to note that there were no grammar or typographical errors in the whole book (and I was on the look out for them because that's something that really bothers me in a published work as well as something that occurs frequently in the kindle freebies) .

The story grabbed my interest right from the beginning and by the end I cared about the characters and what was happening to them. The book ended on kind of a cliffhanger that has me torn between anticipation for the next book and irritation that this installment ended where it did.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, the writing style, and the characters and their complexity. I didn't give it 5 stars because their was a slight overuse of profanity. I don't mind profanity so much if it has a purpose, but I am not a fan of swearing just for the sake of swearing. If less swearing was used, this would have been a hands-down 5 star book. I would definitely read this author again and am looking forward to the next book in this series!
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