Melissa really captures the essence of what it is like to be not only a woman, but a young lady in modern times. More so than in Blue Bloods. Through the condescending, jealous and competitive nature of some characters- I myself am thankful I do not have to deal with such woman, but am also reminded of the characters I loved.
Mimi for instance is a character that I can guarantee every young woman and adult can vouch for coming into contract with. Which I believe makes the female cast of characters more realistic and emotionally provoking. Though to me Mimi is a character I do enjoy reading about, because she is real and where some authors like to sugar coat the truth about the reality of teenage social structures, Melissa doesn't hold back.
I did have my issues, again, with the fashion and food in the novel. I am not a fan of fashion, and I don't pretend to be either so when reading about expensive couture and long listed gourmet food menus I get a little intimidated and feel out of the loop and to be honest- stupid. This has always been one of my hang-ups with the series so far.
The relationship with Mimi and Jack is a strange one that often has me questioning to myself if it is morally wrong or right in my mind. I was glad that within Masquerade Melissa delved a lot more into the intimate past of the Force twins and it changed my opinion of their relationship drastically.
I found it a little strange that the sub-plot of the secret masquerade after party was going to be disguised by wearing masks, when it was obvious and even stated that the girls were wearing their ball gowns and everyone would have know each other.
Masquerade kicked of, much like Blue Bloods, around the 200 page mark, but once it passed that I had an urgency to read on. The intensity within the last few chapters was astounding and I found myself yearning to begin the third novel of the series: Revelations.
I always find it hard to review series books, but I did enjoy the story progression in Masquerade and it made me hunger reading more than I have in the past few weeks. It is a definite read if you have a thirst for mystical, romantic fantasy books with an edge.