Synopsis (courtesy of Goodreads):
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.
To be perfectly honest, I did not know what to expect when I ordered my copy of Masquerade. When I first picked it up, I half expected it to have something to do with vampires and demons. After all, they were huge at one point, weren’t they? But that’s not what Masquerade was about at all.
Masquerade is about a couple named Sam and Heven, and all of the things that they have to endure to be together. Heven’s mom is, for lack of a better term, a religious nut, and thinks that her scars are a mark of Satan. Her mother even goes so far as to telling her that! This causes a big rift in their relationship, and Heven eventually goes off and lives with her grandmother. Oh, and let’s not forget that her mother dislikes Sam (surprise, surprise).
Sam is a complicated soul. He is a shape shifter (sort of), but I will not tell you what kind because I don’t want to give too much away. Just know that he was kicked out of his own family because of what he is. One day, he stumbled upon Heven, and is infatuated with her. He stalks her, and follows her until one day he finally meets her and they well…you’ll have to read the book find out the rest.
Long story short, I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed this book. Aside from some grammar and spelling hiccups (what book doesn’t have them?), this was a VERY enjoyable book. If you love shape shifters, hot guys, and love triangles and jealous best friends, then this is the book for you!