Washington D. I have the feeling there will be a lot of intrigue. Speaking of girls, I find it interesting that it seems open to only girls. Why is it only open to girls? And is there something similar for guys? I really wish we knew more about why vampires are the ones who secretly control the government, and why this contest is only open to female half of the population. Maybe in the next one, but who knows? This is not an action-packed book at all, and the entire book takes place over the course of a few hours.
The Homecoming Masquerade is pretty much a set-up for the rest of the series. The book moves really slow, and it makes me wonder if the following books are going to be just as slow. Hopefully, the back story stuff is out of the way, which might help with pacing. At the same time, it moved really slow, and takes place over the course of several hours. The Homecoming Masquerade gets 3 stars. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. It was good enough to keep me interested but the writing was pretty simple i. The characters were interesting enough but that's about as far as it goes. Jun 05, Lindley Walter-smith rated it really liked it. It's a much more conventional story than Demon Queen, firmly part of the "adolescents battle a society of evil vampires" YA genre, but fun for all that.
The world building, again, is really good, and the central idea is an enticing one, with the elite girls competing to become a vampire, backed by their rich and influential families - and the loser getting eaten. While the plot "The Demon Queen and the Locksmith", also by Baum, is one of my favourite books, so I was really pleased to find this.
While the plot revolves around an attempt to win the dance by a girl working against vampires, what fascinates me is the whole idea, and the stakes for the girls who enter with less chance of winning. The dance plot revolves around the politicking involved in getting new girl Nicky in with a chance of winning against the school queen bee. This is well handled and fun, and the writing is smooth and effective. What is even better, though, is the background, the world building, and the glimpses we get of vampire life, of the people who live with the vampires, and the rebels against them.
This points to the one major problem with this book, which other have noted: the structure. Starting a book too early is a common flaw in writing, but this book does the opposite, and starts far too late. Baum obviously has decided that the homecoming dance, as the central event of the book, should come first. As a result, far too much of the book is told in flashbacks. It's hard to care about Jill and Nicki and their mission for a good first half of the book, because the stories we need in order to care about them aren't shared yet, nor is the world building.
We're not given any reason to care if Nicky wins the competition and kills the vampires or not except a vague "they are bad, they eat people" until far too late, or to care about Nicky's little romance or Annika. It makes the first half of the book move too slowly and be too hard to invest in. It's only in the second half that events and characters really start to draw you in, and which earned the fourth star - the first half was really only a three star read.
One other minor quibble - the self-editing of this book is professional in results, with one glaring example. The author uses "discrete" every time he means "discreet". And, unfortunately, it's one of his favourite words, so the clunker happens over and over. I really hope he gets a beta reader that knows the difference for book two! And I will read book two when it becomes available. Because the second half was so much better than the first, and because I was left really wanting to know what happens - especially to Annika and her secret love.
It's flawed, but I devoured the second half really fast, and I am looking forward to more. Jan 04, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: january. I believe this series has potential but there's some things wrong. Like how slow the dang book was!
It just dragged and dragged! The Homecoming Masquerade felt like it was one long backstory. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the book but it felt like nothing actually happened. It was a lot of what happened in the past for the important characters which it is important to get to know some of this stuff but it would have been nice to receive it gradually and perhaps in a different way then all at I believe this series has potential but there's some things wrong.
It was a lot of what happened in the past for the important characters which it is important to get to know some of this stuff but it would have been nice to receive it gradually and perhaps in a different way then all at once with barely any time actually spent in the present. I am looking forward to reading the next book to see where the author take it next. There can't be too much backstory to tell Jill: rich girl with parents that pay her no attention, computer hacker and Network agent, knows almost everything about everyone in the school Kim: rich, snobby girl with father who would do anything for her, thinks winning the coronation and becoming an immortal is her birth right but really her father has just been getting rid of her competition by buying them out or blackmailing them.
Ryan: Nicky's crush, Jill had a thing for him back in the day, Kin has dirt on him, not much depth to this one at all.. Immortals: they were all the same basically. The one we spent the most time with was Melissa Mayhew. She was I need a villain that I love and completely hate and Melissa is just blah. The rest of the immortals we didn't see much off but were all pretty blah from what I've seen. So basically all the characters are kinda of blah to me and I'm hoping in the next back we see more depth in them. Yeah we get to see a lot of their history in this book but I still don't really see what Nicky's personality is really like same with Jill and the rest of them.
Except Kim of course which I think the author went a little overboard with the snobby, spoiled, rich girl bit, yeah I know that's who she is but she still needs some depth just like any other character.
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All in all I do want to read the next book to see where the author goes next but if the characters don't develop like I'm hoping they will I will be done with the series I really don't think I'll waste my money. Mar 16, Ashley rated it did not like it Shelves: gave-up. Aug 11, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: romance , young-adult , paranormal-all , vampires.
I have never read anything by this author before and even though this may not have really made a great impression on me, I am willing to try the next book in this series. I was not thrilled with the characters who were flat and did not really make me like or dislike them.
I really was interested in the story based on the blurb but the execution was less than I would have liked to have seen. The majority of the story is spent inside a mansion with the mains looking back at what brought them there I have never read anything by this author before and even though this may not have really made a great impression on me, I am willing to try the next book in this series.
The majority of the story is spent inside a mansion with the mains looking back at what brought them there. The vampires here are not even remotely cuddly, and there is no type of romance between them and humans, these are soulless creatures. Jill Wentworth has attended Thorndike Academy since her freshman year and knows a great deal about all of her classmates, both public and private. She also knows a great deal about the immortals who are in power in Washington and which families have the closest ties with them.
It's senior year and her class has only three candidates for coronation because it was planned that way by one family who feels they are more deserving. Kim Renwick and her family have made it their mission to have as little competition as possible at Homecoming. She is surprised when another girl arrives unexpectedly in black throwing herself into the mix.
The race to become the next immortal has begun and Nicky Bloom, the new girl, is determined to win. There was no real action, a lot of talk, a lot of flashbacks and very little else. This was nothing more than an introduction to the characters and what the coronation is about, or so I hope. Read this knowing not to expect much more than kids talking about power and money with a brief appearance by the vampires near the end.
Enjoy the history of this world as much as is given. Jun 07, Angela Delgado rated it liked it. I was going to give this 2 stars, but added the extra one because it was such a relief to find a vampire book where there is no 'romance' between human and vampire. It was a case where the story was fun to read, but a day or two after finishing, you look back and ask "So what was really accomplished? Most of the book is told in flashback, which can be a useful tool when used sparingly but really kind of grates after a while.
It's as if the author knows that nothin I was going to give this 2 stars, but added the extra one because it was such a relief to find a vampire book where there is no 'romance' between human and vampire. Every year, one girl from the graduating class of seniors no explanation as to why no boys are eligible is turned into a vampire at the end of the year.
There's a whole lot of talk about the corruption among the millionaires who send their children to the vampire school: bribes, blackmail, framings, even murder. There's a gorgeous diva whose parents have sewn up the selection since she was born - Kim is nasty, completely self-centered, well-schooled in treachery one flashback shows her framing her kindergarten teacher for sexual abuse and not above sending her followers out to make mischief for any rivals. There's an ugly duckling, a new transfer to the school who's been deliberately hiding both her personality and her attractiveness so as to make the biggest splash possible when she challenges Kim.
There's a lot of action thrown into the last quarter of the book, and for once the villain has a good reason for her actions well, an understandable one at least but the whole thing taken together is full of stereotypical, flat characters and is kind of a mess. Nov 23, Dawn rated it liked it Shelves: kindle-book , kindle-freebies , read-in , book-cover-bingo.
Immortals, also called vampires, are in all of the top government positions throughout the world. For the wealthiest families in the world, immortality is something that they all wish to achieve. The students at Thorndike Academy are the children of the richest in the world. The Homecoming Masquerade is the event that all of the students look forward to their entire lives. It's here at the ball that girls enter into a competition where the winner becomes the next immortal in DC and the loser her Immortals, also called vampires, are in all of the top government positions throughout the world.
It's here at the ball that girls enter into a competition where the winner becomes the next immortal in DC and the loser her first meal. When new girl Nicky Bloom, shows up at the ball wearing a black gown, it's a signal to the entire student body that she's entering the competition. What follows is an adventure to uncover secrets and garner support for Nicky and her cause.
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True it was fast paced enough to keep me reading and left me hanging at the end, but I'll admit that I was lost at times. A lot of this book felt like it was building the characters' backstories. The events at the dance had the backstories interspersed through it. As a reader, I instantly liked the characters of Jill, Ryan, and Nicky, but didn't care for the rest of the cast of characters. Still it was free on Kindle and it fit the mask category for Book Cover Bingo.
In fact, I've already finished reading the second book and am reading the third. Simply because I'm invested into these characters. It's definitely not my favorite by any means. May 05, Shadowstorm Norwicca rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , paranormal.
I thought this book was interesting, but at times it seemed dry. I was really into certain parts of the book and then the book seem to drag on with no end in sight on other parts. The book was like a long prologue at times instead of a full story. Even though the story became dry after a while it did have some very interesting moments. The past was always brought up, but became a dry side story instead of exciting me about the rest of the story.
The majority of the story was based around gossipi I thought this book was interesting, but at times it seemed dry. The majority of the story was based around gossiping and networking at a dance. I understand this is book 1, but it was very dry for me. There were times I thought this book was more of a paranormal suspense more so than a YA book.
The filthy rich are working for the immortals Vampires and every year at the coronation ball for the high school for the children of the filthy rich. One senior of a wealthy family becomes an immortal and the loser of the contest becomes there meal. In the mist of all this a group wants to stop the immortals they are called the network. The book isn't a bad book at all, but it was dry most of time.
I just think there was something missing and maybe I will find it in book two. So I give it 3 out 5 stars. Dec 25, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: on-my-kindle. This book is a dark allegory of what American politics has become. The vampires are like the wealthy politicians and the wealthy humans are sheep. The human slave farms are comparative to what middle and lower class people deal with on a daily basis; Brainwashed to serve a government that doesn't care about them and will drain them dry when they've stopped being useful.
I don't know if the author intentionally made this book seem this way, but that is what I got out of it. I have read a few book This book is a dark allegory of what American politics has become. I have read a few books lately burying political unrest and unhappiness with what the world has become in a well written paranormal or sci-fi novel. I think that's another reason books like Hunger Games and Warm Bodies have become wildly popular.
Average people don't usually want to read straight propaganda anymore, so hiding that propaganda in an interesting work of fiction is rather ingenious.
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Mar 16, Lone Wolf rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was not the best book but it was ok. I mean like there's just not enough drama for me in the book. I like paranormal stories but this is something I really don't want to read again. I mean really this book is about two girls, Jill and Nicky who work with a group, called the Network who try to kill vampires and stop them from controlling the world.
The girls work undercover at Thorndike Academy getting close to the vampires and Nicky has to wear black in order to enter a competition wit This book was not the best book but it was ok. The girls work undercover at Thorndike Academy getting close to the vampires and Nicky has to wear black in order to enter a competition with other girls to rise enough money and then at the end of the year get turned into an immortal.
Nicky has to get people to back her but plans go wrong when Kim Renwick's family has things everyone's parents with blackmail except Nicky who by the way has a fake rich life just so she could be in the school Mar 09, Julie rated it it was amazing. Started this new series, found it when I was just looking for free books! This series is pretty awesome. I am caught up in the story. Well written. It is about vampires that are in the world and have pretty much taken over DC. There is a faction that are modern day vampire hunters, because of all the technology. The main characters are high school girls.
One her name is Nicky Bloom if a plant inside the school for rich kids and Jill who is a computer programming geek! Th Started this new series, found it when I was just looking for free books! These girls belong to the Network modern day vampire hunters. It has a lot of action, teenage love, and stuff that will keep you guessing and hoping that the network wins, because the vamps are bad news!
View 1 comment. I tend to stray from anything vampire related, because I tend to dislike them. However, the blurbs from various sites that I read for this had me hoping that this one was different. Clearly I was fooled. I spent the majority of the time skimming through the chapters because this entire book is filled with backstory.
Practically every chapter had a new, unnecessarily long backstory for one of the characters, most of which were actually minor characters. I can't even properly express in words how b I tend to stray from anything vampire related, because I tend to dislike them. I can't even properly express in words how bad this book is. But even then, it's less about the vampires, and all about the girls being catty bitches and how everyone is rich and has money to flaunt around.
Seriously, just don't waste your time. Feb 08, Amelia rated it liked it Shelves: childrens-and-young-adult , i-read-for-free , cover-loathe. A solid three stars, The Homecoming Masquerade is not for those of you seeking a rapid action packed ride; its present day events take place over just one night, but include a lot of back story. This isn't necessarily an issue as it sets the scene rather well and provides you with the information you need to imagine how the story might develop in sequel s.
I often find such books irritating as they can tend to overshare or unnecessarily draw out a series but in this case the premise is intrigu A solid three stars, The Homecoming Masquerade is not for those of you seeking a rapid action packed ride; its present day events take place over just one night, but include a lot of back story. I often find such books irritating as they can tend to overshare or unnecessarily draw out a series but in this case the premise is intriguing enough to keep you interested.
Jan 20, Vanessa Wester rated it liked it. I got this as a freebie and so don't want to be too negative, however there was a lot of backstory included throughout the plot which took you out of the novel. If the book had focused more on the events and gradually eased in the background I would have enjoyed it more. Even so, Promising, but did not quite hit the mark. Oct 15, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , young-adult , vampires.
Jill and Nicky are a little over their heads in dealing with a coven of vampires. At the high school prom dance is anything but usual especially having to compete to become immortal. There is just one problem with that, the loser gets eaten. This book was a unique and interesting take on vampires and had me captivated from the beginning.
I also fell in love with the characters, especially Nicky. I can't wait to read the second installment of this book. Note: I received this book free from amazon Jill and Nicky are a little over their heads in dealing with a coven of vampires. Note: I received this book free from amazon, all opinions are honest and my own. View all 3 comments.
Aug 16, Samantha Clysdale rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book. I love the storyline high schools students competing to win to become a vampire. There can only be one. I found this story idea very original.