Welcome to week one of the Masquerade Read Along!
This is the first time I am reading Masquerade so it is all new to me, and I am loving it so far! Thanks so much to the lovely Cambria Hebert for providing a Kindle copy of this book for review. Visit her here -> http://cambriahebert.com/
The story so far: (chapters 1 - 8)
Heven used to have it all. She was popular, she was a cheerleader, she was always dressed fashionably, but all that changed one night as she was walking home from school.
Attacked by an unknown entity, Heven has been left with three scars down her left cheek, and a certain amount of nerve damage too. She’s lost her self-confidence, she’s given up cheerleading, and she spends most of her time trying to hide behind her hair.
The only thing that hasn’t changed is her friendship with her best friend Kimber. Kimber has stuck by her, and Heven is grateful for that, but now Kimber is making a mistake and Heven isn’t sure what to do about it.
Kimber and her boyfriend Cole have been together but arguing for as long as Heven can remember, but they always make up. Now Cole has been caught kissing another girl, and Kimber is really mad. Even though Cole claims he was kissing the other girl for a bet to raise money for a birthday present for Kimber, she is determined to get revenge.
Sam is new at the school, and lots of the girls are interested in the gorgeous new guy. Heven is attracted to him, but would never act on this attraction because of her issues with her scars. Kimber doesn’t have those kind of worries though, and begins to date Sam just to make Cole jealous, and boy is it working!
The other thing worrying Heven is that she constantly feels like she is being watched. She’s always looking for something in the shadows (the thing that attacked her?), and it isn’t helping her to move on.
Thankfully Kimber realises the mistake she is making with Cole, and gets back together with him, which leaves Sam free for Heven to get to know. For some reason she feels safe with him, a feeling that she craves, and she’s more than relieved that Sam is with her when she is harassed by two men in the street. Occasionally though she catches a glimpse of a different Sam, a Sam that scares her, and she has no idea where this comes from.
The question is, who or what is stalking Heven? And what is Sam hiding?
Week 1/ Chapters 1-8 Discussion Questions
(Find them here http://fivealarmbookreviews.com/2012/03/13/masquerade-read-along-april-1-28-2012-details-link-up-and-first-weeks-questions/comment-page-1/#comment-5140)
1. If you were disfigured like Heven (by some sort of accident) do you think you would have reacted the same way as her? (loss of self-confidence, hiding yourself, etc)
A: Probably to begin with. To be honest though, I always found when I was at school, that if you have a couple of friends who will stick by you, you don’t have to feel miserable all the time. I think in Heven’s situation I would be less bothered about the scars and more bothered by the nerve damage. I also think that if she just wore her hair up so that people could see the scars, they would eventually get used to them and stop staring.
2. Do you think that Kimber’s plan for revenge against Cole (for kissing another girl) is a good idea?
A: I can see where Kimber’s plan came from. It can’t be nice to find your boyfriend kissing someone else. As awful as the plan was (she could have really hurt Sam and ruined her relationship with Cole), I understand that she wanted to teach Cole a lesson so that he wouldn’t cheat on her again. At least by having a plan she was sticking up for herself and not allowing Cole to walk all over her.
3. In the beginning chapters, Heven is very drawn to Sam but won’t admit it due to her own insecurities. Kimber begins to “date” Sam… do you think that Heven should have spoken up? Do think Kimber should have seen Heven’s real feelings?
A: I think it would have been difficult for Kimber to see Heven’s true feelings when she has become so good at hiding everything. I also think that Kimber dating Sam gave him a way to get close to Heven which would have been difficult otherwise, so I suppose both Kimber and Sam were using one another.
4. Masquerade is broken in four separate POV’s: Heven, Sam, The Hate and The Hope. Do you think having multiple POV’s adds depth to the story? Why or why not?
A: So far we have only heard from Heven, the hate, and the hope. I’m really curious to work out what ‘the hate’ and ‘the hope’ are, and I like the different points of view. I often think that a story is more in-depth when it’s told from multiple points of view, and in some cases it has to be this way if events are happening parallel to the main storyline and are outside of the main characters knowledge.
5. A great source of strength for Heven is her grandmother. Who do you think yours is/would be?
A: Haven’t heard a lot from Grandma so far, but I understand why Heven goes there for a break. I think she feels like her old self again around the horses. I would have to say that my boyfriend is my main source of strength. He can always make me feel better, and supports me no matter what.
On to the next 8 chapters!