Original Publication Date: July 23rd 2014
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Young Adult
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It's the Carnevale of 1750 and Venice's ballrooms, theatres, palazzos and squares are filled with delicious gossip, devilish fun and dangerous games. In this glittering masked world, everyone has a secret...
Set in an age of decadence made famous by Casanova, Masquerade uncovers the secrets of seven teens, from the highest aristocrat to the lowest servant - their dreams, desires, loves, loyalties ... and betrayals.
All the world's a stage. Let the show begin.
Masquerade was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014, and I'm so glad to say that it lived up to my expectations. It made me homesick for Italy (even though I've never been), and made me miss speaking Italian so much to the point that I had to have a little sneaky cry to myself.
I really loved Orelia! I felt as though she was very mature and knew what she wanted and how to go about getting it.
Angelique was such a fun character! She lived a glamorous life and I definitely enjoyed her perspectives even though she could sometime be a little immature. However, I think that's just part of who she is - she isn't immature to a point so ridiculous that you get sick of her.
Veronica was also interesting to read about, and I loved learning her secret.
Bastian was very handsome, and again, such an enjoyable character! I'm sorry I'm not saying a lot about each of the characters, but there's not a lot I can say without giving away their secrets.
Marco was another interesting character, and I can't believe what his plan was all along.
I felt rather sorry for Claudia, she definitely didn't have the bestest luck. I also enjoyed Anna and Emilia, but felt as though their luck wasn't the best either.
The plot was super enjoyable, and all of the different perspectives worked very well together.
I absolutely adored the setting. Venice? In the 1750's? During the months of Carnevale? Yes, please!
I loved Kylie's writing - I was able to picture everything mentioned and it was just gorgeous. Her writing was fun, and I loved the mix of Italian words that were sprinkled throughout the predominantly English novel.
I enjoyed the relationship development between Orelia and Bastian and Angelique and Filippo. I need more Angelique and Filippo!
Not only is the novel fantastic, the physical book itself is gorgeous - the end-papers and the chapter headings and the pages separating the different parts - they are all just beautiful.
Overall, I just loved this book, and if I was to rate this book today, it would receive a sold 4.75 - if you like Gossip Girl of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, then you'll LOVE this!
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Until next time,