Author: Kylie Fornasier
Format / Length: Paperback / 304
Publisher / Date Published: Penguin Australia / July 23rd 2014
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Historical
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Rating: Really liked!
Description: 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.
This one was one of those books were, once finished, I asked myself, Why didn’t I read this sooner? Of course — I’d heard about Masquerade for quite some time now. Aussie author. Masks. Secrets. Veince. How could I not want to read something like that? Thankfully, despite the glowing reviews I’d read of it before hand, Masquerade did not disappoint.
I adored the multiple point of views . . . but in hindsight, they might not be for everyone.
Fun fact about me? I love multiple point of views. I write with them. I like reading them. And in Masquerade, there were plenty of them. The novel flicks back and forth between several point of views; to some, this might be considered choppy to some, but I thought the author handles them in a wonderful way that makes them appear seamless.
And the wonderful thing about reading in more than one point of view? You get to learn something about the characters, more so than when you’re limited to the protagonists’s eye. Often throughout the novel I was given one view of a character only to have it turned on its head when I reached their point of view, and learned that there was more about them than I first realized. Taking a deeper look into the characters, I liked the most of them. (With a few obvious exceptions — say, Claudia’s mother. Obviously.) And with the PoVs that I weren’t overly fond of, the novel switched between them so often that it wasn’t much of a matter. There was enough drama and conflict between the characters for the novel to remain engaging — but thankfully, didn’t step over into that melodramatic side too often.
(BUT DAMN. DID THIS NOVEL GET INTENSE AT THE END OR WHAT?)
If you’re looking for a novel with a good writing-style, this is probably it. Descriptive, but not overkill. Enough to really visualize the gorgeous city that novel is set in a vivid, exquisite way, that’ll keep you turning the pages (and then, like me, you’ll turn the last page and have that terrible realization that you’ve reached the end.)
Also? I’m not entirely sure whether there will be a sequel — but damn, I’d SO buy it.