Melissa de la Cruz
Given that vampire fiction has been rather fashionable of late, it’s hardly surprising that Masquerade (the second of four novels called the Blue Bloods series) has been something of a success. Currently in Magrudy’s top five bestseller list, the novel is set in New York and Venice, and boasts the tagline, ‘Young, fabulous and fanged’.
Masquerade is told almost entirely from the perspective of the vampires themselves, who have a long and complicated history that Cruz has convincingly created. There are the Blue Bloods, fairly decent undeads who take a willing and long-term human host as their living, breathing blood bank, and long for the day they can become mortal again. And there are the evil Silver Bloods, the old-style vampires with whom we’re more familiar, who like to wreak death and destruction with every bite.
Cruz’s style is compelling and intelligent, yet easy enough reading for teens. This is commercial fiction at its best – a ripping good yarn with a strong dose of morals, excellent use of the natural setting, a good-versus-evil plotline and lots of attractive, heroic characters. We wouldn’t plug them to an older readership, though, unless of course you’re already a big fan of this modern-day gothic fiction.