Masquerade (Heven and Hell #1) by Cambria Hebert
Young Adult Paranormal
ebook also availabe in paperback, 360 pgs.
Published Dec. 2011 by Otherworld Publications
Source: Author *for Review*
Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.
Okay so I tend to be hesitant in reading self published and small press releases but I'm happy to give them a try on recommendation. And this book was definitely in the good category though I did have a few issues. The editing was pretty good though I found a few mistakes but it wasn't anything that took away from the story, it was easy to overlook.
The author definitely created a unique story line. I loved all the twists and turns and was super eager for answers and loved when even when I thought that that was it, there weren't any more surprises, then BAM, MAJOR surprise and twist in the story. That was great! You honestly have no clue what could really happen when you start reading this one. Oh, you might think you know- but I promise you, you don't!
I loved the whole thing with Heven having such a low self esteem because of a horrible scar and finding her self worth wasn't in her beauty. I think I felt that sometimes she was being a bit overboard with thinking she's so ugly, but I'm not a teenager anymore and so I think that all emotions are just more as a teen and so maybe it's not really so far fetched that it was so hard for her.
Heven is a good character. I liked her for the most part. I loved that as obstacles were thrown in her path she found strength to be able to overcome them. She has some major issues with her mother and I love how she found the strength to stand up to her. I also liked Sam. I thought he was a nice guy and a perfect boyfriend.
My issues didn't come so much from the characters, but more from the romance itself. It happened too fast for me and so I think I just never really felt that initial vibe between them. Because of this I felt slight annoyance at all their lovey dovey stuff and just wasn't loving all that. Edit: I do know that as a teen when you fall in love it's incredibly intense and sometimes all you have to do is see someone to feel that intense feeling. I'm definitely not putting down the author for this, it was just hard for me as an adult to connect with that.
Overall I really did enjoy reading the book. Maybe it didn't completely wow me, but I did love all the awesome surprises and twists. I love not really knowing what's coming next. And I will definitely continue the series as I really want to know what comes next!
I recommend this one to older YA readers and adults. There's no sex but lots of heavy kissing and some cursing. It's not very bad content, but it just feels like an older read to me.
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.