Monday, March 3, 2014

Masquerade (The Rosewoods, #2) by Katrina Abbott Book Review

Masquerade (The Rosewoods, #2) by Katrina Abbott
Publisher: Over The Cliff Publishing
Published Date: February 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Halloween is coming and everyone knows what that means: costume party! For Brooklyn Prescott, the best thing about being the new school liaison was supposed to be planning the Halloween dance. Who doesn't want to escape herself, even if it's just for one night? But The Rosewood School for Academic Excellence has banned costumes and now Brooklyn's faced with the possibility of her first event being a total flop. Not to mention that she's planning the dance with Dave, the sexy and neglected boyfriend of her roommate, Emmie. Awkward!

It's not like planning the dance is her only concern either. On top of classes she's got equestrian team practice, and Coach Fleming has been acting very oddly. Talked into sneaking out to collect some intel with her friends, Brooklyn may have stumbled onto a huge, juicy secret that could involve the coach in a potentially career-ending scandal. And then there's Jared, who seemed to be into her, but has suddenly disappeared without a trace - not even a text message.

Things at Rosewood are getting complicated for Brooklyn, just as she's starting to fit in. The more she tries to uncover the secrets surrounding her, the more she realizes that her friends and even the faculty are all wearing masks. Does she dare look underneath them? Or does she put on one of her own?

Masquerade is the second installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.

4 out of 5 stars
*copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Twice as nice as the first. In this second installment of The Rosewoods series our MC, Brooklyn; is finally getting the hang of the "Rosewood" life. She's finally "one of them" or at least she's well on her way. She's asserted herself into the school and proven herself to the dean in ways she didn't think possible. Her work setting up school events is coming along even if it is a little awkward. She's happy but she's also sort of caught in a three way love triangle; caught between the boy she shouldn't want, the one she can't, and the one who's darn sweet and kind of caught in the middle of all of it.

Don't get worried about that love triangle thing (for those of you who hate love triangles) it is very tepid. It's not one of those triangles where you're like just pick one already. It's pretty much the climax of the story and once you've read the previous book and this one you'll totally understand, and you'll be rooting for them (at least one of them, Team Brady over here!)

What I really adore about this book and this series is how easy it reads and how likable every character is individually. They all have stories to tell and are very realistic. It's one of the more pleasurable reads that center around prestigious schools.

I love our main character in this one. She's not being shoved around by any of what is going on around her, and she's kind of fierce. I love my female main characters to be sort of sassy or kick ass, and Brooklyn holds her own.

This story continues directly from book one, the boys are more present, and the teenaged issues are more dramatic but in a good way. Things get pretty complicated for Brooklyn, and it could complicate her recently developed friendships; if I can say that without giving too much away.

It's a rare for me but I have no predictions whatsoever on how this one will end but I'm okay with that. I like this whole element of what if. The ending is another cliffhanger and I'm pretty sure what I'm imagining will not happen or will and be better than I expected.

Abbott has a firm grip on romance and teen life. This novel showcases that; in every realistic scenario and adorably cute and teasing romantic moment. She's one to watch.

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