Masquerade Read-Along - Week #2

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Welcome everyone to the second week of the Masquerade Read-Along.   For those who are seeing this read-along for the first time, read the announcement post. Need to buy it? ♦ Amazon    ♦ Barnes and Noble

This Weeks Discussion Questions

Week 2/ Chapters 8-15

1. Sam is admittedly drawn to Heven before they even meet. Why do think this is?

I think this is a hard question to answer. I don't even know if I can. Heven and Sam seem to fit together like puzzle pieces. I could state some cheesy romantic lines such as "it was love at first sight" or "fate brought them together" but in the end I don't really know what draws two people together. Sam first see's Heven before she has her accident - is it because she is beautiful, kind or just something else? But he continues to be drawn to her, even after the accident.
2. In an earlier chapter The Hope states that Sam must prove himself. During these chapters Sam does some things – bad things – (covering up murder, fighting, hiding a body, etc.) all to protect Heven and his true identity. Do you think he was right to do these things?

The Hope states that Sam must prove himself - but we don't know how he is meant to do that. Maybe doing those things, while they might not be morally right, they might be the things he needs to do to prove himself. I think as we continue to read the story (this is my first time reading it!) and more of the story line is revealed would probably make this question easier to answer. 
3. In chapter twelve Kimber says some thing’s to Heven that make the reader wonder about their friendship. Do you think there is any truth to Kimber’s drunken confessions? If so where do you think Heven and Kimber’s friendship goes from here?

Ha. I think we were all wondering about this from week one! Even more so now! I definitely think that what Heven said was right - that alcohol loosens the tongue and gives you the confidence to say the things that you wouldn't normally say. I think it is going to take awhile for Heven to realise that her friendship with Kimber isn't quite what she thinks it is. 
4. Heven is changing, becoming more confident. Do you think that after something like this (her accident and disfigurement) happens to someone that she can ever go back to the person she was before? Do you think she will want to?

She can definitely go back to the person she was before. That doesn't mean she will be exactly the same - the accident and the time separated from the world would making some permanent changes - but to go back to having lots of friends and wearing your old clothes is a step in that direction. If she wants to, it depends on who she was Before. She is gaining lots of confidence and realising that not everyone cares about her scar, that might matter a lot to her.
5. Toward the end of these set of chapters, Heven finds out Sam’s secret, who he really is. She has a strong reaction. Do you think you would react the same way? Why or why not?

I definitely would have reacted the same way! Heven didn't believe in "paranormal" beings and then she is faced with one - I would have been really upset and scared too! Plus I wouldn't be able to get past the fact that he had lied. He brought up valid points - about safety and protection but in the end he still lied. If she really loves him, she should be able to move past it.

Get Ready for Next Week

April 19th hosted by Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings 
Chapters 16-24 Discussion Questions

1. Heven’s mother has definite ideas about Heven and her scars – what they mean – and their relationship is strained. Do you think their relationship can be saved?

2. Sam tells Heven about how he came to be living on his own, how his parents kicked him out after he became what he is. He doesn’t seem angry though, he seems to accept it. Would you be angry? Do you think he should be?

3. During these chapters, Heven and Sam visit the Inbetween and meet Airis (aka The Hope). Were you surprised by this series of events? Do you think a place like the InBetween really exists?

4. When Heven’s scars are no longer a part of her and she says “she no longer recognizes herself” – do you think that the absence of her scar will change her once more?

5. Gran is very accepting of Heven and of Sam. Do you think that she understands more – knows more than she lets on about Heven’s life or do you think her love is just unconditional?
Can't wait to see you all here again next Thursday!

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. Great answers. Can you imagine your boyfriend turning into something like that? Wow!
    Kimber is something else. I agree with you, that the alcohol loosened her tong.
    - FABR Steph

  2. Hi claire, you have some great answers this week. I loved your reaction to the first question. Yes, Heven could try to go back, but she would never be the same, hopefully she has grown. I know if I were Heven I would be shaking in my boots if my boyfriend turned out to be something else. Thanks agsin for participating. See you on my blog next week, this week add your link to Cambria's blog


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