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Author: Kylie Fornasier

Synopsis: 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

How I got this book: Netgalley (release date: 23rd July, 2014)

My Thoughts:

Let me start by saying that I loved this book. Based on the blurb, I was expecting to love it, but for entirely different reason. The synopsis makes it sound all mysterious and such, but I loved it because, frankly, I found it hilarious.

Bastian was definitely my favourite character.

I also loved the way the book was set out, into 5 different acts (for the 5 months of Carnevale), and the character list at the beginning…and the Shakespeare quotes. Seriously, anything that quotes Shakespeare is immediately awesome.

That all being said, I did have a couple of problems with this book, the main one being the passage of time. It just seemed a little jumpy, especially at the beginning (I got used to it towards the end). Like, 1 scene there would be a group of people sitting in a room, and then someone would walk out of the room. And then the story would switch to that person’s point of view, and it would be two weeks later…but the fact that it was 2 weeks later wasn’t mentioned until later in the scene.

This wasn’t a major issue, and it definitely didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story as a whole, and once I got used to the time-jumping, I barely noticed it.

In fact…I think that was possibly the only problem I had with this book. I loved the setting, the characters, the stories…it was great. I could barely put it down.

Final Opinion:

I loved it. Plain and simple.