Book Reviews

Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 360
Series: Heven and Hell #1
Rating: 3 stars

I’m disfigured. Scarred. Ugly.
When I look in the mirror, I see a tranger. Whn I look over my shoulder, no one’s there…
Yet I feel watched. Hunted. Afraid.
And then he tells me I’m beautiful.
He tells me I’m safe.
I believe him.
Until someone tries to kill me.
Secrets abound, danger is near, and still… m heart desires a boy with whiskey-colored eyes and far too many secrets.
Secrets that could cost me my life.
To stay alive I hat to look deep, beneath the masks everyone wears, to find the truth.
To find myself.

Review: “You’re scars do not define you, young lady. Your actions do.”

I really liked the Hashtag series that Hebert wrote, so I decided that I should try out another one of her books. Since it is around Halloween I saw this one tagged as supernatural. I thought ‘Why not?’ and got it.

Heven was attacked one night while coming home from the library. She doesn’t remember anything about the attack. She has scars on the left side of her face. The girl she once was, confident and wears the stylish clothes is gone. A girl who wears baggy clothes and want to become invisible has taken her place. She doesn’t feel safe, even in her own house. Until Sam comes along.

This story has something I’m not a big fan of in it. The trope of girl meets boy. Boy seems to fix all problems. Granted that her anxiety doesn’t just go away, it’s still there but she feels safe around Sam even though she barely knows him.

The story has four P.O.V.s, Heven, Sam, the Hate, and the Hope. It is mostly Heven’s P.O.V. As a female lead I don’t like Heven. She just turned me away with how bad she thinks of everybody. Not in a mean way. She just thinks everyone can only see her scars and that she is ugly and disfigured. Most of her friends just gave her her space and left her alone till she came back around.

I did like the supernatural, paranormal element going on. I loved how Hebert kept me guessing. When Sam reveals his secret I didn’t expect for him to be what he is. I was thinking he’s a demon or a werewolf but turns out he’s different from that. Close but different.

Kimber, Heven’s best friend wasn’t my favorite either. After Rimmel and Ivy, these two girls didn’t quite live up. I wasn’t a big fan of Kimber’s jealousy of Heven. Not because it wasn’t realistic because face it we all envy or are jealous of one friend even for a tiny reason. It was just the way Kimber was written that I didn’t like. I really don’t know how to explain it.

The end did have me curious to know more but not in the needing the second book right now. Even though this did have an insta love I was happy that there wasn’t any sex. I am glad that it is a relationship that is growing and it is the guy who wants to wait till the time is perfect.

Starting the next book. Here I go.

Besides, what a shame it would be to taint such beauty with such a beast.

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