Welcome to my stop on the
Masked Blog Tour!!
Masked is the second installment in
the New World series by Janelle Stalder.
Author: Janelle Stalder
Publish Date: Feb 25, 2014
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?
My Review for Switch (New World #1) is HERE.
This is NOT a YA book. This is a very GRAPHIC romance novel! I know I usually review YA, so I just wanted to make that clear. It is also the second book in the New World series, so I will try to write a non-spoiler review. So, please forgive if things are a bit vague!
I loved the contrast of the hard-ass edge of Charlotte to the innocence of Bridgette. Even though they are sisters they are complete opposites. It's amazing to me that Bridgette was able to stay under cover for so long playing Weapon X. Especially with Roman around, seeing as how they are so magnetized to each other! Roman was an interesting character, full of mystery. I would have like to have known more, but the character development tended to focus more on relationships than individual characters.
Masked left me with an inner battle about how to write this review. I understand that this is not a Young Adult novel and there are different expectations from the audience. The plot was solid but got lost a lot with the other aspects of the novel being more prevalent. In my opinion, when it is a life or death situation and all a character talks about is how they want to lick beads of sweat off another one, it gets a bit unbelievable. The sexual content in this book was not needed because the story was strong enough without it.
Overall, Masked was a great read. Just outside of my comfort zone.
4 stars to Masked.
Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
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