Masquerade Read-Along: Week #2 & #3

During the month of April, I am reading Masquerade (Heven & Hell) by Cambria Hebert along with a few other bloggers. There will be about five questions each week to correlate with the chapters we read. Everyone is welcome to join in at any time.

I’m sorry I couldn’t do the post last week as I couldn’t find the time to read the book further. Not having an e-reader is really getting to me. 😦

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Read Along Schedule

April 5th – Chapters 1-8 – hosted by Stephanie at Five Alarm book Reviews
April 12th – Chapters 8-16 – hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog
April 19th- Chapters 16-24 –hosted by Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings
April 26th Chapters 24-31 – hosted by Veronica at Mostly Reviews
May 3rd – Announcement of Giveaway Winners – hosted by Cambria Hebert

Chapters 8-16

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


Probably her personality, the way she carries herself or sometimes you do find yourself pulled towards a certain person without any rhyme or reason.


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?



I don’t want to judge Sam so earlier in the book. I believe he has his reasons to do so. And coming up front to Heven so early wouldn’t have let me the kind of relationship he later developed with her. Sometimes hiding things or lying is OK if it’s not doing anyone any harm.


3. In chapter twelve Kimber says some things to Heven that make the reader wonder about their friendship. Do you think there is any truth in Kimber’s drunken confessions? If so where do you think Heven and Kimber’s friendship goes from here?


I think Kimber said the truth out loud. Things that were in her subconscious poured out after the drinks made her ‘conscious’ a bit dim. It’s sad to see that Kimber feels this way but unless she sets herself right regarding what she wants- her friendship with Heven or popularity, their friendship is set to doom.


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?

I think time is a great healer and yes, one can go back to the person they were before with even renewed confidence in themselves. After a time, all the hiding and low self-esteem does gets to a person, and of course they will want to get back to being themselves.


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 think it was a big truth to digest and anyone (including me) would be taken aback and react similarly.




Chapters 16-24

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?


Her mother’s behavior is so unjustified and ridiculous. Unless she sees the reality, it would be difficult to save their relationship.


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?


I believe anger is the first emotion that one would feel in his situation, followed by feeling of being rejected, sadness and finally acceptance, the stage at which Sam is right now. He has accepted the truth because fretting over what happened isn’t going to change the reality. My first emotion would have probably been anger but at this stage I don’t think he should be angry. It’s better to move forward than stay in the past forever.


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?


I was really surprised. I didn’t expect Heven to die. It was such a big twist. I don’t think I believe in such a place.


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?


I don’t think so. She has already changed for the better, is her confident self again. What more can there be to change?


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?


I believe Gran’s are full of unconditional love but they also have a heightened sense of perception, maturity and wisdom that renders them better able to analyse a situation and speculate what would happen ahead.


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9 thoughts on “Masquerade Read-Along: Week #2 & #3

  1. Ahh you second answer was that of a psychologist. So agree, I am sure he went through the stages to get where he is now. Otherwise he would be pretty unique. I agree about how wacked Heven’s mother is, too. Sometimes you can’t change maniacal and unrealistic behavior once it has been brainwashed in..

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  2. Combined weeks! Awesome! thanks for putting together your answers! I enjoyed your insight to the book and plot.
    I like what you said about Sam and being angry… some times it is best to leave the past behind otherwise you can’t really have a future. I think Gran does hold maturity and wisdom and she definitely can draw on that for things to come.
    Great having you! See you next week!

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