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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Masquerade Read Along, week 1

Hello, everyone! As you may have heard, I'm participating in this month's Masquerade Read Along. Each Thursday, 5 questions are asked and answered about a certain number of chapters in the book. This week's questions deal with chapters 1-8. If you haven't picked up this book, I highly recommend it. I have read the whole thing and absolutely loved it. :) But a review is not what we're here for today. Here are this week's questions and my answers:

1. If you were disfigured like Heven (by some sort of accident) do you think you would have reacted the same way as her? (loss of self confidence, hiding yourself, etc)  I can answer this with a resounding YES. Because I am introverted by nature (hard to believe, I know), being disfigured the way Heven was would only add to my insecurities and cause me to want to be even more invisible. BUT I would hope to have someone like Sam who would come along and save me.

 2. Do you think that Kimber’s plan for revenge against Cole (for kissing another girl) is a good idea? NO. It was the worst idea ever. Everyone knows getting revenge by doing the same thing your significant other did always backfires in your face, which it did for Kimber. An eye for an eye might be a saying, but it shouldn’t be a way of life.

 3. In the beginning chapters, Heven is very drawn to Sam but won’t admit it due to her own insecurities. Kimber begins to “date” Sam… do you think that Heven should have spoken up? Do think Kimber should have seen Heven’s real feelings? Yes, I think Heven should have spoken up and told Kimber right away that she was interested in Sam first, but I also understand that Heven was too insecure about her own beauty to say anything at all. And really, I don’t think Kimber would have the ability to see that Heven liked Sam unless Heven spoke up about it; Kimber came off as a bit too self-absorbed for me and this instance and her getting upset with Heven when her feelings for Sam became apparent just proves that.

 4. Masquerade is broken in four separate POV’s: Heven, Sam, The Hate and The Hope. Do you think having multiple POV’s adds depth to the story? Why or why not? Yes. I loved having the multiple POV’s and the intrigue of The Hate and The Hope, not knowing what either of those was until later in the story. Having both of those POV’s give a side of the story that Sam and Heven aren’t able to give and gives the reader a look at things that are happening essentially behind the scenes.

 5. A great source of strength for Heven is her grandmother. Who do you think yours is/would be? I’ll admit this was the hardest question to answer. I just don’t think about where my strength comes from, but now I’ve realized the answer is in front of me every day. My kids. As much as I don’t like my job, some days I continue to go just to show them how to persevere and that sometimes you have to do things you don’t like to do. Despite all the heartache my family has gone through, I have to remain strong for them, even when I let them see me cry. For as much as I tell them they can be whatever they want to be, I strive to make my own dreams come true to show them anything is possible. They keep me strong and I love them eternally for it.
My inspiration, Riley and Kody.
Happy Thursday, everyone!


  1. wonderful answers Erin!! I agree that our kids can be a great source of strength. A lot of times when I don't feel like being strong I am any way because I want to be strong for them.
    Love the revenge picture!! lol. Revenge is never a good idea. It's usually a recipe for disaster!! LOL.
    So great to see you on the read along!

  2. It's kind of amazing how kids have the ability to depend on us for so much and yet we can turn around and use that as a source of strength of our own. My girls teach me everyday what's important about life and I always want them to know the same thing, that we can do anything we want if we put our minds to it.

  3. I agree that Kimber seemed a bit self-absorbed. I doubt whether she would have acted any differently had she known how Heven felt.

  4. Erin, so glad you participating. Great answers, especially the last one. Kids can be a trial somedays but when it gets right down to it, you would be lost without them. .i am glad your two cute boys are such a source of strength and inspiration to you. I am sure they keep you super busy, too.

  5. Great answers. I love that you can see the strengths that your children give to you. I know that I am blessed with my three. My childhood hero was my grandma. She has passed, but there isn't an hour that passes by without me being reminded of her. Today is my oldest sons birthday and I think of her all the more today. She cherished her great grandchildren and never let one of their birthdays go by without thanking me for them with flowers.

  6. Insecure girls. I just want to hug them, shake them then hug them again.

  7. I hope that my little girl will do them same for me! Once she gets through her terrible twos.... Tehehehe :)

  8. Hi! New follower here :)

    I definitely agree about the POV! I loved knowing what both characters were thinking, as well as hate and hope. I felt that after chapter 8 they started giving us more clues to piece things together. I am totally loving this book!