Book Review: The Homecoming Masquerade

The Homecoming Masquerade CoverBook: The Homecoming Masquerade by Spencer Baum

Self-Published in August 2012|499 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Girls Wearing Black #1

Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller

You can find The Homecoming Masquerade on goodreads & Spencer Baum on his website

Goodreads Summary: 

In a posh suburb of the nation’s capital, at the most exclusive high school in the world, the vampires who secretly run the government have created a game for America’s daughters of privilege. Show up to Homecoming in a black dress and you’ve entered yourself in a contest where the winner lives forever, and the loser becomes the winner’s first meal.

Only the wealthiest, most connected students can hope to win, so when new girl Nicky Bloom wears a black dress to Homecoming, everyone assumes she has a death wish. They don’t know that Nicky has her own agenda. As the dance continues into the night, they will find out that Nicky Bloom is far more than she seems.

What I Thought:

I have so many thoughts on The Homecoming Masquerade!  I do have mixed feelings about it, but overall, I found I liked it.

I actually really love the premise of the book!  It’s really unique as far as paranormal goes, and I love that it’s a paranormal thriller.  It’s such a random combination but it works really well!  Washington D.C. and an exclusive high school work perfectly as a backdrop for the book.  I have the feeling there will be a lot of intrigue.  Wearing a black dress to homecoming, and getting entered in a contest for immortality, and tasks that are not yet known to the reader…I’m definitely interested to see what’s in store for the girls.

Speaking of girls, I find it interesting that it seems open to only girls.  Why is it only open to girls?  And is there something similar for guys?  I really wish we knew more about why vampires are the ones who secretly control the government, and why this contest is only open to female half of the population.  Because in all honesty, I don’t associate women with vampires, so I’m really curious about it.  There are so many things I want to know, and they aren’t answered in this book. Maybe in the next one, but who knows?

It’s interesting that there aren’t a lot of details in terms of a girls-only contest for immortality, because the book has a lot of history about the different characters.  This is not an action-packed book at all, and the entire book takes place over the course of a few hours.  The Homecoming Masquerade is pretty much a set-up for the rest of the series.  While that’s what first books do, The Homecoming Masquerade takes it to a completely different level.  And even though we get these very detailed back-stories, I feel like I know absolutely nothing about the characters and at this point, I feel like there isn’t one girl I’m rooting for.

The book moves really slow, and it makes me wonder if the following books are going to be just as slow. Hopefully, the back story stuff is out of the way, which might help with pacing.  But it does make me nervous to keep going, because I am worried I’ll lose interest at some point because of too much detail in some areas but not enough in other areas.

Let’s Rate It: 

I liked The Homecoming Masquerade, and it’s such an interesting premise for a book!  At the same time, it moved really slow, and takes place over the course of several hours.  And there’s too much back story on the characters, but not enough detail about the world they’re living in.  I’m interested enough to keep going, but I might wait a while to pick the other books.  The Homecoming Masquerade gets 3 stars.

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