"Stop it", she told herself.
Why think of that now? The nightmare vision was gone. The beast — whatever it was — resided in her imagination only...
— Bliss, afraid of her visions of a beast with silver and crimson eyes.

Masquerade is the second installment of Melissa de la Cruz' seven book series Blue Bloods, published on May 2007 by Hyperion. This book is part of the seven-book first cycle in the Blue Bloods series of novels.


Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young Blue Bloods. Her search brings her to Venice, Italy, in the hopes of finding the one person who can help: her grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair. But it is at the after-party masquerade that the true danger lurks... Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.

About the storyEdit

Major eventsEdit

  • Schuyler runs around Venice to find her grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen.
  • ...


Mimi knew now what she had to do. To save their bond, to save themselves. She had to destroy Schuyler Van Alen.
— Mimi, intent on destroying Schuyler.



  • This novel is Melissa de la Cruz's favourite, as it was the easiest to write and because she was pregnant with her daughter at the time.
  • The town featured on the cover is Venice.

v - e - t Blue Bloods Universe: Novels
Blue Bloods series
Blue BloodsMasqueradeRevelationsThe Van Alen Legacy
Misguided AngelLost in TimeWolf Pact (#1, #2, #3, #4) • Gates of Paradise
Vampires of ManhattanWhite Nights
Short stories
"Mr. Darcy Requests" • "The Last Meeting" • "Shelter Island" • "The Venator's Tale"
"Just Another Night in Suck-City" • "Always Something There to Remind Me" • "Ring of Fire"
Keys to the RepositoryBloody ValentineBlue Bloods (Graphic novel)
Beauchamp Family series
Witches of East EndSerpent's KissWinds of Salem
Triple MoonDouble Eclipse
Diary of the White Witch (prequel) • Witches of East End (TV series) (S1, S2)