Masquerade by Rivka Spicer
Oceana is a hard-working, straight down the line indexer with an attitude.
Tristan is the millennia old executioner for the vampire council.
They meet when Tristan seeks her help on a case and she is unwillingly drawn into his twisted and violent world where nothing is as it seems on the surface. As she discovers through Tristan who and what she is, Oceana's life changes irrevocably and the only choice she believes she has left is whether or not to give her love to this charming, perplexing and dangerous man, but even that is twisted around her by the masquerade that is life amongst vampires...
This is my first self-published book review.
Let's start off with the things I didn't like about this book, shall we?
Tristan, oh Tristan. I really don't understand why Spicer set him up being... well, so creepy. Honestly, he was a creep from the very beginning at the ball. A few days later, Tristan meets up with Oceana again and--I kid you not--touches her bra. Why? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! Honestly, I am like a sputtering engine. I just cannot comprehend it.
Then Tristan tells Oceana he's a vampire. This is another thing I don't understand: You just met this chick, you make a move on her, and oh yeah, let's not forget you're a vampire! *sighs* Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I'm a hot vampire, so have sex with me maybe?
Some people may think Tristan is a really "attractive" love interest, but with me he came off as a rapist. Seriously, the moment he was introduced my rapist warning signals went off.
2. The Rest of the Guys
Not a single male character in this book impressed me. All of them were creepy. It made me sick.
There's a lot of problems I had with her. First, her age. According to this book, Oceana is 26. If I'm correct, that age is more aimed for adult readers rather than YA readers.
Second thing about Oceana: She gives up her body for information. Let's say some weird guy calls you up and says, "I have some information you need, if you come on over it's all yours." (I toned it down a little, but you get the picture.) Oceana got a similar phone call, and what did she do? No, not call the police. No, not get her vampire boyfriend to kill the guy. She does it. It. She goes ahead and has sex with him to gain information.
I think that's wrong. You may argue that the information is priceless, but I don't really care. I still think it's wrong.
4. The Errors
Maybe more than anything about this book, the punctuation, grammar, and spelling mistakes were the worst. I couldn't read a single page without finding five places where commas were supposed to be, etc. I guess this is the risk you take with self-published book, but COME ON! If you're going to publish something, have someone proof read it! And get a decent proof reader, too, not some Sally who loves everything you do!
Masquerade had lots of facts to the vamp world, but not a whole lot of explanations. That's all I'm going to say on this one.
As for the things I did like...
The only thing I really enjoyed about this book was the ending. The ending was perfect, because... oh, I can't tell you why. But it made me happy, because finally some justice was served. THAT IS WHAT CREEPY PEOPLE GET. CREEPY PEOPLE DON'T HAVE HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER'S. The ending could have been more thought out and better executed, but the results pleased my soul.
Overall: I really didn't care for this book. I found Tristan creepy, I didn't care for Oceana, but the ending was nice. 1.5/5 stars. I rounded up, because I have a heart of gold.