Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: MASKED by Janelle Stalder

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?

Genre:  NA Dystopian 
Publisher Type:  Indie
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My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:

I'm a huge fan of Janelle Stalder's books -- HUGE, HUGE, HUUUUGE fan girl here.  Her gift for story-telling and the complexity of characters she creates is unmatched in today's market.  In MASKED we pick up where the very incredible SWITCH left off (check out my SIX star review here) and as a bonus we get to some of the events from SWITCH unfolding from Bridgette's point of view.  I really liked seeing things through Bridgette's eyes.  She's such a contrast from her sister and is so brave despite her vulnerability and inexperience.  And then there's Roman ... happy sigh.  He's a great character and a perfect hero for Bridgette.  He's in a situation where he'd be viewed as the bad guy by so many, but truly has a good heart.  One of the great thing about Stalder's writing is that her characters always have such depth and none are purely good nor evil.  This is especially true of Ludwig.  He's loathsome in so many ways, but we see a side to him in MASKED that makes you care for the guy and feel pretty sad for him as events unfold.  Stalder's books always leave me feeling so conflicted, but in a good way.

Another amazing thing about Stalder's books is that she always has so much going on with a full cast of characters to love, hate or be unsure about.  Despite the complexity of her stories, the reader never gets lost or confused.  MASKED is another fabulous buffet of layered story lines with engaging characters of whom a reader just cannot get enough.  I'm dying to see what happens next and how this all plays out.  I can never figure out how Stalder will resolve her plot conflicts and am looking forward to more surprises, plot twist and tasty romance!  Yay!!!