Thursday 20 February 2014

Blog Tour for Masked (New World #2) by Janelle Stalder; Review

18486492 Posted by Melanie
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Finished Date: February 13th, 2014
Publishers: Self Published
Genre: YA, Dystopian 
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages: Unknown
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?

The Review:  **SPOILER ALERT** 

Masked is the second book in the New World series and this time we join Bridgette (Charlotte/Dinah/weapon X’s sister from book one) risking her life by entering the HQ of the New World Order under the guise of ‘weapon X’. Having seen her sister tied to a chair and beaten by their father and leader of the opposition, Bridge is made to go undercover to save her sisters life by completing a task that will supposedly bring down the regime. Once there she waits for more instructions but how will she fit into Charlottes’ life? The mask goes a long way to hide her appearance but what about everything else? How should she act? How should she talk? and just how on earth is she going to be able to remain this close to Roman Adamson? He brings out something in her, a connection, a want… will he be her downfall? Roman knows something has changed with Lottey but he can’t quite put his finger on it, she’s bringing out feelings he never used to have, making him feel things he swore he would never feel and making him want things he shouldn’t… he decides to stay away and focus on the big events coming up for the NWO, namely searching for the rebels and overseeing the arms shipment that will empower the army….if he can only stop thinking about her.
Elsewhere, Charlotte is determined to get Bridgette out of the HQ, so along with her boyfriend – former second in command to her father - she starts hatching a plan to save her sister but they’re going to need help and in these precarious times it’s doubtful whether they will get it but they must try…for Bridgette’s sake at least.

So, I loved this sequel, I’m loving everything about it and I’m loving the series, who would have thought I could get so involved with a dystopian book??
I was really pleased that the book focussed on Bridgette and Roman because they connected in book one and what chemistry they had! They sizzled around each other and I was desperate for them to get together so it was great to get their story. It’s no surprise that I love both characters – Bridgette blossomed in her new surroundings and found out some new things about herself. Roman took a chance on his heart which softened him and we got to know him a lot better and realised that he may not have been in his position, made to do bad things had circumstances been different and he was making the best out of a bad situation. The chemistry between them was amplified from book one and makes for some very charged moments between them, they try to fight it but love will conquer all, so get those fans out ladies, it’s about to get HOT!
The story line was brill! I loved the intensity of knowing Bridgette could be found out at any time, I loved that even though Roman didn’t know it was Bridgette under the mask that he was picking up on differences, be it her shape, feel, attitude, skills, everything… he knew something was up. I loved what she did to him, how she made him feel, the connection they shared and vice versa, even how uncomfortable he was thinking that the feelings were towards Lottey & I was waiting with baited breath for him to realise who it actually was. The romance and getting to know you part of the relationship was lovely and really got the heart pounding with the little moments they shared, desperate for the closeness so they could take it that one step further and loving the sweetness it brought to their harsh world.
I liked where the action part of the plot went, it was just as action packed as book one & you could never say that the plot relied on either just the romance or the action because they were both equally good and both keep you on the edge of your seat. It was all very exciting and I read it with caution wondering if & when the ***t would hit the fan but knowing it would bring some awesome action and it did! There are quite a few revelations throughout the book that make you see some characters in a different light and definitely blurs the lines of who we believe to be good or bad and I’m left very curious about a lot of things. I loved the introduction of the Archers (a new band of rebels that are independent from ‘The General’) I thought they were a very welcome addition to the story and brought something a little different to the table, they make me more excited for future books because I can see at least 3 new stories coming from this new band of rebels. I thought this book brought about a game changer too especially with the revelations & consequences of what happened and I’m really curious to see where it all goes next and of course hoping for a HEA for our next couple – Tyler & Missy … I can’t wait! 
About the Author:
Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
Author Contact Information:
Facebook: Janelle Stalder / Twitter: @jmstalder / Website:


Lola R said...

Great review! I have read the first book in this series and I liked it, although I didn't expect the romance to play such a big part compared to the dystopia elements. It sounds like Masked is a great sequel and I am curious to read how Bridgette and Roman their relationship develops.

Melanie Hall said...

Thanx Lola, I liked book two even more than book one and the strong romantic element is probably why I took to this book because I don't usually like the genre....definitely loving this though =)

Melanie Hall said...

Nat, they are so good! I don't usually like dystopian but the amount of romance & action has me hooked :D

Natalie Cleary said...

I bought book one and will give it a go. I love Dystopia :)

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