Review of Masquerade of the Heart by Katy Rose Pool (earc)



Masquerade of the Heart by Katy Rose Pool

Cursebreaker Marlow Briggs must deal with the aftermath of her fake romance with one of the most powerful nobles in the illustrious—and deadly—Evergarden society , all while uncovering the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance. T his edge-of-your-seat duology finale is perfect for fans of Veronica Mars , These Violent Delights, and Chain of Iron .

Caraza sits poised on the edge of chaos. Tensions rise between the Five Families and trouble brews in the Marshes—and Marlow is at the center of it all. In the tragic aftermath of the Vale-Falcrest wedding, Adrius refuses to speak to her, publicly vowing to find a wife before the year is out. Despite her heartbreak, Marlow is still intent on breaking his curse. To do so, she’ll have to play loving daughter to the man who cast it. But the closer she gets to her father, the more she starts to question if he’s really the villain she’s made him out to be.

Marlow has learned by now that in a city steeped in secrets and lies, not everything is as it seems. As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Marlow must decide who to trust—and how high a price she’s willing to pay for the truth.

“ Nothing short of genius .” —Jennifer Lynn Barnes, #1 New York Times -bestselling author of The Inheritance Games series, on Garden of the Cursed

” A delicious read full of swoony romance .” —Tricia Levenseller, New York Times– bestselling author of Blade of Secrets , on Garden of the Cursed

Expected publication June 18, 2024




This is a book two, so there will be spoilers from book one below.

Adrius isn’t talking to Marlow, but she knows she needs to break his curse. She’s still dealing with her charges and finding out that Vale is her father. Adrius promised his sister he would find a wife if she helped Marlow with her case. Marlow has to watch Adrius flirting and dancing with other girls. But she goes to see him in private and they still have that spark. They steal moments whenever they can. Marlow starts spending a lot of time with Vale and he seems like he generally cares for her and wants to make Evergarden and the Marshes better. But when Marlow finds out what he plans on doing to make that happen, she seeks help to find a way to destroy the grimoire with the spell.

There are a lot of deaths in this book and some are pretty gross (in case someone needs that warning). I really enjoyed all the characters and relationships in this book Just like in the first book, I loved the curse magic. The pacing was good. While I liked book one a bit more, I still thought this one was great and found it hard to put down.

I gave this book 5 stars.

Thank you to Edelweiss for my earc.


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