Saturday, June 2, 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Paperback ARC, 319 pages
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Published by: HarperCollins
Masque of the Red Death #1
Source: Own (Won from another blogger)
For fans of: Steampunk, Dystopia, Retellings, YA

Everything is in ruins.
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

     Wow.... Just wow. Bethany Griffin did an amazing job in this novel. Everything from her words to her world building was amazing. Especially since everything in the world was fictional and the only thing she had to build off was the spin that she created from the original king of eerie himself, Edgar Allan Poe. For her to be able to come up with all of this is definitely an awesome feat. But even with it being so good, the world was a dark one. There death happens everyday as the plague that hit years ago continues to take the lives of the town's citizens. This gives the story and dark mood. 
     As far as characters, I loved Araby. She seemed like she didn't care about anyone but her and April, but as time went on, it was obvious that she cared for other people, much more than anyone else. And Will and Elliott, well seeing as I can't decide who I'm for, you just have to read it and let me know what you decide. Because as of now, I fell in love with both of them, even the crazy one. (If you read it, you know who I mean.) 
     The one thing I didn't enjoy was the freaking ending! Geez I was not expecting an ending like that so now I'm like hurting for the next one! Ms. Griffin why'd you do that to us?! 
     Last but not least, I just want to admit that I indeed did judge a book by its cover. The cover is GORGEOUS and it feels amazing. As soon as I saw it, without even reading the blurb, I immediately knew I wanted to read this. And this time my judgement was right. Masque of the Red Death is definitely a thrilling read that I devoured in a day and a half. 
Overall, I give this


  1. Glad to see you like this one :) I'm totally looking forward to reading it! Great review and I'm a new follower.

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  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one!!! I have a copy too but I still need to read it! I am glad to hear you enjoyed the characters and wow you make the ending sound so thrilling! And I agree the cover is beautiful :)

    Lovely blog!!!!!!

  3. Ooooh seems like a great novel, and the cover is beautiful as well! Plus I love the name of the heroine... Araby. So pretty! x