Review: Masque of the Red death by Bethany Griffin

Posted May 30, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Masque of the Red Death

Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publish Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Number of pages: 319
Buy:  Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased
Book Description:
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 around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for–no matter what it costs her.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Poe’s version, but I enjoyed this retelling.  It’s every bit as gloomy and depressing as Poe’s work.

The characters are great.  There’s so much more to them than meets the eye.  Araby is full of grief, and refuses to allow herself any moments of happiness.  Will is sweet despite his hard exterior as a bouncer.  I wanted to dislike Elliott so bad.  He comes off as a total d-bag, but he’s a man of many layers.
Honestly, the first half of the book was lacking for me.  Everything seems to be moving along very slowly, and there are parts that I felt are choppy.  The world building is amazing.  I felt as though I was in the plagued streets.  The last quarter of the book was strong.  There were moments of wtfery and shock.
I’m stoked for the sequel to come out.  Thank goodness I don’t have to wait long until the release date.
1/2
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I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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