Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
Young Adult: 320 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: April 24th, 2012
Browse Inside: The Masque of Red Death
Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Challenge: None
Source: From publisher for review
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First impression: An Edgar Allen Poe re-telling? Yes please!
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
“She's made herself so artificial; it's okay to wear next to nothing because we aren't real people any longer.”  

The Masque of Red Death was one of my most anticipated 2012 reads. Harper Collins is full of awesome reads this year and this book was at the top of my list!

This is one of those books that you just want to rave about. Bethany Griffin painted the ugliness of the plague perfectly. I cringed more than once. The dead filled the streets, the city in shambles. This dark, Gothic world had a magical touch to it.

The character cast is a little larger than most books I've read recently but Griffin delivered each personally and evenly. I wasn't overwhelmed by a cluster of characters. Each one was introduced slowly and I had time to build a connection with each one. The secondary characters are just as powerful as the main cast. The author did a spectacular job at the character development in this novel. Araby, Will and Elliott were strong, powerful characters. Will and Elliott were totally swoon-worthy. Will, the one you want to love and Elliott the one you hate to love.

The Masque of Red Death is dark and mysterious, but it had this enchanting quality about it. Forbidden love. Araby swearing off romance because of her emotions with her departed brother. But things don't usually go the way you want them too, right?

The haunting, yet beautiful world building. The stunning characters and the over all dark, and vivid storyline. This book did not disappoint! It was everything I imagined it would be and more!

Last impression: A book that goes beyond it's gorgeous cover!

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  1. I'm so glad to hear that you loved reading Masque of the Red Death, Cathy! I'll be heading to the bookstore again soon, so I'm sure I'll be taking a closer look at this book while I'm there. Thanks for the review! :)

  2. Ooh, this sounds fantastic. I'm glad it's not just an awesome cover hiding a mediocre book. I'm really excited to read this now!

    As a side note, it feels like every book I pick up has a love interest named Will...

  3. I'm happy to hear you loved it, I don't think I've hear any bad things about this book. And I love that you say there was an enchanting quality to the book, I completely agree. Great review!

  4. This book was so hard for me to read-it was just so dark and I tend to prefer lighter fare. Glad it worked for you!


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