April 17, 2012

Review of Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
Publish Date:
April 24, 2012
Harper Collins


Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decim

ated 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.

I couldn’t find a book trailer, so here’s a song!

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**This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

The first time I saw this book popping up I knew I had to have a copy ASAP!  Why?  A few reasons: First – ummm the cover is stunning!! Second – Edgar Allan Poe and Third – Steampunk Dystopian.  Put those altogether and you get Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin.  Have I read the original by Edgar Allan Poe?  Nope, not at all.  Have I read any of the other adaptations?  Not even a peek!  After having read Bethany Griffin’s tale, any others I read will have some big shoes to fill.

This dark, dystopian tale set in a dark steampunk world is mesmerizing and addicting.  From the very opening scene to the climactic ending, Masque of the Red Death is everything I had hoped it would be.  I completely devoured this book and fell in love with the characters and the world created by Bethany Griffin.  Her writing style is captivating.  The world building that was done all throughout the book was entrancing, and her character building was spellbinding.

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this book.  We are thrust into a dying world where only the wealthy are able to afford the luxury of a mask that aids in surviving the plague.  How do you get away from your problems and forget the past and the death?  Alcohol, drugs, and a life of debauchery.  And where else would one go to entertain this lifestyle?  Why, the Debauchery Club, of course.  And it is in this club that we get to meet the so very sexy Will.  Let me tell you, he sent my heart a flutter!  Good boy?  Bad boy?  Does it matter? He is the whole package.

Not only do we get to meet Will thanks to this club, but we also get to feast our eyes on Elliot.  I was on the fence about him for a while, but if you put aside his façade, and you really see him, he is so swoon worthy, it’s not even funny.  I can see where main protagonist, Araby Worth, has a difficult time deciding whom to trust and with whom she can give her heart to.  Yes, yes there is a love triangle, but it’s such a perfect triangle!  So many twists and turns, and secrets revealed it will keep your head spinning.

What I really enjoyed about this book was the strength Araby has even after having to live with the guilt of her twin brother’s death, watching her parent’s struggle with Araby living and not their son, having to survive in a world where death and danger lurk around any corner, and trying to accept love in a world where deception is a close friend.

I could easily picture this book as a movie.  The images were already playing out in my mind as I flew through the pages.  The characters jumped out of the pages for me, and I felt as though I were right in the book.  Seeing the death and decay, smelling the foulness of the disease, feeling the pain of loss and the fear of every shadow.  I could hear the music of the club, the shots of the muskets, and the wheels of the carts that carried the bodies claimed by the disease.

One of the big lessons learned in the book was this: TRUST NO ON.  Totally true.  Masque of the Red Death had so many remarkable plot twists and turns that some of the scenes will break your heart.  Simply put, this book is amazing!  Fans of dark tales, dystopian reads, and steampunk will fall in love with Masque of the Red Death, and will find a new favorite author with Bethany Griffin.

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  1. The cover is amazing! I’m definitely looking forward to a dark dystopian tale! Not another love triangle! LOL But I look forward to meeting Will and Elliot. Plus I want to go to this Debauchery Club and forget my troubles.


  2. I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles…although their have been a few authors who have pulled it off well so I hope that is the case with this book also. I love the fact you stated it’s a dark dystopian now i’m more curious to read it. Great review.


  3. Kriss Morton

    SO jealous that you got an ARC! This is coming to me via Amazon Prime I cannot wait, HARD BACK BABY! I love that i is going to be a DARK dystopian~ GREAT review now I am MORE excited!


    Maryann Reply:

    I can’t wait for you to read it, and to hear what you think!


  4. I always admit that the book covers are such an eye-candy for me. This one is definitely beautiful and easily catches reader’s eye.

    The story sounds interesting, although just as Aanchal@BookFlame I am not crazy about love triangles. But I would like to give Masque a try so I’m adding it to my TBR list :-) Thank you for such fantastic review.


  5. Steampunk and Dystopian has me hooked too!! Well hooked on needing it lol Great review and totally an eye catching cover!


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