Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by: Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death
My Rating: 4 of 5 Ravens

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I wanted to read this novel because I am an avid fan of E.A.P., even though I haven't read the novel that was this novel's namesake. I do know what happens in the E.A.P version. Reading this made me wonder whether or not this book would be considered fan fiction and where the fan fiction line is drawn, with age? with the genre? Just something I was thinking about.

I enjoyed the glitz and the glam in this book, I like the way the glitter and the circumstance juxtaposed off the crumbling ruins of the city and the people. I definitely loved WIll, even with what he does in the end, I get it, it sucks, but I get it. I think I like April, she seems pretty straight forward.

I did not like Elliot, he always seemed so fake and almost as crazy as his lunatic uncle. I think if Araby ends up with him I will throw the book. I also did not like the cliff hanger. I really hate the trend of leaving YA novels on a cliff hanger. There is nothing happy for now about that ending.

I liked how this book is set in a sort of steam-punk way and its like the gothic for this age, it's new, fresh, something that is coming back in style and I love how that corresponds with E.A.P's novels, his stories were sort of out of the norm, just coming into fashion and such when he was writing.

I wanted to feel that sense of awe and mystery you get from the end of E.A.P's Red Death (I read some of it, ok), and I almost had it at the end of the story right before the part with the ship...but it slipped through my fingers. I think that with some more time Ms. Griffin will definitely be able to achieve that. I am aware by not having read all of E.A.P's story I probably missed a lot of undertone and such from this book. I am sorry I can't offer that insight here in this review.

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  1. No not a cliffhanger! I'm actually starting to get annoyed with that trend also. Especially if there is a year wait before I can find out what is going to happen next.Yet I already know me I will still be picking this one up since my curiosity always gets the best of me.Great review by the way! I've read a few reviews on this one but yours is the first one that warns me about the cliffhanger at the end.

  2. I also liked Will way more than Elliot but I found myself enjoying the book less and less as it went on despite my high expectations. It was not the right book for me.


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