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Bethany Griffin's The Masque Of The Red Death

My Evaluation of The Masque Of The Red Death
Did the plot make sense?
Kept me interested?
What about the characters?
It had a good ending?
Overall Rating

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.

Summary taken from Goodreads.

I was intrigued by the synopsis and the good reviews this book had but as agent Mulder from the X Files would preach, my motto is “Trust No One”. Specially after some highly praised books from friends in Goodreads that ended up being just another horrible YA book with a ~fancy cover~. For today, we'll skip my subtle rant about the poor quality of contemporary YA books in general.

Let’s get started on how good The Red Masque of the Red Death was: my first book of 2013 and I’m really giving it five stars (not even judging the cover, okay? There is no judging a book by the cover, not on this site anyways and never under my watch).

The story is set in a far away land where the plague is constantly killing the population, the city is struggling to survive and death can be found on every corner. The story makes a reference to the short tale with the same title by Edgar Allan Poe, retelling the same story from the point of view of Araby Worth, the main protagonist.

At first we meet Araby, a high-class girl that looses herself in parties and drugs to forget about the world outside and her past.

She finds herself struggling between Elliot, the arrogant nephew of Prince Prospero and owner of the club she frequents, the Debauchery Club; and Will, the handsome mysterious guy covered by tattoos that works at the club. I know that by my description you would be thinking this is some kind of Gossip Girl meets Edgar Allan Poe, but no, no, you got this all wrong. Nothing it’s what it seems in this story. And the love triangle is more than this and I assure you, no literature sin was committed. Trust me, you’ll have to read it.

The book is fast paced, the story flows with interesting turns and there is no time to fill with pointless scenes. Filled with mystery and suspense we get to know why Araby acts the way she acts and the motivations behind Will and Elliot. And yes, this Prince Prospero is the same Prince Prospero from the short story by Allan Poe. We get to meet Araby’s family, her best friend April (Elliot’s sister) and the world they live on.

Bethany Griffin does a great work form the beginning. I could feel the mood set from the as soon as I started reading; I even could feel the cold outside the rain. The world and characters felt real. I found fascinating how this book explores several aspects of humankind, war, rebellion and facing diseases that can take everything you love in a matter of days. I also enjoyed the different approaches to hope from the different characters and how every character believes they are doing the right thing in their own way.

The plot was really remarkable, the best way to describe it is with the prase "nothing is what it seems". I highly recommend this book and I will be waiting for the second and final book (Bless Griffin for not stretching the story unnecessarily).


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