Review: Masque of the Red Death

November 4, 2012 Review 8 ★★★★½

Review: Masque of the Red Death
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
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Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Purchased
Pages: 336
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.

Don’t be fooled by the five star rating…

This book is worth ten times as many stars. This novel is amazing, I fell in love with the characters and the plot; MASQUE OF RED DEATH has squeezed its way into my heart and into that pile of few novels I call “Favorites.” The author has created one of the best young adult novels I have read. You know me, I don’t say that lightly.
Araby is a girl we can all relate to in at least one point in our lives. Her voice makes you ache for her. Consumed by grief in an almost hopeless world surrounded by disease and death, she teeters on the edge of life. She seeks solstice in the few nights she visits the Debauchery Club, where she can pretend to be happy and mindless.She is one of the few people that are protected against the airborne disease, this is because her father invented the mask that protects them. This whole story is so realistic it’s easy to imagine our own air being contaminated.

Araby meets two men in one of the best, most original love triangles I’ve read about, and both are carrying their own ulterior motives. You won’t know who to root for.

This book is so full of mysteries and secrets it will always keep you wondering which side each character is on and what they are hiding. There is always something going on and my eyes were glued to the pages.

This was based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story by the same name and if you go read it you can see just how original material and imagination went into this.

Keep writing, Ms. Griffin! We need more books written at the same caliber of this one!

 Quick Bit:

This is something new I decided to do because if you are anything like me you just want a simple “Should I read it or not, and why?” This is what the Quick Bit is. 

If you are against scary stories don’t be afraid to pick this one up because it is only frightening in the way this could easy be our own world someday. If you like Poe’s stories, you will be impressed by this YA version that is just as good.

Will I be reading the sequel? The minute I can get my hands on it!

I have no recommendation because this novel is in a world of it’s own and is so original in the YA world. My only suggestion is to go read Poe’s short story of the same name this was based on.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

8 Responses to “Review: Masque of the Red Death”

    • The Book Blondes

      Yeah it’s definitely not a “leave the light on while I sleep” book! :) Don’t worry that it would be super scary.

      Thanks for stopping by, I returned the favor.

  1. Judith

    Haha, I’m glad you pointed out that it’s also readable for more easily scared readers (uh, me) because the story sounds really good! Definitely want to read it!

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