Saturday, September 8, 2012

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin (3/5 stars)

Title: Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date Published: 24 April 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Hardcover: 319 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

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.

I've read a lot of reviews of this book and almost all say it is absolutely stellar but I am still unsure if I want to read the next installment because the pacing was slow for me, the climax didn't excite me and Araby's character is lifeless to me. I don't hate her but I don't love her either. Will's character in contrast was appealing to me because he wasn't overly romanticized by the author. Elliott on the other hand, I didn't trust his feelings for Araby, it's unreal how he could already love her even if he did came through in the end. Overall, it was a dreamy dark, mysterious, tragic story and I did like the steampunk elements in their rotting world, good but maybe it just wasn't for me.


  1. I've seen quite a few reviews as well that label this book as pretty average. Sorry it wasn't for you!

  2. I had some of the same problems. I just finished it today. Here's my review if your interested in my thoughts :)