Monday, April 30, 2012

Daisy's Review of Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Title/Author: Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin
Publisher/Date published: Greenwillow Books, April 24th 2012
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley

Goodreads summary: "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."

I think this is the first steampunk novel I have ever loved. I have enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset very much, but I LOVED Masque of the Red Death! I knew it wasn't time to give up on the genre yet! Also, I had heard really good things about this and it was number one on my TTT Spring TBR List, so I'm very happy I liked it so much! And I can't stop staring at that pretty cover...

Masque of the Red Death is dark and wonderful and it sweeps you up and drops you down 320 pages later. It's incredible and I was definitely not amused when it was time to cook dinner and I had to put it aside for a while. I absolutely adored that nothing was black and white and if I'd been Araby I would have been floundering around figuring out who to trust and what to do.

And you guys, there's a love triangle and I didn't hate it! There, I said it. In my opinion it was really well done and I found myself rooting for one guy, then the other and back again... It was an emotional rollercoaster and even though it seems like she's making a choice at the end of Masque of the Red Death, I'm curious to see what will actually happen and who will hold her heart in the end.

I really loved Araby, she's a complicated girl and very flawed, as are all the other characters (LOVED that) and my heart broke for her grief over her brother's death and the vow she made him. I loved Will (though he may have broken my heart just a little) and Elliott and Araby's family and Will's little brother and sister (SO CUTE) and April, Araby's best friend! It always gives me a happy when I can love not only the main characters, but several of the others as well!

I must admit that I've never read any of Edgar Allen Poe's work, but I'm curious to check it out after reading this book! I love when a book makes me want to read other books and it's not just the sequel!

Also, the song 'We Are Young' by Fun ft. Janelle Monae reminds me of this novel SO MUCH it's scary. I love that song!

What do you think? Yes? No?

There's some crazy going around and evil leaders and lots and lots of people dying. The last couple of chapters had me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen and how Bethany Griffin would tie this one up! I'm glad to say it didn't feel like a cliffhanger, but it did leave me wanting the next book ASAP. I loved that we already got some answers and I'm hoping the sequel will tell me everything else I want to know, cause this world is endlessly fascinating!

It was fabulous and dark and twisty and I just want more! What are you all waiting for? It's out now, go read it/order it!

My rating: 5 stars


  1. I didn't hate the love triangle either! I thought she did a gret job of making it balanced out between both guys. I'm glad this book has convinced you not to give up on steam punk.

  2. It sounds like an ah-maaaazing book! I'll definitely try to get my hands on it sometime soon.
    And I love "We are young", it's a cool song.

  3. Ever since I saw the cover for this book all those months ago I've been dying to read it. I just need to get my hands on a copy first. Glad to hear that it is awesome :)

  4. :) wonderful job Daisy! I'm even more excited for Masque now! I'm so glad it has a decent love triangle!
    It's so surreal that you mentioned the beautiful song We Are Young! It's the song that reminds me of the book I wrote a review for all weekend and published today.
    Wonderful, amazing review!

  5. "The Masque of the Red Death" is simply a great read. The author manages to craft a wonderfully refreshing story while staying true (I believe) to the spirit of the original. The atmosphere is glorious, the characters maddeningly mysterious and vibrant, the romance frustrating, frightening, fraught with betrayal, and delightful, the storyline satisfying and very different from the recycled plots that are endlessly repeated in most YA novels. I can't wait for the next one, which will be a definite purchase. "The Masque of the Red Death" is highly recommended, and I'm crossing my fingers for the recognition it deserves.

  6. I hated the love triangle-I really loved Will and found Elliott to be kind of a sociopath-different strokes for different folks.


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