20 April 2012

Review- Masque of the Red Death

Title: Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC compliments of HarperTeen

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.

My thoughts:

When I first read the title of this book I added to my wish list on Goodreads even though it didn’t have a cover or a synopsis. I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe ever since high school and the Masque of the Red Death is one of my favorite short stories. Then the cover and the synopsis were revealed and I about died! I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC of this book no matter what I had to do to get it!

And let me tell you, I was in no way disappointed! Never have a read a book where the writing and the story was just as dark and beautiful as the cover. They fit each other perfectly.

I loved the dark world of death that Griffin created. The way she depicted the dying in the streets and the carts picking up the dead, is exactly how I pictured the Bubonic Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century. More modern of course but definitely the same concept. In this world, people are either so rich that they are able to lock themselves away and hope that the virus never reaches them, those that have turned to religion and those, like Araby who go to the clubs and take drugs to numb themselves of the pain.

This first book (after the ending it has to be a series) is a great setup for what is going to happen next. The world building was amazing, we got to know the characters and now the momentum is really going for book 2. And let me tell you I cannot wait!!!

As much as I absolutely loved the book, I thought the ending was somewhat anti-climactic. I guessing all the action is going to happen in the next book which is understandable. There was also a huge surprise that I wasn’t expecting so that really helped too! I’m giving this book 5 hearts and putting in on my list of favorite reads of 2012!


Jo said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to grabbing this one for a read now.

Traci @ The Reading Geek said...

Great review! I'm dying to read this book! I'm a huge Poe fan as well. I have been looking for a good dark story for sometime now and this definitely sounds like one I will love. I love the sound of the plot and the setting. Reading your review just made me even more excited to read it now! :)

Traci @ The Reading Geek

Aneeqah said...

I've heard a few mixed reviews of this book, so I'm glad that you liked it! The concept and cover look so mysetious and dark. And the synopsis sounds super intriguing! I'm really excited to read this now, especially after your review! =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

Rie Conley said...

I've been seeing such amazing reviews for this one! I'm gonna have to pick it up as soon as I finish my current read! Love dark worlds occasionally!

DarlingNickey said...

I am dying to read this book! Like you I know I know the original short story and I'm really on my toes for this!
Thanks for the great review :)

Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

TG said...

Wonderful review! I'm been moving closer and closer to the side of me that says, "Buy this!" and I think your review may have been the deciding factor. Mentioning 'dark and beautiful' writing has convinced me! I've only been hesitant because I've never read Poe and I wondered if that would affect my enjoyment. But it sounds like there's lots for the reader to enjoy, even if you're not a Poe fan.

Gina @ My Precious said...

Oh sweet, I just bought this one for $2.99 for my kindle. After reading your rave review and feeling your excited radiate through the screen on my computer I'm totally amped to read this one now. Nicely reviewed.

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