Saturday, 18 August 2012

A Review for Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red DeathPosted by Donna 
Release Date:  August 2nd, 2012
Finished Date: August 17th, 2012
Publishers: Indigo 
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 336
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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.

The Review: I went into Masque of the Red Death with very high expectations, mainly because I'd heard so many great things before reading it. But I couldn't help feel disappointed with it, I'm not saying Masque of the Red Death was a bad book, I just didn't thing it was mind-blowing as I was expecting it to be. As far as Edgar Allen Poe's original work goes, I've never read it so maybe that was my missing link. I wish I had more back ground information on the book before I read it. 

The story itself was dark, mysterious and vivid but the story had a very slow to start. Clearly the this was the authors intention so, as a reader you could get to know the characters and plot but, I felt it took to long to take off but once it did, I really started to enjoy it. 

Now the characters they were...interesting. I didn't think Araby very likable to start with but once she opened up more and especially when she became friends with Will, she became more likable. Her scene's with Will was one of the reasons I kept reading this book. Their chemistry was undeniable and I was rooting for them all the way. But, then we see Elliot and while I thought he was okay, I didn't really love him. He was hiding far to many secrets for my liking and while he says he loves Araby, I'm not sure he does. I think Araby would be better off with Will even despite that little twist at the end. 

Overall, I think many people will enjoy Masque of the Red Death but for me, I'm sitting on the fence still. Would I read the next book? Probably, I would like to see where Bethany Griffins takes the next book, and I'm hoping because the introduction is now over, we get more action a lot sooner.


Hanna Whitehead said...

I have to admit I completely fell in love with this book, although I was sceptical to begin with. It just seemed so unique and creepy! It had its faults, like the romance wasn't wonderful, but I loved it anyway. I'll be first in line for the next book! :)

rogier said...

great review. i have not read it but hoping soon. i love gothic tales

roro is reading

Erin W. said...

I admit, I absolutely ADORED this book. Well, it's probably because I love Edgar Allan Poe so much and the story that this book was based on (one of my fav's from Poe). But yeah, I can see why it might not be for everyone, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it. Nice review!

Realm of Fiction said...

I liked this book, but wasn't blown away by it either. I agree with your points, Donna. Great review! :)

Marianne Jervis said...

Full of surprises, twists and
turns and hidden motivations, Masque of the Red Death is an incredibly
addictive and refreshingly original re-imagining of Poe's macabre
classic and an absolute must read first book in this new series.

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