Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
April 24, 2012
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 wasn’t sure quite what to expect diving into MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. The synopsis was as mysterious as the cover and I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that I couldn’t stop turning the pages! Griffin has created a sinister and seductive world that left me pining for more.
Araby is one of the most sad and depressed characters that I have ever read about, but I couldn’t help but take a liking to her. I can see why she has gotten to such a low point in her life and I could only hope that she would find some kind of happiness. She has a very sweet and caring side that showed itself in the special moments where she could open up and be a better person. Araby has many layers to herself that I hope will be exposed in later installments.
The world in MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is unreal. I cannot imagine living in such a place full of death and disease. How any of these characters, much less Araby, cope with everything is beyond me. The details are so rich and raw. Griffin leaves no detail left unsaid, even the more horrific scenes, but she writes them in a tasteful way. I love her writing!
I don’t want to reveal too much more, because going into this one without knowing what to expect will make the reading experience much more exciting. However, I must say that I am very pleased with the love triangle in the novel. It is so hard to find a complex, unpredictable one in any genre, but by the end of the novel, I wasn’t sure who I wanted for Araby. I guess I’ll just have to wait to learn more about them!