Monday, 9 April 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

*Some spoilers for The Hunger Games trilogy, Twilight, The Mortal Instruments, and Pride and Prejudice. Just...go with it*

Masque of the Red Death
Bethany Griffin
Harper Collins
[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.

Dear Every Author Who Wants to Write a Love Triangle: Read this book. Learn. This is how a love triangle's SUPPOSED to work.

So first off, we'll talk about Araby who has one of the coolest names I've seen in a book in a while. I really liked Araby. She was a good narrator and she did develop a bit. I think I would've liked her more if she'd been shallower in the beginning and was able to develop more, but I liked her. She kept the story going and she was interesting to read about.

But really, my favorite part of Masque of the Red Death is the ROMANCE. Sweet Jesus guys, do you know how excited a real, good love triangle makes me? Because, let's be honest, people claim there's a love triangle in like 75% of the YA books but there's clearly NOT. We all know who they girl's going to end up with, whether it be Bella and Edward or Clary and Jace or Elizabeth and Darcy or Katniss and Peeta. No. NOT love triangles. The answer is clear from the beginning, no matter who you favor, and you're just going to have to accept it. Obviously, those books aren't real love triangles, no matter what ANYONE TRIES TO TELL YOU. But Bethany Griffin does it RIGHT. Elliott and Will are both good choices. Araby has feelings for both of them and they both have feelings with her and I really don't know who she's going to end up with. I don't know who I want her to end up with. And that, my dear friends, is the best love triangle you can ask for.


The rest of the story? Did you read that summary and read about how fan-effing-tastic it sounds? Masque of the Red Death does not disappoint. The world is really well built and fascinating. It's DYSTOPIAN and HISTORICAL FICTION and it makes my inner fangirl type ALL THE CAPS LOCK because it's so well done and fascinating and original and slkghjelkhjslhg.

Bethany Griffin is a fantastic author with a story like nothing I've ever read and the swooning romance and the two equally yummy and wonderful boys and a main character who's strong and different and guys...guys. Do not ignore this book, do not ignore this author. A gorgeous cover and a fantastic summary are just the beginning.



  1. YES!

    I agree with all of this. And I loved that by the end I had no idea who Araby would end up with.

  2. Ah! So excited to read this book. Glad to hear it's a love triangle done right. This'll make having favourites better; it's a level playing field. :P

  3. Good lord. Authors should pay you for reviews, not even half through reading this I had to open a new tab and get this book.

  4. The premise of this book really drew me in. It sounded like Moulin Rouge mixed into a scary dystopian world complete with a couple of sexy romantic interests - who couldn't be intrigued by that? After I first picked up this book I simply devoured it, it was so good if a little different to my original expectations. The story is based on an Edgar Allan Poe classic by the same title and while I haven't read it to see how it lives up to the original, the story definitely has a very dark gothic vibe which rings true of what Poe I have read. Araby, the central character of this novel starts of numb and disconnect buried in guilt and grief and this story really is about her discovering herself and opening her eyes to what is really happening in the world around her.

  5. Thanks for the review! I haven't read it yet but based on the great feedback I've seen I'm sure I'll like it. Definitely going into my TBR list.



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