Sunday, 23 December 2012

Review: The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)Date Read: November 28th, 2012
Date Published: August 2nd, 2012
Publishers: Indigo
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Blurb: 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 didn't know what to expect with this book. Steam punk is a genre I'm not familliar with. I know that it's a mixture of past and present objects. For example there are horse drawn carriages in this and the fashion is vintage style with corsets and big skirts but there are also nightclubs and skycraping hotels. It's definitely different and I kind of like it.

This story is set in a dark world that's mysterious and strange. The plague is killing everything and everyone and only those rich enough to afford masks can have them. Araby is the main character who goes out to the clubs to get away from the death of the city and her painful past that haunts her everyday. There's no cure, even though her father created the masks he cannot stop the plague from spreading.
But when Araby meets Will she thinks her life might have some meaning. But it's dangerous out on the streets and nothing is what it seems. But when Elliot comes into her life she isn't sure if she should trust him. Everyone has secrets.

I thought that Araby was quite a good character. Not the best I've ever read about but she was engaging. She has a lot of pain inside her and you get to know why she is the way she is. Why she goes to the club to get away. As the book progressed her character grew and I ended up liking her a lot.
Will was sweet and sexy and just oh so nice and you can tell from the beginning that they have chemistry together. But events that happen in this book leave me unsure of what to think of him. I'm hoping that in the next book everything will be fine.
Elliot was the opposite of Will. He was arrogant and not really that nice but he was, in fact, a nice person and was sweet. I believe he really likes Araby and it isn't an act. I'm curious to see how this love triangle will develop in the next book.

I think I enjoyed this read because it was so different to any other book. The characters were okay but I didn't connect with them as much as what I normally do. But I want to find out what will happen to them and how their story will end. I'm hoping for more action and I am praying that i get some.



  1. Oooh I haven't seen this edition of this cover before? Do you live outside the US? Peronally I like the US cover's really pretty. I read this book back when it came out and absolutely LOVED it. Steampunk is an awesome genre, but before reading your review I didn't really know the definition of it so thanks for that! Awesome review!!! :D

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  2. Yeah it's the UK cover edition, they haven't released one for the sequel yet but I look forward to seeing it :) Thanks for your comment!! :)