Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death
Masque of the Red Death #1
Author: Bethany Griffin
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk
Released: April 24th 2012
Review Source: Greenwillow Books
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

Masque of Red Death is a book that will intrigue you from the moment you lay eyes on the cover. The cover of this book is absolutely stunning. I hate to say it but sometimes I do judge a book by it’s cover, sometimes I’m right and sometimes I’m wrong. In this case I was......

RIGHT!! Judge by the cover my first thought was “Oh this book must be good!” and boy was it good! The way this book was written was fascinating and the plot was uniquely delicious. I devoured myself in this story from the first page and couldn’t stop until I was done. The characters are very well developed and each character is highly likable. The romance in this story is a triangle and it was heartbreakingly hard to decide which male character Araby should choose since they were both great in different ways.

The story is told in modern time but with a Victorian twist. The world the author created was a bit horrific with the illness and the devastation that was described in the plot. However, it made the story that more interesting. The story measured up to feel as if it was running smoothly, not to slow or fast or not too much or too little. Just right.

I highly recommend this story to all YA and just anyone who can enjoy a good romance.


  1. I've heard wonderful things about The Masque of Red Death! And the cover is absolutely gorgeous!I love that it has a bit of a Victorian twist ... the cover really doesn't scream "Victorian" to me! Though, I do love a good romance, so I might have to pick it up sometime.

    Great review!

  2. Oooh, yay love triangles!

    I'm so glad that the characters are likeable. I've read so many unlikeable characters recently, I just want to throw everything I read against the wall. :(

  3. yay! I'm so glad you liked this one so much! I have it on hold at the library and now really cannot wait to get my hands on it!

  4. I've had my eye on this book for quite awhile now. I can't wait to read it. Hopefully soon. Wonderful review! :)
    DeAnna Schultz

  5. I found this book so depressing though with its world that is falling apart-it made it very hard for me to read. Glad you enjoyed it though!


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