Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

Posted July 16, 2013 in 3 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

masque of the red deathMasque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
April 2012
Young Adult, Paranormal
Maturity Rating: 
Some violence but average for a YA book
3/5 stars

About MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH: (taken from

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.


Starting this book I was really excited. A lot of dystopia books are pretty much the same and I was glad this one was different. I shouldn’t have gotten excited too soon.

I was a little concerned that the book wasn’t an original thought, instead it’s based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. The plot wasn’t too bad. There was a typical love triangle between the main character Araby, the rich prince’s nephew and the hard-working poor dreamy guy. Of course. So my problem wasn’t with the plot.

My problem was the characters. I couldn’t relate to anyone and usually that means I’m not going to enjoy the book. Araby is just so stupid. A handsome guy that she has never met before asks her to steal from her father. And guess what? She does. Why is she so stupid? I had no sympathy for her at all! She betrays her family the first moment she can! She never even trusts the guy that she’s helping.

Maybe I’m being too harsh but 3 out of 5 star.

“Bursts of hope make despair harder to live with.”

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge