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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)


Title: Masque of the Red Death  Author: Bethany Griffin 

Genre:  Steampunk, Dystopia, Romance

Favorite Quote: 

She has to live, Eliott. I owe her a lifetime of apologies.”

“Sometimes I think that’s all we owe our parents.”  

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.  

                               My Review:
Thank you Olivia {even though she will probably never hear this...} for bringing this book to my attention! It did not disappoint.

Something that I really loved about this book was the grittiness and horribleness that you see. The author does not shy away from the true colors of the plague, but she does not just make you see it: she makes you visualize every rash, bruise, and oozing sore. I bet many of you are thinking "eww" but that's the point: who every said the plague was a beautiful thing? In this madness of the corpse collectors and dying people on every corner is Araby the main character. Araby is a very flawed messed up character, but who wouldn't be if they lost their twin brother? She believes her brother was the better, more loved child and feels guilty for being alive when he is dead. Araby is not one of my most favorite characters but she is not a character that makes you want to slap the author for creating her. I'm hoping that in the next book she will grow tremendously as a character.

Now let’s talk about the love triangle in this book. The first boy in this triangle is Araby's best friend’s   brother Elliott. Elliott is reckless, arrogant, ruthless, and a liar. But even with all these bad qualities you pity him and grow to like him. Elliott wants to take over the city from his uncle’s { Prince Prospero} who does not give a care to the poor and letting the city destroy its self because of the plague. He promises Araby that if he were to take control of the city he will take care of the poor which why she agrees to help. I myself don't know if he will keep his promise and do well for the city. He makes it clear to Araby that he will do anything to make his plan succeed even if it means hurting her.

The second boy in this love triangle the proprietor of the Debauchery Club named William. Will is honestly the one I think Araby should be with. He really brings out the best of her and helps her overcome the loss of her brother. He is sweet and honestly cares for her. *SPOILER* I do not blame him at all for betraying Araby. As an older sister I understand that your younger siblings come first and we older siblings will do anything to protect them.Elliot cares for her and tries to help her but it’s not the same as what Will does.

For those of you who don't know, the inspiration for this book came from the story of the same name by Edger Allen Poe. For those of you how have not read it I would definitely give it a read before you come to this book: it will make this book much better.

Rating: 4 Roses 

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