Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin reviewed by Heather

Masque of the Red DeathTitle: Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 336 pages
Source: personal copy

Araby Worth lives in a world in ruins. Years ago a plague wiped out part of the population and caused the survivors to live in fear. There is only one way for Araby to forget what is happening around her.

She visits the Debauchery Club. A club that is filled with people like her, people doing anything possible to forget. While at the club one night, Araby meets Will and Elliot. Will is a normal guy struggling to survive. Elliot is a different kind of man, one who doesn’t have to struggle. Both men have their share of secrets.

I will be honest, the only reason I picked this book up was because of the beautiful cover. I’d never read Edgar Allen Poe’s version of this story, so I had no idea what I was getting into.

This book definitely took me a little bit to get into. I am not a fan of the steampunk genre. It’s just not a type of book that I like to read. Honestly, if I had known it was steampunk genre, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. But once I got over that fact and got into the meat of the story, it was pretty good.

The character Araby wasn’t really a favorite YA character of mine. I’m not really sure why, but I didn’t care for most of the characters. I just felt that I didn’t connect, as a reader, with any of them.

Overall though, I have to say that the story line was what kept me reading. Although it was a little busy at times, it kept me interested.

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