Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Masque of the Red Death

Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
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 around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.  (description from

Holy atmospheric Batman!  Okay. Aside from a *GORGEOUS* cover that I couldn't stop petting staring at, Griffin really has a way with words.  This book oozed creepy, gothic decadence.  There was never any doubt in my mind what this world looked like at all.  I felt as if I was stepping into the Debauchery Club right alongside Araby.  *shivers*

This world sucked me right in and the moment I put the book down, I started hunting online for information about book two (and yes, there is one! It's title is Dance of the Red Death, and it will be coming out in April 2013...). I cannot wait to dive back into this world.  To see the ramifications of Araby's choices.  To see how her friends' actions have affected her relationships with them.  To see if the whole world just implodes...

In a sea of dystopias and paranormal romances, this is a stand-out. 

Full disclosure: Borrowed through interlibrary loan

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