Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin Review

Title: Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Masque of the Red Death, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Terrifying, beautiful, tense, and thrilling, Masque of the Red Death is a beautiful dystopian tale designed to keep readers on their toes and thrill them with the tense, frightening prose.

Araby Worth is a rich young woman whose life consist of parties, drugs, and wealth; she enjoys a high position over the rest of the population--her father being the scientist who saved humanity from the plague, with the invention of masks that filter the air people breathe. Unfortunately, only the rich can afford these masks, and on a night of trying to forget about the death around her--including her brother's--Araby meets two boys, both gorgeous and both with secrets--Elliot and Will. Araby finds herself in the middle of a love triangle as well as a revolution, and something to live for.

What I enjoyed:
-The tense, terrifying, yet beautiful prose that had me on edge the entire time I was reading the book
-Araby, and her desperation to find oblivion and forget the pain of her past
-Will, and his siblings, Elise and Henry
-The constant bombshells that continued throughout the book
-The fast pacing--I gobbled up this novel
-The atmosphere--at times I kept wondering if I was going to jump or even scream
-The love triangle

What I didn't enjoy:
-Araby's parents

If you guys are looking for a scary dystopian thriller, pick up Masque of the Red Death! The sequel, Dance of the Red Death, comes out the second week of June. Next on deck: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray!

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