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Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin Book Review

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

I haven’t read Edgar Allen Poe’s poem of Masque of the Red Death, but the idea of a story based on the poem was so intriguing to me! Masque of The Red Death told a fascinating story, although it did get off to a slow start.

The story starts in the middle of a terrible plague, where it isn’t even safe to inhale the outside air. People wear masks to prevent the illness from affecting them, but only the rich are able to afford them. The setting struck me as being so eerie. It’s crazy to think about a world where the air you breathe could be deadly. 

Masque of the Red Death had a slow start, mainly because of the fact that I didn’t like the narrator, Araby. In the beginning, she came across as both arrogant and selfish. She did progress throughout the story, and some of her more frustrating qualities did go away. I liked how she grew so much stronger over the course of the story.

There is a definite love triangle to the story. Neither guy stood out to me, but as the story went on, I grew to like both of them a lot more. Will was a nice guy, and everything he did for his family was very sweet. Although I liked both guys, I definitely liked Elliot more ;) I thought his relationship with Araby ran deeper and he did some really swoon-worthy things. 

The ending wrapped things up well and I’m excited to see if a cure for the Red Death will ever be found. I’d give Masque of the Red Death 3 out of 5 flowers.

* Thank you so much to ARCycling for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review! :)


  1. I haven't read Poe's poem on this book either, but I've always been intrigued about this story. The cover is awesome! Slow starts can really make or break a book for me though. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  2. Hmm, not a fan of the love-triangle, but this story sounds too good to pass! :) I love plagues :D


  3. I hate slow beginnings so thank you for the warning! Love triangles...well, I think it'll be hard for me to get into if they weren't all that great at first. But great review!

    1. The love triangle was just okay for me. Thank you :)

  4. I love this. The colors are great and her eyes really stand out against the mask. I haven't read the book yet, so it doesn't bother me that her hair is a different color. This photo intrigues me and makes me want to read the book.
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