Book Review: Masque of the Red Death

Title: Masque of the Red Death

Author: Bethany Griffin

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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.

Araby, at 17 years old is living a privileged life. Her father, the scientist that saved humanity, has earned them that privilege. But when the plague was new and decimating the population Araby suffered right along with everyone else. In fact, she lost her twin brother and not knowing how to deal with the loss, let’s it define her.

Araby is a character that’s hard to define, to categorize. She’s someone that is always trying to do the right thing regardless, of the dangers she might face. She seems to not value her life but always fights for it when it is threatened. Again, there is no simple way to define her. She is complex. But she’s intriguing. I enjoy her character and think she is a great protagonist.

Let me say that I am one who happens to enjoy love triangles. The two heart throbs in this book are Will and Elliott. They both appear to be polar opposites yet have many things in common. They are both interested in Araby (clearly), they both harbor secrets, and they are both trying to make the best of their dystopian world. But Griffin does a great job of making them both utterly attractive. Each in their own way. She left me torn in two not knowing who to root for, always going back and forth between the two. I love how she sets up this love triangle and how at the end it all seems to work out.

Overall, this book is memorizing. It is romantic, captivating, suspenseful, exciting and did I mention the great plot twists? Griffin is a great storyteller and I loved reading this book.

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