[BOOKS] ✯ Masque of the Red Death By Bethany Griffin – Golanvideoagency.info

Masque of the Red Death Everything Is In RuinsA Devastating Plague Has Decimated The Population, And Those Who Are Left Live In Fear Of Catching It As The City Crumbles Around ThemSo What Does Araby Worth Have To Live For Nights In The Debauchery Club, Beautiful Dresses, Glittery Makeup And Tantalizing Ways To Forget It AllBut In The Depths Of The Club In The Depths Of Her Own Despair Araby Will Find 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 DoesAnd Araby May Find Not Just Something To Live For, But Something To Fight For No Matter What It Costs Her Masque of the Red Death has been my most anticipated book of the year since I discovered it last September I was obviously first attracted to it by its cover, followed by its premise that talks of a gothic setting, a plague apocalypse, and a Debauchery club need I sayAs far as steampunk novels go, this is easily my favorite I absolutely loved the atmosphere throughout the story The ruined city, the dangers in the streets, the masks, the disease it s dark and it s dreary, with intricate details that had me truly envisioning this world in disrepair, full of mortality The always present danger of this easily contracted death is palpable It gave me shivers and made me cringe Bethany clearly did not falter in her world building Its unwavering somber ambiance constantly propels us in a dying world so different from our own, yet, frighteningly not inconceivable Inside this disintegrating world lives Araby Living with the guilt of losing her twin brother, she s dealing with her grief in form of punishment by not experiencing life to its fullest Or at least, nothing Finn didn t get the chance to This, to me, was incredibly sad I felt sorry for her especially because she is blinded by her despair incapacitated However, when she meets Will with his gorgeous looks, and Elliott with his master plans, things start to improve Both of these guys are full of charm even through my misgivings, I kept a liking for both of them Their vast differences make them both terribly appealing, while their intentions left me with unabated curiosity and doubt.I would not consider this a very fast paced book Nevertheless, the prose kept me completely mesmerized along with the vastly detailed world and likeable characters The writing is noticeably elegant the beautiful flow creates an experience where a fast pace is not necessary to enjoy its execution But I still wouldn t have minded digging a little deeper inside the fundamental plot line instead of only getting twists albeit fascinating that lead to a big foreshadowing of what s to come.Since I haven t read Edgar Allen Poe s original work, I can t comment on the comparison, but I was positively impressed with Bethany Griffin s Masque of the Red Death an exquisitely woven tale both lavish and ominous Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads I really hate being a constant Debbie Downer, but, this is another throwaway, unfortunately I ve been unlucky with my book picks lately, as you can tell So, Masque of the Red Death Conceptually interesting and, might I say, stylish plague, porcelain masques, corsets, steam carriages, debauchery But why must it be, essentially, just like every other book that s been published in the genre over the last year or so I ve lost count of how many times I ve read the same elements of this story a heroine, in a dazed, catatonic state, mourning her brother her obvious love interest, a debauchery club bouncer there was NO debauchery in the first 50 pages for some unknown reason drags her unconscious body to his poor house, so that she can wake up in his bed and admire his tats she is suddenly stricken by realization of how poor and unfortunate his family is while she is a rich girl she is jealous of her new flame within hours, because the guy is just so nice and family oriented and of course there is absolutely no chance she will kiss the dream boy, because, of course, there is a huge, massive obstacle in a form of her vow never to indulge in such thing because, you know, her brother is deadLet me put some guesses of future plot development out there there is going to be a love triangle that handsome guy who supplied the MC with drugs wasn t there for no reason, right he is probably rich there is going to be some rebellion otherwise, the poor guy and his underfed siblings wouldn t be in the book there is going to be a discovery of a plague cure and fight to give it to the least fortunate Did I get it right, or wrong Spoil it for me, please.Is it unreasonable to expect some originality, some new events and situations and characters and voices that haven t been written so many times already Masque of the Red Death is oh so deliciously dark and twisty 4.5 stars I adore dark, fantastical and overly dramatic stories Who s with me Let s go kick some flying monkeys, everyone Kidding, kidding Please guys, treat your flying monkeys with respect Oz just wouldn t be as much fun without them The Rundown Araby Worth lives in a chilling death ridden world, where every day is a struggle to keep from contracting a deadly plague Dead bodies litter the streets and air filtering masks are necessary to keep the plague at bay A villanous Prince rules the area but lives outside the threats that exist within thepoulated areas Araby spends most of her time out in a club named Debauchery and encounters two sexy and mysterious boys Yet evenmysterious is what s going on in the city Rumors of an uprising threaten the safety of those within the city and then the attacks begin Annnnnnd, love triangles and villainy ensue Whoohoo Damn, this is a difficult book to summarize The Cover I really appreciate when the publishers put so much love into even the advance copy of the book The cover looks beautiful in the photo but in real life it is outstandfendupulosus Don t even ask me what that means but, I kid you not, it s exactly the word I think of when I look at this cover Because a real word just wouldn t do it justice.Lately, a lot of books with gorgeous covers haven t been quite as beauteous on the inside So I was expecting to not like this one When I would look at it on my shelf, I could picture myself reading it in the future and clearly see the disappointed look on future me s face when it turned out to be less than outstandfendupulosus Also, I think that if Richard Simmons was a dinosaur, outstandfendupulosus would totally be his scientific name The Characters This book reads like a crazy twisted dark cartoon version of dystopian gothic fiction The characters are over the top and full of dramatic intrigue.I fell for every one of the characters They all have a delightful mix of good and evil Except for the villians who are so fantastically evil, almost cartoonishly evil, that it makes you want to yell Prepare for trouble Make it double As for the other characters, glorious shades of gray and questionable actions fill the pages of this book Moral ambiguity, yay I am enad with Araby I don t love that she seems committed to remaining chaste at the start, but I do love her reason It s not based on religion or peer pressure but a real complex emotional stance, and that is all I ll say for now.The love triangle is my absolute favorite of recent books Like Araby, I had a hard time choosing where my loyalties are and jumped back and forth between the two Neither guy is exactly the hero type, not the kind you d take home to your mom, but that s what I loved about them She truly cares for both of the boys and doesn t lead either of them on just for the heck of it.Who loves bad boys Lyndsey loves bad boys I do, I do, I do OO If you like bad boys, you ll love the two love interests in this book If you like love triangles, you ll love to hate making a decision between these two guys The Pacing and World Building This isn t heavy on the steampunk or the dystopia, but there are lights elements of both weaved throughout the world If anything, I d consider this gothic instead of steampunk It s definitely a colorful and dramatic tale.In the beginning, I was luh huuuuurving the pace I was thinking that there was no way way this wouldn t end up being a favorite Then in the middle it began to lull a bit Still a constant forward motion, just a littleslow going than in the beginning I started to have some doubts, but it kicked into high gear toward the end What a thrill ride I ve been itching to reread this ever since I finished and that doesn t happen to me often Don t they have a lotion for this It s driving me crazy MUST REREAD The Verdict I haven t been this excited about a first book in a series since Divergent The world building is extravagant and consuming The pacing is even and exciting It s such a compulsive read I felt compelled to keep reading and compelled to reread I still do.I ve been trying to write this review for a while Trying to make sure I properly express my excitement over this book I haven t been able to get it out of my mind since I finished and have had a hard time with other books because I want them to be as much fun as this one Masque of the Red Death is a stunningly dark novel by Bethany Griffin It s a whimsical mix of gothic dystopia, brought together with gorgeous prose and intriguing characters.In short, I LOVED it Wheeeeeee Fun fun fun. We ve all read the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe But have you ever wondered what kind of state the world would have to be in for such a tale to take place In Bethany Griffin s gripping novel which shares its title with Poe s story we are swept into the inner workings of a bleak realm The world has been devestated by a fierce contagion Everyone must wear masks Everyone is at risk I adored this novel and I m still reeling from the last few chapters especially Part Steampunk, part dystopian and part romantic intrigue, it s the absolute best of all three worlds And despite the presence of two SUPREMELY hot guys, I think my most favorite aspect of Masque is its wonderfully complex, heartrending and compelling heroine Araby.Shift this one to the top of your to read stack when it hits the shelf YA readers and Poe fans It is not to be missed. Masque of the Red Death took a lot of risks Firstly, it was based on Poe s title of the same name And as every one knows, gen er ally you just don t go mess ing with Poe.All I m say ing is that shortly before this was taken, that skele ton was alive and very apologetic, but ultimately doomed.Sec ondly, it s a young adult novel that fea tures drugs, sex and alco hol Thirdly, the pro tag o nist, Araby Worth, is suicidal.After fin ish ing it, it doesn t feel like a novel that I nec es sar ily need to talk about I really enjoyed it Dun can, an edi tor at Harper Collins, said in the for ward, We think Bethany Grif fin is a star tling and fresh voice in teen fiction Well, I ll give them that I thought Griffin s writ ing was well crafted and strong She has con trol over her prose and uses them to great effect through out the novel.Masque of the Red Death con tains that dreaded crea ture the love tri an gle Curse it But it was not hor ri fy ingly painful As a reader, it s not some thing I enjoy and I don t think it added much of value to this novel but nor did it cause my eye to bleed and my inter nal organs to explode, so I think it can mostly be for given though the rela tion ship aspect does take up a sig nif i cant por tion of this story where I would have pre ferred, per haps, to spendtime focus ing on the polit i cal intrigue or intense plot ting than over which boy may or may not kiss her Plot, I m going to let you fin ish in a minute But this kiss scene is going to hap pen now.Char ac ter i za tion in this novel is a tightrope over Nia gra Falls dif fi culty set ting and I think Grif fin may just have pulled it off Araby was the most dif fi cult char ac ter of all Not just because she was sui ci dal and depressed and mopy, but because she has a lot of dif fi cult deci sions to make and most of them impact on the world she s in There s this uncom fort able feel ing that a sui ci dal junkie may not be the per son I d want to place my hopes in, but some how I think her warm heart and gen er ous spirit bal anced it out.The two love inter ests, what can I say It s the usual toss up between Bad Boy and Ol Reli able But Grif fin gives a good twist on this and actu ally makes the rela tion ships an inter est ing dynamic The prob lem was that they occa sion ally inter rupted the pacing Excuse me, ma am Mind if I hijack your story pac ing Image by AvidelEnjoy able and highly read able I look for ward to the next one This review was also posted on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog There s a part of me that thinks maybe I ve been too hard on this, but I m going to let the two star review stand Araby Worth is the teenage daughter of a brilliant scientist who lives in the ritzy part of a plague city Most nights she goes out with her vapid friend April to the exclusive Debauchery Club to do drugs and walk around All the rich people wear masks and travel in steamcoaches to protect them from disease, while the poor wallow in dead bodies This story is mostly about Araby running around with drug dealer and nutcase, Elliot, as he talks about overthrowing his evil Uncle Prospero Why Araby thinks Elliot will be a better ruler than Prospero is beyond me, but she decides to throw in with him and betray her father I suppose she validates this because she feels unloved by her parents Her father has been distant ever since her brother died But this is the main problem I had with Araby She s a shallow, self absorbed slime I have little sympathy for someone who puts her family in danger for no real concrete reason It s not like she ever trusts Elliot either She knows he s psycho So when she s puts her faith in him, it just makes her look stupid And when she tells herself she s just helping Elliot to save April, you know she s full of crap Does a heroine have to be likable for me to like a book I hope not It s kind of nauseating though when the author tries to make her shallow heroine look sympathetic by having her mourn a lost brother Araby uses that brother too as an excuse for not being intimate Toward the end, during the exciting climax, Araby finally reveals the horrible story about how her brother died, and I m thinking, what You re going to talk about this now during an action scene Despite that one big reveal, there are few answers in this book Details about the plague, Araby s father, and the evil Prospero are left vague, with shocking tidbits thrown in here and there, nothing conclusive How the plague is passed around and how long it s infected the city is a mystery Araby s father is a mystery What makes it even worse, Araby steals her father s journal and carries it around with her through half the book This book has answers You d think she d be dying to read it Does she Hell no Why I have no frickin clue She has plenty of chances I guess she likes being in the dark As a reader though, you want to reach through the book and smack her.There s of course a love triangle, which I didn t really care about If Araby falls for Elliot she has rocks in her head Consequently, I m convinced she will end up with him.The world is nonsensical and gothy with girls dressed in red corsets and men decorated in swirling tattoos Elaborate tunnels built for absolutely no reason are under the city and lead to the castle Plague infested bats hide in the nooks and crannies of the city My favorite is the carriers that live in marshes They re kind of like zombies, covered in weeping sores filled with pus, who stare at Araby along the shore I kept asking myself, isn t a true carrier someone who doesn t get infected, yet passes the disease But hey that s not important Yet with all this fun, you re probably wondering, why didn t I enjoy this book I will tell you It was because the story is not compelling and it was sloppy None of the world building was given any real thought Griffin s world consists of nothing but gothy pictures, like the kind you d find from a tarot deck Good steampunk should offer an alternative timeline, delectable gadgets and enlightening revelations This book has none of that There s no substance Plus the book didn t end I m getting tired of YA books that do this Grrrr honestly What the fuck did I just read I m 100% confused but I ve never been so invested and eager to read on about something I don t fucking get Idk everything seemed to jump from scene to scene without any explanation and I just liked it There s shitty romance and characters, but the plot s intriguing though it confused me.3.75 stars. i am unable to see magic eye puzzles whether it is my astigmatism or whatever is miswired in my brain that was giving me that off brand epilepsy some years back, i am not able to get the same joy as others out of those things but i enjoy the enjoyment of others and i was really excited to find this on the free shelves at work, knowing that other people had really loved it but for me, it wasn t a home run i don t see it.the premise is great it is not a retelling of poe s story, but it borrows some of his visuals in poe, a plague has ravaged the city, and a wealthy prince gathers together a number of his privileged elite, who lock themselves into his castle and party like only the entitled can, bravely and optimistically, believing themselves immune to the fate that awaits us all they are incorrect.here, we have a similar dichotomy unfortunate people dying in the street from plague with corpse collectors at the ready while the wealthy who can afford masques with air filtration capabilities travel in steam powered carriages in all their corsetted finery to nightclubs where they seek oblivion in drink, drugs, and casual sex araby, our heroine, is part of the masque class only because her scientist father invented the things she spent years living underground with her twin brother and mother while people up top died horribly, so she has a different perspective than those born to their golden bubble status she has seen some shit.and after her brother dies, she gets sucked into a depression where all she wants is to not feel anything.after getting caught in a suicide attempt oops, how embarrassing by april, the prince s niece, she begins to go to these nightclubs with her,andoften than not ends up passed out somewhere after indulging in a syringe full of oblivion.on the one hand, i applaud the balls that we have come so far in YA lit that our heroine can be a suicidal teenager with a drug problem, and not just the occasional joint she is mainlining suck it, joel stein i also like her noli me tangere attitude she feels such guilt over the death of her brother, that she vows not to ever experience anything he did not have a chance to, so physical intimacy is right out apparently, though, it is okay for her to do drugs, go to nightclubs, dye her hair, wear glitterit is a vow filled with holes, but she does try to stay away from physical expression of attraction until she realizes she is in a YA novel, so there has to be a love triangle one of the boys is a working class dreamboat, mopping up vomit and administering plague tests at the nightclub to support his two younger siblings so he can afford to buy them plague masques of their very own the other is april s brother, an idealistic revolutionary, who gives araby drugs and tries to encourage her to assist him in his planned revolt against his uncle, the prince, to bring power to the people.how is a vow burdened girl to choose i just didn t find her character as compelling as her potential she was so easily led, so trusting i appreciate that she always wants to do the right thing, but she is so impulsive that it frequently comes across as gullible.take a minute, araby view spoiler don t just give daddy s blueprints away to the first boy who asks for them hide spoiler I was the first person ever to breathe through a maskImagine living in a world where the most important thing you need to survive is also the very same thing that could take your lifeI need some fresh air Then by all means, go outside If it doesn t clear your head, it will probably kill youAraby lives among the sick and dying The only thing which separates her from the less fortunate is her accessibility to the air filtering masks which are credited for sustaining life Most people would trade places with the girl who has food, shelter, and clean air For Araby, these amenities are only prolonging the terror and sorrow She sees the pain of loss and smells the stench of the dead She lives in fear of touch not only from the rotting hands of those who are infected, but also from the clean hands of those who care for her What she fears the most is living a life that was not meant for her to live.As the contagion grows, a city in ruin divides its loyalties There are three players rallying for control The prince in command, The religious fanatic spreading propaganda, and a young man named Elliot who has personal reasons to want to overthrow the other two opponents.Being the daughter of the man who invented the life saving masks, Araby is of interest to all of the power players involved Unsure who to trust, she holds tight to her newest ally a friend from the dark nightclub she frequents But is her heart and life safe with himMasque of the Red Death is one of those books which is going to make me sit and think about what s to come This story is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe s short story of the same name, but with a few different plot twists If I follow through in my mind what happens in Masque, as well as the following story of The Cask of Amontillado, then I am a bit worried about what is up ahead However, I have the feeling that this author is going to take what we might already know and turn everything on its ear.The setting, the characters, the storyall of it was beautifully drawn, if death and destruction could ever be described as such I found myself torn between the steadfastness of Will and the passion of Elliot Both characters hold secrets and both are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect their causes For Will, it s his family For Elliot, it s his vision I could see why Araby would be intrigued by either of them I appreciated how I was left wondering who would end up being the most trustworthy of the two As of right now, there is no clear cut answer One highlight of the book is a scene in which one of the young men dangles our female lead over crocodile infested water On purpose Ah, young love Isn t it grand Thankfully, the story went much deeper than just another tale of, which boy should I choose I felt like the love triangle was merely a byproduct of the environment and need to survive There was no time to sit around and contemplate which male might be the dreamiest, or the sweetest, or some other fluffy thing that might have sidetracked us from the intent of the book.I will be anxiously awaiting the second installment of this series There is too much left undone that I want to know now. Who will live and who will die What is to become of this world in chaos Will there ever come a time when the masques are no longer needed It will be far too long until I get a chance to find out

About the Author: Bethany Griffin

Bethany Griffin teaches high school English and creative writing.

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