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  1. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    Ah steampunk libertines Who'd have thought they'd be so appealing? Books that are heavily influenced by classic stories are always tricky particularly when it's as ambitious an undertaking as a story inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe classic I loved the lavish setting and moodiness of the original story so I had my doubts that anything could come close to capturing its crazy vibe But somehow Bethany Griffin has managed to create a very similarly dark extravagant feeling in her gothic adaptation which is a surprisingly compelling readSeventeen year old Araby Worth lives in a world devastated by plague Haunted by the death of her twin brother Finn she and her friend April spend their nights attending opulent club parties trying to lose themselves in pleasure so they can forget the what's going on around them In this atmosphere of dissipation and discontent she meets the reckless Elliott the nephew of the mad Prince Prospero who controls the city and Will a boy who works at the Debauchery Club who is desperately trying to take care of his little brother and sister Through her association with them she is shaken out of her numb acceptance of the world she lives in and learns that she just might hold the key to saving countless livesI fully admit that my overall liking for the book is fairly reliant upon the extravagant world that the author created but that's not necessarily a bad thing when it's such an important part of adapting Poe I was mesmerized by the visuals of porcelain masks that protect the wealthy from the contamination which were invented by Araby's scientist father; disease carrying bats; zeppelins in the sky; nights of debauchery; tattered velvet dresses; the threat of death by crocodile I also liked the central story line involving a plan to steal blueprints for the masks so they might be distributed to the poor and the romance had enough substance to keep me interested tooThings that should have driven me crazy but didn't first person present tense; a love triangle mostly because it keeps you guessing for the most part and doesn't always go the expected route; recreational drug use because it fits in with the story; modern slang mixed in with a historical ish style; the vow Araby takes to avoid all pleasures that Finn will never get to experience I do wish that we'd gotten a little further along in the central plot to undermine Prince Prospero however as well as in Araby's relationships withwell everyone since it seems as though there is a lot of buildup and then the book ends just as things are really starting to get interesting And I wish that the choice Araby makes towards the end was a little meaningful view spoilersince I was never really all that interested in April hide spoiler


  2. karen karen says:

    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 itthe 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 incorrecthere 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 masues 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 masue 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 shitand after her brother dies she gets sucked into a depression where all she wants is to not feel anythingafter getting caught in a suicide attempt oops how embarrassing by april the prince's niece she begins to go to these nightclubs with herand often than not ends up passed out somewhere after indulging in a syringe full of oblivionon 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 masues 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 peoplehow 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 freuently comes across as gullibletake a minute araby view spoilerdon't just give daddy's blueprints away to the first boy who asks for them hide spoiler


  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    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 Masue of the Red Death Conceptually interesting and might I say stylish plague porcelain masues 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 pleaseIs it unreasonable to expect some originality some new events and situations and characters and voices that haven't been written so many times already?


  4. Lyndsey Lyndsey says:

    Masue of the Red Death is oh so deliciously dark and twisty45 starsI 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 the poulated areas Araby spends most of her time out in a club named Debauchery and encounters two sexy and mysterious boys Yet even mysterious 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 justiceLately a lot of books with gorgeous covers haven't been uite 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 intrigueI 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 uestionable actions fill the pages of this book Moral ambiguity yayI 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 nowThe 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 itWho 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 taleIn 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 little slow going than in the beginning I started to have some doubts but it kicked into high gear toward the end What a thrill rideI'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 doI'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 oneMasue 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 charactersIn short I LOVED it Wheeeeeee Fun fun fun


  5. Giselle Giselle says:

    Masue 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 say ? As 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 doubtI 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 comeSince 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 Masue of the Red Death an exuisitely woven tale both lavish and ominous For of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads


  6. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Masue of the Red Death took a lot of risks Firstly it was based on Poe’s title of the same name And as every­one knows gen­er­ally you just don’t go mess­ing with PoeAll I’m say­ing is that shortly before this was taken that skele­ton was alive and very apologetic but ultimately doomedSec­ondly it’s a young adult novel that fea­tures drugs sex and alco­hol Thirdly the pro­tag­o­nist Araby Worth is suicidalAfter fin­ish­ing it it doesn’t feel like a novel that I nec­es­sar­ily need to talk about I really enjoyed it Dun­can an edi­tor at Harper Collins said in the for­ward “We think Bethany Grif­fin is a star­tling and fresh voice in teen fiction”Well I’ll give them that I thought Griffin’s writ­ing was well crafted and strong She has con­trol over her prose and uses them to great effect through­out the novelMasue of the Red Death con­tains that dreaded crea­ture – the love tri­an­gle Curse it But it was not hor­ri­fy­ingly painful As a reader it’s not some­thing 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 inter­nal organs to explode so I think it can mostly be for­given – though the rela­tion­ship aspect does take up a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of this story where I would have pre­ferred per­haps to spend time focus­ing on the polit­i­cal intrigue or intense plot­ting than over which boy may or may not kiss her Plot I’m going to let you fin­ish in a minute But this kiss scene is going to hap­pen nowChar­ac­ter­i­za­tion in this novel is a tightrope over Nia­gra Falls dif­fi­culty set­ting and I think Grif­fin may just have pulled it off Araby was the most dif­fi­cult char­ac­ter of all Not just because she was sui­ci­dal and depressed and mopy but because she has a lot of dif­fi­cult deci­sions to make and most of them impact on the world she’s in There’s this uncom­fort­able feel­ing that a sui­ci­dal junkie may not be the per­son I’d want to place my hopes in but some­how I think her warm heart and gen­er­ous spirit bal­anced it outThe two love inter­ests what can I say? It’s the usual toss up between Bad Boy and Ol’ Reli­able But Grif­fin gives a good twist on this and actu­ally makes the rela­tion­ships an inter­est­ing dynamic The prob­lem was that they occa­sion­ally inter­rupted the pacing Excuse me ma’am Mind if I hijack your story pac­ing?Image by AvidelEnjoy­able and highly read­able – I look for­ward to the next one This review was also posted on my blog Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


  7. Sana Sana says:

    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 me375 stars


  8. Willow Willow says:

    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 herThere’s of course a love triangle which I didn’t really care about If Araby falls for Elliot she has rocks in her head Conseuently I’m convinced she will end up with himThe 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


  9. Kelly Kelly says:

    We’ve all read the Masue 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 Masue is its wonderfully complex heartrending and compelling heroine—ArabyShift 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


  10. Krystal Krystal says:

    Can I get the seuel to this ASAP please?This is one of those books where I wasn't expecting too much because I bought it so cheap So it actually surprised me how addictive it wasI've read Poe's The Masue of the Red Death and re read before reading this and always wanted MORE so finding this book was exactly what I needed Poe created such a fantastic setting then stiffed us with the characters so here we finally get to experience it a bit ourselvesThe plot COVID 19 A mysterious virus runs rampant across the country and has already killed half the population The disease is messy and works fast so people have become accustomed to wearing masks to ensure their safety Some live underground if they don't have a mask No one protests wearing them even though they hate wearing them because they understand that living is important than complaining Anyhoo so Araby is a big fan of using drugs to forget her problems but then she meets a guy claiming to want to change the world There is also a sexy guy with tattoos who I am definitely in love with even if Araby is less certainI'm a sucker for tattoos in real life so give me a dark haired tattooed mysterious man and I'm basically hooked straight away Whereas Elliott I hated from the start because he's arrogant and bossy and treats Araby like crap Plus he tears a book and that's pretty unforgivable in my opinionAraby is a heroine I could get behind Sure she has some unhealthy coping mechanisms and an unhealthy need for approval but she's not a sucker She can see when she's being played and when she says no she means it and if you don't hear it it's your own fault pal I really loved how she stuck to her guns but still grows as a characterThe story itself is admittedly a little weak because the world is chaos and Araby is mostly running around with or for these two handsome fellows At the start she seems like a spoilt rich kid but it's never really developed before she's pulled into the worlds of these two men Elliott has plans up his sleeves but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what he's going for and why Will gets forgotten for a little bit which made me sad Then you've got rumours of the prince but it's hard to establish his personality because it's all talk and we don't meet him til later in the book The disease is running rampant but it's not clear who is in charge of the city or what is going on It seems like it's supposed to be a 'this is how we live now' kinda vibe but there's too much chaos for that to sit right People are dying all over the place but 'all over the place' is limited to Araby's world the places she goes without much reference to the rest of the citycountryworld It's all very vaguePoe's story is skimpy on details as well but it's condensed into the extravagance of the castle which keeps it tight and intriguing Knowing how it ends I was totally waiting for this to end dramatically but it turns out there's a seuel I can get my hands on so I'll definitely be hunting for thatSummary The story itself is a little vague and weakly explored but the characters made up for it for me I found it all to be uite unpredictable and Araby was a great heroine to follow which combined to make this a really addictive read It's dark but it's a lot of fun too somehow I'd recommend for YA lovers looking for something a little different


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Masue 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 forNights 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