Review: ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Bethany Griffin

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Bethany GriffinMasque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on April 24th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 319
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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 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.

About Bethany Griffin

Bethany Griffin teaches high school English and creative writing.

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Ahh steam punk meets dystopia in a wonderful book of a plague that installs fear and panic. If anyone has known to live in a world where a pandemic has happened, you can read about it inMasque of the Red Death. Wearing masques are the norm. The virus is everywhere and people make do with what they have including Araby, daughter of the scientist who engineered the masques that citizens wear. She’s caught in her lifestyle of visiting The Debauchary Club and getting high on drugs. What a dreary and desolate world it has become. Half of the population has died and there are the poor who are employed by the wealthy to deliver messages and others who clean the streets that are littered with bodies. shudders

Incredible world building and I love how the girls wear corsets and gowns. It takes you back to the Victorian Age with all the steampunk carriages too. I haven’t actually read the original short story from Edgar Allen Poe, but I would love to so I would be able to compare the two. Bethany Griffin paints a story with enough mystery, and danger that kept me turning every page.

As for the primary characters like Araby I admired her will to help Will’s family as well as her own. Even helping Elliott made her such a likable character. Will was your definite brooding manly character, but I liked Elliott just because he was trying to help the people and to take down his uncle’s strict clutches.

Pick up Masque of the Red Death and be transported in the world where only the healthy can live freely.


Just because you don’t want to see something doesn’t mean that it will go away. Do you think inhumanity doesn’t exist if you pretend not to see it? Or maybe get too drunk to understand? We’ve forgotten the things that make life worthwhile. (174)
You have to remember that there are reasons to live, and that at last a few people are decent, and that the world is worthwhile some of the time, okay? (268)





  1. La La in the LiBrArY

    April 6, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Omg!! I loved this book! It was one of my rare 5 star ratings. It was dystopian, meets steampunk, meets romance. The author didn’t let any one aspect over shadow the other. Perfect harmony. The book club mod on the Harry Potter social site I am on stays away from dystopian, but I persuaded her to read it and she loved it. I must admit I was stoked for the sequel Dance of the Red Death, and purchased it for my Kindle the day after it came out, but I have had so much obligated reading for my blog that I still haven’t come upon a chance to read it. Boo hiss…
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  2. Susan T.

    February 28, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    This sounds incredibly awesome! Steampunk and dystopian are my favorites and I love E. A. Poe too! I don’t know why I haven’t already read this! Lol!

    • Giselle

      March 4, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      It’s wonderful! I loved it so much

  3. Teresa Salvatore (@NeedNewSpace)

    August 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    I have had this book in my TBR pile for quite a while. I just recently picked up Dance of The Red Death so that I can read them back-to-back. After seeing that you enjoyed Masque of the Red Death, I think I’ll have to move them up in the pile. Thanks, Giselle!

  4. Cali W.

    May 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Great review! I loved this book too. I can’t wait to read Dance of Red Death. <3

  5. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    So glad you enjoyed this book. I read an excerpt of it and LOVEEED the world building too! 😀 <3 I can't wait to read some more. <3

  6. Grace Lo

    October 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Personally, I thought Bethany Griffin duplicated the world of Poe very well. In my own review of it (stashed away somewhere) I couldn’t gush about it enough! I felt this major emotional pull into the story, and yes, love the dystopia/apocalypse/steampunk feel of it! c:

  7. Kai

    April 29, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Nice review! I need to get my hands on this’s everywhere on the net

  8. Chelsey (@ Chels & a Book)

    April 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I just bought this one this morning! I cannot wait to read it! Anything dark and eerie makes it to the top of my list! Fabulous review =).

  9. Jacquelynne (@Book_Obsession)

    April 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    EEEEKKK!!! I am going home and picking this book up ASAP – I am so happy you were able to send it to me, and now I am even more excited!!! Dystopian, plague, perhaps romance – who DOESN’T wanna read this book 😀 What a fantastic review to get me pumped about this book !!

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