Author: Bethany Griffin
Series: (Masque of the Red Death #2)
Expected publication: June 11th 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Categories: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Steampunk
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Synopsis: Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.
In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.
Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.
With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.
Review: Araby’s story is one of the most fascinating things I have ever read. Normally, I would have ignored this kind of book. This book contains elements that I would have normally overlooked. It’s not my comfort zone so to speak. But, I don’t know, it worked. I just see myself hanging on to every page, savoring every detail.
I’m quite sad to find out this book is in fact the last one. But I’m amazed how things happened in here, lots of twist and turn. Death and despair. And of course a bit romance wouldn’t hurt. I pretty much disclosed in my review of Masque of the Red Death, that I’m actually intrigued with Elliot. So between him and Will, my vote inclined more on him. There are definitely moments between Araby and Elliot that is worth mentioning. But to keep this review spoiler free, I’m not gonna divulge what was it. But Araby kept on mentioning—convincing herself about his feelings for Elliot. But I’m uncertain whether to commend her for having firm decision about him or be annoyed because her actions tell otherwise. And because of that I ended up not putting much expectation on them. Besides, Elliot has lots of things in mind, and like he said he couldn’t afford any distractions no matter how pretty she might be. And Will? Is there any need to tell? Maybe not, I wasn’t a fan of him anyway.
They have lots of things in their hands. There’s the prince, Elliot’s uncle as well as Malcontent, who turned out that this person is close to Elliot than he would have imagined. I was quite shocked to find out the real identity of this person. But Elliot put his wits together and didn’t falter when he found out the truth. He had problems weighing on his shoulders as well as his sister’s life on the line. He needed to be strong, to look and feel like one in front of his enemies. And speaking of April, I guess I’m little sad about what had happened to her. There’s so much sacrifice these people experienced in order to achieve their goals.
Of course one of their problems is the Red Death and some people used this plague to their own advantage. We also know about the truth regarding Araby’s father and his participation to the illness that killing many people. So maybe, Elliot’s decision about her father was right. I mean, he needed to atone for his sins.
Overall I’m quite satisfied how things worked for them. I can’t say if it’s happily ever after type of conclusion but upon reaching the final page it feels to me like it’s more of a beginning rather than an ending. As if their lives has just starting out.
I received an eARC from Greenwillow Books via Edelweiss. Thank you.