Waiting on Wednesday (18): Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight soon-to-be-released books that you are so [im]patiently waiting for. It also gives other bloggers a chance to find and share books for To Be Read lists.

Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publisher: Harper Collins, Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected Publication: April 24, 2012

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.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday??


  1. i am putting this on my TBR list right now!!! It looks so good! thanks for sharing! Im a new follower!

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  2. I think this book has the most gorgeous cover!!

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  4. I am so excited for this book! It sounds so good and I love the cover! Great pick!

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  5. WAAAAANT!!! I can't wait for this one either and this cover is my favorite of 2012!! Awesome pick!

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  6. This one sounds great and that cover is beautiful! Can't wait!

  7. Excellent choice this Wednesday, Kelly! I'm waiting with you for this one, it sound like a fab read :)

  8. This is definitely one that I'm looking forward to reading, too!

  9. I have always been obsessed with Poe, so when I saw this book, I immediately knew I had to have it. I was eager to see how someone would reimagine the tale of Prince Prospero who has taken refuge in a castle along thousand of others to avoid contracting the "Red Death" plague. I was not disappointed.

    While the aforementioned tale is a short story, Ms. Griffin has taken it and fleshed it out into a full-length novel, placing a broken, yet likable Araby Worth at the center of her story. Araby's father has invented a mask to protect people from the plague and is one of the greedy and ruthless Prince Prospero's most coveted employees. Araby and her family live apart from the rest of the ruined city, tucked away in a tower at the edge of town, protected from those who may want to kill her father. But Araby is restless, so she spends many a night at the Debauchery Club with her best friend, doing her best to escape the pain she still feels after the loss of her twin brother to the plague.

  10. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a darker, gothic read, but all Poe fans should absolutely give this book a chance. I think this is a book that will be well-received, not only in the world of YA, but the world of literature, in general. It is definitely an homage to a literary master that is worthy of very high praise!

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