Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Title: Dance of the Red Death

Author: Bethany Griffin
Series: Book Two in the Masque of the Red Death Series
Published By: Harper Collins (June 11. 2013)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Fantasy/Steampunk Edge
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts and Review:
I have been waiting for this sequel since finishing the ARC copy I received for review of the first book in the series and it is a testament to this series that I read this one on release day, that hardly ever happens for me, not because I don't want to but mostly because I just don't make the time because of other commitments. But with this one, I put everything on hold and dove right in.

Let me start off by saying this was everything that I was hoping it would be a more. It still stuck to that dark and gothic feel The Masque had but Araby was so much stronger and even fierce in this one that it brought a whole new level to the story. Gone was the girl who wished for death and hide behind her mask. Araby was a girl determined to save those she loved and a city she began to see beauty in, a city that needed a savior and hero. And she isn't the only one that grows throughout this whole thing, in fact they all do.

I never thought I would love Will again, that I would be able to forgive his transgressions, his betrayal but I was wrong, oh so wrong. He proved himself time and time again in this one, even when Araby wasn't ready to forgive him or trust him and even when he wasn't looking for her forgiveness.

Elliot too changed, more so than I ever thought he would, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.

So much happens in this one, so much told, revealed and discovered. Twists and turns I didn't see coming. Allies from unexpected people and friendships and bonds formed and shattered. 

This was a stunning conclusion to the series and I absolutely devoured it. Once again Griffin shows that she knows how to write and draw you into the dark world that she created and get completely and inexplicably drawn into it so much so that you never want to find your way out. It all felt so real and so imaginative that at times I felt like I needed to reach up and check to make sure my mask was in place to keep me from the horrors around me. 

I loved every minute of this and am sad it is over.

*All opinions and thoughts are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review*


  1. AHHHHH!!!! SO EXCITED FOR THIS ALI! I loved the first book, it was so eerie and different and fascinating. I'm glad you talked about Will proving himself again and again, that was my hope for this book because that boy has some serious groveling to do before he wins me back. Wait. Araby. Wins Araby back ;-)

  2. Trust me, I felt the same way and he did it, he managed to weasel his way back into Araby's good graces. ;)

  3. The first book was a trip, and I liked the world building. I have an ARC of this one and I just need to get to it! SO glad to hear that you loved it!

  4. I think you will like this one even better than the first Heidi!

  5. I had no idea this was a duology! Am I clueless or what? Wait, don't answer that.
    I haven't read the first book yet, but I love the original story by Poe SO much and I can't wait to see the connections. Now that both are (almost) out, I can freely read them.
    Great review!

  6. I love when an author makes you love someone who thought you loathed! Awesome review Ali this is another series I need to read.

  7. Yes Maja, there is a novella too that I think is a must read as well.

    @Kimba, I completely agree!

  8. So there's only two books in the series? It's all done after this? I REALLY want to read it but unfortunately didn't get it for review so now I'm not sure WHEN I'll ever get to read it! I'm SO glad it turned out so well though!

  9. I won the 1st book awhile ago but still haven't read it. Maybe I'll get to it this summer! ;)

  10. Yes just two books and a novella Candace and then read pretty quickly, at least they both did for me.

    @Christy, oh I hope you do, I think it will really appeal to you!!

  11. I'm reading this one right now, and OMG I'm loving it so far. So happy to hear that you loved the ending, though I'm sure I"ll be just as sad to say goodbye. Awesome review!

  12. I am so happy you are reading it right now and loving it Lauren!

  13. This sounds like another great series. You have definitely convinced me to check it out. Great review.

  14. You should definitely check this one out Ellen!

  15. Sounds like a great sequel! I sill need to read the first one! This series has awesome covers!