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Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2)

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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.

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Hardcover, 327 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 4th 2013)
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Annabelle Marie Veronica
Biggest disappointment I've had in a long time, so much so that I scanned more than read the last 20%. Absolutely worse than book one and the destroyer of my hopes. Review to come.


Ohmygod, I'm going all fangirl, but I just love that title! It has the word "dance" in it, after all, and it sounds so hopelessly intriguing!

I am Team Elliott all the way, and can't wait to see more of him and his gorgeousness in this book :)
Apr 21, 2013 Nicole marked it as to-read
Really, another year? I have like fifty books I'm waiting for. This is one of the ones I want the most. Come on... AHHHH. I NEED IT.

Wait, does that say CONCLUSION? This is the last book??? WHAT???

Oh, and I seriously can't pick which guy she should choose. I mean I was totally team Will, but then he had to go and betray her. Even though it was for a good reason. As morbid as this seems, I kind of want one of them to die so she will have
Stacia (the 2010 club)

"Isn't it wonderful, being in love?"
"No." It feels like the rope is back around my throat, cutting off my air supply.

I have at least one thing in common with Araby - her love story was choking me also.

What the heck happened with book 2? It was as if everything I found exciting and infectious (pun intended) about Masque of the Red Death was distorted and lacking this time around.

The love triangle didn't bother me before. In fact, I rather enjoyed it - because the story itself was not suffocat
Elsa Ehlers
Mar 02, 2014 Elsa Ehlers rated it liked it
Shelves: love-triangle

DEARGAWD this book cover sure got on my nerves. Dont get me wrong, i absolutely LOVED the first book. I'm a total Team Elliot, even though he was a little creepy in the beginning. (-_- dont judge.)
Still, he wouldnt sacrafice the girl he loves to a mad man who wanted to kill her *cough cough* WILL *cough*

ok, back to my first point..sorry Elliot *stage whispers* I'll see you in my dreams.


-you can't see the girls fa
Lynn ಠ_ಠ
Such a disappointment. When I first read Masque of the Red Death last year I really liked it. It was incredibly atmospheric and the plague-ridden world was depressing and I was very much immersed in the story. It was everything this book was not, except for depressing. I don't know what happened but after 100 pages, barely anything was happening and the I felt that the characters were just going around in circles. Araby was so wishy-washy throughout the book and along with the rest of the cast, ...more
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This book was pretty slow and hard to get into. And as I noted in my review for Masque of the Red Death, the narration was too impersonal. But I just really wanted to know how it ended, so I made it through.

I was really disappointed at the end of book 1 because of the love-triangle. I really liked Will but Araby left him and ended up kissing Elliot. I found that kind of odd because although Will betrayed her, her feelings for him had been strong and I didn't like the fact that she just jumped ri
Actual rating is 3.5 stars -- This review is SPOILER-FREE for Masque of the Red Death.

In retrospect, reading Dance of the Red Death while I was sick may not have been my smartest idea. The wonderfully grotesque and dark atmosphere of the plague-ridden world in Masque of the Red Death was enough to send me a fit of countless chills, and I read Masque in a healthy state that was rather polarizing to the state in which I read Dance of the Red Death. Needless to say, I imagine, the atmosphere develo

Definitely my most anticipated book of 2013. I love the fact that this book will begin right where it left off in the first book. I'm usually not a fan of follow up books that fast forwards a couple years, so this is a huge plus.

High expectations for this book. I need this book NOW, April 2013 is too far away :(

Re-reading Masque of the Red Death again and again is no longer doing it for me.

I neeeeed an ARC.

2/5/15 UPDATE:
Sadly, I was extremely disappointed with the ending of this
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
I am so angry at this book.

^ Yes. Angry Eyes

I'm not angry because the author killed off a beloved character or because the story was terrible, I'm angry because there were so many missed opportunities in this book. (view spoiler)

I LOVED this concept. Creating a YA based off of the Poe classic short was brilliant. The original imagines a bleak but opulent w
I waited for a long time ( almost a whole month ) to read this book
And it turned out to be a HUGE disappointment.

Araby's world is almost destroyed, Her Father is a murderer, her mother is a captive of Prince Prospero and her best-friend April has the contagion which she might not survive

Now this an interesting synopsis and after all Masque Of The Red Death was so awesome, why shouldn't this book be too?

The Red Death is now ravaging the city, With Malcontent's men spreading the contagion th
Initial thoughts: 4 stars. What a dreary world - Red Plague, evil villains, airships, and hungry crocodiles. A bit of an annoying love triangle but enjoyable nonetheless.

The Review: The world of Dance of the Red Death is a dark and depressing place. The city has been devastated by the Red Death. The dead are piled up everywhere, blocking the streets and neighborhoods. Those lucky enough to escape the city seek shelter at Prince Prospero’s palace. However, this refuge is subject to the whims of t
Koral Polidore
Jun 20, 2013 Koral Polidore rated it did not like it
**CONTAINS SPOILERS** (Sorry for venting this book really disappointed me)

I absolutely loved the 1st book and was extremely excited when I heard a 2nd book was coming out but sad to say I was highly disappointed! Before I started the book I read a few reviews and saw that people were disappointed but I still had hope this book wouldn't be dreadful. At the beginning I didn't think it was that bad. A little slow maybe but not bad. As soon as I thought the book might pick up *BAM* it starts going
Kate Bond
Jun 13, 2013 Kate Bond rated it liked it
Yikes. 2.5 stars? I guess?

I'm not sure how this happened. I loved Masque of the Red Death. The world building! The characters! The sexual tension! But... I would skip this book, guys. Even if you loved the first one. Especially if you loved the first one.

How to explain without all the spoilers?

First of all, let me just get some dumb personal pet peeves out of the way. These are things that may not bother anyone else and I know I'm a weirdo. OK.

Pet Peeve #1: Spiders are not insects. I was still
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A good ending to the dualogy. I never knew Araby would strong both boys along so much. I felt sad for both boys. I really enjoyed the game at the end but the way it was wrapped up felt too abrupt. There were many creepy moments that I felt grossed out by. Overall, it was good but I was expecting it to be better.
Apr 28, 2012 Summer marked it as to-read
The world better not end, because I need this book.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Well, now. Dance of the Red Deathpicked up right where Masqueleft off...with little to no review of the previous book's events. I suggest a re-read of Masqueif you've got the time. (I'd do it for the swoons alone...they are far and few in this follow-up novel.) Fighting abounds, escapes and near-misses are aplenty, and even an I love youor two is uttered. And yet, this finale in the Red Death series just wasn't quite what I was hoping for.

Our Heroine : That damned silver syringe makes an appear
Jun 14, 2013 Heidi rated it it was ok
Araby secures her mask, terrified what the new day brings. There is now something worse ravaging the decimated city: The Red Plague. It brings almost instant death. Piles and piles of bodies are scattered all over the city, rotting and contaminating. Meanwhile, the maniacal Prince Prospero sits in his gluttonous castle, planning his decadent ball. While the Reverend Malcontent is unleashing groups of loyal followers infected with the Red Plague into the city. Sending them amongst the remaining c ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Meagan rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars, please don't tell me that's the end because that's a really awful and suspended way to end a book. The last fiftyish pages or so were so rushed that it literally jumped from one action part to the next without really time. Suddenly castle, oh no manor house, what it's a few weeks later? It was easy enough to follow, but still a little jumbled.

The only bad thing that I could think of, is if you're overly familiar with Edgar Allen Poe you knew how this one would end. Especially with Pr
the golden witch.
When I heard that there was going to be a sequel to "Masque of the Red Death", I was incredibly excited. Almost indecently so. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. And when I did, most of what I'd been hoping for in terms of a resolution to the duology as a whole was more or less lived up to - though there were a few sticking points that kind of prevented this book from becoming from the five star wonder that I was hoping it would be. Regardless, I think everyone who read "Masque of the Red De ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Dark, richly detailed and beautifully written, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is a riveting conclusion to author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series. This story captivates as it takes readers from a city on the verge of collapse to the plague-ridden swamps on its outskirts to the opulent but deadly palace of Prince Prospero for a sinister and macabre masked ball.

This second and final book in the series will keep readers on edge as they follow along with Araby in her pursuit to find her fath
Aug 04, 2013 Emma rated it it was ok
I was very impressed by Griffins previous titles; Masque of Red Death and Handcuffs. Dance of the Red Death meanwhile not so much.

I wont go into a whole review because im on a state of disappointment and I want to go jive to some music to drown my emotional sorrows. Of course the girl didn't choose the guy I was barracking for (This tends to be my curse).

But, I will go on to ask, was the duo-logy necessary? Dance of Red Death does nothing but tie up the loose ends that were deliberately put in p
Chantelle Jury
Nov 29, 2012 Chantelle Jury rated it it was amazing
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Nov 25, 2012 Ⓛeah ✿εїз✾ marked it as to-read
I have a couple problems with this book already, I'm not saying I didn't love the first one, I did, but where can this go? If anyone else has read the original "Masque of the Red Death" they know death shows up and kills everybody. So is the story going to stick to the original or branch off? And purple mist? You have got to be kidding me :P I just hope the second book surpasses my expectations
Oct 07, 2012 Regina marked it as to-read
I cannot wait that long for this book to come out! after what happened with Will in the last book i am slightly swinging towards Elliot's side. i dont blame Will though because in his shoes i might have done the same thing and Araby understands that..but it doesnt make it hurt any less..possibly more because she cant even hate him for what happened. Gahh! my heart! i need this book now!
Lindsay Cummings
absolutely breathtaking end to the series. so much adventure and drama....dark, beautiful, and cunning. I adored the masquerade ball scenes, because it really brought Poe's original story to new life. Araby Worth is the best kind of heroine- flawed, but beautifully so.

amazing job, Bethany. you nailed it with this one.
May 16, 2013 Stacee rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
I struggled with this book. A lot. I kept reading because I was expecting something amazing to happen.

And it did, near the end. I loved the ending game for Araby, it was awesome. But it was too little too late.
May 21, 2013 Laurel marked it as to-read
This cover looks like the artist just went "LOLOLOL COLOR REPLACE EVERYTHIIIING."

Looks kinda gross with the purple.
Kandice Dover
Oct 10, 2012 Kandice Dover marked it as to-read
Shelves: want-to-own
Most definitely team Will. :)
Taschima Cullen
Oct 17, 2012 Taschima Cullen marked it as to-read
Dance of the Purple Death would have made more sense...
Ines Caranaubahx
"Liebst du sie immer noch?", fragte ich. "Diese Stadt?" "Ja."
Er schaut nach unten, aber ich glaube nicht, dass er die Leichen sieht. S.8

Ich weiß nicht wieso aber ich finde diese Reihe SO SO gut! Ich finde sie sollte viel mehr gehypt werden, ganz ehrlich, sie ist so gut *-*

Erst einmal der Einstieg. Ich habe Band 1 im Mai 2014 gelesen, ist also fast 1 Jahre her gewesen als ich den 2. Band gelesen habe. Trotz allem konnte ich mich sofort wieder einfinden und weiterle
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“Thank you for stitching me up" I say.
"I seem to have a talent for it.”
“Sit". I gesture to the chairs.
"I need to tell you something".
"You adore me and are having trouble keeping your hands to yourself?" he suggests.
"No". But my seriousness is lost on him.
He sits and pulls me close. "I'm having trouble keeping my hands to myself”
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