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Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
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****FINAL RATING: 4.45 STARS****

I was highly looking forward to this book and I was absolutely not disappointed. Masque of the Red Death has always been one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe stories, and I was terrified that it would be ruined. Instead, it only got better. I completely adored this book. Everything. One thing that irrationally bothers me: the spine. It's freaking ugly. The cover is so gorgeous and shiny and then the spine is…hideous. I'm sorry but it's true.

First off, I love her name! I had a hard time connecting to her at some points, but for the most part I managed to make a fairly good connection with her. She seemed kind of ridiculously obtuse at some points, and she didn't always seem to be clear with everything. She tried to do what was right, I think, but she let her own desires get in the way. She was definitely an interesting character, and I certainly liked her. I'm going to be looking for more development in the second book, though.

I fell head over heels in love with Elliott. I absolutely couldn't resist. He's ridiculously hot and so darn mysterious and basically completely gorgeous. I adored trying to figure him out and he was without a doubt my absolute favorite character in this entire book. I would have read this book solely for him. His character is very layered and it takes a while to peel the layers back, but it totally worth it. Elliott is such an amazing character, and I couldn't help but adore him. Though honestly, he had me at hello. Still, it definitely helped that he only got better and better.
Fangirls, don't kill me: I didn't like Will. I'm sorry. He was freaking shallow and, moreover, incredibly boring. I actually admit to skimming a little over the parts with him because I was falling asleep. He had almost no substance and I feel like there's not really anything to learn about him. I do love the way he takes care of his siblings, but that's not enough to redeem the guy.

I didn't really care for her too much. Every once in a while she'd surface and I'd get a vague look at her, but for the most part I thought she was vapid and dense. She did get somewhat better during the end of the book, but she was still ridiculously selfish.

The plot was extremely entertaining! I absolutely loved it!

Some parts were confusing, and I couldn't always follow along. I was kind of annoyed, but eventually I could catch up.

The plot was a little too predictable, too. There were some twists, but not nearly as many as I had expected. I felt a bit like I knew too much what was going to happen. Still, there was a lot of anticipation and I couldn't always guarantee that my predictions were correct.

The connection with Poe is absolutely gorgeous, too.

I love the way the romance between Araby and Elliott develops. It's sweet and very real, and reminds me a little of my own relationship. It realistically takes a little while to develop, and doesn't begin in love but definitely ends there. They somehow work together even though they're so different.
Even if I liked Will, I could not deny that this is instalove, pure and simple. They're no chemistry at all between them and it feels totally fake. Nothing about it rings true and it moves way too quickly.

I've read better voices than Araby's, but I've also read far worse. She can be somewhat annoying at times, but the description is gorgeous. The imagery works very well, and Bethany's world-building is impressive. The steampunk world remains a mystery, but enough is known about it. I normally would have preferred third person, but first person here worked for me, even if I didn't care too much for Araby's voice. Still, there's time for Bethany to mature as a writer, and it was still extremely good.

Huge, wicked cliffhanger. I cannot believe I will have to wait nearly a year before the next book! That seems like a cruel wait. I feel like this book moved a little slowly and that I have to know more now. The ending was definitely good, but a bit cruel, in making us wait. Still, I thought it was a very good ending.

Untitled is already on my wishlist, and I absolutely cannot wait to hear the title! I'm absolutely beyond certain that I am a Bethany Griffin fan for life now. I might even take it upon myself to read Handcuffs. I loved this book, and I need more.


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Quotes Annabelle Marie Veronica Liked

Bethany Griffin
“And I'm falling in love with you," he whispers. "But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”
Bethany Griffin, Masque of the Red Death

Bethany Griffin
“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.”
Bethany Griffin, Masque of the Red Death

Reading Progress

05/03/2012 page 17
5.0% "Loving this already."
05/04/2012 page 54
17.0% "Ugh. Glaring mistake. When will people realize that bats do not freaking like hair??!" 1 comment
05/04/2012 page 64
20.0% "I am so on Team Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 76
24.0% "Elliott has red roses! That decides it. I am in love with this man." 3 comments
05/04/2012 page 98
31.0% "Oh, I do so adore Elliott. I am in love."
05/04/2012 page 104
33.0% "I am ridiculously in love with Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 128
40.0% "Well, Araby, if you don't want Elliott, I do."
05/04/2012 page 140
44.0% "What this book needs is to be about Elliott, and Elliott, and more Elliott, and no one else but Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 155
48.0% "My God, Elliott is so hot."
05/04/2012 page 167
52.0% "How do I love Elliott? The better question is, how don't I love Elliott? Because that one has no answer."
05/04/2012 page 176
55.0% "A kiss! Finally, a kiss!"
05/04/2012 page 197
62.0% "No, don't go visit Will!"
05/04/2012 page 203
63.0% "I don't like Will. At all. I'm just gonna get that out there. My heart belongs to Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 210
66.0% "Will, can you just...go away? Please?"
05/04/2012 page 223
70.0% "Yay! Elliott is back!"
05/04/2012 page 237
74.0% "Oh Elliott, darling, you are so amazing. If Araby doesn't want you, I do."
05/04/2012 page 253
79.0% "Oh, my God, I freaking love Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 261
82.0% "Ugh. Will is here. Again. He needs to just...disappear."
05/04/2012 page 269
84.0% "I really do not like Will. At all."
05/04/2012 page 277
87.0% "Stupid Will."
05/04/2012 page 278
87.0% "And now I dislike Will even more! Who knew that was even possible?"
05/04/2012 page 293
92.0% "Okay, I admit it--those three words sent me headlong into a sobbing fest."
05/04/2012 page 305
95.0% "Elliott, thank God, Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 309
97.0% "Oh, Elliott. Always the gentleman."
05/04/2012 page 311
97.0% "My life is happy again!!!!!!!!!!!"
05/04/2012 page 311
97.0% "Oh my gosh, this book is making me so happy right now."
05/04/2012 page 315
98.0% "Awww. :)"
05/04/2012 page 318
99.0% "God, I do love Elliott."
05/04/2012 page 320
100.0% "In conclusion: I love Elliott with my whole heart, but I cannot stand Will. I hope you have enjoyed my excessive fangirling. :)"
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi I need to read this one ASAP! :)

Annabelle Marie Veronica Yes, I agree! It's absolutely a really great read.

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