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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 around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Ar
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Hardcover, 319 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
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Wendy Darling
Ah, steampunk libertines! Who'd have thought they'd be so appealing?

Books that are heavily influenced by classic stories are always tricky, particularly when it's as ambitious an undertaking as a story inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe classic. I loved the lavish setting and moodiness of the original story, so I had my doubts that anything could come close to capturing its crazy vibe. But somehow Bethany Griffin has managed to create a very similarly dark, extravagant feeling in her gothic adapta
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karen
i am unable to see magic eye puzzles. whether it is my astigmatism or whatever is miswired in my brain that was giving me that off-brand epilepsy some years back, i am not able to get the same joy as others out of those things.

but i enjoy the enjoyment of others.

and i was really excited to find this on the free shelves at work, knowing that other people had really loved it.

but for me, it wasn't a home run.i don't see it.

the premise is great - it is not a retelling of poe's story, but it borro
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Tatiana
Mar 15, 2012 marked it as abandoned
Recommends it for: people who want to read another version of Wither
I really hate being a constant Debbie Downer, but, this is another throwaway, unfortunately. I've been unlucky with my book picks lately, as you can tell.

So, Masque of the Red Death. Conceptually interesting and, might I say, stylish - plague, porcelain masques, corsets, steam carriages, debauchery.

But why must it be, essentially, just like every other book that's been published in the genre over the last year or so? I've lost count of how many times I've read the same elements of this story:
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Lyndsey
Masque of the Red Death is oh so deliciously dark and twisty!

4.5 stars!

I adore dark, fantastical and overly dramatic stories. Who's with me? Let's go kick some flying monkeys, everyone! Kidding, kidding. Please guys, treat your flying monkeys with respect. Oz just wouldn't be as much fun without them.

The Rundown

Araby Worth lives in a chilling death-ridden world, where every day is a struggle to keep from contracting a deadly plague. Dead bodies litter the streets and air-filtering masks are ne
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Giselle
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Masque of the Red Death has been my most anticipated book of the year since I discovered it last September. I was obviously first attracted to it by its cover, followed by its premise that talks of a gothic setting, a plague apocalypse, and a Debauchery club… need I say more?

As far as steampunk novels go, this is easily my favorite. I absolutely loved the atmosphere throughout the story. The ruined city, the dangers in the streets, the masks, the disease; it's dark and it's dreary, with intrica
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Sana
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
honestly? What the fuck did I just read? I'm 100% confused but I've never been so invested and eager to read on about something I don't fucking get. Idk everything seemed to jump from scene to scene without any explanation and I just liked it. There's shitty romance and characters, but the plot's intriguing though it confused me.

3.75 stars.
Kat Kennedy
Masque of the Red Death took a lot of risks. Firstly, it was based on Poe’s title of the same name. And as everyone knows, generally you just don’t go messing with Poe.

Poe with Skeleton

All I’m saying is that shortly before this was taken, that skeleton was alive and very apologetic, but ultimately doomed.

Secondly, it’s a young adult novel that features drugs, sex and alcohol. Thirdly, the protagonist, Araby Worth, is suicidal.

After finishing it, it doesn’t feel like a novel that I necessarily need to talk about.
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Willow
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
There's a part of me that thinks maybe I've been too hard on this, but I'm going to let the two star review stand.

Araby Worth is the teenage daughter of a brilliant scientist who lives in the ritzy part of a plague city. Most nights she goes out with her vapid friend April to the exclusive Debauchery Club to do drugs and walk around. All the rich people wear masks and travel in steamcoaches to protect them from disease, while the poor wallow in dead bodies.

This story is mostly about Araby runn
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Kelly
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We’ve all read the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. But have you ever wondered what kind of state the world would have to be in for such a tale to take place?
In Bethany Griffin’s gripping novel (which shares its title with Poe’s story) we are swept into the inner-workings of a bleak realm. The world has been devestated by a fierce contagion. Everyone must wear masks. Everyone is at risk.
I adored this novel and I’m still reeling from the last few chapters especially. Part Steampunk,
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Burn Bright
I was the first person ever to breathe through a mask.

Imagine living in a world where the most important thing you need to survive is also the very same thing that could take your life.
"I need some fresh air."
"Then by all means, go outside. If it doesn't clear your head, it will probably kill you."

Araby lives among the sick and dying. The only thing which separates her from the less fortunate is her accessibility to the air-filtering masks which are credited for sustaining life. Most peo
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♥Rachel♥
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wow. Loved this one, and I'm dying to know what happens next!

Seventeen-year old Araby Worth, is basically sleepwalking through life, going through the motions. Escaping the desperate life that has become reality, by dressing up and going to the Debauchery Club at night, escaping in whatever way available. Things were not like this before the plague. Back when Araby's twin brother was alive, and her family was still whole. But things changed after plague hit the world. The world has tur
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Mizuki
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can never resist Edgar Allan Poe's references in novels, but after crawling my way through 200 pages of Masque of the Red Death, I found the world building is so poor and vague that I start to miss Nevermore , a paranormal YA novel which at least has clearer definition and rules for its own fictional worlds.

Okay, in the last day of the year 2017 I manged to finish this YA novel, it isn't too terrible, the final plot twist is okay-ish even, but...........as a whole, this novel is too unremarka
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Arlene
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Rachel
In Masque of the Red Death, Araby lives in a time and place where death is as certain as a careless breath without protection. However, trusting others is just as dangerous and deadly as the Weeping Sickness that plagues her world.

I think every avid book reader has a hook… something that draws them to a story despite what the book jacket says about the possible adventure. For some it might simply be the genre, for others it could be a setting or time maybe even a character’s name, but for me, I
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AH

Bethany Griffin’s book Masque of the Red Death is one of my favorite books so far this year. Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story with the same name, Masque of the Red Death is a fascinating story of a society that lives with the aftermath of a devastating plague.

This is a strange post-apocalyptic world. People live in fear of contracting the contagion. Clothing styles have changed, allowing more skin to show to prove that the wearer is not afflicted. The rich wear special breathing masks and rar
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Crystal Starr Light
First off, I'd like to thank the magnificent Willowfaerie for her magnificent review of this...erm...book that inspired me to get off my @$$ and finally review this Amazon Vine ARC.

Secondly, I was PLAUGED with this book from Amazon Vine. I couldn't find a MASQUE anywhere that could PREVENT this DISEASE.

Thirdly, while I have adopted a new 25% rule, I didn't use it on this book for two reasons. Number 1, I like to make an effort to read Vine books all the way through, and Number 2, I was too engro
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
I'll start this review by admitting the two reasons I read this book at all:

1) It draws heavily on the inspirations of Edgar Allan Poe (also known as 'The Man') and I assumed that Masque would be either a more detailed retelling or some sort of revision of the original
2) It was highly recommended by Nevermore author Kelly Creagh, the current reigning champion for a Poe-inspired novel

Masque of the Red Death has some obvious similarities to the original work. The first 100 or so pages reminded me
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Soumi
The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat. And yet all this might have been endured, if not approved, by the mad revelers around. But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death. His vesture was dabbled in blood--and his broad brow, with all the ...more
Blythe
*sigh*. This is going to be a hard review to write, but here’s my attempt at writing a review for Masque of the Red Death, even though I know it will not do it justice.

I’ll start off with saying this: I. Loved. This. Book. I loved it with a burning passion, I loved it from the first page, all the way to the last. There was honestly not one moment of this book that I didn’t love.

As I’m writing this review, I’m overcome with so many emotions I’ve received from this book. I cried a little when re
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Rane
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it

Based on Poe's dark story of never cheating Death, Bethany Griffin's Masque of the Red Death set in a world where disease has ravage the land and it's people. Streets are filled with death and corpse collectors come to take the dead away. The rich who wear porcelain masks, blank faces that walk the streets and protect the wearer from disease, waste their times at clubs, waiting for death themselves....

Araby is part of this protected rich because of her father the inventor of these masks has gi
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Katie
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Similar Books: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Honestly, I'm not really sure how to review this book. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. And while it started off a little bizarre for me and I had a difficult time getting into it, by the end, I was racing through the pages and had to know what happened.

First, let me say that I'm a little confused by this new subgenre of "dystopian steampunk," like Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. Because the world in Bethany Gr
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Mimi Valentine
Rating: 3.5 creepy-yet-gorgeous stars out of 5!

Dark. Dangerous. Lyrical. Tragic. Poe would be so proud of this book!

Set in a plagued city with danger around every corner, Masque of the Red Death is one of the most chilling yet captivating dystopians I've ever read. There's death wherever you turn; corpse collectors roam the dangerous streets. And everyone has to wear a porcelain mask outside to protect them from the plague, but only the rich can afford them.

Araby is such a heartbroken and hear
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Brooke
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh my GOODNESS!! How can it end like that?!! AHH! Really, really good book! I NEED more! :)

I was not expecting to fall for Masque of the Red Death as hard as I did! I loved every page, every character and ever plot twist. This book was simply fantastic!

The world in which this story takes place is a dark one. Where death is a daily occurrence and rain is almost always on the downpour the whole book has this very eerie vibe to it. The setting and mood really played its own role throughout the whol
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Crystal
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I have been waiting for a book like this for forever! I don’t even know where to begin I just loved this! It was creepy, gothic (thanks Giselle =P), dark, icky, depressing, and just all out amazing.

Set in a time where a plaque like disease has almost wiped out the humans Abray lives the life that most don’t. She has a porcelain mask that helps protect her from the germs that cause this disease. When her best friend is taken she is asked to help find her and help in a rebellion against the evil
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Ava
This book was a huge disappointment. I wanted to like it so much, and I ended up indifferent to it, not because of the plague part - the romance took so much out of the grade for this book.

I found that I didn't give a crap about Will and Elliot, and I hated them both. I had a hard time relating to Araby, but I liked her after a while. I was extremely confused in the first chapter (had she met Will before?) but after that, I was good. The writing and the horror blew my mind; this book was DARK an
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April
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure that the works of Edgar Allan Poe make for awesome source material as evidenced by Nevermore and NOW by Bethany Griffin in Masque Of The RedDeath. It feels cliche to type this, but Masque Of The Red Death transported me to a place where fear of airborne pathogens rules the streets and there is a rather stark division between main character Araby Worth’s gilded world of privilege and the world of the underclass.

Read the rest of my review here
Sophia Sardothien
Star Rating system:
5 stars: LOVE LOVE LOVE The book is perfect in my perspective
4 stars: LIKE LOVE LIKE The book is amazing but has it's flaws
3 stars: OKAY LIKE OKAY The book is interesting enough to read but did not love it
2 stars: NAH OKAY NAH The book is boring but manage to read it
1 stars: NAH NAH NAH The book is poor did not like it a bit

This book is started off really slow it took me like 4 days to read it (on average i finish 2 days even with school)
The plot was extremely boring 60% in an
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Heidi
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A book that delves into a dark dystopian, steampunk world.

The Masque of the Red Death descends the reader into a re-imagined telling of Poe's famous short story by the same name.  The book takes us to a steampunk-dystopian setting complete with masks, disease, steam carriages, debauchery, despair, death and corpse hungry crocodiles.  A plague has decimated the majority of the population.  A virulent air born virus attacks the victim with fevers, pus oozing sores and ultim
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Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars




No, not really. I never had braces.



Yes, I know. You all have the right to hate me now.



What I had when I was thirteen was far worse than braces; I had a huge stick up my ass. Yes, I admit it and I can laugh at myself now, but the me back then was insufferable. If I could go back in time, I'd give myself a sound slap across the face to see if I could knock that stick out.

I walked around thinking I was better than everyone (I wasn't), and everyone else were provincial losers (they weren't
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 stars. Never have I felt so broken up over writing a review for a book that ultimately ended up not being my cup of tea. It's tough, seeing as Masque of the Red Death is a young adult dystopian novel inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name, and so it is at once creative, original and highly ambitious -- which all happen to be qualities I admire in a book. It had some good ideas, and so I wanted to like this, tried hard to like it, but in the end there simply were too man ...more
Haleema
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I shall rant now.

Oh, I am so disappointed. I thought this book and I would become lovers because the author of it was inspired by one of my absolute favorite writers of all time, Edgar Allan Poe. I can't even type his name without internally fangirling! *sighs* However, this book was simply sad. It made me feel sad with its writing that lacked every bit of imagery it was supposed to have. It made me sad because I was bombarded by my two enemies: insta-love and love triangle. Two in one. Splendi
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