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Dance of the Red Death

(Masque of the Red Death #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,635 ratings  ·  452 reviews
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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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 :)
Jun 19, 2012 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
DNF @57%

I read the first book and really enjoyed it despite not having a clue as to what was really happening, so I assumed I'd enjoy this. But tbh, I'm just sitting here in class saying what the fuck is actually happening, why does this this gross romance and love triangle exist, why are the characters fucking RETARTED AND DULL AS FUCK.

honestly, this is just plain Bad™
Elsa Ehlers
Oct 28, 2012 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 girl
I feel like this duology has really jumped around and is skint on details but I kind of loved it anyway?

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series.

Here's the plot: After narrowly escaping the city with their lives, Araby and her two competing lovers friends need to work out a game plan to stop Malcontent, take down Prospero and restore the city. Araby is intent on finding her father, who is the only one who can help April with her 'little problem'; Elliot is inte
RIN 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
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
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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
1.5 stars. I can never say no to any novel which supposedly has a connection with Edgar Allan Poe or H. P. Lovecraft, but more often than not these supposed 'homages' only bring shame to Poe's and Lovecraft's doors. Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin and its prequel are no exclusion.

Review for book 1:

The original Masque of the Red Death is a Gothic horror classic, the story is short and Poe only allowed us to see a tiny piece of location in a depre
Koral Polidore
Jan 07, 2013 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

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
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
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
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
Reading is my Escape
Reimagining of Poe's Story
Sometimes I feel like the world is waiting for all of us to fall ill. For all of us to fade and die.
- Chapter 3

This is the second book after  Masque of the Red Death. I finished it quickly. It was a good book, but nothing special. The ending was satisfying and there was plenty of action and suspense. 
I read Masque of the Red Death and Dance of the Red Death as if they were one book for my free space in Halloween Bingo. Honestly, it probably should have been one book
Kate Bond
Sep 28, 2012 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
Apr 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
The world better not end, because I need this book.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sooooooooooooooo boring. omg. The ending was random. I liked Araby the main character but it was too slow.
Jun 14, 2013 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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Well, now.  Dance of the Red Death picked up right where Masque left off...with little to no review of the previous book's events.  I suggest a re-read of Masque if 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 you or 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 mak
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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
Alyssa Nelson
This was a disappointing sequel, made even more so, because I think it has a good story at its core, but the writing was in desperate need of tightening up. The first two-thirds of this book contains nothing important; Araby goes back and forth between which guy she likes more, deriding herself for having feelings for either of them. The group is on the run and trying to figure out their next move. Honestly, it wasn’t anything that could have been quickly summarized in a couple of pages. The las ...more
Apr 27, 2012 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
Aug 04, 2013 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
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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.
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.
Regina Tam
Oct 07, 2012 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! ...more
Dec 07, 2012 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.
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“Thank you for stitching me up" I say.
"I seem to have a talent for it.”
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"I need to tell you something".
"You adore me and are having trouble keeping your hands to yourself?" he suggests.
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