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Glitter & Doom (Masque of the Red Death #1.5)

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A 50-page, digital-only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin's dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl who spends her nights in the most desirable club and a smart, young inventor meet, they might have more in common than they know.

April, niece to the dying city's cruel dictator, is Araby Wor
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ebook, 50 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Greenwillow Books
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Mitch
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well, this was certainly not what I was expecting. Then again 50 pages is really not much to work with...

Glitter
April's story, from sometime after Prospero kills her father to when she's captured by Malcontent. I read Masque of the Red Death for the Poe inspirations and the sweeping vistas of a poisoned, diseased city, so I really wasn't impressed with April's character - Glitter fills in the gaps and confirms Prospero, as expected, is one sick dude, so there's that, but beyond Prospero's deprav
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Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Magnus ♥


Oh wow! This was so cute! I dont remember Masque of the Red Death too well. I read it quite a while ago (May 2012), and I havent read Dance of the Red Death yet. But I do somewhat recall Kent, and I dont think I had any idea that this was going on with him and April. They are a surprising couple, but so cute! And I loved April in this. I remember her character, but I dont really remember what I thought of her. She was awesome and strong in this.
Books'N'Tracks
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Sterne für eine grausame, aber gelungene Novella. Ich war wirklich positiv überrascht. Wäre die Story nicht wieder in dieses Geschnulze abgedriftet, sondern so hart geblieben, wie sie es anfangs war, hätten es sogar noch mehr Sterne werden können.
Kate Bond
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Novellas are tough. They really are. This one falls somewhere between Brigid Kemmerer's brilliant Elemental series novellas (which really add to the richness of the world and characters, but you don't have to read them to enjoy the novels) and major misfires like Undone and The Queen's Army, both of which follow side characters/love interests--but if you read them in the order recommended by the publisher (both are, like Glitter & Doom, numbered 1.5), they spoil MAJOR plot twists from the fo ...more
Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read Glitter & Doom right after reading Masque of the Red Death , and honestly, I think the contents of this novella should have been included in the full length novel. I haven't read many novellas, but the ones I have read felt unnecessary and too short for real character development or insights to occur. Not with Glitter & Doom!

This novella gives you greater insight into mostly April and Kent, but also Elliot, Will and Malcontent. I have SO much more respect for April now, as it was
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Elsa Ehlers
Jan 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Anyone with little will power
My initial reaction after spotting this book:
HOLY LORD BABY JESUS. Mercy has been given!

My reaction after reading the MASSIVE slight problem:

Glitter and doom (mask..red death..release date .......wait.....DA F#%K?!?!?!?!?

Why, WHHYYY cruel world? Is there no mercy to thy devout book lovers?

Reaction after looking at release date:

Dispatcher: 911 what is your emergency

Caller: help...*hyperventilates* ... 1.5 ... Release date....NO MERCY

Dispatcher: a librarian is on their way, just hang in there ma
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Karissa
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a short story that takes place between the two Masque of the Red Death books. It’s been a while since I read this series and I kind of forgot I had this short story on my Kindle. It was fun to go back and revisit this world.

The story follows April as she and Kent meet again and work to help bring down April’s evil uncle Prospero. This is some background at the beginning about April’s childhood and a glimpse that the first time she meet Kent. The novella is told in two parts first from Ap
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KT
Anything that is part of the Masque of the Red Death series is a MUST read for me.

Lauren
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I've said it before and I will probably say it again but these short stories and novellas can be quite hit or miss for me. They can add a lot to the world but they have to be able to stand on their own. "Shadow Cats" and "Shattered Mountain" by Rae Carson and "Leashing the Tempest" by Jenn Bennett are a few examples of novellas that work perfectly. I think they need to be held independent of the series since not all readers will purchase them but they should also fill in some blank spots or add ...more
Merin
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars.

I don't really know what to say about this one. I mean, it provides a nice bridge between the two books, but other than that, I don't know that it was really necessary. Obviously I may change my opinion on that once I read Dance of the Red Death, and if so I shall update this review space. But right now? I'm just sort of "eh" about it.

I did like the background it provides on both April and Elliot, though, since I liked that glimpse into what makes Elliot tick. You got these glimmers
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Greg Kerestan
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
As someone who doesn't read a lot of YA, the popularity of the "side story" novella is something I know of mostly by word of mouth. "Glitter and Doom" (great Tom Waits reference in the title) doesn't add too much to the story on its own, focusing in on two characters that were somewhat less gripping in the main narrative and their second-tier romance plot. But the switch in perspective gives a new insight into the depths of the Prince's cruelty and depravity, and shows how the seemingly disparat ...more
Gui
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
“Be pretty,” her mother said, rearranging April’s frilly skirts. “Keep your eyes wide and innocent. It’s the only thing that might protect you.”


Beautifully written :)

Just like Masque of the Red Death was and Dance of the Red Death will be. I can't wait to read it!
Katy
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
This novella was weird...

With Glitter, I felt that it was a compilation of stories that Griffin felt she needed to catch up on. It was just a random mash of old stories from random years. They were mentioned as memories in book 2, but maybe Griffin should have just left them at that.

With Dom, I felt like Griffin should have tried to incorporate it into one of the two books, either as an epilogue or as a prologue. I know it's a short story for people can look forward to the second book, but it ju
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Ailyne
Nov 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
OoOoOo What is this?!? :O
Kes
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, read-2018
This wasn't as bad as the main books; perhaps because it was short. The POV characters are still gloomy (and think about the obstacles they've faced), but again, the brevity moves the plot along.

The first chapter takes place from April's point of view. There's a quick bit about her history and growing up with Elliott (Elliott's really had a rough childhood, although there's no motivation for why his uncle has treated him so poorly). Then we see her get captured and she demonstrates her abilities
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Rachel
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
GLITTER & DOOM is a captivating short novella told in two parts - Glitter, from April’s point of view and Doom, from Kent’s. It offers readers a peek at the world from two characters who play an important role in the series’ outcome and gives insight into events that take place outside of the main story but are integral to it.

This story allows readers to get to know both characters a little bit more, to see how they first met and to see just what parts they played in the events leading up to
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Adi
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this short novella better than the whole first book.
Lucy (Talk Less, Smile More)
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a better understanding of the original story.
To be only fifty pages long, I thought this novella was outstanding! I honestly felt that this would've been excellent bonus material to include at the end of Masque of the Red Death.

So here's a little background information. Glitter is told from April's point of view. Now, when I read the first book, in the beginning I wasn't a big fan of April. I thought she was very shallow and that she didn't bring much to the table. At the end of the book I did like her a little better. Well, at the end o
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Kelly
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beauty and the Nerd

Set in the same world as Masque of the Red Death and its sequel, Dance of The Red Death, Glitter & Doom is a short story (about 50 pages, give or take) that focuses on two of the series protagonists, April and Kent. The blurb for Glitter & Doom promises that it will show us what happened to April when she mysteriously disappeared for much of Masque of the Red Death - and while some of the story does indeed take place between the two novels, it also functions as a prequ
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Lindsey Greer-Smith
I decided to read Glitter & Doom after reading Masque of the Red Death. I loved MotRD and I really wanted to see if the novella would give me some more detail about either Araby or the others. I was glad to see that it gave more about April and Kent, but extremely happy when I realized we would get more into Elliot and Malcontent's characters as well. Like do a happy dance excited. In MotRD, we didn't get much into Kent's character, April I liked but had many reservations about for a while, ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
I always have mixed feelings about novellas in a series since I so often don’t see the point of them, perhaps due to my general love of meta in all things.

I find novellas frustrating because they often don’t have anything to add to the series and they’re too short to develop any kind of engaging story in their own right to pull me in. Sometimes they’re an interesting “day in the life” insight into the characters when they’re not facing the epic plot of epicness – which can be interesting charact
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Lynn ಠ_ಠ
2.5 stars

I thought this could stave of my longing for Dance of the Red Death a little but no. The look into April's head didn't really endear her to me but it did make me more interested in Elliot.

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Wait, what? Is this supposed to be 1.5 or 2.5?!

Edit;
Oh boo it won't be in Elliot's POV.

A 50-page, digital-only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin's dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl
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Lissa
A short novella, "Glitter & Doom" is told through April's eyes. The first section takes place when April is 11 and Elliott is 13, and they are "living" (or being held prisoner) in their uncle's castle after the "death" (those who have read Masque of the Red Death will know why that is in quotation marks) of their father. A little more about their father's murder, and exactly who was present at the time of it, is revealed.

Prince Prospero is attempting to teach his young nephew the fine art of
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Laura Greenwood
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2014, 2014
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Glitter & Doom is book 1.5 of Masque of the Red Death.

April, niece of Prospero, lives in a diseased world where appearing pretty and beautiful is a way of keeping safe. April uses it to her advantage hiding how smart and resourceful she really is. Glitter & Doom tells of the events which occurred to April when she disappeared, kidnapped by Malcontent, and the burgeoning relationship between her and inventor Kent.

Link to Goodre
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Stacey
I've said it before and I will probably say it again but these short stories and novellas can be quite hit or miss for me. They can add a lot to the world but they have to be able to stand on their own. "Shadow Cats" and "Shattered Mountain" by Rae Carson and "Leashing the Tempest" by Jenn Bennett are a few examples of novellas that work perfectly. I think they need to be held independent of the series since not all readers will purchase them but they should also fill in some blank spots or add ...more
Clarisse
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novella is pretty important to the storyline of Masque of the Red Death. It starts out in April's perspective through out her life. It shows us how she grew up in the Prince's castle and some behind the scenes at how the Prince really is compared to how he acts. I thought it was interesting that it shows from her childhood all the way to the end of Masque of the Red Death.

The second part of this novella is told from Kent's point of view. Kent is a inventor who helps Elliot during Masque of
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Johanna
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now this is what I was looking for! These 50 pages were wonderful and gave me more then the entire first book! It was filled with all sort of colorful characterization that added such depth that I was missing in the Masque of the Red Death. It focused on Elliott (who I understand now on such a deeper level, his randomness makes sense), April (who I liked before but like even more now, her vapidness is her self preservation) and the mysterious Kent (who is equally interesting now and a love inter ...more
Slayermel
I wanted to read this short novella after finishing the first book in the series. It was supposed to be more about a couple of the secondary characters, April and Kent, who we all found so interesting. The story starts off as if it's gonna give you back story of Elliot & April in their uncles Castle after their fathers murder but then it rushes through it. That whole living with the uncle part would probably be interesting enough to be its own book yet it was over before it began. Same goes ...more
Sonja
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Usually I tend to like novellas that add a different perspective to the main story line. Glitter & Doom was okay, but really didn't add anything to the story for me. The first half, Glitter, is told thru April's point of view from when she gets abducted from the club. And Doom is told thru Kent's point of view picking up from April's and up to the explosion of/on the steamship. Learning more about them was good in it's own way, but the things I wanted to learn about April were not really dis ...more
Leslie Fisher
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was good. It filled in a lot of gaps from the first novel, and told things from the inventor Kent's perspective. It detailed April's family's time held captive in Prospero's palace, explained what happened to April when Araby and April were separated at the Debauchery Club, and gave more information about Malcontent's plan. I also enjoyed getting to know April's character more in this novella. I felt that the book ended fairly abruptly, but I guess the book takes you up to the end of the fi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Masque of the Red Death (2 books)
  • Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
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