(Masque of the Red Death #2)
by Bethany Griffin
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen / Greenwillow Books
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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.
Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.
With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget. (Goodreads)
It was nice to see that Araby was a completely different person in this novel. No longer was she the girl that hung back and followed everyone else. No, this time around she was the leader who took matters into her own hands. Even though Araby has been through hell, I am proud of her for standing up for herself and taking matters into her own hands.
After the events that happened between Will and Araby in the last book, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Will this time around. He did manage to surprise me into forgiving him. Elliott is still as confusing and mysterious as ever, and he had me guessing up to the end on what was really going on inside that head of his. April, Araby’s best friend, has to be my most favorite character in the series. Even through all of the horror, she tried to keep everything as upbeat as she could. I could go on and on about the characters in the series, but you will just have to read it for yourself to find out more!
What really sets this series apart for me is the uniqueness of the storyline. It’s not often I read a book that has such a dark story—from the world-building all the way to the characters. I found that I enjoyed it more than I expected to, with both novels. This second book seemed to move a bit slower than the first, but it still held my attention. The ending with a little bit anti-climatic for me, I expected more to happen, but I can see why the author went the route that she took. I do feel like I was left hanging about a few things, and I still have questions that I would like to see answered about some things that seemed to be written off as afterthoughts. I was also surprised to see that this is only a 2 book series, as I expected this to be a trilogy. Nothing wrong with that at all, it just caught me by surprise.
Also, I must give kudos to whoever designed the covers for these novels. They are absolutely gorgeous!
Overall, while I had some issues with the book, I still thought that it was a good ending to the series. If you really like the dark novels with even darker characters, this is the book for you!
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