Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Finished Date: August 17th, 2012
Source: For Review
The Review: I went into Masque of the Red Death with very high expectations, mainly because I'd heard so many great things before reading it. But I couldn't help feel disappointed with it, I'm not saying Masque of the Red Death was a bad book, I just didn't thing it was mind-blowing as I was expecting it to be. As far as Edgar Allen Poe's original work goes, I've never read it so maybe that was my missing link. I wish I had more back ground information on the book before I read it.
The story itself was dark, mysterious and vivid but the story had a very slow to start. Clearly the this was the authors intention so, as a reader you could get to know the characters and plot but, I felt it took to long to take off but once it did, I really started to enjoy it.
Now the characters they were...interesting. I didn't think Araby very likable to start with but once she opened up more and especially when she became friends with Will, she became more likable. Her scene's with Will was one of the reasons I kept reading this book. Their chemistry was undeniable and I was rooting for them all the way. But, then we see Elliot and while I thought he was okay, I didn't really love him. He was hiding far to many secrets for my liking and while he says he loves Araby, I'm not sure he does. I think Araby would be better off with Will even despite that little twist at the end.
Overall, I think many people will enjoy Masque of the Red Death but for me, I'm sitting on the fence still. Would I read the next book? Probably, I would like to see where Bethany Griffins takes the next book, and I'm hoping because the introduction is now over, we get more action a lot sooner.