Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin + Featured Freebie

Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)
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.

My Rating: 4 Roses

Loved everything...except for the romance. The thrills were plenty, the revelations were jaw dropping, the atmosphere was perfection. But, much like in Masque of the Red Death, the romance wasn't the best. Overall, though, Dance of the Red Death was a brilliant conclusion to this dark story.

Araby grew up so much in this book. She was forced to see the grim reality of the world and face betrayals that upended her world. She had a few moments of doubt, but she never let go of her conviction to save the city. I'm kind of annoyed with her for how she treated Elliot and Will. She strung Elliot along and shunned Will for doing something she admitted she would do in his place. I won't say who she chose, but honestly, I didn't truly care because I didn't think she should be with either. Despite that, I still really liked her character in this book. She proved herself to be one strong chick.

Elliot gained a lot of depth in this book. In Masque, he started to show his true colors and his devotion to fixing the city. But, in this book, he really proved how dedicated he was to that cause. Sure, he could be ruthless, but never cruel. I really liked him.
Will was much the same as he was in book 1. Sweet and very loyal to his loved ones. Again, I liked him.

The romance was a disappointment for me. With how absolutely spectacular everything else was in the book, the disappointment was even greater. It just seemed shallow to me. And it felt less like a love triangle and more like Araby was flitting back and forth between the two depending on who won her favor. I'm not going to go on any more about it. I just didn't like that part of the book.

On the other hand, the atmosphere of Dance was perfect. Grim and dark and so very Poe. It really got me immersed in the story. Bethany Griffin is definitely a master at creating a vivid atmosphere.

The plot in this book was fast paced and I was completely hooked, unable to put this book down. The thrills had me on the edge on my seat. The secrets that were revealed absolutely blew me away. And the ending was a brilliant conclusion to the story. Loved it!

If you liked Masque of the Red Death, you'll love Dance of the Red Death. It was a perfect and satisfying conclusion. Other than the romance, I loved every part of it. 

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books for a copy!
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Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

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