Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

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 Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
*Possible spoilers for the first book*

I was lost the first moments in and could not recall anything past someone having betrayed someone else in the first one. I just couldn’t put a name to the doer, but it all fell in place eventually. How her world’s wrecked and she’s fallen from grace as the scientist’s daughter to someone less; how she’s in love with one boy but scheming  with another; how both boys in her life are more than they let on; and  finally, how they are all trying to right what’s wrong where they are and how things are.

The big draw: The world. How it’s so specifically laid out with each detail making it clear what a terrifying world it was she lived in. Death is what’s usual and we have no doubt about it with images of blood, oozing sores, and piles of bodies littering the place met at every possible moment.

The bigger draw: Araby, how she is less the na├»ve, clueless girl she was in the first.  Her struggling in all she was feeling, justified in being angry but sometimes going back to why that was: it’s made her feel older, more thinking, and more cautious. The mixed feeling she was having made little sense to me, but had her standing out too… because she wasn’t one track angry girl all the time. Basically, she wasn’t stuck in who I thought she was.

Now, I wish the same could be said for the rest of them. Will, especially… I hoped we’d have more than his “why”, more than him being guilt ridden-boy trying to right his wrongs. He could have been more here…instead he melded with the background and was more the backdrop for her angry moments than anything else. Elliot too could have been more… his kind of single minded focus was something different until he’d be with Araby then he’d turn into another one of those YA male leads in love with the  girl for reasons unknown.

So, what’s this got going for it? Chilling descriptions of a world gone crazy, a lead who’s grown (to an extent), some truly terrifying moments eased some by other sweet-funny moments between characters that click. It could have been more, they all could have been more… but as it stands this a good conclusion to a different, and yes, interesting duo.


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