Dance of the Red Death Book Review


Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Series: Masque of the Red Death

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Published: June 11, 2013

Pages: 336


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:

Usually when reading series I break the books up and read the series over a period of time. With this series, though, I picked up this book right after reading the first one, and read the novella when I finished this one. I love the world, characters, writing, and story of this series that I just could not get enough of it. The writing is absolutely beautiful and I can not wait for the author to write more books.

The vivid darkness and gloom of the world in this series is phenomenal. I loved reading the horribly depressing world filled with two terrible plagues that is illuminated by an amazing love triangle. Although in the first book the love triangle is not very complex in the first book, in this book it tore my heart and made it so hard for me to decide who Araby should choose. There were many twists and turns in her relationships with the two boys that kept changing my mind and could not choose which one to trust. All of the characters, even the side ones, were written really well and were interesting and added vastly to the story.

In this installment of the series, the characters each grew from the first book and surprised me with some of the things they did. Araby especially surprised me. She was much stronger and took more risks to help the people she loved and herself than in the first book. Every aspect of the book grew more complex and so was really suspenseful and the story took several turns that I was not expecting. There was much more romance, but it was never too much and added to the story instead of taking away from it. I loved the romance, battles in the relationships, and how the loved triangle played out and concluded. I also loved how the main story of the plague concluded. I was not expecting it to turn out the way that it did, and was pleasantly surprised how the author decided to end  and conclude things.

I really loved this conclusion to the series, and highly recommend this book and the series as a whole. The story is very dark for a YA book, and I enjoyed that since it is something that is not very common for YA.

Rating 5 Stars / 5 Stars

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