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Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)

Masque of Red Death

by Bethany Griffin

Book 1

YA, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Steampunk

Hardcover

ISBN 9780062107794

love love love Edgar Allan Poe’s works.  They’re creepy, and twisted and so weird.  Annabel Lee is one of my favorite poems.(I went to put in one line, but couldn’t pick just one, so you get the last two stanzas, enjoy)

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we—

Of many far wiser than we—

And neither the angels in Heaven above

Nor the demons down under the sea

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

 

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,

In her sepulchre there by the sea—

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

So beautiful, so tragic, so creepy!

So when I saw this book and heard it was inspired by EAP’s short story Masque of Red Death, I was all over it.  The book is set in an indeterminate time and place.  While at times it seems that the story is as if the plague in the 1300s spread farther and affected the whole world, they have some modern-ish technology like electricity and tall buildings.  However, they never mention cars or planes having ever existed.  So let’s just say the time and setting is completely fictional.  Like I said before, the premise of this book is that a horrible and deadly plague has “decimated the population” and left everyone else afraid to even be near other humans.  The rich can afford to wear specially designed masks that allow them to breathe the infected air without becoming sick, and to pay the poor to go out into the world for them.  The poor live in squalor, many not able to afford masks for their children.  The disease is highly contagious and corpse collectors are a common sight on the streets.  They live in a society ruled by Prince Prospero, who is rumored to be a little crazy.

Araby, our narrator, is one of the rich, her father in fact designed the masks that saved many lives.  She lives a protected life in the Akkadian towers with her parents and the memory of her dead brother.  To escape the terror of everyday life, Araby and her friend April go to the Debauchery Club, for drinking, drugs, and everything else that name suggests.

Ok, so I loved this story, but the writing isn’t all that great.  I didn’t think it was possible for me to be so interested in a story line that was so poorly written.  The narration jumped around a lot.  It almost felt like stream of consciousnesses, but not really. I didn’t understand some of Araby’s feelings and motives, they just weren’t explained.  I mean, I understand why she feels responsible for her brother’s death, but what makes her feel her parents wished it was her instead of him?  And please someone explain to me why she would ever trust Elliot!  Seriously, the guy’s an ass-hat and more than a little psycho.  I almost understand her trying to help him because they kind of want the same things, but I have no idea why she would begin to care for him.  I guess we needed the requisite love triangle.

So why did I like this story?  The society they live in is dangerous, they can’t trust anyone, there is a disease they can catch at any moment, there is a man out there trying to create a mutiny.  And then there is Will.  Definitely team Will from the beginning.  I don’t even know why there is any question, okay well there is one thing…

And for the Edgar Allan Poe tie in,this book creates the backdrop for what’s going on in the kingdom while Prince Prospero is having his lavish party.  I am interested in how the next book(s) fit in all this.

And I have to say how much I loved the way this book was put together.  The edges are slightly frayed, it looks a bit worn and old.  And there is this smoke image going through the chapters.

And read this first line…

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Isn’t that a great first line?

The second book The Dance of Red Death comes out in April and I am looking forward to it.

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2013 “can’t wait to be published” list

Wow, 2012 is almost over.

I made a goal this year to read 100 books, as of today (12/02) I have read 37.  I never counted how many books I read in a year, so I had no idea how high of a goal to set.  However, even though I didn’t even reach half my goal, I am still pretty happy with my number.  My new goal is to read at least 3 this month and get over 40 before the end of the year.  Shouldn’t be too hard.

This is my 2012 Read list.  I didn’t count books I read to my daughter or books I read to my class when I was teaching.  I just counted books I read for me.

I will probably set my goal for 2013 at 60.  While there are already so many books out that I want to read, here is a list of books scheduled to publish this year that I am super excited about.  They are organized by expected release date.  Most of the dates come from Amazon.com, some from Goodreads or the author’s webpages.  If anything is wrong, please let me know.

(Click on the titles and it will send you to the Goodreads page)indigo spell

Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead February 2

YA, Paranormal Romance, Vampires,

I loved Vampire Academy so I was stoked when I heard Richelle Mead was writing another series based around Sydney.  The first two in this series were very good.  Sydney is sweet, naive yet strong and great as a leading character.  I can’t wait to see what unfolds for her.  While it’s not absolutely neccessary for you to read Vampire Academy before Bloodlines, Bloodlines will spoil the end of Vampire Academy.  So if you want to read Vampire Academy, read that series first.

fragments

Fragments (Partials #2) by Dan Wells Release Date February 26

YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Partials ended pretty intriguingly(is that a word?), so I can’t wait to read more about Kira and Samm.

requiem

Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver Release Date March 5

YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance

It’s been awhile since I read Pandemonuim, so I’ll  have to reread or skim that book before I read this one.  I like this series even though it can be a bit predictable.  It’s about a society where they consider love a disease and have developed a cure.

clockwork princess

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare Release Date March 19

YA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

This is another “spinoff” series.  Clare wrote the first three of The Mortal Instruments, then began writing this series which is set in London in the 1800s.  It’s a precursor to Mortal Instruments with some of the same characters and a few of the Mortal Instrument’s characters’ ancestors.

city of heavenly fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare Also says March so we’ll see

YA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

The movie based on the first book,City of Bones, is coming out August 2013 as well.  Should be good. See the trailer here.  Busy year for Clare.

the elite

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass Release date April 23

YA, Dystopian, Romance

I can’t really explain why I am excited about this book.  The Selection was good, but pretty uneventful.  This is a dystopian society book, it focuses more on the love stories than overthrowing the government, so far.

dance of red deathThe Dance of Red Death (Masque of Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin April-

YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Steampunk (whatever that is)

Technically, I haven’t read book 1 yet, so not sure if I am excited about this book coming out.  I love Edgar Allan Poe, so I loved the title of book 1, and if it’s even “okay”, I’ll probably be reading the whole series.  It has good reviews so I am optimistic.

horde

Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre no date yet

YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic

I am a totally wimp when it comes to being scared.  I almost never watch scary movies. Seriously, Saw made me cry! So I am surprised how much I like the Razorland series.  This series is a little creepy because it has these zombieish things–they remind me of the things in the movie I Am Legend–anyway, I try not to read these books to late at night because then I have a hard time getting to sleep.  It was really bad when my husband was out of town and I decided to read book 2, Outpost.  Slept with the lights on.  Aside from that, it’s a pretty good series about people trying to survive being killed off my these frightening creatures.

Untitled (Possibly Convergent?? We’ll see…) Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth expected date September 26th, but what was I expecting? It doesn’t even have a title.  There is no link to this one because Goodreads has no information on the page.

YA, Dystopian Society, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

UnSouled (UnWind #3)- by Neal Shusterman– no release date, just Fall of 2013.  Also no info on Goodreads.

YA, Dystopian Society, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

As you can probably tell, I definitely have a genre of books that I love, but I am always looking for more books to read. So if you have any recommendations I’m all ears.

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