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Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup... and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club — in the depths of her own despair — Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for — no matter what it costs her.

Review:

"This gothic adventure reimagines Poe's classic story of the same name as a full-length YA adventure. The world has been devastated by the Weeping Sickness, a disfiguring and often fatal disease staved off only with specialized masks and obsessive preventive measures. The rich hide in their towers and party in the notorious Debauchery District, the poor scrape by, and the despotic Prince Prospero rules with an iron fist. Araby, the 17-year-old daughter of the mask's inventor, is traumatized by her brother's death from the plague, hiding from her feelings while partying. When she meets Elliott, the prince's nephew and a would-be revolutionary, and Will, who works at her favorite club, Araby must choose her destiny and follow her heart, while a new disease rages and the city burns. Griffin (Handcuffs) delivers a seductively dark, decadently disturbing look at a society crumbling from within and without, infused with a romantic, steampunk air and Poe's own morbid sensibilities. Themes of science and faith weave through a story that draws from Poe's original while standing assuredly on its own. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Luscious, sultry and lingeringly tragic, this story has my heart. I can't stop thinking about this tale of a broken world held together by corsets and clock gears. Araby's voice stays with me even now, making me wary of the air I breathe." Lauren Destefano, author of Wither

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"Bethany Griffin's Masque of the Red Death is gorgeous, compelling, and achingly romantic." Suzanne Young, author of A Need So Beautiful

Review:

"Haunting and beautiful, disturbing and thoughtful, this is a book you'll be thinking about well after the last page is turned." Melissa Marr, New York Times Bestselling Author of Wicked Lovely

About the Author

Bethany Griffin has always admired Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. The Masque of the Red Death, which this novel re-imagines, is one of her favorites.

"I've always loved the amazing atmosphere Poe creates," she says. "But The Masque of the Red Death is one of his shortest stories. I wanted to know more. I wanted characters and their stories within the context of this devastating plague. And that's where this story originated." Bethany Griffin lives with her family in Kentucky.

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Leofron, May 29, 2012 (view all comments by Leofron)
So much more the steampunk. So much more than romance. So much more than YA. While this book did have all that -- and an airship -- it was great literature. The conflicted emotions of the characters made this much more like the Poe short story it was inspired by than the genre it is relegated to. No one is perfect and no one is safe. And, happily for us, the ending isn’t sappy.
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Teri Crosby, April 24, 2012 (view all comments by Teri Crosby)
Like an entertainment from Fools, a Prince sits high above a town covered in sickness, helping people little but charging a hefty fee to those who can afford a remedy, a mask. Behind ceramic masks the wealthy move through dangerous streets filled with the poor dying from a plague that is wiping out more than half a population. These working poor must watch the rich glide through the streets in steamwork carriages and fancy silks while they struggle to survive and keep their families alive. In a city where rife with danger and uprising who will lead the next generation of citizens when all seems lost and something deadly this way comes again.
Masque of Red Death is a hauntingly beautiful novel of remorse and lost hope in a city filled in death and darkness. Where can hope spring forth when everything has been ripped from your arms and you have no one to turn to. With a tortured heroine in a girl named Araby Worth we see the faces of the plague while also we learn the truth and histories behind the masks. Araby is the daughter of the man behind the creation of the masks that help abate the sickness sweeping the world, but while her father had higher hops of giving the people the masks, the Prince has taken a heavy price from this family and charges hefty for the luxury of the masks. With the story of her brother’s death weaving throughout the book, we find that Araby is blaming more of herself for his death, but also in the secrets she hides from her father.
Araby had previously spend her time in clubs and under the influence of a variety of poisons to keep the world in oblivion but soon Araby finds herself at the cusp of a decision that can mean everything to a torn city. What cost will Araby have to pay in all of this, and what games come to those in power. In a struggle to help the ones she finds herself connected to, will Araby be able to forgive her past and live for her present future? Can Araby Worth be more than just a hero’s daughter even though that act of heroism of her father carries with it a horrible set of truths and a failing in the past?

With a fabulous story and a dark and suspenseful world at her fingertips, Bethany Griffin beings readers into a brand new world filled with desires and death which is hitting a turning point or resurrection or utter chaos and destruction. Are people stronger and more resilient to propaganda than we would like to think, can a revolution be as dreamy as people would have it, or is the world really as dark and twisted as one might think on a lonely night. Masque of Red Death is like a ball, with secrets toiling inside the dancers and intrigue and debauchery behind every curtain. Bethany Griffin takes us into a world that only a few see that is playing at being carefree and flippant, while in the very same place undercurrent of strife, struggle, and a vision of a better future are brewing. Will something seeping and red soon destroy them all as they act out the revolution that they so desire?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062107794
Author:
Griffin, Bethany
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Greenwillow Books - English 9780062107794 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This gothic adventure reimagines Poe's classic story of the same name as a full-length YA adventure. The world has been devastated by the Weeping Sickness, a disfiguring and often fatal disease staved off only with specialized masks and obsessive preventive measures. The rich hide in their towers and party in the notorious Debauchery District, the poor scrape by, and the despotic Prince Prospero rules with an iron fist. Araby, the 17-year-old daughter of the mask's inventor, is traumatized by her brother's death from the plague, hiding from her feelings while partying. When she meets Elliott, the prince's nephew and a would-be revolutionary, and Will, who works at her favorite club, Araby must choose her destiny and follow her heart, while a new disease rages and the city burns. Griffin (Handcuffs) delivers a seductively dark, decadently disturbing look at a society crumbling from within and without, infused with a romantic, steampunk air and Poe's own morbid sensibilities. Themes of science and faith weave through a story that draws from Poe's original while standing assuredly on its own. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Luscious, sultry and lingeringly tragic, this story has my heart. I can't stop thinking about this tale of a broken world held together by corsets and clock gears. Araby's voice stays with me even now, making me wary of the air I breathe."
"Review" by , "Bethany Griffin's Masque of the Red Death is gorgeous, compelling, and achingly romantic."
"Review" by , "Haunting and beautiful, disturbing and thoughtful, this is a book you'll be thinking about well after the last page is turned."
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