Thursday, 27 June 2013

Review: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Title: Dance of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Masque of the Red Death #2
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 6th June 2013

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I loved Masque of the Red Death last year, and I have been looking forward to picking up the adventure with Araby, Elliot, Will and April and seeing what happen next with this group of unlikely companions.  Dance of the Red Death picks up immediately after Masque left off, so you don't miss out on any crucial information and are able to jump straight into the book.

When I began reading I was initially confused over who Will and Elliot were but a few pages in I had it reaffirmed in my head who had the siblings and who ran the club, and from then on I had no problems trying to figure out who was who.  Dance of the Red Death sees this group travel from the city, to the  dangerous swamps, and then back into the city in search of Araby's father and a cure for April.
Malcontent is still making his presence known destroying masks and encouraging children to spread the contagion to unsuspecting people.  Prospero is again up to no good and Araby, Will, and Elliot don't have an easy journey.

Dance of the Red Death is just as addictive as Masque was, the city is in ruins and we get to see Araby, Will, and Elliot form a tentative allegiance in order to get back the city from Prospero's and Malcontent's grasp, and make it a safer place for all, although Elliot has ulterior motives for his part in this overthrow and Will does all he can to ensure Elliot's fight is not easy or unfair.

Araby has come so far and changed so much, with everything she has gone through it was bound to happen, especially when she hears a few home truths about how the disease began.  The constant backwards and forwards between Will and Elliott drove me crazy sometimes.  I wanted her to choose Will for all the right reasons, and although he did sell her out in Masque for his siblings, she comes to the realisation she would do the exact same thing to him.  Every time she was with Elliott I was telling her to go back to Will, that Elliot was no good for her and that he didn't really want her for himself, and that it felt like he wanted her so Will couldn't have her.

Will and Elliot also grow as characters themselves, although not necessary in a good way.  We get to see the real Elliot, the person who he tries to hide from Araby, and parts of him I did not like.  He is sneaky and sly and really only looking out for himself.  We also get to see why Will sold out on Araby, and how much his family, and Araby, means to him.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dance of the Red Death  It was a fantastic conclusion to this duology but what an ending it was.  The last few chapters had me on tenterhooks, wondering what would happen and worrying about the characters that were left behind or taken and worrying about what would happen to Araby.  Bethany Griffin has taken me on an amazing journey with her words and I did not want this adventure to come to an end.

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