Dance of the Red Death

Dance of the Red Death

by Bethany Griffin


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Everything is on fire.

Araby Worth's city is being torn apart by death, disease, and corrupt forces wanting to claim it for their own. She has lost her home. Her best friend is dying. Her mother has been kidnapped. The boy who made her feel something again has betrayed her. And her father may be a murderer.

But Araby has found herself.

Despite the death and destruction all around her, she will fight for herself, for her friends, for her city. Her rebellion will take her, finally, to the mad prince's palace, for the decadent—and sinister—masked ball. It could be a trap. It could be the end of them all. Or it could be the moment that Araby becomes the kind of hero she never dreamed she could be.

The tragic, dark, and steamy conclusion to Bethany Griffin's Masque of the Red Death saga.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062107824
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Series: Masque of the Red Death Series , #2
Pages: 327
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bethany Griffin is the author of Masque of the Red Death. She is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She lives with her family in Kentucky.

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Dance of the Red Death 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only disappointment was turning the last page to find out this is only a two-book series! Awesome!
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
This was a disappointing sequel, made even more so, because I think it has a good story at its core, but the writing was in desperate need of tightening up. The first two-thirds of this book contains nothing important; Araby goes back and forth between which guy she likes more, deriding herself for having feelings for either of them. The group is on the run and trying to figure out their next move. Honestly, it wasn’t anything that could have been quickly summarized in a couple of pages. The last one hundred pages was actually quite interesting; it’s what I had expected the first book to touch on, actually, so it’s a shame this duology couldn’t have been put together to be one book, because I think that would have worked a lot better. Alas. Araby shows great growth and comes into her own as a character. She is tired of relying on everyone else to solve her problems, so she takes the plunge and starts solving her own problems. Her parents also go through a similar change and start helping out, which was a nice change of pace. April is her wonderful self; her character didn’t need to change, and she didn’t. She’s still the girl who tries to make everything better and happy, even in tough circumstances. I really appreciated her as a foil for Araby’s character, and as a impetus for growth for Araby. I could have done without the love triangle altogether; it kept getting in the way of the story and just wasn’t as compelling as it was in the first book. Everything felt forced, and maybe that was because Araby herself wasn’t sure of her feelings, but I just couldn’t get into it. Even at the end when all the conflict had resolved and they were free to move on and build new lives, I felt as though something was missing from the relationships. The resolution itself was quite satisfying. I enjoyed the party with the different-colored rooms. I enjoyed them FINALLY confronting the prince. As I’ve said before, the last 100 pages is a wild ride, and if that were the whole of the book, this would have at least 4.5 stars. But, I don’t know if those final pages are enough to make me recommend the series as a whole to anyone. All put together, it was just okay. If it sounds like your thing, you might get some enjoyment out of it. I just wasn’t feeling it from this book at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to know who she ends up with its killing me i want her to end up with will
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend reading the first book in this series before this one. If you don't you will be confused in this book. The world has been ridden by plague. Araby must try to find a cure and stop the ones from spreading it even more. Her life and the life of her friends are in danger and she has to find her father before it is to late. She also has to sort her feelings about who she really loves. I am going to do a shorter review so I hopefully don't have any spoilers. This book picks right up where the first ended. I love the darkness of this book. It isn't like others where it has dark and light sides. If anything it gets darker as you read. The author does an excellent job of writing this as she describes everything to where you can see it clearly from their hunt to find a cure, to the plague victims and so much more. you actually feel like you are along with them on their journey. Araby to me got so much better in this book. She grows up and has to face facts about her life. She feels like in some ways the plague is her fault and she has to deal with those issues. She stands strong as she has to stop the plague and find a cure. The only thing I didn't like about the book was Will and Elliot. I know some people are team Elliot and some team Will.For me neither really stood out as the perfect one. They both had faults which in some ways is good as the author didn't try to make them seem perfect. I just didn't care fore the romance part. For me the action and darkness is the great part of this book for me. I couldn't get enough and I had to see what would happen next. If you like Edgar Allan Poe's work you will like this book. 
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat I will tell you this: I enjoyed Dance of the Red Death more than Masque of the Red Death. The story line felt more involved, the characters more developed, the dialogue flushed out, and I felt more of an attachment to these characters and their plights. Picking up where we left off, Araby & Company have fled the burning city to gather their wits and save their lives. Elliott wants to head over to Prospero's to gather weapons, but Araby wants to go back to the city to find her father and a cure for April who has contracted The Weeping Sickness thanks to Malcontent. Of course the city holds many dangers: Prosero's men, Malcontent's men, The Weeping Sickness, The Red Death, so on and so forth. Araby definitely comes into her own with this book. She is that strong heroine who does what needs to be done for the greater good, but at the same time doesn't completely abandon the things that she wants. One of the best indications of this is she tells Kent at one point that she isn't here for kissing, but to find her father and a cure; however, a few pages later April calls her on it and Araby admits that she wasn't entirely truthful with Kent. April is definitely a favorite character of mine. Despite the fact that she is dying from The Weeping Sickness, she still cares about her appearance. This may sound shallow to some, but that's who April is. I love that she doesn't give in to this disease with a "woe is me" attitude. She stays true to herself and I absolutely love that about her. As far as the love triangle is concerned . . . meh. I can see the appeal of Elliott, and I certainly liked him more than I did in Masque of the Red Death, but I find him to be too possessive and feel like he only truly wants to be with Araby because she was "the scientist's daughter." There are definitely times where I wondered why he just doesn't pee on her to mark his territory. (Too graphic?) I love that Will allows Araby her space to do what she needed to do. You know he is hurt by the affection shown between her and Elliott, but he is calm and collected about it. At the same time, he protects her and you know his guilt over handing her over to Malcontent in exchange for Elise and Henry is eating him up. He just wants so much to make it right! There are certain aspects of the plot that I find to be too convenient and other things to be rather unbelievable. For instance, of all the places they could have *beep*, they just happen to do it *beep*. And Araby just happens to notice that *beep* and thinks that's weird, but chapters later Prospero happens to mention that *beep* is *beep* and she realizes that... I think you get the point. You'll also notice that I took the spoilers out for you. You're welcome. Over all, the plot is more interesting than its predecessor. I was pulled into the story right away, and while there are slower chapters, they don't deter from my overall enjoyment. So if you are like me and are iffy about Masque of the Red Death, know that Dance of the Red Death is a step above, worth the read, and a good series ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really surprised that April actually died and also by who araby ends up with