Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
Paperback Edition, 400 Pages
Published by Bentang Pustaka
Translated by Yudith Listiandri
Published on Januari 2013

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.

I’ve seen this book a lot on goodreads and other book blogs, and the reviews are good enough. So when I walked to the book store and saw this book was on sale (IDR 20.000) I picked it without any second thought. I hate the cover honestly, but it’s better than nothing, right?

I expect this book to be amazing because I’ve seen this everywhere. I really want to like it. I do. But honestly, this book is so freaking confusing. It’s fast-paced, but too fast and left many things unexplained. We saw in the beginning Araby felt sad because she saw a deceased baby, but we didn’t know the reason. We didn’t know anything about Araby except that she’s a scientist daughter. Not just a scientist actually, her father is the scientist who invented the mask to stop the plague. Suddenly she fainted at the club and there’s this club employer, Will, who took her home. Then she felt comfortable and BOOM! Insta-love. Okay she already liked him before but I think she should’ve freaked out since she didn’t know Will yet which made him a stranger, and he took her to his home But no, that made her fell deeper for him. Then there’s Elliot, and I think he’s a freaking bipolar. And we didn’t get any explanation about Finn’s death until the end of the book. There’re just too many holes in this book.

The idea is good, but I didn’t like her writing style. Maybe it left too many holes for the story to improves in the next book, but it just make it so confusing. I’ll do a re-read on this book though, but not anytime soon.


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