I just finished reading Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. Spoilers ahead…
Ok this book didn’t end the way I thought it would. I guess with all the death and doom and gloom, I expected a darker ending. For the most part the ending was happy. April is the only one who died among the main group. I really expected someone else to die, not sure who just someone else. I really thought Araby would end up with Elliot. Not sure why I was rooting so much for that guy. He is awful, but I liked him. And I think he really did love Araby. Yes he was using her like 99.9% of the time but everyone knew it. He was honest with Araby. Maybe I thought he would change by the end of the book. Maybe that’s why I was rooting for him. Maybe I thought he wouldn’t end up being the horrible guy he really was. I guess I was hoping that was his way of pushing people away, but that when it came down to it he could be one of the good guys. That in the end, he wouldn’t be the guy he said he was. Not that he changed for Araby, that he was always a good guy, but lost it with the things his uncle did to him. That he lost the boy he was and through the different events of the book it would come back. I’m not saying Will is a horrible choice for Araby, I did support the guy until he handed Araby over to Malcontent. I really expected Will to be working for Malcontent. He was so shady and secretive that I knew he had to be hiding something. But in the end he wasn’t working for Malcontent, he was working for himself with his printing press. So yes in a way a bad guy printing all that stuff about Araby’s father, but when it came down to it, not a bad guy. I guess I didn’t want the first impressions, Elliot is the bad boy who can’t be trusted and Will is the sexy mysterious good guy, to be right. I wanted there to be a twist. To let the bad boy be redeemed and the good guy fall from grace. I guess not this time around. Maybe a different book at another time.
I loved the way the story tied into the original story with the party at the end. That each room was a different color and her dad became the Red Death. I was really hoping for a strong tie to the original with the party. It was nicely done. Each room a different color just like the original. I loved that her dad became the Red Death. I didn’t expect that. I really thought the main tie in would be just the colored rooms.
I do wish the end had showed an election. I kinda wanted Araby to run. She became a hero to the people and could have ruled. But I don’t guess she wanted to rule the people. I’m not sure how good at it she would have been. I think she would have been able to best Elliot in an election, but I’m not sure she would have been able to handle everything that goes with being the ruler. An oligarchy with Elliot, Araby, and Will would have been nice. Or even just Elliot and Araby ruling. The power couple. I know they are not together and I need to let it go. But really, I think they could have ruled well together. They were a nice balance. She calmed his anger. He gave her the courage to step out of the shadows. They both loved the city. Together they could make crap happen for the people.
Never Be by 5 Seconds of Summer really reminds me of this book, of Araby and Will or Elliot. The chorus goes:
We’ll never be as young as we are now
It’s time to leave this old black and white town
Let’s seize the day
Let’s run away
Don’t let the colors fade to grey
We’ll never be as young as we are now
As young as we are now
The song isn’t the perfect fit for the book, but it is close. This series is the first thing I thought about the first time I heard the song. How you’ll never be as young as you are now, how you can’t let things get in your way. That together you can survive it. You might not be able to fix it, but together you get survive it. It talks about I’m not alone when you are here. I want to tell you it will be alright. To me, it’s saying you’re the only person that sees me and I need you. In a crowded room I can feel all alone, until you show up. That everything is falling apart around us, but we can’t let it take us down too. That it may not last forever, but at least we have right now. We can’t let the pain and problems of the world come crashing down around us taking all that is good away. That all I need to have hope is you. That tomorrow we won’t be who we are today. That tomorrow everything will be different. That today could be all we have. That we have to take it, before it’s too late. I’m not explaining this very well. Not sure anyone will understand what I mean by this. I hope someone gets it and thinks the song fits the series too.
I know the review isn’t long. Sorry. I’ve had a crazy day at work. Now that I’ve finished reading my energy is fading fast. I was good and awake for the end of the book, but not so much for this review. I might have been able to say more if I wasn’t so sleepy right now. But do know that no matter how much or how little I say, I really did enjoy these two books. I loved the modern spin on Poe’s story. I loved the characters and the plot. If you’re looking for something quick and good to read, I would recommend picking this up. I look forward to reading what Bethany Griffin has in store next.
I just finished reading Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. Spoilers ahead…
I got this book last year at Book Fest in BG KY. I was coming off the high of Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and the love of Poe the book instilled in me. All it took was someone telling me the book was based on Poe’s short story and I was sold. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. I mean I’ve had the book a little over a year. I finally decided it was time to read the book and I am glad I did. This book was nothing like I expected it to be. It was a fast paced, action packed book with some mystery. It was a good quick read that I really enjoyed.
At the start of the book I loved Will and I wanted Araby with him. By the end of the book I want her with Elliot. When Elliot told Araby that Will was working on the printing press, I started to doubt Will. For a minute I thought he would be Malcontent, but I guess that thought was wrong. I don’t think he is really working for him. I mean he only turned her in because he had his brother and sister. I get that, I do. He had to protect Henry and Elise. But I just don’t think that’s the full story. I don’t know. For some reason Elliot has poisoned Will for me. Who would have thought I would root for Elliot? But I trust Elliot, at least somewhat. I mean the dude is somewhat crazy, but that comes from all the craziness he experienced growing up. Living with that crazy Prince how would you not come out damaged? He has at least has been totally honest with Araby. He told her from the start not to trust him and that he would sacrifice her to reach his goal and save his city. She knew going in what kind of guy he was. But she still chose to go in. Maybe it’s the thought that he could save the city, because I believe he can. Or maybe it’s that I like to think he’s different with Araby. Not as wild, not as violent. Well, except when he was holding her over the side of a boat with a river filled of crocodiles. That is violent, really crazy violent. But again she knew this going in. She knew he was damaged and he wouldn’t be a prefect guy. She believes in him and oddly enough I do too. The moment on the boat when he kisses her and he tells her that his is falling in love with her. I believed him. I really do think he cares for her. I just hope he doesn’t screw everything up in the next book. All he has to do is save the city, find her parents, keep his sister from dying, not catch the plague himself, and not lose the girl. I know Araby still has feelings for Will and that those feelings will come into play in the second book. Since there is a love triangle there will be scenes between both boys, but I hope Araby ends up with the right one. And by the right one I mean Elliot. I really didn’t see that coming. I really thought I would like Will more. I mean he’s dark and mysterious at the start in the club with his tattoos and his shaggy hair. Who doesn’t love a bad boy? Then add on the fact that he’s working to protect and save his little brother and sister. A responsible bad boy? What else could a girl ask for? The way he interacts with Araby all sexy and flirty. Oh my. But then in walks Elliot all arrogant and cocky. He is using Araby and only cares for his city. But it’s the cracks in the arrogance, it’s seeing the history that made him the way he is. I think the scene that got me with Elliot is him sleeping in the chair beside Araby’s bed when she had a nightmare. That was beyond sweet. And slowly after this I switched sides. But I’ve only read the first book. The second book could change everything. I guess we will have to wait and see what is coming.
I love the idea of this post-apocalyptic world still having weird elevators and steam carriages and flying ships. Yet electricity doesn’t work and we have to use lamps and candles? Yeah the believability is stretched with that one, but who really cares. I hope we get to see more inventions in book two. Can I just talk about the masks for a second? First I love the idea of a masquerade ball. I have always wanted to go to one. Unfortunately my glasses kinda kill the whole mask idea. The fact that masks are so important in the series is very interesting to me. I’m still somewhat confused about how the masks stay on and how much of the face they cover. In my head each person’s mask is different. Will totally has a Winter Solider mask, which is totally sexy. Like I said I liked Will at the start so when his hair reminded me of Bucky (opps, spoiler) he got the Winter Solider mask. The girls masks are sometimes more dainty and cover less of their face, espically when they are all dressed up for the clubs. The masks become lacy and dainty and elegant. In which case I can’t figure out how the mask stays on the face. I know this isn’t important to the book. All we have to know for the book is everyone wears a mask to protect themselves from the plague. How the mask stays on the face has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of the book. Yet it is super important to me. I just need to know for my own self. I don’t know if this is something that will be explained in the next book. I think the masks will be somewhat explained because of the introduction of the new plague the Red Death. They might explain how the masks work to explain how they can protect against the Red Death. If they don’t than the masks will never be explained. Again, not something we really have to know to follow the plot, just something I want to know.
It is obvious to me that at some point, my guess the end of book two, we will go to the Prince’s ball. Poe’s Masque of the Red Death takes place at a party/dance. This means we will have to see a party/dance to mimic the original. I suspect the end because it would be a cool backdrop for the climatic ending. I could be wrong though.
The paper at the end said Araby’s dad released the plague on the world before saving the world with the masks. I’m thinking the paper could be right. His journal says everything is his fault. He could literally mean everything because he started the plague. Kent said he had an antidote he threw into the river after Finn died. Maybe that’s what he means. Everything since then is his fault. Maybe we don’t even know yet. I feel like her dad is hiding a lot of secrets. Secrets I want to know. I just hope we find out in book two. I don’t want her dad to die before he can tell her everything and then we don’t know. I hate it when that happens. I guess he could die if the journal tells everything. That could work. But that would mean the good guys would have to get the journal back from evil crazy pants Malcontent. Which I did not expect to be Elliot’s dad. Shock. But a very cool shock. I love it when a book manages to shock me. That hasn’t happened in a while. Points to Griffin.
Anyways…I am ready to see how this whole thing wraps up. Good or bad. Save the city or let it die. Will or Elliot. I’m off to read so I can find out…
Toothless is so cute here.
HIS NOSTRILS ARE PINK ON THE INSIDES
YOU CAN SEE THE EDGES OF HIS SCALES
HE’S STILL COVERED IN DIRT AND SOOT FROM THE FIGHT
DREAMWORKS WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME
how could you not want a toothless on your dash
can we talk about hiS EYES
I just finished The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck and even though it is past my bed time I had to write about this book. If my momma finds out I’m a dead girl.
I bought this book for my mom last year for Christmas. I thought it sounded like something she would like and she did. So much so all I have heard since she finished reading it is how I needed to read it. The book didn’t really sound like my thing. Mom’s yes, but not mine. I kept putting her off and putting her off. But I needed a book recommended by a friend for my book bingo cards. I was stuck. I would have to read this book. I’m glad I did. I loved it. I loved the history and the story of each bride, especially Emily. She was my favorite. I love history and even though I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, I love it. I loved Emily’s story not only because it was set in the past, but also because of her character. I loved that she believed in things and stood up for what she believed. She followed God and did what was right for her not what the world thought was right. Sometimes I have a hard time with that. I do what I think I should for others a lot of the time. In the end, Emily had to do what was right for her. Not only in choosing Daniel and love, but with her fight for women’s rights and to end segregation. She fought for what was right and Daniel stood with her. I want the kind of man who will put God first and stand by me, just like Daniel did. Thank you book for once again raising my expectations in men. Due to books I will forever be single. Cause I want to marry a man who will call me sweetheart (blame Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for that one) in a dress sewed with gold thread. I will forever be single. Thanks books…
I loved how the four brides came together. How in the end Charlotte found her family and that it was Emily’s family. That felt right for the book. I knew that in the end she would marry Tim and somehow be related to Emily. I called it from the beginning. I guess I’ve read too many books that sometimes I can see the end coming from a mile away even at the start of the book. But even though I figured out the end at the start, it was a good read, a good journey. My only complaint would be that the book told you who Emily married before Emily finished her story. Yes I understand for plot movement and such we had to know before she finished telling it, but I wanted to find out first from her. The whole time I wanted her with Daniel. I didn’t like Phillip, he was a jerk. But Emily felt she had no choice to marry him. I wanted to see her fight that and make the right choice, not be told through second hand knowledge in other parts of the book. But oh well, Emily married the right guy who really cares if we found out a littler earlier in the book? Me, that’s who. Also, real quick note on Emily marrying the right guy, I’m glad her parents stood by her in the end. I know the Dad stood by her the whole book. I loved that. My Dad would do the same, want the best for me no matter what. I could see my dad in her dad, so naturally I liked the character. The mom was the one who pushed the wedding to Phillip. I’m glad in the end she came around. I’m glad Emily was going to marry Daniel without her support, but things go better with your parents support. I’m glad everything worked out well for the whole family.
I know it’s short, but I’m in a hurry. I have to get to bed for work in the morning. But I had to write something. I couldn’t finish this book and not write something. I loved this book. What can I say my mom was right. I will never hear the end of it…