Dance of the Red Death
Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Masque of the Red Death series #2
Pub: June 2013
3 of 5 stars
Amid vicious plagues and sinister villains, Araby searches for a cure to save her best friend’s life.
Sometimes I feel like the world is waiting for us all to fall ill. For all of us to fade and die.
First off, props to Bethany Griffin for NOT stretching this out to a trilogy — two books was the perfect length for this series.
I loved the last fifty pages or so of this book. In fact, I would have loved to see those fifty lengthened out, to wrap things up a bit more neatly and add a bit more drama to the final confrontation. But the setting, the descriptions, how everything fits in with Poe’s story, was really neat.
The first part of the book I felt dragged. There was a lot of wandering around and talking about how terrible things were and — worst of all — going back and forth between Elliot and Will. I’m not a fan of love triangles, and in the end, I thought she’d be better off without either of them.
Though no bloggers will be covering Poe’s stories during the Classics Retold project in September, many will be finding retellings of other classic novels, including other 19th century novels as found at BookishWhimsy.