Book recommendation: Masque of the Red Death

I was lucky to snatch up an ARC of this book a few months ago, and after one look at the cover I knew I'd love it.

Isn't it gorgeous? And what's more important, it gets across the mood of the book. After all, it's a re-imagining of Edgar Allen Poe's work!
Here's the description from goodreads:
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 to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . 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 boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

Why do I love it?
- it's a dark, atmospheric steampunk-y dystopian
- there are two swoon-worthy boys, Will and Elliott. Some of you might groan and say: a love triangle? But it works well and it didn't make me roll my eyes or want to bite into the book once.
- a shocking twist (*evil laughter*)
- the Debauchery Club where the heroine Araby tries to forget her brother's death.
- the world is creepy and dark and fascinating and unique.
- gorgeous writing
- crocodiles

Do I have to say more?

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1 comment:

Jaime Morrow said...

I won a copy of this book and it just showed up in the mail! I'm pretty darn excited about diving into it, especially after reading this recommendation. :)