Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffins (Masque of the Red Death #1)
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. From Goodreads.
I absolutely loved this book, I sat down to finally read it and I just sat there all day until it was done. The characters were amazing, I could actually visualize the city that they lived in, of course that may be because I watch a lot of movies with plagues in them.
Araby was such a broken character, I honestly just wanted her to be happy and not fake it. You don’t see a lot of books where the heroine is so damaged inside. It was so different; she took the drugs at a club just to get away from herself for a while. I honestly didn’t think that she was going to try and get any better at all. At least she managed to get a best friend that actually cares about her enough to make sure she gets home safely every night.
April lives across their building in the other penthouse and is so positive about everything even at the end of the story. Araby cares enough about her that when she finds out that April is missing she decides she is going to find her and make sure that she is okay. April is the only person that Araby really cares about.
Will takes care of the club that April and Araby go to when they go out. Araby likes him but isn’t willing to do anything about it because she made a vow. I won’t tell you about the vow because it is a major part of why she is like that. Will seems like a great guy, I get why he did what he did. I mean I do, really. I just can’t understand why it had to be him that betrayed her.
Elliott seemed like an ass. I am sorry he did. He definitely had his moments where I thought he was insane, really insane. But he would explain himself in a way that makes sense. I get it, the prince was abusive in all matters of the word and it might have made him a little cruel too. You could see that he wanted to be better than that though. I was definitely more Team Elliott, I really wanted Araby to choose him.
I can’t wait to read the next book; if each book gets better then the next one is sure to blow my mind.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.