Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week I have selected a book that has a stunning book jacket and a story that is equally as stunning. Now I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this stunner. What do you think?

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 24, 2012)

Death is impossible and living is impossibly hard for seventeen-year-old Araby Worth in Bethany Griffin‘s The Masque of the Red Death, a sexy, post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe’s gothic horror story of the same name.

The year is 1870 and a deadly virus has decimated the population of North America. Masked corpse-collectors travel the streets, removing the bodies before the contagion can spread. Though Araby tries to escape it all with drugs and parties, even at her most intoxicated she can’t forget her brother’s death-or her guilt for causing it. But things begin to change when William, the fascinating proprietor of the club where she searches for oblivion, and Elliott, nephew of the insane dictator, enter her life. One wants her heart, the other her name.

Convinced that he has won over his uncle’s army, Elliott believes that having Araby on his arm will charm the populace into supporting a new government. After all, her father is the inventor of the mask which prevents the spread of the plague-for those who can afford it. In return, Araby asks that he make protective masks available to all citizens, which could save the lives of Will’s young siblings, whom she has come to care about. But nothing is what it seems.

A new contagion called the Red Death is sweeping the city. The revelation that Araby’s father may have created the new virus in his laboratory puts Araby’s life in danger. The mob wants her. The rebels want her. And both boys want her. In this two-book series, what and who Araby chooses may just decide the fate of humanity.

4 comments on "Waiting on Wednesday: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin"

Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books wrote: October 26, 2011 at 12:38 AM

I'm also waiting on this one! :D Great pick!

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Krazzyme(Young Readers) wrote: October 26, 2011 at 2:41 AM

This one sounds AWESOME! I can't wait already!

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Jessica@a GREAT read wrote: October 26, 2011 at 5:14 AM

Ooh saw this at another blog! Sounds awesome and the cover is amazing!!!

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Sky wrote: October 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Great pick! This sounds so interesting!

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