I am so unbelievably stoked to be kicking off the tour for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin. This series is absolutely amazing. From its intriguing characters, to its dark world, to its gorgeous writing. It is a series I consider a must, must, must read.
While I would have loved there to have been a third book in this series, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was an amazing conclusion and I cannot wait to read the novella, GLITTER & DOOM, next week. Because, although I finished reading this final book in the series last week, I’m still not ready to say goodbye to the characters and this world.
And while I would love to talk about just how this book ends for the characters, whether good or evil wins, whether everyone survives, I probably should remain silent. And I probably shouldn’t talk about just why it was so difficult for me to decide who I liked better – Elliott or Will – or who I thought was worse – Prospero or Malcontent.
But just like the first book in the series, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was beautiful and gruesome and haunting and bittersweet and completely and totally captivating from beginning to end. And I cannot recommend this series enough.
Although I’ve rambled on for far too long already, I just have to add that I’m so thrilled that the author and her characters stopped by to share their favorite passages from this sequel. While I would have loved to know which passages were Alice and Malcontent’s favorites, asking for more than the five passages I have to share from Elliott, Will, Araby, Prospero and Author Bethany Griffin would have been way too greedy.
And, no, I will not reveal which character the author is talking about in the passage she is sharing. If you want to know who that is, you’ll have to read this amazing book, which I have some information about immediately below along with places to find it online. And in case you haven’t yet “met” the author, there’s a short bio and places to find her online, too.
This tour also has a few awesome giveaways, so be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you’d like to check out some of the other stops on tour this week and next, the schedule is included at the bottom of this post.
About the Book
DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.
In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.
Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.
With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.
About the Author
Bethany Griffin is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She is the author of HANDCUFFS and MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. She lives with her family in Kentucky.
Top 5 Favorite Passages
Elliott’s favorite passage…
My hair catches on the rough stone of the wall as he lifts me, so I’m pressed against him. I wrap my legs around him. What’s left of my dress bunches up around me. The bandage on my shoulder shifts and the wound stings, but we don’t stop. My arms are around his neck.
I’ve been looking for oblivion in all the wrong places.
Will’s favorite passage…
The floorboards are hard and unforgiving. I think I hear something from behind the wardrobe, a soft tapping that reminds me of a frightening story that Finn used to tell me when Father worked late in the laboratory and the two of us were alone in the dark. If I got too afraid, he would hold me, like Will is now.
Araby’s favorite passage…
“But kissing makes everything better, “ she says. Her eyes meet mine, and I laugh a real, true laugh.
Prospero’s favorite passage…
We have to cross a bridge to enter the city from this direction. It’s built of white stone, cool to the touch, I learn when I reach to touch the railing. The water is about a foot lower than usual. It ripples over knees and elbows and faces with the same cheerful sound it makes when flowing over the smooth stones that line the bank.
Bethany’s favorite passage…
I can hear his heart beating. Rapidly. Unless it’s mine.
He doesn’t move. Maybe he’s going to hold me here, against his heart, forever. Every nerve ending has come to life, making me painfully, horribly, aware. His breath stirs my hair and his arm trembles from holding me up, but otherwise we are completely still.
There are four awesome prizes being offered up for giveaway on this tour…
GRAND PRIZE – Poe nail decals, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH inspired bracelet, hardcover copy of DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, bracelet and a bookmark!
PRIZES – 3 hardcover copies of DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, bracelet and bookmark!
Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY.
*** The giveaway book prizes have been updated. They are for copies of DANCE OF THE RED DEATH.***
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
June 3rd – Fiktshun – Guest Post
June 4th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
June 5th – Katie’s Book Blog – Interview
June 6th – The Starry-Eyed Revue – Guest Post
June 7th – Burning Impossibly Bright – Character Interview
June 10th – Coffee, Books and Me – Guest Post
June 11th – Shelfspace Needed – Review
June 12th – Shortie Says – Character Interview
June 13th – Lust For Stories – Review
June 14th – The Bookish Brunette – Review