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    Review: Dance of the Red Death

    Dance of the Red Death


    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin was released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 336.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second and final full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.



    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.


    Dark, richly detailed and beautifully written, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is a riveting conclusion to author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series. This story captivates as it takes readers from a city on the verge of collapse to the plague-ridden swamps on its outskirts to the opulent but deadly palace of Prince Prospero for a sinister and macabre masked ball.

    This second and final book in the series will keep readers on edge as they follow along with Araby in her pursuit to find her father, save her friend, save her city and defeat the two rivals who wish to see its destruction. It is a haunting story filled with heartbreak and loss, a heroine who is faced with difficult decisions and an ending that is bittersweet.

    With the Red Death taking lives faster than the Weeping Sickness ever did, with two madmen on a collision course that will leave the city and its citizens in ruins and with two boys who hold a piece of her heart awaiting her decision, Araby Worth’s time is running out.

    But unless she can find her father, discover a cure for this deadliest of diseases, emerge victorious from Prospero’s latest game and stop Malcontent from achieving his goal of total annihilation, there will be no reason for her to choose between a future with Elliott or one with Will. Because there will be no future. Not for her. Not for her friends. Not for anyone.

    Beautiful even at its most horrifying, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH weaves its magic and draws readers into its darkly alluring world full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises, with its flawed, damaged, despairing but not defeated, maniacal, malevolent, determined and hopeful characters. All of whom are incredibly fascinating. All of whom serve to make this story one that is memorable.

    Author Bethany Griffin gives readers another unique look at a story that has Poe’s as its inspiration. She builds the suspense in this sequel, making this a nail-biter, and gives her once directionless protagonist a purpose, turning her into a heroine that is strong, determined and one worth rooting for.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is an immensely entertaining finish to this two-book series. With its battle of good versus evil times two, its triangle-shaped love story, its chilling setting, its intriguing characters and the surprises it delivers along the way, it is a story not to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book…


    On a personal note…

    I knew this series-ending book wasn’t going to be an easy read. I was filled with dread about what was going to happen to the characters from the second I began reading. I knew that something was going to happen that would break my heart. I just wasn’t sure how badly broken it would be.

    But I can’t reveal the level of heartbreak I felt. I can’t reveal whether or not I’ve recovered from said heartbreak weeks after having read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH. Because then I would have to say why my heart was broken. And that answer is all sorts of spoiler-y.

    What I can say is that I thought this book was amazing. The writing was every bit as gorgeous as it was in the first book in the series. It pulled me so deeply into the story that Araby’s reality became my own. And the world she saw through her eyes was the one I saw with mine.

    And it was a chilling world. One filled with danger and death and disappointment and disease. But it wasn’t one that gave in to despair. It wasn’t one without hope. It wasn’t one without the possibility of something more.

    I absolutely loved the direction this story took. I hadn’t thought beyond Prospero’s party when anticipating this book’s release. I hadn’t wondered what else this story might contain. And I hadn’t thought about what fate might await any or all of its characters.

    And I want so badly to talk about their fates. I want to talk about everything in this book, from what went down at the party, to whether Prospero or Malcontent were victorious, to whether the victor was someone else entirely, to whether all of the main characters made it to the story’s end or whether none of them did.

    I didn’t think it would be possible to successfully wrap up this series in just two books. It felt like there was too much story left to tell to be able to condense everything into just the one. But the author did an amazing job of bringing the story arc to its conclusion, tying up any and all loose ends and answering the question once and for all about Will and Elliott.

    While I would have loved to see a third book, to see the party scene expanded upon, to have a happily ever after for each and every character I adore, this final book in the series was awesome exactly as it was. Even though not everyone got the ending I imagined for them.

    I was utterly fascinated by every moment spent at Prospero’s. I was anxious while I awaited Malcontent’s next move. I was torn between wishing for Elliott and wishing for Will. And I was afraid to hope that things might turn out okay in the end.

    An ending that came all too quickly. An ending I never wanted to have to reach. Because I did not want to say goodbye to the characters. I did want to leave this dark and disease-ridden world. I did not want to find out who Araby chose or if she survived to have that choice to make. And I did not want to find out what characters may have fallen along the way.

    I fell madly in love with the characters in the first book in the series and I loved them no less in this final one. I only wish I had more time to spend with each of them, in this story, in this world. Saying my goodbyes to Araby, Will, Elliott, April, and even Malcontent and Prospero wasn’t easy. I’m still not certain I’m ready to bid them farewell. I’m still holding out a thread of hope for another story. Even if it is a short one.

    And even though DANCE OF THE RED DEATH broke my heart, even though it made it impossible to say goodbye, even though it’s a story that didn’t always bring a smile to my face, it is one that I will love forever.


    Favorite passage…

    I have so many favorite passages. So, so many. And I’d love to share them all, but that would require pretty much reprinting the entire book. Which is a “no no.”

    So, I thought I’d share this one, which may be just a little bit spoiler-y. But it is one of my very most favorites.

    Will’s voice is soft. “Lie on your stomach, sweetheart. I want to get a good look at the stitches.”

    The throwaway endearment takes me back to the Debauchery Club. A simpler time when I didn’t know dark secrets and wasn’t trying to help save the world. But it doesn’t wipe away his betrayal. He touches my good shoulder to try to help me, and I brush him off.

    Elliott sits up, scooting down to the foot of the bed. He doesn’t even try to hide his smirk from Will.

    This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


    Quickie Review: Glitter & Doom

    Glitter and Doom


    GLITTER & DOOM by Bethany Griffin was released in the U.S. on March 26, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the story is 44 pages.

    GLITTER & DOOM is a novella in the author’s Masque of the Red Death series set between MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH.



    A 50-page, digital-only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin’s dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl who spends her nights in the most desirable club and a smart, young inventor meet, they might have more in common than they know.

    April, niece to the dying city’s cruel dictator, is Araby Worth’s glittery and frivolous best friend. But she’s more than she appears. And when she disappeared in Masque of the Red Death, where did she go? This short novella answers that question, taking us deep underneath the crumbling city, where April crosses paths with Kent, the serious young inventor who is key to rebellion. Glitter & Doom is a story of chilling action, of spies, and of surprising love. Can love be anything but doomed is a city that’s burning down around its survivors?

    A dark, unnerving story about two of the most fascinating characters from Masque of the Red Death.


    GLITTER & DOOM is a captivating short novella told in two parts – Glitter, from April’s point of view and Doom, from Kent’s. It offers readers a peek at the world from two characters who play an important role in the series’ outcome and gives insight into events that take place outside of the main story but are integral to it.

    This story allows readers to get to know both characters a little bit more, to see how they first met and to see just what parts they played in the events leading up to the climactic conclusion at the end of the first book, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. And it gives them a few more reasons to detest both Prospero and Malcontent.

    Glitter let’s readers see how April and Elliott became the people they were when they are first introduced in book one. It reveals a moment from their earlier lives that is both horrifying and heartbreaking. It shows a different side of April than the one most often seen through Araby’s point of view. And it doing so, it makes her a much more relatable character.

    Doom gives readers Kent’s backstory and let’s them make a stronger connection to a character who only plays a supporting role in the novels. It let’s readers see what his motivations are and why he feels the way he does. And by getting this short peek at his history and his early encounters with April, he becomes a much more three-dimensional character than he is in the novels.

    GLITTER & DOOM is a quick but riveting read that will offer up a different reading experience depending upon whether it is read prior to the final book in the series or after, though it can be read either before or after DANCE OF THE RED DEATH. It is both a heartwarming and bittersweet story that delivers danger, excitement, suspense and romance in each of its two parts.

    And while not essential to an overall enjoyment of the series, the stories and characters in GLITTER & DOOM add quite a bit to it, making it a must read for fans.

    This novella also includes a short excerpt of Chapter One from DANCE OF THE RED DEATH.

    Reviewer gives this novella…


    On a personal note…

    I had no idea when I picked up GLITTER & DOOM that it was two short stories from April and Kent’s points of view. I thought it was only April’s story. When I found out that it was both of their stories I was even more eager… and anxious… to read it.

    Though I can’t say why that is. But those who read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH will know exactly what I’m talking about… or why I can’t say anything about how I felt when reading this novella.

    I have always thought April was awesome. And reading her short story and reading about her in Kent’s made her even more so. She was brave. Fearless. Clever. And seeing her with Kent in the scenes in this novella makes me wish for an entire novel from her point of view.

    And I loved seeing a younger Elliott, even though what happened was absolutely devastating. I loved getting to see those tiny glimpses of Will. I loved getting to see what April thought of Araby. And I loved the fact that this novella made me absolutely adore a character I hadn’t paid much attention to in the novels – Kent.

    What I most loved, however, is the thing I can’t talk about. Though I suppose it wouldn’t be too revealing to say that because I read this after the series ended, I made a much stronger emotional connection to the story than I would have had I read it prior to reading DANCE OF THE RED DEATH.

    While I normally am a proponent of reading things in order, I’m glad I read it out of sequence. It felt like a much more important story than it might have if I hadn’t known how things ended for all this series’ main characters.

    Even though this was such a short novella, the author managed to break my heart a couple of times. Once in Glitter and once in Doom. And she made me fall in love with her series all over again.

    I cannot recommend GLITTER & DOOM enough. This is a must, must, must read and a short story I must, must, must read again.


    Book Watch: Dance of the Red Death

    Dance of the Red Death



    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second, and final, full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.


    There are a ton of amazing books releasing the week of June 11th that I’d love to spotlight. But as I have to choose just one book, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin is it.

    Without a doubt, it’s my most anticipated book releasing that week. It’s the book I’ve been dying to read ever since I finished MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. And it is absolutely amazing. Yes, I’m reading it right now and it’s even better than I hoped it would be.

    Of course I wish this series was a trilogy as I’d first thought it would be. Just knowing that when I reach the story’s end it will all be over, makes me want to read this sequel really, really slowly. But it’s proving to be a bit of a challenge.

    Because, as I may have already mentioned, it’s amazing. And I want to know how Araby exacts her revenge. I want to know which boy she chooses, if any. And I want to know how it all ends.

    There’s just something so hypnotic/beautiful/wonderful about author Bethany Griffin’s writing. I am immediately transported into the story whenever I pick it up and the rest of the world just disappears and is replaced by the one she created.

    I love the characters – Araby, Will, Elliott and even Prospero – the fact that this series is inspired by Poe’s story, and that the author has not only made it her own but did so in such a way that, while reading, I often forget it was inspired by anything other than her own creativity.

    Even though I will have read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH before its release date, it is still the book I am most excited for releasing on that date. And it’s not because I am awaiting the print edition with its gorgeous cover and deckle edge to add to my collection along with the eBook. It’s because this series is one of the ones that I think is unforgettable and plan on reading again and again.

    So, as excited as I am about several of the other books releasing the week of June 11th, there is no other book I’m anticipating quite as much as Bethany Griffin’s amazing sequel, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH. Which is why, for me, it is the book to watch this week.


    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS


    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    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.


    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here is just a fraction of the many other awesome books releasing the week of June 11th:

    ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn

    BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown

    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance

    RUSH (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold


    INFAMOUS (Fame Game #3) by Lauren Conrad

    LINKED (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

    A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer

    MORTAL FIRE by Elizabeth Knox

    THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis


    Top 10 Book Quotes in 2012 + Giveaway


    Today is DAY THREE of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.


    The topic for today is…

    Best ____ of 2012

    Today’s post is one where we get to choose what “best of” topic we want to talk about. Last year I chose to share my Top 10 Villains. But as four of those villains don’t feel very much like villains to me anymore, I decided to go with something different this year.

    The problem is that I keep changing my mind. First I was going to do love triangles, but I haven’t read books with that many actual triangles. Then I thought of bad boys but that list was virtually identical to my book boyfriends list. After that it was cliffhangers, but I couldn’t exactly remember which ones were really cliffhangers and which ones just felt that way. And forget about favorite heroines… I have way too many of those.

    Then – yesterday – I was so sure I was going to do my top ten re-reads – which would have allowed me to list WINGS OF THE WICKED, EVERNEATH, A TOUCH MORBID, IF I DIE, THE LONG WALK, CITY OF BONES… yeah, it would have been a great list.

    But, in the end, I decided to go with Favorite Quotes/Passages. Because I always love to tease them. They’re moments in books that stand out to me. And while I have hundreds and hundreds of them, I had no problem choosing a few of my favorites.

    Although they have to be from books I read in 2012, I’m also assuming it means that they can be from books I re-read in 2012. Which leaves the door wide open. Though I still refuse to put my favorites if they’re super spoiler-y.

    I am also cheating, just a little bit, by including one or two “runners-up” quotes from the books with my favorite passages. Of course some of my favorite books, like BEFORE I WAKE, have over 30 favorites.

    Let’s just say it has not been easy.



    Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Avari and Kaylee…

    “It’s a crescendo of death, all building toward that powerful note at the finale that makes the audience gasp and hold its collective breath. You are that last note, Kaylee. You are my finale, and the symphony of pain we create together will echo throughout eternity before finally fading into an agonized silence….”


    Tod and Kaylee…

    “You can see as much as you want, whenever you want.”

    “Unless you’re working, right?” I teased, but the heat in his eyes when he shook his head was unmistakable.

    “Whatever you want. Death itself would wait for you, Kaylee….”


    Tod and Kaylee…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”


    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Evangeline and Death…

    “Remember, Empress,” he said. “Death always defeats life. It might take time, but I will always win.” As he mounted that mighty steed, he pinned me with his hypnotic eyes. “When your blood bathes my sword, I’ll drink it just to mock you….”


    Evangeline and Jack…

    “Evie, I’ve wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when I hated you, I wanted you.” He raked his fingers through his hair. “I got it bad, me.”

    My heart felt like it’d stopped–so that I could hear him better.

    “For as long as you’ve been looking down your nose at me, I’ve been craving you, an envie like I’ve never known.”


    A Touch Morbid

    A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Luke and  Kristen…

    Luke tilted his head, his neck tense, cracking with a snap. He rolled his shoulders.

    “You’re a silly little dead girl.” He glared at her, his tone harsh. “You should mean exactly nothing to me.” He grabbed her chin, forced her to meet his eyes. “And yet I covet you more than anything else on this Earth.”


    Luke and Kristen…

    Her breath caught, and she dropped her hand from his shoulder. “It’s been a year,” she said quickly. “God knows you’ve moved on.”

    He didn’t break her gaze. “God knows nothing.”


    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Duval and Ismae…

    His smile flashes, quick and surprising in the darkness. “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice. I bid you good night.”


    Ismae and Madame Hivern…

    Her words are sharp, but her voice is sweet, like honey on the edge of a blade, and meant to be cutting. I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face and commending his soul to Mortain.


    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

    EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Wes and Ash…

    “People like you and me weren’t built to lead peaceful lives together in the suburbs. Two of us together in one place is as inevitably fatal as running around a stack of dynamite with a torch.”


    Ash and Colt…

    “Colt,” she said, her voice breaking. He paused and looked over his shoulder. “Did we . . . Was there ever a happy ending for us?” she asked. “Any of the times?”

    Colt wet his lips and gave her the smallest of smiles. “The odd thing about living forever is that the word ‘ending’ doesn’t apply to us. But just because there are no happy endings, doesn’t mean you can’t hope for a ‘happy-for-now.”

    Then he was gone.


    Sweet Evil

    SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Anna and Kaidan…

    He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.


    Anna thinking about Kaidan…

    My nerves shot into high alert. I looked around, but nobody else was near. When I looked back up, there he was, standing right in front of me. Good gracious, he was sexy–a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy like it was his job or something. Seventeen-year-old boys were not supposed to be so…nongangly.



    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Nikki and Cole…

    He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”


    Nikki and Jack…

    I turned against his body, so I was facing him, and wrapped my arms around his back and tangled my legs up with his.

    I’d spent a hundred years with Cole, in a similar position, but this was nothing like it. There were no outside forces keeping us together. No otherworldly powers interfering with this simple act.

    No. Jack wanted me close because he wanted me. Separating from him now would be worse than anything I’d felt before. Separating from him now would make me bleed, and I would never stop.

    I didn’t tell him this. I didn’t have to.

    We stayed like that for hours–my head on his stomach–trying so hard not to fall asleep. As if we could stop time.


    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Araby and…

    “And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”


    Araby and….

    The velvet voice holds a hint of amusement and a hint of something else. He leans over and looks down into my face. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think . . . I think . . . can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old? I suppose that if I do fall apart, my father can put me back together again.


    Wings of the Wicked

    WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ellie to Will…

    “How we feel about each other makes us stronger. It makes us fight harder for each other. You’re standing there and telling me you can’t let Michael kill you because you don’t trust anyone else to be my Guardian. Will, you’re the best not just because you’re the strongest. You protect me like no one else can because you love me. Fighting it weakens us. We’re tearing ourselves apart!”


    Will to Ellie…

    He closed his eyes and his forehead touched mine. “I’m so sorry for everything. I never wanted to hurt you or make you doubt me. I need you to trust me. I need you. And I love you. I want you. You know I do. I’ll never stop doing any of those things until the day I die for you.”


    Hallowed cover

    HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Clara and…

    I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….

    He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.

    All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.

    Try it, he says without words, so softly it’s like the brush of a feather in my mind. Let’s find out what’s next

    But there’s hesitation in him too; I feel it.


    Clara thinking about Christian…

    “You must think I’m an idiot,” he says then.

    I look up, started. There are a lot of words I’d use to describe Christian Prescott: mystery, enigma, conundrum, destiny, terrifying, and, well, just plain hot, if I’m being honest, but the word idiot has never crossed my mind. Except maybe that one time at prom.



    STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Mason Starling about Fenn…

    There was something so naked in his expression, Mason thought. And then she started to actually blush at the memory of what he’d looked like just a few minutes ago. Okay, not naked more like raw–uh, no. That wasn’t helping either. She winced inwardly. How about vulnerable?

    Yes. That was exactly it.



    SILVER by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Brianna and Blake…

    When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there’s anger, yes, but something else too. A fear that claws at my neck. A sadness that floats up from nowhere and pulls me along. Desire, so strong that I want to fall into him.

    04So that’s my list. The hardest one yet to create. And I’m still thinking of posting a few of the “outtakes” on The Annex this week. Because there are just so many amazing quotes and passages, I feel awful leaving them off the list.

    Are any of those quotes and passages among your list of favorites for 2012? Do you keep a list of favorite passages in the books you read? Or is quote collecting not something you do as a reader or blogger?


    I am super stoked to check out just what topics everyone chose today. There will be so many different types of “best of” lists that it will be extra fun to see just what books, heroes, villains, heroines, love triangles, cliffhangers, et cetera that everyone picked.

    But before you head off to check out some of the other posts around the blogosphere, today I’ll be the blog hosting the giveaway. All the details are below.

    the Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    Two YA Books of Your Choice (not to exceed $30 total) released in 2012 or releasing in the first week of January 2013, to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    The Deets

    You must be 13 or older to enter

    ONE entry per HOUSEHOLD

    Giveaway is international

    Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter on January 2, 2013 at Midnight Pacific

    Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email

    Winner will have 48 hours to respond

    There is no requirement to like or follow but spreading the word would be awesome!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
    PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!


    Top 10 Book Covers of 2012


    Today is Day Two of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.


    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Covers of 2012

    This time I’m glad it’s only for books released in 2012, because there are some amazing 2013 covers that I love, love, love including…

    Mary Lindsey’s ASHES ON THE WAVES, Amanda Hocking’s TIDAL, Karsten Knight’s AFTERGLOW, Bethany Griffin’s DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, Brodi Ashton’s EVERBOUND, Courtney Allison Moulton’s SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, Scott Tracey’s PHANTOM EYES, Kimberly Derting’s THE ESSENCE, A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED, Cassandra Clare’s CLOCKWORK PRINCESS…

    Yeah, 2013 is going to be impossible… unless that IS my 2013 list….

    Last year I had the most challenging time choosing just ten covers for my Top 10 Book Covers of 2011. This year it was even worse, so I did include a small gallery of other favorites. But seriously, that’s not cheating!



    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)



    VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


    Born Wicked Cover

    BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


    Soul Screamers Volume Two

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOL. 2 by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)



    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)



    ARISE by Tara Hudson

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


    Timepiece cover

    TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


    Illuminate Cover

    ILLUMINATE by Aimee Agresti

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)



    LULLABY by Amanda Hocking

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)



    Once again my favorite covers seem to be those with ladies in them. But this year it’s not all about the dress.

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH has just the most gorgeous colors, textures and fonts.

    VESSEL is just stunning. I have no other words.

    BORN WICKED has just this warm old-fashioned elegance.

    ARISE has wonderfully rich, dark and beautiful colors.

    TIMEPIECE is so creative and different and eye-catching.

    ILLUMINATE has wings and a gilded elegance.

    GRAVE MERCY has a crossbow which I didn’t see the first hundred times I looked at the cover.

    And LULLABY has such vivid and lively colors.

    So what if I’m totally enchanted by SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO and EVERNEATH because of the dresses and the wispy delicate feel to those dresses. They’re beautiful.

    What can I say? These are my cover love picks after all.


    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… or tomorrow… you can!

    Tomorrow’s topic is YOUR CHOICE. Whether it be villains or love triangles or books with your favorite quotes, it’s up to you. And while I totally wanted to pick villains again, many of my villains have turned into book boyfriends… don’t ask… please.

    I also would have loved to do a post of books with my favorite passages, but many of those books are 2013 reads or secret books. So I chose … nope, I won’t reveal that here. You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out what MY CHOICE will be.


    Once again I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Covers for 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…


    PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!


    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012


    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting today, where we are sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.


    The topic for today is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

    Thankfully it doesn’t have to be a book released in 2012, just one I’ve read in 2012, as my reading was all over the map this year. Of course that actually increases the possibilities…. darn it!

    And there are a few books I read this year that I’d LOVE to have listed below, but as they are secret books, I can’t. But I hope the authors know that I would list them here if I could.

    I am trying so hard to stick to just ten this year, and have put the creation of this list off to the very last minute because of that fact. I thought it’d be easier to do my book boyfriends list, so I started that one first, but reducing it to 27 is where I’m stalled right now. So much for taking the easy route.

    Last year I totally cheated and created two lists – Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 and Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011. Thankfully I had two blogs in order to create those lists.

    This year, while I plan on breaking many of the rules of this event, I will just create the one. And only list four honorable mentions.


    After a LOT of hair pulling, a few tears, maybe one or a thousand shouts of frustration and a ton of guilt, guilt, guilt, here is this year’s attempt at listing my favorite reads of 2012. Though I decided to restrict them to YA reads only AND books I have reviewed. Hey, I have to save SOME of my 2013 reads for next year’s list, right?

    [Thankfully I did NOT finish reading EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton (and read EVERNEATH and already counted it in 2011) so that’s one less book to try and squeeze onto this particular list. And now I’m even more glad I read A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford in 2011.]

    So without further ado, after that really, really, really long intro, here they are….




    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am just so madly in love with A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED. While it is a 2013 release, as I read it and fell under its spell this year, I just had to include it on my Top Ten List.

    It touches on everything I love about the books I read. It’s dark. It’s a little bit twisted. It’s magical. It has characters I utterly adore – Alyssa, Morpheus, Jeb, Chessie. And it’s a book that got its hooks in me and just won’t let go.

    It has everything I loved about Lewis Carroll’s story and then some which is why it takes the number one spot.


    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    POISON PRINCESS was my very first Kresley Cole read. It was dark, disturbing, incredibly sexy and so totally addictive. The world was chilling. The Arcana even more so. And Jack Deveaux was absolutely delicious.

    Then there was that ending. Oh my gosh, the wait for book two has been killing me. I don’t know how I’m supposed to last until the next book in the series releases. Although I’ve been trying to fill the void by devouring the author’s Immortals After Dark books. Which helps. Just a bit. I’ve only read three but I love, love, love them.

    Still… I really, really, really would love to know just what happens in the next book in the series. The world the author created is wicked awesome and I most definitely want more.


    Before I Wake

    BEFORE I WAKE (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Do I really need to say why BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent has made my top ten? This series is one of my favorite series of all time. I am devastated it will be ending in 2013 and I’ll have to say goodbye to Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine, Emma and even Avari. Yep. I’ll even miss that hellion. I clearly have it bad.

    But why this book? Because it is just as much a roller coaster as each of the author’s other books. It piles on the heartbreak. It shocks. It surprises. And it leaves readers – me, me me! – desperate for the next installment.

    I cannot believe it’s ending in 2013. I don’t even want to think about it. Because what will I possibly do without the agony of waiting for the next installment in this series?



    SILVER (Bandia #1) by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    What a surprise SILVER by Talia Vance was. I did not anticipate just how much I would love this book. It was an insta-love book for me. The moment Blake and Brianna truly saw each other I was ensnared. And it left me a little breathless for the rest of the read.

    The mythology was unbelievably awesome. The world was deadly. The story tied me up in knots. The boys were incredibly swoon-worthy. And I totally inhaled this book.

    Of course the sequel, GOLD, blew me away, too. Which I really didn’t think was possible because of certain directions the story took – no I won’t reveal those here! – but as it was such an early read, and a book without a cover revealed, I thought I’d wait to add it to next year’s Top Ten List.


    Sweet Evil Cover

    SWEET EVIL (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I have loved SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins for so long that I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t in love with it. From the very moment I learned of its title I was in love. I fell harder when I saw the gorgeous cover. And I was irrevocably in love after having read the description.

    It wasn’t just Kaidan Rowe, the totally swoon-y bad boy, that made me love this book. There was a depth to this story, there was definitely a darkness to it. All I could think about was how amazingly captivating and interesting and different this story was. And all I wanted was more, more, more.

    I bit my nails to the quick waiting for word on the sequel. Because I just had to know what was next for Kai and Anna, I had to find out how dark this series would get, and I had to be able to return to the world. And no, I haven’t had that opportunity yet, but now that the trilogy has been picked up, I will get that chance.

    Which makes me so unbelievably happy.


    Shadows in the Silence

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I had the hardest time choosing which book to pick – SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE or WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton. Because they BOTH deserve to be on this Top Ten List. But as there were only ten spots, I couldn’t justify choosing two books from the same series. But I really wanted to.

    This is a brand new read for me, and I just know if I had longer to sit with it before choosing my top ten books, it would totally be a top five. Because it was heartbreaking, gorgeous and so totally epic. It was my favorite book in the series. And I’m still tearing up just thinking about how things ended and the fact that they did end.

    The writing was amazing, the battles were fierce and devastating, and the love story was beautiful and heart-warming. I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending to the series.

    Though, of course, I wish there were more. Because I miss Ellie and Will and Cadan and it’s only been days since I said goodbye. I hate to think how sad I’ll be at this time next year.


    Demon Eyes

    DEMON EYES (Witch Eyes #2) by Scott Tracey

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    There was no way I was leaving DEMON EYES by Scott Tracey off my list. Because this series is so incredibly awesome. I may have read this book more than a few, but less than several, times this year. And no, it wasn’t too many times.

    I got to love Braden even more in this sequel, though it was Drew I fell madly in love with. But it was the unbelievably jaw-dropping, heart-stopping events toward the end of the book that blew my mind, that made me say “no way, no way, no way” and left me shattered. In tears. Broken.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the author added another twist to the knife he stuck in my heart. So, yes, of course, this book is a favorite of mine.


    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I was so worried that MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin wouldn’t be everything I hoped it would be, that it wouldn’t live up to my super high expectations. With a cover as stunning as it has and a premise based on Poe’s, this story had a lot to live up to.

    And it did. Oh my gosh it did. I felt myself sink right into this story from the moment my eyes devoured the author’s hauntingly beautiful writing at the very beginning. I immediately wanted to know more about Araby Worth and the dark and chilling world she lived in.

    One where breathing the air could mean death. One where people were suffering from the Weeping Sickness. And one where there two amazing boys – Will and Elliott – to be surprised by.

    There was no question this would make my list this year and I am anticipating the sequel, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, making the list next year.


    Embers and Echoes

    EMBERS & ECHOES (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am a huge fan of author Karsten Knight’s writing. But I thought that after that holy wow ending in WILDEFIRE that he couldn’t top things in EMBERS & ECHOES. I was so totally wrong.

    Because this book… this book… was… so amazing, so heartbreaking – that one scene, oh my gosh that scene still squeezes my heart – and so completely shocking, so action-packed, so freaking epic.

    I am dying for AFTERGLOW, although at the same time I’m so totally terrified. Because I don’t know just how dark things will get or if there will be even the tiniest of happy endings for any of the characters.

    But, yeah, this is definitely a top ten favorite book of 2012 for me.



     UNRAVELING (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris was another complete and total surprise. I did not expect to fall in love with it. I did not expect it to be a genre that would captivate me. I did not anticipate shedding any tears.

    So of course I wasn’t prepared when the tears came. That first time, the second or the third. I did not expect to be as fascinated by the genre. I did not expect to be desperate for the sequel. And yet I was… I am.

    I knew I should never have read the description for book two. Because, while the wait for me isn’t as long as it has been for some, knowing just what might come next has made me incredibly anxious.

    I love being surprised by books. I love finding a gem when I wasn’t even looking. And that’s what UNRAVELING was to me when I discovered it this fall. So I just had to give it a spot on my Top Ten of 2012 List.


    This Is Not a Test

    THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

    Beautiful. Haunting. Unexpected. Heartbreaking. Chilling. A must read.


    CINDER (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

    Imaginative. Delightful. Surprising. Heartbreaking. Familiar yet wonderfully different.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

    Epic. Epic. Epic. Kick-a**. Amazing. Heartbreaking. Gavriel Duval.


    ONYX (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Sexy. Bewitching. Suspenseful. Addictive. Frustratingly yummy. Hello Daemon.


    Since this is my YA blog I didn’t feel it would be fair to take three of my top ten spots away for my favorite Non-YA Reads of 2012. But there were three exceptional books that I read in 2012 that rival quite a few of my favorite YA ones and they are…

    Hard Bitten

    HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill

    One of the most heartbreaking ends to a book I’ve ever read. Ever. A punch to the solar plexus. It destroyed me. I have not recovered.

    Shadow Bound

    SHADOW BOUND (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Fierce. Devastating. Gorgeous. Seriously kick-a**. Sarcastic. Awesome to the nth degree.

    Halfway to the Grave

    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    Sexy. Sexy. Sexy. Wicked. Dark. Deadly. Ah-mazing.


    Well, those are my Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2012 with just four honorable mentions and a shout out to my three favorite Non-YA reads this year. It was just so hard to choose only ten, but at least I kept it close. And those ten are definitely my top ten picks of the year.

    I know I rambled on… and on… and on… about my ten picks, but I promise to only do that for today’s post. I hope. But as I haven’t created any of those posts yet I can’t be one hundred percent certain.


    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Reads for 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…




    Dark Days of Summer 2012: Author Interview Bethany Griffin

    I am so excited to have had not one, but two stops on the Dark Days of Summer 2012 tour.

    But I’m even more thrilled to have been able to ask Bethany Griffin, the amazing author of Masque of the Red Death, just a few questions about her stunningly beautiful, deliciously dark, breathtaking, haunting and gorgeously written book. I even managed to sneak in just a few “This or That” questions because the interview questions weren’t enough.

    For those of you who have not yet heard about this book or author, I’ve included some information below. And if you’d like to see what my Top Ten Reasons to read Masque of the Red Death are, you can check them out in my post for the tour, HERE.

    About the Book

    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.


    About the Author

    Bethany Griffin has always admired Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. “The Masque of the Red Death,” which this novel reimagines, is one of her favorites.

    “I’ve always loved the amazing atmosphere Poe creates,” she says. “But ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ is one of his shortest stories. I wanted to know more. I wanted characters and their stories within the context of this devastating plague. And that’s where this story originated.” Bethany Griffin lives with her family in Kentucky.


    (Bio & Photo Source: HarperTeen)

    And now for…

    Q. Aside from Poe’s story, was there anything else that inspired Masque of the Red Death?

    In the original first draft I started each chapter with a line from Sylvia Plath’s Mad Girl’s Love Song, and I guess on top of that there are many post-apocalyptic, gothic, or dystopian novels that inspired me because of atmosphere or setting, or the use of a plague in a story. It was definitely a combination of ideas and genres!

    ~Fiktshun: The Plath lines would have been a very interesting way to start off the chapters, but I love the end result, which kept the wonderful flow of this amazing book. And, IMO, it was such a great combination!

    Q. The setting in Masque of the Red Death is futuristic but has a very Victorian Era feel. What made you decide to have elements of both in your story? And how challenging was it to combine the futuristic elements with past era elements?

    Hmm, well, I have a very specific time period when I think the novel is set, but technology has advanced in a somewhat steampunk and somewhat necessary to the environment manner…with that being said, some of my favorite books are in an indiscriminate time period (Stephen King’s The Gunslinger series, for example) and my editor loved that angle of the stories, so I left the setting very ambiguous.

    ~Fiktshun: I absolutely loved the mix of eras. Keeping things vague left so much room for your creativity! And the world King created is a perfect example of that, too.

    Q. In your story, the wealthy characters wear masks when they’re out and about to keep them from contacting the Weeping Sickness. While they are lifesaving, a masked society sounds very chilling and eerie. How did you envision this masked world you created? And how did you bring in warmth to this world that could otherwise be very cold and isolated?

    Well, I tried to find places where they could safely take off their masks, like at the club. I found ways for them to read one another and communicate feelings while wearing masks, and one of the coolest side effects is that Araby says kissing has now become the ultimate act of abandonment.

    ~Fiktshun: You did that brilliantly. I imagined the characters getting just hints of emotions like raised eyebrows or smirks in the scenes with the masks. It was just those times when they weren’t emoting that I pictured a much scarier world. But oh yes, I totally agree with Araby about the kissing.

    Q. You created some wonderful names for the characters and places in your story, like Araby Worth, Reverend Malcontent, the Debauchery Club, Akkadian Towers and the Morgue. How did you come up with them? And what made you decide to keep Prince Prospero’s name the same as it was in Poe’s story?

    Well, Prospero was the only named character in Poe’s story, so I definitely wanted to keep him the same, I never considered changing it. As for the other names, this is going to sound like they were deeply symbolic, but it was mostly fumbling around for the name that felt right, and usually the name that felt right had a deeper meaning or connection for me. Araby’s name came from the title of a Poe compilation (Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque) The Morgue was also a Poe reference (Murders in the Rue Morgue) The Akkadian Towers was a reference to the tower of Babylon, Malcontent seemed like a worthy adversary for Prospero.

    ~Fiktshun: Wow, you really looked broadly for those names. They were perfect and fit so well into the story!

    Q. Will and Elliott couldn’t be more different, yet Araby is drawn to both of them. What is it about each of them that appeals to Araby? And did you always intend for both boys to be such polar opposites?

    Will and Elliott are from different backgrounds and have very different personalities. Both were shaped by adversity and by their very dark worlds. With Will, it’s really his attractiveness, and he flirts with Araby which is fascinating in itself. Once she gets to know him, there’s a lot more going on, but that initial attraction only gets stronger. Elliott is a go-getter, he’s doing things for other people, and even at her most apathetic, Araby sees that as a positive thing.

    ~Fiktshun: Yours was the first book in a long, long, long while that I just couldn’t choose which boy I liked more. Both had incredible appeal and both had positives and negatives. It must be so tough for Araby.

    Q. Who was more interesting to write – Will or Elliott? And which boy was more of a challenge to write for? And why?

    Hmm, I’m not sure that either was a challenge, so much as balancing them. There was a huge section of the book, where Will simply…wasn’t there. Which made the story very Elliott-centric. I had Araby think about Will, but he simply couldn’t be in any of the scenes. That was difficult to balance. I guess if I had to choose, Elliott is fun and has the most fun lines, but I do love my Will scenes, too. Maybe I love writing the Elliott scenes best and I love reading back over the Will scenes.

    ~Fiktshun: Love this answer!

    Q. There were so many captivating moments in Masque of the Red Death. What was your favorite scene to write in the story – if you can reveal it without any spoilers?

    I really like the scene I think of as ‘interlude at Will’s apartment’ because it’s the closest I let Araby come to being happy. But I also love sword fighting lessons with Elliott, and a certain hot air balloon scene (the original of that scene was totally different).

    ~Fiktshun: Oh, I love all those scenes and wish I knew just how the original hot air balloon scene went!

    Q. There was a rather shocking twist in the story – which I won’t reveal – but was that twist always in your mind when you were writing or is it something that came to you later?

    Yes, it was always there…I don’t consider it a twist so much as an inevitable thing that happens. There are a few clues that are difficult for me to point out without spoilers…but no, I consider it a tragic complication/choice rather than a twist. The difference between twist and complication may be tiny (or non-existent) but that’s how I think of it! I do understand how it would be shocking, but I think it’s also realistic. We’ll learn a bit more about the circumstances in book 2.

    ~Fiktshun: Oh, now I’m wondering if we’re talking about the same twist and/or complication! Because I now realize there were a few surprises. I was thinking of the surprise revelation one, rather than the tragic one. I wasn’t wholly surprised by the tragic one because you did leave some awesome clues. But I never suspected the other. Though I should have known….

    Q. Masque of the Red Death was absolutely spellbinding, gorgeously written with such a unique feel to its delivery. As the series progresses, will the story retain the same qualities or should readers anticipate something very different in the future books in the series?

    I’m embarking on revisions right now, and I think the feel of the story in draft one was pretty dead on, the setting and the atmosphere, staying consistent with book 1 (though now that you said all those nice things I feel rather full of myself for saying so). It will definitely go through rounds of revisions, I tend to work on everything and then go back and focus on atmosphere and language, and setting, and character developments. I think I revise way more than other writers, I tend to envision scenes and write and rewrite them to the point where I may only use about a fourth of the original words, as I add in details and then scale back.

    ~Fiktshun: First, yay! The atmosphere was so gorgeous and amazing. I am super thrilled it will have that same feel in book two. And second, wow! Well, I just have to say that those revisions work. Brilliantly. I am, of course, super curious about the process. If you only keep one-fourth, there are three totally different stories floating around out there. I’m intrigued!

    Q. Masque of the Red Death ends on a bit of a cliff. Can you give those of us who are anxiously awaiting the sequel any hints on what we can expect to see in the next book?

    A huge Masquerade ball! I’ll be posting more hints on my website as I finish revising, and as I get permission from my editor. She did give me permission to reveal a few snippets–these are on the Novel Novice site, which featured Masque throughout the month of May. I particularly love the last one and would love to reveal more of that scene. Definitely expect Araby to keep growing!

    ~Fiktshun: I will be stalking your website! And I’ll be devouring everything at Novel Novice, too. Thank you so much for sharing the link! And oh how I love a ball. I really hope the Red Death won’t be attending. Fingers are most definitely crossed against that happening. But I’m so happy to hear that Araby will be growing. She has not had the easiest time so far.

    And now for a little…

    Bad boys or good boys?   bad

    Standalones or series?   series

    Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic?   post-apocalyptic

    Hero or villain?   hero

    Happily ever after or happily never after?   depends on the story

    All tied up or ends on a cliff?   I want my series tied up, but I can take a cliff hanger for an installment in something larger

    Set in the past or set in the future?   either?

    Heroines: Kick-A or damsel in distress?   a combination?

    Heroes: White knight or reluctantly heroic?   I love a reluctant hero (or heroine)

    Classics or contemporary?   contemporary

    ~Fiktshun: Well I hope this series ends with a happily ever after, though I’m not too sure if that will be possible given Will and Elliott. Oh, and the whole evil Prince Prospero. The plague. And all the other impediments to happiness in this story. Still, I hope…. And I so love a reluctant hero or heroine, too!

    Thank you again so much for answering all these questions. I tend to like to find out a lot about the behind-the-scenes stuff, so I appreciate all the insight. You are an amazing writer and I can’t wait to not only read the remaining books in the series, but to see what you’ll write about after that.

    And thank you, HarperTeen and Pitch Dark for inviting me to be on this tour. I cannot tell you how excited I was to find out that I was going to be interviewing and hosting Author Bethany Griffin and that I’d get to share my top ten reasons for reading this book.

    And because hearing about the book from the author makes you just want more…

    5/21   Aprilynne Pike @ AwesomeSauce Books
    5/23   Bethany Griffin @ Fiktshun
    5/25   Elizabeth Norris @ Literary Exploration
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