By Bethany Griffin
Greenwillow Books, 2013
Audience: All Teens
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.
This was an adventure. Everyone was always running somewhere, but unfortunately, they went back and forth a lot. It kind of got old fast. How many times can they escape in one book? Overall, it fell kind of flat for me. I don't think I'm a Steampunk person. It was well done, I just wasn't thrilled, unfortunately. The girls didn't seem to do much or show a ton of attitude in the first book, but it was better in this book. Araby got to do some important stuff, but it seemed at a majority of the time she was wondering what to do and thinking that her best option was just staying put. Also, if there's going to be a third book, I don't know how interesting it will be. It seems like all of the action happened already and all that will be left is the aftermath and clean up.
What does everyone else think?