By Bethany Griffin
Greenwillow Books, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf
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 around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her.
This was an interesting read, but I expected to see a bit more of the original tale in this book. That was a bit disappointing. Also, the writing was well-done, but felt detached and cold. So I didn't feel like I knew the characters very well and one of my favorite things about reading is connecting with the characters. If you like love triangles, this book has one. I'm kind of tired of them, though. The best thing about the book was that it was full of action. There was never a dull moment and I didn't quite know who to trust. I hope to read book two soon!
Also - I have never read a steampunk book before, but I think that this book was steampunk! This is very exciting for me - a new reading accomplishment.