Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated novels. This week, my pick is Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin.
Summary: "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."
Why I Can't Wait: I know, I'm a total cover whore, but I actually added this to my TBR list prior to the cover being reveled. Nonetheless, what a gorgeous cover! Spooky yet beautiful, and it kind of reminds me of a sexier version of Anna Dressed In Blood. And I love that this is a reimagining of Poe's Masque of the Red Death. The way the story sounds makes it seem equally as riveting, terrifying and thrilling as the classic. Oh, and it's a two book series? HALLELUJAH! I don't know about you guys but I get burned out on trilogies and never ending series after a while. OOOOOH DANG, CAN'T FREAKIN' WAIT!
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books