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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

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Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin
The Fall
Bethany Griffin
Genre: Gothic, Historical, Supernatural, YA
Publication date: October 7th 2014
by Greenwillow Books

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Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.
-A copy was provided by HarperCollins Canada for review-

The Fall was so very unique and the writing: wonderfully atmospheric. Having really enjoyed Bethany’s Masque of the Red Death (I have yet to read the sequel), I knew that I was in for a stunning read. Masque was very well written, gorgeous in its melancholy, really – and that’s what I love the most about these historically creepy novels: the way they enchant you into their eerie settings. The Fall was no exception. I felt transported into this ancient house which was truly a character in and of itself. I could see every crack and hear every faint footstep. You could say that I was sufficiently creeped out.

Madeline is living with a curse. A curse revolving around a house that feels alive and vengeful, a house they can never leave, yet never truly live in. It feels as if this family merely exists for the house to have someone to haunt, someone to torment and taunt. I loved the desperation and disorientation this brought on, the constant air of dread, of hopelessness. We learn of Madeline’s family history – as well as her own past – through flashbacks where we’ll see the POV switch to her younger self for a short chapter or two. This made her story unravel at a slow, yet compelling pace. The short chapters – lasting only a handful of pages each – made for an incredibly quick read. One that was very nearly impossible to put down. This slow pacing, however, does take its toll after a while. About half way through, I felt as though I was waking on a treadmill of fading promises with no end in sight. The storyline started getting repetitive, the mystery not progressing, always at arm’s length. It did eventually start moving forward towards the end where we finally get to see the tie-in with the dramatically exciting first chapter, followed by an ending that leaves you wide-eyed.

Regardless, the leisurely pace did not stop me from devouring this novel. I was kept in a trance by the bizarreness of this house and its evil presence. I loved building theories and doubting everything and everyone. I was also very impressed with the transformation of the characters we met in this story – the young doctor, especially, who started out an innocent young man wanting to unravel the mystery behind the family illness, only to become corrupted by the house’s malevolence. There were also hints of romance and maybe even incest, but that was only just another part of the house’s poison.

Haunting and mesmerizing, creepy in all the right places; The Fall has the perfect balance of mystery and mystique that will keep you turning the page. Plus, the writing itself is dark and irresistible and brilliantly atmospheric. Perfect for fans of Gothic novels and unusual mysteries.

4 Stars
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Waiting on Wednesday (56)

Posted by on 10/10/2012 • 56 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  My pick this week:

Dance of the Red Death Bethany Griffin Release date: April 23rd 2013 

The sequel to Masque of the Red Death, which Melissa Marr called, “Haunting and beautiful.” Araby Worth is poised either to save her city, or to abandon it. In a novel that embodies dark, sexy, tragic, and fearless, Bethany Griffin concludes her incredible, atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story.

Araby Worth’s city is on fire. Her brother is dead. Her best friend could be soon. Her mother is a prisoner, her father is in hiding. And the two boys who stole her heart have both betrayed her. But Araby…

Review: Masque of the Red Death

Posted by on 04/14/2012 • 30 Comments

Masque of the Red Death Bethany Griffin Series: Masque of the Red Death, #1 Release date: April 24th, 2012 by HarperCollins

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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…

WoW (7) – Halloween Edition, Week 4

Posted by on 10/26/2011 • 94 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  With October upon us, my WoWs this month will feature books that would be perfect for a Halloween read. My pick this week:

                                    Masque of the Red Death                                     Bethany Griffin

                                    Release date: April 24, 2012

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…