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Glitter & Doom: A Masque of the Red Death Story

Glitter & Doom - Bethany Griffin Novellas are tough. They really are. This one falls somewhere between [a:Brigid Kemmerer|4629194|Brigid Kemmerer|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1345284537p2/4629194.jpg]'s brilliant Elemental series novellas (which really add to the richness of the world and characters, but you don't have to read them to enjoy the novels) and major misfires like [b:Undone|16089245|Undone (Unraveling, #1.5)|Elizabeth Norris|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1357684750s/16089245.jpg|21892569] and [b:The Queen's Army|16075962|The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles, #1.5)|Marissa Meyer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1349734763s/16075962.jpg|21871423], both of which follow side characters/love interests--but if you read them in the order recommended by the publisher (both are, like Glitter & Doom, numbered 1.5), they spoil MAJOR plot twists from the following novel. Such a weird choice. I cannot fathom why this is a thing that happens.So this novella doesn't spoil anything. It basically just fleshes out the events of [b:Masque of the Red Death|12924275|Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)|Bethany Griffin|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1341716702s/12924275.jpg|15605716]. What it felt like, really (and I have no idea whether this is what happened), was that the author started writing [b:Dance of the Red Death|13599291|Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)|Bethany Griffin|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1349811814s/13599291.jpg|19190626] and realized that there are some major characters who got shortchanged a bit in book one, which really just told Araby's story. Here we're following April and Kent, the young scientist, and through them we learn a lot about Elliott, the short leg of the major love triangle of the series.It's worth reading, but it feels like an early draft. It's good for people (like me) who read A LOT of books and can't remember what happened in [b:Masque of the Red Death|12924275|Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)|Bethany Griffin|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1341716702s/12924275.jpg|15605716] because we've read 350 other novels in the meantime--unless we (ahem) can remember THE ENTIRE BOOK UP UNTIL THE ENDING. So SOME of us will have to re-read the end of the first book anyway.And I will never stop being annoyed that the two pretty girls in this series are named April and Araby. BOTH have "A" names. Grrrrrr.