Honestly, I don't know how to rate this at all. I also need to create a new bookshelf to house works like this: those not all together disappointing, just slipshod and toting the line of unimaginable. While I enjoyed the actual story Griffin was trying to tell (I see what she was trying to accomplish), it's execution was sloppy. Complete with an abundance of far-fetched conflict resolution to move the plot, Masque of Red Death is bogged down by both absurd occurrences and a significant lack of imagery. Nonetheless, I do plan to read the next book (maybe not buy it first to test the waters?), for that fact alone it gets some credit. For story concept I'd give 3.5 stars. For delivery it'd give it a 2. More in depth review to come.