Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari.
Ari, along with Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine…
If you thought Kelly Keaton’s YA debut DARKNESS BECOMES HER was good, Beautiful Evil will blow you away.
The world of New 2, a devastated futuristic New Orleans, is lush, vivid, and teeming with life – and its not all human either. Kelly Keaton’s writing is descriptive, from the setting to the characters. Every character, from the horribly awful Athena to the fatherly Michel, were all perfectly drawn out.
The story picks off near the time DARKNESS BECOMES HER ends, with Ari attending Presby, a school for Novem heirs and otherwordly creatures. Despite the variety of inhuman students, Ari is the only god-killer on premise, making her notoriously famous.
But Ari is on a mission. She must train herself to her limits and learn as much as she can about Athena and her plans. Her father and Violet are still in Athena’s clutches, and Ari can’t even begin to imagine the terrible torture they must be going through.
One thing I saw greatly improved from DARKNESS BECOMES HER was the language. While Darkness Becomes Her had curse words on nearly every page, A Beautiful Evil had barely enough to count on my fingers (I think). And I don’t know if it was just me, but I think Ari turned out a lot maturer in the sequel as well.
A Beautiful Evil is a stunning sequel. The action is intense, the stakes even higher than before, and the tension thicker than ever. You won’t be able to set it down until the last page. And get this: the ending isn’t a cliffhanger! Despite the tied-in ending that left me content, the wait for book three will be hard. I can’t wait to see what Keaton has in store for us next.