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Review: A BEAUTIFUL EVIL by Kelly Keaton

Posted by on February 24, 2012

A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2)
A BEAUTIFUL EVIL
Kelly Keaton
285 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

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23 comments

  1. I haven't read Darkness Becomes her, but the more I see this book around the more I am thinking I need to read it and get into this series. It's good to know that the second book improved a bit from the first one too. Thanks for the awesome review. :)

  2. I need to get Darkness Becomes Her as I have a copy of A Beautiful Evil on the way! I have had these books on my wish list forever and I am so excited to hear that they are both good books!! Thanks for the review1

  3. Duh…I didn't realize this was the sequel to Darkness. The covers don't “match” do they? I haven't read it yet, but it's on my list. Glad to hear you liked this one too!

  4. I just recently traded for a copy of Darkness Becomes Her so now I'm really excited to get into this series since you loved book two.

    thanks for the great review

  5. I just recently read Darkness Becomes Her and can't wait to read A Beautiful Evil!! I really enjoyed the first one, but I'm very glad to hear that there is less cursing and that Ari has matured in this installment. After reading your review I'm SO excited to read it! I'm going to go to Amazon right now and get the darned thing so I can get started! My wallet may not thank you for the awesome review, but I do :D LOL
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  6. Ooh! Now I'm excited to read this. I read Darkness Becomes Her and I thought it was interesting enough to continue the series but I wasn't blown away. Sounds like this one is even better. :) Great review!

  7. When I finished reading its preview and found out that my cousin is in their bookstore I asked her how good is the book, then she said it's perfectly great so I told her to buy the book for me. Then I found this blog, I have a feeling that it's really nice book, I'll read it later, after blogging.

  8. Darkness Becomes Her is and always will be a favorite of mine. I haven't had the chance to read A Beautiful Evil yet, but I will soon, and I will go into it knowing that I will have another favorite. Thanks for the review!

  9. I really loved that it was not a cliffhanger either but it still made me want more. This series surprised me and I love it. It is one of my favorite series with a strong heroine and a strong male hero.

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