Book Review: A Beautiful Evil (Gods and Monsters #2)

Author: Kelly Keaton

Genre: YA greek mythology, paranormal
Published: February 21st 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 285
Source: Purchased Hardcover
Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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 the superhot 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….

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Though the first novel, Darkness Becomes Her, didn’t capture me, I found myself pulled into A Beautiful Evil from page one. The characters are starting to grow on me, even Sebastian, who I wasn’t really sure about to start off with. I was also correct in my Goodreads review for Darkness Becomes Her in saying that ‘It wasn’t until the character Athena was introduced that the plotline really started cooking’ and I think this book proves my point. In the A Beautiful Evil, Athena is an amazing villain. The type whose path you would not want to tread across in a dark alleyway. The goddess is brilliant and very dark. Her abilities and power are truly a challenge to Ari and Sebastian, testing their strengths and weaknesses to the max throughout the novel. She is the perfect villain.

However, I’ll be honest, the setting is one thing I still can’t get my mind wrapped around in this series. The futuristic, supernatural New Orleans community always kind of throws me for a loop, making it a little hard to grasp. It not that it isn’t well described. In fact, I feel some places are overly described just a tad. But still, the city just doesn’t want to form in my imagination. I have a better time picturing Mount Olympus: the stone gardens, Athena’s palace, and the dungeons.

Even with that, the plot is what really carries this novel along with its characters, and I can’t wait to see what Athena and Ari have up their sleeves in the next book.

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