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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blake Reviews A Beautiful Evil

Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 21 February 2012
Format: Hardcover
Series: Gods & Monsters #2
Source: Purchased
Pages: 290
Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly re-imagined 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 super-hot 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....
It took me a couple of chapters to get back into the story. I had forgotten about a few of the minor characters, and what roles they had played in the first book. At first I was tempted to reread part of the first book for more clarity, but eventually things started to make sense and I was able to recall past details. I wish there had been a little more reference to Darkness Becomes Her. I think that would have tremendously helped my memory.

There's this thing that happens in the first part of the book, and it's kinda a big thing, but Ari doesn't fit the pieces together until the very end. I think she would have fared a little better throughout the story had she discovered the thing sooner. But what fun would that be?

I like Ari as a character, and you know I love Sebastian (he's really pretty, like, seriously). I also love her makeshift family. We learn more about them in the second book, and some of it's pretty juicy stuff. However, Violet was missing for most of the book, and that made me really sad. I was worried about what had happened to her, since she was one of my favorites from the first book.

I also love that Athena is a monster goddess. She's trying to bully her way into controlling the other gods and the rest of the human world. She wants it all. I think in the end that will be her downfall. She wants too much, and can't just be happy with what she already has. Ari and Athena have some pretty intense scenes in this second book, and Athena's torture methods are cringe-worthy. I would not want to be on the receiving end of her anger (or boredom). She's vicious and will do anything to destroy Ari.

I love the setting for this book. It's so perfect! The creepy monstrosities, the history, the new characters--all amazing. I can't wait to see how the third book ends things, especially with the ending of this one! The author just took things to an entirely new level of crazy. The world, the people--everything is changing, and rapidly. Also, Athena is more pissed off than I've ever seen her, and that can only mean more interesting things are about to happen.

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