Ari has finally learned the terrifying truth. She is a descendant of Medusa, cursed to become a monster designed to kill with a single terney.infod by the image. Ari struggles with a power she can't deny—and a destiny she's determined to fight—in this dark and sexy sequel to Darkness Becomes Her. When Ari first. Start by marking “A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2)” as Want to Read: Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her. Crazy for Young A: A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2) by Kelly Keaton → Start Date: October 1st.
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A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton - Ari struggles with a power she can't deny—and a destiny she's determined to fight—in this dark and sexy sequel to Darkness. by Kelly Keaton. ·. ·· Ratings. The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made With her feared half blood and. A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2). by Kelly Keaton. ·. ··6, Ratings. Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to.
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See More Categories. Your First Name. Ari, our cursed-to-become-a-gorgon-when-she-turns protagonist is training to be able to tap into her dormant powers so she can face the powerful Goddess Athena and rescue her father and her friend Violet. A Beautiful Evil was an extremely frustrating read.
I was wary to begin with, given my conflicted thoughts about Darkness Becomes Her and unfortunately ALL of the problems I had with the first book make a return with a vengeance to the point I could comfortably copy and paste my thoughts from that review. Simply put, this series has an awesome premise and world-building but flawed execution, lacklustre secondary characters and formulaic writing.
First the positives: I like the world building and the main character a LOT. The Greek Mythology reimagining is everything I want from my Greek retellings. Unfortunately, none of the aforementioned aspects is enough to hold this story together when the execution of the plot is so rushed as to make it ridiculous and even conflicting with what we are told. Athena is — supposedly — one of the cleverest strategists and yet, leaves quite a few things to chance. The location of her temple is — supposedly — one of the most well guarded secrets of the ancient world and yet Ari finds all the clues to find it after a couple of visits to the library with a thoroughly easy way to open its alter-dimensional door.
Repeat after me:. And if you do, there has to be real consequences. But in the end, I felt that every single plot point is addressed, Athena was defeated for now , Ari is sort of comfortable with her powers and has the hope to fight the curse and Ari and love-interest Sebastian walk into the sunset even though Ari does something really fucked up to him when they are taken by Athena. The resolution of that conflict is so rushed and dealt with in such a hand wavy manner as to be problematic although there are things still left open, I do wonder if this is going to be the last book?
The writing relies on shortcuts adrenaline that runs through veins to convey excitement; blood pressure rising to convey anger and so on and so forth.
In my review of the first novel, I said that it felt like reading a prequel. Well, this one reads like an entire series of 10 books condensed in pages. I couldn't keep all of the characters and their powers straight and I didn't remember any of the hierarchy stuff from the last book. And can someone please tell me why there are like 6 different types of vampires in this book?? Honestly, I would much rather read a book about Violet than about Ari.
I found it difficult to read the motivations behind some of the characters actions and this made me care less about them. It seemed like I was reading action scene after action scene and I needed time to re-coup and get in touch with the characters.
There were some scenes of torture that were pretty disturbing as they tend to get when you are torturing an immortal and I didn't feel they fit with the YA theme. I don't think I will be sticking around for 3. Both Sex: None Violence: Jan 11, Damaris GoodChoiceReading rated it it was amazing.
Kelly Keaton really knows how to make her characters suffer. I thought Ari had it bad in Darkness Becomes Her, but what she goes through in A Beautiful Evil, if it were me, I would have crumpled into pieces and completely lost myself. Not Ari though. Even when she thought things were completely hopeless she never gave up. She would work her brain until she found a way. A Beautiful Evil is just as action packed as Darkness Becomes Her and full of lots of twist that I did not see coming at all.
My Kelly Keaton really knows how to make her characters suffer. My heart broke into a million pieces for Ari.
She goes through so much in this book. But with everything she goes through, she learns something new about herself. The story definitely progresses and you get to know Ari and all the other characters a little better in this book.
It was just non-stop from chapter one, super entertaining, and a definite page-turner. I loved it! I think I enjoyed this one a little more than Darkness Becomes Her to be honest. View all 9 comments. Sep 04, Bronwyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I must say after reading a butt load of books that hold no interest at all I have finally stumbled upon a book that drew me in and left me reeling. With the current books on the shelf it is a relief to find a book that makes me want to read all through the night to see what happens to Aristanae and Sebastian.
It is also a relief to read a book that has a clear and unhampered writing style unlike may of the mediocre writers that roll out the books so fast its like reading a diary with missing page I must say after reading a butt load of books that hold no interest at all I have finally stumbled upon a book that drew me in and left me reeling.
It is also a relief to read a book that has a clear and unhampered writing style unlike may of the mediocre writers that roll out the books so fast its like reading a diary with missing pages. Finally a writer that tells a story that has you hanging on for more.
Apr 22, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: Well, where the last one was a 3. I still really like Ari, her voice is clear and I find her easy to relate to. I love the cast of kids supporting her, they really feel like a family. And the sense in the first book of too much of a good thing with all of the differently myths and creatures being pulled into one book worked more smoothly and naturally into this one once they didn't have to be introduced and explained const Well, where the last one was a 3.
And the sense in the first book of too much of a good thing with all of the differently myths and creatures being pulled into one book worked more smoothly and naturally into this one once they didn't have to be introduced and explained constantly. The author's style is still smooth, and I liked the brisk pace and shorter length of the story for a change.
It was hard to feel bad for the kids in their predicament in the middle of the book. What did they think was going to happen? Just because they found a back door into the lair of the goddess of war didn't mean that a few barely trained kids would have any chance against her and her army of minions.
It was so ill-conceived and ill-planned, it was kind of irritating. Ari could barely access her powers, their only real edge against Athena or any of her monsters or minions, so what was the point of trying to go up against her at this point?
Desperation isn't an excuse for stupidity. The whole thing just felt so silly. At one point Ari even acknowledged how crazy it was, she said it was like a mouse going up against a t-rex. Yes, sure, there was a point, the plot moved on, things played out, but there was a lot of eye-rolling on my part during that whole middle chunk of the book.
It's a tricky thing creating this situation where these kids are set up to battle the goddess of war and strategy, who even other gods are all frightened of, and somehow make it plausible. I think it might be more believable now that Ari and Sebastian have grown into their abilities more and gained more knowledge about what they need to do to move the fight forward.
By the end I was starting to see where the author was going, and I like the way she writes and the characters enough to definitely stay along for the ride, but this book was a bit tricky for me. Sep 11, Tara Higgins rated it really liked it. Sep 26, Melissa rated it really liked it. Kelly created a more amazing book!! This book answers so many questions and then leaves alot more in its wake! Obviously Ari is still kicking ass and taking names as she did before but shes even better at it now and getting the answers she needs!
She is worrying about everything and still moving forward. Ari doesn't let somethings get to her but Athena knows where to hit, right at the heart!
Ari was alone so much she isnt used to caring about people but she doesnt even worry about it, she kn OMG! Ari was alone so much she isnt used to caring about people but she doesnt even worry about it, she knows she wants to protect her new friends and get her long lost father back and Violet! Sebastian again hot and cold! Make up your mind about Ari she has about you! God I wanted to slap him in the face for the games he plays one minute hes all i wont let anything happen to you the next he acts like she doesnt exist.
Talk about suspense, but I like it it keeps me wanting more and wanting to know his story and what hes thinking!! Ari again goes up against Athena and Athena hits her hard where it hurts. She turned Sebastian into the one thing he didnt want to become and then does something unthinkable but I see her point and she was trying her best!
In the end it all works out and leaves you with more questions. Kelly Keaton again you amaze me and write something amazing for us who love your book! I again recommend this to you all who loved Darkness Becomes Her you will be amazed by this book and sucked right in!!!! Jul 10, drey rated it really liked it Shelves: Not when Athena already has her father, and Violet. So Ari learns to fight. So off she goes, along with Sebastian and Henri.
A Beautiful Evil is non-stop action, with a crazy villainess and an uncertain heroine. Mar 25, Myrza H Darmaditya rated it it was amazing. Oh God, this book completely drown me in! This book is packed with action since the first till the last chapter.
I couldn't put this book down at all today, it's definitely page turner. The story makes me keep guessing what will happen next. I adore Ari, she starts to love herself, to use her ability better to save people.
I'd like to see her kick Athena's ass in the next book, lol. Really pleasantly surprised with this read!! Better than the first and had so much fun reading. The world building is fantastic and the adventure is definitely there for you. This book picks up right after the last with Ari and Bastian in New 2 fighting to get her friends and family back from the tyrant Athena.
Where this books falls a bit for me is that the timing was all off. It was rushed and contradictory in a lot of places. We spent days were on training and "researching" while chapters were Really pleasantly surprised with this read!! We spent days were on training and "researching" while chapters were spent in a cell rolling around.
Then the writer built up some big fight coming to New 2 and only paragraph or two went through the battle. I don't like long battle scenes, but man give me something after repeating "shit is going to hit the fan" 4 times before it haha.
I wish we got a few more chapters throughout the book to fill in all so much. Here, we are told Athena is almost impossible to get to and find and after one day in a library and throwing some blood on a wall Ari finds it with no trouble or consequence. And we are told over and over what a strategist Athena is, yet she leaves SO MUCH up to chance and doesn't seem to have much of a plan at all.
While I thought we got to see a lot of Ari and Athena I wish we got a little more dimension from the side characters. They were hardly described outside of their physical attributes and they were used very sparely in the book when you had some really interesting people there!
Over all thought, this was a fast read that I did not put down and an improvement from the original which is always nice to see. I look forward to continuing the series. I really liked the first book, although I thought it lacked something.
But this one founded that something and showed it, even though I don't know what it is. We can see a lot more of Ari's power and the stuff she can do when she focuses I know I didn't write a review for Darkness Becomes Her , but I wanted to write one for this one.
I mean, what's going on with them? A great thing about this book was that we get to see the extension of Athena's bitchiness if that's even a word.
Her character is really well built and developed. We get to understand the inmensity of her power and her cunning. I seriously wanted to punch her every. That, and inspiring real fear from fiction. It's great, but really difficult to achieve, so I take off my hat to Kelly Keaton , great work!! Sebastian is awesome, but I didn't like very much that he wasn't straight about his feelings for Ari.
He is so powerful and so intelligent. That kid would be freaking powerful!! Just awesome! But it would obviously be the conflict of the kid's power being too much of a threat for Athena, the Novem or any new enemy. My favorite line in the whole book: A smile spread over my face, and I felt it all the way to my toes.
I rolled my eyes and laughed.
I knew the story had some serious promise, I just thought that Ari had a bit of growing up to do. The stakes are even higher for Ari and the romance between her and Sebastian even hotter! I promise that it will be worth it. Sure, Ari still has a few of her whiny moments, but she is much more likable.
She has grown into a much more mature teenager who understandably has a few moments where she can't take it all anymore. She kicks butt and takes names, that's no doubt! The best part is she takes even more of an initiative in her almost relationship with Sebastian.
Her complete disregard for everyone but herself is astounding and I was so thoroughly disgusted with her actions. Keaton has done a phenomenal job in the making of Athena as a villain. I don't think I'll ever be able to think of her in the same way when I read about her in mythology. Not too slow to get bored, but not too fast as to overwhelm the reader.
I'm still trying to recover from the events that occurred in this one! Keaton sure knows how to write a sequel. Keaton picked up the pace and made the character's much more likable.
I cannot wait until the third novel, that's for sure! Feb 21, Sillylittlefishey rated it it was ok. This one started out a bit slower for me than the first one did. I was a bit bummed at the distance between Ari and Sebastian in the beginning of this one. There was a lot of things that happened in the first book that was told about in the beginning of this one to catch you up or remind you which is par for the course for sequels. Overall, I found this one a bit boring, but it did read fast.
You can find my official review at the below link: Sep 17, Betza rated it liked it Shelves: Realmente no se si me molesta o me agrada la protagonista, de verdad, mis sentimientos son encontrados, ya ella quiere ser valiente pero realmente es un osito de peluche.
May 29, diana rated it really liked it. Holy WOW. Why am I only reading this wonderful series now?!?