Review: ‘A Beautiful Evil’ by Kelly Keaton

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Review: ‘A Beautiful Evil’ by Kelly KeatonA Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Series: Gods & Monsters #2
Published by Simon Pulse on February 21st, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 285
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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....

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There’s always this perceived notion that sequels need to be just as good as the first book. With A Beautiful Evil that notion is definitely met. Slower pace in the beginning of the book, but it does pick up the pace, and it picks up well. I could see the scenes play out in my head. I love when there’s a lot of action, and it’s detailed enough to not bore you. There’s enough twists and turns that keeps you reading all the way to the end.

Ari is back and making sarcastic witty remarks right and left. There’s a whole lot of history that was revealed about her ancestors which I immensely enjoyed. Even though she reveals a touch exterior, she has a sense of vulnerability whenever someone she cares about is in peril, and who better to rescue them than her? Athena is after her for reasons she doesn’t know, so she needs to find the answers before it’s too late.

I love the Greek mythology interlaced into the story and I love how Athena is even more of a villain She’s even more horrible than before. It’s such a wonderful retelling, that I wished there were more books. Hopefully this isn’t just a trilogy? Because I like Kelly Keaton’s writing style. She delivers the story and keeps you wanting more.


Yeah, just a girl—with a psychotic Greek goddess after her ass, a curse hanging over her head, and a father and a friend to rescue… (12)





  1. Jaime Lynn

    June 29, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Now that I have read this second book in the series, I wanted to comment and just reiterate that I love this story!I love Ari and Sebastian, Crank and Henry and Dubb and Violet! Athena was a fantastic villain. I loved the romance and the struggles and anger, the emotions that this story brings out. I loved it! I can’t wait to read Kelly Keaton’s next story!
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  2. Jaseena

    November 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Lovely review ! Gonna buy it soon 🙂

  3. Sarah Corbin

    November 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    great review!!! i enjoyed this book as well!!!

  4. Alyssa Susanna

    June 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I read this one! It was pretty good – but I haven’t read the rest of the series! I shall have to do so! Great review <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  5. Cali W.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Awesome Review!!! I loved this book because I love Greek Mythology. The only thing I didn’t like was all the swearing it was a little over-kill.

  6. Jaime Lester

    October 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    I really don’t think that this series has the following that it deserves. I fell completely head over heels for this series. It is one of my favorites out there. It is so nice to read a review from someone, first, and especially a review that is positive!

  7. Megan K.

    April 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I love Greek mythology (Percy Jackson :D) as well! I haven’t read the first book yet, but I’ve heard loads of good things about this second one. You’re lucky you got to read it. Now I’ve got to go hunt for it in the bookstore… 😛

  8. nadhirah

    April 1, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    the cover looks creepy imo (the snake, i thought she’s medusa when i first saw the cover). i’m not a fan or greek-ish book but i might give this a try since you enjoyed it =)

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