A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2)
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A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2)

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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 a...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon Pulse
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TheBookSmugglers
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A Beautiful Evil is the sequel to last year’s Darkness Becomes Her and it picks up right where the previous book left off. Ari, our cursed-to-become-a-gorgon-when-she-turns-21 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. She has also been allowed by the Novem – the supernatural families that run New 2, this world’s futuristic version of New Orl...more
Alice Liu
You know things are bad when the heroine of a book wants to die and you want her to die too. I'm usually not too picky about cliched story lines or unlikeable characters in a book as long as something or someone stands out and excites or inspires. Unfortunately, Ari stands aside and lets the people she cares about suffer for her. Ari, who wants to rescue Violet and her father from Athena, charges into situations unprepared, unfocused, and unwilling to use her powers because they make her feel li...more
Bronwyn
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...more
Cathy
Well, where the last one was a 3.5 star that I wanted to round up to 4, this one I just have to round down. 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...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
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...more
Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate
This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: OOOOOOHHHHHH PRETTY! I love the colors and the transition from hair to snake reflecting Ari's pending transformation.

The Gist: Having survived Athena's attack, Ari attempts to learn about her enemy and formulate a plan for rescuing her father and friend, Violet. (Really. That's it. Can you tell that I am less than enthusiastic?)

Review: I love re-tellings of the Greek Myths. I am particularly fond of the Medusa myth...more
Melissa
OMG! 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...more
drey
We start A Beautiful Evil with Ari learning to fight, because she can’t afford to get whooped by Athena. Again. Not when Athena already has her father, and Violet. So Ari learns to fight.

Then she decides that this waiting thing is for the dogs, she’s going to break into Athena’s domain instead of wondering when (& where) Athena’s going to show. So off she goes, along with Sebastian and Henri. Only, things don’t go quite as Ari imagined they would, and she gets whooped. Again. So now Ari not...more
Kelli Lee
3.5 stars

Yay! my first Goodreads win. So thank you to all involved for my free copy of A Beautiful Evil. Okay, so let's move on to my thoughts, shall we . . . .

First things first. I adore mythology, Greek in particular, which is precisely why I zeroed in on this series in the first place, beginning with book one. I applaud Keaton for writing a wholly unique Athena, Medusa and her ancestors. Ari is a kick-ass heroine. Love the vamps as well. And the setting, oh the setting is mysterious and atmos...more
Sillylittlefishey
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:
http://openbooksociety.com/article/ke...
Tali
This is one of those occasions where I really would love Goodreads to have a half star rating as I really feel that I would prefer to give this novel, a sequel to Darkness Becomes Her, 3.5 stars rather than just 3. I did have to go away after I finished this book though and really think about my feelings towards it because they are somewhat mixed.
So here's what I liked about this story. I liked the characters. I think Ari and Sebastian are really great as the main protagonists. Their back storie...more
Marie-Claire
Als Ari zum ersten Mal in das verfallene New Orleans kam, trieb sie nur eins: der Wunsch zu wissen, wer sie ist. Doch was sie entdeckte, übertraf ihre schlimmsten Alpträume. Mittlerweile spürt Ari, wie das Böse in ihr immer stärker wird, und mit ihm wächst auch ihre Macht. Eine Macht, die Athene um alles in der Welt besitzen will und die die Medusa-Tochter in größte Gefahr bringt. Doch Ari kennt keine Angst. Für sie zählt nur eins: Sie will Rache. Die Zeit dafür wird knapp und sie hat nur eine C...more
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*

In this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her Keaton continues to weave together mythology and fantasy to tell a gothic YA tale. The story begins almost right where we left off in the last one. Ari has begun at Presby upon her own request and is training for her eventual match up against queen evil bitch Athena. For the first one-third of the book that's pretty much all Ari does, and I was afraid that the slow pacing would continue. As I reached the book's middle, the action started to pick up a little...more
Megan Marie
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Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
I will be the first to admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of DARKNESS BECOMES HER. I knew the story had some serious promise, I just thought that Ari had a bit of growing up to do. I am so so so pleased to say that A BEAUTIFUL EVIL is an AMAZING sequel and far surpasses DARKNESS BECOMES HER in my opinion. The stakes are even higher for Ari and the romance between her and Sebastian even hotter! Even if you didn't like the first novel, you definitely have to at least give A BEAUTIFUL EVIL a shot....more
Stacy
I gave it 3.5 stars

Ari now knows what she is and has started her training and research in hopes of saving her Dad and Violet as well as beating Athena.

I didn't enjoy A BEAUTIFUL EVIL as much as I enjoyed book 1 DARKNESS BECOMES HER. The story dragged for half the book, there were quite a bit of depressing circumstances and It was a bit predictable at times. I did enjoy the action scenes and the general plot. Ari was still an interesting character. She is unique in her bloodline because of what h...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

A Beautiful Evil is the much anticipated follow up to Kelly Keaton's A Darkness Becomes her. I read the first installment in the Gods & Monsters trilogy recently and immediately rushed out to get the second. I was blown away with the setting as well as the imaginative blend of dystopian/mythological elements and while I did feel that a lot of that was a bit lacking compared to the first it is still a worthy follow up. I do think that this one...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I was so excited when this book came to my doorstep! Not only was it a surprise but I knew I would love it! Sure enough, this book captured me gluing my eyes to the pages.

What I liked most about this book is the characters growth in the book. I love it when an author can change a character so significantly right before your eyes. Ari is now in training and learning to use her powers. I loved that Ari had to be pushed, that so she can break that human barrier. I still love that Ari is so determi...more
Lucy Gualdieri
I know I didn't write a review for Darkness Becomes Her, but I wanted to write one for this one.
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. ^^
What I really loved about this books, and this is not a spoiler if you read the first book, is that the gods are the "bad guys" and the monsters are the "good guys".
We can see a lot more of Ari's power and the stuff she can do when she focuses...more
Amelie
ZUR AUFMACHUNG

Also hier finde ich das Original fast schon ein wenig besser als die deutsche Version. Das liegt vor allem daran, dass ihre Haare sich zu einer Schlange winden, was eine tolle Anspielung auf die Medusa-Mythologie ist, die hier eine Rolle spielt.
Die Titel passen eigentlich beide etwa gleich gut. A beautiful Evil trifft ja ohnehin auf Athene und auf Ari zu und Dein göttliches Herz versteinert macht ebenfalls aufgrund des letzten Wortes Sinn... Wobei ich immer noch nicht so ganz verst...more
Tara
A Beautiful Evil took me into a world of myths, monsters and evil and it still delivered on a bit of swoon too! I loved the first book and this second one was also great. Ari who now knows who she is and what she can do is training to learn how to use her power. She ends up having to use it much sooner than we would have hoped but with the support of Sebastian and Henri she goes in full steam ahead. There are lots of things going on, trying to find Violet and also Ari's father while dealing with...more
Melanie
This series took a serious nosedive for me and I have to say that I feel generous giving it 2 stars. The first book is interesting because it is setting up the unique world and mythology, while having the heroine, Ari, search for the mystery surrounding her mother's death and the curse of her family. Even though I had issues with it, it was entertaining enough that I enjoyed it. This second book loses all the appeal I felt in the first book.

Ari makes a monumentally horrible decision that just ru...more
christine danielle the romance addict
A Beautiful Evil

Cover: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5

5 PERFECTLY PERFECT STARS!

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REVIEW:


Beautiful Monster is an action filled read full of drama, magic and romance.

This is the second book from the trilogy "Gods and Monsters". After the fight with Athena, Ari is set on finding Violet and permanently killing Athena. With the help of Sebastian they are going to try everything to accomplish their mission, but with numerous obstacles in their way, how can they ever win?

This book was so AMAZING that I literall...more
Andrea King
Love this book! It's a very good read. Not only do I love Ari and Sebastian, I love Violet too, probably the most of all the characters. It just got crazier and crazier from the first book and I'm definitely entertained and hooked! I didn't even know this second installment to the series was released already until I saw it on one of my friend's bookshelf and just had to borrow it! I am very impressed with the author and I can't wait to read the next book.
Fehiman
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Sophie :)
I loved it! I finished Darkness Becomes Her last August so I didn't remember much when I started this book at first but I still loved it!

I can't believe Ari can turn back the people who were turned to stone! The next book is probably going to have lots of Josephine (what a bitch) and Ari bringing Zeus back (can't wait to read that). Keaton left readers at a hangover, that's for sure.

5 million stars!!

Happy Reading,

~Sophie :)
Selen ozleyen
Sonunda bitti. Telefonumla bu kadar ilgilenmeseydim belki daha önce biterdi. Neyse, mitolojik bir hikaye. Biricik tanrımız Athena kötü kadın rolünde. Ben onu hiç böyle düşünmezdim. Sırf seri bozulmasın diye almıştım. Çok sıkıldığımı itiraf etmeliyim. Okunacak daha güzel kitaplar var!
Bri
Another quick and great read! Had to go get the second as soon as I finished the first and can't stand the wait for the third! fast paced and engaging, so glad I picked up this series!
Faye
Loved this book, carries on immediately where book one finished, Bam straight into the action. This book turns Greek myths and legends upside down. Fantastic!!! Can't wait for book 3
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Kelly loves ancient history, fantasy, and mythology. She dreams of one day attaining magical powers, discovering the secret to immortality, ridding her home of pet hair, and being crowned Mardi-Gras queen. As Kelly Gay, she writes the popular adult urban fantasy series, Charlie Madigan, for Pocket Books. While she calls Raleigh, NC, home, she can also be found chatting about books and life on Face...more
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