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The Wicked Within

(Gods & Monsters #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,414 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Ancient lore leads to present danger in the final book in the dark and sexy paranormal romance trilogy about a descendent of Medusa, set in a richly reimagined New Orleans.

Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hand
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Samantha She does. Artemis let her keep the powers without her having to turn into an actual gorgon. So she can just tap into her power, like she did the…moreShe does. Artemis let her keep the powers without her having to turn into an actual gorgon. So she can just tap into her power, like she did the entire series.(less)

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May 19, 2013 added it
Okay this is so simple if ari doesn't turn 21 then she doesn't become a just have Sebastian turn her in to a vampire so she doesn't age.
Mar 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
All I want is to read this book. I can't wait until September to be reuinted with Sebastian.

Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Yeah, so I devoured this series. They were original and unique and romantic and exciting and complicated and mysterious and well, all the things I love about a good book. I tore through them, practically inhaling the words and found myself staying up late to get in just one more chapter and then another and another. New Orleans is already a mysteriously beautiful city. When you walk through the streets you can feel the history seeping into your soul. So when Kelly Keaton sets her books in a post ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I was happy to get sucked back into the world of New 2 with Ari, Sebastian, and most importantly Violet and Pascal... I loved that Violet played a bigger role in this book.

I really enjoy this series, the setting, and the characters. The end wrapped up a little too prettily for my taste, but that's really the only negative thing. Looking forward to reading the next installment!
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/16/13:

It's over? Say it ain't so. I love this series and have enjoyed the crazy twists and turns. Kelly Keaton's series is one of my favorite paranormal reads. I love the way she combines supernatural elements with mythology elements. This installment doesn't just include Greek deities, but an Egyptian god will be awoken from a long slumber. All hell is breaking loose in New 2; Ari and her crowd are right in the thick of t
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I freaking loved this series. Awesome characters, awesome plot and plot twists, and awesome descriptions.

I can’t believe how much I loved this series. I wish I had a boxed set I could cuddle while I sleep :3

You know, for a second, I thought maybe I’ve been going too easy on books lately, and tried to find some flaws in ‘The Wicked Within’ for a change, but I came up empty handed. Nada.

Maybe, there are flaws, dozens of them, but I just can’t see them past all the things that I liked about this b
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I wanted so badly to love this series, but love is just not a thing that happened between us. Specifically, I am let down that the final chapter of the final book in the trilogy wasn't even from the main character's point of view. More generally, I disliked that much of this particular installment felt rushed, like the author was listing plot points instead of telling me a story. I would have loved to get to know these characters and their city better. The story seemed to leave open the possibil ...more
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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This was a spectacular ending to a great trilogy! Though there were some unanswered questions in my mind, it was still an epic read.

This is the conclusion to the series "Gods and Monsters". After rescuing her father and Violet from the wrath of Athena, Ari now tries to find a way to lift her curse. Her lead directs her into finding Zeus' hands and resurrecting Athe
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won't give much details of the book itself because I feel it would ruin it for other readers. With that said:

This last book in this series was not a disappointment! Most series tend to drift towards dull and/or just drop right off at the end as if the Author either wants to hurry up and finish it or they run out of things to say. But Kelly did a great job in not only picking up right where she left us hanging in the last book, but she keeps you hanging on by your nails til the very end. All th
*Genre* Young Adult Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5-4

*MY Thoughts*

The Wicked Within, the final installment of the Gods & Monsters Trilogy, puts Ari, Sebastian, her father, her Novem allies, and friends on a final collision course with Athena. Athena may have been temporarily defeated, but she isn't out of the game just yet. In fact, she makes things even more interesting for the NINE oldest families of New 2 (aka New Orleans) which leaves the Novem struggling with itself to remain viable.

I want... no, I need... no, I demand... no, I REQUIRE a spin-off/sequel series about the Blood Wars. I REQUIRE that Ari, Bastian, Henri, dubs, Crank, Menai, Archer, Michel, and theron to all be there. They can be older, and they don't have to be main, but they must be THERE. They also must be paired up correctly. Make it hapen, Keaton!
I liked it enough to read it in just two days. There are elements I thought were unique, but then there were some that's just too much, plain weird, or completely unnecessary. Still, a good wrap-up. :D
Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I am glad to have finally finished this series. This book has been languishing with me for quite sometime but for some reason, I just couldn’t get around to reading it. I did try once earlier and ended up putting it aside for later. But this time, when I finally started, once I really got into it, I found that I couldn’t stop reading. It is really quite enjoyable.

This is the final chapter of Ari’s fight with Athena and this time the entire city of New 2 is at stake (along with the live
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read, series
OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!!! Kelly Keaton I take back what I said before about being disappointed this book was enchanting. It is very rare that I read or like three book series, they don't have enough action in them. But you Kelley made this book worth while, from the first book to the last it was eventfully and full of everything I ever dreamed a book would have, I love the book. it was one of the most unpredictable, exciting book I have ever read in my whole life and you know what?...I would not min ...more
Dr susan
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Thanks to my freaky fast reading power, I have finished The Wicked Within. The wait was worth it; I am a little sorry that I finished so fast. I can honestly say I did not expect any of the twists that have finished this wonderful trilogy. I am left with the feeling that there may be more story to tell. Reviewing this book is very difficult without spoilage occurring, so... Ari, Sebastian, Violet, Pascal, Henri, Dub, and Crank are back. Athena is the Big Bad (mostly). New 2 is still a fascinatin ...more
Amanda Croley
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
After temporarily defeating Athena, Ari knows it's only a matter of time before she comes for her. The only way to protect herself, her friends, and to be free of her curse is to find the one thing Athena wants most. The hands of Zeus were hidden in the Novum libraray, but have since gone missing. If Ari is going to survive, she has to find them before Athena.
Dec 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
19 months in between book two and book three release dates!?! Seriously? I'm hoping this is a mistake and the book will be out a heck of a lot sooner.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed this take on the Medusa myth and various gods/goddesses. I hope this isn't the end of the story for Ari, Sebastian, and company - I want more!
Rehma khan
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series was fantastic and i cant wait till she writes the next book
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.2 of 5 stars
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book in this series. I loved all the mythology and monsters that come out to play. This book does an excellent job in wrapping up the storyline followed in the first couple books.

There is a new storyline hinted at involving Athena's son at the end of this book. However, given the reviews I am reading of Heart of Stone (book 4, and the majority of reviews are poor) I am going to consider this book the last in the series and move on. There is a rather large gap in time betwee
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was mostly a big ol soap opera for the gods and also about Sebastion's figuring out his "vampire" changes. I was bored. I read for Ari and Violet. I love Violet! We get to find about a bit more about who Violet is. We also finally get that damn cure for the Medusa curse. This all ended on a happy note with things tied up nicely.

I am surprised to find there is a book 4 out there. No idea what that will be about, but I'll go read it.
D Dyer
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, fantasy, owned
This is, I think the best book in this series. Ari, after rescuing Violet is preparing for the final battle against the goddess Athena and still searching for a way to undo the Gorgon curse on her family. This book has lots of action but also has, finally, some of the character development I felt was lacking in the previous books. And that makes me glad that Keaton chose to continue the series which was originally planned as a trilogy.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myth
Wow! What a great addition to the series!
I had still had an issue with the author repeating things that had happened in the first two books but the rest of the book was much better. I feel like the author improved and amped up the action in this book. The relationship between Ari and Sebastian was better in my opinion. Things were not as awkward and the progression of the relationship made more sense.

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Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was decent. It was very entertaining, fast paced and I never got bored.
Amethyst Shadow
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've really enjoyed this series. And the best part is that I sent this book back to its library today and the last book in the series came in on the courier today. Good timing. Go me.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Plot twists for days! Amazing!I didn't know if the series was going to be any good but I am so glad I purchased it! Definitely worth the read!
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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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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