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Heart of Stone

(Gods & Monsters #4)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  687 ratings  ·  57 reviews

Set in New 2, a dangerous and lush alternate New Orleans, the fourth book in Keaton’s Gods & Monsters series, finds the God-killer Ari and Mistborn Sebastian on the hunt for Archer, infant son of Athena, a child fated to bring about the Blood Wars, the ultimate showdown between the gods and the
ebook, 284 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 14th 2015)
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Tyra Crooks According to Keaton's FB, the next and final book was supposed to be released this year, which she said in January, but there's been no news since. It…moreAccording to Keaton's FB, the next and final book was supposed to be released this year, which she said in January, but there's been no news since. It looks like there will be a 5th book but it's unknown when it will be out.(less)
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
How did I not know about this book?

This book was a bliss, it was all rainbows and unicorns on my innocent little heart, until it wasn't. It broke my heart, stomp on it, cut it in tiny-itsy pieces and then it set fire to it.

I loved it. It was nice to get to read this characters again. I just wish there was more. There were somethings that kind of feel like there should be more, like who is the adviser really? and What about Violet?

Here is to hoping more is to come in a future!
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't wait til book 5! Let's go ari time to rescue mel & violet! Maybe ari & sebastian can even find time in the crazyness to go on a date?
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying that I FREAKING LOVE this series. I mean, seriously. I wrote my college senior thesis based on the themes and the plot of this book - it's absolutely amazing and different in ways that Young Adult Paranormal Literature usually isn't.

With that being said, the first three books of this series( Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1) by Kelly Keaton , A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2) by Kelly Keaton , The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters, #3) by Kelly Keaton ) were wonderful. This one, by comparison, was not. Before rattling off to you all the reasons why I didn't like this book, let me tell you that I'm a little biased.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Had high expectations of Heart of Stone but it really fell flat for me.
Jan 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2015-release
Expected publication: February 17th 2015
D Dyer
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a book with a slow start but that picks up in a satisfying way. It is the fourth book in a series and does not function as a standalone story. There are just too many characters and too much history for that. But our heroin, a Gorgon relieved of the Burtons of that particular curse, find herself in the position of needing to save yet again the child she’d so recently rescued, the son of the goddess Athena. This sends her traveling through the realms of Olympus and beyond while her ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
An okay sequel, not as good as the first two books
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
*sigh* I missed everyone in NEW 2!

Kelly Keaton kept me at the edge of my seat! I missed Ari and her kick butt moves!

the endddddd -- what? Kelly shattered me and then put me back together!

My emotions are all over the place right now that I don't even know what to say!

if you want a good YA paranormal romance, definitely pick this one up! Don't worry, you don't have to be familiar with the first couple books. though I recommend them! ;) It's been a while since I've read them, but I wasn't lost
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This series gets better w/ each book. What an unbelievable ending! Excited for the next book in this series.?.
I anxiously awaited this fourth installment in Kelly Keaton's Gods and Monsters series. I thought the first one, Darkness Becomes Her, was such a brilliant breath of fresh air in the overpopulated field of paranormal romance as it incorporated a clever mixture of magical beings and ancient Greek gods, but most importantly a female protagonist who was tough as nails. The other books in this series have been quite enjoyable if not always quite as well thought out. It's fun to return to New 2 and ...more
Heavy Soul
this series improved quite a lot. i have to admit, i was feeling conflicted after the first book, but somehow, over the course of the last three books, the story and the characters became more vivid, more original than ever.
the things i liked:
1. Ari and Sebastian's relationship (those two sure grew and lived through some heavy stuff! also, insta-love from the first book turned into a slow-burn and oddly healthy relationship, different from your usual young adult vampire love story. me likey)
Allie Marie
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this entire series! I wasn't entirely sure if I would like it at first, as I'd never read any other Medusa stories, but I had trouble putting every book down. Just wish there was at least one more book!
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I rated all the other books in this series with 5 stars this one got only 4 because it was absolutely heart wrenching yes it all worked out but only in the last 3 pages I feel like that didn’t give me enough closure but overall good book good concept
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hel of a good book ...more
Amethyst Shadow
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
At least it was kinda left open for a future possible book. Hey, I can hope.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I need the 5th book so bad. ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
This one doesn't need to exist.
The trilogy was great.
I'm disappointed.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JUST WOW !!!!!

I can't wait for Ari 5!
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like it. I tried because the first three were really good but this one. Ugh. It felt rushed, lacked emotion, and has so many unanswered questions.
I hope this is not how it ends because that would suck big time.
This book was definitely my favorite up until around the 75% mark. For most of this story, I loved it, and was thinking about rating it higher than any of the other books. This was probably partly due to the fact that I love the Underworld, including Hades and Thanatos, so I was already pretty intrigued. But even the plot line was better than the others. The book starts off with Ari and Sebastian training and I absolutely loved it. I also still love Bran and he made an appearance right away as ...more
Aaliana Rain
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel like there's a lot of loose ends.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Devz Milady
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was the worst of all series.
Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan score way above this.

I think Kelly was trying to imitate the gang by creating the kind of jocular irreverence for Gods by 'heros' ala Percy Jackson.
Calling Horus 'asshole' and other stupid stuff - is that supposed to be funny or show how tough and modern these heroes are? Like being American = license to disrespect other cultures and civilizations?

And the worst part of the story?
A kidnapping so God of Death can bring
Ohh... I can't believe it. Kelly Keaton!!! She is just... WOW. I absolutely loved the previous installments in the series, and I couldn't wait to read this one. Hell, it was most certainly worth it. In the end, I was just unsure of how Kelly Keaton managed to play with my emotions effortlessly. This book is just ups and downs for Ari and her friends. Goods and Bads that make Heart of Stone what it is. Really, please consider carefully before you decided not to read Darkness Becomes Her. I'm ...more
Erika Maki (Maniacal Reader)
I liked this book, but I liked the rest of the books in the series better. In this book, Athena's baby boy Archer goes missing and it's up to Ari and Sebastian to try to find him. The twist with Lamia and Sebastian surprised me and the deal that Ari made with Mel, that she would sacrifice her life in order for Archer to be returned. Mel ended up sacrificing herself in the end. Speaking of the ending, the author skillfully played with my emotions regarding Ari and Sebastian's relationship. It was ...more
Myrza H Darmaditya
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know what Keaton, I CRIED.
Literally cried in 1/3 part of the last chapters and I take that as a good sign that I really drown in your story, extremely attached to this series! I'm emotionally shattered when I read this.
Tell me that there will be the 5th book please! Tho it has no cliffhanger ending, but the journey of Archer still has no ending, right? So please please please, write the 5th book please! (Okay, I'm kinda begging here :p)
I haven't satisfied enough with 'doue' of New 2, Ari
Amber S
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
Note to self. If the series is originally marked as a trilogy and suddenly there's a forth book even when the third book still seems like the end maybe don't read the last book?

I really do love this series but I honestly think I could do without the heart palpitations the last few chapters have given me. I prefer the ending of The Wicked Within to Heart of Stone. It just seems like there needs to be more books. Maybe like, three? There is even MORE left unsettled.

But I do want to say thanks
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a trilogy so when I saw this book, I happily read it. Without knowing it is an emotional rollercoaster which made me cry so many times near the end. This book just broke the record. The love and the grief was so well expressed. Can't wait for the 5th book already. I like how this book isn't focused on the battling part like the previous books in the series but I still love every single book in this series because it's just
Eileen Abercrombie
Holy Shiz!!!!

I'm so glad we didn't end at 3!! Ari's story needs to continue. She and Sebastian have a life to live, Archer and Violet to raise, and a war coming. They've also got a conflicted goddess to get out of The Underworld. As long as Kelly keeps writing, I'll keep reading!!!!
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series, but I had a hard time reading this book with all of the typos, missing words and extra words.

The world of the Gods and Monsters series is well written and well thought out. I love how Kelly combines gods from different religions and time periods and combines them in new stories. I'm anxious to read the next book to find out what happens to Thalia, Mel and Violet.
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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 ...more

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