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A Beautiful Evil

(Gods & Monsters #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,899 ratings  ·  433 reviews
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 yo
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

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
Alice Liu
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Jan 11, 2012 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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Elizabeth Drake
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-books, gods
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 and love the/>:/>The/>Cover
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
D Dyer
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, owned, fantasy
Actual rating 3.5 stars.
This book wasn’t as good as its predecessor both because it’s pacing was slower and I felt that the character development I wanted in the first book wasn’t where it needed to be to make up for the lack of action in the novel’s opening chapters. Ari now grappling with the knowledge that she is cursed to become a Gorgon before her 21st birthday must not only train to defeat the goddess Athena but must rescue Violet, captured in the previous book. The novel picks up at
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 abou
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Myrza H Darmaditya
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was MUCH BETTER than the first one!
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.
Mike and Becca  (Books and Looks)
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 c
Lu Gualdieri
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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 wh
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2012 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:
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:
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Holy WOW.
Why am I only reading this wonderful series now?!? I am so lame.

Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Gods and Monsters series by Keaton. Although I didn't like this book quite as much as the first book in the series, it was still a good addition to this series. I continue to enjoy this YA urban fantasy series and the heavy mythology overtones to it. The characters and world are all very well done.

In this book Ari is learning how to use and control her new powers. We end up venturing into Athena’s realm, as Ari and friends try to rescue those that Athen
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I really love the Gods and Monsters series and the world of New 2... the 9 head families - vampires, witches, and shape-shifters, plus the decadence of New Orleans. I'm pretty sad that I don't have the rest of the books here at The Bookworm. My one complaint - could Ari cry more?! She is supposed to be this girl who is going to take on Athena, and I swear, she must have cried 23 different times in this book. Be the tough, ass kicking warrior we need you to be, Ari! She still gets the job done, b ...more
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
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it

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 an
Jenni Arndt
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: purchased-own
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 o
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The medusa story of it was amazing!
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That moment I flipped to the last page of the book, I knew I had to write the review down straight away because it was that amazing! Everything was rad and I hadn't thought it would have more actions in A Beautiful Evil.

Darkness Becomes Her had a last minute action at the ending which I didn't expect but it was good though it was short like they were at masquerade party and the next thing you know, Athena appear looking all pretty and stuff and then Ari had a glimpsed of her own powers and what
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 i
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 blo
Raven Lucero
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: That's actually a super difficult question.
Recommended to Raven by: Myself, as usual.
I liked this? I think?

I mean, I love Ari's character. She's the main reason I kept reading. Plus, the world she inhabits is fantastic and peppered with some heart-pounding fight scenes.

However, the rest of the characters are boring. In fact, the rest of the story is fairly boring, except when Ari has her inner arguments. Everything happened much too quickly, and although I realize I'm supposed to suspend my belief, I think the fact that the entire book happened in what I think was about a week
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Marcia (MoonRaven83)
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure I was gonna like this series but I'm loving it so far.
Really love Ari's badass attitude. Tough gal who can handle herself really well. Sebastian, I'm totally loving. I just love how he is with Ari. And one part I particular, gave me the feels as they say. It was so sweet. After the halfway point, I had a hard time putting the book down.
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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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