Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

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....  -

Ari is back with more danger, more mystery, and more fighting skills.  One of the things I loved about the first book in this series was how absolutely strong and kick-butt Ari was.  It's great to see a heroine who takes charge, is strong and independent, and goes after what she wants.  This was Ari, and she stays pretty true to character in this sequel.

There were several twists and turns in this second installment that had me gasping a little bit.  Some unexpected things that Ari had to overcome.  I love the fact that she gets to see a little bit more of her father, and I really hope the author develops that further in future installments. 

Ari's relationship with Sebastian is one of my favorite aspects of the story.  And what she's done with his character and where he's going is so exciting and amazing.  Kelly Keaton has presented some pretty interesting obstacles here, and I look forward to seeing where things go.

I pretty much devoured this book in one sitting.  Although I think it was a tad shorter than the first, I devoured it mainly because the pacing was so fast.  I literally flew through the pages and it was over before I knew it.  I was left feeling kind of whiny because I didn't want to see it end there.  I can't wait to see what Keaton has in store for Ari in the next book.  Great sequel!

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