Friday, February 24, 2012

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton (5/5 stars)

Title: A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2)
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: 21 February 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Mythology
Kindle edition: 306 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
"After the epic graveyard battle at the end ofDarkness 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 super hot 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 will do anything to save Violet and her father from Athena's clutches in A Beautiful Evil. Her character is still growing up (not yet there) - I think she used up all the names of the Holy Family in Darkness Becomes Her, and then she sometimes have angry fits, like when Sebastian told her he was half-vampire after they connected, but now in A Beautiful Evil, she pulls in her temper, thinking before acting, she's more driven to be stronger, not just physically, but with her will too. She's training to be able to tap into her Gorgon powers with Bran, head of the Ramsey family of demigods. He's one of my favorite characters in the series, I think he's the most decent of all the family heads introduced so far. It's seldom that the sequel is better than the first book in trilogies, but that's the case here. The writing is stronger, Keaton really pushed Ari to the brink with Athena's psychological tortures, the world building remains solid - we're taken to the ruins and Athena's temple with vivid artistry, and it's packed with more action. We also get some closure and at the same time new leads on Athena's motive for killing Zeus. One of the pulls of the book with me is the concept of Athena getting her just desserts. Keaton's Medusa mythology is from Ovid. Medusa was a priestess in Athena's temple, Poseidon was so taken with her beauty that he ravished her in the temple and she was cursed by Athena as punishment. Athena who is supposed to be the goddess of Justice tempered with Mercy, meted out a punishment that was neither just nor merciful and in that story nothing happens to Athena because she's a goddess. Well not in this story! It's a must read, you'll love it! 

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