Title: A Beautiful Evil
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
A power she can’t deny. A destiny she’s determined to fight.
When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess.
Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian.
Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.
Kelly Keaton’s debut and the first book in this series, Darkness Becomes Her, was a decent book. It had shortcomings but overall I enjoyed it. This book continued on this, building on some of the characters from the first book. I was happy to learn more about these characters who weren’t fully developed in the first book, as well as hearing more of Ari’s story.
This book continued to create an interesting twist on Greek mythology. There were some more gods introduced near the end of the book (they aren’t really important, but I’m a mythology fanatic, so of course it was important to me), and it’s a testament to the story that I didn’t get more annoyed when Keaton took a few liberties with Greek mythology (slight spoiler – the goddess Artemis can’t have children, yet does in this story). The book went by fairly quickly, both because of its short length (just over 300 pages) and because I was interested to find out more.
Since there was a fairly big gap between reading the first book and the second, I was a bit confused at the beginning as I tried to remember what had happened. There were some things that I had forgotten but soon remembered but there are some other parts that I was still a little hazy about. I wish the book did a little bit of a better job catching me up with the past book’s events, but overall it was a decent catch-up without dumping too much information in an annoying way.
This book improved on a decent start to the series, and I’m happy to continue with the next book. If Keaton continues to build on the story as she did in this book, then it’ll be the best in the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars