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Product Details

  • Series: Gods & Monsters (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442409274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442409279
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If I could become a character in a fictional world, I would pick this one. Action and romance combine with good storytelling and an alluring world. More, please!”

—Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series

“Filled with action and suspense. Readers will continue to root for Ari’s triumph over Athena, hoping that she breaks the curse that plagues her future.” --VOYA, December 2011

"Packed with action and hints of romance, [Kelly Keaton's A Beautiful Evil] pairs well with fans of Rick Riordan and Stephenie Meyer."
Recommended.
--Library Media Connection, May/June 2012

"Percy Jackson meets Anne Rice."
--School Library Journal, May 2012

About the Author

Kelly Keaton is the critically acclaimed author of Darkness Becomes Her. As Kelly Gay, she writes the popular adult series, Charlie Madigan, for Pocket Books. While she calls Raleigh, North Carolina, home, she can also be found chatting about books and life on Facebook and Twitter. Read more about Kelly on her website at KellyKeaton.net.

More About the Author

Kelly is a multi-published author with six novels currently in print. She writes the YA series, Gods & Monsters (Simon & Schuster), and the Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series (Pocket Books), which are written as Kelly Gay. She is a two-time RITA® Finalist, an ARRA nominee, a Goodreads Choice Award finalist, and has landed on the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's Okra Picks list. Kelly is also a recipient of North Carolina Arts Council's fellowship grant in Literature. She lives in NC with her family. You can learn more about Kelly at www.kellykeaton.net.

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I can't wait to hopefully read more about their special connection in the next book.
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This book cemented me s a Kelly Keaton fan- very talented writer incorporating the paranormal, mythology, and 'life as we know it'.
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Love this book I thought the first one was good this one beat the other out the water read it you'll love it...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erica Nicholas on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kelly Keaton knows how to keep a story going! This book picked up right where Darkness Becomes Her left off.

*If you haven't read the first book, Darkness Becomes Her, then this will contain spoilers!*

Ari is a teenage girl who grew up in the foster system. After a search for her mother at a hospital lead to her venturing into New 2 (formerly New Orleans before hurricanes hit), we find out teenage heroine attending the prestigious Presby school. Her school day is anything but normal; it's filled with a training session that causes her to break, and studying in a library that shouldn't exist.

After Athena stole two of the most important people Ari had in her life, she had to find a way to go after them. The Novem eventually conceded and allowed her to search their secret library for as much information as she could find on Athena and her temples. There is a ton of information there, and eventually she finds bits and pieces that may help on her search. No one knows about this library, unless they are a part of the Novem or apparently their children. And rightly so, because this library is hidden in plain sight and has a very interesting title that has been passed down through the centuries...

I'm not going to delve into much more here, I really don't want to ruin it for anyone. This book is so fast paced, I'm not sure that I want to share too much for fear of spoilers! I seriously could not put this book down, I read about 120 pages in two hours last night! Kelly Keaton does such a great job at helping us imagine the world that Ari is living in, and visualizing just what her emotions are doing to it.

I am happy to say that this is one YA novel that does not have a love triangle! There is a love interest between Ari and Sebastian, but that is it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori VINE VOICE on April 12, 2012
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I really loved the first book in this series and I am extremely happy that A Beautiful Evil lived up to its predecessor. This book starts right where Darkness Becomes Her left off. Ari has just figured out what she is and she struggling with that and saving her friends from Athena. The book takes off quickly and is pretty action packed throughout. I flew through it in no time.

My absolute favorite part about these books is New 2. It's such and fascinating, gritty place. It's almost overrun with things that go bump in the night and it's falling apart in some places, but the way that Kelly Keaton describes it makes it come to life. The crumbling houses of the Garden District sound stunning. The ancient cemeteries seem just as beautiful. They way its written makes me want to live there...even though I would probably die a horribly painful death...Parts of this book take place in the temples of Olympus. It was just as richly detailed, but I didn't love it as much.

Ari is still the strong, level headed warrior that she was in the first book. She didn't seem quite as kick ass as before, but I still really liked her. I also really like that there's romance in these books but it's not at all the main focus. Ari is super independent and I like that a lot. She doesn't need Sebastian.

Overall, this is a really fantastic sequel. If you haven't read them yet you should change that. These are the kind of books that remind me why I love paranormal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GoldiReviews on April 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 b**** 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 and I was relieved that I became much more interested in the story. I still find myself a little iffy on the chemistry between Ari and Sebastian though, I just want more. More heat, more flirting, more something. Sebastian experiences some changes in this installment that might hopefully lead to him becoming more intense and a little sexier in the next one (sexy for YA, I mean).

I do love the world Keaton has created for this series, and as I said about book one, the world building and setting of the story are the biggest stars here. A ruined, future New Orleans provides an awesome backdrop for a place where vampires, shifters, and ancestors of gods reside. I would like to see a little more fleshing out of those paranormal and mythological characters. There are so many different types of paranormal characters that they can't all be fully developed in one or two books, so I'm hoping to get more background as the series goes on.

Ari continues to be a really great young adult heroine. She is strong, doesn't make decisions that don't make any sense, and she cares about her friends and family. Ari's driving force is to get her people back and avoid giving into her curse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 is so determined. It really showed Ari heart in who she is meant to be.

The love interest really tore at my heart. Though I did love the struggle in it. Ari fought for who she loved and even made some really tough decisions. Despite what is done to her, she made sure everyone is taken care of before herself. While her selflessness is admiring, it is also her very weakness.

There were also a few plot surprised that really took me by surprise. I love that Ms. Keaton drew me so much into the book that I didn't even realize what is coming at me. The plot pacing with every turn of the page is perfect!!

A Beautiful Evil is an undeniably entertaining story. A fast moving driven action drama, Ms. Keaton present a great sequel. A fresh, invigorating spin on Greek mythology, A Beautiful Evil leaves you jaw dropped!
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