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….
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, A Beautiful Evil 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.