Friday 16 March 2012

76. A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Published February 2012 Simon and Schuster

From the publisher:
Ari has finally learned the terrifying truth. She is a descendant of Medusa, cursed to become a monster designed to kill with a single touch. Haunted by the image of what she will become, Ari, with the help of the gorgeous Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena, the goddess who cursed her family and kidnapped young Violet. But the battle between good and evil is much bigger than she realises, and Ari is about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine. And now, as she prepares to face Athena, Ari must unleash the very thing she's most afraid of...herself. 

This book is the sequel to Darkness Become Her and while this book Beautiful Evil, could be read on its own, it makes a more interesting story if you have the background knowledge of the first book.

The story is set in a city called New 2, which is what New Orleans is now called after devastating hurricanes destroyed it. Now it is no longer part of the USA, but privately owned by the Novem, a group of 9 of the oldest families in New Orleans.  These families also happen to be made up of vampires, witches, and shapeshifters or demi gods.

Ari is a descendant of Medusa and Athena wants her.  In the first book Ari finds out who she is, in this second book she finds out the kind of power that she has, and what she needs to do to get Violet back.  

In the last few years there have been a number of books for teenagers coming out with stories connected to mythology, the most popular being the Percy Jackson series.  This book is for an older audience, and will appeal more to female readers.  It still sits firmly in the genre of paranormal, there's even a complicated romance between Ari and Sebastian (half witch/half vampire) who have been missing out on their Twilight fix.

Ari has a fondness for using the 'f' word, so just be aware of that if you are buying for a school library.

Who will like this book: Girls age 15+
Read it if you like: Shadow Falls series by CC Hunter

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