By Kelly Keaton
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published February 21, 2012
By Simon Pulse
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....
Darkness Becomes Her captured me. The story and the main character, Ari, both had this grittiness that I adored, and that remains true for Ari’s character in this second installment. The story, however, I didn’t find as interesting. There really isn’t much going on in A Beautiful Evil, although the few major scenes that are there definitely pack a punch. The book isn’t very long at just 285 pages, but I still felt like nothing was happening for most of the story. I didn’t even consider giving up, but I didn’t really have the desire to sit and read it for long periods of time, either.
Luckily, these characters are interesting enough for me to still enjoy it. Yes, it took me a while to read it, and there isn’t much going on, but I don’t have a lot to complain about. A Beautiful Evil was a decent follow up to Darkness Becomes Her. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t expecting more. The thing I was most disappointed with was the way the romance is handled in A Beautiful Evil, if you can call it a romance at all. I love the concept behind these books, but with the lack of action, there needs to be something else to fill the void, and the romance doesn’t. It’s almost as if it isn’t even there.
Overall, A Beautiful Evil was a good read but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as Darkness Becomes Her. I’m not giving up on this series, however, because I love the concept and I love the characters.