This review is for the second book in the series Gods & Monsters. There are some spoilers for the first book in the blurb. My review for the first book, Darkness Becomes Her, is here.
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 is a descendant of Medusa and can already sense the evil growing inside her… a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess.
Desperate to hold onto 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.
Gods & Monsters was one of my favorite series that I read in 2014, and I am SO FREAKING HAPPY to learn that a fourth book is coming out next month! So now I am finally getting around to writing my reviews for books two and three.
I was SO EXCITED to read the second book in the series after I finished Darkness Becomes Her earlier in 2014. This one was a birthday book buy, thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, and it was definitely worthwhile!
A Beautiful Evil is much more slowly paced than its predecessor, but it’s still a quick read. The reader gets to learn more about Ari’s friends, which I was happy for – that was something we lacked in the first book. While it takes its time doing so, once the action does ramp up, it pretty much doesn’t stop.
I LOVE ARI. She’s one of the main things I love about these books, and she doesn’t disappoint. She’s still badass, with a bit of the stubbornness that drives me crazy in most YA heroines. I won’t lie – it drove me a bit crazy in this book, too, but Ari is still better than a lot of others who have pissed me off in the past, haha.
It was great to see more of the secondary characters that we didn’t get to see much in the first book. I enjoyed getting to learn more about them, too. New 2 is so vivid to me, and I love how it feels like a place where anything is possible. While the conglomeration of different paranormal things (witches and warlocks, vampires, Greek gods… the list goes on) might be a bit too much for some readers, I loved it. Ridiculous, maybe… but also awesome.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars