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Book Review: The Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton

              Simon Pulse  Published Sept. 17, 2013               320 Pages
Simon Pulse
Published Sept. 17, 2013
320 Pages

This is the final book and Ari injured Athena pretty bad in the second book. However, in this book the clock is ticking not just for Ari to lift the curse but to find the hands of Zeus which is carrying Athena’s baby, which mysteriously went missing from the locked library (Spoiler if you didn’t read the second book).  It is up to Ari and her friends to find it and every other secret that involves Athena.

This book was less about Ari’s curse and more about the mystery surrounding Athena and her life. This didn’t make the book bad in anyway. It was informative without being boring and interesting to see how everything connects, which I thought was amazing. In Greek mythology everything and everybody is connected and Keaton did a great job showing that connection in her story.

However, I didn’t like Ari in this book. She whined too much and I think that for the first half of the book and even some part towards the end she was being a brat about a lot of things. I am also not sure if I liked reading Sebastian’s point of view. It was spoken in third person and it felt completely unnecessary. I personally didn’t care to know how he saw things. But with that being said, having his point of view didn’t make or break the book.

The action scenes were done well. There were a lot of surprises I didn’t see coming and although Keaton added a lot of new information especially at the end of the book it wasn’t done in bad taste. I was extremely thrilled and on the edge of my seat reading the end of the book; still didn’t like Ari though.

But finally, with all this good I am still on the fence about the ending. Ari technically gets her cake and eat it to. This may or may not leave room for the author to add another book or add Ari as a character in a different series but I think it should have been on way or the other. I do not disagree with the happy ending because Athena screwed  up a lot in the first two books; I’m just not sure if I agree with Ari and her cake.

Overall, this book gets a solid 9 out of 10. The series collectively gets 10 out of 10.

Love, Pickles.

Book Review: A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2) by Kelly Keaton

If you haven’t read my review on the first Gods & Monsters book Darkness Becomes Her you can view it here

         Simon Pulse   Published Feb. 21, 2012            285 Pages
Simon Pulse
Published Feb. 21, 2012
285 Pages

Violet is gone, and Ari is stuck trying to figure out how to get her back, defeat Athena and get rid of her curse. Permanently in New 2 (New Orleans) Ari has been granted by the protection with New 2’s elite as well as access to the all knowing library. So most of this book is Ari training to use her power, figure out her feelings for Sebastian and studying.

Do not get me wrong there are some pretty intense scenes in the book. However,  the thing with any second book to a series there is a lot of homework Therefore, there is a lot of down time and soul searching.

What Keaton did with this book that I fell completely in love with was even though Ari pretty much wants Sebastian the chapters weren’t dripping in sappy, cliche love. Ari realizes that her kissing him (from the first book) on the first day is not her norm. But at the same time Ari isn’t completely obsessed with him either. She understands there is something greater than romance right now even though it isn’t that far from her mind.

I also am still completely in love with Athena. That woman is sick but you get to understand why she is doing what she is doing which is why the third book will be amazing. I strongly believe Keaton did a great job with this character.

What I didn’t like about the book was the slowness but I can’t be mad at that because this is seriously the book before the storm. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t twist and turns. The story led up to a really good climax and even though this is a short review I cannot wait to read the next book.

Overall this books get 8 out of 10.

Book Review: Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1) by Kelly Keaton

I swear I love these Medusa stories.

         Simon Pulse    Published Feb. 22, 2011             320 Pages
Simon Pulse
Published Feb. 22, 2011
320 Pages

 

Ari just discovered that her biological mother was in an insane asylum and committed suicide. With teal eyes and silver hair Ari has always been a loner even though her adoptive parents have loved her and trained her (bond bailsman).   Ari wants to know the truth; especially after her mother leaves her a note stating to run.

But the only way to find that truth is by going to New 2 New Orleans. Once she is there she finds out that almost everyone knows who she is.

As stated before I love Medusa stories and this story is no different. Ari was a likeable character. Not too stupid, not too headstrong or too naïve. But with that being said I was completely surprised at how easy she was able to open up to Sebastian (the too good to be true boy). Let’s assume the events in this book take about a week? Well she falls in love with him after day two. Actually she falls in love with everyone by day two (she moves in with a few people); which made me look at her as if she wasn’t as “hard” as she was being portrayed in the first three chapters. I felt that was too cliché, fake, and unnecessary.

I also loved Athena. Man, she cannot stand Medusa and that hate is strong.  Granted Athena is acting more like a powerful witch than a God but as I recall most Greek Gods were acting human anyway  until they didn’t get what they wanted *Shrugs* Keaton did an amazing job with her character and I am curious to know if there will be a bigger backstory. I really want to know more about Athena. Yes, in this book you find out why she is being evil but there has to be more i.e. I want there to be more.

Overall the book gets 9 out of 10. Fast paced, a bit cliché but worth the read.

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Gotta love Medusa Book Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

I love mythology; especially the myths surrounding Medusa. They are truly my favorite stories. 

  Katherine Tegen Books    Published Sept 6, 2011             345 Pages
Katherine Tegen Books
Published Sept 6, 2011
345 Pages

Three sisters- triplets- were separated at birth only to be brought back together in San Francisco, California. Grace moved to San Francisco because of a scholarship offer from a private well known high school; trying to start over Grace is looking forward to change until she meets Gretchen who looks exactly like her.

Gretchen hunts monsters for a living while attending school; meeting Grace was chance. Until the two girls meet Greer, a prissy rich girl who has her life together and is thrown into a loop when Grace and Gretchen show up at her door claiming to be her sisters, which she does not have time for.

These girls are descendants of Medusa and are meant to protect the human world from the things that go bump in the night.

I thought this book was amazing but at first I didn’t think so. Grace started off too withdrawn and a pushover. In the beginning it was hard for me to believe she would become a strong character but she did. I thought Childs (the author) did a really good job of making her grow and how easy it was for her to transition into a huntress.

I really loved that all there of these characters are completely different from each other; like a whole 360. Grace and Gretchen balance each other out but that is because Greer didn’t show up until the last 2-3 chapters. This was a bit of a downfall but I can only assume that the second book will show more of Greer.

I didn’t think there were any flaws to the story. There are a few different stories about Medusa and there is nothing a part of me that thinks this story didn’t do a good job of showing a different viewpoint of Medusa.

To put it this way if you think Medusa as a victim you will love this book if you don’t then this book will change your mind. This book gets 9 out of 10; a point gone for putting Greer too near the end.