Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gods & Monsters

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
By Kelly Keaton
Book 1: Darkness Becomes Her - Book 2: A Beautiful Evil - Book 3: The Wicked Within

Ari has always felt like she hasn't fit in with anyone. Given up for adoption when she was only five years old, she jumped from abusive foster families constantly. With her almost silver long hair that can't be cut or dyed to her bright teal eyes, she has always wondered who she is, or rather what she is. At 17, she is finally searching for these answers, which brings her to the hurricane ruined town of New Orleans- but this is not the New Orleans that we all know. This city has been purchased by nine powerful families- called the Novem- from the U.S. Government, and is run strictly under their own rules. There is something strange going on in this city, with supernatural creatures that she cannot identify everywhere. She immediately meets a girl- Crank and her misfit friends living in a run down abandoned house, and they offer her a place to stay while investigating her birth records. But what she finds is not what she expected. Sebastian is a powerful witch- a Novem heir- and she immediately feels a connection to him while he helps her on her quest. Yet something is off- every supernatural she meets is scared of her. What is she, that powerful creatures are afraid of her?

This is a great modern retelling of the Athena / Medusa myth, with a crazy ending. It was a short read, I finished the series in a day, but definitely worth it. New Orleans is a beautiful city that I have always felt drawn to, and this version is even more alluring. With powerful vampires, witches, gods, demi-gods and shifters, this series has it all and more. The ending is exciting and twisted, which is something I always appreciate. A must read for those that enjoy mythology!

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