Gods & Monsters Series

Welcome to a re-imagined New Orleans, the world of New 2 where the Novem rules the city from the French Quarter. Where the Business District is in ruins. Where the Garden District is home to squatters, misfits, and Other Things….  
 
Read the story School Library Journal calls, “part “Lightning Thief,” part “Twilight,” and part “Maximum Ride.”
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A BEAUTIFUL EVIL
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
February 21, 2012 
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A power she can’t deny. A destiny she’s determined to fight...

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 can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess. 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.

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“If I could become a character in a fictional world, I would pick this one. Action and romance combine with good storytelling and an alluring world. More, please!” —Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series 

“Filled with action and suspense. Readers will continue to root for Ari’s triumph over Athena, hoping that she breaks the curse that plagues her future.” --VOYA, December 2011 

"Packed with action and hints of romance, [Kelly Keaton's A Beautiful Evil] pairs well with fans of Rick Riordan and Stephenie Meyer." Recommended. -- Library Media Connection, May/June 2012 

"Percy Jackson meets Anne Rice." --School Library Journal, May 2012

   
Book 1
DARKNESS BECOMES HER 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
February 22, 2011 
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Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans.

Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

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“Unforgettable, complex, and unique. I could not put this book down.”--#1 New York Times Bestselling author Christopher Pike 

"Darkness Becomes Her is part “Lightning Thief,” part “Twilight,” and part “Maximum Ride.” [It] will leave many readers clamoring for the next installment."--SLJ   

"A page-turning story with a multidimensional heroine and an atmospheric near-future setting."--Publisher's Weekly   

*"Keaton creates a New Orleans setting rife with Gothic rot and decay, and allows Ari to discover, articulate, and explore a range of political and ethical questions without ever striking a didactic note. Deft character descriptions humanize not only the creatures, but also help to individuate characters who suffer a variety of physical and emotional challenges. A great choice for a book discussion group willing to take on another round of vampires. The cliff-hanger end promises a sequel."--Booklist, starred review