Review: Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her

Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon
Release Date: February
22, 2011
Pages: 288
Source: GalleyGrab
Ratings: 4 Stars
Summary (from
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.
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long
dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer
than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know
what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
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.
When I started Darkness Becomes Her, I expected it to
be another typical supernatural YA book. I was mistaken. Instead, Kelly Keaton
created something new, this time using other creates then the typical vampires,
werewolves and fairies.
I loved the
setting of this book. It took me a little bit to realize that the book took
place in what I could only describe as an alternate time line, one where New
Orleans was destroyed by a horrible natural disaster and New 2 was established
in it’s place. I really liked New 2. It was such a great place, exactly what I
imagined a supernatural New Orleans would be like. It was such a mystical,
mysterious, it was great unraveling the secrets of the place and meeting the
people who lived in New 2.
I really liked
Ari. She was searching for who she was and was extremely strong. She took
everything in stride, all the twists and turns that were thrown at her as she
was unraveling her mother’s past and unraveling who she really was as well. The
people Ari meets in New 2 are great too. Each one was different had their own
I did have one
issue with this book and that was the pacing. I felt that the time span of the
book could have been lengthened. Everything happened very quickly. Within a day
Ari was falling in love with Sebastian, one of the guys Ari meets in New 2, and
she was unraveling everything within a week. If the time span was longer, the
relationships and the plot wouldn’t have seemed so rushed.
One of the great
things about this book was it had twists that I didn’t see. There was one twist
that I literally gasped out loud because I did not seeing coming. I really like
that this book incorporated mythology and put a new twist on it. I really love
Greek mythology and I loved the twist Kelly Keaton put on it to make certain
myths her own.
The ending of
this book wrapped up the issue of the first book nicely, with Ari discovering
who she was and about her parents past, but was open enough for a new book. I
really cannot wait to read this second one because once everything happened it
happened quickly and big things happened. I want to go back to Ari’s world and
New 2 and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series.

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