Thursday, February 3, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton [Review]

Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Series: Gods & Monsters, #1
Author: Kelly Keaton
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: Feb. 22, 2011
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN-10: 144240924X
ISBN-13: 978-1442409248
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Looksie

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.

Ari is a badass. With strange hair and unearthly beauty she's had to deal with strange looks her whole life. Luckily her foster parents are bail bondsmen and they have showed her how to be tough. But now Ari wants to find out more about her mother and where she got her strange looks. What she finds is terrifying. Her mother died in a mental hospital, but before she died, she left Ari a message telling her to run and stay away from New 2 aka Old New Orleans. Like most teens, she does exactly what her mother tells her not to do and decides to go there all while being hunted down for some unknown reason. She hopes to find more answers since she was born there. Maybe even figure out who her father is. The problem is New 2 is not like other places. It's dangerous and full of things that can't be explained.

Upon arriving in New 2, she makes some strange friends that seem to be bordering on the paranormal side. I thought they were totally awesome characters that I found myself wanting to read more about. She also meets this super fine lookin' guy, Sebastian. Even the name is sexy. Say it out loud once and tell me you don't agree... "Sebastian." Yeah, just like I thought. Anyway, he decides to help Ari try to figure out her mystery. This is where the romance comes in just in case it wasn't obvious. The romance seemed a bit rushed but I still loved it. 

Ari starts getting these intense headaches and the New 2 council wants to meet with her. She doesn't know who to trust or who the "bad guy" even is. Soon it becomes a question of  figuring out what she is but something is happening to her and she is running out of time so she better figure it out fast. 

Once I figured out who the bad guy was and pieced together a clue about her mother, it was fairly obvious what Ari was but I thought the story was awesomely written and decently paced. I found the beginning a bit slow but it picked up and got better with each page. I enjoyed the balance of romance, greek mythology and other paranormal aspects of this novel. Just warning you now that Kelly Keaton wasn't afraid to have her characters cuss like most normal teens do. I'm not saying it's a great habit to have but it's definitely more realistic and it didn't bother me at all.

This is a great first novel of a series and I would definitely read more. The ending left some loose threads that I need to know more about so I can't wait for the sequel! Darkness Becomes Her is worth a read and comes out February 22nd, 2011.

On the Lovitz Scale I give this book 4 Notes!

Songs for this book:
Weather Tether by Ceci G
Eat Me Alive by Josh Pyke
King Cobra by The Budos 

Purchase your copy at Amazon!



  1. Thanks for the review, l am reading this right now and loving it!

  2. I have this one coming to me soon and I can't wait to read it! I heard it's excellent!

  3. I can't wait to read this! I am now following :)



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