Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 218 (e-ARC)
Source: Galley Grab*
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.
Fierce, unstoppable and utterly unforgettable. Darkness Becomes Her is a story that no one should miss! I. LOVE. IT. For days, I was harnessing the right words to describe my feelings over this story. I was left completely breathless! It’s definitely one of the best I’ve read this year.
Everything about this book is SO original and innovative. Kelly Keaton’s writing was incredibly wicked. I especially like how she rebuilt the city of New Orleans into this peculiar, terrifying yet enthralling world of New 2.
The premise was simply amazing and mind-blowing! Almost all of the supernatural and mythical creatures’ favorites are present in this brilliantly crafted story. From the first few pages, I was already hooked up. There are questions already to fill your head and as the story goes on, it’ll fill your head with some more. The action scenes, which were relentless and utterly riveting, is one of my favorites as well as how Ari’s past unfolds. It’s like a bomb that will blow your mind off.
The characters are richly developed and are very easy to love. So far, I’ve been reading books with these tough, independent and kick-ass heroines and Ari, the protagonist of the story, is a fantastic addition to these types of characters. She’s so tangible despite the fact that the story falls into the paranormal sort. The other characters as well are as just lovely. Sebastian is a major hottie. I really need to say that. I totally melted in some of his and Ari’s scenes. He’s definitely swoon-worthy!
Darkness Becomes Her is a story of courage, love and embracing yourself, your flaws and also learning that what truly matters is one’s inside and not the outside. The ending is a little bit frustrating but not in an annoying way. Oh, did I mention it’s a trilogy?Yes, it is. The story is just starting to get better and I can’t wait to read the sequel and the next one after that.
Bottomline: This book is definitely TO-DIE-FOR. I definitely recommend this book to those who loves supernatural beings like vampires, witches, shape-shifters mixed with mythical creatures like Gods and Goddesses. You will definitely devour Darkness Becomes Her.
*I received this advance galley via Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab in exchange of an honest and sincere review. Thank you so much Galley Grab!