Jan 10, 2011

*Review--E-ARC Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton*

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.

I received this E-ARC from Simon & Schuster--my other new BFFs!
Darkness Becomes Her is Kelly Keaton's debut and it is extraordinary! The book has supernatural elements to it in a totally new and intriguing way. It's fresh, thrilling, and exciting!

The book is set in the future by a few years and New Orleans, or New 2 as it is called, is a different place than from what we know it as. Weird things happen here. Strange people live here. It is a city filled with mystery. And Ari is already on a mission to find out who her real parents were and the answer to that mystery of course lies in New 2.

The best thing about this book? It incorporates some Greek mythology in it and I have loved Greek mythology ever since a short session on it in the 7th grade--strangely enough that was the same year I started diving into vampire and other paranormal (YA) books as well. But the way the Greek mythology is intertwined with the story is really good. It gives enough details and adds the flare of modernity to it that it doesn't come off as a history lesson! I personally loved it! Recognized a few appearances from secondary or lesser? (is there really a "lesser" character? Secondary is too strong, this was more third-ary?) characters as well.

And there is some romantic tension involved here as well between Ari and a guy--won't say who. Although when you first see him, you pretty much know that he will be the love interest. But like I said, there was just the buildup and tension involved.

The mystery isn't solved at the end, oh no. This is definitely a series book and of course there was more than one shocker at the end. One part of it I kind of wondered on, but didn't piece together and the other was just as surprising.

Needless to say there is an evil little cliffhanger at the end of this one. So read carefully if you decide to do so, which I still recommend it because it was seriously fabulous! I will still have to buy myself a copy of this one as well because it was just that great!

My overall rating a 4.5/5 stars. While I loved it and enjoyed it the beginning part was a little slow here and there. It had its moments where I was wondering when the action part would really pick up, and it does! And that's when the mystery parts come in too as well as some of the surprises.


  1. Great review! Im really looking forward to this new book! =D It sounds amazing!

  2. Great review, I'm definitely looking forward to this

  3. Nice review! I can't wait to read this one. I also received the e-ARC.

  4. Sounds interesting. Now I want to know what one doesn't tell.
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