Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Title: Darkness Becomes Her {Gods and Monsters #1}

Author: Kelly Keaton

Published: Simon Pulse Feb 2011 (ARC courtesy Simon  & Schuster)

Sypnosis: 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.

Status: Read on February 10, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

I accepted Darkness Becomes Her on a whim when Simon and Schuster offered it through their Gallery Grab program. I didn’t know much about the book but there had been some twitter excitement so I thought it was worth the gamble.
Darkness Becomes Her is a strong debut for Kelly Keaton. Familiar urban fantasy elements are given a fresh twist, from it’s setting in Hurricane devastated New Orleans to a mix of Greek gods, vampires and children with unique talents. I quickly found myself engrossed in the gothic world Keaton has created and with its fast paced plot I raced through the story in hours.
The heroine, Ari, is just seventeen but her rough start in life has allowed her to develop self reliance. From the first pages she displays a mature attitude but her vulnerabilities are not too far under the surface. As the foster child of bail bondsman, she has learnt to pack a punch and wield a gun, so in a physical confrontation she can hold her own. I love that she has this skill and strength, so does not need to depend on others to protect her. Emotionally she has a tough facade yet her background and current situation naturally highlights some of her fragilities. I thought there were some tiny flaws in the consistency of her reactions but nothing that can’t be attributed to the vagaries of adolesence.
As a debut, Keaton has to introduce a wide range of supporting characters which I think she does well, providing enough background to pique interest but without overwhelming the plot. The New2 band of misfits are endearing, especially Violet, with her Mardi Gras masks and albino alligator pet. I look forward to finding out more about these children as the series progresses.
Sebastian I’m not quite as keen on, Keaton has relied on the traditional type – strong, silent and dimpled – and for me did not provide a unique hook. The relationship between Ari and Sebastian happens too quickly, I felt that the tension could have been drawn out longer.
Darkness Becomes Her is an engaging and imaginative novel. Despite the YA label, Darkness Becomes Her has a lot in common with adult U/F series and i think it will appeal to a range of ages who are fans of the genre.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Yiota
    Feb 18, 2011 @ 04:40:23

    Oh you liked it too! Looks like i’m the only one, that doesn’t like it! 😛



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