Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

DARKNESS BECOMES HER by Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover , 288pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
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.

DARKNESS BECOMES HER packed a punch as Gods and monsters battled it out for power over New 2 (New Orleans). From the very start of this book, I was immediately drawn into Ari’s world. She’s different and she wants answers about her mom. Unfortunately for Ari, those answers come with a price. Things kicked into high gear when Ari goes searching for answers in New 2 where talk of paranormal creatures resides. This was a train ride that I did not want to exit!

I love the protagonist’s voice. Ari is one tough gal and she knows how to dish out punishment if needed. In New 2, Ari finds kindred souls and for once feels like she belongs. I enjoyed the adventures that she had to go on to find answers about her family and herself. As brutal as some of the answers where, it all came together perfectly to create a heart-pounding page-turner. I also love the setting. Keaton’s detail to the setting of New 2 drew me into her world as if I was right there with Ari experiencing its beauty. The sequences of DARKNESS BECOMES HER take place over a few days and I enjoyed reading about the history and characters that formed the Novem. The Misfits as they are called that Ari becomes acquainted with are enjoyable and I loved their camaraderie. Sebastian, tall, dark and moody made my heart go pitter patter during a few scenes and I found myself wanting more scenes with Ari and Sebastian. DARKNESS BECOMES HER has an interesting cast of characters that’s for sure!

After reading the synopsis of this book, I would have never thought that I would be getting the treats that were written inside this page turner. It’s different and was totally unexpected. The only thing I can say now is: More Please! Yes, I’m curious to how things will play out in the next installment. If they are anything like this book, then I know I’ll be in for a surprise. I can’t wait to read more!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

28 comments:

TwilightsDance said...

Great Review!

Kelly Gay said...

Thanks, Tina! Glad you liked it! :D

Kelly (Keaton) LOL.

Damaris said...

I absolutely loved this book! I was the same as you with the synopsis... I had no interest on reading it at all based on that, but did because of Yara at Once Upon a Twilight and I loved it! Nothing at all what I expected. :-) Great review!

Jessica said...

GREAT review! I adored this one! I absolutely loved the mythology Kelly wove into the story!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I read this yesterday, in one sitting because, like you said, it is quite the page turner. Great review!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great review. You've got me wanting me to read this.

Marie-Claude said...

I want to read it now!!! It look so good!!!

elaing8 said...

Great review.I can't wait to read it.

Marg K. said...

Thanks for the review.

Keaton definitely knows how to do world building and actions scene right. I'm a fan of her adult UF series. That's why I've had high hopes for this book. Sounds like I won't be disappointed once I finally get my hands on a copy. :)

Vivien said...

Fabulous review. I've been hearing such great things about this book. I need to get it already!

Camille Hakansson (teen) said...

This book sounds really good!

Maddie M. said...

great review, so excited to read this now! (:

donnas said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Looking forward to reading it.

TheGirlOnFire said...

Thanks for the review. Ever since I heard the title of this book I have been interested.

Mardel said...

I was already looking forward to Kelly Gay's novels as Kelly Keaton...and now after the review I'm sure I'm going to enjoy Darkness Becomes Her. Thanks so much for the review.

Jessy said...

I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one so much. I've been looking forward to reading it for quite some time. I can't wait to read the scenes between Ari and Sebastian!

Jenny said...

Ooo, it sounds really interesting. I have been planning a Border's run...

latishajean said...

I enjoyed your review been hearing alot about this book! I can't wait to read it sounds so good!

linaramz said...

I'm sooo looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the review!

Pamk said...

great review and am looking forward to reading one. I bet my son would love it too.

Darby Karchut said...

Oh, wonderful review - can't wait to read it!

Akasha Hale & Lexus Salvatore said...

What a wonderful book review. I cannot wait to read "Darkness becomes Her". I have read a lot of wicked reviews and I'm totally sold. lol

Malak said...

I was thinking about reading this book before, but ur 4.5 review made me want to read it so much more.

Minas said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this.

Laina said...

This one sounds incredible. Can't wait to read it!

YA Reader said...

Great review, makes me want to read it even more!

Angela said...

If I miss this book, I have cheated myself. I can't wait to read it!

A Rick said...

Great review! I have read so many that say great things about this boo. I am really excited to read it, Ari sounds like an awesome MC.

 

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