Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

28 Apr

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Simon Pulse (February 2011)
Hardback: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0924-8

Favorite Lines: “it was snakes…claimed snakes were trying to poke through her head, that she could feel them growing and moving under her scalp. On several occasions, she scratched her head bloody. Tried to dig them out with a butter knife stolen from the cafeteria.” (p. 4)

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 is a paranormal young adult story which incorporates Greek deities in its plot. It’s set in post apocalyptic New Orleans. It’s an action packed, simple read; I finished it in about two hours. I had never heard of Kelly Keaton before this book and boy would I have missed out if I hadn’t read book one in the Gods & Monsters series. Darkness Becomes Her is told in the first person from the heroine Ari’s perspective.

I enjoyed all of the fully fleshed out secondary characters, especially Violet. It wasn’t hard to figure out whom Ari’s father was, but I had no idea of what the curse could possibly be until Keaton decided to lay it all out. Looking back I see the signs, but I never would have connected the dots had Keaton not told me.

Don’t expect a clear cut ending. There is definitely potential for this to be a lengthy series. According to Keaton’s Facebook page a sequel is planned and will be released in February 2012.

This is a young adult story which talks about child molestation and rape. The molestation hinted at, but the rape and its results are heartbreaking.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I don’t normally seek out YA books, but I’m glad I did this one. Its complex story line paired with the well developed characters creates an exciting book which can be read in hours.

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