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Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: Darkness Becomes Her

Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Series: Gods and Monsters # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 22,2011
Book: ARC sent by 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."

I made the big mistake about starting this book at the hair salon. Once the lady got to me I could not put down the book. Ari knows something is different about her. She feels it in her bones. She goes looking for her mother in search for answers. But what she finds is so much more than that. More than she ever though she find out.

I loved Ari. Her character, her anger towards her mother felt real. She is genuine teenager with lots of secrets, hurt, anger, betrayal that just needs to be answered. I like how the reader is able to see into her mind and how she felt. Ari just wanted answers. And I am glad that she got them even though they are not what she expected.

The love interest in the book is good. I like how all the kids for New 2 band together and help each other out. I like how Ms. Keaton used actually facts about New Orleans in the book that intertwined with her writing. That is truly amazing! I like how it showed real life things that are still going on even now. 

The paranormal part I loved. I like Gods and Goddesses and mythology. Ms. Keaton did a wonderful job with the plot and the progression of the story. Everything is at it right pace. My only gripe is the cussing. I can understand Ari's anger and see how that showed in her speech. I felt like it was just a little too much.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I love hearing about new books. I'll defintely pick this one up!

  2. This book looks so good. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hate books that overuse cussing though. A lot of adults think that all kids do is drop the f bomb, which is so not true.

  3. Thanks for the review - sounds good! I'm gonna wait for the UK release of this one, but I will be reading!

  4. I'm really excited to read this one, I love Greek mythology so that's a huge draw for me, and I'm really interested in reading about New 2! Aside from the swearing Ari sounds like a fabulous character and I need to get my hands on this one now! Fabulous review Savy:)

  5. Ha! I usually take a book with me when I go get my nails done, which makes it impossible to read with only one hand free. LOL

    I've seen mixed reviews for this one, Savy, so I'm glad it has your seal of approval. I think the mythology sounds great.

  6. I enjoyed this one too. I just wanted to know more of Ari's life. Even before she went to New2. Great review!

  7. I've been seeing a lot of reviews for this book. It's haunting me at this point.

  8. Oh, I loved this one! I like greek mythology too, so this was a nice treat for me :) I was really suprised by the ending.

  9. I soo want this book: it's on my WoW this week!
    Great review, and it looks so good!

  10. Thanks for the heads up about the cursing. I didn't know that and I'm not sure if I'll read this book anytime soon to have found out. That could have made for some awkward situations if I had mentioned this book to a YA library patron!


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