Thursday, February 24, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ARC, 273 pages
Date Published: February 22, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 kicks off at breakneck speed and rarely lets up throughout. Ari is this tough as nails ‘freak of nature’ (her words, not mine) that ventures into New 2 – what used to be New Orleans before two hurricanes devastated the area – to find out about who she is and who her mother was. What she finds is a world filled with paranormal creatures and a lot more about herself than she ever imagined.

Kelly Keaton’s take on all things paranormal isn’t like what you’d normally see in YA books. In fact, vampires, shape-shifters, monsters, and even gods are all living in what used to be New Orleans. There is an entire mythological/paranormal world built into the city and it thrives just as much as the moss and vines growing on the old buildings. The first half of the book is an introduction to this world, but is by no means a boring one. Ari meets more than a few interesting characters – my favorite being the young Violet – and is thrown into more than a couple of dangerous situations.

The second half of the book opens up into an onslaught of awesome, with fighting, action, and the dawning realization about what is really going on in New 2. Ari grows stronger and stronger, despite the fact that the world she has always known is nothing like the one she now resides in. There is a bit of an insta-romance, but it’s not the focus of the story at all, Ari is. And what she is means everything. Learning that was like a punch in the gut, so be prepared for some serious blows of oh my god goodness.

Darkness Becomes Her is a wickedly good read with a fresh take on the paranormal and Keaton’s vivid imagery bringing this future New Orleans to life. There is action, provided by Ari’s hard attitude and propensity for violence, expanding mythos, from several different sources of the paranormal, and even a little romance, thanks Sebastian! It was impossible to put the book down once I got going, and trust me, you won’t want to put it down. Ari drew me in, and the story, the atmosphere, and the characters, kept me riveted. I cannot believe I’m stuck waiting an entire year for the next installment.

*Just a note: There is a heavy amount of swearing, so I’d suggest this book be read by an older YA audience

Opening line: Under the cafeteria table, my right knee bounced like a jackhammer possessed. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: The house took my breath away. Yes, it was enormous and graceful, but it seemed to bleed emotions. Sadness. Loneliness. Like a beautiful lady left alone in a sea of gray, green, and black, protected only by oak matrons in their skeletal shawls. ~ pgs. 127-128
Is that not absolutely stunning imagery, or what?
*This is the ARC version and lines, cover art, etc. may be subject to change before official publication
 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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10 comments:

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

I need to read this so I can be onslaught by awesome. Thanks for review.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Despite the fact that I really don't like this cover, it sounds like a legitimately good read! Loved your take on it, Nikki! Fabulous review :)

BrittLit said...

This one has been on my ereader forever. I'm glad you really enjoyed it though. It lets me know I should really get to is soon.

Bere said...

Hey, Nikki! Awesome review! Darkness Becomes Her sounds really great. I love it when a book features many types of supernatural beings. I also love the blue of the title! I will definitely be adding this one to my reading list. Thanks, Nikki! =D

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds exciting - and I love action! And thanks for the mention of the swearing. I'm older YA but not into the heavy use of explicit language. I'll give this a try and appreciate the warning!

Sniffly Kitty said...

The description does sounds lovely, creepy perhaps, but lovely nonetheless.

Candace said...

I pretty much felt the same way! Glad you loved it!

Lori said...

I completely agree with everything you said! I need the sequel NOW!

Irish said...

I really liked the character of Violet too. Hopefully we'll see more of her in Book 2. I also really liked Ari. I loved how strong she was and how she didn't need anyone and yet became stronger when she allowed her walls to come down. Good review

~The Book Pixie said...

I think the fact that I've actually been to New Orleans really makes me want to read this one even more. It sounds amazing and refreshing too. Now you've just got me wanting it even more. :P

~Briana

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