Monday, August 1, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton

*Rating*: 5/5 Stars


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.





My Thoughts:
I was initially drawn in to this book by its cover. It's dark and mysterious; an immediate plus for me ;)
Reading the description, I was intrigued. It didn't sound like all the other supernatural books out on the market now. Silver hair and teal eyes? I found myself constantly wondering, What could she be? 'Course, there was a whole slew of supernatural creatures crawling around in New 2 (aka New Orleans). You had your vampires, shapeshifters, witches, etc., but it was refreshing not to have them dominate the story. 

What I really enjoyed about this book was how I didn't find it as predictable as many other novels. I honestly didn't see any of what happened coming because I hadn't expected all the different twists. This book was part paranormal romance, part dystopian, mythology, mystery, urban fantasy: the list goes on. Keaton found a way to make all these genres come together and flow in such a tantalizing way that keeps you hooked throughout the whole novel.

Aria was also a strong heroine. She wasn't one of those annoying, whiny, or awkward characters that you sometimes just want to punch in the face for being an idiot. She was independent, determined, and held her ground. And then there was Sebastian. I was actually surprised they hit it off so fast, I mean, one minute Aria passes out, the next, she making out with Sebastian. Alittle much, but hey, I'm a sucker for that stuff and I loved them together. Wished you could have seen a bit more of their romance though.

Violet: ha, now she's a character. A strange, strange little girl with sharp pointed teeth who always wore mardi gras/masquerade masks. Yeah, she was one of my favorite characters. I found her amusing and lovable...in a freakish kinda way :) The rest of the kids in their group sort of made me think of the Flock (from James Patterson's Maximum Ride books) and the Lost Boys of Peter Pan, only supernatural.

The end: CLIFF-HANGER!! The ending, don't get me wrong, it was great. But it leaves you hanging and dying for a sequel.

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