Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1)Published: February 22, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Pages: 320

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 discovered this book on Pulse It, but didn’t have time to read it when it came out because my fiance was visiting. I finally sat down to read it recently, and I was not disappointed. It originally interested me because of the cover; I hardly even looked at the blurb, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I was expecting just a regular, run-of-the-mill paranormal YA romance, but the book took a turn I was NOT expecting, and I loved every second.

When I first started reading Darkness Becomes Her and came across the main character considering herself to be a “freak” because of the color of her hair and eyes, I’ll admit I rolled my eyes. In terms of a paranormal book, a weird eye or hair color really doesn’t mean much, and I don’t think something like that would make someone as much of an outcast as the book seemed to imply, considering people do all kinds of things to their hair and eyes with dye and contacts. But I kept reading, and I’m really glad that I did. A weird hair and eye color isn’t all that sets Ari apart, though it’s not immediately apparent, and she can stand on her own aside from what supposedly makes her stand out. As we see early on in the book, she is completely capable of protecting herself, and I loved that.

Keaton’s reimagined New Orleans was great.  I found her descriptions to be vivid and engaging, and thought New 2 and its denizens livened the book up quite a bit.   New 2 and its inhabitants had a personality all their own, and I thought they were a really interesting and lovely touch.

I was afraid the romance was going to be a super-rushed, insta-love-type thing, but thankfully, I didn’t see it that way. Looking at other reviews, I see a lot of other readers don’t feel the same way, but I thought that while the romance was really random and baseless at first, it seemed to pull back quite a bit for most of the rest of the book, so I didn’t think an insta-love label really applied.

I did find a few things to be a bit, well, extremely unbelievable/unrealistic about the ending, but that aside, I didn’t have many complaints. I thought Darkness Becomes Her was a super fun, more-or-less unique ride, and I was more than happy to be brought along. This book combines a lot of paranormal and mythology stuff, and that might be too much for some readers, but I loved the combination. I thought it was really different from a lot of the other books of its type that I’ve read, and I want to read the next two SO BADLY, but sadly am going to need to wait until I have the money to pick them up.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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