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Monday, May 30, 2011

REVIEW: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

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.

Book: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Gods & Monsters, #1
Obtained: In exchange for an honest review
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I must admit that the somewhat mediocre cover with that hideously gaudy gate on the front may have put me off from reading DBH for a few weeks after I received my review copy in the mail, but don't you dare let it throw you off, too! This is one of the most amazing, beautifully southern, deliciously dark YA books EVER. It is the most freakin' awesome thing on earth.

The main character, Ari, was fun and understandable, and different from the perfect blonds and nerdy brunettes that litter the pages of popular YA. She made DBH a really enjoyable read, and I couldn't believe how much I liked her since side characters are usually what make a book for me.

Now Ari may have been pretty damn awesome, but the side characters were just as great! Sebastian, the love interest, was cute and mysterious and I was routing for him and Ari the whole time. Violet was adorable and creepy and probably my favorite character in the entire book, except for her pet baby albino alligator, Pascal.

The plot was so fast-paced and engaging that I read the entire book in a matter of hours, and I'm planning on re-reading it again sometime this summer. I can't believe that I have to wait until 2012 for the next book! I guess I'll just have to read it over and over and over again until I can get Book 2!