Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: 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. (Summary provided by Simon Pulse.)
Kelly Keaton’s debut young adult novel Darkness Becomes Her takes the heavily tread upon territory of vampires,werewolves and witches and goes in a bold, new direction. Keaton takes the usual paranormal staples and adds Greek mythology into the mix. Now take this combination, throw in a kick butt heroine, add an awesome setting and the results are this spectacular novel.
Ari, the heroine reminds me so much of the tough, gritty heroines in adult urban fantasy novels. Ari is up there with the likes of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake and Nalini Singh’s Elena Deveraux. She is THAT well-written and vivid a character! Ari represents the type of independent, tough character that I wish teen girls could see more of in YA.
The plot plays out against the backdrop of a devastated New Orleans. In Keaton’s New Orleans a group of families called the Novem now own the city and it has been renamed New 2.The book’s plot deals with Ari’s search to uncover secrets from her past. And the secret from her past is a whopper! Keaton drops subtle hints throughout the book regarding the secret, but the reveal is still shocking. I cannot wait to read the next book in this exciting new series! Don’t keep us waiting for the next book Kelly Keaton!