Series: Gods & Monsters #1
Published by Simon Pulse on February 22nd 2011
A curse beyond her darkest fears.
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 too close. 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 takes place in the not so distant future, mainly in New Orleans (aka New 2). This city, which in real life has overcome so much, has been hit (fictionally) harder than one city deserves by not one but two category 4 hurricanes in a very short period of time. Due to the carnage, the Federal Government simply gave up on the once great city, and allowed a group of families to buy the land. In this strange new territory, people are free to live life as they see fit. But not all is as it appears as our heroine, Ari, quickly discovers.
Darkness Becomes Her is a paranormal lovers dream. This tale basically has it all: vampires, witches, ghosts, and everything in between. And just when you think Keaton has nothing left up her sleeve, she includes snippets of Greek myths. While I adore Greek myths and believe they add a lot of depth to Darkness Becomes Her, I am not too sure that I love the paranormal and the myth elements together. Yes, I applaud Keaton for her originally. But truth be told, it felt like overkill.
As for the characters, they are fabulous with Ari by far being my favorite. She is tough, can take care of herself, and has the squishy inside that I love for my heroines to have. The other main characters I found to be just as great. However, the secondary character, I will admit, felt flat. Even now days after reading the novel, I cannot recall many details about them. I wish I did, but I don't.
Very rarely does a novel so deserve its title, but deserves all that and more! From the very early pages, I realized that I was going to absolutely love this novel… and I did. Darkness Becomes Her is an engaging novel that has stolen my heart. I look forward to more from Keaton and this series.