Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
May Contain Spoilers
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.
Darkness Becomes Her is a fantastic read with the kind of heroine I love; Ari is impulsive, gets herself into so much trouble by acting and not thinking, and she always managing to find a way to keep herself alive. She is tough and it takes a lot to spook her, and when she is terrified, she still manages to keep thinking. I loved that about her! I would have curled up into a little ball of misery and given up. Ari does anything but.
This is the second book I’ve read this month that is set in New Orleans, and I have to say, it’s fast becoming one of my favorite cities. I want to go there! With its long history and the voodoo influences steeped in the traditions of New Orleans, it is the perfect setting for paranormal novels. It’s creepy, mysterious, and even dangerous. It is like a place set apart from the rest of the country, and that makes it a compelling, realistic venue for the things that go bump in the night.
Ari is desperate to learn about her mother and her own past, and an impulsive decision sends her past The Rim, back to her birthplace in New Orleans. She encounters weird and magical moments every time she turns around, and one thing stands out before all others. Everyone seems to be afraid of her, and nobody is willing to help her remove the curse she is convinced she carries.
The mix of Greek mythology and paranormal elements hooked me. I also loved the re-imagined post-Katrina New Orleans. The characters are convincing, and I grew to really like Ari’s new friends, especially Violet. She is a cool character who sees the world in a different way, and she takes Ari and her curse in stride. When everyone else turns on Ari, Violet is there to comfort her and just be there for her. I hope she gets more page time in the next book, because she deserves it. I am so curious about her backstory, and will be disappointed if we don’t get more of it in book 2!
Fun read, great setting, awesome characters – you can’t ask for much more, other than – where’s the next book?!
Review copy provided by publisher