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A dark and lush paranormal romance set in a richly reimagined New Orleans—now in paperback!

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 a 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.

Topics: Vampires, Witches, Shapeshifting, Adventurous, Mythology, New Orleans, On the Run, and First in a Series

Published: Simon Pulse on Feb 22, 2011
ISBN: 9781442409262
List price: $9.99
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very well written without too much descriptionread more
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The only thing I liked about this book were the characters. The relationship between the main character and Sebastian made absolutely no sense; they kiss on the first day they see each other for no apparent reason. The main character goes hot and cold on the flip of a switch. The irrationality of the story development was so frustrating to me I dropped the book in a huff after the 5th chapter. Maybe Î'm too old for it. Ugh.read more
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An amazing read if you like creepy books. Main character had a few flaws but it made it better.read more
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I loved this saga so much! I adore the transition from a mysterious budding romance to a thrilling, badass novel filled with Greek mythology and supernatural creatures. This story had me hanging on the edge of my seat, and I recommend this book to anyone in search of a series to begin. read more
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action, love, thrill, and mystery all rolled into one book. had to finish in just two days...can't wait for moreread more
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I kept putting reading this book off. The description just doesn't do it justice. Every book after this just keeps getting better and better! The only reason I gave this 1st book 4 stars, is because the books after it, especially the 3rd, we're all just so amazing. I finally decided to read this when I couldn't find any other books to read. I'm so glad I took the chance. I'm definitely buying all the books in the series to have in my collection, and to reread in the future. There's heartbreak, laughter, love, and don't forget swoon worthy Sebastian, one of a kind Violet, Crank, Dub, & Henry. The next book will bring even more characters & parts of it will bring tears to your eyes. Don't pass up this wonderful series!read more
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its a good book but the way they described it didn't really match the book. I was disappointed because I was looking for more. But other then than that it kept my attention and it was great to pass time with.??read more
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the story was intersting but the was a big jump between the sences that lift me wondering how did that happen but overall the story was perfectread more
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Sometimes funny, sometimes exciting, and sometimes sad and painful, this is a compelling and well written tale that pushed me to read 4 books in less than 24 hours, and has me wishing the next chapter in this story was available already. read more
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Loved this book. This authors voice is breath of fresh air in this genre.read more
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Like a lot of kids placed into foster care, Ari wants to find out what happened to the mother that placed her in foster care. Raised by bail bondsmen foster parents, she's learned skills that will help her protect herself. She tracks her mom's last know location to New 2. This was originally New Orleans. It is now home to strange misfits. You know the ones; vampires, witches, and such. Join Ari as she journeys to discover her past and a curse. This book had not only a great story line but great characters. There was something for everyone. If you are really into the world building aspect of a book this has that for you. I am sure we will be seeing more from this author and I for one look forward to it.read more
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I read the description of this book on the cover and thought it sounded interesting after someone recommended it to me. I was very surprised when this story took me for an adventure that I did not expect at all. It caught me off guard in a good way. I really can’t wait to find out what happens next in Keaton’s next installment.When Ari searches for her past it brings her to New Orleans. This is another thing that surprised me and that I liked a lot. This New Orleans is very different then the reader would expect before reading this novel. I really like that Keaton took a different Spin on New Orleans and what happened post hurricane Katrina. Keaton brings you into a new exciting world. I enjoyed this world a lot and would recommend it to other readers.read more
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No Spoiler until the WARNING and this is two lines long. The Overall review isn't a spoiler. l work hard to make them non spoiler reviews. Please email/comment me if you feel a review has a spoiler in it.~This book never really stuck out and made me really want to read it, it doesn’t have my sort of cover and the blurb doesn’t grab my attention a lot but this book is amazing. I feel rather lucky this year because the amount of amazing books l have read already! I have no idea how l will choose my top ten of 2011. Be a lot harder than the top 10 for 2010!Anyway on to my thoughts.This book pretty much has something going on from the beginning, the main story line is introduced within the first 30 or so pages. This is good but l did feel one thing happened a bit too fast and l was like “would it really happen that quick?”In fact there were a few scenes where l was thinking “what who’s that character again? Are they related to them or them? Are they good? Evil?” l just got a bit confused which ruined some scenes for me which could have been good and more gripping. Most of the time my confusion was answered by Kelly as she did well to go over things but there are a lot of characters. When a story has a lot of characters you can sometimes struggle to get to know them enough but Kelly focused on a few main characters so you could grow a bond with them.Ari is a character that has had a few problems in life and wants to try and put to rest some of them. Sometimes she annoys me a bit with what l felt was overreacting in some cases, being a really angry sort of person and being a wimp in some ways but then really strong with other things. Saying that, although Ari sometimes did annoy me Kelly did an amazing job of putting forward Ari’s feelings to the readers and her thoughts. It really made her feel real which then mean't l felt a connection with Ari.One of the only ‘negative’ thing l thought about Darkness Becomes Her while reading this was random sentences. E.g. - ‘l could look at him forever. But there was something he would never ever know’. I can see how this makes sense but l think it just needs to be explained a little bit more, like what she’s feeling when looking at him.~WARNING, This could be seen as a spoiler (Below)At the beginning she is nearly killed but further on she is apparently wanted alive, this confused me a bit, maybe it is just me being blonde though and not following the story probably, or they weren't going to kill her?Overall (No Spoiler)You would be missing out if you didn't read this! It's a really fast paced book which l LOVED! The only reason it isn't 5/5 is because l didn't get the same 'feeling' which l get with some books that are 5/5. It may sound strange but with books that are 5/5 l get this amazing feeling when l finish it, not saying l didn't have great fun reading this! Oh and how did l forget, the mix of all the different paranormal 'creatures' in this is great!Very much recommend this! I'm sure (and horead more
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I found Darkness Becomes Her pretty flawed, but liked it none-the-less. There are about 50 characters in this book and each has their own storyline - so it got muddled and confusing. I also caught onto what was wrong with Ari pretty quickly, which made it harder to watch her struggle through discovering it on her own.

I also had trouble with Ari, Sebastian and Ari and Sebastian's romance. I didn't like that Ari felt like she was a freak only because she had shocking eyes and unusual hair. That wasn't enough to convince me that she had been a loner before the book started. Keaton hinted that life was rough for Ari in more intense and not so superficial ways, but it was only briefly hinted and I would have liked more of that, I think.

Sebastian was pretty darn near perfect. Which annoys me on principal. No teenager who has been living in New 2 with his history is going to be quite that squeaky. And I'm so over this immediate fall-in love and make out thing. Especially when your main character is claiming that she's a loner, freak, etc., etc. I know teenagers have hormones and all that, but their lightning-fast relationship did not jive well with me.

Like I said, I found the book flawed. But there were a lot of things I did like. I adored the mythology and voodoo and nods to various paranormal activity throughout Ari's adventure in New 2. We might as well just say I loved the setting of New 2, as well. I thought using New Orleans in an alternate reality was absolutely brilliant and that Keaton did a great job with it.

And, really, I flew through the book. It's very action/tension-packed, making it easy to want to keep turning pages. Of course I was upset about the cliff-hanger at the end, but there's a sequel coming.

So, in sum: flawed, but a quick, fast-paced read for anyone who likes paranormal YA.

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A good combination of Greek Myth and Urban Fantasy elements. We have a Gorgon for a heroine this time and the challenge is breaking the curse and surviving it. I'm super excited for A Beautiful Evil to come out next month.read more
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Darkness Becomes Her is like a slow-roasting pot of AMAZING dipped in fantastic Greek mythology sprinkled with a little bit of vampires, witches, and shapeshifters. I did not expect even half of the things that went down in New 2 - and when Ari finally comes face-to-face with the truth of her ancestry, let me just say WOW and HOLY COW and possibly PLEASE WRITE FASTER, MS. KEATON!The setting was fantastic - and I think Ms. Keaton picked a perfect place already full of magic and mystery, especially considering all the rebuilding New Orleans had to undergo after Katrina. Yes, New Orleans was already the major hotspot for vampires in the literary world, but Darkness Becomes Her takes it seven-leagues farther and makes it into the new Mount Olympus of awesome proportions where paranormal and mythology collide in the modern age.I fell in love with Ari from the very first few pages. She has a strong, don't-mess-with-me personality that I really enjoyed, and it was really coincidentally cool to have her semi-training as a bond enforcement agent after finishing Janet Evanovich's series. And while she seemed like stone on the outside, Ari definitely is a marshmallow inside where it counts - a deep sense of loyalty to those she considers family.The only thing I am sad about is the villain in the story. Let me just say that I really love her ever since I was young, but Darkness Becomes Her truly makes her out to be a crazy and scary god! But I suppose there must have been a little crazy with all the ridiculous jealous-themed myths out there!Darkness Becomes Her is a must-read if you love a little mythology mixed in with your paranormal - and if you are a die-hard Veronica Mars fan, I'm fairly certain that you'll find Ari just as Twinkie-licious!read more
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Add Greek Mythology and combine that with Supernatural beings and you get one hell of a book. A novel that will spin you around and around and will still leave you shock at the twist and turns. I loved this book. I literally wanted to marry it. I could not put it down. I am not going to lie I have been in a reading funk lately and Kelly Keaton brought me out of it. I also have been busy with school, life, graduating, exchange ect; however that another story for another time.The Plot: Was well thought out and fast. Their is definitely not a moment in this book where you stop and ponder: "When is this going to end". Honestly it the opposite you'll think, "I hope this never ends". Sadly the ending comes faster then you want it to. It is a short book, only 273 pages, however it fits everything (without boring and overwhelming the reader) in it nicely. Kelly Keaton kept the plot twists well under wraps and it will leave the readers shocked and looking back to see the hints that led to them. The ending is of course a bit of a cliff hanger, however it will leave readers screaming for more. I am most certainly excited for the next book in the series to come out.Imagery: NEW ORLEANS. I don't see many novels set in this setting, and especially not a futuristic one I might add. The author did a mesmerizing job of capturing it and it's beauty. Ever since reading this I have been dying to go to New Orleans. I think my absolute favorite scene was the party scene where everyone dressed up (in masks might I add). That scene definitely brought my imagination to life in it's fullest. It is also easy to imagine the characters (personalities, looks and actions). Kelly Keaton did a fabulous job of bring her world to life for the readers.Romance: YAY---no love triangle (or not yet). It not often that you only see one male swooning for the female leads attention. Ari and Sebastian were a couple with real chemistry. They worked well with each other and were believable. They weren't overtop or to under-the top (if you catch my drift). I really am excited to see how their relationship develops over the course of this series. I am praying that they do not break up with each other (like in many other series).Characters: The characters all fit so well with each other. The kids at the Garden District were like a real family (who I came to love and desired to be apart of) with their separate personalities. I love them all but I definitely have a special spot for Violet who was so unique in her own little way. I absolutely adored Ari's hair and tattoo which really set her apart from everyone else. The Villain was defintely evil and deep down I wish she had more book time. I hope in the next novel she does.What was the best thing about this novel? Hands down the dialogue, emotions and tone. The author did a great job of making the readers feel what the characters were feeling through dialogue. The tone also came across well with the setting.Overall I most certainly recommend reading this book :) Yours Truly,read more
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When I started Darkness Becomes Her, I expected it to be another typical supernatural YA book. I was mistaken. Instead, Kelly Keaton created something new, this time using other creates then the typical vampires, werewolves and fairies. I loved the setting of this book. It took me a little bit to realize that the book took place in what I could only describe as an alternate time line, one where New Orleans was destroyed by a horrible natural disaster and New 2 was established in it’s place. I really liked New 5. It was such a great place, exactly what I imagined a supernatural New Orleans would be like. It was such a mystical, mysterious, it was great unraveling the secrets of the place and meeting the people who lived in New 2. I really liked Ari. She was searching for who she was and was extremely strong. She took everything in stride, all the twists and turns that were thrown at her as she was unraveling her mother’s past and unraveling who she really was as well. The people Ari meets in New 2 are great too. Each one was different had their own personality. I did have one issue with this book and that was the pacing. I felt that the time span of the book could have been lengthened. Everything happened very quickly. Within a day Ari was falling in love with Sebastian, one of the guys Ari meets in New 2, and she was unraveling everything within a week. If the time span was longer, the relationships and the plot wouldn’t have seemed so rushed. One of the great things about this book was it had twists that I didn’t see. There was one twist that I literally gasped out loud because I did not seeing coming. I really like that this book incorporated mythology and put a new twist on it. I really love Greek mythology and I loved the twist Kelly Keaton put on it to make certain myths her own. The ending of this book wrapped up the issue of the first book nicely, with Ari discovering who she was and about her parents past, but was open enough for a new book. I really cannot wait to read this second one because once everything happened it happened quickly and big things happened. I want to go back to Ari’s world and New 2 and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series.read more
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Ari was born with teal eyes and silver hair which can not be changed nor destroyed. She has always felt like a freak. Ari has grown up in numerous foster homes since her mother left her as a child. Now that she's older, she wants some answers as to who she is and where she has come from.Ari is not guaranteed many answers when she finds her mother has been dead for many years. She does, however, uncover one short and not extremely detailed message: RUN. Where can she run and who exactly is she running from? Ari knows someone, or something, is after her.She decides to return to the place of her birth, New 2, the rebuilt city of New Orleans which was destroyed by multiple category 4 hurricanes when she was a child. Ari has never been sure of what New 2 really holds but once she returns, she finds it is very different. Where growing up Ari was pretty much a freak, in New 2 she is practically normal.Creatures here seem to be afraid of Ari and what she can do, whatever that is. She is determined to find out the truth about herself, but sometimes the truth is more terrifying and haunting than Ari could ever suspect.The premise was quite different than what I've come across in most YA paranormal novels recently. It had an entire slew of different creatures. Your more common vampire and werewolf showed up, as well as more unique characters like harpies, gods and arachnid people.The setting of New 2 - an refurbished version of New Orleans - was quite interesting. With the amount of hurricanes that hit around that area, I could actually imagine the type of damage that could happen and the way the city was rebuilt by the society in this novel. New 2 is now a secluded and dangerous sector separated from the rest of the U.S. after it's purchase and refurbishment by the Novem. The area is now riddled with rumors of the supernatural.The characters were very likable. A cast of misfits, the children of New 2 that Ari happened across were all unique. Ari herself was a pretty kick-butt chick. Growing up as a foster child more recently raised by a family of bail bondsmen, Ari learned how to defend herself at a young age.Darkness Becomes Her was not what I was expecting, at all. The mix of paranormal and Greek mythology was very interesting but things seemed somewhat rushed at times. The relationship between Ari and Sebastian didn't quite flow, to me. It didn't seem realistic, feeling too rushed... as a lot of YA romances are these days. The only major downfall in this novel, to me, was the amount of foul language. At times I felt as though every other word was a curse word. I think if that had been cut back a little bit, I might have felt a little more comfortable with the reading.Overall, a fascinating book and I'm interested in how Ari and her friends deal in the sequel with all of the revelations they have come across.read more
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I picked this book up after reading The selection by Kiera Cass, which was a very fluffy book. Darkness Becomes Her is dark and I loved that. I was in the mood for something that was darker.Keaton wrote such an amazing story with great characters. I did not want to pit it down. I was so pulled in that I just flew right through it and was sad that it ended.I didn’t mind it, but if you have a problem with books that have swearing in them, than I wouldn’t suggest you read this book because I’ve never read a young adult book with so much swearing in it before.This is a series I will be continuing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, A Beautiful Evil.read more
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From its gorgeously dark cover to the mysteriously dark summary, Darkness Becomes Her is undoubtedly a must-read debut. I loved the premise of the story, the characters, and the dark, easy to picture setting. Young-adult debut author Kelly Keaton weaves a dark tale with ancient Greek mythology and a futuristic, rebuilt New Orleans. The main character, Ari Selkirk, is not your typical female protagonist. For one thing, her hair is silvery-white, her eyes teal, but what really makes her different from your typical female protagonist - she carries a pistol and a wicked blade. I would have given Darkness Becomes Her a full 5 stars for all the awesome that it was. What disturbed me from the very first pages and onto the very last...was the language. There were a lot of bad words, too many for my liking. But if you can ignore all the curse-words, you're in for an unforgettable story. The story begins with seventeen year old Ari trying to find out more about her mother and why she killed herself at the young age of 21. Her search brings her to the mental center her mother spent the last few days of her life in. She gathers her mother's belongings from the asylum and heads to her hotel room. When she finally brings herself to open the light shoebox holding her mother's belongings, she doesn't find much more than a letter and a few small possessions. The letter is what starts it all. It doesn't say much, except that Ari should run. Run and don't trust anyone. She immediately leaves the hotel and climbs into her car to read a second letter. She catches movement in her side mirror. They're already after her. Already trying to kill her. But why? Ari ends up in New 2, the new New Orleans, which no longer belongs to the United States, where all freaks live and supernatural sightings occur. She's on an incredible journey, a journey you just can't miss. -Would I recommend this to anyone? Probably ages 14 and up-Is there a second book? Yes-Will I be looking forward to book two? Definitely Personally, I like covers without models. Some are pretty, but sometimes they throw me off. I love this cover. It's dark and haunting, much like the book.read more
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DARKNESS BECOMES HER is a fresh new read filled with Mythology, action and mystery mixed with the paranormal. It started out with a girl who didn't know who or what she was and ended with a girl with a family history and future I could never have guessed would be revealed. The pacing of the book is fantastic, it moves and flows in and out of situations that leaves you wanting to read what comes next. I loved the setting. Post Hurricane disaster New Orleans is a place all its own, owned privately after the government washed its hands of it and now filled with magic, mystery and unpredictable situations. Ari is defiantly a young heroine to keep your eyes on.read more
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I made the big mistake about starting this book at the hair salon. Once the lady got to me I could not put down the book. Ari knows something is different about her. She feels it in her bones. She goes looking for her mother in search for answers. But what she finds is so much more than that. More than she ever though she find out.I loved Ari. Her character, her anger towards her mother felt real. She is genuine teenager with lots of secrets, hurt, anger, betrayal that just needs to be answered. I like how the reader is able to see into her mind and how she felt. Ari just wanted answers. And I am glad that she got them even though they are not what she expected.The love interest in the book is good. I like how all the kids for New 2 band together and help each other out. I like how Ms. Keaton used actually facts about New Orleans in the book that intertwined with her writing. That is truly amazing! I like how it showed real life things that are still going on even now. The paranormal part I loved. I like Gods and Goddesses and mythology. Ms. Keaton did a wonderful job with the plot and the progression of the story. Everything is at it right pace. My only gripe is the cussing. I can understand Ari's anger and see how that showed in her speech. I felt like it was just a little too much.read more
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Darkness Becomes Her was a pretty good read. The story was pretty fast-paced and held my attention. Ari is a powerful heroine, which is always a good sign. Seriously, she kicks way more butt than anyone else in the story, especially when it comes to close-range fighting. Ari is a pretty sympathetic character for the most part, although there was one chapter where she went to a vampire party that made me a bit irritated with her.The story building was a little weaker. Taken in sections it's pretty cool, but, all in one book, it didn't really work for me. First of all, there is New 2. There was a series of devastating hurricanes that effed up New Orleans. Afterwards, the government abandoned the city as too costly to restore, so a group of nine wealthy families (The Novem) purchased the city. They fixed up some of the city and made it a safe haven for special folks, because the Novem consist of three witch families, three vampire families and three shifter families. Paranormal: check.Then, as you read on about the curse and everything, you learn that there is another facet to the plot. Greek gods and other figures from mythology are totally running around and doing awful things. Definitely important to remember that Athena is not just the Goddess of Wisdom, but also the Goddess of War (which I always thought was a bit of a stupid combination, although wisdom is good for strategy). Mythology: check.So basically, this story has every possible magical/paranormal/powerful being possible. While all cool, the combination really just didn't work for me. I think the story would have been a lot stronger with either just the first section or just the second. Overall, a fun, if a bit silly, teen read. A second book is in the works, judging from the ending of this one, and I do intend to give it a shot.read more
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Omg this book was good! Review to come!read more
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This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Ari is looking for answers to her birth family. When she ends up in New 2 she finds way more answers then she ever bargained for. All the new people she meets seem to have strange characteristics. A whole new world is suddenly opened up to Ari, and she no longer feels like a complete outcast.This book was full of great paranormal creatures, each with their own unique ability. Ari, although she knows she's strange, has no clue what or who she is. The mystery of this kept me guessing, and the answer was very unique and enjoyable. Ari was a great character. She was determined to find out what happened, and stayed strong, no matter what was thrown at her. Although I really liked the love interest, I am extremely tired of insta-love. It wasn't enough to take away much from the story, but I could have done without it.This book definitely liked to throw around some crazy twists and turns, and the ending left me dying to find out more. I'm very excited to see where the next book will take us.Just as a side note, there is a lot of profanity in this book, which I don't like in my YA books, and wasn't necessary to the story.Overall, this was a great new addition to the YA genre. I loved that it was just as much about a young girl trying to find her place in the world, and realize who she is, as it was about the mystery and the paranormal. I will be preordering the next book as soon as it's available!read more
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3.5 out of 5 stars.Darkness Becomes Her is a YA book with a lot of swearing and curse words that young readers should not be reading. I didn't mind it because it showed how tough it was for Ari as she was growing up. But it did surprise me. The book also read a bit like an adult urban fantasy book. That is probably due to the fact that Kelly Keaton writes urban fantasy under the name Kelly Gay.I thought I wouldn't like this book very much, but it surprised me with how well it was written. The words flow so easily that before I knew it, I was halfway through the book and deeply engrossed in the plot.The setting, though a little confusing at first, was fantastic. A devastated New Orleans run by families of paranormal creatures. It's set a little into the future in the year 2026. It isn't a dystopian though because only New Orleans, or New 2 as it is referred to in the book, has been destroyed. The rest of the world continues on like usual.I really enjoyed the cast of characters. They were interesting and I hope more is revealed about them in the next book. Ari, the heroine, has been in foster care for the majority of her life and because of that she knows how to take care of herself. Good with weapons and equipped with fast reflexes, she isn't someone you should mess with. Her personality is also a bit gritty and defensive because again she's been in foster care and has been through more than most people twice her age. Ari is a strong character despite being so young. She doesn't complain or sulk, she deals with her problems the best that she can and moves on. Not only physically strong, but strong-willed and determined.Supporting characters in the book, like Violet, were well written too. Some were a little cliche, but it was still a good cast. I really loved Violet and all her weirdness. At first she reminded me a bit of Blue from Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium, but not as much as the story progressed. Sebastian though, I didn't like so much. I didn't feel like he was really all that great and compared to Ari, kind of a wimp.Something I felt needed improvement was the development of other characters besides Ari. I wanted to learn more about the Novem and their heirs. More about the different types of paranormals and history of the Novem. Information like that could really have helped to flesh out the story. Everyone living in the GD is very likely to have a great backstory and I felt they can become really great characters if Kelly Keaton gave them a little more of the spotlight.The story happens in a couple of days, which I feel is too short. There was so much going on in the story that it felt like more than that, at least a week. If it stretched out longer then I might have believed the little bit of romance going on between Ari and Sebastian. As it is, I just don't get it at all. Seriously, one moment Sebastian is all moody and sulking and the next he's flirting with Ari. And she flirts back and they start making out, one day after they met one another. Too Romeo and Juliet for me. At least there was no love triangle.The plot of the story moves at a fast pace because like I said, it happens over a couple of days. Three or four I think. The beginning was full of mystery, but around the middle of the book I started predicting things that were going to happen. Although there were some things I didn't see coming so the book still had some plot twists. **!!!SPOILERS!!!***In the beginning I guessed that Ari is a descendant of Medusa. Her hair was mentioned a lot and it was said that her mother imagined there were snakes in her head, trying to get out. Plus the hunters trying to kill Ari are known as Sons of Perseus and Perseus was the one that managed to slay Medusa. And also while Ari was in prison I kind of guessed the Son of Perseus that got left behind was her father. Why? I have no idea how I came to that conclusion, but I was correct.Some spoilery things I had a problem with. How did Ari, a young 17 year old girl who has yet to come into her full powers, manage to kill not one, but two highly trained hunters and escape prison when there were others there just as powerful as her if not more so who had been there for years? Maybe sheer, dumb luck but it seemed too convenient.Another thing that bothered me was that Ari left her father behind in the prison. I know Michel and the others were convincing her to leave him, but who is she to judge who is worthy of leaving that hellhole and who isn't? She doesn't know any of them at all and had only been there for a couple of hours. How can she just trust the others so easily? The man gave you directions on how to escape! In my head I was screaming at her to take the key back and let him go. But of course she didn't. Perhaps him being trapped in Athena's prison is an important element in the next book.read more
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Darkness Becomes Her went from a story that had me curious from just reading the synopsis … to having my full and undivided attention for turning into an unexpectedly fantastic read. I don't really know how to put into words for what I feel for this book without giving too much away. The plot just kept building into layers and layers of story from the very beginning, when we first meet Ari and find out about her mom. From there, we're taken to a familiar place that isn't so familiar anymore. It's been ravaged by the hurricanes, and has become a place that you'd only read about in folklore and myth. Everything in the story is weaved together perfectly – there are no stray hairs that leave you hanging. Well, of course, until you get to the end … then, there's a pretty big cliffhanger waiting for you, snaring you in its grasp and holding you hostage until the next book is released.The characters in this book charmed me – every. single. one. I loved Ari, our heroine. She was strong, yet still vulnerable. The best part? She didn't act like a spoiled, whiny brat! The love interest, to me, is obvious from the very beginning. Sebastian is a truly swoon-worthy character, heritage or not, and I loved that he was so brave and fearless – even when he knew he wasn't invincible. I also love that Ari and Sebastian didn't go completely love-struck and just forget about the entire world around them. No, the tension was just a soft buzz. You knew it was there, but it never distracts you from the real story. The other characters, especially the house of “misfits”, was exceedingly charming and the other characters were well-fleshed out and never deviated from themselves – no matter how rotten I thought they were. Ha.Like I said, there was a definite cliffhanger. Of course, it didn't take the cliffhanger for me to be hooked … the story pretty much had me from “hello” and I'm still not out of its trance even after I completely finished the story. One thing that caught me off-guard was the amount of offensive language in the book. I don't think it was completely necessary to the story at all, but it's there – so, if you have a younger child reading the book, you might want to take that into consideration. But it didn't make my interest in the novel stray any. This has to be one of my top most enjoyable reads so far this year. It's definitely a recommendation for paranormal lovers that may also have an interest in Greek mythology.read more
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Well, that was random. Not necessarily in a bad way, but just... unexpected. There were vampires, witches, shapeshifters, and... Greek mythology. Not something I've seen put together in a modern-day YA paranormal in, well, EVER. And it's not that they don't fit together, because the Ancient Greeks certainly had their own thoughts on vampires, witches, etc, but I found it slightly jarring simply because I hadn't seen these things put together in a slightly futuristic (but mostly contemporary) setting before. And it was really weird to have Athena as the "bad guy"... why Athena?! She's got to be the least bad-tempered of the Greek gods... *huff* Okay, it wasn't all bad. The story was entertaining, quick, and intriguing enough that I read through it in one go, but I wouldn't say there's a whole lot about the book that sets it apart in the genre. That said, I believe it was the author's first YA novel after writing extensively for adults, so I'm sure she's capable of more... hopefully future volumes in the series will show that. If I see the next book around, I'll pick it up, but I won't be searching for it anytime soon.read more
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interesting read !!!
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very well written without too much description
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The only thing I liked about this book were the characters. The relationship between the main character and Sebastian made absolutely no sense; they kiss on the first day they see each other for no apparent reason. The main character goes hot and cold on the flip of a switch. The irrationality of the story development was so frustrating to me I dropped the book in a huff after the 5th chapter. Maybe Î'm too old for it. Ugh.
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An amazing read if you like creepy books. Main character had a few flaws but it made it better.
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I loved this saga so much! I adore the transition from a mysterious budding romance to a thrilling, badass novel filled with Greek mythology and supernatural creatures. This story had me hanging on the edge of my seat, and I recommend this book to anyone in search of a series to begin.
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action, love, thrill, and mystery all rolled into one book. had to finish in just two days...can't wait for more
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I kept putting reading this book off. The description just doesn't do it justice. Every book after this just keeps getting better and better! The only reason I gave this 1st book 4 stars, is because the books after it, especially the 3rd, we're all just so amazing. I finally decided to read this when I couldn't find any other books to read. I'm so glad I took the chance. I'm definitely buying all the books in the series to have in my collection, and to reread in the future. There's heartbreak, laughter, love, and don't forget swoon worthy Sebastian, one of a kind Violet, Crank, Dub, & Henry. The next book will bring even more characters & parts of it will bring tears to your eyes. Don't pass up this wonderful series!
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its a good book but the way they described it didn't really match the book. I was disappointed because I was looking for more. But other then than that it kept my attention and it was great to pass time with.??
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the story was intersting but the was a big jump between the sences that lift me wondering how did that happen but overall the story was perfect
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Sometimes funny, sometimes exciting, and sometimes sad and painful, this is a compelling and well written tale that pushed me to read 4 books in less than 24 hours, and has me wishing the next chapter in this story was available already.
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Loved this book. This authors voice is breath of fresh air in this genre.
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Like a lot of kids placed into foster care, Ari wants to find out what happened to the mother that placed her in foster care. Raised by bail bondsmen foster parents, she's learned skills that will help her protect herself. She tracks her mom's last know location to New 2. This was originally New Orleans. It is now home to strange misfits. You know the ones; vampires, witches, and such. Join Ari as she journeys to discover her past and a curse. This book had not only a great story line but great characters. There was something for everyone. If you are really into the world building aspect of a book this has that for you. I am sure we will be seeing more from this author and I for one look forward to it.
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I read the description of this book on the cover and thought it sounded interesting after someone recommended it to me. I was very surprised when this story took me for an adventure that I did not expect at all. It caught me off guard in a good way. I really can’t wait to find out what happens next in Keaton’s next installment.When Ari searches for her past it brings her to New Orleans. This is another thing that surprised me and that I liked a lot. This New Orleans is very different then the reader would expect before reading this novel. I really like that Keaton took a different Spin on New Orleans and what happened post hurricane Katrina. Keaton brings you into a new exciting world. I enjoyed this world a lot and would recommend it to other readers.
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No Spoiler until the WARNING and this is two lines long. The Overall review isn't a spoiler. l work hard to make them non spoiler reviews. Please email/comment me if you feel a review has a spoiler in it.~This book never really stuck out and made me really want to read it, it doesn’t have my sort of cover and the blurb doesn’t grab my attention a lot but this book is amazing. I feel rather lucky this year because the amount of amazing books l have read already! I have no idea how l will choose my top ten of 2011. Be a lot harder than the top 10 for 2010!Anyway on to my thoughts.This book pretty much has something going on from the beginning, the main story line is introduced within the first 30 or so pages. This is good but l did feel one thing happened a bit too fast and l was like “would it really happen that quick?”In fact there were a few scenes where l was thinking “what who’s that character again? Are they related to them or them? Are they good? Evil?” l just got a bit confused which ruined some scenes for me which could have been good and more gripping. Most of the time my confusion was answered by Kelly as she did well to go over things but there are a lot of characters. When a story has a lot of characters you can sometimes struggle to get to know them enough but Kelly focused on a few main characters so you could grow a bond with them.Ari is a character that has had a few problems in life and wants to try and put to rest some of them. Sometimes she annoys me a bit with what l felt was overreacting in some cases, being a really angry sort of person and being a wimp in some ways but then really strong with other things. Saying that, although Ari sometimes did annoy me Kelly did an amazing job of putting forward Ari’s feelings to the readers and her thoughts. It really made her feel real which then mean't l felt a connection with Ari.One of the only ‘negative’ thing l thought about Darkness Becomes Her while reading this was random sentences. E.g. - ‘l could look at him forever. But there was something he would never ever know’. I can see how this makes sense but l think it just needs to be explained a little bit more, like what she’s feeling when looking at him.~WARNING, This could be seen as a spoiler (Below)At the beginning she is nearly killed but further on she is apparently wanted alive, this confused me a bit, maybe it is just me being blonde though and not following the story probably, or they weren't going to kill her?Overall (No Spoiler)You would be missing out if you didn't read this! It's a really fast paced book which l LOVED! The only reason it isn't 5/5 is because l didn't get the same 'feeling' which l get with some books that are 5/5. It may sound strange but with books that are 5/5 l get this amazing feeling when l finish it, not saying l didn't have great fun reading this! Oh and how did l forget, the mix of all the different paranormal 'creatures' in this is great!Very much recommend this! I'm sure (and ho
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I found Darkness Becomes Her pretty flawed, but liked it none-the-less. There are about 50 characters in this book and each has their own storyline - so it got muddled and confusing. I also caught onto what was wrong with Ari pretty quickly, which made it harder to watch her struggle through discovering it on her own.

I also had trouble with Ari, Sebastian and Ari and Sebastian's romance. I didn't like that Ari felt like she was a freak only because she had shocking eyes and unusual hair. That wasn't enough to convince me that she had been a loner before the book started. Keaton hinted that life was rough for Ari in more intense and not so superficial ways, but it was only briefly hinted and I would have liked more of that, I think.

Sebastian was pretty darn near perfect. Which annoys me on principal. No teenager who has been living in New 2 with his history is going to be quite that squeaky. And I'm so over this immediate fall-in love and make out thing. Especially when your main character is claiming that she's a loner, freak, etc., etc. I know teenagers have hormones and all that, but their lightning-fast relationship did not jive well with me.

Like I said, I found the book flawed. But there were a lot of things I did like. I adored the mythology and voodoo and nods to various paranormal activity throughout Ari's adventure in New 2. We might as well just say I loved the setting of New 2, as well. I thought using New Orleans in an alternate reality was absolutely brilliant and that Keaton did a great job with it.

And, really, I flew through the book. It's very action/tension-packed, making it easy to want to keep turning pages. Of course I was upset about the cliff-hanger at the end, but there's a sequel coming.

So, in sum: flawed, but a quick, fast-paced read for anyone who likes paranormal YA.

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A good combination of Greek Myth and Urban Fantasy elements. We have a Gorgon for a heroine this time and the challenge is breaking the curse and surviving it. I'm super excited for A Beautiful Evil to come out next month.
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Darkness Becomes Her is like a slow-roasting pot of AMAZING dipped in fantastic Greek mythology sprinkled with a little bit of vampires, witches, and shapeshifters. I did not expect even half of the things that went down in New 2 - and when Ari finally comes face-to-face with the truth of her ancestry, let me just say WOW and HOLY COW and possibly PLEASE WRITE FASTER, MS. KEATON!The setting was fantastic - and I think Ms. Keaton picked a perfect place already full of magic and mystery, especially considering all the rebuilding New Orleans had to undergo after Katrina. Yes, New Orleans was already the major hotspot for vampires in the literary world, but Darkness Becomes Her takes it seven-leagues farther and makes it into the new Mount Olympus of awesome proportions where paranormal and mythology collide in the modern age.I fell in love with Ari from the very first few pages. She has a strong, don't-mess-with-me personality that I really enjoyed, and it was really coincidentally cool to have her semi-training as a bond enforcement agent after finishing Janet Evanovich's series. And while she seemed like stone on the outside, Ari definitely is a marshmallow inside where it counts - a deep sense of loyalty to those she considers family.The only thing I am sad about is the villain in the story. Let me just say that I really love her ever since I was young, but Darkness Becomes Her truly makes her out to be a crazy and scary god! But I suppose there must have been a little crazy with all the ridiculous jealous-themed myths out there!Darkness Becomes Her is a must-read if you love a little mythology mixed in with your paranormal - and if you are a die-hard Veronica Mars fan, I'm fairly certain that you'll find Ari just as Twinkie-licious!
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Add Greek Mythology and combine that with Supernatural beings and you get one hell of a book. A novel that will spin you around and around and will still leave you shock at the twist and turns. I loved this book. I literally wanted to marry it. I could not put it down. I am not going to lie I have been in a reading funk lately and Kelly Keaton brought me out of it. I also have been busy with school, life, graduating, exchange ect; however that another story for another time.The Plot: Was well thought out and fast. Their is definitely not a moment in this book where you stop and ponder: "When is this going to end". Honestly it the opposite you'll think, "I hope this never ends". Sadly the ending comes faster then you want it to. It is a short book, only 273 pages, however it fits everything (without boring and overwhelming the reader) in it nicely. Kelly Keaton kept the plot twists well under wraps and it will leave the readers shocked and looking back to see the hints that led to them. The ending is of course a bit of a cliff hanger, however it will leave readers screaming for more. I am most certainly excited for the next book in the series to come out.Imagery: NEW ORLEANS. I don't see many novels set in this setting, and especially not a futuristic one I might add. The author did a mesmerizing job of capturing it and it's beauty. Ever since reading this I have been dying to go to New Orleans. I think my absolute favorite scene was the party scene where everyone dressed up (in masks might I add). That scene definitely brought my imagination to life in it's fullest. It is also easy to imagine the characters (personalities, looks and actions). Kelly Keaton did a fabulous job of bring her world to life for the readers.Romance: YAY---no love triangle (or not yet). It not often that you only see one male swooning for the female leads attention. Ari and Sebastian were a couple with real chemistry. They worked well with each other and were believable. They weren't overtop or to under-the top (if you catch my drift). I really am excited to see how their relationship develops over the course of this series. I am praying that they do not break up with each other (like in many other series).Characters: The characters all fit so well with each other. The kids at the Garden District were like a real family (who I came to love and desired to be apart of) with their separate personalities. I love them all but I definitely have a special spot for Violet who was so unique in her own little way. I absolutely adored Ari's hair and tattoo which really set her apart from everyone else. The Villain was defintely evil and deep down I wish she had more book time. I hope in the next novel she does.What was the best thing about this novel? Hands down the dialogue, emotions and tone. The author did a great job of making the readers feel what the characters were feeling through dialogue. The tone also came across well with the setting.Overall I most certainly recommend reading this book :) Yours Truly,
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When I started Darkness Becomes Her, I expected it to be another typical supernatural YA book. I was mistaken. Instead, Kelly Keaton created something new, this time using other creates then the typical vampires, werewolves and fairies. I loved the setting of this book. It took me a little bit to realize that the book took place in what I could only describe as an alternate time line, one where New Orleans was destroyed by a horrible natural disaster and New 2 was established in it’s place. I really liked New 5. It was such a great place, exactly what I imagined a supernatural New Orleans would be like. It was such a mystical, mysterious, it was great unraveling the secrets of the place and meeting the people who lived in New 2. I really liked Ari. She was searching for who she was and was extremely strong. She took everything in stride, all the twists and turns that were thrown at her as she was unraveling her mother’s past and unraveling who she really was as well. The people Ari meets in New 2 are great too. Each one was different had their own personality. I did have one issue with this book and that was the pacing. I felt that the time span of the book could have been lengthened. Everything happened very quickly. Within a day Ari was falling in love with Sebastian, one of the guys Ari meets in New 2, and she was unraveling everything within a week. If the time span was longer, the relationships and the plot wouldn’t have seemed so rushed. One of the great things about this book was it had twists that I didn’t see. There was one twist that I literally gasped out loud because I did not seeing coming. I really like that this book incorporated mythology and put a new twist on it. I really love Greek mythology and I loved the twist Kelly Keaton put on it to make certain myths her own. The ending of this book wrapped up the issue of the first book nicely, with Ari discovering who she was and about her parents past, but was open enough for a new book. I really cannot wait to read this second one because once everything happened it happened quickly and big things happened. I want to go back to Ari’s world and New 2 and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series.
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Ari was born with teal eyes and silver hair which can not be changed nor destroyed. She has always felt like a freak. Ari has grown up in numerous foster homes since her mother left her as a child. Now that she's older, she wants some answers as to who she is and where she has come from.Ari is not guaranteed many answers when she finds her mother has been dead for many years. She does, however, uncover one short and not extremely detailed message: RUN. Where can she run and who exactly is she running from? Ari knows someone, or something, is after her.She decides to return to the place of her birth, New 2, the rebuilt city of New Orleans which was destroyed by multiple category 4 hurricanes when she was a child. Ari has never been sure of what New 2 really holds but once she returns, she finds it is very different. Where growing up Ari was pretty much a freak, in New 2 she is practically normal.Creatures here seem to be afraid of Ari and what she can do, whatever that is. She is determined to find out the truth about herself, but sometimes the truth is more terrifying and haunting than Ari could ever suspect.The premise was quite different than what I've come across in most YA paranormal novels recently. It had an entire slew of different creatures. Your more common vampire and werewolf showed up, as well as more unique characters like harpies, gods and arachnid people.The setting of New 2 - an refurbished version of New Orleans - was quite interesting. With the amount of hurricanes that hit around that area, I could actually imagine the type of damage that could happen and the way the city was rebuilt by the society in this novel. New 2 is now a secluded and dangerous sector separated from the rest of the U.S. after it's purchase and refurbishment by the Novem. The area is now riddled with rumors of the supernatural.The characters were very likable. A cast of misfits, the children of New 2 that Ari happened across were all unique. Ari herself was a pretty kick-butt chick. Growing up as a foster child more recently raised by a family of bail bondsmen, Ari learned how to defend herself at a young age.Darkness Becomes Her was not what I was expecting, at all. The mix of paranormal and Greek mythology was very interesting but things seemed somewhat rushed at times. The relationship between Ari and Sebastian didn't quite flow, to me. It didn't seem realistic, feeling too rushed... as a lot of YA romances are these days. The only major downfall in this novel, to me, was the amount of foul language. At times I felt as though every other word was a curse word. I think if that had been cut back a little bit, I might have felt a little more comfortable with the reading.Overall, a fascinating book and I'm interested in how Ari and her friends deal in the sequel with all of the revelations they have come across.
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I picked this book up after reading The selection by Kiera Cass, which was a very fluffy book. Darkness Becomes Her is dark and I loved that. I was in the mood for something that was darker.Keaton wrote such an amazing story with great characters. I did not want to pit it down. I was so pulled in that I just flew right through it and was sad that it ended.I didn’t mind it, but if you have a problem with books that have swearing in them, than I wouldn’t suggest you read this book because I’ve never read a young adult book with so much swearing in it before.This is a series I will be continuing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, A Beautiful Evil.
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From its gorgeously dark cover to the mysteriously dark summary, Darkness Becomes Her is undoubtedly a must-read debut. I loved the premise of the story, the characters, and the dark, easy to picture setting. Young-adult debut author Kelly Keaton weaves a dark tale with ancient Greek mythology and a futuristic, rebuilt New Orleans. The main character, Ari Selkirk, is not your typical female protagonist. For one thing, her hair is silvery-white, her eyes teal, but what really makes her different from your typical female protagonist - she carries a pistol and a wicked blade. I would have given Darkness Becomes Her a full 5 stars for all the awesome that it was. What disturbed me from the very first pages and onto the very last...was the language. There were a lot of bad words, too many for my liking. But if you can ignore all the curse-words, you're in for an unforgettable story. The story begins with seventeen year old Ari trying to find out more about her mother and why she killed herself at the young age of 21. Her search brings her to the mental center her mother spent the last few days of her life in. She gathers her mother's belongings from the asylum and heads to her hotel room. When she finally brings herself to open the light shoebox holding her mother's belongings, she doesn't find much more than a letter and a few small possessions. The letter is what starts it all. It doesn't say much, except that Ari should run. Run and don't trust anyone. She immediately leaves the hotel and climbs into her car to read a second letter. She catches movement in her side mirror. They're already after her. Already trying to kill her. But why? Ari ends up in New 2, the new New Orleans, which no longer belongs to the United States, where all freaks live and supernatural sightings occur. She's on an incredible journey, a journey you just can't miss. -Would I recommend this to anyone? Probably ages 14 and up-Is there a second book? Yes-Will I be looking forward to book two? Definitely Personally, I like covers without models. Some are pretty, but sometimes they throw me off. I love this cover. It's dark and haunting, much like the book.
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DARKNESS BECOMES HER is a fresh new read filled with Mythology, action and mystery mixed with the paranormal. It started out with a girl who didn't know who or what she was and ended with a girl with a family history and future I could never have guessed would be revealed. The pacing of the book is fantastic, it moves and flows in and out of situations that leaves you wanting to read what comes next. I loved the setting. Post Hurricane disaster New Orleans is a place all its own, owned privately after the government washed its hands of it and now filled with magic, mystery and unpredictable situations. Ari is defiantly a young heroine to keep your eyes on.
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I made the big mistake about starting this book at the hair salon. Once the lady got to me I could not put down the book. Ari knows something is different about her. She feels it in her bones. She goes looking for her mother in search for answers. But what she finds is so much more than that. More than she ever though she find out.I loved Ari. Her character, her anger towards her mother felt real. She is genuine teenager with lots of secrets, hurt, anger, betrayal that just needs to be answered. I like how the reader is able to see into her mind and how she felt. Ari just wanted answers. And I am glad that she got them even though they are not what she expected.The love interest in the book is good. I like how all the kids for New 2 band together and help each other out. I like how Ms. Keaton used actually facts about New Orleans in the book that intertwined with her writing. That is truly amazing! I like how it showed real life things that are still going on even now. The paranormal part I loved. I like Gods and Goddesses and mythology. Ms. Keaton did a wonderful job with the plot and the progression of the story. Everything is at it right pace. My only gripe is the cussing. I can understand Ari's anger and see how that showed in her speech. I felt like it was just a little too much.
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Darkness Becomes Her was a pretty good read. The story was pretty fast-paced and held my attention. Ari is a powerful heroine, which is always a good sign. Seriously, she kicks way more butt than anyone else in the story, especially when it comes to close-range fighting. Ari is a pretty sympathetic character for the most part, although there was one chapter where she went to a vampire party that made me a bit irritated with her.The story building was a little weaker. Taken in sections it's pretty cool, but, all in one book, it didn't really work for me. First of all, there is New 2. There was a series of devastating hurricanes that effed up New Orleans. Afterwards, the government abandoned the city as too costly to restore, so a group of nine wealthy families (The Novem) purchased the city. They fixed up some of the city and made it a safe haven for special folks, because the Novem consist of three witch families, three vampire families and three shifter families. Paranormal: check.Then, as you read on about the curse and everything, you learn that there is another facet to the plot. Greek gods and other figures from mythology are totally running around and doing awful things. Definitely important to remember that Athena is not just the Goddess of Wisdom, but also the Goddess of War (which I always thought was a bit of a stupid combination, although wisdom is good for strategy). Mythology: check.So basically, this story has every possible magical/paranormal/powerful being possible. While all cool, the combination really just didn't work for me. I think the story would have been a lot stronger with either just the first section or just the second. Overall, a fun, if a bit silly, teen read. A second book is in the works, judging from the ending of this one, and I do intend to give it a shot.
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Omg this book was good! Review to come!
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This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Ari is looking for answers to her birth family. When she ends up in New 2 she finds way more answers then she ever bargained for. All the new people she meets seem to have strange characteristics. A whole new world is suddenly opened up to Ari, and she no longer feels like a complete outcast.This book was full of great paranormal creatures, each with their own unique ability. Ari, although she knows she's strange, has no clue what or who she is. The mystery of this kept me guessing, and the answer was very unique and enjoyable. Ari was a great character. She was determined to find out what happened, and stayed strong, no matter what was thrown at her. Although I really liked the love interest, I am extremely tired of insta-love. It wasn't enough to take away much from the story, but I could have done without it.This book definitely liked to throw around some crazy twists and turns, and the ending left me dying to find out more. I'm very excited to see where the next book will take us.Just as a side note, there is a lot of profanity in this book, which I don't like in my YA books, and wasn't necessary to the story.Overall, this was a great new addition to the YA genre. I loved that it was just as much about a young girl trying to find her place in the world, and realize who she is, as it was about the mystery and the paranormal. I will be preordering the next book as soon as it's available!
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3.5 out of 5 stars.Darkness Becomes Her is a YA book with a lot of swearing and curse words that young readers should not be reading. I didn't mind it because it showed how tough it was for Ari as she was growing up. But it did surprise me. The book also read a bit like an adult urban fantasy book. That is probably due to the fact that Kelly Keaton writes urban fantasy under the name Kelly Gay.I thought I wouldn't like this book very much, but it surprised me with how well it was written. The words flow so easily that before I knew it, I was halfway through the book and deeply engrossed in the plot.The setting, though a little confusing at first, was fantastic. A devastated New Orleans run by families of paranormal creatures. It's set a little into the future in the year 2026. It isn't a dystopian though because only New Orleans, or New 2 as it is referred to in the book, has been destroyed. The rest of the world continues on like usual.I really enjoyed the cast of characters. They were interesting and I hope more is revealed about them in the next book. Ari, the heroine, has been in foster care for the majority of her life and because of that she knows how to take care of herself. Good with weapons and equipped with fast reflexes, she isn't someone you should mess with. Her personality is also a bit gritty and defensive because again she's been in foster care and has been through more than most people twice her age. Ari is a strong character despite being so young. She doesn't complain or sulk, she deals with her problems the best that she can and moves on. Not only physically strong, but strong-willed and determined.Supporting characters in the book, like Violet, were well written too. Some were a little cliche, but it was still a good cast. I really loved Violet and all her weirdness. At first she reminded me a bit of Blue from Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium, but not as much as the story progressed. Sebastian though, I didn't like so much. I didn't feel like he was really all that great and compared to Ari, kind of a wimp.Something I felt needed improvement was the development of other characters besides Ari. I wanted to learn more about the Novem and their heirs. More about the different types of paranormals and history of the Novem. Information like that could really have helped to flesh out the story. Everyone living in the GD is very likely to have a great backstory and I felt they can become really great characters if Kelly Keaton gave them a little more of the spotlight.The story happens in a couple of days, which I feel is too short. There was so much going on in the story that it felt like more than that, at least a week. If it stretched out longer then I might have believed the little bit of romance going on between Ari and Sebastian. As it is, I just don't get it at all. Seriously, one moment Sebastian is all moody and sulking and the next he's flirting with Ari. And she flirts back and they start making out, one day after they met one another. Too Romeo and Juliet for me. At least there was no love triangle.The plot of the story moves at a fast pace because like I said, it happens over a couple of days. Three or four I think. The beginning was full of mystery, but around the middle of the book I started predicting things that were going to happen. Although there were some things I didn't see coming so the book still had some plot twists. **!!!SPOILERS!!!***In the beginning I guessed that Ari is a descendant of Medusa. Her hair was mentioned a lot and it was said that her mother imagined there were snakes in her head, trying to get out. Plus the hunters trying to kill Ari are known as Sons of Perseus and Perseus was the one that managed to slay Medusa. And also while Ari was in prison I kind of guessed the Son of Perseus that got left behind was her father. Why? I have no idea how I came to that conclusion, but I was correct.Some spoilery things I had a problem with. How did Ari, a young 17 year old girl who has yet to come into her full powers, manage to kill not one, but two highly trained hunters and escape prison when there were others there just as powerful as her if not more so who had been there for years? Maybe sheer, dumb luck but it seemed too convenient.Another thing that bothered me was that Ari left her father behind in the prison. I know Michel and the others were convincing her to leave him, but who is she to judge who is worthy of leaving that hellhole and who isn't? She doesn't know any of them at all and had only been there for a couple of hours. How can she just trust the others so easily? The man gave you directions on how to escape! In my head I was screaming at her to take the key back and let him go. But of course she didn't. Perhaps him being trapped in Athena's prison is an important element in the next book.
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Darkness Becomes Her went from a story that had me curious from just reading the synopsis … to having my full and undivided attention for turning into an unexpectedly fantastic read. I don't really know how to put into words for what I feel for this book without giving too much away. The plot just kept building into layers and layers of story from the very beginning, when we first meet Ari and find out about her mom. From there, we're taken to a familiar place that isn't so familiar anymore. It's been ravaged by the hurricanes, and has become a place that you'd only read about in folklore and myth. Everything in the story is weaved together perfectly – there are no stray hairs that leave you hanging. Well, of course, until you get to the end … then, there's a pretty big cliffhanger waiting for you, snaring you in its grasp and holding you hostage until the next book is released.The characters in this book charmed me – every. single. one. I loved Ari, our heroine. She was strong, yet still vulnerable. The best part? She didn't act like a spoiled, whiny brat! The love interest, to me, is obvious from the very beginning. Sebastian is a truly swoon-worthy character, heritage or not, and I loved that he was so brave and fearless – even when he knew he wasn't invincible. I also love that Ari and Sebastian didn't go completely love-struck and just forget about the entire world around them. No, the tension was just a soft buzz. You knew it was there, but it never distracts you from the real story. The other characters, especially the house of “misfits”, was exceedingly charming and the other characters were well-fleshed out and never deviated from themselves – no matter how rotten I thought they were. Ha.Like I said, there was a definite cliffhanger. Of course, it didn't take the cliffhanger for me to be hooked … the story pretty much had me from “hello” and I'm still not out of its trance even after I completely finished the story. One thing that caught me off-guard was the amount of offensive language in the book. I don't think it was completely necessary to the story at all, but it's there – so, if you have a younger child reading the book, you might want to take that into consideration. But it didn't make my interest in the novel stray any. This has to be one of my top most enjoyable reads so far this year. It's definitely a recommendation for paranormal lovers that may also have an interest in Greek mythology.
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Well, that was random. Not necessarily in a bad way, but just... unexpected. There were vampires, witches, shapeshifters, and... Greek mythology. Not something I've seen put together in a modern-day YA paranormal in, well, EVER. And it's not that they don't fit together, because the Ancient Greeks certainly had their own thoughts on vampires, witches, etc, but I found it slightly jarring simply because I hadn't seen these things put together in a slightly futuristic (but mostly contemporary) setting before. And it was really weird to have Athena as the "bad guy"... why Athena?! She's got to be the least bad-tempered of the Greek gods... *huff* Okay, it wasn't all bad. The story was entertaining, quick, and intriguing enough that I read through it in one go, but I wouldn't say there's a whole lot about the book that sets it apart in the genre. That said, I believe it was the author's first YA novel after writing extensively for adults, so I'm sure she's capable of more... hopefully future volumes in the series will show that. If I see the next book around, I'll pick it up, but I won't be searching for it anytime soon.
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