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Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

June 2nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: February 2, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from

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.

I really wavered on whether or not to read this one.  It initially sounded interesting but then faded off my radar, I saw a few people talking about it and then when I heard it involved Greek mythology I decided to give it a whirl.  I don’t want to say I disliked it because I actually found the basis of the story fascinating.  I would have never guessed the reason why Ari’s mother killed herself or the tragic past of all of her ancestors.  I loved how you got little glimpses here and there of what Ari really was, how she came to be and why she is being hunted.

The reason I can’t rave about the book though is that none of the characters really grabbed me.  Yes, Ari’s foster parents sounded kick ass but other than that she came across as just blah to me.  I did like Sebastian but wasn’t in love with him.  He was a nice mix of charming, protective and angst to make him appealing.  That said the romance didn’t work for me.  I didn’t really see why all of a sudden they were sucking face and totally attracted to each other when initially there did not seem to be any chemistry between the two.  I didn’t even really feel the “you’re so hot, I hate you but I love you” vibes a lot of books throw in when there is a hot guy and hot girl involved.  It just seemed like the two of them were annoyed each other, a couple kick butt scenes take place and all of a sudden they are in love.

The other thing that bothered me was the note from Ari’s mother.  Obviously her mother knows what’s going on and what’s to come for Ari so why just say “Run.”?  Why not provide a little detail?  I get that this had to be what hooks Ari in to start digging into her past but I wish a good reason was provided as to why her mother couldn’t explain more in her letter.

Still the intricacies of mythological and other worldly beings was fascinating and the world building was well done.  So I will probably give the next book a try and hope Ari grows on me.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Hmm, sounds like a neat concept even if it didn’t totally work in the details.

  2. Katrina

    Thanks for the review. It looked intriguing, but sounds like it’s something I wouldn’t want to read.

  3. Michelle

    I may have enjoyed this one a bit more than you did. Wasn’t the best I’ve ever read but I did like the gothic tone to it. I also enjoyed the mythological element as well (which is clearly very popular right now).

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