Wednesday 8 June 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

For Review: Simon & Schuster
Published: 9 June 2011

From Goodreads: 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.

There is something about this one that really appealed to me.  I loved the mixture of paranormal, romance, mystery and a pinch of horror.

The story follows Ari.  With her teal eyes and silver hair, Ari had spent her life unable to blend into the background.  Having spent many years going from one foster home to another she has finally found a 'home' with her current foster parents.  But she still feels the need to find out about her past - who she is and where she came from - and this leads her to a place called New 2, the rebuilt city of New Orleans.  But will Ari find the answers she seeks?  And if she does -  will she be able to face the truth?

I loved Ari - she's really strong and sassy - I really enjoyed her narrative.  She could also completely hold her own and wasn't looking for anyone to save her.  She wanted to save herself and I really liked that about her. 

I also loved Sebastian straight away, and Violet too.  There is something really intriguing about her character.  I liked the way the characters interacted.  Ari and Violet have a lovely bond - it seems to happen almost as soon as they laid eyes on each other but I really liked that.  Things also happen very quickly between Ari and Sebastian - since I really liked Sebastian from the start I can completely understand his appeal - but it still felt a bit too fast, especially since the book only seemed to span a few days in total.  On the other hand,  I find this tends to happen quite often in paranormal romance books and I think the intense situations the characters find themselves in kind of justifies it to a certain degree.

I thought the mythology behind the series was brilliant - something fresh and different  - I really liked the fact it's not just paranormal but a bit of horror mixed in too.  I found myself really creeped out in places so that was ace!  I also loved all the twist and turns - many of which I didn't see coming.   I can't wait to find out what Kelly Keaton has planned for us in the next installment.

1 comment:

Agrippina Legit said...

Great review - I hope you don't mind me linking it from my own!

I agree that Ari is such a good strong heroine. It's always fun having a female lead who can really hold her own. (And Violet is such a great supporting character.)


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