Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

 Publication Date: February 22, 2011
 Summary 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.

My Two Cents:
Ari is one of my favorite kind of characters. She's a real independent badass. Her soft spot is family. Having been moved around from different foster homes her whole life, at this point she just wants answers as to who her real family is. She decides to take a road trip to New Orleans where her mom once was. She begins to find a lot more than she bargained for.

In New 2 she meets a gang of misfits who immediately take her in as one of them. With her teal eyes and silver hair she appears to fit right in. There she meets Sebastian who agrees to help her on this journey. My only problem with this book is how fast they seem to fall in love. One moment he wants nothing to do with her and the next they're spooning in a restaurant. Strange.

It takes practically the whole book before the truth about what Ari really is comes to light but I loved the buildup. I would've never imagined what it was. It definitely gets a "wow" point from me. It is so out of the box that I don't even think it's ever been done, especially not in YA. 

Darkness Becomes Her is a refreshing and much needed break from the recycled paranormal creatures we all know. It is truly a must-read!


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