Monday, October 14, 2013

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton 
Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1)Released: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Gods and Monsters, Book 1

Followed By: A Beautiful Evil
Page Amount: 273, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Ari)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=86/100 B

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 herAri won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be

I have avoided reading this book for years. Why? The cover seemed a little cheap to me. This is why you should not judge a book by its cover. The pages within this boring, seen a billion times cover held a remarkable, intense, action-packed book. I loved it! The whole beginning didn't drag over descriptions like some books do. No, this book started with a very well put together plot. From the first pages where Ari talks about her silver hair and discovers her mother's true past, the book became addicting. I did not expect mythology, other than Medusa of course, to play a part. I really enjoyed that surprise. My main issue with the book is Ari's narration. I loved Ari as a character, just didn't enjoy all of her commentary, mainly her one word comments that were really unnecessary. Just trust me and pick up this book. Don't let the cover detract from all the twists and intrigue that this book has to offer. 

The characters were very very well written. Ari is a strong, independent woman. Me likey strong protagonists. Ari is very different from most narrators and really stood out to me as being tough and intelligent. She won't let anything get in her way. OKay, maybe that's not right, Sebastian distracts her a lot. That being said, there is some very blatant insta-love in this book. The book even acknowledges this fact. Literally after a few hours of learning his name, Ari is sucking face with Sebastian. It was borderline comical. I think I kind of liked it for that reason. Anyway, the characters are detailed. All of the characters in New 2, the home of the, um, gifted. They all had a distinct personality, especially, my favorite, Violet. Ari loves the little Violet because she embraces her abnormality. I loved how realistic it was for teenage Ari to be able to learn from this little vampire. Their relationship was truly something beautiful. 

The ending was really well done! Personally, I typically don't go for all that mythology stuff, but this book made it enjoyable. The big shocker at the end really made me excited. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. I just wish Ari wasn't going to make a war happen, but I guess if she took the easy way out there wouldn't be a sequel. All in all, give this book a try. I can guarantee that it will exceed your expectations. 

My Favorite Part: Ari's feelings towards Violet.

Do I recommend this book? Yes this book is totally underrated! It is so good, but I think the cover turns people away.
Will I be reading the next book? I have to!!!

Thanks for reading!

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Review by Macy ♥

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