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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized9 Comments

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Publication Date: 22 Feb 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 144240924X
Format: ebook (ARC)
Pages: 288
Place(s) Traveled to: Covington, Louisiana // New 2, Louisiana (formerly New Orleans) // The Rim
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

First Line: Under the cafeteria table, my right knee bounced like a jackhammer possessed.

Gods & Monsters Series Order
Book 1 – Darkness Becomes Her
Book 2 – Untitled (February 2012)

The last few paranormals that I’ve been reading have been hit or miss…well, mostly miss…so I was a bit wary about starting Darkness Becomes Her. As with most books I’ve been reading lately I didn’t check the synopsis so I didn’t really know much about this book except that, according to people on Twitter, it had a kick ass heroine. I found the beginning to be a little slow and hard to get into but I stuck with it as I was curious about who…or what…Ari was. I’m a bit unsure on when this book takes place but I think it could be in an alternate 21st century. I say alternate as history is different in Ari’s world. The city of New Orleans was virtually destroyed by 2 back to back hurricanes. The city was then purchased from the US who didn’t want to deal with disaster relief by several prominent families known as The Nine or The Novem. They are a mysterious bunch but Ari’s search for her past leads her to New Orleans, now called New 2, and to the Novem.

Its in New 2 that the paranormal aspects of the book come to light. As in Keaton’s world all the various paranormal beasties that we’ve come to know and love have taken refuge in New 2. The city is still a huge tourist draw and still holds Mardi Gras but its also home to witches, vampires and other creatures. Its there that Ari meets up with a rag tag group of teens with a mixture of talents, the most unique and amusing of which was Violet. Its there that Ari meets Sebastian and falls in love with him. To which I groaned and though “oh not not another insta-love book!” I’ve really tired of the insta-love and really would like to see more books where you see a relationship grow on real grounds and not a love at first site type deal.

Once Ari gets to New 2 the pacing really picks up fast. Almost too fast to be honest. But once it does I found that I read the book faster and eye rolling was kept to a minimum. Well that is until Athena was brought into it all. Yes, that’s right the Greek God Athena is alive and living on the outskirts of New 2 and she has a bone to pick with Ari. I love Greek Mythology and I love how that in 2011 there seems to be a lot of books coming out with that theme but I wasn’t expecting it in this one. Nor was I expecting a god who swore. I don’t mind swearing in books but it just didn’t seem like something that Athena would do and it was always a bit jarring when it happened.

Overall, I found Ari to be likeable and a real kick ass heroine. Just as people on Twitter promised she would be. Sebastian was a bit wooden and I didn’t really get much sense of his personality or buy his romance with Ari. I felt that the ending of this book to be a bit rushed but at least parts of the main story ARC were solved. However, there is a cliffhanger and so the reader is forced to wait until book 2 in order to find out how everything will get wrapped up. Luckily the second book is already in the works and should be available in Feb 2012. As paranormals go, Darkness Becomes Her, isn’t among the best I’ve read but it was horrible either. It was a quick read and I didn’t feel like my time was wasted in reading it. I will probably also be checking out the sequel when it comes out.

9 Responses to “Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton”

  1. Lauren M

    I’ve been really excited to read this one! Despite the cheesiness that you mentioned, I think I’ll still give it a go because of Ari’s badassery.

    I really like the fact that more of the upcoming YA books are incorporating Greek mythology, too! Hopefully it won’t become overdone. Haha!

  2. Irish

    Lauren – It was nice to see a truly bad ass heroine. Ari is a definite force to be reckoned with. And like you I hope that we don’t become over saturated with Greek Mythology books as well!

  3. Erica

    This one sounds really great. I dont know if I will rush right out to get it, as you said it wasn’t super amazing, but I will definitely be reading! 🙂

  4. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    I seemed to enjoy this more than you, but I get where you’re coming from. I’m very easily pleased, but I agree with the swearing. There was a lot of it. I hadn’t expected the gods to come into play in such a large way in the book and could have done without Athena’s swearing, but overall I really enjoyed the book. Sebastian wasn’t anything special to me, but Ari’s kickass nature was fun.

  5. Irish

    Nikki – I don’t mind swearing in books…and from teen characters I almost expect it. But it just didn’t ring true when coming from the lips of a god like Athena. That was very jarring for me. Sebastian was forgettable but I did like Ari.

  6. Michelle

    I enjoyed this one as well. I found the romance rushed but not to the point where it ruined my experience with the book. I though Keaton did well with the setting and diversity of characters as well as the overall plot. Pacing aside, I’m intrested to see what the next book brings.

  7. Tina

    I literally just started reading this one and I can’t wait to get further into it. I’ve seen some mixed reviews, but I’ve been very excited about it. Great review!
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