Publisher: Simon Pulse
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)
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.