22 March 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton


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.

A pretty good book.  Definitely something that you can immerse yourself in.  However, I did have problems with a few things, like the fact that things moved waaay too quickly romance-wise for my taste.  Perhaps due to the less than 300 page length in combination with the style created a lack of depth.  The world was well developed and the characters painted well, but it lacked building.

I enjoyed the feisty main character.  Perhaps just a smidgen too forced, but it was Ari’s tough attitude is what first drew me into the story.  There was something in her character that I just couldn’t connect with; the useless resistance she sometimes went through?  She just didn’t seem sharp-witted, but she did have some good comebacks.

Whoa there, central!  The romance was put on the fast lane in this one.  One moment they’re strangers, the next they’re making out in a restaurant.  When I got to that scene, I couldn’t help but think, Good. Grief.  The connection between the characters wasn’t very convincing.  I mean, come on.

As I said, Ari seemed a bit underdeveloped.  I didn’t see a motivation.  What was the whole deal with Athena?  Oy.  It just seemed a bit too cliché a pattern for me.  Things went wrong when you expected them to go wrong.  Something comes back to slap the MC in the face.  It just…didn’t work out overall.  There was something that didn’t add up.

Athena wasn’t really all that original, either.  Her lines were too cliché.  I really expected more out of her character.

Still, a very original storyline.  I love myths—especially Greek mythology—so I really enjoyed the mythological twist at play here.

So the main points for me were the butt-kicking MC and the plot originality, but it lacked development, unoriginal dialogue, and a too-fast romance.

Book Info:
  • pages – hardcover 288
  • published – February 2011
  • publisher – Simon Pulse
  • genre – paranormal romance/urban fantasy
  • received via – BJ’s + my dad (he bought it, after BJ’s had it in stores the day before it was supposed to hit the shelves)
  • rating – 4/5