Book Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Darkness Becomes Her
Gods & Monsters #1
Author: Kelly Keaton
Pages: 288 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Paranormal/Greek Mythology
Released: February 22nd 2011
Review Source: Simon & Schuster

Summary: (from goodreads) A dark and lush paranormal romance set in a richly reimagined New Orleans—now in paperback! 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 a 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.

Be prepared to be enamored within the first couple of pages that you read. Kelly did not hold back when she wrote her Debut novel, she brings her A-game.  The book brings something new to the paranormal world. The storyline is grand. This book has all the supernatural elements you are a fan of in other books but written in a manner that has not been written before. The Greek mythology is a perfect blend to go along with a futuristic New Orleans. Kelly wrote each characters  flawless. One thing thats very important to me when I read a new book or series is, are the characters memorable? Yes they are in Darkness becomes her.

I will give as much as I can without spoiling the book. Picture New Orleans in the future after 2 massive Hurricanes ruin what you know today as New Orleans. The United States doesn't even consider it part of the country anymore. A group of wealthy families buy New Orleans and change the name to New 2. We are introduced to Ari she considers her self very strange. It might be due to the fact that she has white hair and teal eyes, did I mention if she cuts her hair it reappears again. Ari wants to know more of her past such as her mother since sh has been in foster care practically all her life. She finds a message from her mom, its real simple. RUN! well I can tell you Ari runs but right to the place her mother meant for her to stay away from New 2. On this trip she comes across what the books calls misfits. They began to help Ari in her journey to discover her past and possibly who or what she is. The oldest on the group is named Sebastian, it turns out Sebastian is more than what meets the eyes. Sebastian and the rest show Ari she is not alone in being different, New 2 is a haven for the different. Ari then begins to discover her part and what she finds out is not something you can swallow down easily, will her new friends stick by her side? On February 22nd go to the book store and pick up your copy to find out. You will not be disappointed.

On Monday we will feature a Interview with Kelly Keaton, so dont miss it. 


  1. This book is SWEET! Nice review!!

  2. Awesome review! This looks really cool.

  3. This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it.

  4. WOW! Thanks for the recommendation on GR too! This sounds aweosme!!!!

  5. Thanks for the review comments. Can you believe it took me 2 days to write it up. Its harder to review a book when you love it so much.

  6. Great review! I have this one waiting for me to read it, but I've been trying to hold off until the release date is a bit closer. Your review is making me reconsider that though.

  7. i've read an early copy of the book and looooved every minute (i finished it in a few hours b/c i couldn't put it down) definitely worth a read.



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