31 March, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her - Review

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, Book 1) by Kelly Keaton
Publication date: 22 February 2011 by Simon Pulse
ISBN 10/13:  144240924X / 9781442409248

Category: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: Hardcover / eGalley

Keywords: Contemporary, fantasy, dreams, parallel worlds

From goodreads.com:

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.

How I found out about this book: I downloaded the eGalley from Simon and Schuster.

Alethea's Review: I hate to spoil things for readers when the enjoyment I got out of this book relied so much on being surprised by how things developed. So this'll probably be the vaguest book review I ever write, apart from the fact that Ari and co. have serious pottymouth issues, so if you're going to have problems with that, go read something else.

The beginning of this book really didn't interest me. There's something really kind of distant about Ari, like she's so alone she even pushes the reader away. It's like trying to read a novel at an emotional arm's length--and let's face it, I can barely read a math book with that kind of emotional distance. (I heart math.)

The middle is a little better, with some secondary characters who are a little more endearing, if a bit weird. Ok, really weird. And with pointy teeth... (That's not necessarily a bad thing.) An architectural tour of New Orleans, excuse me--New 2--follows. Apart from making me a little hungry and wishing I could go to the ALA conference there this summer, I settled back down to aloofness.

The ending is what yanked this book up from OK to loved it--and has me hankering for the next book. It had action, mystery, and just a touch of impending doom... yeah, let's just leave it at that. Read this if you like action, mythology, and swearing.

Darkness Becomes Her is Kelly Keaton's debut YA novel. Visit her online at http://kellykeaton.net, on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @kellykeaton

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslAri1

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Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)

eGalley courtesy of Simon & Schuster Galley Grab.


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  2. I've been really wanting to read this one, so I'm glad to see you (kind of) enjoyed it. I really like action and mythology, so I'm sure I'll enjoy Darkness Becomes Her, too! :)

  3. I have this on my shelf!! Can't wait to read it! So glad you enjoyed it. :D