Review: DARKNESS BECOMES HER by Kelly Keaton

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1) 
Kelly Keaton
273 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LIKED

A curse beyond her darkest fears.

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 too close. 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.

From its gorgeously dark cover to the mysteriously dark summary, Darkness Becomes Her is undoubtedly a must-read debut. I loved the premise of the story, the characters, and the dark, easy to picture setting.

Young-adult debut author Kelly Keaton weaves a dark tale with ancient Greek mythology and a futuristic, rebuilt New Orleans. The main character, Ari Selkirk, is not your typical female protagonist. For one thing, her hair is silvery-white, her eyes teal, but what really makes her different from your typical female protagonist – she carries a pistol and a wicked blade.

I would have given Darkness Becomes Her a full 5 stars for all the awesome that it was. What disturbed me from the very first pages and onto the very last…was the language. There were a lot of bad words, too many for my liking. But if you can ignore all the curse-words, you’re in for an unforgettable story.

The story begins with seventeen year old Ari trying to find out more about her mother and why she killed herself at the young age of 21. Her search brings her to the mental center her mother spent the last few days of her life in. She gathers her mother’s belongings from the asylum and heads to her hotel room. When she finally brings herself to open the light shoebox holding her mother’s belongings, she doesn’t find much more than a letter and a few small possessions.

The letter is what starts it all. It doesn’t say much, except that Ari should run. Run and don’t trust anyone. She immediately leaves the hotel and climbs into her car to read a second letter. She catches movement in her side mirror. They’re already after her. Already trying to kill her. But why?

Ari ends up in New 2, the new New Orleans, which no longer belongs to the United States, where all freaks live and supernatural sightings occur. She’s on an incredible journey, a journey you just can’t miss.



Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

February 13, 2011



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    Danna (Friendly Reader)

    February 13, 2011

    I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but it does sound like a book I would read:) Thanks for the review!

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    Kelly Gay

    February 13, 2011

    Thanks for the review, Hafash! :-) The final book has a lot of the bad language taken out, so there's def. a difference between what will be on the shelves and the uncorrected proofs/ARCs going around right now. I hope your readers might still give the final book a try.

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    February 14, 2011

    Really, Kelly! I didn't really have a problem with the language. It actually made me feel a little more connected to our heroine more. I wasn't exactly like her as a teen, but I feel like I could've been BFFs with her.

    I LOVE this book though. The Greek mythology was just one of my faves. Totally can't wait to buy a copy of the final version vs the ARC I read.

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    February 14, 2011

    I don't have a problem with profanity. I use it a lot :) But I do really enjoy mythology of any kind. Great review. I want to read this now.

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    February 16, 2011

    awesome review ive been wanting to readthis for a while now great post !

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    Tribute Books Mama

    February 24, 2011

    thanks! for the review, and sharing.

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    March 16, 2011

    I have read some pretty great reviews for Darkness Becomes Her, including yours. If the only problem you had was language, I should be okay with this book. I don't really have an issue with bad languange. Most people use it, including myself, so I expect in books. Thanks for the review.

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    April 2, 2011

    Great review!

    I also noticed there was more language than is typical, although I had read an advance ecopy. In the final version they did remove some – but not all – of the language and phrases that might not be appropriate for all ages.

    I can't wait for the next book and to check out your review.

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    April 12, 2011

    I loved this book. Great review.

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    Arianne Cruz

    November 21, 2011

    I had a choice to win this book or some others… it sounds interesting, but I chose another book called Spellbound. Hopefully next time I can pick this one :)

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    January 20, 2012

    Thanks for the great review :)
    I'm so looking forward to reading my copy of this now and I agree with you about the cover design. Sometimes books just have a more appealing look without models.

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    April 15, 2012

    This book has been on my wish list for the longest time I will have to move it up on my list. Great review