Young Adult Book Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Author: Kelly Keaton
Details: ARC, 288 pgs. (Published in Hardcover)
Published: Feb. 22nd, 2011 by Simon Pulse
isbn: 144240924X (ISBN13: 9781442409248)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed ARC from friend

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.

My Thoughts:
This book ended up being totally, completely and utterly different.  It was a world completely different from anything else and full of character’s you would never see coming.   It was a post disaster New Orleans which gave it a dystopian feel.  Making this book a mixed bag of dystopian and paranormal, with the paranormal being very different from the average…
The book started out with action immediately, there was no skirting around issues or waiting for things to happen.  It all progressed rapidly but yet I felt like we didn’t have things thrown at us so quickly we couldn’t absorb them.  We were introduced to everything as Ari was, so we saw it all through her eyes.  It all worked out very well.
I liked Ari a lot.  She was kick butt and a strong person.  But there were a few times she got on my nerves.  Even when she knew that there were some strange things going on she had a hard time accepting them.  It seems like once she saw something strange it would be easier for her to accept but she kept having this urge to run.  Maybe it was more realistic that way, but I just felt annoyed with her.  Overall it ended up not being a big deal because everything else that was amazing far overshadowed it.  But it was the biggest downfall to the book.
The romance was good but wasn’t a major factor of the story.  It was also insta-romance, which I’m not a fan of, but it really wasn’t a big negative to me with this book.  It just didn’t bother me as much as it usually does.  I can’t say I got a chance to really ‘feel’ the romance because it was so fast, but I think things between them haven’t really come to head yet, that’s in the future.  They were too busy trying to stay alive in this book…
This book was full of characters and they were all important in there own ways.  But even though there were a lot of characters I never felt confused or overwhelmed.  They each had a very strong personality and were interesting in the way they looked, acted and what they could do.  
The story line was amazing!  I loved how everything played out.  I was able to predict some things and I realized that was because of small hints that I hadn’t really noticed until I knew for sure that what I was thinking was actually true.  
I really look forward to reading the next book and anything else this author writes!

You can find Kelly Keaton:
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Disclosure: I borrowed an ARC of this book from a friend and was under no obligation to write a review.  I was not paid or influenced and all opinions expressed are my own.
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