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Release Date: February 22, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
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.
Darkness Becomes Her is a compact read with only 270+ pages of YA mystery set in New Orleans post The Hurricane (caused by Athena) and spiced with vagabond monsters, born and made, with a dash of voodoo.
On the first third of the book I felt a bit lost because though compact, Keaton didn't fall short on the build up, action/adventure and mini revelations. So I found myself flipping back through pages because some of the events lost me. But after Ari's brief capture and immediate escape from Athena, things got very exciting!
Here's a spoiler which will not ruin the book for you rather it will make you pick it up if you haven't yet. So Ari's family from her mother's side is cursed, for some reason they always drop dead at the ripe age of 21 and Ari is set to break the curse with her. Her search led her to Athena and turns out Ari's line is directly descended from The Gorgon herself, Medusa.
If you're familiar with Medusa's myth you'd know that she's not the "monster" contemporary stories peg her to be. She was a beautiful priestess seduced and raped by Poseidon in Athena's temple which incurred the Goddess' wrath thereby cursing her with reptilian locks and a mesmerizing gaze that can turn you to stone.
So how do you break a curse like that and defeat the Goddess of War? Are vampires, weres, witches and the rest of the New Orleans supe-posse enough back up to guarantee victory? I loved this book and if this is the direction the series is taking, I am compelled to follow Ari's story.