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Normally, I don t bother with reviewing books, but this one really deserves some explanation I picked up this book expecting it to be one of the worst reads ever Surprisingly, it moved fast and it really was engagingexcept things just didn t make sense And even the world of fiction and fantasy have rules view spoiler Firstly, it s awesome that she s got kick ass skills and a healthy dose of potty mouth, but then things turned unexpectedly sour While I was excited by the prospects of New 2 , I didn t expect anything beyond weird looking people That really wasn t the problem, however Despite the book s abrupt dive into mythology and voodoo, the story had potential Until I realized she was practically in love with Sebastian dark, tall, hunky and obvious within her FIRST DAY in New 2 Seriously And I know she doesn t think she s going to be preggo anytime soon, but at the rate she s going, she ll have three young ins before she finds her father After Athena was introduced, the rest was too easy for me to predict, though I didn t guess she was Medusa s descendant directly, because, well, she s not exactly a gorgon She conveniently doesn t react to the curse until she turns 21 I m not particularly sure why, but I think it s because it works better for the story.I m not quite sure how the silver hair and teal eyes play into everything either Medusa, in later mythology was characterized as a beautiful, mortal maiden raped by Poseidon in the temple of Athena versus early classical mythology regarding her as one of three gorgon sisters born to a sea god and goddess No one said anything about a girl straight out of a magic girl anime hide spoiler Holy crap this book is amazing It starts out with one thread, then slowly and are woven in until it s a complex web of unique personalities, history, and the supernatural The story is extremely compelling and unlike other supernatural fare in its complex history and wicked smart world building.Ari heads into New 2, the dangerous secluded sector separated from the rest of the US in what was previously New Orleans, a place riddled with rumors of dangers and the supernatural Determined to find out about her mother s mysterious past, Ari doesn t flinch as she enters the shady gothic realm New 2 is a bit like the island of broken toys where all the misfits are collected together, forming their own fiercely protective families The sense of home that Ari finds among them is endearing and makes events at the end of the novel all the gripping.We don t learn much about Ari at first other than seeing her in action As the novel continues, though, Ari s past and present come into light, not only so far as her exotic lineage, but also in her emotional development as she learns to embrace who and what she may be The story starts fast and the heart racing pace just picks up further and further as the book continues At the same time, amid the action, there are unusual moments of beauty The narrative takes unexpected twists and turns, with a slowly revealed past and mythology that unfolds naturally, eventually taking on epic scope This is seriously some of the best story telling I ve read in a long time As for the sexy Sebastian, I have only one word YUM. Ari is a freak With her odd teal eyes and long, silvery hair, she is used to being different, and after spending her life going from foster home to foster home, she is used to being alone Feeling the need to discover her past, Ari goes to the psychiatric hospital where her mother killed herself 13 years ago There she given a box with a message from her mother to run With foreign sword weilding figures pursuing her, Ari knows she must return to her birthplace of New Orleans Now known as New 2, the city rebuilt after the worst storms in history, it is a haven for the odd and different In New 2, Ari finally feels like she fits in, but really she is only discovering how much she is meant to stand out.Despite its considerable flaws, I really enjoyed this book Its high rating is based on my superficial enjoyment of it and nothing else But I know not everyone will like it Hey, I know that some won t be able to stand it, but I still liked it, all the same.Ari was an interesting character Not a passive heroine although she does pass out a few times , this girl knows how to kick ass She calls the main antagonist of the book whom I shall not reveal a fucking bitch , and then punches her in the face Ohmigod, how that made me giddy Who does that, except in my wildest imaginings How many times have I ve been reading a book or watching a movie and yell at the protagonist Just punch her already and Ari does it Oh boy, how that made me happy I will ignore the fact that the antagonist is an all powerful being and should have really incinerated Ari right then and there, but whatever Ari just won the most kickass moment of the year award.Despite myself, I got really sucked into the story The scenery was just really awesome The sunken city of New Orleans is a pretty original place for a young adult novel, and it was refreshing I think it fitted the craziness of the book really well There was something odd about this book, a twist , if you will that some people will definitely not like I wasn t expecting it, although it isn t all that hard to figure out The idea really wasn t that new, but I wasn t expecting it in this setting It just seemed really odd, but for me, that oddness worked For some people, it will throw them off I will admit, I did enjoy the first half of the novel than the second, because the plot just got and convoluted.There was romance between Ari and a bloke named Sebastian not enough people use the word bloke It was a fast romance, they had only known each other for a day or so when they started making out, but for me, it seemed fine It worked, somehow At least Ari wasn t all like I looooovvve you I shall die without your lips on my lips Your hands on my skin Your loins on my ahem..lets move on They were just two teenagers who liked each other But alasthe ending.Ari sort of turned into Rose Hathaway at the end there And there was a semi cliff hanger Grrrr I hate those.Overall, I really enjoyed this book Even though the cover is absolutely grotesque Two miscellaneous and spoilerific complaints view spoiler 1 How the fuck am I supposed to know how to pronounce I can t even read it How hard is it to put it into English, or just use the word monster 2 I did not like the idea of Athena as a bad guy I m just not used to it It was hokey hide spoiler In case you couldn t tell from the cover, this novel had a bit of a Gothic tone, and that made the novel all that awesome Although if I m perfectly honest the cover really doesn t do it for me though it is a prettier irl But the thing that I really loved about this novel was the references to ancient mythology, which I was not expecting at all It was a welcome surprise This novel is a must read debut There s a unique setting, an eclectic cast of characters, and a surprising story that is sure to catch your attention There are a lot of twists and turns going on, and even though I had a few figured out before hand got to love that foreshadowing, there were still a lot of oh my gosh, did that just happen moments It was impossible not to flip the pages, hoping that we would figure out the truth behind Ari s past And I loved every minute of it Ari is a kick butt character, and she kicks butt too I would definitely put her up there with the likes of Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series this girl can take care of herself, but she s not invincible My favorite character beside Ari was one of the kids in the New 2, Violet, there was something very captivating about her from the moment she showed up on the page.The one complaint that I had would be the romance between Ari and Sebastian only because they had just met for a few hours and then bam they were making out Neither Ari nor Sebastian seemed like the type of character that would just wear there heart on their sleeve like that but perhaps there was some magnetic attraction there that I was oblivious to That being said, the relationship did work nicely in the story, I mean I m all for making out, though it would have worked without the insta romance as well.Overal, Darkness Becomes Her is an action packed, unique twist on ancient mythology, with a kick butt heroine and one of a kind world Err Okay This book is kinda hard to review so let me be a bit creative with this Let s pretend I m Annabeth Chase fromRick Riordan sseries, okay Annabeth s one of those kickass heroines based from a mythology retelling, so yeah, deal with it Hello Goodreads Friends and Non Friends and Occassional Strolling Troll This is my review of Kelly Keaton sDarkness Becomes HerI shall abandon Percy and the rest of the gang at Camp Half Blood to accompany you on this quest given unto me by the Oracle I guess, that s thereal ME. , in a post apocalyptic world that was once called New Orleans So, buckle up, grip that bow, prepare your blades, tie your shoes and toss that shiny hair back and IN WE GO So, we have our main character here who goes by the name of Ari Selkirk She s got long, shiny silver hair and beautiful teal eyes Weird, right Anyway, Ari is a foster child who s out to find about her heritage and the reason why she was born different I kinda like someone different But the downside for heroines like her She s like a special snowflake and I desperately want to crush her with my bare hands every single time she acts like it.She was raised from one foster family to another, experienced a great deal of pain and abuse from some and never knew anything about her parents So, you expect someone who grew tough from that kind of past, right ENGKKKStop being such a baby All these years it wasn t fair Okaay, let s just say that Ari had a different kind of method in dealing with her angst issues.Anyway, someone or something was out to hunt her Ari s mother thought so too Returning from the mental institution her mother stayed in until her last remaining breaths, Ari discovered a very important message from her motherRun Good Girl, Ari You delivered quite well on the kickass side of things I like it.Now, she met a new friend that will take her to the root of all things weird like her Welcome to New 2 Home of the Novem Weirdos and Wasteland to the Normal New Orleans People There, she met new people that are also special and different like her The upside of inserting a lot of new characters in the story is the idea that these people are relevant and makes the story interesting So, Ari agreed to stay in that old, beautiful and gothic dwelling with these weirdos She s determined to know about her past I look at her and I anticipate the birth of a badass heroine And then Ari went to the door, and by that door stood a guy And that guy is so handsome.And, Ari Ari Ari Thus, the birth of InstaLust I mean, InstaLoveA grin split Sebastian s face, slicing two dimples into his cheeks.Holy Mother of God I actually stopped breathing for a second You re looking ridiculous right now, Ari Stop it, it s catching You only met him hours ago, for God s sake.Moving on, Ari found out that there s a curse running through her family So, this good looking guy, Sebastian, offered help The reason for her weird appearance and terrible beauty was revealed on the later part of the book and even if I found the writing a bit boring, descriptive and bland at times, I have to admit that I loved the part where Ari found out who her ancestor was.And that grave yard scene with a bitchy goddess I like it The gore, the mix of supernatural creatures with mythology looks promising.The world building is okay I can easily picture in my mind s eye New 2 filled with voodoo shops, people with masks and Mardi Gras It reminded me of reading about Karou s world in Daughter of Smoke Bone.The Novems are nine families who joined forces to save New Orleans before and together they pooled their resources and made it into New 2 where there ll always be home to the supernatural.The history that came with these families made me interested to read on, despite hating the MC s voice and her instalove for Sebastian There are things that felt forced to look like a twist but it was predictable and that took a huge chunk of fun from the story.The ending is not what I expected to happen though That bitch Athena is a pain in the ass How can she take my favorite character away just like that Oh my gosh This is so weird I m Annabeth, my mom s Athena Bitching gods Tskk Now, I am forced to continue the Quest of reading the sequel.Toodles. Any book that has the sick to your stomach combination of Greek mythology, vampires and shapeshifters is doomed to go down the crapper.Seriously, this book was like the Gods of mythology and supernatural creatures all vomited into a cup and put it in the oven The book is a perfect example of a good idea with really poor execution The prose is mediocre at best Jenna Black s was better, and I criticized her a time or two about hers , definitely nothing extraordinary.The Darkness Becomes Her franchise is one I can definitely at this point cross off my list of series to continue, even though I have an ARC of 2 which I m probably going to donate to my high school s library at this point.Keaton, no offense I tried Really, I did I loved the beginning It was interesting, fast paced, and original But then it all fell apart But it s okay I know Things Fall Apart It s bound to happen sometimes. .Read Book ♰ Darkness Becomes Her ⚐ 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 , The Lush Rebuilt City Of New Orleans Upon Arriving, She Discovers That New Is Verydifferent 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 Love this book Ari is a great herion and sebestion is interesting hero I thought this book was amazing with the fantasy side and the mythology It is way different then anything I have I read before There is a cliffhanger btw 5 5 Stars for sure 3.5 StarsI have been looking forward to reading Darkness Becomes Her ever since I saw it on Goodreads a while back, and while it didn t knock my socks off it was a really good read.Ari Selkirk is seventeen and after being passed from one foster home to another for most of her childhood decides to find out about her birth mother After visiting the doctor at Rocque House and being told that her mother had committed suicide shortly after she was born, Ari decides she needs to know The doctor gives her a box filled with her mother s things including a letter addressed to her.The letter is one of the aspects of the plot I couldn t buy into Ari reads the letter and her mother warns her to run That s it Her mother writes a letter but instead of telling her daughter what, why and when, all she gets across is run I couldn t get on board with this It feels as though the letter was just used as a spring board for the entire story, so Ari could investigate etc, I hate letters like this, whether they re in books or films I always end up irritated as I think if they wanted to let their loved ones know about the dangers facing them they would surely just tell it straight and not in a series of riddles that they have to work out, which only buries them deeper in what they were being warned against Just silly.However, it does the trick as Ari decides to head out to New 2, which used to be New Orleans Thirteen years ago, two hurricanes hit New Orleans devastating it But instead of doing what is usually done after a natural disaster, the government sells the city it to a bunch of families for a few billion dollars really Not sure why the government would do thisit doesn t seem particularly plausible Also, the hurricanes that hit the city were described as category four and not five, which is the most destructive hurricane there is I would have found the selling of the city believable if it was destroyed by nuclear means and was now a nuclear wasteland where nothing could live or grow for tens of years, but weather It just didn t seem realistic to me.But I ignored these two aspects and just followed Ari s journey and it is an interesting one Ari is a great character and a fab heroine, full of grit, kick arse moves and oodles of sass, which is sadly a rarity in paranormal YA as this is the kind of character I love reading about Ari Sebastian stood on the sidewalk, holding up his hands in a What s going on gesture.I mimicked the gesture with probably sarcasm than he deserved, and then jogged over, ignoring his questioning look and heading to the main entrance.He caught up to me at the doors You should wait here A small laugh escaped my lips as the doors slid open You ve got a lot to learn about me I don t wait in the wings Ari uses coarse language she should wash her mouth out with soap and has quite a serious personality, so when I read this next quote it really made me smile.I was pretty sure I knew what I looked like a cartoon hamster in the headlights Totally not what I expected him to say, especially after I d just implied he was one of the bad guys Uh What the hell was I supposed to say to that Okay A grin split Sebastian s face, slicing two dimples into his cheeks.Holy Mary Mother of God I actually stopped breathing for a second.It made me smile, firstly because it was nice to hear Ari say something like this as she had been so serious up until this point and secondly, because I thought exactly the same thing Sebastian is smokin There was something about his character I liked from the first moment he entered Ari s life, so I know where she s coming from These are the type of moments that made the book for me despite the negative points I ve mentioned and gives Darkness Becomes Her its huge potential The combination of vampires and witches with greek gods is unique to me and was exciting to read.I did find that everything happened a bit too quickly though, including the romance between Ari and Sebastian Her time in New 2 barely spans two days and yet so much happens and is revealed that it made the novel seem a little shallow, there wasn t enough time to really develop the story or the characters in just 273 pages.VERDICT Darkness Becomes Her is an exciting read with a great lead heroine and although the story wasn t as edgy as Ari, it was still an enjoyable read It s an interesting mix of urban fantasy and greek mythology which has incredible potential to be a fabulous series I hope the next book will be a little longer to allow things to play out at a realistic pace and for the characters to grow and mature, but I can t wait to read what happens next Rating 3.5 stars Darkness Becomes Her is a well needed refreshingly different young adult paranormal read From it misfit bunch of characters to its action packed plot, it was very unique and completely intriguing.From page one it is pretty much just go, go, go Fast paced with a thumping narrative It is dark, edgy and a little creepy The story is a mix of mostly mythology with touch of paranormal Sometimes I got lost with the history and everything else going that I had to go back and re read parts Something was off with the flow of this story for me But the mysterious plot that had me hooked kept pushing me through those moments that I struggled My favourite element of this story is the characters Distinctive, well rounded and fascinating Ari is strong, smart, independent and doesn t take any crap for anyone When all hell breaks lose she doesn t stand back and worry about what to do she gets in their and kicks some butt There is a whole gang of misfit secondary characters in this story that I adored especially Violet She is a wonderfully odd little character but certainly one that gets into your heart.Their is a touch of romance Ari and Sebastian act on attraction pretty quickly but they didn t pretend it to be something is wasn t It certainly wasn t sweet but rather some sizzling chemistry I am very curious to see how their feelings will grow and change hopefully into something with meaning in the next installment.Overall, Darkness Becomes Her is a solid debut novel that has left me curious to see what is coming next in this original and imaginative series Thanks to Simon Pulse SS Galley Grab for providing me with a copy