Saturday, July 2, 2011

Danny's Review on Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Source: Pulse It
Rating: Escapable
The Other Books: A Beautiful Evil
Extras: Trailer, Facebook
Beneath every beauty, evil stirs.
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.
This review was updated May 10, 2012.
I think the theme of the hardcover copy goes well with the story. The paperback copy is really pretty as well though.
The image coiled around my spine and sent a shiver straight to the back of my neck. I hated snakes.
This was debut novel for 2011, and I got to read it on Simon Pulse. The story is based on Greek mythology, mainly about Athena and Medusa. I love Greek myths, and knew I was going to love this book. I finished it in one day.

Ari goes to visit a doctor, at her mother’s insane asylum, to get information about her mother. When she finds out that her mother killed herself, and left Ari a box, Ari is conflicted. She doesn’t want to look in the box but when she does, she’s even more confused. Her mother is telling her to stay away from New 2, that it’s dangerous for her. Ari can’t believe that this is all her mother wanted to tell her.

When Ari leaves the hotel, Ari gets attack by a strange man. When he disappears, she then decides to go to New 2 to find out more about her mother, and her warning. There she makes a new family. She also discovers that the people, who own New 2, are also interested in her. All these secrets but no one seems to want to tell her anything.

There is more to the story though, a lot of different types of…creatures in this book. I love how Kelly tied it in. Most of the characters are believable and well thought out. They have different personalities so, you know who’s who.

But there is even more to the story, which I am not willing to give away. There are other myths that are connected into the story and the more you read, the more you understand how complicated Ari's life really is. There is also a romance in the story which got my attention even more, because the boy is definitely no ordinary boy.

Ari was my favorite character in this book. She is a strong female lead, but she also has a soft side which you see through-out the book. The character that I disliked the most was Athena. Her being the goddess of wisdom, I would think she would be friendly. She is my favorite goddess. But in this book, she is all jealousy, but you have to remember she is also the goddess of strategy which I think helps her a lot in this book.

In the end, there was very emotional part between Ari and a character named Violet, that I really love. Can’t see what happens in the next book.
Kelly Keaton announced that there's a new cover for the paperback version. Also, she has a sequel coming out to this called A Beautiful Evil. We will let you know when the cover officially comes out. Here's a cover that's been going around but Kelly says it's not the real one.

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