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Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1)

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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2011)
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Not what I was expecting. Very different then what I originally thought this was going to be about.
Darkness Becomes Her had a very strong beginning, but somewhere between the voodoo visit and the absolutely rushed relationship that followed kinda lost me.
The plot concept is intriguing, the writing well done, it's characters likable and I even thought the combination of paranormal and mythology was cool, but in the end, it just felt...forced. To many elements thrown together all at once. It
Oct 25, 2011 Bookphilia rated it did not like it
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 engaging...except things just didn't make sense. And even the world of fiction and fantasy have rules.

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Morgan F
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 ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it
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 more 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
Heather Anastasiu
Jan 23, 2011 Heather Anastasiu rated it really liked it
Holy crap this book is amazing!!! It starts out with one thread, then slowly more and more 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. Determin
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 fra
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile

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 from Rick Riordan's series, 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's Darkness Becomes Her.

I shall abandon Percy and the rest of the gang at Camp Half Blood to accompany you on this quest given unto m
Oct 15, 2015 Gary rated it it was ok
Only 2 stars for this one. The story line was not very well constructed, the people was very lacking in depth of personality so won't be reading the second book
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-re
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

I 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 Rocquemore House and being told that her mother had committed suicide shortly after she was born, Ari decides she needs to know more. The
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
There was so much action and butt-kicking in this book, I had to read it with a heating pad on my tush. You know how it's been mentioned that some books are a little "same song, second verse?" or even "same song, same chorus"? Well, if the mythology trend continues, you might feel that way about some myth book in the future. Chances are you will find Darkness Becomes Her a highly original and exciting thrill ride. I sure did. The story world of this novel is so incredibly fascinating and richly ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
Jan 21, 2011 Once Upon a Twilight rated it it was amazing
Be prepared to be enamored within the first couple of pages that you read. Kelly did not hold back when she wrote her Debut novel, she brings her A-game. The book brings something new to the paranormal world. The storyline is grand. This book has all the supernatural elements you are a fan of in other books but written in a manner that has not been written before. The Greek mythology is a perfect blend to go along with a futuristic New Orleans. Kelly wrote each characters flawless. One thing tha ...more
2.5 stars. I want to like this novel--for the title sounds refreshing and the idea is an interesting one; but after reading it I found the author has left many, many things to be desired.

I even drew fanart for it:


This novel is simply too, too rushed and shabbily put together. The author doesn't seem bothered enough to pause and take her time to develop her characters, deepening the relationships among them a little (to be honest, the romance between
Jan 14, 2011 Samita rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, 2011-dac
There's no mystery to this book if you know Greek mythology. Of course you won't find Athena dropping the f-bomb in those. So unnecessary. Ari, the heroine is so unlikable, the author goes out of her way to show how strong she is physically though. Ari's romance with Sebastian is contrived, there is no anticipation or build up to their romance other than Sebastian smelling nice, so it really doesn't feel like there's a pay off. The ending is very predictable since you know Ari will get help. The ...more
It was different.
I'm thinking only time will tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing. It seems as though Kelly Keaton threw everything in a pot and stirred it around. Greek gods, vampires, shape shifters, witches...everything. When I finished the book I couldn't decide if it was too much, or if it was just a neat way to mix it all up.
She did manage to come up with a newish spin to put on it all, though. I really liked her supernatural take on the floods in New Orleans, and the fact that she
Jan 09, 2011 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
Where to even begin, I am shocked at this book! I had such high hopes and I was so excited when I saw it on the S&S newsletter but unfortunately it was not my cup of tea whatsoever. The story is about Ari and her need to find out why her Mom commited suicide 14 years ago. Ari's investigation takes her to New 2, which is what New Orleans has turned into after 4 major hurricanes 13 years ago. Now was with the story until this point. Once she gets to New 2 things fall apart for me. Ari finds ou ...more
Novel Novice
Feb 15, 2011 Novel Novice rated it really liked it
If you took some of today’s hottest genres in Young Adult fiction, mixed them together and added a heavy dose of Greek mythology, the results would be Kelly Keaton’s Darkness Becomes Her, the first in a new paranormal trilogy.

The book tells the story of 17-year-old Ari, who’s always hated her strange teal eyes and her silver hair that can never be cut or changed (despite her best efforts). After growing up in the foster care system, Ari goes in search of information about her mother, who she is,
Jun 03, 2011 Riley rated it really liked it
Darkness Becomes Her- Kelley Keaton

4/5 Stars

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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 22, 2011)

"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 sens
Apr 03, 2011 K rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Well. That was different.

The story takes place about fifteen years in the future. New Orleans has long since been destroyed by hurricanes and subsequently deserted. The United States has washed its hands of the place. It’s a source of boogeyman stories—an Area 51/Bermuda Triangle -type of place, home to the weird and unexplained. After the storms and mass exodus, nine of the oldest families pooled their not inconsiderable funds and bought the land. Thrill seekers and reports are the only ones to
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
What to say about this book.

I ended up skimming a lot of it because I had a bad feeling that turned out to be pretty justified. The book starts off good, and has potential... But it needed to be fleshed out more, certain aspects of the plot needed to be slowed down, the mythology had my eyebrows lifting and there are problematic aspects of the book as well, considering it's written by a white author and set in New Orleans (or New 2, as it's now called.)

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carolina ☾
Feb 05, 2015 carolina ☾ rated it did not like it
Shelves: mytholgy
No entiendo que tienen que ver los .vampiros y brujas con la mitología griega.

La protagonista,Ari, se sentia aislada porque creé ser extraña por su apariencia física(pelo casi blanco y ojos que brillan o algo así)pero en el libro una sola vez menciona a su pasado como huerfána y por qué se sentia así. Por lo cual, va en busca de sus origenes que la llevan a New Orleans a descubrir un pueblo en ruinas, por los huracanes, poblada por vámpiros, brujas y otros seres extraños.

En la última parte apar
Jul 26, 2012 Phil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really do not understand all of the hype for this book. There was way to much going on with the dystopian setting, vampire ,witch ,and shape shifting main characters, and the villainous Greek gods. Instead of being a cool story this just seemed like Kelly Keaton wanted to put everything popular into one book, and it didn't work out. Also it just seemed rushed and was horribly written.Just not good for me. However I might read the sequel if it is for 3 dollars like this one was.
Jan 27, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
In this book Ari is trying to piece together her life after being in the system since her mother gave her up and landed in a mental institution. She took her own life shortly afterward. Only now Ari is able to try to seek out her roots. Once she starts to find clues to the answers she seeks, she ends up in a greater mystery. Not only where she comes from, but what she is since human doesn't quite seem to cover it. The journey takes her to New 2, which is New Orleans after several hurricanes dest ...more
Amanda Croley
Aug 14, 2011 Amanda Croley rated it really liked it
Ari was raised in foster care, and at the age of 17 she goes back to where it all started. Seeking to find answers about her parents she talks to one of the staff at a psych ward. The Dr there tells her that at age four her mother left her with social services, and admitted herself into Rocquemore. She was there for six months, and committed suicide the night before her twenty first birthday. Hoping to find a birth certificate that will lead her to her father she travels to New 2. After the hurr ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Parajunkee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. I haven't read a young adult novel, with paranormal themes, this original and compelling in a long time. Step away from the usual vampire love stories and grab Darkness Becomes Her, you won't be disappointed.

Deep in the ruined South of Keaton's imagined world, a young girl goes on a quest to find out about her parents. Abandoned at a young age, Ari has been a product of social services for a very long time. Just recently she has finally come to live with a family that has shown her k
Annie McElfresh
Feb 24, 2011 Annie McElfresh rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This story has been on my mind since the day I finished it, mainly because of the kick-ass twist I didn't see coming. When you discover at the end of the novel what Ari actually is, you will be blown away. I mean, I spent the entire novel trying to figure out why vampires, witches and every other monster Ari came in contact with were afraid of her and when I finally got there I didn't see it coming. It was a twist that was so original I didn't even suspect it.

The characters were quirky and I kin
It was probably a bit more of a 3.5 star than a four star book, but it had a great flow, the girl had a good voice, and I like the author, so I had to round up. it was definitely not at all what I expected. Advertising works though, I can tell you that. I got it because I read the beginning at the end of another book, you know how publishers like to do that to get you intrigued. It worked, I didn't get much of a sense of what the story would be about, but the girl seemed like she'd have a clear ...more
First and foremost, this book does not match its cover. To me, this cover evokes a stereotypical Twilight-esque teen vampire romance. If I were designing this cover, I would have drawn instead on the atmospheric setting of a sort of postapocalyptic, decaying, supernatural-infused New Orleans.

New 2, as the city is called after two huge hurricanes blew through and the government sold the resulting mess to the Novum, nine powerful families who had made New Orleans home for centuries, is the thing t
Feb 10, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, e-book
I recommend Darkness Becomes Her.

A few dim lights shone through the panes, muted by dark curtains, dirt, and grime.

I loved it immediately – beauty shadowed by time and decay, but still standing proud. Yeah, this was my kind of place.


Darkness Becomes Her has the kind of mythology that I want to read more in the YA shelf. It has a kick-*ss heroine and a Louisiana backdrop that are refreshingly different and appealing to me. This one quick read dismissed my hunger for mythology with a hi
Nov 28, 2014 Monica&spikey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first read: April 13, 2013:
I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. Put book 2 on hold at the library.

Plot: 4.5/5
This WOULD be a 5/5, but I’ve just read so many Medusa Greek myth retelling lately. We have Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (which I actually read back in the summer of 2012) but then, not even a month ago, I read Touch of Death by Kelly HAshaway, and was like “Wow, Medusa’s getting popular, isn’t she?”
And then, I opened this one, and I was liking it. I was like “Well, I never expecte
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Kelly loves ancient history, fantasy, and mythology. She dreams of one day attaining magical powers, discovering the secret to immortality, ridding her home of pet hair, and being crowned Mardi-Gras queen. As Kelly Gay, she writes the popular adult urban fantasy series, Charlie Madigan, for Pocket Books. While she calls Raleigh, NC, home, she can also be found chatting about books and life on Face ...more
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