Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton, published by Simon & Schuster Children's Books on 9th June 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 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.
I hadn't actually heard much about this book prior to reading it, so I was totally unspoiled as far as the plot went. What attracted me to the book originally was the gorgeous cover. I love the purple and black colouring and the tag line 'Beneath every beauty. Evil stirs'. The girl on the cover is also extremely hypnotic with her green eyes and mass of silvery hair.
The story gets off to an intriguing start with Ari finding out about the circumstances surrounding her mother's death. Soon after she ventures into what used to be New Orleans before it was devastated by hurricanes which destroyed the city. It's now called New 2 and is under the control of the Novem, a group of nine families. In New 2, Ari hopes to discover more about her heritage and the curse which seems to have blighted female members of her family. She ends up uncovering a whole lot more than she bargained for.
'Darkness Becomes Her' contains elements of Greek mythology which is something that I absolutely love. I've always enjoyed reading about myths and legends and the Greek Gods and this turns out to be an important aspect of the story which I'm looking forward to being developed further in future installments.
Ari meets lots of interesting characters throughout the book, including love interest Sebastian. I've always loved boys called Sebastian and the one in the story is no exception. Dark and mysterious and knock-down gorgeous, I loved the developing romance between him and Ari. He certainly made me feel weak at the knees too!
I loved the way that Kelly Keaton provided a real mixture of romance, paranormal, horror and mythology and only wish that the book had been longer. There's plenty to grab readers' attention and as the story doesn't conform to the usual paranormal template, there's lots of surprises in store too.
The second book in the Gods and Monsters series is called 'A Beautiful Evil' and will be published in 2012.