I honestly don’t know where to start when it comes to the book that I just finished. It was awesome, creepy, anxiety-inducing, sad, and moving. It contained paranormal creatures, a touch of romance, and a dash of Greek mythology. In short, it was all I want in a book. This book is Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton, and it takes place in a post-apocalyptic New Orleans, or New 2, as it is now known. New 2 is a haven for all kinds of creatures who don’t want to be found, and our main character, Ari, must travel to this dangerous city to find the truth about her past and how it may impact her future.
Ari has always been an outsider. She grew up in foster care, but that’s just part of why she’s a loner. She has indestructible silvery white hair and mysterious teal eyes. She stands out when all she’s every really wanted is to fit somewhere. Ari doesn’t really know why she’s so different, but she’s on a quest to get some answers. Her journey begins at her mother’s last known residence, an asylum. Unexpectedly, Ari’s mother has left her a message: Run. Ari doesn’t know what she’s running from or to, but she has a feeling the answers she seeks will be found in New 2, a place where she’s always been warned not to go.
As soon as Ari makes the decision to go to New 2, danger begins to follow her. It is clear that someone is trying to kill her, but she doesn’t know why. Ari seeks refuge with a band of misfits with secrets of their own, and these new friends may just be the key to Ari finding out who she really is and why she’s so important.
As Ari searches for answers, she encounters some things she never expected: voodoo, vampires, harpies, shapeshifters, monster hunters, a pet alligator, an angry goddess, and, most importantly, a sense of belonging she’s never felt before in her life. Can she hold on to her newfound home and friends? Or will the past that’s haunting her take everything away? Explore New 2 and discover Ari’s family secrets when you read Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton.
I am so excited that this is just the first book in this new series. It ended on quite the cliffhanger, and I’m anxious to see where the story goes from here. I can’t wait to see how Ari’s “abilities” manifest themselves and what impact that will have on those around her. This should be an interesting ride. The sequel is set to be released in February of 2012, and the title has not been released yet. I will do my best to update you when I find out about the title and cover. For now, you can find more information on Darkness Becomes Her and author Kelly Keaton at http://kellykeaton.net/.