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.
Darkness Becomes Her opens up in a world where New Orleans has been destroyed by a massive hurricane and then the remains sold to an illustrious group of families so that they might rebuild and run the city. Of course nothing is what it seems the families are really ancient lines of witches, vampires, and weres that have grown prosperous over the years and are looking for a place to call their own. Enter Ari a strange outcast that has never known her family but is searching for the barest of signs. The story soon unfolds that Ari is a creature that would feel welcome among the other outcasts of New 2 (the rebuild New Orleans), mayhem and love ensure and soon it is up to Ari to help defend the city against one of the worlds most feared foes it’s ever known.
I had mixed feelings for Darkness Becomes Her. I liked the introduction of mythical beings such as Harpies, Medusa, and even (and most especially) the Greek Gods into the world of other beings such as Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches. I felt this offered a new and entertaining world for readers who are tired of the boring vampire crush novel.
Of course that brings me to a point I very much disliked about the novel, the level of emotion attached to characters without backing it up with the evolution/growth of the characters is terrible in the book. I felt that Ari suddenly would do anything to protect certain creatures that she had literary met the day before. Not only that but I never felt like the majority of the characters were developed, nor were they very likable.
That said, I liked the magic, the world, and the set up for the next book in the series, which promises to be all what this first book is and more, as it seems likely to be filled with more magic, action, and vengeance. All in all while there were some definite draw backs to Darkness Becomes Her, I feel it’s not to late for Keaton to salvage the series.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: February 22, 2011