REVIEW: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

The Blurb: 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.

The Short Stick: Freaky, sexy, cool and unnerving. This one will give you all kinds of chills!

The Goods: There’s another incarnation of Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments in this series. I mean it, looks like him, acts like him, has a mix of demon and vampire blood in him, it’s all very freaky. He’s more like the Sebastian we remember from earlier in City of Class, quiet, observant, really nice. There’s a love story going on there between him and Ari, which is something you’ll never figure out until the end. She’s an interesting character too considering the foster parents, the fighting skills and the obvious good looks. I actually liked her a lot. The other awesome thing about this book is New Orleans, or New 2. The city literally opens up to the paranormal. It was bought by 9 families, three witch families, three vampire families and three otherkin families. So really she makes New 2 quite the spot for paranormal activity. She adds a few greek mythology twists to the plot, which eventually make sense, but there are slews of interesting characters in this book that will make you thirsty for more.

The Not So Goods: The end suggests there’s a second book coming but so far no news on that. Also, the romance kicks up and then the action kicks up, and then it kind of dies. I was waiting for the scene that would at least let me know what’s going on between Ari and Sebastian by the end of this book, it was left so unfinished. Lastly, there’s a lot of swearing in this book, provided it’s how people really talk, after awhile, there was just too much of it. I liked that it added personality to Ari, but ultimately, it didn’t help.

Rating: 4/5

Other Stuff:
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they’re misfits but they’re awesome. My favorite was Violet.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, there are vampires in this book, but they’re closer to the real thing than anything I’ve ever read about.
Jace Factor: Pass, Sebastian . . . I don’t think I need to say more.
Primrose Factor: Pass, nobody we loved died.
Potter Factor: Pass, this was very real to Louisiana and so while it’s not original, it is accurate.
Cheese Factor: Pass, definitely no cheesy moments.
Bible Factor: Pass, she uses Jesus and Christ as swears, but the only God/Goddess references have to do with the villain.
Temperature: 100 degrees, some very interesting public displays of affection.

Recommendations: Just go read it because you won’t find another book out there like it!