“Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters#1)” by Kelly Keaton
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
The book looks likes a typical urban fantasy book. It had those elements but it had much more than that as well. There was a ton of stuff going on in here. Weird creatures, vampires, witches, shape shifters, and Greek mythology thrown in for good measure. That really makes for a really full story. It was an interesting idea having all these things co-existing with each other. This is the first book so I didn’t quite see how things all fit in with each other. I was hoping for more information on that front.
Ari was likeable enough. I didn’t like how quickly she fell for the boy. That seemed too simple for her. I really thought she was smart enough not to make out with a boy she just met and fall in love with him. She seemed tough and didn’t take crap but somehow melts around the boy. Eh, we’ll see how she develops in the rest of the series.
The bottom line? Enjoyable but not loveable.