Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publish Date:  February 22, 2011
ISBN: 978-1442409248
Pages:  288

Greek mythology seems to be hot in YA right now.  While I can't reveal too much here, trust me, it's great!

Ari is an orphan who's been passed from foster home to foster home.  She finally landed with a couple that run a bail bonds business, they've taught her all the tricks of the trade and truly love her.  Ofcourse, Ari wants to find out about her birth parents and her foster parents understand.  She tracks her birth mother to a city near New2 and then realizes that she has to enter New2.  New2 is an alternate New Orleans.  See, New Orleans was destroyed by hurricanes and flooding.  So much so that the US has fenced it off and it's no longer actually part of the US.  It's now home to the 'freak' population - rumored vampires, witches and shapeshifters.

All the characters were pretty well fleshed-out.  Ari is a kick-ass girl, she has doubts, but is determined to finish what she started.  There is a romance, but it's never blatant, it smolders just beneath the surface, so it doesn't detract from the story.  There is some swearing, including a few F-bombs, but it's not too bad.

For me, reading the descriptions of new2 brought back memories of reading Anne Rice.  I could easily imagine Louis living amongst the destruction.  Since I've always been a huge fan of mythology, it was wonderful to read something updated and I'm glad to see mythology being embraced by YA.

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