Monday, March 12, 2012
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
This book does a weird twist on Greek mythology, supernatural, and dystopian themes. It works, you wouldn't think it does, but it all comes together in this rather exotic fantastic way. I found Ari to be ridiculously intriguing, her thought process and experiences are engaging. She is the type of protagonist that I hope we see more of: smart, self-reliant, and capable. She is someone that obviously will be a leader but because of her age is coming into her own. She isn't a Mary-Sue, but she also isn't Wonder Woman. She is a well developed character. I found this quite refreshing.
Here's the thing, I liked how the different mythologies played out but I also felt that the Greek mythology was completely random. We find out about mid-way through that Ari is the way she is because she has been cursed by Athena and a descendant of the gorgon. What the what? I mean, it was well done but it also seemed a bit random. I am holding onto the hope that perhaps the whole history of Athena will be explained more in-depth in one of the following books.
The other thing that niggled me was the romance, I liked how it played out but it also seemed to spring out of no where (though lets be honest most young adult books are like this and I should really get over it). It seems that Ari falls for Sebastion because of his red lips and then never looks back. Not that Sebastion is your typical moody swooping in to save the damsel in distress hero, but I wish there had been a little bit more build up.
Other than these two little hiccups I truly enjoyed this book. It was extremely atmospheric. Kelly Keaton does a magnificent job creating a setting and dropping you in. I could feel the humidity, taste the food, and feel the Mardi Gras energy. Awesome. It really lent itself to the whole mythology theme she was going with and also the secondary characters she had developed. They had memorable personalities and none of them really felt like the fell into a stereotype. This was a strong start to a series.
The sequel A Beautiful Evil came out Feb. 21.