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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Hardcover: 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Read it in: 2 days
Challenge: Off the Shelf, ABC Reading
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.Darkness Becomes Her was very unique. I can't believe I waited so long to read this. I got it a while ago, but never had the chance to read it. The summary has always sounded completely amazing to me, but I've just never picked it up until now. As soon as I open the book and started reading, it sucked me in. I was hooked from the very first page.
Ari is a captivating character, and I'm not just talking about her unique white-blond hair and teal eyes, I mean her personality. She was a great character and she really kicks butt! I mean, she kicked a Goddess' butt! C'mon, how more kick-butt can you get? I will definitely add her towards the top of my list of strong, kick butt female characters.
Not only was Ari an awesome character, but this novel had other intriguing characters as well. I really loved her new friends in New 2. Especially Sebastian and Violet. I really look forward to learning more about them in the next book. Sebastians awesome powers and I really want to know what happens to Violet! I literally screamed when she disappeared.
One thing I really didn't like about this book--though it was addicting to read it...guilty.--was how fast Ari and Sebastian's relationship came upon. It was sweet and I was happy for them, but it happened WAY too fast. They meet one morning, they are annoying each other, and then bam later they have chemistry, and sparks and they are freaking making out! I mean, sure, I'd probably make out with Sebastian too if I met him, but c'mon!
Other than that, though, I didn't really have any complaints. I love the mythology added into this book along with the other creatures that go bump in the night! There were SO many different types of beings in this book; vampires, witches, harpys, Goddesses (Freaking Athena. THE Athena!), shapeshifters! That's just to name a few!
Overall, this was a great book. I recommend it! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I was so tempted to go ahead and buy it before even finishing Darkness Becomes Her, but I have so many new books as it is right now from my birthday, so I'm going to wait. Boo!