Darkness Becomes Her: A Review

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Published by Simon Pulse

Out February 22, 2011



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 a 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.

A place filled with different creatures that are all afraid of a girl that is a bit different herself sounds pretty awesome. In New 2, Ari discovers that there are many freaks of nature, as she often describes herself, roaming around like: vampires, witches, half vampire/half witches, shapeshifters and…Athena. That’s right, the Athena many of us are familiar with from Greek Myths. You might be thinking to yourself that it looks like Kelly Keaton took on a lot for her first novel in this series and I would say you are exactly right.

Keaton creates a world where many different creatures exist without the fear of becoming a lab experiment, due to the Novem-the nine families that perserve their city. With all the preternaturals in the story, at times things can get a bit conviluted and frankly, some of it could have been cut out.

Ari goes to New 2 to learn about her mother and father. Pretty early on in Ari and Sebastian’s (half vampire/half witch) relationship, Ari tell’s Sebastian about her mother, almost without hesitating. Realistically, something that traumatic happening to Ari and with barely knowing Sebastian, there would at least be some hesitation or maybe withholding of information. Little things like this continunally occur throughout the novel making both the characters and the dialogue unbelievable.

The novel wasn’t entirely bad as it did have some decent parts. For instance, Ari’s interal dialogue can be humorous at times and what Sebastian’s character will possibly become is intriguing.

Overall: Unsatisfying. There are decent ideas here but it was poorly executed. Perhaps the future books in the series can pull it all together. A caution to young readers or those sensitive to cursing: there is a lot of it.


Witches of East End

Witches of East End 

Copyright 2011 by Melissa de la Cruz

Witches, vampires, and magic are still very prominent in our culture and many people jumped on the vampire bandwagon, myself included.  Seeing as how vampires have over populated the science fiction/fantasy world, I thought I would give the topic of witches a try.  When I think of novels about witches, I think primarily of The Witching Hour by Anne Rice which to me, is hard to beat.  I’m certainly not comparing Melissa de la Cruz to Anne Rice at all, but I think going into reading Witches of East End, I had higher expectations and I was let down.

It’s so hard to even begin stating what went wrong with this novel.  The three witches that the story revolves around are completely predictable along with the men in their lives. Freya is a sexy witch who falls in love with an equally sexy man.  Of course, that sexy man has a dark and handsome brother who Freya can’t seem to stay away from.  Ingrid is her plain Jane sister who has yet to fall in love with a man while Joanna, their mother, takes care of them all.  Each witch has a special ability and so on. These witches, who have been forced to keep their powers a secret, desperately try to figure out the mysterious things that have been happening in their town of North Hampton without drawing attention to what they are.  The story doesn’t pick up until about 3/4 of the way through and even then it’s nothing to rave about.

Because I found this novel to be entirely too predictable, it was very slow moving.  Cruz’s writing just did not seem up to par.  The dialogue was not natural and character development just wasn’t there.  I really had to push myself to finish this one. If the dialogue was at least believable it would have been a lot more tolerable, it was just too distracting and even laughable at times.

Overall this book was just not a good read.  I may pick up another one of her titles and give it a go and see how things compare.  Cruz is a New York Times Bestselling author and I completely respect her for that, but this novel just wasn’t for me and had some areas that needed work.

Check out Melissa de la Cruz’s website: http://www.melissa-delacruz.com/