Review of Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

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.

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I started reading this with an open mind. The plot sounded really interesting and the cover is pretty. I was bitterly disappointed. I didn't enjoy this at all.Ari's character was one that I wanted to like but I just couldn't get past her complaining about how awful her life is. 'Oh, I'm going to die at 21!', 'My hair keeps growing!', 'My eyes are weird!' etc. Not actual quotes, that's was just the general feel of it for me.

The plot is also quite silly in places, especially when Ari experiences her first uber-headache. She wakes up in a restaurant and snogs Sebastian's face off. Then they're a couple. Then they're not. Then they are again. Then she tries to hump a Vampire...

One redeeming factor for me was Violet, a little goth girl with sharp teeth and a pet alligator. Violet is really sweet, like the perfect kid sister - plus she has the handy fighting skills.

2/5

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