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Darkness Becomes Her
Contributor(s): Keaton, Kelly

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ISBN: 144240924X     ISBN-13: 9781442409248
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2011

Annotation: In post-apocalyptic New Orleans, now a sanctuary for supernatural beings, a hardened teenager on the run searches for the truth about her monstrous heritage and discovers a curse that could ignite the ancient war between gods and monsters.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Supernatural; Fiction.
Monsters; Fiction.
Blessing and cursing; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010012927
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.82 lbs) 273 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 143629
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51694
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
In a post-apocalyptic New Orleans claimed by supernatural beings, Ari seeks information about her long-dead mother. With the help of a group of orphans with special abilities, Ari learns her family is descended from Medusa and cursed by Athena. Greek mythology blends uneasily with a Twilight-like cast of characters (vampires, witches, shape-shifters), though fans of either--or both--may be entertained. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Ari (Darkness Becomes Her; A Beautiful Evil), a descendant of Medusa, searches for Athena's turned-to-stone infant; Athena promises immortality to anyone who can find the baby, resulting in war between the supernatural citizens of New2 and the Greek gods. Keaton's original backstories for the deities can be cringe-worthy (Athena hooked up with a vampire?), but the post-apocalyptic New Orleans setting is fully realized.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Keaton's first book for teens (the author writes for adults as Kelly Gay) blends urban fantasy and Greek mythology. Given up by her mother at age four after they fled their hurricane-destroyed home in New Orleans, Ari Selkirk (now 17) is determined to sort out the puzzle of her past. A box of clues drives her back to the now privately owned city-region known as "New 2," where Ari finds that the rumors of the city being a sanctuary for the paranormal are true. Aided by a clan of self-proclaimed freaks and weirdoes, Ari looks for answers: why are the powerful families that own New 2 interested in her, and who is her father? More importantly, after learning the gods are real, why is one of them pissed off at her? Keaton's writing is vivid, yet the amalgam of goddesses, voodoo, vampires, and witches somewhat muddles the intriguing plot surrounding Ari's origins and the mysterious curse that has befallen her family for generations. Still, this is a page-turning story with a multidimensional heroine and an atmospheric near-future setting. Ages 14–up. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

Gr 9 Up—Fast-forward a generation. New Orleans, now called New 2, has been decimated by natural disaster. Nine prominent families have banded together to buy the city from the federal government; all that used to be New Orleans is now considered "beyond the rim," an area rumored to be riddled with supernatural beings and happenings. Enter Ari. Inexplicably abandoned by her mother soon after the city's fall, she is now a hardened 17-year-old living in Memphis. When she visits a sanitorium near the border where her mother spent her last days, her discoveries lead her deep into New 2. In search of information to help solve the puzzle of her origins, she soon realizes how intricately intertwined her fate is with that of the city and that it will be up to her to lift the curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Darkness Becomes Her is part "Lightning Thief," part "Twilight," and part "Maximum Ride." Unfortunately, Keaton reveals the specifics of Ari's mother's delusion at the book's start, something if left uncovered until later would have packed a much greater punch. Yet, to write this title off as a predictable "been there, done that" experience doesn't do it justice either. For fans of any of the above-mentioned popular series, it's an excellent suggestion for a next read. Keaton paints richly detailed scenes of the New Orleans landscape and crafts fully realized, sympathetic characters. Ari's journey from loner to wary member of a band of misfits and her fall for one of them spins a compelling thread through her quest. Darkness Becomes Her will leave many readers clamoring for the next installment.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 9 Up—Keaton wraps up her near-futuristic series based on Greek mythology. Readers jumping in for the first time would do well to read the first two books to gain a familiarity with the characters and the furiously paced plotline. Ari, descended from the much-feared Medusa, is tasked in this installment with finding the goddess Athena's fossilized infant. Once that task has been completed, the teen's curse will ostensibly be lifted. But Ari is not the only one seeking the child, and the suspenseful and deftly written narrative will make fans believe that gorgons, vampires, and witches do exist in this strange but still harmonious New New Orleans. Keaton's gripping text is sprinkled throughout with profanity, but that won't deter readers of this paranormal fantasy with Gothic undertones.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX

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