Ari has spent her entire life being shuffled from foster home to foster home until she finally ends up with some pretty nice foster parents who care, teach her how to take care of herself, and let her look for her birth mother. Only, Ari is devastated to learn that that woman is dead, having spent the last months of her life tortured by insanity, most likely caused from the stress of catastrophic hurricane that left New Orleans a wasteland. And despite the mysterious letter Ari finds among her mother's belongings urging Ari to run, she can't help but venture to the city that the country abandoned, the (partially) rebuilt and privately owned New 2, for answers. There Ari will find the truth about her family, those who choose to keep living in New 2, and the evil of mythic proportions that lurks there, waiting for her.
Darkness Becomes Her is a unique and surprisingly addictive blend of paranormal, mythological, and dystopian worlds, presented in a distinctive way with a protagonist that is tough and smart. Most readers will connect with Ari instantly—she's hardcore and confident, but she's not without her vulnerabilities or a capacity for kindness and compassion. The friends that she makes in New 2 are all outcasts, but each of them is memorable and endearing in their resilience and attitudes. Most of the book is Ari's chase for information about her mother and her history, and she's joined by the mysterious Sebastian after a short while. The attraction between them is present from the beginning, and their romance moves quickly, but it takes a side seat to all of the action in the novel as Ari finally discovers and confronts her real enemy, who is intimidating, and deals with the nine ruling families of New 2, possible allies. The ending is tense, but Ari doesn't let readers down. Despite her initial uncertainty and hesitancy, she takes control of her life and finds focus, leaving the readers hanging in anticipation of all she has yet to accomplish. Darkness Becomes Her is a smart, engaging, and imaginative book, and hopefully its sequel will possess all of the same alluring characteristics.
Cover Comments: I like the cover well enough, but I have this feeling that it could just be better. I think something else could convey the feel of the book better and impress readers more. It's not bad, but not great.
ARC provided by publisher.