Review: Gods & Monsters Series 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.
Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari. Ari, along with the superhot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine....
I was actually only going to read the first book as a TBRIC book and leave the second one sometime later this month; however, that was not the case. I finished Darkness Becomes Her on the early hours of the 18th of July, slept until 10 am and planned to read my reading materials assigned for the next day's class. But, I was burning with curiosity with what will happen in the next book. So I thought Ah, to hell with it and spent the afternoon shouting at Ari for her to realize that the needed blood was already in her possession - she came to that realization 10 pages or so later. Idiot.
Myths and legends immortalized by the plays and tragedies of playwrights, poets and history-keepers of long ago are slowly and surely being re-imagined by today's YA books. Books that contain stories of or inspired by ancient heroes and heroines through tales that make you say: Why didn't I think of it that way?
I've never thought twice about the tale of Medusa. When I first read her story in some mythology book, I never thought her as a tragic victim of a god's rape and a goddess's quick and unjust judgment. It wasn't until reading her supposed descendant Ari, that made me rethink twice of Medusa's tragic tale - Why did Athena punish the victim? It wasn't Medusa's fault that she was raped.
I love how Kelly Keaton somehow put together all that is myth and legend in this story - sort of, however, there are a lot of things that are unclear - All of the pantheons from different cultures were all but wiped out - by a single freaking goddess? Am I correct? Surely, Athena is not the only one who's a brilliant strategist and war freak. Or maybe, Keaton just focused her story on the Greek pantheon since the main character is the descendant of a Greek myth. I am also slightly miffed that Ari didn't have her other ancestor's powers - Poseidon's, since it was Poseidon who raped Medusa. I mean come on, Percy Jackson would've gained a cool sister. XDD
Kidding aside, both books so far have capture my interest and excited my enough to forego studying though, admittedly, I was getting bored with reading the materials. I hope that in the third book (yes, there's a third) that aside from Ari's quest for the removal of her curse, that there would be some good developments of other characters as well, like Violet (who is she really?), Josephine (other than being a bitch) and Theron (his love story with Eleni).