Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Paranormal YA Fiction
Series: Gods & Monsters
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
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.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had a feeling that it would be awesome, because the synopsis sounds extremely promising and mysterious, but I underestimated just how amazing it would be. There were several elements to this story that I would have never guessed could go so well together and it blew me away! Kelly Keaton delivers a clear and powerful story that is riddled with Greek mythology, ancient curses, and powerful dark forces.
Ari is the main female character, and all she wants to do is find out where she came from so she can attempt to obtain some kind of normalcy in her life. This girl is pretty much everything you could want in a protagonist: funny, smart, tough, caring, independent, outspoken, unique, and all around awesome! Her discoveries and journey within her birthplace of New 2 (A.K.A. New Orleans) had me transfixed. I really enjoyed the interaction she had with many of the amazing characters in this book, especially Sebastian. He's powerful and sexy, which is a fantastic combination if you ask me. I can't wait to see what kind of road him and Ari will go down. I was also touched by the relationship Ari develops with Violet, who is a very interesting little girl. I dare you to read this book and NOT fall in love with her, or with any of the other "misfits" for that matter!
If you want a genuine story that is full of surprises and a lively main character, then I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. I really can't even imagine what else Kelly Keaton will lead us to discover about Ari and the people in her life, but I am certain that I will allow myself to be happily sucked into her world again, and I can't wait!