BECOME (Desolation #1)

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Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared. More

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Published: Oct. 15, 2011
Words: 77,500
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466384965
About Ali Cross

Ali Cross is the sensei of the Writer's Dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.

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Review by: Gerty So on March 08, 2013 : star star star star star
Man i think this book is now a Highly Recommended read...... I just loved this story.......
(review of free book)

Review by: Gerty So on March 07, 2013 : star star star star star
Keep up the great work.... It is sometimes hard to write a book that is just perfect and this one is..........
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Review by: Gerty So on March 07, 2013 : star star star star star
Wow, what a story....... I wish the author in making a movie out of this book...... I think it would be a great blockbuster........ I just wish i could give it more stars............
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Review by: Pyxi Rose on Nov. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Just wow. Ali Cross has created an elaborate world blended from fable and reality with engaging characters that not only stole my heart, but left me wanting more.

Desolation Black is hell spawn and I mean literally as in Lucifer’s daughter. She plays the part as minimally as possible. She tries to appease her father’s wishes, all but one. No matter how hard he tries to push her to Become, she refuses. That tiny sliver of humanity she holds on to for dear life, the spark within her, means too much to her for her to embrace her demon side.

With her father growing increasingly impatient with his heir, he forces her out of the safety of Hell and into the unknown of Earth. This place of feeling and remembering scares Desi more than any part of Hell ever could. But her father always gets his way, assuring her it’s for her own good that she will learn to be a better demon among the human sinners.

It is not the sinners or the darkness her father’s pawns that scares her the most. It is the one boy that could be her greatest downfall and the girl that needs a friend more than she needs one of her own. Because once she Becomes, how will she be able to save all she loves when she will be their greatest danger?

Become is a wonderfully heartbreaking and captivating story. It will pull at your heartstrings and have you cheering the characters on to the very end. I am madly in love this series and Ms. Cross’s style of writing. I can’t wait to start Desolate and continue their quest.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brea Nicole Bond on Nov. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
The story of a half-demon struggling between her own superpowers of good and evil should not be an effective allegory for the internal conflicts of a teenage girl...but it is. ;)
In "Become," Desolation Black--the devil's daughter--does exactly that. Cross deviates from much of the angel/demon subgenre by focusing on Desi's emotional journey rather than churning out a series of supernatural action sequences (though there are a few sprinkled in!), which may account for complaints about storyline confusion, pacing, etc, in other reviews. This novel IS slow, and Cross patiently develops the character relationships through dialogue and sometimes seemingly unrelated scenes of cerebral dreams and memories. The end result, though, is a beautiful, well-written story with an ending that begs for the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Heather Alexander on Aug. 16, 2012 : star star star star
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Desolation (Desi) lives in hell, literally. She is the only daughter of Satan. His second in command trains Desi constantly and viscously. They want her to BECOME, but become what? She is resistant to it and is sent to earth to stay with some of her fathers minions. Nobody knows who she is or what she is except for her fathers people. Her lack of people skills and socialization is explained away with a story about her coming from a distant land and being the next heir to the throne. Desi only has one person on earth she trusts and counts as a friend, Lucy. There is an unfortunate set of circumsances that lead to a death and Desi losing control and BECOMING. Desi is having visions called Remembering, they are of another her, another place, another time, and a lover. Starting a catholic school is hard enough, but her father gives her a target that he wants, a girl named Miri, Desi resists what he wants because she finds that she actually likes Miri. On top of that, a boy at school named Michael, is the boy in her Rememberings. A lot happens in this book so I will just say that there is a group called The Hallowed that work for the greater good and are a mixture of angels, fallen and demons, that wants Desi on their side. She is told that her father plans to start the Apocolypse and they need her to help them stop it. Desi is torn apart inside because she is convinced she is evil because of the BECOMING, but she also feels things with these people that she has never felt before. Desi will soon find that she has more in common with them then she thought, there are secrets within secrets that could alter the course of everything and everyone. She will have to make some very hard choices and decisions on her road to redemption. You have to read this, it's so very original and such an interesting story. I loved it.
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Review by: Compass Press on June 21, 2012 : star star star star star
From the depths of Helheim to the lofts of Asgard, this novel propels us on a breathtaking journey of self-sacrifice and redemption. The author takes characters that should be impossible to sympathize with and makes you fall in love with them. I was completely swept away and utterly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. The author has made a fan for life of me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Compass Press on June 10, 2012 : star star star star star
From the depths of Helheim to the lofts of Asgard, this novel propels us on a breathtaking journey of self-sacrifice and redemption. The author takes characters that should be impossible to sympathize with and makes you fall in love with them. I was completely swept away and utterly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. The author has made a fan for life of me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicole Thornton on May 28, 2012 : star star star star
What a joy to read. A YA book where the story is not just about the female and male leads, but about the relationships with her friends too. Really like that the female lead had a strong story with her friend that was written well, developed nicely, and felt plausible. Really enjoyed the writing, characters, plot, and the journey of the story. So nice to come across such a well-written story.
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Review by: chrstinef on Jan. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
What a fabulous debut by Ms. Cross. Not your typical Angel/Demon story, this book brings to life the age-old conflict in a fresh way. I can't wait to see more in this series - or from this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mia Darien on Jan. 11, 2012 : star star star star
To be blunt, I found the pacing of the character development and the dramatic moments to be done very heavy-handed. Moments that should have been singular and climatic were repeated till they were over done and things swung between dragging out and being too sudden and motivationally... fuzzy.

I also struggled a little with the main character, finding her inconstancy frustrating. Though I understood the concept of Choice and how that played into it. Still, it was a little extreme for my tastes

HOWEVER. All that being said, this was a good book and I did, ultimately, like it. The story itself was engaging and despite my troubles, the heroine was sympathetic and intriguing. I found the mixture of mythos to be fascinating, though perhaps could have borne with a little more finesse.

I also thought Michael was a pretty awesome character, and I hope to see more of him next time.

I will be keeping my eye out for Book Two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shannon O'Donnell on Nov. 22, 2011 : star star star star star
This book is every bit as awesome as its cover! Wow, wow, wow!! I absolutely LOVED this story. Ali did a fantastic job with characterization, which is especially impressive considering how many key players there are. Desi is alive--she lives and breathes on the pages. And Michael?? Let's just say, I want one! He is *sigh* perfect.

I would rank this story up there with Angel Fire and Paranormalcy. It's THAT good!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jess F. on Nov. 12, 2011 : star star star star
4.5 out of 5 stars!! This is a wonderful YA novel that takes on the typical theme of angels vs demons (or good vs evil) and turns it into something new, then throws in a girl who's right in the middle of the fight and has the ability to decide which side will win. It's an addicting novel and I can predict it'll be an addicting series too. There were tons of twists that I didn't expect, especially since I never knew where this book would go.

Desi is a great character who I'm curious to see how she'll grow within this series. I wish there was more of Michael in this novel, but hopefully there will be more of him in the second novel. The rest of their "gang" I'm curious about since they could really go either way.

I recommend this for anyone who really enjoys YA paranormal (possible romance) books!!

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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cherie Reich on Oct. 24, 2011 : star star star star star
Ali Cross’s BECOME expands upon mythologies and explores an age-old quest of good vs. evil in a new and fantastic way.

Desolation Black, the Devil’s daughter, believes her destiny remains in her father’s realm. When she’s sent back to Earth, she experiences a Remembering unlike any other time. Then, she Becomes something unlike anything anyone expected. Now it’s up to her to choose where her destiny will take her, if she can keep balance between the Shadows and the Light.

BECOME is a refreshing new take on good vs. evil and how choices play out against destiny. The characters are wonderful, deliciously complex, and more than typical stereotypes of good or evil. I love the characterization of Lucifer’s daughter, Desolation. At times she is such a teenager. Other times, she has the strength of her mixed parentage. From the first chapter, I cared about Desolation. The plot moved quickly in waves of seduction, regret, sin, and love. I love the use of Norse mythology to explain the worlds and characters within, as Lucifer = Loki, Asgard = Heaven, Midgard = Earth, etc. I laughed, cried, cared, and loved, and did not want to put this book down.

BECOME by Ali Cross has become one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s definitely an awesome must-read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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