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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.
on April 04, 2013 :
'Desolate', Book Two of Desolation, by Ali Cross continues Desolation's story as she struggles with the two sides of her inner self - light and dark! A mixture of Greek mythology, angels and demons, this paranormal story brings readers into a new realm as the sides of good and evil try to persuade Desolation to 'Become.'
Trying to understand her love for Michael and her driving need to be loved by her father, Loki, the Lord of Darkness, Desolation is caught up in a personal struggle to decide whether to follow her lighter side or to delve deeper into the darkness within her.
I have been swept into the fantasy world of this series and have found myself caught up in Desolation's struggle to follow the path before her.
Readers who like to be entranced by the fight between good and evil and enjoy stories about Angels and Demons will find this book an interesting read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2012 :
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Ali Cross!)
This is book 2 in the Desolation series, and picks up 2 months after the end of book 1 ‘Become’. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1**
Desi is holding it together as best she can, knowing that her beloved – Michael is stuck in hell with her father Loki, and there’s little that she can do to help him.
Her friend Miri is having terrible nightmares about a demon on a grey horse, that she fears Desi will have to face, and Desi worries that she will not be capable of battling this foe when it comes to it.
So much is at stake for Desi though, her life, her love, and her friends. Can she save Michael? And ultimately can she save herself?
I really enjoyed this book, it was gripping and action packed! I got into this one right from the start, and read about half of it in one sitting!
I love Desi, and loved how she still cared for Michael and did her best for him, and how she fought the evil inside her, even though it was part of her. Once again, there wasn’t a lot of romance in this book, but Desi and Michael’s feelings for each other are so apparent and untainted it is really lovely.
I loved the world building, and Desolations flights with her wings – so cool. I did get a little confused by the complex storyline again, there really is a lot going on in this book, but again, the further you read, the more everything comes together. This really is a story that sucks you in for a real thrill ride!
I have to say that I really liked the grand finale and ending in this book! So dark and different, and I love how roles are reversed again compared to the ending of the first book. Such a twist that I didn’t see coming either!
Overall; great sequel! Looking forward to the next instalment!
8 out of 10.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 04, 2012 :
Ali Cross has done it again! I didn’t think I could enjoy Desolate as much as I enjoyed Become but wow!
Desolate starts us off a few months after Become. Desi is deeply regretting her choices and is slowly destroying herself with the guilt of choosing to save Miri over Michael. She is coming apart at the seams and she only wants to undo the harm she caused her true love Michael.
When Miri starts having dark and prophetic dreams about the end of days, Desi is convinced Hell is just getting started and she is right.
In Desolate, we learn that there are so many sides to good and evil; it isn’t all black and white, there is a gray area. And it’s in that gray area that we find ourselves doubt the choices we make and who is affected by them.
With both sides battling for the upper hand, the stakes are even greater than before. Desi finds herself with desperate choices to make. Will she let go of her light and embrace the darkness within herself or will her love help her overcome the darkness?
Ms. Cross spins a hell of a story and I can’t wait to continue Desi’s journey. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are sorely missing out!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2012 :
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Desolation is back and so are her cohorts, Miri, James, Longinus,Knowles, and Cornelius. Desi is in despair due to her only love, Michael, being sent to hell because of her. She is desperate to find a way to get him back. It happens sooner than she thinks. Miri is having her prophetic dreams about the apocolypse and how Desi is the only one that can stop the horsemen. Desi does come up against the 4th horseman, guess who?? Michael, they wound each other with the spear of destiny. She wakes to find Michael injured and still evil from his time spent in hell, so she puts her mother's protective necklace around his throat, which begins to seap the evil from him. She is now unprotected against her father. She will fall farther and farther away from her mission and her friends as the story progresses. By the end of the book she has fallen fully into her roll as Desolation the daughter of Lucifer and is commanding his army. Michael get help from an unlikely source, Asgard (kind of like heaven) He also has an army, it includes Desi's mother's sister, Fahria, and the rest of thier group. They won't give up on Desi. She is wearing a ring that has to be removed if Michael is to ever get through to her and get his Desi back. Friends will be lost, can they succeed in saving Desi from her herself as well as her father? Or will she be the bringer of the apocolypse. I love this series, Desolation is a girl that is so torn, so filled with guilt over things that have happened in the past, yet so good deep down. She wants to do the right thing and hates her father. This is just a great series. WaAr
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 09, 2012 :
I am really loving this series, I can barely wait until the last book comes out in December. It is so torturous seeing Desi being torn every which way, and the guilt she feels over what happens to Michael is almost driving her to the cold wastelands of Hell, where the pull seems to be calling her more and more. She tries so hard to maintain her spark of goodness, and kindle her light from the Valkyrie in her blood, but she struggles more and more as the book progresses.
So much unfolds in this book, from Michael riding through the portal and injuring Desi and she piercing him with the spear of destiny, to Michael's betrayal of Heimdahl and then their joint efforts to release Hel from captivity in Hell to try and control Desi's father, Loki.
The story is a wave of extreme upheavals and low points, everything from Miri's mum to the Spartans rising from Hell is almost more than any of the small group can bare, with moments of extreme despair but also flashes of the burning love and need that drives them all to keep going and to want to defeat the burning cold of Hell once and for all.
I am counting down the days until book 3 is released I can hardly wait to see what will happen in the conclusion to the Desolation series.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)