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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

A Brand New Favorite!

I've been putting off this review for a while. Not because I didn't like the book, but actually, the opposite. I loved it so much I've been savoring the reading of it like my favorite European chocolate.

Become is the story of Desolation Black, the daughter of Loki o...
I've been putting off this review for a while. Not because I didn't like the book, but actually, the opposite. I loved it so much I've been savoring the reading of it like my favorite European chocolate.

Become is the story of Desolation Black, the daughter of Loki or Satan, who has been sent to this world to do her Father's bidding and turn those with the potential for great good to the dark side. (Sounds a little Star Wars-like when I say it that way, doesn't it?) Fortunately for her and her soul, that is not what happens.

Desolation, or Desi, is a fascinating character, full of conflicting emotions and a journey of self-discovery like none other. I love the integration of Norse mythology with greek myths and Christian beliefs. It was done very well and in a subtle enough way, that I was not at all offended, though I am Christian, and I actually embraced the mythology as believable. That is the sign of a very good writer.

Now, I'll admit, I read early drafts of this book as Ali is a good friend of mine, but she didn't make me like it, and she, of all people, would know that I can only be honest in what I like and what I don't. She's the same with me. Believe me. I just got feedback from her on some of my work, and she's big on tough love.

So, knowing that, let me be honest with you: Become is now on my top ten list of favorite series of all time, right up there with Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, and Mercedes Lackey.

Yes, Ali is that good.

This is the only book I have ever read that when I finished, I wanted to immediately turn back to the first page and start reading again. It is one that will be well read and cherished. As a matter of fact, I wish I could get it in hard back, as I know my paper versions will disintegrate shortly. Thank heavens for my kindle!

Ali, your book is magnificent! Thank you for an awesome escape in a time I needed it most. And any of you out there looking for an entertaining, well written story, please give Become a read. I'm pretty sure you won't regret it.

posted by Silverfoot on February 16, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Upset

I had the free book and halfway through it stopped working...blank pages. Then I bought the one that cost money because I was really into it...and the one I just bought is blank pages to.

posted by 14397486 on July 31, 2012

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    I was given this book in return for an honest review. Desolatio

    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.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    A great read

    Desolation rocks! Daughter of the devil and then some. I liked that Desolation has issues. She's far from perfect. Ali Cross does a great job in engaging the reader until the end. It also has a different approach to traditional angels and demons. A great read and I look forward to the sequel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    *

    Good read,different yet interesting!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Really good,couldnt put it down.

    Really good,couldnt put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Fangirling

    I love the fact that the author includes not only god and lucifer but a bit about Loki and Odin. At first it seems kind of cheesy but it gets better. \( -,- )>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Read this book

    Such a great book and the mixture of angels and demons with Greek mythology is a great new take. The characters were so likeable I found myself trying to talk to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Become

    This was a really good book.

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