BECOME (Desolation #1) [NOOK Book]

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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.
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BECOME (Desolation #1)

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Elana Johnson
BECOME by Ali Cross is a page-turning debut! Desolation (Desi) is a compelling character--exactly the kind of girl I want to read about. Someone with internal as well as external conflicts that must be overcome.

The story takes the reader through the range of emotions, with quick wit and excellent writing, to tears when Desi must make hard decisions.

Ultimately, BECOME is about making choices, but I guarantee you won't be able to predict what Desi ultimately chooses...
C.K. Bryant
Not just the average YA novel with angels and demons, we're talking the devil's daughter here. A phenomenal story of a girl who should, by all accounts, be a bad girl, but wants so desperately to be good. The story of Desolation Black and her trials as a normal teen, while trying to please her father (AKA: Satan) not only kept me on the edge of my seat, but left me questioning how I see the world. If a girl with such darkness in her life, can find a way to do good, then there's hope for ...
Kate Coursey
Ali Cross is an immensely talented writer. Her characters are rich and layered - my favorite was Lucy, who simply jumped off the page. I wanted her to be my best friend! BECOME provides a clean romance and an intriguing storyline, with a protagonist who is equally complex. The moral ambiguity of her main character provides a satisfying tale of personal growth. Ali's writing is simple yet effective, without any overly-flowery descriptions, and she conveys emotion well through ...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032831129
  • Publisher: Ali Cross
  • Publication date: 10/15/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 42,295
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    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 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.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    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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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Amazing book! It is filled with emotion, action, love, hope. And

    Amazing book! It is filled with emotion, action, love, hope. And the cover looks amazing! This is not your normal YA paranormal book!

    Become is a story that deals with good and evil, satan, hell, heaven.
    Desi is the daughter of Satan all she has ever known is the coldness of hell and what it is about. Her father sends her to Earth to learn how to Become and pretty much embrace her evil side. But while there she befriends another teenage girl, she finds the guy who she remembers from long ago, and she learns that she can choose the path that she wants. Not what her father wants her to choose. Desi learns that not only is she the daughter of Satan but she is also the daughter of someone very powerful and good. She is both light and darkness. Desi fights a battle within herself between the good and evil. But what will she choose? To do what her father wants her to do and inherit the kingdom of hell? Or help all of mankind and follow the goodness that is a part of her?

    I can not wait to read book 2 in this series to see what is going to happen next. Since Become had me on the edge of my seat and I did not want to put this book down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    From the depths of Helheim to the lofts of Asgard, this novel pr

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

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    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 March 19, 2013

    Ok

    Stats: 600+ nook pages. Decently edited compared to many free books I've read. Paranormal YA romance series. Probably won't pay for the next book. Just OK.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    if you are going to throw around names like Loki and Odin at lea

    if you are going to throw around names like Loki and Odin at least get
    your mythology right. To claim that Loki was ever known as Lucifer is
    insulting to every Asatru follower. Even the ones who do villify Loki.
    I am not one of those.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    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.

    1 out of 6 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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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    *CONTAINS SPOILERS* The best part of this book was the emotions

    *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

    The best part of this book was the emotions and details. They were so real, I felt all of it. The plot is amazing. I've never read a book with a setting like this, especially one that was so dedicated to it.

    I did get a little lost during some parts when talking about religious things. That has nothing to do with how I rated it, though. Considering I'm an Atheist, I should of expected to get a little lost. Just a heads up to others like me who may get confused.

    Now the things I didn't like about the book, and yes, I'm going to be picky. If you can't stand that, then please don't read this.

    I loved the character James in the beginning. I liked that he seemed badass and uncaring. But then when I found out about his girlfriend and how he apparently loves her... It just changed my image of him which I couldn't stand. I really, really loved his character, and that just ruined it.

    I hated Desolation's obsession with Aaron, and how she felt so guilty. How can you feel guilt when you had no feelings for someone? It confused me. I also hated how kissing was no big deal, that cheating wasn't made a big deal out of. James apparently loved his girlfriend but it was okay to kiss Desolation. And it seemed like Aaron was going to kiss Desi, even though she was with Michael, and I'm pretty sure she would of let him kiss her right in front of God. No, I didn't like that.

    I hated Desolation's constant hesitance and uncertainty. The second you thought she made her mind up, she changed it. I just COULDN'T stand it. One second she was definitely sure she was with God, but then all of a sudden she wanted to stick with her father. One minute she didn't want to be evil, but then the next she's embracing her shadow self. I understood why she was hesitant, and could understand changing her mind a time or two, but constantly changing your mind just gets on my nerves. Despite being a decently strong character, she just seemed to pity herself too much. And I never respect self-pity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    S. M.

    Wow, just wow, there are no other words to descrive this book

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    i loved it. different take on demons and angels. love how the st

    i loved it. different take on demons and angels. love how the story just flows and keeps me interest through out the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    AMAZING

    This book was very good! The NORSE (not Greek) mythology was spot on. The romance was sweet without being cheesy and the characters were well-developed and unique. Just one little things: I don't know if it was just my copy or what, but the font was HUGE! All in all, extremely good story.

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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 April 18, 2013

    Good read

    In creating a backstory for this book, the author skipped over or omitted some things that would have made the story less confusing to begin with. Overall, I liked the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Awsome book

    I loved this book read it in one day could not put it down! Highly recommened this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Is she good or evil?

    There were twists and turns I was not expecting. And by the end of the book, I had tears slipping down. Read this in one sitting!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Really good

    This book turned out better than I expected since it was a free YA book. The myths are actually Norse for those who don't know and yes things will get a tad confusing but it is a really good book. But I will repeat: it's solely Norse myths and legends

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