Become: a novel of Desolation

Become: a novel of Desolation

by ali cross




2013 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention

"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 the rest of us. Even if you're not a fan of dark paranormal novels, you'll love this one. It's not like all the others. Not even close." C.K. Bryant (BOUND)

"With beautiful, lyrical writing, this is one story fans of paranormal romance will not want to miss! And the twist at the end has me craving book two!" ~ Susan Kaye Quinn (OPEN MINDS)

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.

When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made-that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Loki, has created her to be. What she doesn't count on, is finding a reason to change-something she's never had before-a friend.

2012 League of Utah Writers (Silver Quill)
2012 League of Utah Writers (Best eBook)

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ISBN-13: 9781466384965
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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YABReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of this book, you are told the story of when Desolation aka Desi, is born and that her father, Loki or Lucifer came to collect her. Although she is Lucifer¿s biological daughter, her mother is not a demon. Being raised in Hell and surrounded by demons her whole life, that is what Desi associates herself with, even though she hides her ¿spark¿ from her father and Akaros, her trainer. She thinks that having this ¿spark¿ is a weakness. Desi is given the job of going up to Earth by her father. Being that this came from her father, she knows that she cannot refute it. She is not looking forward to going to Earth, or Midgard. She doesn¿t understand why she is being sent. The last time she went to the human realm was eight months ago and she still has regrets from that experience. Once she is there, she is staying with the Masons, Daniel and James and attending St. Marys Academy. It is not too soon after Desolation arrives at Casa del Diablo, she learns what her father wants of her.At St. Mary Academy, she meets Miri, who turns out to be a true friend. The only other friend Desi has had was Lucy, so she is not entirely comfortable with the experience. She also meets Michael, and gets a feeling that she knows him from somewhere. It is during her experience there and through the help of Miri, Michael and a group known as ¿The Hallowed¿ that Desi finds out who she is and what her destiny is.This book blew me away. I loved the writing in it. It was deeper than most YA novels that I read. Not that it was like a chemistry textbook, but it was interesting to see more depth in the characters and storyline. Cross draws you in by the way that she describes things. There were some parts in the book that I am sure that I missed and will require additional readings to fully understand them, but this does not take away from the book. I Like:¿Desolation. I love her personality. The fact that she was raised by demons in Hell and she still has a ¿spark,¿ as she calls it, is amazing. She is truly an unforgettable person. The journey of discovery that Desi goes through is paramount to the plot of the book, and yet it is not always your main focus. ¿Lucy. Her part in this book is short, but it is essential to the progression that Desi experiences. She is one of the first people to show Desi what being loved means.¿Miri. At first, I¿m unsure about this character, but she turns around and in the end is a good friend for Desi. She helps her get through a lot of things which never would¿ve been possible.¿Michael. Of course you have to love the cute boy in the story. You find out that he is more than just a pretty face (and a warm touch) in this book. I am curious to see what his character will do when the second book, Desolation, comes out.¿James. Even though he is kind of sleazy at the beginning of the book, he has a good heart and eventually that wins out.¿The Cover. (I haven¿t really discussed covers much in my reviews and I plan on rectifying that.) On this cover, you see Desi with wings in the background. You don¿t get a full understanding of the cover until after you have read it, but I love how you get a sense of Desi even before opening the book.¿The mythology that is thrown into the book. I have always had an interest in mythology and love that more books are incorporating the themes that I know into their stories.¿The battle between good and evil. This has been a common theme in books since the beginning of time. The way that it is described in Become is different than anything I have read in this genre. This is a young adult book, but it will be enjoyed by older adults as well. This is a topic that demands seriousness and Become has a good balance of being serious, romance and friendship.¿Odin. I love that he is portrayed as a Father figure in this story. It just makes you all warm and fuzzy.I Did Not Like:¿Loki, Lucifer¿whatever you want to call him. Are you surprised by this one? He is
idroskicinia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Become is not a normal book, not a normal YA book, and after I finished reading it I understood that it's much more complex and much more obscure than others of this genre.The story talks about Desolation Black, a girl who's name is not the only weird thing in her life. She is Lucifer's daughter. She lives in Hell surrounded by solitude, but at least her life is better than when she is on Earth. Yes, she have been to Earth and it was awful. But now, she needs to come back and face all those things that she wants to forget. Will she be able to do it? Will she find love and friendship, or will she follow her father's steps? Decisions, decisions¿ too many decisions!!This book, like I said before, it's dark! really dark! The main character, Desolation (or Desi) is the Devil's daughter, so it's logic that her life is surrounded by sin, lust, and desolation. So, at the moment I started reading I was a little bit shocked for some scenes and some topics. They were too crude for me, too dark and too heart-breaking. But I forgot everything when the story caught my attention, and I couldn't stop reading until I finished. The plot is really well done, and the characters are really nice, Desi is a main character like no other, too dark, too sad, but really strong and in need of love. I loved Lucy, she is warm and lovely and I hated the all the things that happened to her (You need to read the book to understand) and for a moment I was angry to the author for doing -that-, but well, it was necessary to the plot and I was happy to see Desi with Miri, another lovely character that I really liked and¿ Michael. *sigh* He is awesome!!!So, what can I say? I consider this book not just a paranormal romance book. I think that it's much more than that. This book talks about decisions and how those decisions can affect the life of more than one person. It also shows how dark and destructive can be the world when you're in bad company or when you're doing wrong. Become is a good book that teaches you the difference between right and wrong. That's just one of the reasons why I highly recommend it!Happy Reading!
cheriereich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.This novel 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.
HeatherMuzz More than 1 year ago
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.
Christine_Fonseca More than 1 year ago
Loved this book - the mythology, the concept, the characters. Just fab! Interwoven Norse mythology just adds to the depth. Great debut for a fab up and coming author