Wednesday, November 9, 2011

BECOME by Ali Cross

Title: Become
Series: Desolation, #1
Author: Ali Cross
Format: eARC
Source: Author
To Purchase: Smashwords   Amazon

Description: 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 Becomes 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, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is a reason to want to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

What she Becomes is neither Light nor Dark.

Something neither Heaven nor Hell expected.

Review: 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.