Title: BECOME: a novel of Desolation
Author: Ali Cross
“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, Lucifer, 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.”
Desolation Black has the fate of the world in her hands. Literally. In the battle between the Light and the Darkness, she alone holds the key. Having grown up, literally, in Hell Desi hasn’t had what you would call a “normal” childhood. I really like that, throughout the novel, I understand what Desi is feeling and why she chooses to do things, the way she does. This novel is powerful, well written, and has a wonderful flow. This story kept me on my toes, and I loved being surprised by some of the decisions that were made!
That said Become has, in my opinion, a distinctive dark feel. Many of the themes and actions in the story lean towards this darkness and, for me, made the book less enjoyable. I do, however, understand why these parts are included. The darkness has to be there to explain who Desi is and what she has lived with her entire life. One cannot live in Hell and expect no sin or violence. I get that. Just be aware going into the book that it’s there. Because of the dark content (which includes drugs, violence, and sexual situations), I suggest that parents read it first for anyone under 16. Overall, the word I would use to describe this book is; Powerful.
If you can look at this cover and tell me it does not look powerful, I would have to say that you're blind. It is beautiful and all the elements work together to create an image that intrigues you and makes you want to delve deeper. The cover design (done by Ali Cross) and the cover art (done by Fanye L.O.) are both amazing and beautiful!
I give this book 4 out of 5 hearts; Great book! Because though it is darker, it is well written and intriguing.
To learn more about Ali Cross visit her website here: http://www.alicross.com
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