Monday, November 5, 2012


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.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Ali Cross takes Hell to a whole new level with her novel, Become, focusing around Lucifer's daughter -- Desolation. The story line is a question of when Desi will choose to accept her inner demon, in other words: become. But Desi doesn't like being an evil force. Which definitely produces a problem for dear, old dad. 

Desi was an easy character to like but not an easy one to understand or really form a strong connection with. Her thoughts, hopes, and fears were often jumbled together. I had a hard time discerning what Desi was aiming for in her rebellion. She disliked being evil but still wanted to return to Hell? Huh? 

Though readers will form a basic connection with Desi based on her insecurities and honesty as a teenage girl, I'm unsure if the bond will strengthen throughout the rest of the book.  

The plot line itself was interesting, but still very confusing. Desi travels to Earth in order to "train" in her journey to become a demon. But when it seems that she has, it turns out that she hasn't. She actually has a choice to opt out of demon-ness. Then angels get involved and a tornado of misunderstanding swoops in. The worst thing was the word choice by Cross. Throughout the novel, there are several different names for the same thing and when used interchangeably readers can easily get lost. I know that I did. Often. 

Become has a great story idea and wonderful characters to build upon, but it didn't feel like a final version to me. Cross's creativity was fresh and intriguing. (I did finish the entire book) But, sadly, I don't think I'll be going back for book two. 

Rating: 2/5 cups

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