Review: Become (Desolation #1) by Ali Cross

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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.

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.

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Desolation is the daughter of Loki or Lucifer, as he likes to be known.  She has been raised in Hell.  Being the princess of Hell there are expectations but she has learned to hide the warmth she carries deep inside.  She keeps to herself and trains with Akaros.  He is encouraging her to Become.  She has refused to give into her shadow self so far.
Her father is sending her to Earth again.  She feels like she is being punished and is unsure what she has done.  She dreads the remembering she must do.  The guilt she feels about Aaron.  The only good thing is seeing Lucy, her true friend who loves her.  She is a light in Desi’s darkness.
She also meets Miri who also becomes a light.  She steps in and continues in Lucy’s shoes.  Desi’s guilt weighs her down and she feels she can’t deserve what they are trying to give her.
When she becomes, everything she believed is wrong.  She is drawn into the war in which she didn’t remember while living in Hell.  She has to make tough choices and great sacrifices to battle for Earth against her father.
This story is incredibly dark.  You feel for Desi from the beginning.  The author makes it clear that she is different and doesn’t really belong there.  She is very damaged over her visit to Earth eight months ago and what occurred with Aaron.
It was hard to read this story.  It was very depressing.  I thought the story was unique with a good vs evil theme.  Desolation is exactly what her name construes.  As I read the story I hoped she would come out on the right side of light and Asgard.  I didn’t like how things ended.  She lost a lot and I hope it rectifies itself in the next book.  The ending chapters really brought the story down for me.  I give it a 3 out of 5.

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