Become (Desolation #1) by Ali Cross


Desi may look like a typical teenager to the students at St. Mary’s, but little do they know she is actually a princess…and she has lived for centuries. Someday, she will inherit her father’s kingdom – Hell. Yep, that’s right, she is Lucifer’s daughter. As his daughter, she is sent to Midguard (Earth) to do her father’s bidding. The latest task involves helping an already troubled girl on her path to an eternity in Hell via drunken suicide. But when Desi meets Miri, the two discover they share an identical need for friendship, support and love. This new friendship gives Desi the strength she needs to choose a different path than the one the king of hell had planned – a path opposed to his rule. She will Become, and she will be unlike anything anyone in all the nine worlds has ever seen before.

This story was a quick read – seriously I read it in two sittings. While I liked the plot of the story and the characters, I felt this book could have been better. There are a couple of parts that seem disjointed. One minute Desi is shouting that the Hallowed have no idea what her Father is capable of; the next minute she is contrite and demure and willing to do whatever they ask. One aspect I really enjoyed was how the author intertwined her novel with tales of Odin, Thor, Asgard, Michael, Loki, Lucifer, Valhalla, the Bifrost, and the intricate history of the worlds. And of course, what YA novel would be complete without a love story consisting of wanting, needing, discovering, loving, and heartache. The two men in Desi’s crazy life are James (a demon’s lackey that stirs up all kinds of lustful, sinful desires) and Michael (a curly-haired, citrus scented boy that she knew and loved in another time, a different time, a time when she wasn’t the princess of Hell). Overall, the story kept my interest through the end. I’m already reading book 2, Desolate.

Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Appropriate for ages 14 & up

For more information about Ali Cross, check out her website!

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