Books I’ve Enjoyed: Become by Ali Cross

Become (Desolation, #1)Become by Ali Cross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads: 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

Gosh, “Become” is such a hard book to describe. It was a book I loved to hate.

Allow me to explain.
It gripped me from the first page. I read it in a day, I was very captivated by it, and really wanted to see what happened. In that sense, I loved it.

Much of the book takes place in Desi’s head. On one hand, I have to say that Desi’s voice was strong, and well developed. On the other hand, her head is a wild place to be. She is very repetitive, thinks the same things a lot – “I was the devil’s daughter…” Yup got it. Don’t need to hear it thought over and over.

She frequently feels the need to justify her behavior and thoughts and feelings by reminding us just who she is. And that was where my hate came in. By halfway in, I knew the character pretty well, I didn’t need all the constant extra explaining.

The pace was fantastic. It moved fast and never got dull or boring.

The editing was clean. A few small formatting issues – extra spaces. But absolutely nothing that interfered with readability.

This book, all in all, is an example of a self published title well done. The cover is breathtaking, and the interior design is done very well too.

But then we come to the end. I don’t mind cliffhangers – to some extent. This one though, left me feeling very unsatisfied. I fully expect the first book in a series to leave me with questions and wanting more. This though, left me feeling like “what was the point?”

From one standpoint, I can see that the conclusion was more in her emotional journey, and that part was at least a bit satisfying.

I really believe that a cliffhanger, done well, should at least leave a character and by proxy the reader, on a high note. – This book failed to deliver that.

If it weren’t for the ending, I would have likely given 4 stars, even if the repeated thoughts did get a bit annoying, so you may like this book better than I did if cliffhangers don’t bother you.

I haven’t made up my mind yet if I will get the sequel. It’s my understanding that as of right now, the 3rd book isn’t out yet, and I suspect the second book will be just as much of a cliffhanger from the reviews I have read on it. I will probably wait until the author concludes the series, and then consider finishing it.

I would rate the cover a 5, the plot a 3, the characterization a 4, the editing a 5 and the world building a 4

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