Hello my friends! I'm late posting this - busy, busy day! - but that doesn't mean I'm any less excited to talk about BECOME by Ali Cross!
I picked up this book because Ali is the interior formatter for Shattered Veil, and when I heard she was also a writer I wanted to check out her stuff. And let me tell you, I am SOOOO glad I did!! Seriously. BECOME blew me away. Before I fangirl it up, here's more info on the book.
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.
This book totally impressed me. The writing is beautiful, the story is fast-paced, the main character is strong and conflicted...and the world building and plotting is super intriguing. I LOVED it. Ali just has that touch...she can put you inside her characters and story so you SEE what's happening as you read. I loved that Desi's coming of age was the focus of the story. There's romance, but the central conflicts and obstacles have much more to do with who Desi is and who she chooses to become, as opposed to which guy she likes or what she'll do for him. I found this quite refreshing. I thought Ali did a GREAT job with Desi's voice and emotional landscape. I could understand where Desi was coming from and why she made the choices she did...and I really felt for her and her predicament. This book came out a while ago and the rest of the series has already been released. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. If you like angel books, strong girl paranormals, and/or awesome, fast-paced reads you should totally check out BECOME. But be warned...you may just stay up all night reading...and find yourself rushing for book 2 in the morning. ;-)
Check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are reading this week!
- Jessica, Katy and Tracey are celebrating their favorite books with the Class of 2013 Blogfest.
- Lenore Appelhans is sharing her love for CONTROL by Lydia Kang
- Christine Fonseca is enthralled with DRAGONFLY by Leigh Talbert Moore
- Tracy Banghart is transforming with BECOME by Ali Cross
- Kimberly Sabatini is intrigued by SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West
- Shari Arnold is thrilled by CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Mass