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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."— Dr. Seuss

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Desolation series Finale: Destined

Have you heard of Ali Cross’s Desolation series, if not, you are missing out. I was lucky enough to read a copy of her newest book, Destined, last month and I'm happy to say that it was awesome!

In Become, we follow Desi (Lucifer’s daughter) as she leaves the comfortable familiarity of Hell and travels to the real world on a mission for her father. Once there, she finds that even the Devil’s daughter can choose to become something more than what she is.

In Desolate, Desi is haunted by choices she made in the first book and dreams of her loved one being tormented in the same Hell she used to call home. When a strange demon injures her, she starts to see that choices are not as permanent as she thought—and that the power of choice is that you can make a new one every day. In order to save her friends, she must grasp them from the jaws of Hell, even if it means losing herself.

Destined is the thrilling conclusion where Desi’s friends move heaven and earth to save her. She has lived her whole life with two warring powers, darkness and light, inside her—both fighting for her loyalty. In Destined she embraces them both, recognizing that none of us are all bad or good—that our abilities do not rule our destiny, but rather our choices define us. In great battle for Asgard, involving all nine worlds, Desi finds her purpose and makes her final choice.

All three books use myths like Asgard, Loki, Valkyrie, and the Rainbow Bridge. These fantastic elements are part of her everyday life—they are family after all.  

If you enjoy a series with some deep soul searching and a constant struggle between the pull of darkness and light, then this is it.

When I first read Become, I had my daughter wait a year or two because one of the challenges Desi faces is the lure of seduction. She feels the desire and wants it, but still has a choice. I think this series is more suited to 14 years and up rather than the young YA market. My daughter loves it, but understands why I had her wait a couple years.

The author is Ali Cross, excellent writer and blog expert extraordinaire. You can check out her writers dojo here.  Notice her covers are all original work? I think they are pretty cool.

So in celebration of winter, (my most favorite time of the year because there is no farming to do) I’m giving away a kindle copy of the first two books, Become and Desolate. You can read sample pages on Amazon.
Don't forget to put Destined on your to-read list on goodreads. And snag it when it becomes available on December 12th, 2012.

 How to enter:
Just leave a comment with your email (Like: myemail AT wherever DOT com) saying which book you want! (Though I'm sure loads of good Karma will follow you if you share this to FB or Twitter or goodreads, please do, but it's not required) We'll choose a winner on Wednesday, December 12th because that's release day for Destined!




Unknown said...

I'd love either one...email addy : cyndilbarth@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

I'd love either one...email addy : cyndilbarth@hotmail.com

Rita Webb said...

Become has been on my to-read list for a long time.
rita [at] ritajwebb [dot] com

Renae Weight Mackley said...

Great, Wendy, I've been wanting to read these. Please enter me. Hope your winter writing goes great.

Christy said...

Ohh, count me in! christy (at) dorrity (dot) net

Laura B said...

I'd like book 2. Since I've read and LOVED book 1. If I don't win it here, I'll get it anyway so I win no matter what. lardobastian at gmail dot com


Six of Us said...

Confession: When I saw Goddess of the Corn on Facebook I thought that was the name of your book. And for a second I was like, "Eh. I'll give it a read." Funny the difference between a blog and a book...
I'd go for the first one. I haven't read it yet.

Wendy Swore said...

Six of Us, that is so funny. I named my blog Goddess of the Corn because it sounds so much nicer than unpaid grunt worker, which is what I am on my farm. *wink*

Cathy said...

I would love a copy of the second book. The first one has been devoured by both my daughter and I and we are anxiously salivating over number 2. My email is cathywit@comcast.net.

David P. King said...

This is fantastic! Big fan of Ali's, so this is great to know.

I gave you a Shout-Out on my blog today. :)