Gabriel is the type of guy that we all should be so lucky to have in our lives. His attention and love for Amber is endearing and sweet. I cannot imagine one without the other. Raine Thomas has the incredible ability to paint this new world into our minds with the written word. I could see and feel it all. It is simply beautiful. As I type this I am longing to read Central, so I will close.
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Return to top of page. Again, while I felt that this story definitely had some strengths in some of its characters and uniqueness, it might have benefited from a bit of 'tightening up'. I felt the explanation of their origins was a bit long and overwhelming.
Perhaps, dividing the Estilorians into three groupings rather than I don't know if there was actually a strong plot by the truest definition. I think it was basically about a girl coming of age and learning the reasons behind her difficulties in life and they were truly unlike anyone else's. There was an underlying theme of some of the 'bad' Estilorians wanting to rid the Estilorian plane of anything that resembled an abomination.
This sort of simmered on the back-burner throughout the book until close to the end of this installment where there was the inevitable battle. The story definitely held my interest but might have benefited from some 'polishing' for lack of a better word. A good effort by an up and coming author. Finally, I'd like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This review first appeared here on my blog! Becoming is one of those books that you sit down to read a few pages of and next thing you know, you're looking up at the clock and an hour has somehow passed you by! I honestly adored this book from start to finish and my only regret is that I didn't read it sooner.
Becoming first caught my eye a while back because of its lovely cover. Once I read the description, I knew this was a book that I could not miss out on. I ju This review first appeared here on my blog! I just had to know how it was all going to play out. I loved pretty much everything about this book. From page one, the reader is thrown into an absolutely fascinating story. We get to know the two protagonists, Amber and Gabriel and see the close but complex friendship they have.
Amber hasn't had an easy life; all her foster placements didn't end well through no fault of her own, but this doesn't stop Amber from being a kindhearted and selfless character who you can't help but adore. There is certainly a lot of tension from the very beginning of this book. Amber and Gabriel are constantly living in fear of Amber having one of her ''surges'' and the possible consequences of that. Amber never really gets to relax and just enjoy her life because she never knows what's ahead of her or how dangerous it is! When Amber and Gabriel find out that there are others like her out there, they are quite willing to believe it because they had already seen the impossible happen several times.
My favourite part was when we found out about the Estilorians and their story. It was just so intriguing and I couldn't tear my eyes away from the page. I love how Amber found out so many secrets about her own past and faced it with courage and a level-head! Gabriel and Amber are really forced to grow up pretty fast in this book but their relationship is sweet, even if it all gets a bit cheesy at times!
I also really loved the characters names in this book. They were just fun to look at and added a unique aspect to this book! If you haven't already figured it out, I thoroughly enjoyed Becoming and will be getting to the rest of the series in the coming weeks so look out for those review. I'll also be reviewing Defy next week for the blog tour, which is based on the same world but is a separate series! Mar 19, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: As Amber approaches her 18th birthday, she and Gabriel are on alert for her next incident as they have been getting stronger as she ages. I am not giving away much but saying that Amber is not entirely human.
It turns out Amber is a product of a human mother and an Estilorian father. They are powerful long-lived beings that used to roam the earth with humans but now live on a different plane of existence. Amber and her two sisters, the daughters of an Estilorian named Saraqael, have grown up on earth for their protection. The Estilorians are split up into factions or tribes based on their abilities or not.
I immediately liked her and felt her feelings of loss, excitement, fear, doubt, joy and more. POV well, since this book is in third person it works really well. This story has everything you're looking for in a YA Fantasy Novel. It was a book that captured my attention from the very beginning and by the end when the action and some trouble goes down I was weeping for Amber and Gabriel. Overall, it is a perfect fit for a reader in their younger teens. Oct 07, Brina Courtney rated it it was amazing.
Of course since every time I saw the word Estilorians, I thought of Estonians, and several of these names sound like variations of common Polish names, I kept imagining a race of northern and eastern Europeans. Some of them are not, the Mercesti are merely the group of Estilorians who think that the daughters of Saraqael should be killed. I had hard time making sense of this tribal division and an even harder time accepting that each faction has its own eye color and if for example, a Orculesti decides to become a Mercesti, his or her eye color would change to match the Mercesti.
Personally, I hate these complicated otherworldly societies. Amber and her two sisters eventually meet. Of the three of them, one is described as strong willed, responsible, loyal and a fighter, one as a caring, nature-loving intellectual and one as an outgoing free-spirit. The descriptions reminded me of the three Halliwell sisters from Charmed before Paige replaced Pheobe. The story is very well paced and has the appropriate amount of action and suspense. The love story is believable and not forced at all. The characters are decently fleshed out, and despite my personal feelings towards the world-building, it is well done.
Recommended to Emily by: This book was all lead-up and introduction, and felt like it never really got off the ground. Unfortunately, that meant that there was very little non-trivial action, and a whole lot of flat description. I felt like reading the book wasted my time - I didn't get any exciting descriptions, but there were too many descriptive words that distracted from a smooth flow. I did This book was all lead-up and introduction, and felt like it never really got off the ground. I didn't connect to the characters or understand how they grew, yet clearly they were growing in the author's eyes.
She just didn't let me into their world - though it's clear she was trying, and thought she had succeeded. Two things that really bothered me in the character development: She used his memories and knowledge where it was convenient for him to know them, and completely ignored that he would have them and what that would mean when it was not. Poor form, and definitely non-smooth to read. She was good at all the right things at all the right times, whether or not those things had been mentioned earlier.
And, most bothersome, her emotional maturity didn't make sense - she was great at it all the time, without any real explanation of how that changed. Ms Thomas's writing style is fine, but always leaves me wanting a little something more. This book however was much better in that regard than the preview of Defy that I read - I couldn't even finish the preview on that one. I can't quite put a finger on what I don't like, but I think the gist of it is that she writes like I do - straightforwardly, and without the inspired descriptions that make a truly great novelist.
She goes in heavy on the adjectives, but they all just end up feeling like her high school teacher told her she needed 2 in every sentence so she made sure they were there - they don't add much, and at least for me often detracted from the flow and impact of the story. I did like the very sweet, very chaste romance, though once again the descriptions and dialog were horribly cheesy. I love the romantic side of romance stories, but don't particularly enjoy the bodice-ripper style. Dec 17, Dion rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know how many of u know about my reviews, but I only review really amazing books and I found it quite good and the perfect style for me 5.
POV well, since this book is in third person it works really well. View all 3 comments. Anyone with a pulse: I was lucky to have the chance to read the first 3 chapters of Becoming before it was released Thanks Raine! I had to know what happened. I have been anxiously awaiting the release.
The world of the Estilorians is a world unlike any other. I have never read anything like this. From the very beginning prologue, ahem my heart was pounding. Amber is a young woman that is easy to relate to and root for. I immediately liked her and felt her feelings of loss, excitement, I was lucky to have the chance to read the first 3 chapters of Becoming before it was released Thanks Raine! I immediately liked her and felt her feelings of loss, excitement, fear, doubt, joy and more. The life she has lived has been one of extreme loss and hardship.
Her sarcastic humor and snarky attitude are tools she uses to protect herself. Her journey in Becoming is nothing short of remarkable. Gabriel is the type of guy that we all should be so lucky to have in our lives. His attention and love for Amber is endearing and sweet. I cannot imagine one without the other. Raine Thomas has the incredible ability to paint this new world into our minds with the written word. I could see and feel it all. It is simply beautiful.
As I type this I am longing to read Central, so I will close. I absolutely loved every word. View all 6 comments. Feb 06, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: When it comes to Young Adult Fantasy, it really doesn't get better than Becoming. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement. I wasn't just blown away, I was swept away. I loved everything about Becoming. It was charming, fresh, innovative. World-building at it's finest. Truly, a beautifully crafted story with lovely characters, settings, raw emotion and a powerful message.
In this book, love truly does conquer all. And I'm not only talking about romantic love, but love for one's se When it comes to Young Adult Fantasy, it really doesn't get better than Becoming. And I'm not only talking about romantic love, but love for one's self and for our fellow man. There is an underlying theme in this book that without respect, love and understanding, you really can't go anywhere in life.
And I really loved it! The romance in this story was incredibly refreshing. There are no love triangles. The love shared between the main characters, Amber and Gabriel, is a love that is nurtured overtime, grown out of mutual respect and admiration. They are friends first and fall in love later. The only hurdles in this love story are the personal insecurities and doubts of each character rooted in their complex backgrounds. The love in this story felt very real and it was very sweet. Amber -who is the female lead in this book- is a very strong young woman, who is unassuming and very funny.
Her main struggle being her general distrust of others due to not having a stable home for most of her childhood and being moved across several foster care homes for most of her life. Gabriel, the male lead in this book, is more of a gentle spirit, strong but more comfortable around others.
He is a true gentleman and really is the perfect balance to Amber's more distant nature. I loved that Amber and Gabriel felt very real, the dialogue for both of these characters was incredibly believable and truly authentic to how people sound like in their late teens. When it comes to world-building, I thought that Becoming shined. In Becoming instead of having angels, fairies, vampires, or wolves, we have a new type of being introduced to us.
They are called The Estilorians. In this book, the humans are not aware of their existence; even though at some point in time, humans and Estilorians shared the world. The difference between the two being that Estilorians have a slight different appearance, special powers and react different to emotion while humans don't have any special powers and are more emotional beings. Eventually, The Estilorians have to separate themselves from the humans and become the stuff of what human myth and legend is based upon.
And from here on, the book delves and centers itself around the myth about the daughters of Saraqael, an Estilorian and we soon discover new truths about our main characters, the Estilorian world and people, and their battles. But above all, my favorite part of Becoming is it's study on emotion. Each character in the book has a very particular personality and struggle. Whether it is being too distrusting, too logical or too fearful and when you add the lack of emotion that characterize the Estilorians you have yourself a quite fascinating read on how the lack or excess of emotion can affect any culture human or not.
Also, I felt like this book centers around how dangerous the fear of the unknown can get. How it can devolve into cruelty, coldness and jealousy even. And considering how fleshed out each character in this book is, both primary and secondary characters, the reader soon finds themselves absolutely captivated and invested in each characters emotional struggle and journey to overcome what main issue plagues them. I definitely can't wait to read about Olivia and Skye's journey in book two and three, in the Daughters of Saraqael series.
Because like Amber and Gabriel, they were also quite interesting and lovely characters to read about it. It is packed with adventure, love, creativity, insight, and humour. Becoming is truly captivating from start to finish. Dec 11, Jen rated it really liked it.
Becoming is quite the read! I have to say that I'm very satisfied with the way this book turned out. When I first started this book, it read like a contemporary, but towards the middle, as the paranormal elements were involved, I got a little confused. From there, I thought I was going to dislike the book. However, towards the end, it picked up immensely, and I grew to love it. The characters were fabulous the entire time though, bringing up my enjoyment level.
Becoming is a unique supernatural Becoming is quite the read! Becoming is a unique supernatural romance story that I definitely recommend. One of my favorite things about Becoming are the characters. Surprisingly enough, it's not the main character Amber that stands out for me even if she is super sweet and awesome ; it's the main character's love interest that catches the reader's attention. Gabriel is Amber's stepbrother, and has always been loving and protective towards Amber. He's always had a secret crush on her since they were tweens, and his undying love for her grows more after they find out about the Estilorian world.
He reads like an angel for me, he is so sweet and just perfect. The fact that he is with Amber through the toughest of times is just adorable and it is never obsessive or creepy. Gabriel is a character that really shines in Becoming. I also have to give tons of credit to Raine Thomas for creating such a different supernatural world!
I have never read anything like Becoming, with the different planes and powers that the characters have. It's certainly unique and holds the readers interest easily. I'm thankful for the creativity, because the plot was mediocre in the beginning. I kind of just went along with the story, not thinking much of it. But the ending was very fast-paced and tension-filled! I needed to know what happened immediately. There aren't many problems in this book at all; in fact, I only had one minor problem: I could never get their names straight since there were so many of them.
Most of them turn out to be minor background characters, but still. I frequently had to go back and remind myself who was who. This problem detracted my enjoyment in the middle of the novel, but the main characters and plot made up for it in the end. I am still pleased with the way this book turned out.
If you're able to see past the confusion factor in Becoming, and you love yourself an extremely precious or tender romance and an incomparable supernatural element plot-line, I highly recommend this book!
I have to say that I am surprised that I adored this book so much. The creativity of it all will make readers craving for more! For more of my reviews, check out the blog: I have to say to start out, that I normally have a huge aversion to young adult fiction that is labeled to have a romance in it. My brain sort of has a mini seizure and I walk away going, no! However, something drew me to this new book series.
I found out about it following the author via twitter, followed the link to her website, read the synopsis to book one, and instantly I was sold. No vampires, no werewolves, it was a totally new and fresh idea for my brain to savor and lap at slowly, and sa I have to say to start out, that I normally have a huge aversion to young adult fiction that is labeled to have a romance in it. No vampires, no werewolves, it was a totally new and fresh idea for my brain to savor and lap at slowly, and savor and then devour it did!
The beginning of the book opened a secret door into this new world featuring the Estilorians, a race that used to exist parallel to humans. Till of course humans fearing that which was different repelled the race. We enter this series with Amber and Gabriel as our books leads. Instantly I took a liking to our teenage heroine, she was moody and standoffish without being overwhelming. We see so many authors take this over the top. Gabriel is her best friend and of course they both secretly pine for one another.
It was expertly written out. There was no eye rolling, it was subtle, and easy the romance between these two. I could see it all in my head and it was making me smile. I was soon falling in love with the two leads. The story develops on a slowly rising roller coaster that gives us little glimpses into the villain of this series. I found myself, of course far too curious about the villain I have a thing for alpha males and he of course had that alpha personna leaking from the page.
However, as the story takes off and they enter the Estilorian plain I come to find a whole lot of alpha! It was a book that captured my attention from the very beginning and by the end when the action and some trouble goes down I was weeping for Amber and Gabriel. I can only describe it as magic to read. So few young adult books give us something different and unique to enjoy. I enjoyed this one as much as some of my favorite adult fantasy series. Bless Raine Thomas for releasing all the books at the same time; I might have burst if I have to wait.
I'm going to burst once I finish this series and have to wait for her next one! Jul 31, Nicci rated it it was ok. I was browsing Kindle books on Amazon one day when I found this. The cover is what I immediately fell in love with! Then, of course, I read the summary. It sounded different and really interesting. Finally I checked the book out on Goodreads to see what kind of reviews it was getting it has an average rating of 4. I enjoyed the main characters in the book. Amber and Gabriel have a wonderful friendship that felt completely real. Their gu I was browsing Kindle books on Amazon one day when I found this.
B, was sweet and caring. As we are introduced to the Estilorians, however, I began to struggle to finish it. I felt like the mythology behind the characters and their lives was confusing at times. The Estilorians are also a hard race to really like, at all, for me at least. I had trouble connecting and really caring about them. Olivia probably had the most realistic attitude as they left their human lives behind. I hated the way she was written. She just felt like a wimpy little girl.
The story was written too fast. It felt somewhat choppy and rushed, and it does not flow like a good story should. Perhaps if it had been longer things could have been better explained and established. While there definitely were some elements of the book I enjoyed, overall it was not a good read. The book really felt as if it could have been an early draft to the story and not the final one. After all the rave reviews on Goodreads, I was expecting something much better. In the end I was very disappointed. Jun 08, Laura rated it really liked it. The best part about Amber is that she's smart.
She doesn't take forever to hem and haw about whether Gabriel is interested, she doesn't fret about the existence if the Estilorians. She just takes action which is awesome! I had a little trouble with the world-building- it's very detailed and I kept forgetting the classes of Estilorians, but it didn't take away from the story.
I also was told about a handy Estilorian chart on the authors website How cool is that?! All in all a fabulous story w The best part about Amber is that she's smart. All in all a fabulous story with great characters- I truly love Amber and her sisters! Can't wait to read the next one, Central. Apr 30, Becky Shambley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Protest, because Raine's new book, Defy, the first in the trilogy that follows the ones I am reviewing, was released today, and I haven't gotten to read it yet!
For those to whom that sentence made sense, thank you for following my somewhat twisted thought processes, and for those to whom it did not make sense, my apologies. I don't have words, even a week, two weeks, and I suspect even six months from now, later. Raine Thomas has proven I am NOT the only person in the world that thinks the way I do, lol, poor Raine, but her ability to make it clear to others, well, I envy it.
She tells a story so rich, so intricate, and yet, still manages to NOT lose her reader. Something I am still working on. The main characters exhibit the best humanity has to offer in terms of a desire to do right. Yes, I did intentionally word it that way, because that is pretty much how I view it. We can do right or wrong, and the girls constantly watch themselves to make sure which path they are traveling, a concept I think reaches far more than just myself and my son, judging by the other reviews.
Editorial Reviews. Review. " great potential to do something amazing in the young adult Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael Book One) - Kindle edition by Raine Thomas. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Becoming has ratings and reviews. Chelsea said: Here's a book that will rock your world, make you smile, and keep you guessing. Where do I even.
What I truly enjoy and what sets these apart from other fantasy novels based on good and evil, is that Raine allows the characters to ALL have both aspects, even those inherently evil ones, and allows you to see the struggles that we all endure as we walk our individual paths. I connected with some aspect of every single character, and I've never, in over books, and 38 years, encountered that. I empathized read my first post, I am an empath with every single character, including Aurora, the feline counterpart to Olivia. I challenge anyone to read these books and NOT connect to the characters.
Raine has such a clear understanding of humanity, our emotions, and how those emotions can lead the best of us, to do the worst of things, and vice-versa, that you cannot help but connect with her books, and her.
I have been so blessed, the night I was reading the first one, was a very hard night for me. I won't go into details, but I was seeking a distraction from reality, and even my favorite books Marina's Tales, reviewed first in my blog were not providing it. My eyes lit on Raine's books, and I decided to trust my instincts. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I did. I also wrote her a letter that night, going into more detail as to what I was trying to evade, and somehow, between her book, and my letter, I made the most valuable thing in the world However, that didn't happen till I was done with the books, so nope, it's not because I care about Raine that I will crow about her books.
That would have happened no matter her response to my letter. There is no simple way to put it that will accurately reflect the quality of the writing. She has no typos, which I find in the big box books anyway, no grammatical issues, nothing of the technical problems that plague so many books.. There is a depth of passion, love, and sheer soul that she puts into her work that I see glimpses of in most writing, but rarely is it thrown out there for the world to judge.
Apr 09, Victoria rated it liked it. Every three years, Amber Hopkins explodes. I love the cover of this book! It was on my recommend list and I just went straight to it. I think its beautiful. I could not picture what Amber and Gabriel looked like throughout the entire first half of the book. This there for left me feeling fairly unconnected towards them both. It was either my fault for not concentrating enough, or there was not a description there that had enough depth. It took me till well within the second half of the book to feel the actually pull to carry on with it.
I found myself very easily distracted. That very rely happens to me when reading. I even resorted to reading in the bath so there was no distractions around that could deter me. The fact that Gabriel is only 18 and spoke like a 40 year old man really ticked me off sometimes. At times I thought it made the story feel cold His old fashioned manners on the other hand, I had no problem with.
Gosh, I wish a boy would come and open my car door for me. Why oh why, is the girl in every book I read so innocent and self-loathing! Still I just want a girl that remotely loves even some part of her, likes to shop like the average girl and can put on some makeup without making a deal out of it. The saving grace and the only reason I got through the first half of the book was the romance between Amber and Gabriel. But I found myself loving the tenderness and understanding these two seemed to have for each other. I like that they were best friends first and then went into a relationship together.
And then all of a sudden, bam! Amber and Gabriel find out they are both not human and we are transported to another plane of existence. You find yourself in an entirely different type of world which is so original and well developed in comparison to the undetailed lives they lead in the human world. Maybe a little too detailed at times.
I found myself being left behind on some of the smaller details. This did not however, keep me from understanding the story as a whole. I loved Skye with her positive and relaxed attitude. Then there is the Olivia who is so logical and thinks that all things come down to science and maths.
I also found myself liking Amber when she was around her two sisters. You see her allowing herself to care and connect with them both. The only thing stopping me form loving this book instead of just liking it,was the begging. I can definitely say I will be reading the sequel.
View all 4 comments. Jul 28, A Book Vacation rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To see my full review: The beginning half of the novel centers around Amber and her life on the human plane as she gets ready for graduation and taking the next steps in her life. Thomas fleshes out her characters, Amber and Gabriel, during this time, making the reader fall in love with them as we get to know them on a deep level. Having grown up together in foster care To see my full review: Having grown up together in foster care, watching them thrive and fall in love was extremely gratifying, and I really enjoyed their characters.
I especially love Gabriel. I loved both leads very much, though Gabe steals the show, in my opinion.
But, regardless, the world building is epic! The ending of Becoming was a little rough for me as I was convinced that Thomas was going to do something drastic to the characters, and I nearly threw the book across the room in tears.
But, I believe Thomas has written this series to follow a different sister in each novel while still flowing in sequence, which is awesome! Oct 19, Evie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sparkly, bright, golden, shimmery stars!