[Becoming] E–pub ¿ Raine Thomas
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 Ranchers Refuge (Whisper Falls, loved everything about Becoming It was charming fresh innovative World building at it s finest Truly a beautifully crafted story withovely characters settings raw emotion and a powerful message In this book Last Seen... love truly does conuer all And I m not only talking about romanticove but Having Gabriels Baby love for one s self and for our fellow man There is an underlying theme in this book that without respectove and understanding you really can t go anywhere in Waiting for You (Lifesworn, life And I reallyoved itThe romance in this story was incredibly refreshing There are no The Mediterranean Billionaires Blackmail Bargain love triangles No instantaneousove The A Christmas Seduction love shared between the main characters Amber and Gabriel is aove that is nurtured overtime grown out of mutual respect and admiration They are friends first and fall in The Pregnant Midwife loveater The only hurdles in this The Simple Soul of Susan love story are the personal insecurities and doubts of each character rooted in their complex backgrounds Theove in this story felt very real and it was very sweet Amber who is the female NetBeans IDE 8 Cookbook 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 herife Gabriel the male Master Locksmithing lead in this book is of a gentle spirit strong but comfortable around others He is a true gentleman and really is the perfect balance to Amber s distant nature Ioved that Amber and Gabriel felt very real the dialogue for both of these characters was incredibly believable and truly authentic to how people sound Born to Blog like in theirate teensWhen it comes to world building I thought that Becoming shined Why because it was really creative intelligent and complex 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 emotional beings Eventually The Estilorians have to separate themselves from the humans and become the stuff of what human myth and The New Alpha legend is based upon And from here on the book delves and centers itself around the myth about the daughters of Saraael an Estilorian and we soon discover new truths about our main characters the Estilorian world and people and their battlesBut 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 tooogical or too fearful and when you add the Accelerated Learning lack of emotion that characterize the Estilorians you have yourself a uite fascinating read on how theack or excess of emotion can affect any culture human or not Also I felt Fitzpatricks Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition, 2 Volume Set 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 themI definitely can t wait to read about Olivia and Skye s journey in book two and three in the Daughters of Saraael series Becauseike Amber and Gabriel they were also uite interesting and The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook lovely characters to read about itMy advice Read this book It has everything you want in a Young Adult fantasyromance novel It is packed with adventureove creativity insight and humour Becoming is truly captivating from start to finishMy Rating 55 This book was all Clashing Views on Abnormal Psychology lead up and introduction and feltike it never really got off the ground This is probably because it s the first book in a Trilogy And The Author Was Using It To Introduce The and the author was using it to introduce the and ideas Unfortunately that meant that there was very Writing Matters! - Student Book little non trivial action and a wholeot of flat description I felt ike 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 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 et me into their world though it s clear she was trying and thought she had succeededTwo things that really bothered me in the character development1 Gabriel s was very inconsistent view spoilerShe completely ignored the confusion he must have ad returning to his Estillorian self and regaining those memories 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 hide spoiler I was approached by Raine Thomas to review the first book her in Daughters of Saraael trilogy Becoming Overall I felt it was a decent effort by an independent author From the story s synopsis it sounded Murder Shoots the Bull (Southern Sisters, like something truly uniue so that piued my interest and it WAS uniue The mythology Raine created in this book was unlike anything else I ever read It had a tinge of sci fi mixed in with fantasy with aore that almost made it sound Hudson Valley Mediterranean like the Estilorians were angels and their different plane of existence could be construed as heaven Iiked Amber well enough At first I had to admit that I rolled my eyes at the fact that she seemed totally clueless to fellow foster child "Garbriel s intentions But she did uickly redeem herself as she seemed to "s intentions But she did uickly redeem herself as she seemed to confidence as her relationship with Gabriel grew I adored Gabriel He was the most strongly written character in my mind Gabriel has harboured a protective and growing romantic interest in Amber since she came to Doing Democracy in Indigenen Gemeinschaften live with him and Mrs B when they were both 12 Obviously at 12 Gabriel didn t act on his romantic feelings for Amber but he always knew she was for him The depth of their feelings is fully understoodater in the story once we The Secrets of Boys learn of their origins They became best friends first which Ioved Their relationship as 18 year olds was adorable and Stop Whining--and Start Winning lovingSome of the complimentary cast of characters were strong while others perhaps needed development or they were just dropped out of the story once they were noonger needed I felt we got to know Olivia and Skye uite well but some of the others Charlie and the Christmas Kitty left me wanting to know about them especially Saraael and his humanove We did Il sale della vita learn a bit about them through Optioned for movie rights by multiple award winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence ProductionsEvery three years Amber Hopkins explodes Okay not a blown to smithereens explosion but whatever it is always hurtsike hell and My Favorite Things leaves herife a shambles She’s already worked her way through five foster placements and she’s doing whatever she can to avoid getting blasted into a sixth. .
H beautiful details that made my imagination just come to ife Such a refreshing take on paranormal realmsThe amazing characters the incredible Estilorian Plane and the many MANY surprising plot twists made this book the fantastic story it is I can t wait to read Central the next book in the series I was ucky to have the chance to read the first 3 chapters of Becoming before it was released Thanks Raine and I was instantly hooked I had to know what happened I have been anxiously awaiting the releaseThe world of the Estilorians is a world unlike any other I have never read anything The Nine of Us 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 immediatelyiked her and felt her feelings of oss excitement fear doubt joy and The ife she has Hiding in the Bathroom lived has been one of extremeoss 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 The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, lucky to have in ourives His attention and The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories 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 amonging to read Central so I will close I am so grateful that I have been able to meet Raine and be introduced to the Estilorians I absolutely Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy loved every word Read Becoming for yourself and be prepared to enter a fantasy you ve never even dreamed of Side note I really want my own Gloresti swoon Daughters of Serouel follows Amber a 17 year old foster child whoives with her guardian and brother Gabriel Amber is not a normal teenager every three years she has an incident which is best described as a surge of power with Amber at the apex As Amber approaches her 18th birthday she and Gabriel are on alert for her next incident as they have been getting stronger as she agesI 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 What are Estilorians They are powerful The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, longived beings that used to roam the earth with humans but now Dare Mighty Things live on a different plane of existence Amber and her two sisters the daughters of an Estilorian named Saraael have grown up on earth for their protection While most of the Estilorians believe that the daughters of Saraael are a miracle Estilorians don t really procreate they just create there is a subset the Mercesti who wants to see them deadConfused yet I m just getting started The Estilorians are split up into factions or tribes based on their abilities or not There are Mercesti Elphresti Orculesti Corgloresti Waresti Scultresti Lekwuesti and Wymzesti Of course since every time I saw the word Estilorians I thought of Estonians and several of these names soundike variations of common Polish names I kept imagining a race of northern and eastern Europeans Some of these factions are based on abilities for example the Orculesti are mind readers communicators and the Wymzesti are prognostic Some of them are not the Mercesti are merely the group of Estilorians who think that the daughters of Saraael 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 The Estilorian factions reminded me of many of the angel books I ve read that classify angels into various groups with almost eually annoying names with different skill and powers I know a The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife lot of peopleike books with this type of set up it just isn t for meWhile I m on a rant about the names surely I can t be the only person who thinks that Saraael is awfully close in name to the anti psychotic Serauel Amber and her two sisters eventually meet Of the three of them one is described as strong "willed responsible Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback loyal and a fighter one as a caring natureoving "responsible Eternal Quest loyal and a fighter one as a caring natureoving and one as an outgoing free spirit I The Widows Little Secret ll bet you can t guess which one of those three is the oldest and which is the youngest The descriptions reminded me of the three Halliwell sisters from Charmed before Paige replaced PheobeDespite all my criticisms I did not hate this book I just didn tike it The story is very well paced and has the appropriate amount of action and suspense The Resurrection Year 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 doneMy only other criticism is broader than just this book but I wouldike to know when better than her or than her after any other comparative verb became grammatically acceptable I can definitely see why some The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department like and evenove this book it just wasn t for me and I won t be reading the rest of the trilogy Ithere are not words for how boring I found this book I wanted to ike it The cover is pretty and the ratings are generally pretty good and hey I m always up for a good indie book But dear God this book reads ike a teenager s fanfic Nothing happens Nothing The people who say otherwise are Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, lying to you The bad guys of this story don t even make a move until page 225 THE BOOK IS 250 PAGES Everything else prior to that consists of Amber our protagonist making gooey eyes at theove of her Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, life Gabriel Amber is apparently some kind of half deity meant to ascend to higher plane or something I started skimming so sue me and naturally she is an inhumanly gorgeous Super Speshul Snowflake with hair down to her knees wings and a giant sword who also heals people and shoots magic out of her hands Somewhat disturbingly after she ascends to the higher plane there is a brief mention to the fact that her physical body iseft behind and suddenly the book moves on A Miracle, A Universe like nothing happened So her body is actually justeft ying somewhere THIS SEEMS LIKE AN IMPORTANT DETAILThe writing itself isn t bad except that it s constantly devoted to random shit nobody cares about The clothes everyone is wearing the ingerie our protagonist is wearing whether or not people are wearing shoes and if they are what TYPE of shoe they are wearing this goes on for pages I m actually being serious as all of these details were covered extensively during various scenes So
#there you have it I know some people must ike this book but I was not one of them #you have it I know some people must ike *This Book But I Was Not One Of Them Find *book but I was not one of them find alternately hilarious and ridiculous that this series apparently spans THREE NOVELS I can only assume that the costume changes are plentiful to provide Ms Thomas with that much writing material. Having the power surges she isn’t entirely humanAmber must Become transitioning to another plane of existence and risking the Black Metropolis, Vol. 2 loss of the most important relationship she’s ever had Her choice will impact the future of an entire race of beings and will pit her against an enemy that will prey upon her doubt to try and take her veryifeKind of makes the explosions now seem By Words Alone like a cakewal. Ni herit s explaining Amber s history and through actual story flashbacks which were clever but I did want to knowike what kind of manEstilorian he was why he Constantinople and the West loved her mother so much to go to such extremes It justeft me wanting a bit Note I have since found out that the author is releasing a preuel style novella called Foretold which will serve as Saraael s storyAgain while I felt that this story definitely had some strengths in some of its characters and uniueness it might have benefited from a bit of tightening up I felt the explanation of their origins was a bit Enduring Truths long and overwhelming I also found the different tiersgroupings of Estilorians sort of hard to remember and what was each of their significance and why they were so significant to the story Perhaps dividing the Estilorians into three groupings rather than Iost count would have been easier on my memory 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 Myst learning the reasons behind her difficulties inife 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 battleOverall I feel the book has some merit and might appeal to some fantasysci fi followers who are The Chinese Love Pavilion looking for something completely different from the mainstream supernatural genre The story definitely held my interest but might have benefited from some polishing forack of a better word A good effort by an up and coming author Finally I d ike to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book Becoming is uite 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 ike a contemporary but towards the middle as the paranormal elements were involved I got a Dolphin Confidential little confused From there I thought I was going to dislike the book However towards the end it picked up immensely and I grew toov WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IN PARTICULAR SECTIONS MARKED WITH A AT THE BEGINNING AND A AT THE ENDomg amazingI don t know how many of u know about my reviews but I only review really amazing books and OH MY GOD this is amazingreasons why for me it stands out from other books1 the Mairis Mermaid love 3now of course this book hasove and a Windchill Summer love interest but it s not the same ach just get on with t and get togetherove as it happens soon into the book for me it is refreshing to read a book where there is no struggle to admit The Shadow of Your Smile love andor than oneove interest while we are on the topic of The Three Worlds love relationships2 in this book there is an even power balancein most books there is always one person who knows about the situation or who just has control over the relationship in this book I think the power balance is uite eual 3 the friendship between allin this book weearn that Amber is very closed off about her relationships and who she trusts this just makes the relationship between the sisters amazing having never met before just finding out a ot about themselves and in the end moving it is amazing how they stick together with an intangible connection4 perfect speedyou know how you get those books that go WAY too fast for you to understand and keep up with and then there are books that are so slow you just wanna skip to the end ad move on well this is right in the middle it wasn t too fast that I had to keep flicking back but it wasn t so slow that I
SKIPPED PARTS I FOUND IT UITE GOOD AND THE parts I found it uite good and the style for me5 POVwell since this book is in third person it works really well you could tell who you were by the narration eg he was thinking about and it gave a good all round opinion6 paranormalnew creature kinda for me they seemed to be a mix of fey and angel and witch uite an interesting image but it worked all the same final comment IF U HAVENT ALREADY READ Reviewed 17 December 2011 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 ooking 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 ovely cover Once I read the description I knew this was a book that I could not miss out on Power surges Alternate planes I just had to know how it was all going to play outI oved 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 Lectures on Buildings 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 adoreThere is certainly aot of tension from the very beginning of this book Amber and Gabriel are constantly Land living in fear of Amber having one of her surges and the possible conseuences of that Amber never really gets to relax and just enjoy herife because she never knows what s ahead of her or how dangerous it is When Amber and Gabriel find out that there are others ike her out there they are uite willing to believe it because they had already seen the impossible happen several "TimesMy Favourite Part Was "favourite part was 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 "page I ove how found out so many secrets about her own past and faced it with courage and a The Armlet of the Gods 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 timesI also reallyoved the characters names in this book They were just fun to The Crystal Rose look at and added a uniue 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 soook out for those review I Paradise For Two ll also be reviewing Defy next week for the blog tour which is based on the same world but is a separate series Here s a book that will rock your world make you smile and keep you guessing Where do I even beginFrom the first chapter I fell inove with the characters They re real and Finding Happily-Ever-After (Matchmaking Mamas, likable and had me rooting for them the entire time Theove story between Amber and Gabriel HOTTIE was especially touching It was precious and delicate but also honest and unbreakable I smiled whenever they were together I seriously didAnd the Estilorian world was wonderfully original Filled wit. As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy building disaster ooms When the inevitable explosion occurs her ife gets its biggest shakeup yet She’ll not only earn how her fellow foster and best friend Gabriel really feels about her but she’ll discover that she isn’t really without familyTo top it all off she’ll finally find out why she’s.