March 13, 2012

Review: Becoming by Raine Thomas

Title: Becoming

Author: Raine Thomas

Published By Iambe Books at Smashwords

Source: ebook from author for review

Every three years, Amber Hopkins explodes. Okay, not a blown-to-smithereens explosion, but whatever it is always hurts like hell and leaves her life 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.

As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy building, disaster looms. When the inevitable explosion occurs, her life gets its biggest shakeup yet. She’ll not only learn how her fellow foster and best friend, Gabriel, really feels about her, but she’ll discover that she isn’t really without family.

To top it all off, she’ll finally find out why she’s having the power surges: she isn’t entirely human.

Amber must Become, transitioning to another plane of existence and risking the 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 very life.

Kind of makes the explosions now seem like a cakewalk.

My take...
Amber shies away from people and from being the center of attention. She just doesn't have the self-confidence it takes to be one of those people who love attention....any attention. I guess if every 3 years you have an "Incident" that gets you shipped off to the next foster home, it’s understandable then.

Amber has only one person who knows about these "Incidents" after helping her through one at age 15. He is her best friend and her foster brother. But don't let Gabriel catch you calling her that, she is more to him than his 'sister'. And he is just waiting for Amber to show how much more she means to him.

After her latest surge right before her 18th birthday, Amber and Gabriel embark on a new relationship and everything just feels...right! Off to see Alaska, the new couple have a run in with some new people. What these people reveal changes everything for them. They learn who they are and where they are headed. But sometimes change could mean the end. Will Amber and Gabriel be able to hold on to this new love or will they be torn apart?

I am usually not a huge fan of giving some stuff away in my reviews. But since I didn't say any more than what the author did in her blurb, I don't feel so bad. Cause really...what happens in-between all that is the good stuff. There is more to Amber's power surges and her new relationship with Gabriel, lots more.

I was so flippin in love with this book, the characters (namely Gabriel, le sigh), and the overall story line. Yeah that storyline was ahhhmazing! I love how it starts out Amber’s story but soon more character’s stories are added to it. And I like that because it helps the transition to the next book, Central, which is based off a different character.

Raine what have you done to me? I am now hooked on this series, absolutely addicted! I am so looking forward to reading more from you. Awesome book, awesome writing, awesome author!


  1. Thanks for taking the time to read and review BECOMING, Mandy! Welcome to the Estilorian world. ;)

  2. I haven't read this series..but your review and excitement have me heading to GR to ck out the first book