The Becoming [NOOK Book]

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“This is a really, really good book. Anna is a great character, Stein’s plotting is adventurous and original, and I think my readers would have a great time with THE BECOMING. Best of all, Stein is writing a sequel.” —New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“With plot twists, engaging characters and smart writing, this first installment in a new supernatural series has all the marks of a hit. Anna Strong lives up to her name: equally tenacious and vulnerable. She’s a...
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The Becoming

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Overview

“This is a really, really good book. Anna is a great character, Stein’s plotting is adventurous and original, and I think my readers would have a great time with THE BECOMING. Best of all, Stein is writing a sequel.” —New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“With plot twists, engaging characters and smart writing, this first installment in a new supernatural series has all the marks of a hit. Anna Strong lives up to her name: equally tenacious and vulnerable. She’s a heroine with the charm, savvy and intelligence that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison will be happy to root for. If this debut novel is any indication, Stein has a fine career ahead of her.” —Publishers Weekly

My name is Anna Strong. I was thirty on my last birthday, and I will be thirty when you read this. In fact, physically I will never be older than thirty no matter how many mortal years I have on this earth. I am a vampire. How I became one and the reason for my existence is the reason for this story. I tell it the way it happened so you will learn the truth as I did. It may not be what you expect . . .

Anna Strong is a bounty hunter—tough, confident, at the top of her game. But when she is attacked one night in a parking lot, her life is inexorably changed. She awakens in the hospital to find she has become a vampire and her world is now the unsettling world of the undead. With her mentor, the vampire doctor who treats her, she strives to make sense of it all. But then her home is burned to the ground, and her best friend is kidnapped. Anna suddenly finds herself alone on a quest to save not only her friend, but herself as well . . .
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149375905
  • Publisher: ImaJinn Books
  • Publication date: 4/25/2014
  • Series: An Anna Strong Vampire Chronicle Novel , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 47,980
  • File size: 3 MB

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    Bland and Irritating

    The first book in this new vampire series is a disappointing read. There's too much internal dialogue and debate and not enough action. The protagonist unconvincingly wavers between being too tough and too sensitive. She's simply not believable or sympathetic. The plot is a thin, basic tale of a woman accidentally turned vampire. It does not hold reader attention and becomes downright irritating when the heroine flounders into an awkward/ill-defined relationship and flails about trying to locate her abducted partner. The plot's outcome and climax are also underwhelming and unsatisfying. I can't recommend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    an uninspired addition to the genre

    I'm not a fan of the first person present tense format used here. I understand it usually adds urgency and excitement but not here. It was a quick read but the story progressed too fast for Anna's relationship to Avery to make any sense. What she saw in him as an attraction was never really explained and her trust in him was inexplicable which made the outcome unsurprising and unexciting. I suppose this is the beginning of a series which explains why a good explanation for what happened is never really revealed but I'm not exactly inspired to find out. None of the characters were interesting enough for me to care about their well being or future exploits. As plots go, this one was a bit humdrum.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    I loved this book. This series has actually helped me become a m

    I loved this book. This series has actually helped me become a more frequent reader. Anna is the bad girl every woman wants to be for at least a day! She is hot, is not afraid of her sexuality and can hold her own with any bad guys she is chasing.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Get past the first few chapters and it's not bad.

    "...All in all, I know most of what I have said seems negative, but once the book got past the rape and the smut, it really started to pick up and I didn't want to put it down - I was very interested to know what was going to happen next, who was behind certain things, when she was going to realize who she could or couldn't trust - and I'm definitely going to pick up the next in the series! If the rest of them continue the way The Becoming left off, they should be full of action, which is what I expected from a series about a bounty hunter-turned-vampire."

    For full review, please visit me (Les Livres) on Blogger!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2008

    Unfocused and uninspired

    I am also not a fan of the first person point of view present tense. It really keeps you from getting into the story. The writer consistently told instead of showed. The story was boring, unfocused, and none of the dialogue flowed naturally. It felt like the writer wanted the fact that vampires were involved to carry the story instead of a solid plot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    A great addition to the vamprie genre

    I really enjoyed this book. It did a great job of holding my attention and I loved the characters from the good guys to the bad guys. Can't wait to read the next book :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

    No Nook book?  Bummer

    No Nook book?  Bummer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Unfortunately, although the review I read indicated these novels

    Unfortunately, although the review I read indicated these novels would be enjoyed by those who also liked Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris, I found the novel to be underwhelming.  The character was not one to whom I could relate, and her reaction to "Becoming" a vampire was unbelievable.  I did not trust the protagonist vampire, Dr. Avery, regardless of his attempts to initiate her into vampirism, and quite frankly, was bored throughout most of the book.  Although I've also read the second novel in this series in an effort to give the character more time to fully develop, I stopped about halfway through the book and decided I'd rather read older standards that I prefer, such as Barbara Hambly's "Traveling with the Dead" or "Those Who Hunt the Night."  Those vampires, although they are from an older era, are much more realistic and even empathetic than Anna Strong.  

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Great read!

    I enjoyed this book. Just wish that it was available for my Nook. Can't wait to receive the next book in the series, which is also not available on Nook.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    Good Book!

    I had read some of the negative reviews and did not know how this would turn out. However, I could not stop reading it. The book is well worth the read and I am already looking at getting the others in the series.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Became a fan!

    There were several negative reviews that had me avoiding this book. Look this isn't my favorite series I've read but it is a worthy series to spend your $ & time on. I should have known that author Richelle Mead would not recommended a poorly written story... I thought Anna Strong lived up to her name and the plot was fast paced. Before I could finish this book I had #2 & #3 waiting!

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    a really good read

    i thought this book was pretty darn good! i probably will read it again.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    Not a bad start...

    The first installment of Anna Strong, bounty hunter turned vampire by a bust gone bad... fast-paced and easy to read...however the character development was rushed, I felt. Perhaps in the sequel(s) things will be put more into place. Overall a good read and I will read the rest of the series.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Anna Strong Rocks!

    I am so glad I discovered this series! Each book got better and better. I can hardly wait for the next installment that's due this year. I hope Ms. Stein writes as many Anna Strong novels as Laurell Hamilton has done with Anita Blake!

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    a bit slow

    I really didn't like this book. I thought it was slow and really didn't hold my attention. I thought it could have been better. I doubt im going to read the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    Anna Stong, Bounty Hunter, New Vampire

    On a hot July night, Bounty Hunter, Anna Strong is attacked and left for dead by a vampire. Her friend and fellow Bounty Hunter takes her to a hospital and Anna has no idea of what happened to her when she wakes up in the hospital a few days later. She goes home and later that evening the Doctor that treated her in the hospital comes to visit her and tells her she has become 'Vampire' We experience Anna's change to vampire along with her in this first of a new series about Anna Strong and she goes through a lot in this book, almost getting killed by Vampire hunters, her partner (David) is kidnapper and she has to hunt the one that turned her. This book wraps up neatly and opens the door for a second book in the series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A good vampire thriller

    Anna Strong and her partner David are bail enforcement agents or bounty hunters as they are better known. One night David goes into a bar to find John Donaldson who skipped out on his bail bond. Donaldson is charged with embezzlement and there is no history that he is violent yet David is taking much too long to long to bring him to the car where Anna is waiting. Donaldson walks out of the bar and proceeds to attack Anna leaving her unconsciousness she awakens in the hospital cared for by Dr. Avery.----------------- He tells her that Donaldson is a vampire and because they exchanged blood, she is becoming one too. Although she doesn¿t want to believe it, her fading reflection in the mirror, her telepathic abilities and her incresed night vision convince her that she is indeed a vampire. In a short period of time she begins a liaison with Avery, searching for a kidnapped David and is almost killed by vampire hunters, The Revengers. Avery wants her to use mortals as food and turn her back on David, but she is determined to find him even if it means putting her unlife on the line.------------------- More serious in tone than Charlaine Harris¿s Sookie Stackhouse series and much less exotic than Anita Blake¿s tales by Laurel K. Hamilton yet readers will love this good vampire thriller that has so many surprise twists and plenty of action. There is some humor in THE BECOMING because an unknown being she dubs Casper communicates with Anna and helps her in dangerous situations. He is a great morale booster and readers will want to read more novels just to find out who her guardian angel is.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    It's great

    I just got it and read it in one day. It's really interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    The Becoming

    When one of her skips attacks her, bounty hunter Anna Strong does not realize at first how bad the attack truly is, even though she was hurt enough to go to a hospital and tests show she was raped. Not until her doctor speaks into her mind does she learn that she was changed into a vampire. That is the least startling thing she will face in days to come. The vampire community is vaster than is comprehensible to her and life as she knows it is finished. Her family and friends become targets- but of whom? Is it the Revengers? The vampire who made her? Or someone unthinkable? Moreover, who is 'Casper', the strange voice in her head that guides and comforts her? ........................................... **** In an almost Hitchcockian way, this story keeps you guessing, with new twists coming almost every page. Anne is well named, strong in ways she does not even know. Though there really is not much ground to term it a romance, there is such a strong element of surprise to it and mystery that even if you don't like vampire novels- you ought to give this one a shot. ****

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    Posted July 4, 2009

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