Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael Book One)

Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael Book One)

by Raine Thomas


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983831839
Publisher: Iambe Books
Publication date: 11/02/2011
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

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Becoming 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
DreamReads More than 1 year ago
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 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. No instantaneous love. 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. 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 more emotional beings. 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). My advice: Read this book. It has everything you want in a Young Adult fantasy/romance novel. It is packed with adventure, love, creativity, insight, and humour. Becoming is truly captivating from start to finish. My rating: 5/5
Brianna1 More than 1 year ago
The reviews I have seen for this book range from addictive to alluring. This is an understatement. The writing has a lyrical quality, with the feel I received when first breaking open another of my most fav series Twilight! That same poetic tone resides in the pages of this tale.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
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!
Proserpine_Craving_Books More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, fulfilled with action, love and discovery of a new world! I'm in love with the love story between Amber and Gabriel! I don't know why I didn't read this book sooner! It's was an easy read and the storyline had something new and refreshing! Amber always lived in a foster family. But Amber had something special into her, every three years, something is happening to her and the author, Raine Thomas, couldn't explained with a better word than using the word explode! So, each foster family where Amber is involve, she'll experiment an unwilling «explosion» and be transferred to another family until she's transferred with Ms. B. Amber will live with Gabriel, another foster child, and will get along with him: best friend and maybe more? One thing for sure, the way the author described the establishment of the relationship between Amber and Gabriel, twitched something deep inside of me. The way it's written, the choice of word, the action, feelings around that specific situation, makes me want to read more. I wanted to be Amber, taking her place and be the one to be holding and see by the handsome Gabriel! In fact, I was more into the relation than to find out what's truly happening to Amber. Reading about the fact that the main character is actually able to explode, isn't really common! Oh well, Ms. Thomas got some written skills when we need love/action/plot/ scene to be described. The imagination and creativity is overwhelming! I adored the way the author had keep me hanging on to learn more about the supernatural, unwanted and weirdo power that Amber have within her, but also to learn about the whole history around it. I don't want to reveal everything, but this story is one of my favourite of 2012, even if it's been published last year (shame on me, for waiting so long before reading it!). Cruel world to have to choose what to read, with so many great books and so many awesome authors! Thanks Raine for giving me the chance to know and appreciated your work! I really recommend this book to every YA Fantasy lovers!!! Also, check for the entire series and the new to-come series: Defy: big eyes open! O.O
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put this down.
MsMelis More than 1 year ago
I was lucky 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 release. The world of the Estilorians is a world unlike any other. I have never read anything like this. From the very beginning 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, 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 am so grateful that I have been able to "meet" Raine and be introduced to the Estilorians. I absolutely 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*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greta read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book it's diffrent and exciting, I just love the characters. It pulls You on right away and are hooked!!!!
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BeccaShambley More than 1 year ago
Amber and Gabriel's story is the book that started me on my addiction to Raine Thomas' books. Their lovestory is sweet, funny, sometimes awkward, just as real love tends to be. I love the aspects of reality and fantasy mixed amongst each other in this book. Simply  put, this book is fantastic. It has managed to become a favorite of mine that I reread on a regular basis!!!! 
Adele_B More than 1 year ago
The most amazing thing about this book is the way it sucked me in from the beginning. As the book developed I became more intrigued and curious as to the world I was about to enter. When I was finally in that world, I never wanted to leave. All of the characters are amazing and leave you secretly begging to read their stories. Thankfully, you can! If you love YA fantasy/romance with a touch of mythology, then read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. The characters are amazing. Gabe is also amazing (and hot). Amber and Gabe become a perfect couple after 6 years of knowing each other. Gabe has stuck by her (even with creepy golden eyes). Now the are in love. Not a spoiler, they fell in love in the first 50 pages.
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The love story and supernatural base of the series keeps you interested and eagerly seeking more. Raine Thomas has done an amazing job writing this series and the followup series The Firstborn trilogy. Enjoy!
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I love the sample, plus it is really hard to put this book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down. She was a girl with trust problems so she was veryy relatable and her relationship with gabriel is like what every relationship should be like. It was amazinnggggg
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MyReadAddiction More than 1 year ago
The relationship between Gabriel and Amber is so incredibly sweet! The friendship they have shared for 8 years and just the comfort level they have with one another is so perfect. I liked how we get the typical teenage issues in this story as far as Amber's insecurities and loner status. Gabriel's devotion to her even as just a best friend is so endearing. The transition of their relationship just felt so natural. The revelations that come upon their trip to Alaska are definitely a shock. Amber finally has answers as to why she has episodes every three years. She also has 2 new sisters and a story about her parents to hang on to. Gabriel even fits in to her new world! I loved how in depth Raine Thomas was as far as the sisters stories were concerned. She definitely gives readers the desire to come back to this world to find out what happens to them.
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Nicolat More than 1 year ago
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. Power surges? Alternate planes? 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!
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