The Becoming (Anna Strong, Vampire Series #1)

The Becoming (Anna Strong, Vampire Series #1)

by Jeanne C. Stein

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ISBN-13: 9780441014569
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Anna Strong, Vampire Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 699,566
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeanne C. Stein is the bestselling author of the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles, which received a RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2008. She is active in the writing community and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers of America. Stein lives in Colorado.

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The Becoming (Anna Strong Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
sriffle00 More than 1 year ago
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.  
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 :)
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I can't remember reading any other book that focuses on a main character's transition from human to vampire. I suppose we'll see more of them, now that Stein has done so. The book is a fairly good read, but you should definitely ignore the text on the back, as it's misleading. I assume Becoming is the first of a series, as there was a major issue left unresolved at the end.This is definitely not a book for romance fans. While there are some explicit sex scenes, there isn't much real romance. I rather liked the omission, but some folks might assume that it is a paranormal romance.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A pretty good vampire romance book.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Ok, don't look at the cover. For some reason, it bothered me. Thank god that when you are actually reading, you don't have to look at the cover. Get past the cover and you will find a good story. Anna, a bounty hunter, is forcibly changed into a vampire by a skip that she is looking for. She is kidnapped, her house is burned down and her partner disapeers...Who could be behind all of this? Honestly, the "twist" ending, I saw coming a mile away, even before the book hinted at it, but I still enjoyed it. Anna struggles to retain her humanity in a dark world. Good take on the genre so far...
crishaynes on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Love the heroine. Although something is always happening to her, you don't fully know what she is capable of. I love that. I can't wait to see where this goes.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Here's another of those books I've been putting off forever, only to find I should have left it on the shelf. The Becoming was summarily unappealing. The biggest shortcoming was the flatness of characters. Some lacked that spark which makes characters interesting; some were downright unlikable. I think it was the author's failure to create compelling characters that produced such a lack of urgency, as with poor acting in low-budget films. And so I was bored and didn't care what happened in the book. Sadly, this book commits a few other sins. I mentioned the unlikable characters -- chief among these were the main protagonist and her male counterpart/villain. (That was a bit of a spoiler... oops.) Anna Strong, in an attempt to come off as a tough girl, is simply shallow and irritating. There's a love triangle that makes all involved seem like wastes of time. And -- most irksome of all -- a majority of the dialogue takes place through italicized telepathy, which became old after just a few pages. I would call this book a complete flop because I was more bored after half-reading it than I was before.
paranormalsweetie on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I really liked this one. It moved at a great pace, and there was just enough going on that I never felt like I was being rushed.It starts out with Anna, who is a bounty hunter, and her former line backer partner David trying to catch a fugitive outside a bar. They think it's going to be a easy grab, but of course they bite off more than they can chew. Anna gets attacked, beaten, and raped. Next thing she knows she's waking up in the hospital.Anna can't remember anything that happened, so Dr. Avery explains that while she was unconscious men from the bar scared her attacker off. Despite knowing that she should feel emotionally devastated, she feels fine. And she seems to be healing at a remarkable rate.After she is let out of the hospital she makes her way home, where Dr. Avery is waiting for her. Confused she lets him in, where he goes on to explain that her attacker inadvertently made her into a vampire. Of course she doesn't believe him, but eventually she is forced to face the facts. She has become a Vampire, and Dr. Avery is soon acting as a sort of mentor to her. Explaining everything that she will come to expect.I had a great time with this one. The first person perspective of the book allowed me to try and figure out who was doing things to Anna along with her. And when it is finally revealed who it is, I was surprised because initially she was thrown off of that idea.Strong, independent, and stubborn Anna makes a great main character. Having been newly made in this book, she is nowhere near as strong as the older vampires. However, she uses her wits, and others impressions to her advantage. That, luck, and the help of some other vampire who has yet to reveal him or herself has her coming out on top in the end.A great start to the series. I can't wait to get my hands on the next Anna Strong novel.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is the first book in the Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein.Anna is a bounty hunter who is savagely attacked while hunting one of her bounties. When she wakes up from the attack she finds out that she is not quite human anymore. This book details the process of her discovering new found abilities and hunting the one who attacked her.This book was well-written. Stein has a very straight-forward unembellished writing style. The plot was fast-paced and contained enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The vampire concepts she uses in this novel are pretty routine, at least up to the point where this novel leaves off.Anna Strong is a strong straight-forward character. I like that she wasn't whiny, and that she accepted the changes in her life pretty well. I liked her independence as well. I also like that she was confident, without out being stupidly over confident. Dr. Avery's character didn't do much for me; I thought he was shallow and predictable. That part of the book ended exactly how I thought it would.However, Anna's boyfriend Max seems like a very interesting character and I look forward to meeting him in more detail. Also the guy who took care of her partner in that hole of a place (I am forgetting his name) who was not human but not vampire could be very interesting.I like that Stein put sex into the story without having to describe every moment of the act. Sometimes it is sexier to leave some of the sex to the imagination.I think this series shows promise. Hopefully the coming books develop this world into something more. I would hate for this to be just another vampire series with a female lead. Unfortunately with the book market saturated with these types of books right now; I think Stein is going to have to have something that makes these books really special to keep readers interesting.It's a promising debut and I will read the next one to see what happens.
spotzzzgirl on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Being a San Diego native, I remember being excited that there was finally going to be a supernatural series set in my hometown, since Louisiana had Sookie Stackhouse, Cincinnati had Rachel Morgan, and Chicago had Harry Dresden. It took me a while to finally get around to reading this, and I found myself disappointed.Anna seemed so empty. Maybe part of that can be attributed to post traumatic stress of the violence she experienced at the start of the story and the nature of her Change, but still¿ She just seemed to do a lot of reacting, and very little thinking. She seems to be led around a lot, and for a character who is supposed to be a bounty hunter, who should be able to understand human nature (which would seem necessary to understand what would make someone run and where they would go to) she seems an absolute failure at translating those skills into her vampire life. Her ¿relationship¿ with her DEA boyfriend is hollow and forced, and it seemed to not matter very much to her either, which made me question the importance of Max even being in the story at all. There seemed little that was fresh or new; perhaps if I had read this when it first appeared I would feel different, so I cannot necessarily blame the author for that. I really didn¿t find myself liking any of the characters, or much caring if Anna managed to find her partner and defeat Avery at the end. I have the next two in the series, and will probably read them at some point, but I¿m in no hurry to find out what happens to Anna next.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Well, it's not as cheesy as some books in this genre are. But it is not even in the same league as Frost or Ward's vampire works. The vampire "creation" process is pretty standard. The story doesn't have that much of a mystery to it (Anna was the only one who didn't know who the bad guy was - the reader certainly did) and, while Anna has the makings for a strong female lead with a non-traditional job, she didn't use any of these skills to "solve" the mystery.All in all, it's an average vampire romance with no porn, though a little bit of flowery love-making, not much story, and no developed characters outside of Anna herself.I see that the reviews of the next books in this series get even worse, but anyway, I'll try book 2 to see if it gets any better.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Anna Strong used to hunt the undead now she is one of them. She is trying to hunt down the rogue vampire who turned her. She also has two men in her life, one human and one Night watcher.It's pretty predictable, fun, but predictable.
silverdaisy1975 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is the first book in the Anna Strong Chroncles.Anna Strong was a bounty hunter when she was alive. Now that she is dead ...well a girl still has to work. After Anna was attacked and turned into a vampire she learns that there is a wholenew world to discover - and alot more to fight.This book was great. Anna is a great female lead, along the lines of Anita Blake. She is strong and capable, but has a soft spot for her family and friends. The book is a really quick read, eventhough it is introducing alot of characters in a new world.If you enjoyed the Anita Blake series or the Rachel Morgan series, you will like this one also.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I decided that I had to read this book, well, because I ended up getting a signed copy of the last book in the series. So of course, I couldn't start there cause I wouldn't know what the heck was going on, right?So I got this book around Christmas time from another blogger and was so excited. So this week I started it and finished it. What a wonderful read this was. In the beginning, is when all the good stuff happens, when she's changed of course by the guy that her and her partner are chasing. Boy, does he have a surprise for them!!! After waking up in the hospital, Anna starts to notice small changes. For one, her cuts and stuff are healing up rather quickly! Hmmmm.... so when she lies to her doctor so she can go home, the Doctor shows up at her doorstep. How creepy! But he explains that he is also like her and has much to teach her.Sure, he's got a lot to teach her, but at what expense. The book is pretty fast paced, which I love! Anna grew with the book and actually I thought developed quite nicely. She's not stupid, far from it!!!!! And I'll put it this way, Avery just doesn't know the half of it. Lots of twists and turns, you never really know who the bad guy, but you start to believe what Anna believes. There really was a lot of unexplained stuff in regards to Avery. But the ending is quite a surprise! So to find out, you'll just have to read the book yourself!!!!Jeanne C. Stein wrote a book with a fabulous world where vampires exist around us and with us. They can go out in daylight, hey, maybe even catch a tan LOL, but the worlds co-exist only because they keep the secret of their existence. Her characters are complex and fascinating. The plot was completely exciting even with all the twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!!!
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Awesomely suspenseful!!Loved this book Anna Strong is the girl I want to be. Jeanne Stein kept me on a rollercoaster through this book. Some many emotions for so many different characters. First this is her friendship for David, then you find her love for Max (or is this just comfort), then is her lust for Avery. Nothing previously to the ended showed any darker side for Avery, I was completely taken back by the ending of this story. I believe Stein to be an amazing writer and I will be reading the rest of this series.
strangestgirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Becoming was an okay vampire story. A slightly different take from the usual, albeit not a dramatic departure. I'm a bit leery of a main character who is referred to several times as 'built for sex.' Sort of gives you the LKH direction the stories are going to take. It wasn't over the top in this one, but you can see it coming. Related: have you noticed that no one writes a book just to write A book anymore? They're all writing potential series openers. It left me 'meh' enough that I'm unlikely to pick up another. In stark contrast, Mooncalled, a werewolf fic I read last year, was interesting, not sexed to the 9s, had a plot and an actual unique take. *shrug*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is filled with mystery and suspense. I lovedit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Decent story, quick read, I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
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Funmtnmom More than 1 year ago
No Nook book?  Bummer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.