I was approached by Raine Thomas to review the first book her in Daughters of Saraael trilogy Becoming Overall I felt it was a ecent effort by an independent author From the story s synopsis it sounded 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 a lore that almost made it sound like the Estilorians were angels and their The Literature of Africa and African Continuum different plane of existence could be construed as heaven I liked 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 sheid uickly redeem herself as she seemed to gain 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 live with him and Mrs B when they were both 12 Obviously at 12 Gabriel I've Got This Friend Who What You Can Do If You Think You or Your Friend Has A Serious Problem Advice for Teens on Alcohol Drugs Depression Eating Disorders and More didn t act on his romantic feelings for Amber but he always knew she was for him Theepth of their feelings is fully understood later in the story once we learn of their origins They became best friends first which I loved Their relationship as 18 year olds was adorable and lovingSome of the complimentary cast of characters were strong while others perhaps needed Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes development or they were justropped out of the story once they were no longer needed I felt we got to know Olivia and Skye uite well but some of the others left me wanting to know about them especially Saraael and his human love We Aliens Genocide Aliens did learn a bit about them through Ini herit s explaining Amber s history and through actual story flashbacks which were clever but Iid want to know like what kind of manEstilorian he was why he loved her mother so much to go to such extremes It just left 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 Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts 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 long and overwhelming I also found theifferent 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 Person in the Memory dividing the Estilorians into three groupings rather than I lost count would have been easier on my memory Ion t know if there was actually a strong plot by the truest Stealing the Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921 definition I think it was basically about a girl coming of age and learning the reasons behind herifficulties in life 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 looking for something completely Literature and Dictatorship in Africa and Latin America 1958-1987 different from the mainstream supernatural genre The storyefinitely held my interest but might have benefited from some polishing for lack of a better word A good effort by an up and coming author Finally I Academic Advising Approaches d like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book This book was all lead up and introduction and felt like 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 in When it comes to Young Adult Fantasy it reallyoesn 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 oes conuer 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 itThe 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 "love story are the personal insecurities and oubts of 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 Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations distrust of othersue to not having funny Her main struggle being her general Alphas Abused Mate distrust of othersue to not having 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 of a gentle spirit strong but comfortable around others He is a true gentleman and really is the perfect balance to Amber s istant nature I loved that Amber and Gabriel felt very real the ialogue for both of these characters was incredibly believable and truly authentic to how people sound like in their late 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 Climate Smart Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy Book 52) difference between the two being that Estilorians have a slightifferent appearance special powers and react Academic Body different to emotion while humanson 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 legend is based upon And from here on the book Saint Germain On Alchemy delves and centers itself around the myth about theaughters of Saraael an Estilorian and we soon Chasing the Red Queen 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 tooistrusting too logical or too fearful and when you add the lack of emotion that characterize the Estilorians you have yourself a uite fascinating read on how the lack or excess of emotion can affect any culture human or not Also I felt like this book centers around how Haylee dangerous the fear of the unknown can get How it canevolve into cruelty coldness and jealousy even And considering how fleshed out each character in this book is both primary and secondary characters coldness and jealousy even And considering how fleshed out each character in this book is both primary and secondary characters reader soon finds themselves absolutely captivated and invested in each characters emotional struggle and journey to overcome what main issue plagues themI The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) definitely can t wait to read about Olivia and Skye s journey in book tw. 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 hurts like hell and leaves her life a shambles She’s already worked her way through five foster placements and she’soing whatever she can to avoid getting blasted into a sixth.
read & ownload ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Raine ThomasY idAnd the Estilorian world was wonderfully original Filled with beautiful 僕のヒーローアカデミア 3-4 details that made my imagination just come to life 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 This review first appeared here on my blog Becoming is one of those books that you sitown 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 The Path to Gay Rights didn t read it sooner Becoming first caught my eye a while back because of its lovely cover Once I read theescription 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 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 Karen vs Alien didn t end well through no fault of her own but thisoesn t stop Amber from being a kindhearted and selfless character who you can t help but adoreThere 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 conseuences of that Amber never really gets to relax and just enjoy her life because she never knows what s ahead of her or how Gendered Citizenships dangerous it is When Amber and Gabriel find out that there are others like her out there they are uite willing to believe it because they had already seen the impossible happen several timesMy 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 timesI also really loved the characters names in this book They were just fun to 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 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 WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IN PARTICULAR SECTIONS MARKED WITH A AT THE BEGINNING AND A AT THE ENDomg amazingIon 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 love 3now of course this book has love and a love interest but it s not the same ach just get on with t and get together love as it happens soon into the book for me it is refreshing to read a book where there is no struggle to admit love andor than one love interest while we are on the topic of 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 we learn 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 lot 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 "together with an intangible connection4 perfect speedyou know how you get those books that 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 itjust wanna skip to the end ad move on well this is right in the middle it 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 perfect 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 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 like a contemporary but towards the middle as the paranormal elements were involved I got a little confused From there I thought I was going to Alien Disclosure at Area 51 dislike the book However towards the end it picked up immensely and I grew to love it The characters were fabulous the entire time though bringing up my enjoyment level Becoming is a uniue supernatural romance story that Iefinitely recommendOne of my favorite things about Becoming are the characters Surprisingly enough it s not the main character Amber that stands out for me even if she is super sweet and awesome it s the main character s love interest that catches the reader s attention Gabriel is Amber s stepbrother and has always been loving and protective towards Amber He s always had a secret crush on her since they were tweens and his undying love for her grows after they find out about the Estilorian world He reads like an angel for me he is so sweet and just perfect The fact that he is with Amber through the toughest of times is just adorable and it is never obsessive or creepy Gabriel is a character that really shines in BecomingI also have to give tons of credit to Raine Thomas for creating such a Singing the Law different supernatural world I have never read anything like Becoming with theifferent planes and powers that the characters have It s certainly uniue and holds the readers interest easily I m thankful for the creativity because the plot was mediocre in the beginning I kind of just went along with the story not thinking much of it But the ending was very fast paced and tension filled I needed to know what happened immediatelyThere aren t many problems in this book at all in fact I only had one minor problem the names of the Estilorian people were so
confusing i could never get their names straightI could never get their names straight there were so many of them Most of them turn out to be minor background characters but still I freuently had to go back and remind myself who was who This problem Alchemic detracted my enjoyment in the middle of the novel but the main characters and plot made up for it in the endI am still pleased with the way this book turned out If you re able to see past the confusion factor in Becoming and you love yourself an extremely precious or tender romance and an incomparable supernatural element plot line I highly recommend this book I have to say that I am surprised that I adored this book so much The creativity of it all will make readers craving for 4 Teacups for BecomingThanks to Raine Thomas for providing me with a copy for reviewTHIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON A Reading Daydreamer of my reviews check out the blo. Having the power surges she isn’t entirely humanAmber 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 heroubt to try and take her very lifeKind of makes the explosions now seem like a cakewal. O and three in the Daughters of Saraael series Because like Amber and Gabriel they were also uite interesting and 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 adventure love creativity insight and humour Becoming is truly captivating from start to finishMy Rating 55 Ithere are not words for how boring I found this book I wanted to like it The cover is pretty and the ratings are generally pretty good and hey I m always up for a good indie book But We Sell Drugs dear God this book reads like a teenager s fanfic Nothing happens Nothing The people who say otherwise are lying to you The bad guys of this storyon 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 the love of her life Gabriel Amber is apparently some kind of half Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ 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 hairown to her knees wings and a giant sword who also heals people and shoots magic out of her hands Somewhat Literature of Africa disturbingly after she ascends to the higher plane there is a brief mention to the fact that her physical body is left behind and suddenly the book moves on like nothing happened So her body is actually just left lying somewhere THIS SEEMS LIKE AN IMPORTANT DETAILThe writing itself isn t bad except that it s constantlyevoted to random shit nobody cares about The clothes everyone is wearing the lingerie 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 Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change details were covered extensivelyuring various scenes So there you have it I know some people must like this book but I was not one of them I find it 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 Daughters of Serouel follows Amber a 17 year old foster child who lives with her guardian and brother Gabriel Amber is not a normal teenager every three years she has an incident which is best Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature 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 long lived beings that used to roam the earth with humans but now live on aifferent plane of existence Amber and her two sisters the Rebuilding daughters of an Estilorian named Saraael have grown up on earth for their protection While most of the Estilorians believe that theaughters of Saraael are a miracle Estilorians Intro to Alien Invasion don t really procreate they just create there is a subset the Mercesti who wants to see themeadConfused 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 sound like 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 Therapy of Love daughters of Saraael should be killed I had hard time making sense of this tribalivision and an even harder time accepting that each faction has its own eye color and if for example a Orculesti ecides 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 I hate these complicated otherworldly societies The Estilorian factions reminded me of of the angel books I ve read that classify angels into various "groups with almost eually annoying names with ifferent skill and powers I know a lot of people like books with "with almost eually annoying names with Museum Activism different skill and powers I know a lot of people like books with 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 isescribed as strong willed responsible loyal and a fighter one as a caring nature loving intellectual and one as an outgoing free spirit I ll bet you can t guess which one of those three is the oldest and which is the youngest The Narcissistic Mothers descriptions reminded me of the three Halliwell sisters from Charmed before Paige replaced PheobeDespite all my criticisms Iid not hate this book I just idn t like it The story is very well paced and has the appropriate amount of action and suspense The love story is believable and and has the appropriate amount of action and suspense The love story is believable and forced at all The characters are ecently fleshed out and Violence and Trauma in Selected African Literature despite my personal feelings towards the world building it is welloneMy only other criticism is broader than just this book but I would like to know when better than her or than her after any other comparative verb became grammatically acceptable I can The Social Rebellion definitely see why some like and even love this book it just wasn t for me and I won t be reading the rest of the trilogy 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 releaseThe world of the Estilorians is a world unlike any other I have never read anything 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 immediately liked her and felt her feelings of loss excitement fearoubt joy and 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 Best African American Essays 2010 dreamed of Side note I really want my own Gloresti swoon Here s a book that will rock your world make you smile and keep you guessing Whereo I even beginFrom the first chapter I fell in love with the characters They re real and likable and had me rooting for them the entire time The love story between Amber and Gabriel HOTTIE was especially touching It was precious and Navigating The Seven Seas delicate but also honest and unbreakable I smiled whenever they were together I seriousl. As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy buildingisaster 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 The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA discover that she isn’t really without familyTo top it all off she’ll finally find out why she’s.