Becoming- Raine Thomas
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 new seem like a cakewalk.
Amber has bounced from foster home to foster home. No matter where she goes she ends up having one of her explosions, that ultimately gets her removed from her current placement. Now, after being in one foster home for a decent of time, Amber finally has the chance to be happy. She’s taking Karate classes, getting ready to graduate, and having a blast with her best friend, Gabe. To top it all off, Amber realizes that Gabe is absolutely in love with her and finds herself sharing the same feelings. Now she has the perfect placement and the perfect boyfriend. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
Unfortunately, the fairy tale life ends pretty quickly for Amber when she finds out that she’s half-human, has two sisters she’s never met before, and has to leave Earth. Amber discovers that she’s part of a race called the Estilorians, and she must now go back to their world to help them defend it. In a book of love, struggle and hard decisions, Amber sets out to find her destiny along with Gabe and her two new sisters.
From the beginning of this book, I completely fell in love with Amber and Gabe. Their relationship was sweet and romantic, the “honeymoon phase” that never ends. I seriously could have read about them all day long. They were just perfect. Gabe was sweet and concerned over Amber’s welfare, but strong and masculine at the same time. Amber was a little shy, strong, and insecure about herself, something that developed throughout the whole book. Their characters were really refreshing and I loved every second of them.
Although I loved the very beginning of this book, I started to get a little put off by how quickly some of the decisions were made. When Amber was told about her true identity and her destiny she questioned it for about all of 2 paragraphs. When it came time for her to leave Earth she never once questioned it, even though she was leaving the world that she knew her entire life behind for good. Amber also came into her power very quickly. One second she’s told she can heal people, and the next she became an expert and knowing what to do. While the writing style was really cool to read, I felt that things were pushed a little too quickly. It would have been nice for things to have slowed down a bit and for Amber to question the demands that had been placed upon her.
Another problem I had with this book was the Estilorians. The race is described as emotionless and reserved, which is exactly how they came across. So, yes, the author did a great job making her characters be the way she wanted them to be. However, they were emotionless. Therefore, whenever I read about them, I got a little bored. Thankfully, they didn’t take up much of the book.
While reading this book, I found myself wishing that Raine Thomas had made it an adult book instead of a young adult book. Don’t get me wrong, the way the book is now makes it a young adult book. However, this could have been such a cool adult book. It would have had a little more mature of a writing style and some things would have been different in an adult version, but I felt that the youngness of the book took away from it. The plot line was so awesome that I just wanted to see more develop from it.
Overall, I was interested in this book. I didn’t love or hate it, and I do plan to read the next two in the series. I’m excited to see how the series grows as a whole, and I hope that some of my complaints disappear within the next two chapters. I would recommend this book to younger teenagers, as I believe that the relationship between Amber and Gabe will greatly appeal to them. I’m really looking forward to continuing this story, and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it.
Publication Date: July, 2011
Publisher: Lambe Books
Teaser Quote: “To her shock, it felt as though she came into physical contact with an invisible barrier. As she threw out her hands, Ini-herit’s impassive expression morphed briefly into amazement even as his head snapped back as if from a blow. He stumbled into the bulletin board, shaking it loose from its moorings and crashing to the floor.”