Saturday, July 14, 2012

REVIEW: Becoming by Raine Thomas

Title: Becoming
Author: Raine Thomas
Date Published: July 2011

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

My Rating:

My Review:
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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