Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael Book One)

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Optioned for movie rights by multiple-award winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions.

Ancient gods, avenging angels and other beings of myth and legend all have one thing in common: they exist. They’re called Estilorians. Amber Hopkins is one of them…well, half of one, anyway. If only she knew it. More

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Words: 87,270
Language: English
ISBN: 9780983831808
About Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the author of the exciting and original series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane. A member of Romance Writers of America, Raine has crafted stories for as long as she can remember. Carrying that passion with her, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, then her master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University.

Residing in Orlando, Florida, Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning…two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create young protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Reviews

Review by: Luanne Gingerich on Nov. 17, 2011 :
This new author is sure to be a great success! This book was captivating right from the get go. It kept me from doing many things as I had to find out what was going to happen to Amber and Gabriel (sigh!) next. If you prefer paperback books, it is now available on Amazon. Perfect for gift giving to anyone who likes to read.
You will not be dissapointed!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melody IsWriting on July 28, 2011 :
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.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: sjune on July 27, 2011 :
I discovered the author of Becoming, Raine Thomas, on twitter. After checking out her website, I was drawn to the beautiful cover of this book. I’d be lying if I said the cover didn’t get me interested. I am a sucker for YA books that deal with mythology, so I kept checking twitter and the author’s site for news of when the books would be released.

Luckily, I happened to be on Twitter when I noticed Raine’s tweets about her books being processed to be published just a couple days ago. I’m pretty sure that within about 10-15 minutes of Becoming being published, I bought it.

The book starts out with a little action and then you are introduced to Amber, one of the sisters and main character. Amber has been in many foster homes, which seems to happen about every three years, though that reason is explained throughout the book. Amber likes to fly under the radar and hates to stand out, but when her guardian (Mrs. B), the longest one she has had, tells her that she is taking her for a haircut as her graduation present, she can’t say no and risk hurting the closest thing she has had to a mother.

The seemingly simple haircut sparks a change in a relationship with her best friend. I immediately fell for the story between Amber and Gabriel, though I knew it couldn’t be simple. While on her long awaited graduation trip to Alaska, Amber discovers that she has sisters. The seemingly strange story of her heritage helps bring a dream she has been having into perspective.

Meeting the sisters and seeing their story unfold pulled me along as I wanted to see how things would turn out for them. There is action in pieces throughout the book leading up to a larger sequence. I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted and handled some of the surprises along the way. I do wish there was more description about what the new plane looked like, but I feel this will be developed more in the other books since they take place in the Estilorian plane. There is just enough of the antagonist in the book to spark interest, knowing that this was not the last time we will hear about these characters.

If you are looking for a book with characters that are interesting, with a little mythology and angles thrown in, then I think you will enjoy this book. I had a hard time putting this book down, as my “just one more chapter” would turn into reading 5-10 more chapters. Becoming is the first in a trilogy that I can’t wait to finish.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Melissa on July 25, 2011 :
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 (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, 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*
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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