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Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  2,287 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
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 ener ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 24th 2011 by Iambe Books (first published July 1st 2011)
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Chelsea Fine
Jul 26, 2011 Chelsea Fine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's a book that will rock your world, make you smile, and keep you guessing. Where do I even begin?

From 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 delicate, but also honest and unbreakable. I smiled whenever they were together. I seriously did.

And the Estilorian world was wonderfully original. Filled with beautiful det
I...there 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 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 story don'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
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

I was approached by Raine Thomas to review the first book her in Daughters of Saraqael trilogy, Becoming. Overall, I felt it was a decent effort by an independent author. From the story's synopsis, it sounded like something truly unique so that piqued my interest -- and it WAS unique. 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 differ
This review first appeared here on my blog!

Becoming is one of those books that you sit down 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 didn't read it sooner. Becoming first caught my eye a while back because of its lovely cover. Once I read the description, I knew this was a book that I could not miss out on. Power surges? Alternate planes? I ju
Daughters of Seroquel 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 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 ages.

I am not giving away much but saying that Amber is not entirely human. It turns out Amber is a product of
Emily Leathers
May 22, 2012 Emily Leathers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: meh, find some better fantasy
Recommended to Emily by: a blog with a preview of Defy
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 introduce the characters and ideas. Unfortunately, that meant that there was very little non-trivial action, and a whole lot of flat description.

I felt like reading the book wasted my time - I didn't get any exciting descriptions, but there were too many descriptive words that distracted from a smooth flow. I did
Dec 17, 2011 Dion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

omg amazing.

I don't know how many of u know about my reviews, but I only review really amazing books and .... OH MY GOD this is amazing

reasons why, for me, it stands out from other books:

1. the love <3
now, 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
Jul 20, 2011 Melly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a pulse :)
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,
Feb 06, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed
When it comes to Young Adult Fantasy, it really doesn'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 does conquer all. And I'm not only talking about romantic love, but love for one's se ...more
Dec 11, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becoming is quite 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 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 unique supernatural ...more
Future Slayer Girl
I have to say to start out, that I normally have a huge aversion to young adult fiction that is labeled to have a romance in it. My brain sort of has a mini seizure and I walk away going, no!

However, something drew me to this new book series. I found out about it following the author via twitter, followed the link to her website, read the synopsis to book one, and instantly I was sold.

No vampires, no werewolves, it was a totally new and fresh idea for my brain to savor and lap at slowly, and sa
Jul 31, 2011 Nicci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was browsing Kindle books on Amazon one day when I found this. The cover is what I immediately fell in love with! It’s just quite stunning. Then, of course, I read the summary. It sounded different and really interesting. Finally I checked the book out on Goodreads to see what kind of reviews it was getting (it has an average rating of 4.6), which convinced me to read it.
I enjoyed the main characters in the book. Amber and Gabriel have a wonderful friendship that felt completely real. Their gu
Jun 08, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The best part about Amber is that she's smart. She doesn't take forever to hem and haw about whether Gabriel is interested, she doesn't fret about the existence if the Estilorians. She just takes action which is awesome!

I had a little trouble with the world-building- it's very detailed and I kept forgetting the classes of Estilorians, but it didn't take away from the story. I also was told about a handy Estilorian chart on the authors website... How cool is that?! All in all a fabulous story w
Becky Shambley
*Taken from my blog,, not edited for any other site*
First off, I want it known that this was already written a week ago, my loving fiance however, took the laptop and didn't know to NOT CLOSE THE TAB, so now.. (huge pout), I am re-writing my review, which isn't all bad, since I won't be in utter shock and writing, like the first time, BUT, I am doing it under protest. Protest, because Raine's new book, Defy, the first in the trilogy that follows the ones I am revie
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 lear
A Book Vacation
Jul 28, 2013 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Five stars! Sparkly, bright, golden, shimmery stars!
This book was epic! It was sweet! It was clean! And that all rounds out to a really amazing read!
The writing style, the characters, the plot! Oh I could go on for hours!
I'll summarize:
Raine Thomas? You are undoubtedly now in my top 5 favorite authors! That's pretty epic for me because not a lot of authors make it there. I have TONS of favorite books but I have scarce few authors that I agree with all their work and are comfortable recommending
Jul 24, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Bayan Basri
Wow. What a ride!

This book was totally different than any other. The world-building was very creative and completely magical.
The writing style was amazing. Beautiful and easy to read. And while I haven't had the best of experiences in reading multiple point of view books; it totally worked with me in this book. In fact, I loved it.

Amber is a really cool character. While she has a problem with letting people in, she wasn't rude or hateful towards them. In fact she's really nice and kind, but she
Sofia Sundfors
This book was: amazing. It was a breath of fresh air, which I enjoyed immensely.

The plot was: incredible. I loved this book through and through. There's nothing for me to critique, not really.

The beginning was: intriguing and thought-inspiring. It might seem slow to some, but I love it just the way it is.

The middle was: lovely. It was so sweet, yet filled with intricacies, information and everything else that made this book fantastic.

The crescendo was: heartbreakingly good, horrible, breathtakin
Jennifer Milan
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Dec 22, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mel by: Jen
Shelves: kindled-it, sci-fi, indie
I really enjoyed this book. It's the first in a series that I think I'll come to really like. I don't read a ton of sci-fi books but I thought this one was fun and really kept my interest all throughout. I really liked the main girl Amber, who was a tomboy type of character who spent the majority of the book coming into her own in all aspects of her life. I liked how she was able to over come her hardships and natural skepticism to accept her new life and all it afforded her. Her relationship wi ...more
I actually really enjoyed this book. The history of Amber's past and who she is was a really nice change in the paranormal genre. Although, as always, the first part was fairly slow moving. Eventually once we began to put the puzzle pieces together it all started to become more interesting.

Amber has grown up as a foster child her entire life. Every 3 years she has these "Incidents" where she begins to shake uncontrollably and nearly kills everyone around her. Because of this, she would be remov
My Book Friend
Jun 18, 2013 My Book Friend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time reading it, and my review went from five stars to four. It is not because I liked the story any less, but because of how many years it has been since I first read it, I have matured in my taste, and this book had a very 'teen' feel to it. I wouldn't care about recommending this book to a 12 year old because there is no content that would really be offensive.

One huge aspect to this book that was a bit upsetting was the overall developed/undeveloped feel to it. Yes, the bo
Jenna Wainman-Riley
Okay. This is going to be hard to review when I've already read the rest.

Well. I'll start with what I liked and what I dis-liked.

1) preeeeeeeeeeedictable love story. Seriously. Just no.
2) this is about all the books but, THEY ARE ALL THE FREAKIN' SAME. It's like " oh hey my sisters fell in-love with their guardians, ID BETTER DO THE SAME. " ugh. One was enough, two times tolerable. Three times? Nu-uh.
3) the other two sisters Skye and Olivia were kinda really annoying.

1) the
Jan 12, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly one of the best books, and series, I've read in years. I read close to 50 books a month, and I haven't been able to move on from this series (DofS and Firstborn) for a week - which is a record for me. (I read all six books in 4 days.) Heartstopping and honest, I loved the relationship between Gabriel and Amber. But that is only the beginning. Strong heroine and hero, burgeoning family relationships, paranormal mysteries, interesting powers, and a power hungry villain - yep, this book/serie ...more
Trissa White
Apr 29, 2012 Trissa White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
second read Sept 2014: These characters have been on my mind lately and since my memory is blissfully bad I can go back and re-read stories as if its almost the first time. I have to say, having an inkling of what was going on and remembering just a touch of the world that Thomas created made it an easier read than the first time through. I have to bump my stars up to 4. This book is important because it sets the foundation for the rest to follow. I just finished book 2 Central and 3 Foretold an ...more
Brina Courtney
Oct 07, 2011 Brina Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! This story has everything you're looking for in a YA Fantasy Novel. The action, adventure and love story are all fully developed.
Raine's way of creating the Estilorian plane was immaculate. Her details constantly overlapping so that there were no holes in this story. Her characters are real, they have flaws, and they used language from their age group. The love story in this book between Amber (awesomely strong woman power) and Gabriel (loving and super hot, I had a crush on this guy!)
Jan 28, 2013 Rusty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished "Becoming" and now know that every spare moment that I can find will be spent reading Ms. Raines other 4 books.
Being an older Georgia "girl" it was exciting to read about places familiar to me and ones that absolutely aren't, as well as reliving young love.It's nice to fantasize about a bond between 2 people-human or not-strong enough to withstand anything life can possibly throw at it.
The book is a pefect blend of romance,fantasy and action.I can really see this being a mov
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Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream.

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