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Becoming Red

(The Becoming #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,015 ratings  ·  141 reviews
‘You got me back. You always said you would.’

Ash DeMorgan, graduate, orphan, ice maiden, has long since consigned the fairytale nightmares of a troubled childhood to the realm of fantastical childish imagination.

Now, lured back to Dublin, the scene of her tragic past, Ash encounters a city pulsing under the dangerous sexual influence of a new street drug the locals call Ra
Paperback, 1st edition, 362 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by Raven and Black (first published November 30th 2012)
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Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal

Well now *rubs hands in glee*- at last, a fresh new take in paranormal mythology and world building has arrived. Black and Raven are a new paranormal author duo who have struck gold in the originality stakes with their first novel!

I am a sucker for a well constructed plot especially if it incorporates classical mythological themes. Using Celtic lore and developing the idea of Dubh Linn and the Fomorians is something I've not seen before so it's fresh (as f
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour-arc
I was really close to putting this in the did not finish pile at about 20%... but, something compelled me to continue and I'm really glad that I did. I think I fell a little in love with "Little Red" and "Big Bad". And, there were some seriously steamy moments between these two that completely got my attention.
The first part of the book was overly descriptive and it distracted me from the story itself. And, I'll be honest... some of the choice words and phrases that were being used in these des
Kara Miller
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! I have so much to say about this and I have no idea where to begin. I admit, I struggled with what rating to give this book. When I first started reading, I was convinced this book would be lucky to get 2 stars from me, but now here I am trying to decide whether it deserves 4 or 4.5 stars. This was one wild ride. Hang on and read on...

Okay, let's start with the technical stuff: grammatically and structurally the story was great. It was clean and crisp. There were many times that multiple qu
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who told me Raven and Black mixed stylish writing with good plots and plenty of hot sex scenes. Suffice to say I now thoroughly endorse their taste. Firstly, the setting, atmosphere, plot and writing aim way above the usual paranormal romance genre. I loved the setting, misty, threatening Dublin, a city seemingly full of everyday normal folk but full of menace underneath. Don’t ever, ever even dream of wearing a red dress in that fair city! I ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow!!!! For a first book it was very good. I really enjoyed this book, although it was a little slow to begin with but however it did pick up and kept me curious to find out what happened!!! And now I have to wait until they do the 2nd book.....Please hurry with that one!!!!!!
I loved that the authors used the old Irish legends and myths to base the story of Ash and Connal, and by the way, if you enjoy humor among your plots then you will definitely enjoy this book! Ash and Connal are two lost so
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irish Mythical Fantasy with some heat!!

Recommended by a friend after seeing my list of reading material posted on FB. I had actually just finished a book "Building from Ashes" that was also based on the streets on Dublin, so it was easy to get into this book right away. Think of "Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf" with a sprinkle of "50 Shades". If a movie is going to be made of this series of books, I can see Chris Hemsworth playing the heroic lead... well... that's who was in my mind reading Be
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rip roaring read with hot scenes and sexy characters. I couldn't put it down and can't look at anyone in a red coat the same anymore. If only I could find Connal on the streets too.....Woof, Woof! Duran Duran's 'Hungry like the Wolf' springs to mind while reading this and the next installment can't come quick enough. ...more
A. Gorman
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and to review Becoming Bad.

This is one heck of a journey and it leaves your dangling.

I love the characters and story is well written, I am glad I read it after the re-edits.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
The start of this book was a bit strange but I shrugged it off and kept reading. I know the premise is that the main character is returning to Ireland and not happy about it. A lot of stories can start off a bit strange, vague and abstract. Yet details tend to clear up and the story settles into a nice pace.

Nope! Perhaps Jess Raven's intention is to infuse a bit of magical realism and lyrical writing into her work. I just feel out of sorts, completely lost whatever enthusiasm I had for the stor
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I had no idea what this book was going to be about. I received it through R2R because it was the prequel to Becoming Bad, which I had signed up to read. I'm so glad I had an opportunity to read it though! I've read the mythology of the Morrigan and the Fomorians in the Kate Daniels series, so I understood the background, even though Raven chose to play with the mythology to suit the wolves. I liked how even Bran was incorporated into the story, even though it was a minor part.
Raven clearly did
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal, UF, Fantasy readers
This is another of those difficult to review books, as there were bits that I liked and bits that I didn't. I've decided to grade each part separately:

THE COVER: Five Stars

Most of the time, I pay little attention to book covers. However, once in a while, a cover will grab your attention, and make you want read the book without even read the blurb, and so it was with this book. I absolutely adore the artwork on this book. It's utterly beautiful and the most eye-catching cover I've seen in a very
I was given a free copy in exchange of an honst review, thanks to the author and the Lovers of Paraormal group.

It started out very slow and it took me at least one third of the book to get interested enough to keep reading it. And it took me about half of it to really start to like the story and the characters. I liked Ash, most of the time, and I also felt connected to her. But I still wanted to slap her for some silly decisions she made.
I didn't like Connal at first, and he creeped me out a li
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is an amazing book and as the story unfolds in your mind in cinematic brilliance. Full of Hunger, Sexual Desire, lust and tension, the book wraps you into the pages and will not let you go, not wanting to put the book down or making you constantly thinking about the book when you are parted.

The attention to detail and description is spot on and the characters Ash and Connal are the type of mates that you would love to know.

When Ash’s Grandmother, Anann Demorgan has a stoke, Ash being he
Note: Book provided by author for review.

This was a really enjoyable book. My one obvious nitpick about it was the cliff hanger ending - argh!!! It's so frustrating when you are so involved in a book and all of a sudden it's over! That being said I still loved what was there though.

The world was creative and interesting. In the beginning I was a little frustrated since I was having trouble seeing where the story was going but the book really picked up and captivated me. The imagery was detailed
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a great fast paced read. The authors have brought a new refreshing light to the paranormal genre. It isn't your typical werewolf/shapeshifter/vampire premise. Set in Dublin Ireland, we are brought into a world of Celtic myths and modern day. I'm always drawn to strong female leads, and Ashling did not disappoint. She's strong, she's sassy and she gives Connal a run for his money. Speaking of Connal.....Hello Big Bad!! He comes off gruff and aloof, but as the story develop ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
**Book provided from author for Read 2 Review**

whats not to like? I loved the setting being in Ireland and the old language. Even with the little bit of shifting to memories it didnt leave you confused. I felt for Ash, leaving what she knew to go to take care of a family member. In the span of time all kinds of things happened to her from nightmares to attacks. Hell makes a girl want to head back where she came from.

Her destiny she knows nothing of. Her protector fighting hard against his past
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read and am reviewing the first book in the series Becoming Red, it has a bit of a cliffhanger ending so I will be reading Becoming Bad soon.

Becoming Red is one of the most eloquently written paranormal books I have ever read. The world building and mythology created for this book is amazing. The Formorian are what we would call shifters or werewolves, they have a bit that is addictive as any drug out there probably more so. Connal is one of these creatures but he has been worked to hunt them
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2013
First I would like to thank (the authors) Jess Raven for giving me this book for an honest review. I love Ireland and mythology, the mix was great and also different. Ash has been battling the affects of a tragic childhood, when her grandmother has a stroke and she has to go back to Ireland her childhood home. She meets Connal and they are quite the pair. The story was well written, character and world building both were well developed. I love the story the only thing that made it a four for me ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of potential. I really feel this book would have been stellar if it had a good editor. The writers really embrace this overly metaphoric descriptive way of writing that, in my opinion, often buries what they are trying to say. The flowery language loses the point and I found myself trying to puzzle out what happened.

I felt the main character, Ash, was really not the captain of her own destiny until towards the end and would have liked to see her a little less helpless.

I also
This is a great debut book. I am not familiar with Celtic mythology, however I did like the fact that it took a different spin on werewolves and also took a darker theme with a few references to Little Red Riding Hood. I enjoy reading series that has a continuation of the story in the next book with the same characters, so I found this one appealing.
I love tormented heroes and Connal didn't disappoint. You do not find out his whole story i this book, however that just made me want to read the n
Carrie M.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I struggled with the rating of this book. Overall, I really enjoyed the new take on Celtic mythology, and the world that the authors have created. I love the characters of Ashling and Connal. The beginning of the book was hard to get into, and the constant change of the point of view (especially multiple times within the same chapter) threw me off for a bit, but overall the story is worth sticking with it. I am not a fan of cliffhangers however, and have to say I am frustrated ...more
wanda flanagan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for honest review (LoP).This is the first book in the Becoming novels .Its a fantastic paranormal erotic read I could not put down .This story is very well written and you find yourself right there with Ash and Connal .Action, romance, mystery, mythology, and well-developed characters this is one book you dont want to miss. I loved it so much I started the second in this series as soon as I finished the first .I read them both in a day and a half and am dying to ...more
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
This book was both good and bad.....

The Good

I love dry Humour and this books had it in bucket loads!!!!

"Yeah, and would you like a side of denial with your super sized plate of self-deluded bullshit, Sir?"

Some parts really had me snorteling, Also the imagination behind the story line (when its actually revealed) is really unique and compelling, there was good world building and most characters.

The bad

Untill about 25% in to the book, I really had no clue as to what was going on... it was all ver
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m sure there was a good story in here somewhere, but it was hard to see past the thick buttery prose. It was like trying to watch a movie through a dense fog. Normally I like pretty words and I’m quick to complain about simplistic juvenile sentences, but this story got so lost in metaphors on top of similes wrapped in more metaphors that at times I didn’t have a clue as to what was happening. The subject matter was dark but it was told in such a lyrical way that it lost impact and the end resu ...more
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ashling DeMorgan is good at keeping people at a distance. She’s been an orphan for years after she lost both her mother and stepfather in tragic ways. When she gets a phone call alerting her that her grandmother had a stroke, Ash has no choice but to go back to the city that haunts her dreams; Dublin. After spending a few days there, it’s clear to Ash that something’s not right. People on the street are acting strange, and Ash soon finds out it’s because of a sexual drug named Rave. And when a c ...more
Alyssa :::Riverina Romantics:::
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Rating: 4/5*
Romance Rating: 3/5 <3

What a ride! I'm still reeling from the roller coaster my brain just went on. Not only was this a fresh take on the paranormal world, but holy hell, it was a fresh take on life as we know it.

Set in good ol' Ireland--I've been there before. Very beautiful.--Those creatures we know as werewolves are back in a brand new way. Not only does their bite have the ability to transform, but it can mess you up in ways never before released. I
Johnnie-Marie Howard
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r
I wasn't for sure about this story when I was done with it. I had more questions then answers. I was confused and a bit lost on some of the story. I did like the names and setting of the story. The story line was great up till about chapter 3 then things start to get confusing. I loved how the characters did interact with each other that was a plus. I just hope book 2 will clear up a few things for me. I was not hooked like I thought I would be. This was just a story for me I still can't figure ...more
Alaina (Bibliophilic Barista)
UPDATE 7/3: Once again I have to thank the authors and LoP for giving me another chance to review this book. It was really amazing to realize that the authors not only took all the reviews on this book to heart, but they used them to update Becoming Red into an even more amazing story. After re-reading the story with all of the updates, I have to change my review from 4 to 5 stars. The book flowed better, the pace picked up right from the beginning, I was no longer confused by the first part of ...more
Words Travler
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blue
Becoming Red.

This book was everything I had hoped for. The Prologue grabed my attention and wouldn't let go. I stayed up reading it untill my eyes blured and the words made no sense. I knew it was time to put the book down, because it required much more attentions. Many of the other reviewers said it was easy to be lost at time with the wording that was used and I fully agree. At times it was very confusing trying to figure out what they were saying to each other. I felt lost at times and had t
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The writing duo of Jess and Paula met online through their mutual love of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. They sparked creatively and have been writing together for the past three years. Paula lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family. She set aside a career in medicine to raise her three children. Jess lives in Manchester, England with her mother and dog, Simi. When she isn’t writing up worl ...more

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