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The Becoming

(Anna Strong Chronicles #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  5,992 ratings  ·  361 reviews
My name is Anna Strong. I am a vampire. How I became one is the reason for this story. I tell it all the way it happened. It may not be what you expect.

She's a bounty hunter--tough, beautiful, and trained for the unexpected. Until the night she's attacked and left closer to death than she can imagine. She awakens to an indoctrination into a dark new world where vampires wa
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Ace (first published December 31st 2004)
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Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars because it was not actually technically flawed, and if you suspect there is a 'but' coming up, you are correct!

Anna, the protagonist, is made a vampire when she bites her rapist back. Then, she is possessed by some sort of vampiric rapturous lust, which Anna, the book, and Avery, the vampire who helps her cope with her new status all feel means that it was not rape. "It's frightening you because you realize you were a participant, not a victim."

I'm sorry, I whited out
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Becoming by Jeanne C Stein
The first in an urban fantasy vampire bounty hunter series. The heroine, Anna Strong is attacked and as a result, becomes a vampire.
As an urban fantasy series, it contains an overall ARC and not everything is wrapped up in the end of this book.
The first half deals with an ugly situation. Getting past that, the story moves well with Anna learning about her vampire self and still dealing with her human friends and connections. Without spoilers, she learns enough and i
May 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου

I've read this book before and I couldn't remember anything! My first rate was 4 stars. My second? 2.

My main problem? The heroine. Anna.

Her behavior wasn't the right one. She was raped, bitten and turned vampire and she was acting like everything was ok.

Some things in the story weren't logical and the writing felt kind of hasty. The first time I read it I haven't read many urban fantasy. Now that I've read a ton, I know what I want and it wasn't that. I have nothing else to say...

Sep 23, 2007 rated it did not like it
Argh, this was just too dreadful, I couldn't get further than halfway. A really awful I-just-got-turned-into-a-vampire story. Honestly, the heroine meets a vampire who says he's going to guide her in the ways of vampires, blah blah blah, she falls in bed with him, wakes up the next morning thinking, "Woops! What about my boyfriend?" Then Mr Hunky Vampire walks past again and all thoughts of boyfriend disappear off the page as they leap into bed together. I didn't believe in this character at all ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What do you get when you take a splash of Twilight and a handful of (Recent) Anita Blake and smash it together. Apparently you get This Mess! (Warning, I usually try to stay spoiler free but I can't seem to explain the badness of this without details.)

First off, and most frustratingly, I'm tired of writers who use metaphysics to justify rape. The book starts with Anna, a former teacher gone bounty hunter, and her partner David failing to catch a guy jumping his bail. They almost catch him till h
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Claire by: stupid
Shelves: fantasy
I was pretty disappointed by this novel- it struck me as boring and predictable, and not in any good ways. I found some of the character's actions really surprising and didn't seem logical or fit with the character at all- until I realized that Stein needed them to something in order to move the plot.

The romance was entirely absurd, the sex scenes contrived nearly to the point of being unreadable, the plot didn't make sense, even after the denouement. I was left with all sorts of unanswered ques
Anna is raped when she's turned. This is totally blown over. She recovers quickly as can be mentally and physically, and it's like it never happened. In the brief part of the book where it is an issue, she realized that magic made her want it and like it. So guess what? It really wasn't rape after all. *eyeroll*

Also the world building was weak. The plot was very easy to figure out. The sex scenes left a lot to be desired. It was seriously lacking character development. Anna was dense and did not
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
An intriquing read!
I read the first few novels in this series last year, and I only recently remembered them upon seeing the cover for a new novel being released. I was shocked
I forgot about it because it was actually a pretty good read. I think I enjoyed the first two in the series much for the the third, but I'll be re-reading them again to find out why soon.

Anna Strong is anokay herione. She's not my favorite, but she's fun enough that you'll want to read on with her story.
Anna was unwill
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
I thought this was an interesting take on vampires. Anna Strong is a bounty hunter and is attacked one night on the job by a vampire. She ends up in the hospital and eventually discovers what happens to her. Dr. Avery explains that he is also a vampire and he takes her under his wing to teach her all about her new "family".

But meanwhile, the vampire who attacked her is still on the loose, Avery has explained that she must kill him and on top of all of that her partner David has gone missing.

Aug 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was also written in First person present tense. While it was better written than the last book I read (whose title I am forgetting), it definitely didn’t wow me, or interest me or really produce anything other than apathy, after the first chapter.

The MC (already forgot her name) was a bounty hunter turned Vampire. The book actually starts with her attack and rape (which the author tried to make seem like it wasn’t rape in a rather offensive and illogical manner). It was really stupid.

Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-book-1
slow start, but great finish :)
Oct 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: has-read
So lets get right down to the good, the bad, and the down right ugly. I'm going to start with the down right ugly, simply because a reader needs to know up front what they are getting into.

This book deals with rape within the first several pages. Not only does it deal with rape, but it ends up making the victim enjoy it. So yea, there you go. If you can look over that bit of ugliness, then we can go on to the bad.

The bad still references the rape, but it sets the victim (or heroine in this case)
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
I don't understand why so many urban fantasy readers have given this book good reviews. I thought it was cliched and predictable. I literally knew who the bad guy was by the half way point, then skipped to the end to confirm, and I was happy not to have to read the pages in between because I felt most of the pages I read weren't engaging. I didn't feel any connection to the characters, the plot twist wasn't even a little clever, and and I felt that the author recycled too much of what's already ...more
I am really feeling conflicted about this story. There are things that I truly dislike, but then I find out that those are related to the bad guy ... so I feel like it's the 'right' thing because it's the bad guy after all, and he needs to be killed. Okay, this will sound confusing, and since I cannot write this review without spoiling things, I will put it under spoiler tag.

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Jun 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
i tried really hard with this book because the heroine seemed like she had the potential to be really tough but this book was bad. ok the book opens with a rape...not terribly graphic but still a pretty dark way to start the book. I could get over that i dont mind dark. I can even get over that her body responds because hey that happens sometimes. I absolutely cannot get over that because her body responds they decide shes a participant. No shes still a fucking rape victim and crap like this is ...more
Title in German:
Verführung der Nacht

Anna and her partner David are bounty hunters and one night while chasing an escaped criminal she gets attacked and accidently turned into a vampire. First she can´t believe what she had become but soon other vampires are getting interested in her. First and foremost the enigmatic Avery who plays his own game regarding Anna..
It´s a fast moving story with action, excitement and a stubborn independent and feisty heroine who doesn´t want to leave her friends in d
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Feb 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF! And I never DNF a book but this one was SO bad I just couldn't continue. Maybe the worst part was when she was badly beaten and raped and then decided it wasn't really rape because the vampire made her body like it -ARGH!. Anna is a completely unlikable character. She lies, keeps huge secrets and cheats on her boyfriend without really any regret and has a thing for Avery. Avery is also a completely unlikable character. BTW who the "bad guy" is was also VERY obvious. At some point I realized ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
The novel starts promising. Then you get 60 or so really boring pages where the main character is "talking" with someone telepathically. There are few things which are interesting in this story and only because of them I didn't give one star. ...more
Okay the becoming and why I think 4 stars.

We have Anna, she's a bounty hunter with her partner David. One night while they were out hunting Anna gets attacked and turns.

This book had become a mind fuck. They made you keep your intrest on Donaldson. Which is a good thing. There is a big twist that I felt like it was coming but had no idea where they were going with it.

I will say this tho Jeanne knows how to suck me in and make me want to read more. (view spoiler)
Oct 22, 2019 marked it as not-interested
"It's frightening you because you realize you were a participant, not a victim."

This is addressed to the recent VICTIM (yes, victim!) of a rape -- someone telling her that she wasn't actually a victim just because the consequences of the rape itself (by a vampire) infected her with a supernatural lust.

Yeah, no. Just no. Hard no.
Bell Curran
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
Wow, Stein really did NOT do her research on what happens in a hospital after a woman is sexually assaulted. When the doctor is telling Anna that she's been in the hospital for about ~24 hours after being raped and having her throat cut, he tells her, "'Because there was evidence of penetration, we had to run pregnancy tests. They were negative. However, there are other tests that will take longer to process. We'll screen for sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis...' A brief hesitation. 'HIV. ...more
L.R. Braden
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fast-paced origin story with a unique mythos. I'd recommend it for fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.

Characters & Voice:
The first thing to strike me about this book was that it was written in present tense. Personally, always find a present tense narrative a bit jarring. It takes me longer to lose myself in the story. That said, it was well done. Just something to bear in mind if you (like me) have a tense preference.

The narrative character was a woman named A
kittykat (Jo Tortitude)
Just a few random thoughts.
1) It is a huge problem when the MC is turned via a violent act of rape and when she thinks about it afterwards thinks that as she 'enjoyed' the physical act then it wasn't rape. The author needs to educate herself about the physical responses that can happen during rape. But whatever, when it is forced upon you, as it was with Anna, IT IS RAPE.
2) Anna seems to have no feelings about being raped other than as I mentioned above. Whilst I'm sure that every person who ha

The Becoming is the first book in the Anna Strong Chronicles. It is the story about how Anna Strong, Bounty Hunter, becomes Anna Strong Bounty Hunter with vampires fangs. She is brutally attacked, raped and left for dead and when she wakes up she doesn't really recognize the woman in the mirror. Not knowing what she has become, Anna is taken in by Avery, a Night Watcher who helps her acquaint herself with the vampiric life she has been thrust into.

This story is a fast paced, action packed, susp
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
This was pretty meh to me. Could've been better, could've been worse. Sort of like an old Sillouhette novel in terms of easy/quick reading and it runs smooth enough to get a 3 for readability.

However, I find myself not really caring about Anna. I mean, I cared and was on her side up until (view spoiler) and then I wanted to hit her. I mean, I get it. I understand why it happened but how this wasn't the same as what happened to her b
Here's another of those books I've been putting off forever, only to find I should have left it on the shelf. The Becoming was summarily unappealing. The biggest shortcoming was the flatness of characters. Some lacked that spark which makes characters interesting; some were downright unlikable. I think it was the author's failure to create compelling characters that produced such a lack of urgency, as with poor acting in low-budget films. And so I was bored and didn't care what happened in the b ...more
May 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Patti TheLoveJunkee
I saw this book when a character was mentioned on the Bitten By Books shapeshifter poll. I've only read the first book in the series, so I haven't come upon a shapeshifter yet.

I enjoyed this book. The plot was good - Anna is a bounty hunter who gets attacked by a vampire while trying to catch a bail jumper. Her doctor at the hospital immediately recognizes what happened and helps her. Then her house burns down and her bounty hunter partner disappears. The plot moves along quickly during her sea
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Jeanne C. Stein is an American Urban Fantasy author living in Colorado. She now lives in Colorado, but was raised and educated in San Diego, which is the setting for her contemporary vampire fantasy.

Jeanne is active in the writing community, belonging to Sisters in Crime both nationally and in San Diego and Los Angeles. She also belongs to Horror Writers of America, RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction

Other books in the series

Anna Strong Chronicles (10 books)
  • Blood Drive (Anna Strong Chronicles, #2)
  • The Watcher  (Anna Strong Chronicles, #3)
  • Legacy (Anna Strong Chronicles, #4)
  • Retribution (Anna Strong Chronicles, #5)
  • Chosen (Anna Strong Chronicles, #6)
  • Crossroads (Anna Strong Chronicles, #7)
  • Haunted (Anna Strong Chronicles, #8)
  • Blood Bond (Anna Strong Chronicles, #9)
  • Paradox (Anna Strong Chronicles, #10)

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