Mber 2011 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 xciting descriptions but there were too many descriptive words that distracted from a smooth flow I didn t connect to the characters or understand how they grew yet clearly they were growing in the author s yes She just didn t let me into their world though it s clear she was trying and thought she had succeededTwo things that really bothered me in the character development1 Gabriel s was very inconsistent view spoilerShe completely ignored the confusion he must have ad returning to his Estillorian self and regaining those memories She used his memories and knowledge where it was convenient for him to know them and completely ignored that he would have them and what that would mean when it was not Poor form and definitely non smooth to read hide spoiler Daughters of Serouel follows Amber a 17 year old foster child who lives with her guardian and brother Gabriel Amber is not a normal teenager very 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 agesI am not giving away much but saying that Amber is not Keepers Compendium entirely human It turns out Amber is a product of a human mother and an Estilorian father What are Estilorians They are powerful long lived beings that used to roam thearth with humans but now live on a different plane of The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond role-playing game) [Box Set] existence Amber and her two sisters the daughters of an Estilorian named Saraael have grown up onarth for their protection While most of the Estilorians believe that the daughters of Saraael are a miracle Estilorians don t really procreate they just create there is a subset the Mercesti who wants to see them deadConfused yet I m just getting started The Estilorians are split up into factions or tribes based on their abilities or not There are Mercesti Elphresti Orculesti Corgloresti Waresti Scultresti Lekwuesti and Wymzesti Of course since very time I saw the word Estilorians I thought of Estonians and several of these names sound like variations of common Polish names I kept imagining a race of northern and astern Europeans Some of these factions are based on abilities for Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen example the Orculesti are mind readers communicators and the Wymzesti are prognostic Some of them are not the Mercesti are merely the group of Estilorians who think that the daughters of Saraael should be killed I had hard time making sense of this tribal division and anven harder time accepting that Psychologische Homöopathie. each faction has its ownye color and if for The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you example a Orculesti decides to become a Mercesti his or herye color would change to match the Mercesti Personally I hate these complicated otherworldly societies The Estilorian factions reminded me of many of the angel books I ve read that classify angels into various groups with almost Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain eually annoying names with different skill and powers I know a lot of people like books with this type of set up it just isn t for meWhile I m on a rant about the names surely I can t be the only person who thinks that Saraael is awfully close in name to the anti psychotic Serauel Amber and her two sistersventually meet Of the three of them one is described as strong willed responsible loyal and a fighter one as a caring nature loving intellectual
*and one as *one as outgoing free spirit I ll bet you can t guess which one of those three is the oldest and which is the youngest The descriptions reminded me of the three Halliwell sisters from Charmed before Paige replaced PheobeDespite all my criticisms I did not hate this book I just didn t like it The story is very well paced and has the appropriate amount of action and suspense The love story is believable and not forced at all The characters are decently fleshed out and despite my personal feelings towards the world building it is well doneMy only other criticism is broader than just this book but I would like to know when better than her or than her after any other comparative verb became grammatically acceptable I can definitely see why some like and R High Performance Programming even love this book it just wasn t for me and I won t be reading the rest of the trilogy 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 myye a while back because of its lovely cover Once I read the description I knew this was a book that I could not out on Power surges Alternate planes I just had to know how it was all going play outI loved pretty much verything about this book From page one the reader is thrown into an absolutely fascinating story We get to know the two protagonists Amber and Gabriel and see the close but complex friendship they have Amber hasn t had an asy life all her foster placements didn t Scala for Java Developers end well through no fault of her own but this doesn t stop Amber from being a kindhearted and selfless character who you can t help but adoreThere is certainly a lot of tension from the very beginning of this book Amber and Gabriel are constantly living in fear of Amber having one of her surges and the possible conseuences of that Amber never really gets to relax and justnjoy her life because she never knows what s ahead of her or how dangerous it is When Amber and Gabriel find out that there are others like her out there they are uite willing to believe it because they had already seen the impossible happen several timesMy favourite part was when we found out about the Estilorians and their story It was just so intriguing and I couldn t tear my The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur eyes away from the page I love how Amber found out so many secrets about her own past and faced it with courage and a level head Gabriel and Amber are really forced to grow up pretty fast in this book but their relationship is sweetven if it all gets a bit As her Vermeer to Eternity eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerfulnergy building disaster looms When the inevitable xplosion 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 familyTo top it all off she’ll finally find out why she’s. Heesy at timesI also really loved the characters names in this book They were just fun to look at and added a uniue aspect to this book If you haven t already figured it out I thoroughly njoyed Becoming and will be getting to the rest of the series in the coming weeks so look out for those review I ll also be reviewing Defy next week for the blog tour which is based on the same world but is a separate series I was approached by Raine Thomas to review the first book her in Daughters of Saraael trilogy Becoming Overall I felt it was a decent So B. It effort by an independent author From the story s synopsis it sounded like something truly uniue so that piued my interest and it WAS uniue The mythology Raine created in this book was unlike anythinglse I Cabaret 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 different plane ofxistence could be construed as heaven I liked Amber well nough At first I had to admit that I rolled my yes at the fact that she seemed totally clueless to fellow foster child Garbriel s intentions But she did uickly redeem herself as she seemed to gain confidence as her relationship with Gabriel grew I adored Gabriel He was the most strongly written character in my mind Gabriel has harboured a protective and growing romantic interest in Amber since she came to live with him and Mrs B when they were both 12 Obviously at 12 Gabriel didn t act on his romantic feelings for Amber but he always knew she was for him The depth of their feelings is fully understood later in the story once we learn of their origins They became best friends first which I loved Their relationship as 18 year olds was adorable and lovingSome of the complimentary cast of characters were strong while others perhaps needed development or they were just dropped out of the story once they were no longer needed I felt we got to know Olivia and Skye uite well but some of the others left me wanting to know about them specially Saraael and his human love We did learn a bit about them through Ini herit s xplaining Amber s history and through actual story flashbacks which were clever but I did want to know like what kind of manEstilorian he was why he loved her mother so much to go to such Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice extremes It just left me wanting a bit Note I have since found out that the author is releasing a preuel style novella called Foretold which will serve as Saraael s storyAgain while I felt that this story definitely had some strengths in some of its characters and uniueness it might have benefited from a bit of tightening up I felt thexplanation of their origins was a bit long and overwhelming I also found the different tiersgroupings of Estilorians sort of hard to remember and what was En plein coeur each of their significance and why they were so significant to the story Perhaps dividing the Estilorians into three groupings rather than I lost count would have beenasier on my memory I don t know if there was actually a strong plot by the truest definition I think it was basically about a girl coming of age and learning the reasons behind her difficulties in life and they were truly unlike anyone The Bookshop on the Shore else s There was an underlying theme of some of the bad Estilorians wanting to rid the Estilorian plane of anything that resembled an abomination This sort of simmered on the back burner throughout the book until close to thend of this installment where there was the inevitable battleOverall I feel the book has some merit and might appeal to some fantasysci fi followers who are looking for something completely different from the mainstream supernatural genre The story definitely held my interest but might have benefited from some polishing for lack of a better word A good Dance Real Slow effort by an up and coming author Finally I d like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book Ithere 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 tven make a move until page 225 THE BOOK IS 250 PAGES Everything The Art of Memoir else prior to that consists of Amber our protagonist making gooeyyes at the love of her life Gabriel Amber is apparently some kind of half deity meant to ascend to higher plane or something I started skimming so sue me and naturally she is an inhumanly gorgeous Super Speshul Snowflake with hair down to her knees wings and a giant sword who also heals people and shoots magic out of her hands Somewhat disturbingly after she ascends to the higher plane there is a brief mention to the fact that her physical body is left behind and suddenly the book moves on like nothing happened So her body is actually just left lying somewhere THIS SEEMS LIKE AN IMPORTANT DETAILThe writing itself isn t bad xcept that it s
Constantly Devoted To Randomdevoted to random nobody cares about The clothes veryone is wearing the lingerie our protagonist is wearing whether or not people are wearing shoes and if they are what TYPE of shoe they are wearing this goes on for pages I m actually being serious as all of these details were covered xtensively during various scenes So there you have it I know some people must like this book but I was not one of them I find it alternately hilarious and ridiculous that this series apparently spans THREE NOVELS I can only assume that the costume changes are plentiful to provide Ms Thomas with that much writing material Here s a book that will rock your world make you smile and keep you guessing Where do I ven beginFrom the first chapter I fell in love with the characters They re real and likable and had me rooting for them the ntire time The love story between Amber and Gabriel HOTTIE was specially touching It was precious and delicate but also honest and unbreakable I smiled whenever they were together I seriously didAnd the Estilorian world was wonderfully original
Filled With Beautiful Details That Made Mywith beautiful details that made my just come to life Such a refreshing take on paranormal realmsThe amazing characters the incredible Estilorian Plane and the many MANY surprising plot twists made this book the fantastic story it is I can t wait to read Central the next book in the series. Having the power surges she isn’t PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition entirely humanAmber must Become transitioning to another plane ofxistence and risking the loss of the most important relationship she’s Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography ever had Her choice will impact the future of anntire race of beings and will pit her against an The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enemy that will prey upon her doubt to try and take her very lifeKind of makes thexplosions now seem like a cakewal. Becoming is uite 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 lements were involved I got a little confused From there I thought I was going to dislike the book However towards the nd it picked up immensely and I grew to love it The characters were fabulous the ntire time though bringing up my njoyment level Becoming is a uniue supernatural romance story that I definitely recommendOne of my favorite things about Becoming are the characters Surprisingly The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl enough it s not the main character Amber that stands out for meven if she is super sweet and awesome it s the main character s love interest that catches the reader s attention Gabriel is Amber s stepbrother and has always been loving and protective towards Amber He s always had a secret crush on her since they were tweens and his undying love for her grows after they find out about the Estilorian world He reads like an angel for me he is so sweet and just perfect The fact that he is with Amber through the toughest of times is just adorable and it is never obsessive or creepy Gabriel is a character that really shines in BecomingI also have to give tons of credit to Raine Thomas for creating such a different supernatural world I have never read anything like Becoming with the different planes and powers that the characters have It s certainly uniue and holds the readers interest Exile and Pilgrim easily I m thankful for the creativity because the plot was mediocre in the beginning I kind of just went along with the story not thinking much of it But thending was very fast paced and tension filled I needed to know what happened immediatelyThere aren t many problems in this book at all in fact I only had one minor problem the names of the Estilorian people were so confusing I could never get their names straight since there were so many of them Most of them turn out to be minor background characters but still I freuently had to go back and remind myself who was who This problem detracted my njoyment in the middle of the novel but the main characters and plot made up for it in the ndI am still pleased with the way this book turned out If you re able to see past the confusion factor in Becoming and you love yourself an Hannah Montana: The Movie extremely precious or tender romance and an incomparable supernaturallement plot line I highly recommend this book I have to say that I am surprised that I adored this book so much The creativity of it all will make readers craving for 4 Teacups for BecomingThanks to Raine Thomas for providing me with a copy for reviewTHIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON A Reading Daydreamer of my reviews check out the blog 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 verything about Becoming It was charming fresh innovative World building at it s finest Truly a beautifully crafted story with lovely characters settings raw motion and a powerful message In this book love truly does conuer all And I m no 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 releaseThe 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 asy to relate to and root for I immediately liked her and felt her feelings of loss xcitement fear doubt joy and The life she has lived has been one of xtreme 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 ndearing 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 Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts every word Read Becoming for yourself and be prepared tonter a fantasy you ve never ven dreamed of Side note I really want my own Gloresti swoon WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IN PARTICULAR SECTIONS MARKED WITH A AT THE BEGINNING AND A AT THE ENDomg amazingI don t know how many of u know about my reviews but I only review really amazing books and OH MY GOD this is amazingreasons why for me it stands out from other books1 the love 3now 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 Arefreshing to read a where there is no struggle to admit love andor than one love interest while we are on topic of love relationships2 in this book there is
*an ven power *even power most books there is one person who knows about the situation or who just has control over the relationship in this book I think the power balance is uite A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli eual 3 the friendship between allin this book we learn that Amber is very closed off about her relationships and who she trusts this just makes the relationship between the sisters amazing having never met before just finding out a lot about themselves and in thend moving it is amazing how they stick together with an intangible connection4 perfect speedyou know how you get those books that go WAY too fast for you to understand and keep up with and then there are books that are so slow you just wanna skip to the The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) end ad move on well this is right in the middle it wasn t too fast that I had to keep flicking back but it wasn t so slow that I skipped parts I found it uite good and the perfect style for me5 POVwell since this book is in third person it works really well you could tell who you were by the narrationg he was thinking about and it gave a good all round opinion6 paranormalnew creature kinda for me they seemed to be a mix of fey and angel and witch uite an interesting image but it worked all the same final comment IF U HAVENT ALREADY READ Reviewed 17 Dece. Optioned for movie rights by multiple award winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence ProductionsEvery three years Amber Hopkins xplodes Okay not a blown to smithereens xplosion 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.