Review í The Becoming 100


  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 293
  • The Becoming
  • Jeanne C. Stein
  • English
  • 01 June 2020
  • 9780441014569

10 thoughts on “The Becoming

  1. says:

    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 correctAnna 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 victimI'm sorry I whited out with rage for a moment I can't evenIn addition to this as if were reuired Anna is not a very likable protagonist She mopes about her feelings for Avery and compares them to her feelings for her boyfriend Max Frankly as the reader I saw no evidence of any feelings unless lust is a feeling and perhaps she should be worried about the fact that she is having sex with Avery and the implications this has for her supposedly monogamous relationship with Max?


  2. says:

    The Becoming by Jeanne C SteinThe first in an urban fantasy vampire bounty hunter series The heroine Anna Strong is attacked and as a result becomes a vampireAs an urban fantasy series it contains an overall ARC and not everything is wrapped up in the end of this bookThe 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 is strong enough to overcome the odds and live another day I will continue with the series to see how it evolves


  3. says:

    If you don’t think about it too hard The Becoming could be a fun book for the beach It’s short fast paced and suffused with a sun drenched California atmosphere that’s unusual in a vampire novel Jeanne C Stein’s vampires have evolved to tolerate the sun It's also nice that it's self contained; there are seuels but The Becoming is a complete story in itself Unfortunately there are all sorts of things about it that bothered me or fell flat with meBounty hunter Anna Strong becomes a vampire after being raped bitten and left for dead At first she doesn’t remember the attack but before long she’s having flashbacks She remembers suddenly that in the end she enjoyed what was done to her What’s creepy is that she seems to accept her supposed consent a little too easily and doesn't spend much time being upset about the whole thing Grant Avery the vampire doctor who treats Anna and later becomes her mentor seems to think she consented too “It’s frightening you because you realize you were a participant not a victimMaybe this is just meant to show us a difference between human psychology and vampire psychology Maybe it's supposed to show that Avery has an insensitive side which he certainly does To me though it looks like an example of a trend that’s been bothering me in urban fantasy lately starting with Laurell K Hamilton’s ardeur There seems to be this idea that if someone uses magic to force someone else to feel pleasure it’s OK and it’s not really rape I don’t see how it’s any different from using a date rape drugAnna is evidently not that bothered though and the plot goes on Anna seldom thinks about the assault again When she does finally get good and angry at her attacker it’s because of something else entirely Anna believes he’s behind a series of violent acts that threaten to bring her new unlife to a very uick endMeanwhile she begins an affair with Avery despite the fact that she has a long term boyfriend Max Sounds like a recipe for conflict but there really isn’t any Max is barely in the story I’m not sure why he is in the story unless there's a rule that an urban fantasy reuires a love triangle Max is not the only wasted potential character either While Anna is in the hospital she has a lengthy argument with her bounty hunting partner David about her friend Michael Michael never actually appears Why all the page space devoted to bickering about him?On with the AnnaAvery shagging then The sex scenes are just plain weird Stein doesn’t write fade to black sex nor does she write explicit sex She writes vague purple euphemistic sex “Electricity arcs between us and gusts of desire that shake my very being” Also the sex scenes tend to come out of nowhere Anna and Avery will be talking about something completely non erotic and then suddenly they get swept up in the aforementioned gusts of desire and start going at it There’s an unintentionally funny moment when Anna starts “calling his name over and over” The first thing that popped into my mind was that Anna’s been referring to Avery by his last name throughout the entire book His first name only gets mentioned once Is she really yelling out his last name during the act? I think I’m supposed to find this scene romantic but instead I’m laughing because I’m reminded of the bit in Grease when Rizzo asks Kenickie to call her by her first name and he has to ask her what it isThe plot builds toward a conclusion in which the villain monologues far too much Why doesn’t Anna just do him in during the onslaught of hot air?There are some minor awkwardnesses too proofreading mistakes an injury that randomly switches from the left leg to the right and back again that sort of thing These are issues that would be almost invisible in a great novel but loom large hereThe essential problem is that in a subgenre as glutted as the “tough girl kills and dates vampires” one a novel has to be special to stand out from the crowd There isn’t anything stellar about The Becoming that distinguishes it from the rest of what’s on the shelves and if it does stick in my memory it’ll be for all the wrong reasons Also why on earth does the villain kidnap David instead of killing him? He says he did it to make Anna realize she’s not part of the mortal world any and needs to move on Wouldn’t it make sense to have David killed and let Anna see him dead? Instead the villain causes him to go missing Anna is a bounty hunter She finds missing people for a living The villain instead of giving her some kind of closure with the mortal world gives her a mission that she has every reason to care deeply about And I don’t believe for a minute that he’s saving David for his blood It’s already been established that Stein’s vampires don’t need to feed than about once a month David would have been long dead by the time the villain needed blood again


  4. says:

    WellI've read this book before and I couldn't remember anything My first rate was 4 stars My second? 2My main problem? The heroine AnnaHer 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


  5. says:

    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 it's all too ridiculous And Mr Hunky Vampire makes me want to gag he's so sickening Truly dreadful


  6. says:

    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 detailsFirst 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 he uses his new Vampy powers to fight back Anna is raped and turned but because she drinks his blood and enjoys it she's ok with it Wait what? Yuck and Yikes I have no problem with writers who write the effects of an assault properly but to gloss over it like that is repulsive Being overpowered by metaphysics should make the situation violating afterwards not lessSo a day later she wakes up in the hospital and the least believable doctor Avery is there with her and David There's a bunch of dialogue that is almost pure exposition It's inexplicable she basically spews info to the Dr that could have just been mentioned in thought Avery acts rather nosy and un Dr ish and there's a whole lot of talk about Anna's gay friend Micheal whom we will never meet in the bookAnna goes home to be alone and Avery shows up He's tells her he's a vampire and in this series vamps are all psychic She whines a bit but isn't too horribly shaken about all that's going on In fact the only things she ever gets really upset about are her house getting burned down and her partner getting kidnapped She whines and rambles in her head without blocking other listeners out constantlyFrom here things continue on a pretty predictable path Anna has a 'boyfirend' whom she cheats on with the vampy doc Instead of examining what her problem is and why she's been settling for a safe distanced relationship with a guy she sees once every month or so and why she's jumped into bed with the Dr the whole thing is once glossed over with the occasional 'oh man that's right I cheated on Max'While the second half of the book moves better I almost stopped half way through which is something I never do I have to say the only part of the book I found really interesting was when she grabs Lawson a 'Revenger' Basically someone who kills vampires and vamps out on him for answers of David's whereaboutsAvery gets a bit PushyPossessive as the book goes and Anna keeps misjudging her instincts When she doesn't trust him but can't find anything to back it up she just rolls back into bed with him Max who?Honestly the only surprise at the end was the motivation for all the things that happened I mean I understand the Why but the method was ridiculous If you live forever you have well FOREVER to convince someone to be yours If he had waited 50 70 years for all Anna's mortal connections to be dead he would have had what he wanted Ugh


  7. says:

    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 plotThe 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 uestions unanswered because Stein doesn't bother wrapping up her plot or tying things together or making her characters' decisions make sense with the world she's built and wasn't intrigued I was annoyedMeh I don't think I'll even get the second novel at the library and this book is definitely going in my Goodwill pile


  8. says:

    Anna is raped when she's turned This is totally blown over She recovers uickly 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 eyerollAlso 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 ask the right uestions There was a lack of emotional connection with the characters Still it wasn't horrible but it's not worth continuing with the series


  9. says:

    This was recommended by a friend and since it's written in the present tense I thought it would be good researchI didn't like it It was written well but I had serious issues with the main characters and I discovered that I don't like plots which center around a human discovering they're a vampire or some other supernatural being That's not the authors fault; just a personal preference I didn't know I had So the character Anna Strong She was great except for a few huge things that made me think she was a whore and an idiot Harsh I know but let me explain Spoilers below1 The blurb on the back of the book makes it sound as if Anna will have to choose between her vampire mentor and a hot DEA agent It turned out that the hot DEA agent was her boyfriend of two years They weren't together much because of his job but that's no excuse for her sleeping with her vampire mentor at the first opportunity What made it worse was Anna felt so little remorse She was like Oh but what about my boyfriend? Hi vampire Avery Why yes lets shag again So yep I'm calling her a whore2 Okay Lets say you were just told by a vampire who is also a doctor that you are now a vamp too You're having trouble dealing with this but you have bigger problems problems like finding the people who abducted your friend When you get a lead on the whereabouts of said friend the person you interrogate says I don't know where he is I swear All I know is he's at some doctor's house What conclusion would you jump to? Come on It's not a huge leap Got a guess yet? Yeah PERHAPS you should be suspicious of the doctor you just met Not Anna She doesn't get it until something like 3 4 pages later when her hostage says vamp doctor Only THEN does she get it Dense Anna Really dense3 Now lets imagine you've just become a vampire You'e talking to another vampire who's been around a lot longer than you You instigate a fight and are somehow powerful enough to pin the other vamp He's terrified he's going to die so he says Avery was right You are 'the one' What would be your first uestion after that? Me? I'd say something along the lines of What the hell do you mean 'the one'? To Anna's credit she does ask the pinned vamp to which he responds Ask Avery She then asks Avery He acts all weird and says she must have misheard And Anna is okay with this answer head desk Seriously if somebody tells you you're 'the one' you should sit up and listen especially if you're a paranormal Don't these characters know anything?4 Toward the end of the book Anna is starting to figure out Avery isn't the vamp she thought he was She discovers her friend bound and nearly drained of blood in a secret room in Avery's house But she can't put the pieces of the puzzle together Someone burned down her house Someone killed her maker and injured her in Mexico Somebody tipped off the vamp hunters when she left Avery's house Why don't the pieces fit Anna wonders Then THEN when Avery gives her an engagement ring she's enlightened AVERY orchestrated everything WTF? Uh yeah I figurd that out when your friend was rolld up in a carpet Anna Honestly you're so dense I can't see why Avery wanted youBut the book was very readable As I said I just discovered I don't like this type of plot and Anna was just a little too stupid for my tastes Other readers may love her She did have a great attitude and I was able to finish the book


  10. says:

    An intriuing 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 unwillingly turned into a vampire while hunting an evil criminal named John Donaldson that skipped out on his bail who leaves her for dead not realizing he actually turned herI had mixed feelings about Avery Anna's Vampire mentor He's hiding something and seems to take a bit extra attention on his patient Anna Sure he's handsome and powerful but he`s definitely leaving out something importantAnna's in need of trust and doesn't know where to turn to She's turned into a vampire unwillingly her house is burned to the ground and now her best friend David is kidnapped Nothing is easy for Anna but then when has it ever been?I enjoyed this book It wasn't as realistic as other UF`s I`ve read or as realistic as you can get with UF anyway It wasn`t the thought behind the world Stein`s created I enjoyed that but maybe it was the characters behaviour or thoughts but I found it a bit off Over all though it was a pretty good read I'm excited to read this series over again soon Maybe I'll have better thoughts this time


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The Becoming

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 expectShe's a bounty hunter tough beautiful and trained for the unexpected Until the night she's attacked and left closer to death than she ca The Becoming by Jeanne C SteinThe first in an urban fantasy vampire bounty hunter series The heroine Anna Strong is attacked and as a result becomes a vampireAs an urban fantasy series it contains an overall ARC and not everything is wrapped up in the end of this bookThe 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 is strong enough to overcome the odds and live another day I will continue with the series to see how it evolves

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N imagine She awakens to an indoctrination into a dark new world where vampires walk among us But this time a tight grip on a38 won't stop what she's hunting forExisting between the worlds of the living and the dead Anna is torn by her love for two very different men Max a DEA agent 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 detailsFirst 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 he uses his new Vampy powers to fight back Anna is raped and turned but because she drinks his blood and enjoys it she's ok with it Wait what? Yuck and Yikes I have no problem with writers who write the effects of an assault properly but to gloss over it like that is repulsive Being overpowered by metaphysics should make the situation violating afterwards not lessSo a day later she wakes up in the hospital and the least believable doctor Avery is there with her and David There's a bunch of dialogue that is almost pure exposition It's inexplicable she basically spews info to the Dr that could have just been mentioned in thought Avery acts rather nosy and un Dr ish and there's a whole lot of talk about Anna's gay friend Micheal whom we will never meet in the bookAnna goes home to be alone and Avery shows up He's tells her he's a vampire and in this series vamps are all psychic She whines a bit but isn't too horribly shaken about all that's going on In fact the only things she ever gets really upset about are her house getting burned down and her partner getting kidnapped She whines and rambles in her head without blocking other listeners out constantlyFrom here things continue on a pretty predictable path Anna has a 'boyfirend' whom she cheats on with the vampy doc Instead of examining what her problem is and why she's been settling for a safe distanced relationship with a guy she sees once every month or so and why she's jumped into bed with the Dr the whole thing is once glossed over with the occasional 'oh man that's right I cheated on Max'While the second half of the book moves better I almost stopped half way through which is something I never do I have to say the only part of the book I found really interesting was when she grabs Lawson a 'Revenger' Basically someone who kills vampires and vamps out on him for answers of David's whereaboutsAvery gets a bit PushyPossessive as the book goes and Anna keeps misjudging her instincts When she doesn't trust him but can't find anything to back it up she just rolls back into bed with him Max who?Honestly the only surprise at the end was the motivation for all the things that happened I mean I understand the Why but the method was ridiculous If you live forever you have well FOREVER to convince someone to be yours If he had waited 50 70 years for all Anna's mortal connections to be dead he would have had what he wanted Ugh

Characters The Becoming

All too human and vulnerable And Avery a Night Watcher who's joined Anna in pursuit of the rogue vampire who changed her life that terrifying night Now as her two worlds collide fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil where survival is not just for the livi Anna is raped when she's turned This is totally blown over She recovers uickly 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 eyerollAlso 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 ask the right uestions There was a lack of emotional connection with the characters Still it wasn't horrible but it's not worth continuing with the series


About the Author: Jeanne C. Stein

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.