The Becoming by Jeanne C. SteinThe Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein

The Becoming

byJeanne C. Stein

Mass Market Paperback | November 28, 2006

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My name is Anna Strong. I am a vampire.

Existing between the worlds of the living and the dead, bounty hunter Anna Strong is torn by her love for two very different men. Now, as her two worlds collide, fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil.
Jeanne C. Stein is the bestselling author of the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles, which received a RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2008. She is active in the writing community and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers of America. Stein lives in Colorado.
Title:The BecomingFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.69 × 4.19 × 0.79 inPublished:November 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441014569

ISBN - 13:9780441014569

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing (In the event the Chapters/Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 1 out of 5 stars/leaves.) I was really disappointed in this one, which turned out to NOT be worth the time and effort I put into it. Good points: I liked the initial set-up of the story. I very much liked the idea of a strong female character who was working as her own boss in what was very much a man's world. I also liked the fact that she did this despite her parents' disapproval. The idea of this strong, independent woman having to face a setback such as being attacked and raped, and thus accidentally turned into a vampire, was quite interesting to me as well. Then things quickly went downhill from there, unfortunately. Bad points/constructive criticism: (i) Again, there were NUMEROUS grammatical issues in this book. This ANNOYS me to no end. Editing is not a difficult concept to understand (I tend to blame publishers for this, save in the case of self-published novels, of course). (ii) The main character quickly became annoying. One of the 'love interests' of the main character in the novel was a vampire and a Night Watcher (i.e. apparently a vampire who watches out for and tries to act to protect the vampire community), who wound up somewhat by happenstance being the only person who could counsel her through her transformation into a vampire. For some reason, the main character wound up trusting this fellow implicitly and considered she might be in love with him, VIRTUALLY OVERNIGHT. Oh, and let's not forget that she also slept with him, despite having a longtime boyfriend. I don't consider myself a prude, and I am pretty liberal in my views in general, but I did find this rather uncool on her part. More to the point, it didn't entirely make sense to me, since she didn't KNOW this person. Another annoying aspect of the main character was that she vacillated between blind trust of this man and being convinced he was the bad guy behind everything. Which brings me to element (iii), namely, the plot. (iii) The plot did not work. I tend to find that one of the CHEAPEST tactics in fiction, be it mystery or urban fantasy or television or what have you, is to have the 'bad guy' turn out to be the narrator and/or their best friend. This is a very *cheap* and easy tactic, IMHO, and frequently implies that the author does not want to have to BUILD suspense gradually such as by subtly slipping in clues to the reader and by gradually building a psychologically believable picture for the reader. Rather, one slips in the fact that the narrator or their close friend Bud is the killer and voila! Instant gratification for very little effort. (Except that it ISN'T gratifying for the reader, IMHO. Not by a long shot.) Anyhow, the reason I mention this is that this is what winds up being the source of the majority of the plot, i.e. that the bad guy was her trusted companion all along, bla bla bla. Unlike our dopey 'heroine', who realized this at the end of the novel, I had had a sinking (and growing) feeling that this would be the case as I progressed through the novel. And the plot did not disappoint. Or rather it did, because I was right, and the author was just 'yanking our chain' the entire time. I also couldn't help but be annoyed at the way in which the plot 'lurched' back and forth between being convinced and then not with regards to this character's guilt (this was actually the majority of the plot, such as it was), since it felt like I was being manipulated by the author: 'Keep reading!! No, really!! He might not be the bad guy! Oh well he was, haha, fooled you.' (iv) Very few basic answers were provided by the end of this first novel. As is all too usual, we are expected to buy the next X number of books in the series in order to have any answers, save the fact that the trusted friend of the main character was a manipulative evil guy who was obsessed with her. For instance: -Who was 'Casper', the person who continually helped her through various situations? -Why did Williams say she was 'the one'? Why was she able to defeat not one but two OLD & POWERFUL vampires despite being a completely new addition to vampiredom? -What was the story with Culebra? What was he, and why was he so powerful? What is with all the people at Beso de la Muerte? -What did Max (i.e. her DEA boyfriend) know? Did he know about her? -Would Max be upset with her (i.e. since she did cheat on him)? Did he know about this? Those are just off the top of my head. So, essentially I felt like I had read 1/2 or 3/4 of a book. Very annoying. (v) This book also came perilously close to one of my personal triggers, which is implying that rape is 'all right' if the woman has an orgasm. This book did NOT say this, but it did come rather close to it. Ugh, just NO. So I recommend staying away from this one. Definitely not worth it. Some better books in this genre are available in my book lists.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Interesting Start This series is about vampires but from a different perspective than you usually read - the newly turned vampire. Anna Strong is a skip tracer (bounty hunter). One night she is trying to bring a skip in and everything goes wrong. She is brutally attacked and later awakens in the hospital. Her recovery from her injuries is amazing and she soon learns the reason for this is because she is 'becoming'. It turns out the skip was a vampire and she has been inadvertantly infected. Luckily for Anna, there is the sexy vampire doctor Avery to help her with her transition. There isn't a lot of action in this book but it was still an interesting read. I found that the character of Anna was maybe too accepting of the whole 'now you're a vampire thing'. She seemed to be able to make some rather big leaps in understanding on how her powers work. I think it is a promising start to the series and overall it has left me interested enough in Anna to try the next book. For those interested, another series that is really good that deals with a similar subject (the newly turned vampire), try Jennifer Armintrout's Blood Ties series. The first book in this four book series is The Turning.
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had to let everyone know.... Ok, so for all of you who like your female protagonists strong and screwed up (hmmm, Anita, anyone?) Anna Strong is for you. Ms. Stein has created a character that I think most of us can relate too, (other then the vampire thing, of course). So far there are four books in this series and I loved them all. Lots of action, conflict, emotional termoil and smutty sex. I have been recommending this series to all my favorite "dark side" customers and so far , no complaints. I think this series is great and anyone who likes LKH, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Rachal Caine, ect. should try them.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Little Different The book "The Becoming" was recomended to me by a friend. I did not know much about it except that it had vampires. I am usally a horror/supernatural kind of girl myself this book is more fantasy/romance, but I thought I would try to read something a little different. The novel is about a young woman named Anna, who is a bounty hunter. She was chasing after one of her "bounties" with her ex-football player partner when she is attacked, and her whole world changes. She becomes a vampire. As Anna struggles to come to terms with her new "undead life", her "old" life becomes a thing of the past. Her house is mysteriously burned to the ground, she is chased by vampire hunters, and her partner is kidnapped. Not to mention the streamy love triangle between her, a three hundred year old vampire, and a deep undercover DEA agent, Max. I like how Anna is written as such a strong character. She knows what she wants and goes for it without loosing her femimine qualities and emotions. She kicks but! Something people might not like about this book is that stuff happens really fast. However, most of it makes sense in the end. There is a few unanswered questions at the end, which I am not to happy about. What is Anna going to do with that house? What with this "friendly nieghbourhood" vampire friend, Casper? What will Anna have to do as a "favour?" I guess those question will be answered in the next book. I am very glad that a decided to read something a little different because I really enjoyed reading this novel. So much so when I actually started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. I would recomended it. Hope you like it too.
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This is the first of the Anna Strong vampire series. Anna is a bounty hunter with her ex-football player David. While tracking down their newest skip, both are attacked and left for dead. David survives with nothing more than a concussion and some memory loss, while Anna slowly discovers her change. She’s ‘becoming’ a vampire. It all goes down hill for Anna from here on in. First she’s pulled over by the cops for speeding. Then she’s almost attacked by a group of vampire-haters. Her house is burnt down and her partner is kidnapped. This story has so many twists and turns, you don’t know who to trust, who is good, and who wants Anna dead. Your guess will likely be wrong. To be honest, I’m still not even sure who I can trust! There are things left unsolved, who plays Casper? Why is Anna the one? What will Culebra ask as a favour in return for his kindness? Will Max figure out what Anna really is? Will Anna move into Dr. Avery’s house? I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out the answers. The flaw in this book for me was the use of the word vampire. It was used as both the singular and the plural, but it wasn’t consistent. If ‘vampire’ is plural then there should be no need for the word ‘vampires.’ Other than that, I found this book hard to put down! I had no idea it was about vampires either. It was recommended to me and it took me so long to find it in the book store due to the way it’s catalogued. The book is entitled The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein but it’s in the catalogue as Becoming by Jeanne Stein. You would be surprised what a difference this makes. Once I found the book, I purchased it and got the heck out of the store. I didn’t read the back of the book, nor the front - I just started right at chapter one. So after the attack I was actually wondering what she would become and when I found out it was a vampire, I decided to read the cover. Sure enough, it says in big, bold letters “AN ANNA STRONG, VAMPIRE NOVEL” How did I miss that? Read more at:
Date published: 2008-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Twist! Interesting characters.. and having vampires who walk in daylight due to "evolution" so-to-speak makes it much easier on the story. My biggest appreciation for this story comes from the great twist on the standard urban fantasy love triangle authors are so fond of... Stein does it right!
Date published: 2008-01-27

Editorial Reviews

"A really, really good book. My readers would have a great time with The Becoming. Best of all, Stein is writing a sequel." -- Charlaine Harris