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The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014569
Date: 28 November, 2006 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Anna knows something isn't right. She's can't seem to eat food. She's healing really fast. Dr. Avery tells her she's now a vampire but she doesn't believe him until she has to -- I mean would you? Acceptance is difficult, especially when she thinks of her long time boyfriend, and D.E.A. agent, Max. But almost in spite of herself she's drawn to Avery and he's starting to take over her life. Then she learns that there's also a group out there who make it their job to kill vampires, and she's a target.

Then things start to go wrong, very wrong, and Anna thinks Donaldson is out to get her. That's when things get really interesting. There's several threads that intersect in this book. They're so tightly joined it isn't really until after you read the book that you can see just how they interact and twist around each other.

While there seems to be a lot of strong women who somehow gain powers and somehow must learn to deal with them, this story is a bit more. Anna has a life that's not the usual one for women (and please don't bring up bounty hunter Stephanie Plum). Anna likes her life and likes who she is. She's in a committed relationship with Max. She has a partner she cares about and can trust to watch her back. Anna, throughout, is trying to hold onto her humanity in spite of all the changes to her life, or death, or undeath. She plans to adapt to the new situation and continue as she has always done by being true to herself.

I think there's a lot to like with the character and if a sequel continues the story, I'm sure it will also be a further exploration of humanity and its many facets, irregardless of your biological underpinnings.


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