My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Every three years, Amber Hopkins explodes. Okay, not a blown-to-smithereens explosion, 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.

As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy building, disaster looms. When the inevitable explosion 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 family. To top it all off, she’ll finally find out why she’s having the power surges: she isn’t entirely human.

Amber must Become, transitioning to another plane of existence and risking the loss of the most important relationship she’s ever had. Her choice will impact the future of an entire race of beings, and will pit her against an enemy that will prey upon her doubt to try and take her very life. Kind of makes the explosions now seem like a cakewalk. (Amazon, Becoming Kindle Edition)

This book was: amazing. It was a breath of fresh air, which I enjoyed immensely.

The plot was: incredible. I loved this book from start to finish. There’s nothing for me to critique, not really.

The beginning was: intriguing. Though it might seem slow to some, I love it just the way it is.

The middle was: lovely. It was so sweet, yet filled with intricacies, turnarounds and everything else that made this book fantastic.

The crescendo was: breathtakingly good, horrible, awesome, sad etc. (I can go on…)

The finish/ending was: beautiful. There’s no other word to describe it, but beautiful.

The characters were: excellently portrayed. Very dynamic, which made you care/trust/want to know and like the characters a lot.

The world-building was: perfect. Just the way I want the world-building to be; not too much of a nuisance, but not too little either so that you have to create the majority of the world by your lonesome from scratch.

The language was: used brilliantly for the most part. Although, there were quite a few “tiny” mistakes here and there. Usually, those tiny mistakes make me furious when I notice them since English is my second language (since I’m Swedish), but I couldn’t make myself be bothered even if I tried, this book was that good. I just kept on reading, because the book as a whole was so, so good.

The themes represented in the book were: classics; but portrayed wonderfully.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes. I would definitely recommend this book; because it’s awesome in so many ways.

– Sofia Sundfors

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