One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over.
Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind.
But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.
Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.
When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.
- ISBN10 0989405036
- ISBN13 9780989405034
- Publish Date 20 September 2016
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Ink Monster
- Format Paperback (US Trade)
- Pages 348
- Language English
I picked this up free months ago, and then forgot about it. Added it to my Kindle during my Cali trip, but didn't expect a whole lot from it. And then once I started reading it, I totally kicked myself for waiting so long to start this series!
I loved Tessa! Most of her reactions were pretty believable for the situations she found herself in. I liked the way she dealt with being a werewolf. A lot of PNR series have the main character stress over being a werewolf a little bit, but then they get over it and end up being this bad-ass super-shifter. Tessa, not so much. She was in denial for a bit in the beginning, and then she refused to actually shift a few times. She wanted to get a handle on her new life before throwing complications like boyfriends and shifting into the mix.
I liked Dastien, and had a feeling that part of his avoiding Tessa had to do with her family flipping out whenever they saw him near her. But I still think he could have handled things a bit better. Let her know where she stood with him, and not kept running away.
I liked Tessa's group of friends, and the bits of magic we got to see during the book. I also liked that the vampires in the book weren't the ones you usually see in fantasy now. They were more like the Nosferatu of the old style.
Some of what Tessa did and thought was contradictory, but then again, it also fit for her age. Like, she is able to see visions when she touches objects with her bare skin (so not like through clothing). She can see short glimpses of something that happened to the object or person in the recent past. Get emotions as well. So she covers up and wears gloves to try to only see things when she wants to. But she also lets her brother push her into going into crowded rooms, even if she'd rather not take the chance on being touched.
She also doesn't believe her mother's family are really bruja, she thinks they're fakes without powers. Even though she has this strange power of her own. But that made sense to me because she's a teenager. And teens are notorious for not thinking adults or people they don't know, could possibly have anything in common with them. (Or at least, I remember that being true when I was a teen?) So that worked for me, I get how it might not work for others though.
Overall, I LOVED this book! I can't wait to get my hands on the next ones. If you like paranormal romance, especially ones that revolve around werewolves and magic, you need to try this book!
This review was originally posted on Fantasy of the Silver Dragon
It's no secret that I adore special school settings, and Becoming Alpha did not disappoint in that regard! The school actually seems pretty normal, except that all of the students and faculty are werewolves. They still have normal classes, but mixed in with things like Metaphysics and Yoga. Tessa's transition wasn't so smooth though, since she knows literally nothing about werewolves. I mean, they did give her The Werewolf Bible, but too many people have touched it for her to actually read it. Plus there's this matter of being mated.
Of course, there's a romance, but it's not too huge of a part of Becoming Alpha. Well, the romance is kind of the reason Tessa was bitten and the cause of some of her problems at the new school. Dastien bit her because of reasons! He's super hot, but kind of moody, but that's his wolf. I was actually worried about the romance in the beginning, but there are reasons. And Tessa doesn't just automatically accept those reasons, and Dastien doesn't push her. They actually spend some time together, have common interests, and no one is proclaiming undying love. It's pretty great actually.
I also really liked the plot. Becoming Alpha isn't just about werewolves. Tessa's powers come about because she's half-witch. Then there's also vampires, who are the bad guys! In fact, some come to attack the school, even though it's well hidden, because there's a traitor at the school! Obviously, Tessa has to use her abilities and her fresh perspective to solve the case and save the day. It was still exciting though, since even though we know who's behind it, there's still the matter of rescuing everybody and fighting off the undead!
Becoming Alpha was just a fun read. I loved the combination of supernaturals, and I really liked Tessa. Sure she complains a lot, but her whole life was just uprooted and she's having to learn a whole new culture that she's been thrust into. She questions everything and fights for her rights, and all that good stuff.
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