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Book Review: Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha Girl, book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via Goodreads):
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.


My Review:
Becoming Alpha is a breath of fresh paranormal air. I loved this book. It was refreshing in its approach to the idea of werewolves, its leading lady, and pack mentality.

The focus is mainly on the main character’s, Tessa, experiences and eventual growth. I loved that the reader gets to take their time in getting to know Tessa after being turned into a hybrid shifter witch-wolf completely changes her world.

It helped a lot that the story took place at a boarding school for most of the story. It added an atypical edge to your average paranormal romance.

The characters were great. Tessa’s family was awesome. The romance was sweet and amusing. The writing was superb. The plot was action-packed and compelling to the core.

What’s cool is that the vampires aren’t gorgeous-beyond-belief but rotting corpses that, I kid you not, glide over the ground. It’s so different (or it’s been so long since) to have this dark depiction of vampires but still with a consciousness that is most interesting (and probably terrifying in real life!).

This was a short but sweet yet totally irresistible novel. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I anticipate more awesomeness to come.

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