Review: Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin

Posted 16 January, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Becoming Alpha by Aileen ErinBecoming Alpha by Aileen Erin
Series: Alpha Girl #1
Publisher: Ink Monster on December 17, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 267
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.


Favorite Quote(s):

“‘Don’t be so stubborn. When you feel lost or don’t get something, just come to me. I’ll always be there to help.’ That was sweet. ‘I can’t always lean on you. I have to figure this out for myself.’”

“I couldn’t ever tell what was going on with him. He ignored me half the time, and the other half alternated between bossing me around and being so perfectly sweet.”

“‘I’m going with ‘Closer’’ My face was intently hot as he laughed. Holy Freudian slip, Batman. Leave it to me to tell the hottest guy ever that one of my favorite song’s chorus was a guy yelling about how he wants to fu—‘do’ them like an animal.”

Favorite Character: Dastien. Swoon.
First Line:

“The noise from the party raging downstairs seeped into my quiet space.”

My Musings: Becoming Alpha was a very interesting read for me. I’m not the one to read too many werewolf books, but ths one just called out to me for some reason. I loved the concept of the gifted outsider girl who gets turned into a werewolf.

I enjoyed the plot of this novel, which was centered around a private school for werewolves in the new town that Tessa and her family moves to. Regardless of warnings to stay away from him, Tessa can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious Dastien. So when things start heating up, Dastien accidentally infects Tessa–condemning her to a fate of attending St. Alibe’s. And then, to make things even better, the vampires have set their sights on St. Alibe’s and there is a traitor amongst the werewolves. It made for a very intriguing novel that didn’t let me out of its world until the very end. It was fast paced and interesting the whole way through.

“‘Anyone know what a broken rib feels like? Because I may have several. On top of the vampire bite—which by the way—is burning something fierce. It’s gray around the edges, too. Should I be worried about flesh rot? Because getting a rocking case of necrotizing fasciitis would round out my day in a really fantastic way.’”

Tessa was our leading female. She took her change moderately well, considering what happened to her. But the thing I liked the most about her was that she didn’t just accept it–she fought it for all she was worth at first, which I found to be a very realistic reaction and that made me love her even more. In addition to that, Tessa was weird and quirky, but she never tried to change who she was. She had cofidence in herself. And boy was that girl’s narration hilarious! Her thoughts constantly had me cracking up like a maniac.

“He walked around the table and squatted next to my chair. ‘I have to, mon Coeur. I want to stay here with you, believe me. I need to win your trust. I’m sorry I left before you woke this morning. I’m an idiot and I didn’t know it’d hurt your feelings or else I would have stayed. But I have to go now and I hope that later you’ll give me yet another chance.’ He kissed my cheek and rubbed his nose from the corner where my neck met my shoulder up to my ear. He breathed in deeply, scenting me, and I felt it all the way to my core. ‘Je t’aime, ma cherie.’ My heart skipped a beat. Did he just say what I think he said?”

Dastien was our love interest. Dastien was Alpha, possibly the most Alpha on campus. He was strong, quick witted, and courageous, and those traits made him attractive. Oh, and he was French. Accents are always a plus in my book. He manned up to what he did and protected Tessa with his life. He was cute, sweet, and sarcastic, and I just can’t wait to see more of him.

 “‘I’m sorry that you’re stuck with me, but I’ll spend the rest of my life making it up to you. I swear,’ he whispered. He let go, leaning back to see my face. ‘Okay?’”

The two of them together was like a battle of wills. Of course, Tessa fought the fact that Dastien “claimed” her tooth and nail for almost half of the novel. During that time, the tension between those two was the big elephant in the room. But when Dastien started cracking her wall that she had constructed, the story just got that much better. They complemented each other so well, and also didn’t put up with crap from each other. I mentioned how Dastien was Alpha–Tessa was Alpha as well, though not as much, but still didn’t take any crap or orders from Dastien. That was my favorite part about their relationship.

Another notable character that I just want to mention was Tessa’s brother Axel. Although we didn’t see too much of him because he was off the college, he was the older brother everyone wished they had. He and Tessa were extremely close and he would have done anything for her, as you can see at times in the book. It was a great relationship and it really enhanced the practicality of the novel.

To be honest, during the first few chapters I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy this novel, as the first few chapters are Tessa’s family’s transition from California to Texas. So please, if you decided to pick up this book, truck through the first few chapters because i’ll admmit–they’re a tad boring. But once Tessa meets Dastien while moving into their new home, everything picks up into a never-ending whirlwind of events and you won’t want to put the book down.

Although it had a slow beginning, once the ball got rolling, it rolled. Becoming Alpha was a fantastic debut novel for Aileen Erin, filled with romance, action, and danger. I can’t wait to see what Erin brings next in Avoiding Alpha.

4 Stars

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About Aileen Erin

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Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.


One Response to “Review: Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin”

  1. I saw a review (or maybe a WoW post) about this book on someone else’s blog last week. I’m not a big werewolf reader either, but it sounds intriguing and now I want to read it. I love the idea of a school for werewolves!

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