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This is Book 1 of the WINGED ONE series (formerly "Alleyhill: The Becoming"). This is the completely revised edition.Ellicia Wayfield doesn't believe in the supernatural world, despite what she witnessed a year ago, especially now that she's dealing with a lot: the loss of a family member, her upcoming seventeenth birthday, settling down in a new town and being the new kidThis is Book 1 of the WINGED ONE series (formerly "Alleyhill: The Becoming"). This is the completely revised edition.Ellicia Wayfield doesn't believe in the supernatural world, despite what she witnessed a year ago, especially now that she's dealing with a lot: the loss of a family member, her upcoming seventeenth birthday, settling down in a new town and being the new kid at her school. Besides, not everything has to be a supernatural mystery. Right?Often, odd occurrences can easily be explained away. For example, that weird student in one of Ellicia's classes drinks blood, not because he's a vampire, but because he's part of some sort of satanic cult (or because Ellicia was drugged up on hallucinogens and ended up seeing things that weren't real). There's definitely no other explanation for that....While some things can be explained away, others just can't. They are what they are, just like this new reality Ellicia finds herself in. Then there's also that word, destiny, which can sometimes be a burden. Just ask Ellicia.Welcome to her new normal....

Title : The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield (Winged One, #1)
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ISBN : 9780969034605
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Number of Pages : 306 Pages
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The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield (Winged One, #1) Reviews

  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    2018-09-14 15:09

    DNF-60%I received this novel from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I hate dnf'ing a book but unfortunately, I just cannot continue on anymore, I've given it the best shot I can. When I read the synopsis I thought this would be a book I'd love, especially being a fan of all things Supernatural/Paranormal. Unfortunately, I didn't like the writing much, and the pacing felt off (some parts were too slow, others ran through too quickly). The characters didn't feel very well developed, and honestly, Ellicia annoyed the crap out of me. She is whiney, at times hostile and rude, basically, treats everyone like shit (oh besides random people she doesn't even know, but her family and friends its like 'fuck you guys'). Maybe if we saw the changes as a result of her father's death, I would have felt more for her seeing how she had changed because of it but unfortunately, it wasn't written that way and Ellicia came off as an asshole-ish bratty character. I honestly wanted her stepmother to smack her.The story also felt a bit cliche YA supernatural-themed, girl loses her family, moves to a new town, finds out they are all hiding this big secret from her, struggles to transition, bad people 'get' her but she manages to escape, finds ways to adjust and eventually takes on her role and becomes determined to do what she has too- whether it'd be avenging someone( like her dad, maybe her mum?), protecting the gates, or finds out there's someone or something after her, I don't know I'm just guessing, clearly I didn't finish reading it to find out, mainly because I wasn't invested in the characters, the writing was average at best, the pacing was all over the place and there was no real WOW factor for me, I mean i've read A LOT of these kinds of books and there needs to be something that stands out from the rest, which sadly I didn't find here.I think the concept of the plot was interesting, the town is filled with paranormal beings, and Ellicia being the Protector of the gates of Hell. It has potential to be a great story but unfortunately, it just felt like a bad episode of 'Supernatural'. Now I won't be rating this book, I don't think it's fair to rate something I didn't actually finish, but I thought I should at least give my reasons as to why I didn't finish it. Like I said it could have been a great story but for me, there were just too many underlining issues that I couldn't get passed which made me struggle and ultimately give up on reading it.

  • Meegy
    2018-09-08 11:06

    Okkkkkkkk. so this was awesome. But now I need more. Like whattt. Amazing read, and nice and quick as well. Loved the main character Ellicia, but a little far fetched as well. (view spoiler)[Chosen One. Angel. Reincarnation!!! What!!! (hide spoiler)] But still an excellent book to read. I cannot wait until I get my hands on book 2 and find out what happens, because that ending.. Thank you to Net Galley, the Publisher and of course the Author for giving me a chance to read this amazzzzing book. <3

  • Aubrey Marie
    2018-08-25 14:15

    I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I like the storyline but to me, the story just doesn't flow, like the pace of it is off, too fast. It has potential to be a really good story though.

  • Chelz Lor
    2018-08-30 15:08

    *I received an advanced reading copy for an honest review***Also SPOILERS**So last year after years of my friends begging me to watch, I sat down and began the tedious task of watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show for the first time. I am not ashamed to say that I thought it was ridiculous and I am not a fan, despite my being a total fan of Joss Whedon. The story was alright, the characters were meh, and for a show that claims to be all about feminism there was a lot of sexist things in it. But I digress, the point is I didn't like it, but I get why it has a fan base made up of those that grew up with it. It's all nostalgia love and I get it, I have my own shows that I adore, but am fully aware suck.I feel like this book tried to do what 50 Shades of Grey did with Twilight. In that, this is written like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan fiction and the result is something immeasurably worse than anything that Buffy ever did. In fact I would rather watch all of Buffy again instead of continuing this series.Where do I even begin?We have Ellicia who at the best of times is sleeping and I mean that literally. 90% of what this character does is have important messages delivered to her in dreams, so naturally she is sleeping throughout most of the book. When she's not doing that she is an angst driven teen who can't move on from her father's death and the prophesy of being the Protector of the Hell Gates...Gates of Hell...Honestly her title and what she protects is never 100% answered.After her father's death she moves to Alleyhill with her stepmother, Kate, whom she hates on principle and the book NEVER lets you forget how much Ellicia hates Kate unless another character says some minor insult directed at Kate and then she's all "She's my stepmother HOW DARE YOU!" Their relationship is very cliche and frankly I could have done with a refreshing twist here.But don't worry if you thought Kate was the only one Ellicia is a bitch to, there's Sean her cousin? brother? honestly again it's not explained well or really reinforced. Now that I think about it he would have to be her cousin, so lets go with that. There's Deana...her friend? Then there is the quintessential YA love triangle only worse, in the characters of Jason (Vampire) and Nathaniel (Vampire turned Guardian Angel, so...mutant?)The entire purpose of the story is Ellicia coming to grips with the fact that she has become the Protector and has been assigned a Watcher to train her (whom we see/hear about maybe a total of 4 times throughout the book, but we have to believe that by the end she is pretty much fully trained and ready to fight the big bad).There are also werewolves and witches and things called Ashers who are just humans that hunt the supernatural creatures, except Jason of course because lady boners for Vampires is a thing. Honestly, if you are not a supernatural creature in this town, you are an Asher and yet there are moments in the book where the author thinks the reader will believe that someone has absolutely no idea who Ellicia is, when it is pretty heavily established that EVERYONE knows she is the protector even before she knows.The pacing in this story leaves something to be desired. One minute she's with Nathaniel in her room, the next she's fighting a werewolf, the next she's drunk in a club with Jason making out. It was all over the place and made it very hard to keep up on where you are in the story. I would have loved the author to have slowed down and added more flow to her story. It may have been longer, but at least it would have been a more enjoyable read. You can't have scene skips with no explanation. You can't have your readers going back to read the last few pages to make sure they didn't miss anything. And you can't have a character go through drastic training in some weird music montage that we didn't even get to see and expect it to be believable.The only thing I would have liked about this book is if the author had actually done what I assumed was going to happen in the end. In that Nathaniel, the main love interest, would turn out to be the creature trying to kill her. Hear me out - There is a scene in which Nathaniel is injured and for some weird reason that again isn't explained or brought up again Ellicia feels those injuries. It is then stated later that the creature hunting her is connected to her like a "voodoo doll" as in, she gets hurt it feels it and vice versa. Why oh why would you have the earlier scene with Nathaniel and NOT use that to your advantage to make an interesting ending?As you can tell by my disappointment the author chose to not do this and Nathaniel is just a useless Guardian Angel who used to be a Vampire who thinks with his lust and...OH MY GOD he could have been such a great 3 dimensional character had you just done this!In the end the creature is just a creature hell bent on killing her and when the time comes for Ellicia to slay it the author doesn't even follow her own cannon in that Ellicia does not feel the wounds she herself inflicts on the creature which is such bullshit.I had a hard time reading this, but as I did receive it as an ARC I felt obligated to see it through. At the very least to give as detailed a review for the sake of the author and her readers.I think the author had an interesting idea and just over produced it with too much stuff that didn't flow.1* solid.Fin.

  • Catherine
    2018-09-19 12:09

       After the accident (and murder) that killed her father, Ellicia’s life has turned upside down. Between the monsters she thought wasn’t real and therapies to make sure she wasn’t insane, to transferring to AlleyHill High and meeting the vampire Jason, the angel Nathaniel, the asher (vampire, werewolves and ghosts hunters) Deana. Who’s to say that life will get easier?    Oops! I almost forgot! Ellicia Wayfield, daughter of Jeremiah and Lillian Wayfield, is also the Protector of the hell gates. And she’s only seventeen. R E V I E W(view spoiler)[   There were moments that I really find hilarious and interesting. However, I find that this novel is really fast-paced. One moment, Ellicia was just transferring to AlleyHill High, the next, she will find out that Jason is a vampire and that she was a Protector.    There were also moments when I find Ellicia to be quite an unlikable character. She’s very unforgiving. She has trust issues (although who could really blame her?).“What do you mean it’s not what it looks like? I think it’s exactly what it looks like. You guys know each other and you lied to me again. Everyone keeps lying to me. Oh, Ellicia, you’re so important. You need to know everything, but for some unknown reason, I won’t actually tell you everything.”- Elicia, The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield, page 132   Most of the times, she’s angry and rude to the people around her, especially Kate, her stepmother.“We get it, you’re an angry, sarcastic seventeen-year-old. But you’re going to have to get over it.” Of course, Lariah would be the only one in the room without a pause button.-The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield, page 140    And also, most of the time, I find it distasteful when the heroine or hero has this list:      ✓ must lose her entire family      ✓ must be rich      ✓ must have all the abilities      ✓ must be badass    Having all this (except having all the abilities) can be acceptable to me, if only I can see the process how they came to be. Like knowing the character really deeply and not just make her look strong and badass.   In a brighter light, there were lots of funny moments that really made me laugh.“Let me get this straight. There are grown-ups, yourselves included, who sit around a table and talk about me,” Ellicia said incredulously. “Wow, you must have no lives whatsoever. It still sounds like a cult to me.” She crossed her arms in front of her chest. To say she was pissed was putting it mildly.-Ellicia on The Laiy of The Phoenix, The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield, page 134    And lastly, the ending was the fastest of them all. It would’ve looked well-constructed if the fighting wasn’t generalized and if details and dramatics were also added.(hide spoiler)]R A T I N G : 2 stars

  • Laura
    2018-09-20 14:11

    My blog -*Rubs face* Where to start? I was never so happy in my life to finish a book. The end dream scene would have been perfect, if it was used. That was the only good thing about the book in my opinion. The whole book build up this whole fight for the end, which lasted. One second let me go count. 6.5 pages.There was so much of a rush to add all these different elements to the paranormal, it just made it confusing. Why add so much? Focusing on one or two would have made the story so great. It would have slowed it down and let the book breath. It wasn’t here’s a new element, it was just pure information dumps. The whole book was just a rush. Hell it made me rush to finish it, not in a good way.Now lets get to the second main problem. The main character. I have never in my life wanted to punch a character so hard in the throat before. Yes lets go to a carnival with bad guys trying to kill me. Like really? Her favorite line is ‘don’t speak to me again’. If I had the patience I could count how many times she said this, but I don’t. She wants to know everything about everything, yet as soon as someone says something she doesn’t like, she runs off. Repeatedly. It’s like the main character is a 2 year old having temper tantrums. A character she doesn’t trust asks for a pendant that was from her dead mom, and she just happens to give it up? Now I can’t place all the blame on just the main character. All the other characters pretty much were one layered, and kept running away from everything as well.3 different people said 3 different things about the last protector. Haven’t had one in a decade, a full century and five decades. Very mixed information. Another thing he said, he not spoken to her since he dropped her off somewhere, yet he rang her while she was there? Sorry if it all came off a bit harsh, just a bit frustrated. The whole story concept and idea could have been amazing.

  • Annie
    2018-08-21 13:12

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield is book 1 of the Winged One series by Kemdi Ik from Kay & Unruly Press, released 22 Sept, 2015.It's a YA urban fantasy with a high school and town full of supernatural beings (vampires/angels/werewolves etc) and supernatural hunters called 'ashers'. Ellicia herself is a protector (of the hell gates, what that involves is never precisely stated in the first book). I understand sarcasm and snark seem to be quite popular in YA fantasy (and a fair bit of adult fantasy, especially the post-Dresden urban fantasy). I don't know if it's easier to write than standard dialogue, but it does get very repetitive.There are so many shameless homages to other fantasy series and archetypes in this book that I found myself thinking 'I definitely saw this in Buffy/Twilight/True Blood/insert flavor of the month supernatural series'.Ellicia herself is thoroughly unpleasant, sarcastic, mean and generally annoying. Many of the characters are very two dimensional and there were some serious plot holes which were never satisfactorily addressed.There are glimpses of technical expertise in the writing and this could have been a fine book.Two starsDisclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.

  • DawningMoon
    2018-09-18 12:16

    This is simply a case of it not being to my expectations. I expected it to be a much funnier then what I got. I guess urban fantasy and paranormal only works for me when it simply is much funnier than it seems.And well, this just doesn’t cut it. Ellicia, she has very little interesting things about her. I thought that perhaps she will be more active and at least more snarky in a way that I wanted it.But it never had the same kind of effect that I wanted in it. And that although the world does seem different, but really it doesn’t do a really through explanation. And that I simply didn’t like how some things seemed so out of control for Ellicia, or that Ellicia didn’t do anything to rebel against it. Or at least test the limits out.I just wanted more than what I got, and that my expectations for such a book is a little more to the funnier side. And those are the ones that stick at least for me.This isn’t just to my expectations, it didn’t really do anything that really stood out to me. Hence I just didn’t like it nor enjoy it. Well, I will still recommend it, it may be for you but just wasn’t for me.

  • Laurie Beemer
    2018-08-23 11:32

    3.5 -I was not sure about this book after all the reviews on it, but it was interesting to me. It did seem to be missing some of the depth for the characters and be a little fast paced at times but I thought the overall plot was interesting I would read the next book in this series. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this and write a honest review.

  • Lisa Elizabeth
    2018-09-21 09:24

    Poorly written and sloppily paced.

  • Caytie
    2018-09-02 15:25

    Details coming soon

  • Kemdi Ik
    2018-08-31 12:25

    This completely revised book, now with a new title (The Becoming of Ellicia Wayfield. Formerly, Alleyhill: The Becoming), is finally out. Yay! Read more here.Main genres: young adult fantasy, coming of age, paranormal

  • Samantha
    2018-08-28 08:28

    I recieved a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Unrated due to DNFing at 22%I didn't enjoy this book, there was no build up of suspense, the storyline was hard to follow and the main character was extremely unlikeable. It felt like someone attempting to combine the most popular elements from well known and well loved fandoms but not injecting anything new or fresh. It disappoints me to see portions of the Buffyverse included so obviously and without any original spin. I ultimately ended up not finishing it because it was such an unpleasant reading experience.