Review/Giveaway of C.J. Graves’s ‘AntiChrist 16: The Becoming’


What if someone told you that you were to be the Antichrist. Would you believe them? This is what 16 year old Nathan Tarra is faced with. How would you deal with this news?

Nathan Terras is an adopted high school student. Who can usually talk himself out of the trouble he gets into… SOMETIMES. Why? Because he can see auras and has ever since he can remember. This is his secret; he has told only one other person, his best friend Shayla. After getting into a fight with one ofthe schools bully’s/popular kid, he gets sent to the principal’s office. This will not be a normal trip to the principle; this will change everything he has ever known.

With his principal having a heart attack right in front of him, Nathan tries to save him and does, only to be thanked by being strangled by him. Mr. Jerico, a teacher, injects the principal and kills him. This isn’t normal, first his principle has a heart attack, then he tries to kill Nathan, and now Mr. Jerico kills him. What is going on? Soon Nathan will find out.

Mr.Jerico lays something big on Nathan. He is the AntiChrist! How can a normal sixteen-year-old boy, who can’t stand hurting a bug or seeing blood, be the person responsible for the end of days?

Revealing to his two best friends Shayla and Cheeseman that he is the AntiChrist and with the help of Mr. Jerico he tries to make him understand what this will all mean to Nathan. Yes, he may be the Antichrist, but others refer to him as the Uniter. He will unite mankind after the Great Change, which will disassemble the world’s religions.

But, Nathan shouldn’t have become the Antichrist when he did; he somehow changed the plan when he saved his principle. Learning that not only is he the Uniter, but Shayla, Cheeseman and Mr. Jerico are his Keepers; ones to keep him safe from harm and to protect him at all cost.

But there are others called Takers and he will come to find out those around him are “Takers” and out to end him before the Great Change happens. If that happens they could do what they want with the end of times to their own purpose.

So now, not only does Nathan have to worry that his is the Antichrist, but there are others out there that want him dead. How could he wake up on a normal morning and end the day learning all this new information; stuff he never even believed in!

With his high school Friends becoming Takers and having to fight for his life, soon Nathan finds out he has a certain power. He can “freeze” them, but it doesn’t last for long. Can he master his power? If so, that could help him a lot. Join Nathan on a journey like no other and find out all the secrets that his friends, family, and the world have been hiding from him.

Antichrist 16 was a great surprise to read, seeing the title I didn’t give it a lot of thought and didn’t think I would enjoy it because it isn’t the kind of book I usually read, but once you start it you will not be able to put it down. You will want to find out what is going on. There are so many twist and turns and shockers that C.J. Graves wrote, that it’s GREAT! The read keeps you wanting for more. The characters are well developed and lovable and some of the bad one’s you will dislike like I did. I loved how Nathan takes everything in stride and keeps going, even though he thinks he may be dreaming some of the time (BUT HE ISN’T). I also liked that it wasn’t a book filled with religious talk, yes there is some talk because you had to have that to know what exactly what is going on and learn about the Antichrist. I can’t wait for the next book to see where it takes Nathan and what becomes of his future. I give this book 4 STARS!

Quotes from the Book:

“Well , I’d be freaked out, too. I mean, you witness our principal have a heart attack, give him some sort of energy mouth-to-mouth, and he goes wiggy and tries to choke you.”- Shayla

“Lies and half-truths told by power hungry men. There’s only one savior.”- Jerico

“That’s the difference between you and me. I used it to keep The Uniter safe- The Uniter being Nathan. You’re using it to put his life in danger, and in putting his life in danger, you put this whole planet in danger-danger of having no leader or having a substandard one.”- Jerico

“And behold a pale horse. His name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” Nathan


Antichrist 16: The Becoming (Antichrist 16 Trilogy) (Amazon Kindle)


C.J. has been kind enough to offer a digital copy of ‘AntiChrist 16’ for giveaway. To enter this giveaway you MUST leave a comment on this blog post with a question for her or tell her why you want to read it. Remember to click follow replies so that you can see the answer to your questions. Giveaway ends Jan. 15, 2013 at 8 am CST.

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Posted on January 10, 2013, in BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi everyone! Just wanted to say thanks to Cynthia, Cassie, and the blog readers out there. I’ll be checking in regularly, so feel free to ask me any questions. 🙂 CJ

  2. I love movies in this genre, but have never read a book about it. This sounds very interesting and a nice twist of the norm for this area of “fiction.” What gave you the idea to make the antichrist into a hero of sorts?

  3. Hi Lauren,

    Good question. Well, I was interested in writing a YA paranormal but something other than a vampire, ghost, or werewolf tale that seemed to be flooding the genre. I loved the “Omen” series when I was younger and thought, “Hey, what about the Antichrist?” It seemed like a big enough idea to support a few books. But as you say, the tricky part was making him likable. Luckily, not much is known about the Antichrist and what we do know is pretty vague. So with a little artistic license–BAM–a lovable monster was born. CJ

  4. Hello CJ Where did you get your ideas for this new book? Looks like a really good book..Thanks for the chance to win…I became friends with you on your FB page..

    • Hi Tina,

      Usually I get an idea for a character first. Then I have to decide whether that character will support a series–if I’m wanting to write a series. For instance, as well as Antichrist 16, I have a genre mystery called Crossed where the main character is a private investigator. But I made her an Iraq War veteran with PTSD and various hangups from being in the war in order to make her life more interesting (read: problematic!). With A-16, I wanted to write a YA paranormal with a character that hadn’t been done before. I thought the idea of a teenage Antichrist–you know, before he becomes the evil-doer from the Bible–would be cool.

      Thanks for your interest! CJ

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