Wednesday, August 1, 2012

'Transcende​nce' by C.J. Omololu

Reviewed by: Stephanie
Five Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

'When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.

As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.

Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?'

This is a fantastic book! I’m so glad it’s got a sequel because I definitely want more of Griffon and Cole!

I was hooked from the first chapter that describes Cole and her sister Kat on a spring break trip to London. That’s where Cole starts having disturbing visions, and she meets Griffon for the first time.

When she returns home to San Francisco and the visions continues, Cole thinks she’s going crazy. She reconnects with Griffon, and he helps her to understand what is going on with her.

The evolution of Cole’s understanding and acceptance of who she is as an Akhet was perfectly paced. She was of course shocked and skeptical but grew to trust Griffon and his explanation. Through this their relationship progressed. That was also done flawlessly, with Cole having to overcome her own normal teenage insecurities to pursue a relationship with this unique guy.

The rogue Akhet storyline was good but one that I figured out early on. Although there weren’t any shocking surprises, I was still riveted and anxiously awaited the final resolution.

A chance meeting between Cole and one of her sister’s co-workers sets the stage for book two. Thankfully this one doesn’t end on a cliff hanger but I am excited to see how this latest plot wrinkle will be explored in next year’s book, Fated..

This is an exciting new series and I’m excited to read more from C.J. Omololu!

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