Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: Transcendence by C.J. Omololu

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  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: eARC from Netgalley/Bloomsbury for review
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Overview

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?


My Thoughts

I  think the idea of reincarnation is fascinating, so when I read the synopsis for this book I was really excited about it. I was a bit disappointed that it was pretty slow moving, but it was still interesting and was able to keep my attention. It took a little while to really get into it and at first the visions confused me until I understood what was going on. Once I discovered what was going on, the visions became more and more interesting to me and I wanted to figure things out as much as Cole does. 


Cole is an okay character to me. I didn't love her or feel much of a character connection with her, but I still enjoyed getting to know her and go through all of the events that happen in the book. She is a sixteen year old cello prodigy. She has always been good at it and her mom is a bit obsessive about her future as a cello player. Her visions start when she is in London with her father and sister. She thinks that she might be going crazy. She meets Griffon in London, but she can't stop thinking about him when she returns to home to California. Turns out he lives pretty close and they have a connection. Poor girl has a hard time figuring out who she can trust and if the things going on are real or not. I find it a little odd how all of the sudden she goes from being perfect daughter to quite a rebel so quickly, but I suppose love makes you do some pretty crazy things. 


Griffon was a character I instantly liked. Right off, he was sweet, charming, and funny. He was very friendly, but it was also obvious that there was something different about him. Of course we find out that he not only knows what is going on with Cole, but he has this same ability if that's what you want to call it. He has actually known he is an Akhet for a long time, so he wants to help her. After a little while he is a bit hot and cold or at least that is how it seems. He goes from wanting to be around her constantly, to not talking to her, texting, or anything for days and days. I knew something was going on with him, but I will be honest he was a mystery to me for the most part. 


This book starts off slow and we start to slowly learn more and more along with Cole. I thought that the idea of her starting to remember past lives was cool and I wanted to know how each different one tied in with what was going on in the story. There are a few characters who we don't know if we can trust them or not, and I was pleasantly surprised that I did have a hard time figuring some things out. If you like books about reincarnation, I think this is an enjoyable book. I still had a few lingering questions after finishing this book, but overall it was enjoyable. 3 out of 5 stars.

15 comments:

  1. I saw this book on Netgalley but I sort of scrolled past it. I knew I'd want to hear some other reviews before I gave it a second thought. It sounds kind of interesting but I'm not sure if I'd make a great effort to get it. I love the ideas of reincarnation too. It's funny because I just started Remembrance by M.M. and reincarnation is basically what the whole story is about. Maybe if I end up loving Remembrance when I finish, I'll look more into Transcendence. Great review! you've giving me a new book to ponder about :)

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    1. It was interesting, I did enjoy it, but I just feel like lately I have almost no connection with the characters in the books I'm reading. Like I know how they are feeling, but it's not getting through to me. I have a review going up next week that blew me away though. I have both Remembrance and Vengeance, but haven't read them yet. I have been meaning to get to them.

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  2. Her name is Cole!? That's like a guy's name right? Reincarnation stories don't always do it for me. It depends how it's written I think it's bc I'm not a fan of stories set in the past so if there's a lot of past life stuff I get bored. But the slow pace may make me bored as well. I wasn't really interested in this one when I saw it on NG so I don't think I would bother with it. Did you read Alchemy of Forever? Great reincarnation book! :)

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    1. It's funny because honestly it had been a while since I read the synopsis so it was a few pages in before I realized Cole was a girl. Her name is Nicole, but everyone calls her Cole. This one doesn't spend much time in the past, she just has visions of her past lives and is trying to figure out who is out to get her in this life. It was pretty slow though. I bought Alchemy of Forever way back in January and still haven't read it yet!! I really need to.

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  3. I'm sorry you didn't like this one. I actually really enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised. Going into it I didn't have very high expectations. I'm excited for the second book in the series. Eeek!

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    1. I liked it. 3 stars is still a good review for me. I just thought it was slow that's all. I also have a hard time when I don't connect with the characters. I didn't know it was a series. I will definitely read the next one.

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  4. I had no idea what this was about, and I do like reincarnation books, so maybe I'll give it a try!

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    1. It was interesting. I did enjoy, but didn't love it.

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  5. I got this one awhile back and keep forgetting to read it. I hope I connect w/it more or it will be slow going. Nice review!

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    1. I enjoyed it for sure, it was just a slower pace. It was interesting though, and I like that it didn't spend a lot of time in the past. They were just brief visions.

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  6. Great review! I'm a bit torn on whether or not I want to read this one. On the one hand, the concept is really cool, and likable love interests are nice, but on the other hand . . . slow pacing and meh protagonists are a bit of a damper. I think I may hold off on this one.

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    1. I did think that the visions and stuff were well done. In the beginning they were a bit confusing, but then I started to really like them and it was interesting. I just thought that it was a bit draggy, I don't know. Lol!!

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  7. I do like books on reincarnation. This sounds interesting. Going to add to my TBR, maybe when I have time someday I'll check it out. Thanks for the review!

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  8. I've seent his book around on Goodreads and Netgalley, but didn't really pay attention to it. I didn't know this book was about reincarnation, and that did intrigue me. But I still don't think I'll be giving this book a try. I hate it when you have to trudge through a slow pace to get to the good stuff. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  9. Transcendence is an enthralling mystery that had me putting together clues right along with Cole. Griffon and Cole's romance is a dark and dangers one, of two truths and a lie. I recommend Transcendence as a must read that will have you asking yourself what would you do if you could have another life to live?

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