Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bookanistas: Transcendence

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?



Okay, first we need to talk about this cover. There has been a lot of whitewashing going on with YA covers lately, so I can't even tell you how excited I am to see a cover with gorgeous dark-skinned Griffon front and center and looking directly at me. I got this book on NetGalley, but I'm still going to go out and purchase a copy just so I can use my money to say, "Hey, publishing industry, I will totally buy books that don't have white people on them, FYI." (Confession: I'm actually having a hard time typing this up because I keep scrolling back up to the cover to stare at that cover!)


Second, I was so caught up in this story! There are lots of flashbacks to Cole's past lives, and while I thought they might detract from the story, they just add suspense and they are actually so, so cool. I loved revisiting Cole's past selves through her flashbacks. This book focuses mainly on two different lives, but there are hints of others, and it was fascinating to see the places and people she had been. I loved the flashbacks. 


I also really loved the relationship between Cole and Griffon, and I loved that it was the major focus of this story. I'm a huge sucker for a good romance, and these two had everything I'm looking for in a good YA romance: tension, sweetness, and lots of awesome making out. Yeah, there's a bit of insta-love going on, but C.J. Omololu does a great job of explaining all of the things that might bug you about a typical paranormal romance. And, let's be real here, wouldn't you fall instantly in love with that hottie on the cover? I know I would. Rawr.


And can we talk about something that bugs me a lot with all of the series books coming out lately? Cliffhangers. Oh, the cliffhangers. It drives me nuts when I get into a book and I get to a cliffhanger and find out I have to wait another year or so to find out what happens to these characters. I loved that this book tied up the active story by the end. There is a clear setup for the next book, but we don't end up dangling over the edge of a cliff or wondering what is going to happen. There are surprises and twists, but they all wrap up so you can close this book feeling satisfied, not frustrated. 


If you're looking for a great paranormal romance and you're into past lives and reincarnation, or if you just want to support a great book with an awesome POC on the cover, you need to check this one out. 

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today:


Nikki Katz has been hit by STRUCK


Katy Upperman adores AMEILA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE - with ARC giveaway!

Jessica Love is thrilled by TRANSCENDENCE 


Christine Fonseca is celebrating the release of SURRENDER with a big giveaway!

14 comments:

  1. You're right. That cover is so awesome. And the book sounds great!

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    1. It was really good! I'm sorta burned out on the same ol same ol paranormal, but I loved that this book addressed the things that I have seen a million times and did some things differently. It was fun. :-)

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  2. This cover immediately caught my eye as well. I want to know what those two are thinking! Can't wait to read this one... The concept is super intriguing, and your mention of romance piques my interest (of course!).

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    1. I know you are with me when it comes to romance, Katy. So many books like this the romance is secondary to the action-y plot. In this one the romance/relationship was the main plot, which I LOVED. MOAR ROMANCE PLS.

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  3. Love this cover! I enjoyed CJ's other book so I will definitely be picking this one up.

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    1. YEAH! It was really different from DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, but the same great writing!

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  4. I hadn't heard of this book until I swung by here today. Thanks for mentioning it! We were at the Tower of London last month, so the whole beheading in her past life is fascinating to me. (Did that sound creepy? I sure hope it didn't sound creepy.) I like the idea of the past lives too. It almost feels like time travel without the time machine, you know? I'll definitely be adding this to my TBR list now. :)

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    1. Yay! I love when the books I talk about are books people hadn't heard of before! :-)

      You're so right...it's exactly like time travel without the time machine!

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  5. OMG love this cover! I don't read a lot of paranormal but this plot sounds intriguing! I should absolutely buy it too. :)

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    1. It is intriguing! And you need to meet Griffon. ;-)

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  6. I love this cover, and the books sounds like something I would read. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  7. Hello Jessica I am looking for special writers to inspire me and you speak my very own language :). Kisses and happy writing.

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  8. I liked this one--I really want to know more about the past life that seems to be the subject of the next book. That one really grabbed me. I have a hunch I will like Book 2 even more than I liked this one!

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