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.
C.J. OMOLOLU majored in English at U.C. Santa Barbara because she liked to read, not because she liked to write. She later discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. Her most recent book is Dirty Little Secrets, about hoarding and family secrets.
To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book very much. However, I ended up getting sucked in to Cole's story, and I kept turning the page just dying to know about her past lives. I mean, when she finds a carving in stone that's centuries old that reads "for eternity" who wouldn't be intrigued by that?! Omololu did a wonderful job crafting Cole's story and her relationship to Griffon was fascinating to me. All the little nuances that were just under the surface created the perfect air of mystery, and at times, I really thought I knew what was going to happen, only to find out that... nope, surprise! Cole's past lives are are viewed in pieces that allow Cole and the reader only a small glimpse of what happened and of course, Cole comes to many wrong conclusions.
Griffon is a mystery. He helps Cole, but also keeps things from her. Omololu did a great job of developing Griffon's character. Griffon's memories of his past lives play a vital role in his characterization, and he has this "old man" feeling to him. By that, I simply mean that Omololu has given him a mature quality while still keeping him seventeen. He truly is a fabulous character with the perfect balance of experience and youthful mistakes.
There are elements to Transcendence that are not resolved and barely touched upon in this story, which has left me craving the sequel. I absolutely cannot wait to find out what happens next, because there is only more mystery and challenge ahead for Cole and Griffon.
Overall, Trascendence is an excellent read. I would definitely recommend it to those who love books with mystery and secrets, and the reincarnation element is artful and fascinating. This is certainly a story to add to your bookshelf!
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