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Transcendence Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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About the Author
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. www.cjomololu.com
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My picture book WHEN IT'S SIX O'CLOCK IN SAN FRANCISCO came out in July, 2009, and my young adult novel DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS (under C.J. Omololu) released in February 2010. TRANSCENDENCE, a YA novel about reincarnation and the meaning of life came out in June of 2012, followed by the sequel INTUITION in June of 2013. The YA thriller THE THIRD TWIN will be out in February of 2015 followed by another standalone thriller RECOVERY in early 2016. You can catch up with me on my website at www.cjomololu.com.
Top Customer Reviews
That said, once I got into this story, I completely fell in love with it. I love this idea of love through time and once I was able to bond with Cole, I really felt for her. Her love of cello is an awesome addition to the story, and I felt like her love for the instrument is genuine. I also really appreciated the theme of being able to right what you did wrong in the lives before, and the idea that these Akhet work for the greater good and use their knowledge for unselfish purposes.
The love story in this one is good, and it felt natural to me. I loved how they interacted and they had enough complications to keep everything interesting, especially the twist at the end!
There was always something going on, keeping me interested. C.J. Omololu kept a good pace though, and there wasn't so much stuff going on that I was confused. I also appreciated how everything, especially the flashbacks which at times seemed a bit random, all wove together and told a great story.
This story has so many twists, and I would've never imagined what ended up happening. I am so eager to read the next installment so that I can find out what happens next.
One of the best parts about this book has to be the plot! It was really refreshing to read a totally different paranormal book then I had read before! I really needed a break from the mermaid/vampire/witches books that I have been reading and this was the perfect fix! It was interesting to see the different mythology that C.J. Omololu uses in this book and how she makes it work with the story. The beginning starts out a little slow..but as the novel progresses the story really picks up and I couldn't put this book down! I also enjoyed the flashback scenes to Cole's other lives and seeing her learn more about how she lived in her different lives! I was a little bit confused at certain moments..but my confusion was clarified later on in the story! So if you are confused at first don't worry :)
I also really liked the main character Cole! She is a really strong character, and I really liked learning more about her throughout the story! I wish we got the chance to learn more about her past lives, but I'm sure that in the next book in the series we will learn more!
In the end, I really enjoyed Transcendence! It was a really great book and once I got into it, I couldn't put this one down! Definitely check this book out this summer if your looking for a new paranormal book to read!!
Transcendence is the introduction to a new young adult series by C.J. Omololu in which she explores reincarnation, fate and destiny. I really like this fresh mythology and the way in which the author combines contemporary, paranormal, history and mystery to create a story that crosses genres.
Though I found that the characterisation was not always consistent, most noticeably with Cole, I find both she and Griffon generally appealing. I love that Cole is a cellist prodigy, finally a heroine with a hobby! Unfortunately Omololu hasn't strayed quite far enough way from the character traits I've come to expect in the YA genre, Cole is insecure about her appearance, lacking generally in self confidence and impulsive enough to create her own trouble.
This being YA, a romance is obligatory. To be honest I think it is a little creepy for Griffon, who is physically seventeen years old but with the memories and experience of a man centuries old, to be in love with Cole, who has still not integrated her memories. The author does make an attempt to address the issues that come from such a significant 'age' difference though and I hope that feeling will wane though as Cole regains her knowledge from past lives.Read more ›
I was originally intrigued by this concept as much as the exotic location. The fact of the matter is, you don't find a lot of paranormal romances set in different countries so the London thing really appealed to me. I was definitely bummed that we were out of London so quickly. It only starts there in London for the first 50 pages and the rest are in the states. This wasn't horrible but it was definitely a letdown for me.
However, the concept provided just as interesting as I thought it might be. The idea of people remembering their own pasts was really cool and I liked beginning to understand about the Akhet. Cole, the main character in the book, plays cello expertly and I found it really fascinating that she is a child prodigy because she played cello in a past life. I was also pleased with her reaction. If I'd found out that I was only good at something because I'd learned it in a past life, I'd feel like my ability was cheapened a little and I was really pleased to see Cole struggle through some of the same things. I'm definitely interested in learning more about the Akhet society and their mission.
The two main characters Cole and Griffon were decent enough. I liked that they both had things they were passionate about. In far too many stories, it seems like the only thing the guy is passionate about is keeping the girl safe so it's cool to see a guy with hobbies. Griffon and Cole's chemistry was pretty good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Mature YA Read. Highly recommend. I usually like my YA with more action, and there were spots that seemed a bit slow. But overall it was a great read and full of surprises.Published 18 days ago by Constance Burris
I try to avoid blanket rejections of entire subgenres, but stories about people finding out they’ve lived multiple lifetimes have never really resonated with me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Angela's Library
Not a bad book , just really average. I read the 2nd book in the series, but it was mostly because I hate to not finish a series once I've started. Read more
This year it's like a goal of mine to read more YA books that feature lead black males. I think with my bookshelf, I've managed to find sooooo many books featuring B-racial(mixed... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by I/RJunkie
I felt that the "past lives" storyline has been seen a lot lately for me in the books I have been reading and this was not the best of the books that fall into that category, but... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Oh Lordy! I was attracted to the cover of this book, after I saw CJ Omololu's Twitter account. I was enthralled by it, and tried unsuccessfully to decipher the buildings in the... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by LYN
Short and Sweet:
Transcendence started a little slow for me, but I ended up really loving Griffon and Cole. Read more
My Opinion: Cole (Nicole) Ryan goes on a business trip with her father and sister, Kat, to London, and while visiting the Tower of London, she has a vision of herself at the Tower... Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by jwitt33
This title first caught my eye at the library when I saw that awesome cover. Then I read the description, and I knew I had to read it! Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Brittany