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Transcendence Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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I raced through this suspenseful story, loving the mystery, romance, and past lives that make it come alive Cate Tiernan, author of the 'Sweep' and 'Immortal Beloved' series With a fascinating premise, a spunky heroine, and a sweet romance, Transcendence was a page-turner from beginning to end Malinda Lo, author of 'Ash' and 'Huntress' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every journal I've ever had ends on or around January 21st, because I find it really boring writing about my own life. I have found, however, that I really like writing about the lives of imaginary people and that the voices in my head often have interesting things to say.

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.

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Format: Hardcover
To be honest, I was so close to putting this book down. I am not really a fan of prologues and I felt that this one didn't do the story justice. Yes, it is very important to the story, but I feel like it would have been better placed after she meets Griffon.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
When I first heard about this book, I was really intrigued! I haven't really read any books about reincarnation so I was interested to see how that would play out in this book. Overall, I enjoyed Transcendence! There were some moments that were dragged out really long and some moments were confusing.

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!!
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It has been three weeks since sixteen year old Nicole, sight-seeing at the Tower of London, was dizzied by a vision of an executioner's axe and a jeering crowd. Now, back home in San Francisco, Cole is surprised but pleased when Griffon, the cute boy who rescued from her faint in England, appears on her doorstep but she soon learns that Griffon has sought her out for a reason. Cole, like Griffon, is Ahket and her seemingly inexplicable visions of people and places in times long ago are memories of her past lives intruding on to her present.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Transcendence couples an interesting concept with great characters. It is riddled with good action and writing and has a few twists and turns to keep the reader on the their toes. Unfortunately, it just doesn't feel that original so while it is a really good story, I'm not sure it's right for people who read a lot of paranormal romance.

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.
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