Monday, March 12, 2012

Transcendence a Pre-launch Review

Everyone dies, but the world lives on. What if you got a another chance at life and love?

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?

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. Description from

My thoughts after reading TRANSCENDENCE . . .

With not a single vampire or zombie in sight, this book pulled me in and kept me reading. I found the premise for the story to be different and unusual. The idea of remembering past lives and acting with that knowledge in mind was very intriguing. What if you could come back again and again and remember your past lives?  There are definitely some advantages and disadvantages. You could have the knowledge of multiple lifetimes at your fingertips.  Recognizing others from past lives could be of benefit as well.  But what if you remember in detail the horror of one or more of your deaths? Or even worse, what if you did something unspeakable in a past life to the very person you love in this one?  And what if someone from a past life has returned and wishes to do you harm?

For Cole Ryan, a cellist and musical prodigy, an elusive past life memory and a chance meeting with Griffon Hall at the Tower of London, leaves her feeling strangely unsettled. But when she runs into him again at her home in San Francisco, they both know they have something special.  The problem is that Griffon knows a lot more than Cole about past lives, the mysterious Akhet, and the truth of their own past life connection, but he's hiding a devastating secret. And Cole's growing memories of a past life as a cellist brings her ever closer to danger. Of course you'll have to read it to find out what happens next.  I can tell you that I found Transcendence to be engaging with solid characters, quirky but interesting and believable family dynamics, and a good mix of suspense, danger and romance.  It left me wanting more.

The book is scheduled to launch on June 5th 2012.

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