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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A lot of people contemplate the idea of living more than one lif

A lot of people contemplate the idea of living more than one life, but for Cole Ryan and Griffon Hall this is a reality.
This is an adventure readers will never forget! The story was very well written and the imagery was beautiful. The descriptive words helped me to fee...
A lot of people contemplate the idea of living more than one life, but for Cole Ryan and Griffon Hall this is a reality.
This is an adventure readers will never forget! The story was very well written and the imagery was beautiful. The descriptive words helped me to feel as if I was there right along with the characters. The world was very creative and held readers captive from the very first page.
Cole is a brave and loyal friend that I believe many readers will be able to relate to. She grows a lot throughout the series and it really shows.
Griffon was a great match for Cole and very sweet. The relationship between these two was interesting to see develop and I couldn’t help, but root for them in the end.
A fast paced tale filled with romance and adventure that fans of paranormal romance will enjoy!

posted by kcody03 on June 5, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Slower but still engaging

Transcendence is a thought-provoking adventure into the possibility that we all live numerous lives and only a few people remember it. After reading Incarnate earlier this year, I was intrigued by the idea of another book that tackled the idea of reincarnation but in a ...
Transcendence is a thought-provoking adventure into the possibility that we all live numerous lives and only a few people remember it. After reading Incarnate earlier this year, I was intrigued by the idea of another book that tackled the idea of reincarnation but in a totally different light. Transcendence is definitely an interesting read, albeit a tad slow at times, with a cast of characters who aren't always easy to love. In its seamless integration of multiple lives and stories, it succeeds at exploring the possibility of reincarnation but will fail to grasp some readers with its pacing and characters. The pacing in Transcendence was a bit slow for me, as I tend to like a book that really pulls me in and drags me through its pages. This one had me dragging myself through its pages at times. However, the world and its intricacies kept me engaged and interested. I enjoyed the myths that C.J. Omololu created that surround those who do remember their past lives. In doing so she created a world within a world, so to speak, that I liked getting to learn about. The ways that it connected with the "real" world were interesting and realistic. Cole wasn't necessarily a character that I connected with right away, but she grew on me. At first, I thought her somewhat standoffish attitude was a bit annoying and I felt like she really needed to lighten up. Those moments popped up occasionally throughout the story, but by the end, I felt like there were definitely facets to her personality that I could connect with. Griffon, the love interest who shares the spotlight, was intriguing to me from the start. He's got a certain air of mystery to him but at the same time seems kind, friendly, and like someone you would trust. Overall, this wasn't my absolute favorite read of the year, but it is definitely worth exploring if you're interested. The plot has its fair share of action and bits of romance that will satisfy many readers, while the exploration of historical moments will intrigue others. I also really appreciated the diversity in this book. It almost feels funny to point that out, but the truth is that a lot of what we see these days in YA fiction lacks the diversity that we experience in the real world. I liked that this story incorporated real world diversity, all the way down to its gorgeous cover. This is one that I'd consider putting in my library just to be able to display a book with a non-white character on the front cover.

posted by ReadingCorner on July 9, 2012

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    This year it's like a goal of mine to read more YA books that fe

    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 with black) and Black female characters but my shelf is definitely lacking African American males. I'm not really sure why this is, especially since the book features an interracial couple and where I live, black guys date white girls all the time. It's time to start reflecting that with books!

    The story follows Cole, a girl who gets all these strange,realistic visions she later finds out are memories from past lives she's lived. A mysterious boy that she feels really drawn to, enters her life and informs her that she's an Ahket, a very special person who can access memories from past lives and collect the information to better the world in the present time.

    I think the legends and lore the author used is pretty interesting. It featured a bit about Egyptian myths and has a strong focus on reincarnation. Griffin also wasn't some sparkly, stronger than average stalker. Being an Ahket just makes you a normal person.... well a normal person who's extremely knowledgeable.For interest if one spoke German, Russian or Zulu in a past life, when they "reawaken", those abilities become accessible to them.I've never read a YA that featured cool details like that!

    On Cole:

    I wasn't exactly captivated by Cole, but I didn't dislike her. Griffin on the other hand was...umph!So fine! Even though her character didn't move me, I did really like their relationship and I found them cute together. If the book would have been just about her,I prolly would have been bored.I'm not sure if that's the best thing in the world to say, because it perpetuates the idea that a girl is not interesting enough without a man, but that's just the way I felt about it. I hope she becomes more lively in the second installment, I really want to fall in love with her character like I did with Griffin.

    On Griffin:

    I loved Griffin!I think I'm a little biased because I saw a bit of my boyfriend in Griffin because like Griffin , my boyfriend is a mixed race person.He's always complaining about how he never sees or reads about mixed race people in media, so I was glad to finally prove him wrong with this book.Mind you my boyfriend is not as brown as Griffin, in fact he's pretty much as light as a "white" person, but he still really connects with people who can claim to be "bi-racial". Griffin wasn't stereotypical, in fact he was actually kind of mature for his age. I think it's because he was an Ahket(someone who knows about their past lives) My only complaint was that he made Cole seem more interesting and I would have liked to see her more interesting on her own.


    The cover is really gorgeous and appropriate. When I went to Barnes and Noble and seen this cover on the bookshelf, it spoke volumes to me!A brown boy on the cover in a sea of book covers with white girls in pretty dresses made me gravitate to this book. I think the girl on the cover is pretty blah, but the boy.....just gorgeous!

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    This title first caught my eye at the library when I saw that aw

    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! Lately I've been drawn to paranormal stories with a London setting. This story started out in London but quickly transitioned to San Francisco, which is another city I enjoy reading about. Other settings also came to life on the page as Cole regained memories of past lives in various places and times.




    This story has interesting characters and a blend of mystery, action, and romance. Cole didn't know who to trust while she unravelled the secrets of her past lives and sensed connections with Griffon and Veronique. As she grew closer to learning the truth, she found herself in increasingly dangerous situations. Meanwhile, her relationship with Griffon grew more intense (and steamy!). 




    In the end, the major conflict was resolved, but there are still questions that haven't been answered and mysterious characters who make you wonder what they're hiding. Transcendence was a great start to a paranormal YA series!

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    I love YA novels with ethnically diverse main characters so when

    I love YA novels with ethnically diverse main characters so when I saw the (gorgeous) cover of Transcendence, I knew I had to read it. I’m happy to tell you that the pretty cover is matched by an action packed story with a unique mythology.

    The story starts in London where Cole starts having strange visions and eventually passes out while site seeing with her sister. A swoon worthy American boy helps her and while she feels a strange connection to him, he is nothing but polite, not showing any romantic interest in her. After Cole returns home to San Francisco, she can’t stop thinking about Griffon and it’s not long before their paths cross again. Griffon knows that like him, Cole is Akhet: a group of people who remember their past lives every time they are reincarnated. While all this is new for Cole, Griffon has been Akhet for centuries and since Cole is starting to have memories of her past lives, he decides to help her with the transition.

    I liked Cole’s character. She is a cellist and a prodigy and I liked that the cello plays a huge part in the story. I was worried that there would be insta-love between Cole and Griffon but even though Cole is quickly attracted to Griffon, the relationship develops well. I’m very happy that Ms. Omololu addresses the issue of Griffon’s age in the story. Even though Griffon is physically a 17-year-old boy, being Akhet means he remembers living several previous, full lives. Griffon’s character is more mature than the average teenage boy and the author does tackle the issues with him being so much older than Cole, mentally speaking of course. I’ve read so many YA books where the guy is some paranormal creature who is hundreds, even thousands of years old and still acts like he is 13, not to mention the relationship with the female character can take on a pervy nature. Not the case with Transcendence and kudos to Ms. Omololu for addressing this age difference up front.

    Transcendence has romance, mystery, action and the Akhet mythology is cool and very interesting. I am looking forward to the next book in the series to find out more about it. Transcendence is June’s book for the Multi-Cultural Book Challenge so be sure to come back tomorrow for an interview with C.J. Omololu and a chance to win a copy!

    Content: Kissing, profanity and violence.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

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    Mesmerising from the start, the memories of the past haunts the

    Mesmerising from the start, the memories of the past haunts the reader just as it haunts the characters.


    What I enjoyed most about this book is the memories that haunts the characters. With each new memory that has surfaced, Cole faces a dark past that keeps me entertained. I loved the feel of the blinding emotions that hits the reader when the memories keep coming and get stronger. As the picture begins to get clearer and more information comes up, I am able to thoroughly enjoy the book till the end.


    The love interest definitely plays well. With years of life hidden from her, Cole faces some hard choices as to who Griffon really is to her. Is he her one true love? Or the one that got away? I had a feeling that as this series progressing, the reader will be swept away as to the knowledge of what part Griffon really plays in her life. That aspect alone makes me want to second book ASAP.


    My only gripe of the book is I couldn't quite grasp the bigger picture of it. While the author provides much information there is still some lacking to help the reader see where exactly the book is going. Since the book is a series, I am assuming the author will give more information as the story progresses. I guess that is why I need the second book already, so I can understand where the story line is headed.


    Transcendence is full of dark past that come back to haunt. With little memory, the reader is engaged to keep reading till the reader. Wonderfully engaging, Transcendence is great!



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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    Great start to series

    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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