Final Life: Book One of Transhuman Chronicles

Final Life: Book One of Transhuman Chronicles

by Rose Garcia

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Final Life: Book One of Transhuman Chronicles by Rose Garcia

For seventeen-year-old Dominique, nothing sucks more than being forced to move across the country during senior year. Angry and feeling alone, she thinks things can't get any worse until her new neighbor pressures her into playing a psychic card game. When she touches the cards, she has a vision of a red desert where a malignant presence hints at past lives and threatens to kill her...again.

Convinced she's gone crazy, Dominique struggles to forget the experience, but the vision follows her and intensifies with each repetition. Adding to her problems are two guys mysteriously connected to her fate. If Dominique is to put an end to the evil pursuing her, she must push through her fears, discover the secrets of her past, and set the ultimate survival plan into action. If she doesn't, she'll be dead. For real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477526545
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Rose's books feature gut-wrenching emotional turmoil, and heart-stopping action. Rose is known for bringing richly diverse characters to life as she draws on her own cultural experiences.

Rose lives in Houston, Texas with her awesome husband and amazing two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com.

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Final Life: Book One of Transhuman Chronicles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
This is not my usual genre but once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It is an action packed drama with a great storyline that kept me enthralled throughout. The characters are well detailed and their interactions are remarkable. Dominique has a life changing event happen that sets everything in motion. Decisions must be made and truths come to the surface. Cannot wait to read more of Dominique's journey. Gifted copy for review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a well written and very entertaining read. It is one of the best in the YA paranormal genre books that I have read and trust me I have read many. If your looking for a new and exciting book to read give this one a try.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
Masterpiece! As soon as I read this book's description I knew I had to have it! I am so glad I did too, because Final Life turned out to be so much more than I had imagined. A whirlwind of decisions, emotions, & truths revealed. Without knowing it Dominique has hit a major turning point in her life. She soon finds out it is much bigger than deciding which college to attend after graduation. As if being forced to leave your hometown, friends, & everything you once knew to be true weren't enough she now has not one but two hot guys attempting to win her trust & affection. How to choose when they both pull her to them like magnets for completely different reasons? Top everything off with new friends who lack a bit in good decision making capabilities, odd neighbors who seem to know things about you, nightmares that are so real you can smell them, deadly secrets, a kind abuela with knowledge far beyond her years, & unseen forces popping up to play and you've got a masterpiece!
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Every teen age girl loves hot guys and if they are nice besides, well who's to complain? Dominique is irritated by the move from Elk Grove Michigan to Houston Texas. She hates the idea of being the new girl in town mid-year....and life just gets weirder and weirder for her. Her first new friend, Infiniti, is quite a character and introduces her to tarot card reading, the ouija board and Jan across the street and her numerology system. Infiniti is on her first life, but Dominique is on her ninth and final life. And she is marked for certain death. Not only is she finding her days numbered, but the hottest boy in school is her new admirer and his competition is found in the form of Farrell (see above). Her parents are watching over Farrell while his parents are overseas......and he is one HOT dude. All is not as it seems and Dominique needs truth to help her sort through and save her own life as well as the future of the world itself! Final Life is a smooth, fast read and it was quite enjoyable. I loved the characters, Dominique and Infiniti especially. They were certainly good together! It would be hard to make a choice between a normal teen, like Trent and a paranormal like Farrell, but Ms Garcia took care of that very neat and tidy. I appreciated that being settled. And this could be a stand alone book if you never took it further. But I hear this is only book one in the Transhuman Chronicles....so there is more to come if you desire it! I think I can not wait!!
D_Ann More than 1 year ago
I was excited to join the blog tour for this book. Let me tell you, it’s really hard to write this review without having spoiling the story but I’ll do my best. Human’s with nine lives, a battle between good and evil, it seem right up my alley. Throughout the tale we follow Dominique, a girl whose parents packed up and moved to Houston, “ruining” her last year of high school for her. All she wants to do is get back to Michigan. When she should be spending time with her best friends, she has to figure out how to integrate herself into a new school, new city, and find new friends. Now for the interesting part…what started as a way for three young girls to get answers from the other side opened Dominique’s eyes to what is really happening in the world. From the first chapter I was as confused as Dominique on why those supernatural events were happening to her. What was the red desert she kept finding herself in and what did it mean for her and her family? Who was the mysterious man who said he was going to kill her? Rose weaves numerology and supernatural elements into this story. I loved learning about the Transhumans—and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the sequel—and I really liked how she used numerology to explain the nine lives. It made me wonder which number I am on and what would I do if I knew it was my last life. I don’t know if I would be as brave as Dominique, though, if I had it explained to me that I was the last defense against evil, I’d probably muster up the gumption to fight. The only thing that I didn’t really like was the love triangle. I liked both love interests but I don’t think the tension came across as well as it could. It kind of seemed obvious who Dominique was going to end up with, but the story made me wonder, and I found that I actually liked the guy she didn’t choose more. I hate rooting for the guy that doesn’t get the girl, and in this case I was. I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, but suffice it to say, I don’t think he deserved what he got. He was really sweet, and though it was understandable why she wouldn’t pick him, I still think he got the short end of the deal. We’ll see how the story evolves in the sequel since Rose did leave it open for Dominique’s friends to come back. When someone on their last life interacts with someone on their first life, things are bound to happen. Especially since, even though the first book wrapped up nicely, I can’t help but feel that there is something more sinister in the works.
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by this novel from when I first read the blurb. I think it was the concept of 'soul lives', which is explained in the story with other fascinating factors that all really blended well into the story. From chapter one, we instantly get a glimpse of something eerie and mysterious. The conflict, the main scenario, that threatens Dominique and others was creative and instantly I wanted to know more, so this was a definite page turner. All the characters were written really well; good descriptions that made me visualize what they might look like, and how they would act. Dominique at first feels alone, as she recently moved to Houston, from Michigan, and to top it off, it's her Senior year of High School, but all she wants to do is go back to Michigan for College. But she wont seem so alone as there are two guys (Farrell and Trent) that are suddenly in her life, and you'll just have to read how this love triangle plays out.... Apart from characters, there was also good description in the settings; I love it, as it made me feel I was there with the characters(s), so this was a movie in my head, from beginning to end! The writing overall was wonderful; there was a nice flow, and reading from Dominique's POV was great, as we are on this road with her, as she experiences and discovers things that she never thought were possible. This is the first book of a promising series, so I hope you read this story, as it's one not to miss! :)
StephWard More than 1 year ago
Final Life is a wonderfully interesting book that focuses on the concept of Transhumans - people that existed before "normal" humans and who have above-normal abilities. These Transhumans are divided into Pures and the Tainted who are at war over the Marked One. The Marked One will decide the fate of the Earth and of all Transhumans. Without knowing it, our heroine Dominique is the Marked One of the prophecy. All she knows is that she just moved to Houston, Texas and is miserable. Soon she has a weirdly familiar hot guy named Farrell living with her family and everything she thought she knew about her life and the world, is about to be turned upside down. The storyline of Final Life is refreshing and gives new life to the YA sci-fi/fantasy genre. The characters are all likeable and believeable, and we get to see Dominique grow into her role in destiny and accept her fate as The Marked One. There are normal teenage issues to deal with - moving to a new school, making friends, crushes on cute guys - all intertwined with the much bigger plot of saving the world as we know it. Garcia does a great job of creating a realistic scenario for her novel; one that doesn't seem so unbelievable. The narrative is well written and flows easily, making this a great page turner that I ended up flying through in one day. Final Life is a great YA novel that explores how far someone will go to fulfill their destiny and save the world. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Ivan More than 1 year ago
Well I got the whole series from a giveaway and it was going to be one of those books I never read but I'm really glad I did since not only this book is trippy and amazing but this book is something completely different and interesting but I really hope she can keep being friends with Infiniti
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I felt a lot like Dominique through most of the story. She didn't know why she was being hunted by Tavion. Neither did I. She didn't know why she'd failed to beat him in the previous 8 lives, and I never figured that part out either. What was Tavion getting out of it all? Dominique didn't know, and he never told her when she asked. She has no powers that are known yet, so what makes her special? Why is she The Marked One? Everyone around Dominique has information except her. As a reader, I felt like I was let in on very little of this information. This was frustrating. I wanted to know more about what she was supposed to be fighting for.  There may be a love triangle building, although I'm already partial to Farrell. I wish Dominique wouldn't have pulled away from him so much. It seemed to me like she wasn't giving him a chance. Trent seems okay too, but something doesn't feel right about him. I don't think he's bad or anything or maybe he is. I don't know. I'm just not totally sold on him yet. Final Life by Rose Garcia was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
What an exciting and intriguing into a paranormal world. Dominque seems to be a typical high school teenager, full of angst after her parents uprooted her and moved to a new state. But when unusual visions start to happen, she’s not sure what is going on. She learns that she is the key to saving the world and that her parents are transhumans with special power. There is a beautiful balance between the human and paranormal worlds as Dominque tries to understand her new reality while navigating a teenager’s daily life including a boy crush. There are many layers to this story that kept me guessing about what would happen next or how this could possibly be resolved that kept me turning the page.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
Dominique is the new girl in town. She thought having to move across the country during her last year of high school was bad enough, but lately she's been having visions of a red desert accompanied by a bad feeling. The visions become more frequent and the feeling of foreboding gets worse. Is there something going on or is she just crazy? There wasn't much I liked about this book. It was written well enough to read until the end, but was full of issues. The love triangle setup was obvious and not very well put together. The tension just wasn't there. The plot was abrupt and rocky. The characters were thrust into the plot of the Pures versus the non-Pures. I didn't/don't know enough about main character Dominique to identify with her before mysterious things start happening to her and I don't really care. Dominique was a weak main character who seemed to do whatever she shouldn't. The most emotion I got from her was her being worried about dying, but then she immediately sneaks away from her protector without a second thought. The world building rules were not well defined and confusing. Some people know about the Pures and some don't? The info dump between Dominique and her parents to explain what was going on was not very clever. Through this info dump we find out that she is The Chosen One, which is such a tired trope and not done well in this book at all. This book is urban fantasy parading as contemporary fantasy romance. It was short enough and grammatically accurate enough to read all the way through. 
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Moving across the country during her senior year was a living nightmare for Dominque until she meet Infiniti, from that moment on, moving will be the least of her troubles and it all started with a Ouija board and the visions of a red desert, pure evil and death…hers. Is she losing her mind or is there more to this move, her parents and their secrets than meets the eye? Settle in, because this journey is more than a teen, angst-filled fantasy. Learn about a race called Transhumans, that nine lives are more than a “cat” thing and that Dominque’s survival is the key to the survival of humanity. Witness Dominque’s world implode as she becomes a target for death, finds young love and gains a protector who has been with her for every life she has had. His job now is to not fail and make her 9th life last a long, long time. FINAL LIFE by Rose Garcia is a fast-paced tale of fantasy and science fiction, of good versus evil and one girl’s quest to believe in her own sanity, her heart and to stay alive against the odds stacked before her. Rose Garcia makes her characters believable, they come to life, some are quirky, some mysterious and you may doubt their intentions, but in the end, fabulous scenes, well-defined characters and great dialogue all come together to create an atmosphere that is both chilling and entertaining!
_JamieJJ More than 1 year ago
I must admit, this is not my normal day to day read. When I picked up this book, I was a bit skeptic at first. When I started to read the book more and more, I found myself wanting to finish so I can start on Final Stand (the second of the series). Rose Garcia is an amazing writer, and I love that she incorporated daily struggles with teenagers and romance. I'm an adult, and absolutely love this young adult book. I want more!
MariMB More than 1 year ago
I was so intrigued by what I had learned during an author takeover. As I read this I could help to have flashbacks of my teen years, and feel for Dominique. Imagine going through regular teen emotions, drama, and then add more weight on top of it when you learn you are special? That earth might be holding by a thread and you are the key.  So many key characters, multiple personalities, and emotions that draw you in. The writer definitely draws you in with her style of writing, wonderful details, and a twist to keep you on your toes. And what the heck, why not toss a love triangle.
Linda2515 More than 1 year ago
Wow Rose, I loved Final Life! I honestly did not want to put it down, but I had to sleep....lol.   Dominique moves into a new house during her senior year. She makes friends with a girl down her street named Infinity. She also meets Trent a hottie from school. Mr. Popular who catches her attention right away. Things start to happen to Dominique she sees a red dessert and it calls to her. Farrell enters her life as the son of some friends to her parents. Farrell is Hot in a shy kind of way. Dominique has this weird attraction to him, but does not know what to make of it since she is torn between Farrell and Trent. There are secrets that have been kept from Dominique from her parents. She is marked and things are about to change for her. She has people who want to help but will they be harmed in the process.. She is here to save the world from the Tainted.  Who will she choose Farrell or Trent torn between two guys...where does her heart lead her and who will she end up her hurting at the end?  I was left with these questions when I finished the book. I can't say I was surprised at the love triangle but my choice will be Farrell..he is there to protect her and wants her safe and happy. This book is an easy read and appropriate for any age level. I can't wait to see what else Rose comes up with, and what will happen to Dominique and the guys in her life, her friends and to the world in general <3
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
The concept behind Rose Garcia's Final Life was incredibly intriguing to me. Young adult paranormal with a hint of romance? Sign me up. Love triangle? Sure! I might gripe about them, but I really enjoy them when they're well done. Dominique Wells is forced to move across the country in her last year of school. The people she meets in Houston are mostly friendly. Mysterious, but friendly. She makes friends quickly with several of them and even winds up with a love interest. Life seems relatively normal, except for the dreams she's having of the mysterious red desert and the overwhelming fear and panic that accompanies them. This book moves pretty quickly to the paranormal aspect when Dominique and her friends get more than they expect during a Ouija board session. Things definitely aren't normal in Houston. Add in the new guy who moves into her house, the one who she has a connection with and who is there to protect her, and things get very interesting. I really enjoyed the primary storyline in this book. The idea of Dominique being on her "final life" and the revelation of what came in the lives before was unique and kept me guessing. The place where the story fell short for me was in the romance. I never really felt the connection between her and Trent or Farrell, either one. I like swoon-worthy loves and neither of these ever grabbed me as such. Sure, they were both nice guys. Both cared about her. But, I want to feel that connection between the characters. That said, the non-romantic storyline is strong enough to stand on its own, so this one gets three stars from me! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.