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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BOOK REVIEW Transcendence by CJ Omomlolu @bwkids

Book Description

June 5, 2012
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?

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



Cello player and high school student, Cole (Nicole), keeps have breaks with reality, triggered by her location, where is transported back in time and reenacts history.  At first, she feels like she is just a witness, but then the flashbacks become more personal and she feels like these things have really happened to her instead of just seeing them through her eyes. She meets Griffon, who rescues her at the Tower of London and he seems to be stalking her and turns up unexpectedly in her hometown of San Francisco.  He understands what she is going through and explains that she might be Akhet, those who remember their past lives for the good of the community.  Although, like any good romance, there has to be an evil thing to try and break the new couple apart.  

Griffon seems almost too good to be true but that could just be that since he remembers his past lives, he has learned from them, not like most typical teens his age.  I really like Cole and her interactions with her sister which added a certain amount of reality to this reincarnation tale.   For some reason, I was reminded a bit of The Time Traveler's Wife with the flashbacks in time and the romance although this has more layers with a secret organization of the Akhet.  This is a decent paranormal romance suitable for most teens.


  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723703

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