TRANSCENDENCE by C.J.  Omololu

TRANSCENDENCE

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

A girl musician who starts remembering her past lives learns that reincarnation can be dangerous, but romantic too.

Cole, who plays the cello at world-class standards, meets a dark and handsome stranger when she visits the Tower of London. There she has a vision of her own execution. Griffon rescues her when she faints. On returning to San Francisco, she learns that Griffon also lives there, and he tells her that he and she are “Ahket,” people who can remember their past lives. Meanwhile, Cole remembers more and more about a previous life as a young Italian cellist who was innocently involved in a murder over 100 years ago. Also, she learns that her cello student is a woman who just may have been the victim and who may be seeking revenge. Cole finds herself strongly attracted to Griffon. Could he be a romantic partner from an earlier time? Omololu moves the action along, revealing her plot, narrating the past-life memories in italics and inserting intriguing clues into those episodes. The classical-music motif is a welcome addition to the plot, and the reincarnation theme stands out as a nice break from the usual paranormal subject matter. That Griffon is biracial, both indicated on the cover and revealed in the text, promises another nice break, but there is no textual follow-up.

Overall, nicely done. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2370-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2012




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