July 9, 2013

Transcendence and Intuition by C.J. Omololu

Description: 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?

My Review: 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!

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.

"The best part about being Akhet is that you remember everything. The worst part is you forget nothing."  - from Intuition by C.J. Omololu

Description: As Cole begins to accept her new life as Akhet, someone who can remember flashes of her past lives, every new vision from her past lives helps explain who she is in this life. As her passion for Griffon grows, she learns to identify other Akhet around her, including Drew, the young self-made millionaire who reveals his startling connection to Cole-he was her husband in Elizabethan England and gave her the ankh necklace that has been returned to her after centuries in hiding. Drew's attentions are overwhelming as he insists that their connection in the past signals their future destiny together, but before she can decide who she truly loves, Cole must learn to harness her unique Akhet abilities if she is to ever understand her role in this strange new world.

My Review: I'm always nervous to read sequels because they often don't live up to the expectations I have after reading the first book. That was not the case with Intuition, however. It was another great paranormal story full of mystery, action, and romance. 

Intuition picked up right where the previous book left off. Cole needed to strengthen her unique ability to sense people's innermost emotions in order to further the Akhet mission.  This time it wasn't just Cole that found herself in danger--her best friend's life depended on her. 

Cole found herself drawn to Drew despite her feelings for Griffon. While I normally dislike love triangles in YA, I found this one really intriguing because of the past life connections Cole had with both Drew and Griffon. I really wasn't sure who Cole would choose, and I found myself drawn to both of the love interests in different ways. 

I'm not sure if there are any more books planned for this series, but I will read them if there are! I love these characters and this world that the author has created, and I'd definitely read more. 


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