Author: C.J. Omololu
Series: Book Two in the Transcendence Series
Published By:Walker Children's (June 8, 2013)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
About the Author:
I write as C.J., but you can call me Cynthia. My YA novel DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS came out in early 2010. My next book TRANSCENDENCE came out in June of 2012, followed by the sequel INTUITION in June of 2013.
You might notice that I only give 4 or 5 star reviews. That isn't because I love everything, it's because I only review things I really love. As a writer, I know all that goes into making a book, and while a story might not strike a chord with me, who am I to say it won't with someone else? I hate tomatoes, but lots of people like them, and it's the same with a book. So, if I rate something here, it's means that I'd let you borrow my copy, but I really do want you to give it back so that I can read it again.
My Thoughts and Review:
I am going to be completely upfront here and say that I completely forgot about this series until I saw this ARC, which is really quite horrible because I adored Transcendence when I first read it. But no worries because after the first few pages of Intuition, Omololu quickly reminded me why I fell in love with her writing and with Transcendence so much and why (regardless of my earlier transgression), I really was excited to get my hands on this sequel.
I quickly became immersed once again in Cole and Griffon's world and it wasn't hard to see why I rated Transcendence so highly last year when I read it. Once again, Omololu blew me away with the world that she created.
I will always love books about past lives and Omololu's spin on the Akhet will be at the top of my list of favs. Once again Cole shows us why she is such a strong character and she learns more about herself, her past lives and the powers that she has come into. She once again shows that she is a girl that knows how to get a job done and not let other things get in the way. She is strong, determined and completely kick butt when she needs to be.
I was rooting for Griffon from the very beginning of this series, but, I have to admit, Drew really stepped it up in this one and I didn't think it was possible but I felt myself leaning towards him more and more as the story progressed.
I loved the direction the author took with this as Cole came into her true self more and more and I am happy to say that this story didn't at all suffer the usual drag that a lot of second books in a series do. It was pretty fast paced and held my attention and kept me entertained the whole way through. I did want to smack Griffon a few times throughout the story here and there but as I warmed up to Drew more, I realized that maybe I didn't need to be mad at Griffon after all, that maybe what was happening was all for the best and then of course a curve ball is thrown back into the picture that changes everything. The way I see the storyline unfold, my perspective of the characters, all of it and once again I am torn about how I feel about it all. Who is right for Cole and which direction she should go.
It also once again proved to me that Omololu knows what she is doing and that this woman can write. I loved every single minute of this and wouldn't change a thing.
*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*