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{June 14, 2013}   {ARC Review} Intuition by C.J. Omololu (Transcendence #2)

16059379From Goodreads: 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

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While I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in this series, Transcendence, I absolutely adored this second installment.  Cole is much more defined and the fact that there’s a bit of a love triangle wrapped me right up—mainly because it was so different from what I’m used to.  For those of you who’ve read Transcendence, you know that Griffon and Cole are old souls who remember their past lives, and they’ve fallen in love.  But, when Drew shows up, a soulmate of Cole’s from long ago, things start to heat up, and Griffon backs down.  Now, while this absolutely killed me since I’m always team whoever got there first (strange, isn’t it?) but Omololu does a great job turning the tides and making Drew just as dreamy and swoon-worthy as Griffon, and with the plaguing question of “what if” on the horizon, it’d be a shame if we didn’t get to see what it’s be like if Cole and Drew were together.  And so we do.  Props to Griffon for stepping back and being the bigger man, understanding destiny and fate to a level that Cole can’t quite grasp, but it was heartbreaking to watch.  Add in the cold should Griffon suddenly turns on Cole, and there’s no where else for her to go but to Drew.  But will they last?  Or does fate have something else in store?

I really, really loved this novel.  Not only for the love triangle aspect, mind you, but because the Akhet are really interesting people and I sort of wish I could be one, too.  I know living forever isn’t all that glamorous, but to remember each past life, if there were such a thing, would be awesome, or at least I think so.  Maybe if I experienced it, I’d feel differently?  Who knows, but I love the world that Omololu has created for her audience as she pieces everything together, and the fact that there’s a murder mystery on top of it all, well… it just takes the cake.  I was surprised when I learned who the culprit was, and my heart was definitely in my throat a few times as I read, a sign of a great book as far as I’m concerned.  And, what I also liked about this novel is that, though a sequel, I didn’t feel like I had to have read the first novel to understand what was happening in this one, which is always a plus when they release a year apart.  But, definitely read them both!  Five stars.

5 starsBloomsbury USA Children’s Books has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on June 18, 2013.

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Satarupa Biswas says:

I really liked this review and it helped me a lot to choose this book from the lot offered for the giveaway. The best part is that the review involves all the vital points required for judging a book and the points have not been dragged on and on rather the review is crisp and short and really helpful.



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