Author: Christine Fonseca
Rating: 5 out of 5
composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid
expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a
beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new
life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control.
That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart.
Sent to die
in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured
by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous
disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that
ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by
those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may
be his sanity.
Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded
Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine
line between love and madness.
Look at that cover. Wow. So simple, yet gorgeous.
I'm someone who reads pretty quickly, but I really savored Transcend. I
spent more time thinking about what I was reading and what was to come.
"Will I become the thing I fear the most of all?"
Ien, a seventeen year old musical composer is
overwhelmed by pressure from his family. He is ready to begin his life
with his musical partner and love, Kiera, until horrible circumstances
rip them from each other. Ien is sent to die at a sanatorium where he
begins to plot revenge against the people who have left him disfigured
and alone. But Ien will find more than he expected when he begins his
crusade of vengeance.
"New truths. I'm more than the flesh
and bone that defines me. More than the pain that consumes me and the
madness radiating through me. I am a man. And I am still alive."
book reads like a song. It flows easily, starting with a beautiful
introduction then coming to a grand climax that will leave you
breathless before crashing around you. I loved the alternating between
first and third person. I liked being inside Ien's head, but at times it
was quite intense, so it was also nice to have the third person point
I usually have strong feelings for main characters,
whether it be love, hate, lust, etc. What I felt for Ien was different.
The madness and hate inside of him frightened me. Then I felt pity for
the things he'd lost and the things he could never have. I got so
wrapped up in his reality I couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't.
Ultimately, I genuinely cared about Ien. I cared about what would
happen to him.
I fell completely in love with the story of
heartache, pain, and vengeance. The characters, whether real or
imaginary, found their way into my mind and heart and rooted themselves
there until the last page and will stay there for a while.