Thank you to SupaGurl Blog Tours and Christine Fonseca for allowing Rumor Has It to join in on the celebration.  I'm extremely excited about spreading Transcend love everywhere! Don't forget to check out Christine Fonseca's Guest Post here.



Transcend by Christine Fonseca

Genre: YA

It's Raining Men! 2012 Challenge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All seventeen-year-old 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.

I am not going to lie.  I didn’t read the synopsis. I didn’t read any reviews. I didn’t know ANYTHING about this book. I went all in on this book solely because of the cover. This cover is one of the most beautiful and stunning covers out in the reading world right now. 

Oh, and I signed up to be part of the tour because of the cover too. :-D

I have to also admit to the fact that this is so not my kind of read. I don’t like these kinds of reads! These kinds of reads mess with my head! These kinds of reads scare me!  When I started to read this book I was kicking myself because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to sleep once I finished!


With all that said I can’t help but to give this book a solid 5 stars. It was THAT good! This is a psychological thriller and one hell of a ride. You didn't know if you were coming or going. You didn't know what was up and what was down. You didn't know what was real and what wasn't. By the end of the book the truths are revealed and you still don’t know whether to trust it or not.

This was so well written! Ien’s feelings were so raw. The angst, the uncertainty, the pain, the questions, the memories, the love, the sadness, the hope, the dreams that crashed and folded in on itself, the broken… it all came at you head on, page after page, not once allowing you to take a breath or a break from the insanity and what’s worst, you felt that all of it belonged to you, the reader.

This was a re-telling of the Phantom of the Opera and as a fan of that wonderful story I can attest to the fact that not only did Christine Fonseca do it justice but actually went further and made Transcend stand uniquely on its own.

A copy of the book was provided by the author for an honest review and for the tour.


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