Review: Transcend by Christine Fonseca

June 11, 2013 Book 0 ★★★★★

Review: Transcend by Christine FonsecaTranscend by Christine Fonseca
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
on September 18th 2012
Source: Provided by Author

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.


My Thoughts:

I want to start off by saying that Christine Fonseca has earned my whole respect with her writing… <3

“No longer filled with hope and promise of a life together, the music had become dark. Even sinister. Every measure of promise was now filled with dread and an impenetrable pain. Each note of hope replaced by fear. And every cadence of love now brought only longing.”

(I felt like that part above said a lot of the whole book.)

Ien Montgomery is a seventeen-year-old. His mother forbids him of practicing his beloved music, and to be with his one love, Kiera. When going back to his school from visiting Kiera, Ien suffers a horrible accident, leaving his body severely burned and his face deformed. Mother is ashamed of this monster that has become his son and will do anything to keep the family from shame once again. Burdened by his parents disappointment and his haunting past, Ien slowly begins to slip into insanity.

Definition of Transcend: -verb (used with object). 1. to rise above or go beyond; overpass.

Thinking of how the story goes, I feel that when I use this definition, it’s like Ien is surpassing his own judgement and rising in his own madness.

The writing style of the author is amazing. The point of view changes in each chapter, going from third person to first person in a way that makes you connect with the main character, Ien, exactly in the precise moment to make you feel connected to him.

Ien is in my opinion the best character in the whole book. The way his mind plays tricks on him, the madness consuming him little by little is amazing and so real. There are parts of the book where you just don’t know if what he is thinking, remembering, is real or something his twisted mind is creating. His pain, his sufferment and thoughts are vividly described in the book that connect you more and more with Ien.

In each chapter at the beginning there is a quote, working as a kind of glimpse or explanation to what is going on or will happen in the story. They were amazing.

“Innocence, once lost, can never be regained. Darkness, once gazed upon, can never be lost.” ~John Milton, Paradise Lost.

“Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame” ~The Bible (Song of Solomon 8:6-7).”

We see how love can easily become an obsession, how a single event can change from good to bad, and how your mind can play tricks on you. Each chapter was a torture to read, making me sadder for his pain and desperate of knowing the truth, to see what he’s going to do now. A true story of pain and anguish. I feel that my words here won’t do any justice to this magnificent story. It’s like I was reading one of those classic novels from the 1800’s or something like that. It was amazing.

I had read the first book of another series by Christine (My review of Lacrimosa) and I was amazed by her talent on storytelling. But this was beyond my expectations. A true work of art carefully crafted to perfection.

Christine Fonseca, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being able to read this masterpiece. It was… breathtaking and heart-shattering.

Rating: 5/5 stars

it was amazing

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂