Yay! Another book review!

I’m slowly working my way through my TBR pile. (Though the curse of the TBR Fairy is that books keep getting added so it’s never going to get to zero.)

Why I read it: I’ve been dying to get my hands on this one for a while now. I finally just had my local indie order a copy from the publishers for me.

A, I love the cover. I mean, how gorgeous is that? And it perfectly conveys the main character’s struggle and story arc. B, it’s a riff on Phantom of the Opera. Any excuse to continually hum Weber’s music is a bonus in my book. C, it sounded so stinking awesome from the back cover copy.

Mini-review: This pretty much lived up to my expectations. And honestly, if I ever were to get my PhD in English and start a teaching career, I would use this book. I would use this book in my curriculum as an example of gothic horror and its elements. It is just that good. It’s literary and yet accessible to even the most casual of readers. The craft of this book is beautiful as well.

Final review: Thumbs up

About the book: 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.


About the author: Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. In life, she teaches her own children to embrace their unique talents and find their voice by being a force of positive change in the world.

When she’s not writing or developing programs to support children with exceptional needs, she can be found spending time with her family, sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter.