Transcend by Christine Fonseca + Giveaway (intl)
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 Rating : 5 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : “My thoughts are quiet, but not calm. There is a terror on the edge of the silence, a terror fed by my burning flesh and the stench of death.”
A life changing accident and deformity toss seventeen years old Ien to a sanatorium to die. Abandoned by those he loves, Ien plans for revenge and claim the girl he loves, beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal. Driven by madness and revenge, Ien slowly realise he a cost to pay for vengeance, the price is his own sanity.
Author Christine Fonseca breaks my heart every time as she loves to doom the lovers, and I finished Transcend with tears welling eyes. With page I progressed with the book, I found my heart breaking slowly. Inspired by Phantom of the Opera, Transcend is her best creation and Christine is my inspiration.
I am a big fan of tortured heroes, and Erik from Phantom of The Opera is one of my favourite. I have read the original masterpiece back in school and it deeply moved me to such an extent that I started fancy the most broken heroes of history, and now I can claim the Ien has taken a place in my list.
“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."
Disfigurement dragged him to insanity, insanity forced him to get his revenge and his vengeful attitude has hurt those he loves most. I’m completely empathetic and touched by him. His love for Kiera was an obsession on the edge of madness where nothing could have brought him back.
For the other characters, Kiera and James have not affected me much, but there is one girl I spilled my tears for, Jenna. Daughter of servant, and Ien’s best friend she was never afraid of his charred face, each and every time she took care of him, supported him with mentally. She never questioned his dark moods and took every blow of his insanity over her. The way she loved Ien, no one could have done it ever.
Christine wrote a hauntingly beautiful tragic, a story that defines the difference between love and obsession, friends and foe. Every word, every line was torturously gorgeous and heart broken.
I have fallen in love with the book, and everything about the book. A masterpiece inspired by legendary Phantom of The Opera, yet very original of its own.
Now it's giveaway time. Christine is giving away a copy of Transcend as a part of her blog tour. The Giveaway is International. Just fill the rafflecopter form in order to enter. :)