Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the décor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.
Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.
Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.
Transcendent is a collection of short stories written by different talented authors. This anthology consists of eight paranormal stories perfectly combine to give readers a variety of reading experience. It presents different paranormal creatures like sirens, shape-shifters, vampires, ghosts, and a lot more. There is fantasy, thriller, romance and adventure in this one beautiful book. Summarizing the book or each stories would be tricky so to give you details about the book I listed a few descriptions below telling about each short stories and my opinion about them.
Seduction Of A Siren by Lani Woodland & Melonie Piper – an interesting twist of mythology about two guys who find themselves in an island owned by a siren. This story reminds me some of the bed time stories my parents reads to me when I was young because of the moral of the story in the end.
Feather by Rita Webb – is about a girl name Feather who learned her identity through a spirit-journey, wherein she meets a new friend that helps her explore her own capability. A story of friendships, self-acceptance and love.
Spectre by Wendy Swore – a Halloween adventure of two girls that may or may not include real Halloween creatures like vampires. This is a perfect read for Halloween that will leave you goose bumps and chills.
Shadows of Promise by Heather McCubbin – a hunting tale about a girl who had an encounter with the ghost of her dead twin sister. An encounter that leads to solve a murder-mystery. The romance in here though short is believable and sweet which can be expand into a longer story.
Pumpkin Thief by Evan Joseph – a night of encounter with a headless knight in shining armor who defends a girl against her stalker. I like the twist of this one, though I did hope that Halloween lasted longer for the two characters, I still like that the author did not go to a cliché and predictable happy ending.
Strike by Wendy Swore & Rita Webb – a unique story about a boy who gets struck by lightning and ends up trapped in his mp3 player. This one is different from all the short stories in this book because it doesn’t have any paranormal creatures like vampire or ghost, no super-powers or mythological aspects. It’s about ordinary teenagers stuck in a strange situation. One of the thing that struck me in this story is the mother and son relationship of one of the main character.
Ryan’s Wish by Melanie Marks – “be careful what you wish for, it might just come true” is exactly what you need to remember in reading this story. Since Ryan disappear, Ava spend her birthday wishes every year asking for Ryan to come back to her life. And when Ryan finally did come back, he come back as something else.
Kiss of Death by Lani Woodland & Melonie Piper – a story of undying love and sacrifices which presents an angel of death/reaper and his task to deliver the last breath of his one and only love. This is another great story worth of expanding to a stand alone novel. The past lives of the main characters looks interesting to explore. The idea of reincarnation, undying love and the grim reaper twist are great and interesting subjects.
It is hard to choose what is the best from these short stories since most them offers something different from the others. Though there are some stories that I wish to be longer than a short story. I want to read more about the characters and find out what will be their next adventure. They are not cliff hanger type but definitely will make you hungry for more. Sometimes short stories are just too good to end, especially when the short encounter with the characters makes you care for them than you expected.
Overall, Transcendent is quick entertaining read that paranormal readers will surely enjoy. With a taste of different paranormal creatures and different type of adventures this book is like a full meal treat that every paranormal lovers should indulge.
This review is based on an e-Book copy I received courtesy of one of the author, Rita Webb in exchange of honest review.
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