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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.
Okay, I read the blurb for this and knew I had to read the book. I love Phantom of the Opera. Love it! So Transcend had me right there. Well, the main character Ien is desperately in love with Kiera. He can't think of much else and wants to propose, even though he's only seventeen and his parents don't approve. But a horrible fire leaves him disfigured and his parents tell the world he's dead.
Sent to die in a sanitarium, Ien can only think of Kiera and getting her back. He begins to see and hear his dead brother, driving him to madness. With a little help (I won't spoil it by saying whose help) he gets free and chases after the life he feels was stolen from him by his own mother. But Ien's rage only worsens after he returns home.
I don't want to give any spoilers, but oh my God the ending! I couldn't put the book down. It's dark, twisted, and sad. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and I didn't want to get off.
Normally, I do a "Just for fun" question at the end of a review, but this book was dark. So instead, I'll ask you what you think of the blurb.