About the Book:
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Series: “Transcend Time” (book 2 of 3)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Novella, Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5
My Thoughts: Picking up right where Michelle’s debut novel, Remembrance left off is this, a 50-some page novella from nice-girl-turned-antagonist, Chelsea’s POV. The story is a short work of fiction detailing Chelsea’s anger, hurt, and resentment towards her best friend, Lizzie and her now ex-boyfriend Drew in the aftermath of the secret that blew everything to smithereens, and Lizzie’s near death. Seeking out a way to exact her own kind of revenge, Chelsea allows her friend, Shannon to talk her into speaking with a shelf-proclaimed witch. Talk about harsh, right!? (Remind me never to get on Chelsea’s bad side. *wink*) In many ways, I am disappointed Chelsea didn’t get her own full-fledged novel in order to better shape her character to carry over into the finale but then the writer in me recognizes this method as “good policy.”
Though only a short story, I cannot argue the benefits of conveying Chelsea’s revenge plot in so short a time. Vengeance is a nice “filler” to bridge the two novels while also keeping alive the suspense of the final story that would unfold in Timeless. The clean, straightforward writing urges us to read the novelette in record time and leaves intrigue of what’s next at the surface, almost bursting over with curiosity. Does Chelsea really intend to hurt her childhood friend? Or will she have a change of heart? Those questions are left lingering, but are about to be answered in Timeless, the final novel in the “Transcend Time” trio. I suspect that in order to obtain a happy-ever-after – for everyone, there will be more angst and disappointment. Something Michelle Madow does with a pretty innocence – and characters that any teenager will relate to.
In Summary: Madow’s well-crafted novella leaves fans breathless for the final “part” of her unique trilogy.