Publisher: Robot Playground Inc.
Publication Date: Dec 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I’m normally not one for short stories because it always bugs me when I get attached to the characters, plot, and setting and then the story is over within 10-20 pages. I guess I’m just greedy because I always want to know more, I guess I’m a fan of stories that do not end quickly. I decided to take a chance on Transcendent though and I’m so glad that I did, who knew that these short stories would have me cheering and even bring me to tears.
Each story had it’s own plot and characters and each story was touching in its own way. The first story was about a boy who had washed up on an island where he meets a siren who is disfigured because there are two men on her section of the island at the same time and her body doesn’t know which form to take. Even though she is disfigured our main male character starts to like her for who she really is, the story has a powerful message and is a great opening story to this collection. The next story about an American Indian girl who has to go through her trials in the mountains in order to be considered an adult by her tribe was touching and I instantly fell for her love interest, Talon.
After two great stories the novel flattens out a little for me with a few more Halloween/spooky feeling stories that didn’t really do it for me. The novel quickly recovers with the last few short stories that are as powerful as the beginning was. The last short story was my favorite of the bunch, it was about soulmates, and the things they did for each other in order to try to be happy. It brought me to tears and honestly I wish I had gotten to spend more time in this last story because I was so wrapped up, my emotions were in the balance while reading the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed the majority of the short stories in this novel and now I have a list of many authors that I have to go look up. I’m convinced that I need to read more work by all of the amazing authors of this analogy. I can’t wait for more laughter, hauntings, and an emotional ride with more stories by these authors. Honestly, even if you don’t think short stories are your thing I would give this one a chance, I know my perception was completely changed. Overall, all of the stories combined lead to 4.5 hearts for me.