Vengeance (Trascend Time Saga #2) — Michelle Madow

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How far would you go to get revenge?

When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she’d never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea’s willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe — that she shared a past life with Drew — is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back…well, it’s downright crazy.

Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?

Vengeance is a short story told from Chelsea’s point of view that bridges the gap between Remembrance and the final novel in the Transcend Time Saga. The story picks up the day after Vengeance ends and follows Chelsea still attempting to deal with the betrayal of her best friend and loss of her boyfriend. Luckily, she finds solace in her burgeoning friendship with Shannon, who might just have a way of lifting Chelsea’s spirits.

Vengeance is a short, quick read that provides answers to the questions I assume will arise in the third Transcend Time novel. I don’t really enjoy reading from Chelsea’s point of view — yes, she’s hurt and lonely and she feels betrayed, but she’s also spiteful and inconsiderate. She is not at all likable, nor am I even really am to sympathize with her due to somewhat melodramatic tendencies. This approach is fine, of course, if Madow intends Chelsea to be the villain, but I think the final book in saga could go a couple different ways. But unless Chelsea changes dramatically, she won’t be winning me over anytime soon.

For fans of Remembrance, this short story will be a welcome addition to the saga. The writing style is just as clean and light. The tone is a little too similar to Remembrance for my taste — I feel like Chelsea’s point of view should be a little more distinct. But it’s still an easy read that sets up the plot for the next book. It’s too soon to tell if reading Vengeance will be imperative to understanding the sequel, but my guess is that, while maybe not essential, having Chelsea’s back-story will definitely help. Plus, with such a gorgeous cover, why wouldn’t you want to pick it up?

Read my review of Remembrance

Pages: 64
Publication Date: December 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Source: Provided by Author
Rating [rating: 2]