Monday, June 20, 2016

Transition (Anathema Book 1) by Olivia Rising

release date: May 7, 2016
sub-genre: Magical Realism, New Adult

About Transition:

Two years ago, The Pulse—a sudden shift in Earth's electromagnetic field—caused a global blackout and wiped a minute from mankind’s collective memory. This event introduced superhuman powers to our world. But the worst was yet to come. 

Now two teenagers are caught in the chaos of a changing world: 

Christina Chung, an antisocial misfit whose force fields are fueled by the social bonds she broke during the event of her transition. 

Former coke addict Sarina Baumann, whose reality-altering power forces her to abandon everything she holds dear. 

The two girls find themselves entangled with the renegade hero Radiant and the authorities that made him. The three must find a way—and a place—to be the heroes they're destined to become. But sometimes, even the heroes fall... 

Transition is the first book in the Anathema series, which contains some harsh language and graphic violence.



She heard the front door swing open. Wincing, she pushed the cigarette packet back into the planter. Then she spun around, keeping her hand with the cigarette behind her back. But instead of facing a parent, she found herself face to face with Ryan. He cocked an eyebrow as she let out a relieved puff of smoke.

“You of all people shouldn’t startle me like that,” she said, bringing the glowing cigarette back up to her lips.

“Sorry, but I had to get out. They’re making fun of us guys now.” He jerked a thumb at the illuminated window behind him. “Your dad is holding the line, making a last stand. How are things out here?”

Chris suspected that he was just checking up on her to make sure she was okay. Yes, that was something he would do. She shrugged. “Peachy. Looks like it might rain again, but I was thinking of going for a run anyway.”

Ryan made his way down the stone steps with the casual ease of someone who was perfectly comfortable with himself and the world around him. He took a seat beside her, and turned to face her with his head bowed in that hangdog way he sometimes used to get her to open up. “You sure everything’s good?”

Chris nodded. Since dinner he had done his shoulder-length brown hair up in a small top knot. It would have looked ridiculous—maybe even feminine—on anyone else, but not on Ryan. In combination with his athletic physique and the aura of confidence that clung to him, the hairdo emphasized his chiseled features. She had to grudgingly admit that he and Princess Perfect were a pretty good match.

A faint lightness settled within Chris’s stomach as she looked at him, and she inhaled another lungful of smoke to keep herself anchored in reality. Her former BFF was way out of her league. It didn’t matter that she possibly knew him better than her sister did, or that she had known him longer. He had never looked at her the way he looked at Helen.

Chris had stopped competing with Helen by the time her sister had reached puberty. Even back then, Chris had known that she wasn’t particularly pretty, or feminine, or successful at school. She was athletic then in a tomboyish sort of way, and she still was. There was nothing girly about her. Even the way she tied her dark hair back in a short unfashionable ponytail was done to keep it out of her face because it was too unruly to let it grow below her shoulder.

Beside her, Ryan draped his forearms over his knees and hooked his thumbs together. He leaned over the porch rail to gaze up at the dimming sky beyond the roof, squinting at the sunset. “Have you decided what you’re going to do after graduation?” he asked.

“Yeah. Going to aim for a professional parkour career, and maybe get a job at the mall until that works out,” she joked.


About Olivia Rising:


Born and raised in Switzerland, Olivia appreciates the small things in life. She shares her cozy little apartment with numerous books, video games, and a multitude of fictional characters. True to form, even her bio is small. It might grow some if her book turns out to be a big hit, however.

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