2 March 2014

Endless by Amanda Gray Review

What they say: Jenny Kramer knows she isn't normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them.

When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble on an old music box with instructions for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than they thought. Like a past life.

Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But they weren't alone. Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her own dreams was there, too. When Nikolai appears next door, Jenny is forced to acknowledge that he has travelled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back. 

While Ben, Jenny and Nikolai race against the clock - and the Order - Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life - and beyond death.

  • Published 2013 by Month9Books, LLC - ISBN: 9781939765 / ISBN13: 9780988340954

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

What I say (review): Endless tells the story of teenager Jenny who is something of an outcast. Jenny dreams of being an artist but her Dad wants her to find a more stable career. Jenny has a supernatural secret but if is after an incident with a Ouija board that she meets new boy in town Ben. Ben is mysterious and secretive but she's somehow drawn to him and his strange music box before realising they are connected somehow. Jenny also has a connection to the mysterious Nikolai (who first appears in her paintings and dreams). 

As Jenny and Ben try to understand how they are linked, they keep being drawn into dreams featuring Nikolai and the famous Romanov family (I kept imagining the Anastasia cartoon). Endless reworks the story of the Romanov's and focuses on the concept of time and past lives. The 'out of time' idea was very clever.

I enjoyed the story and liked Jenny, even though she was a little naive at times. I wasn't sure about how quickly she accepted everything she was told and I'm not a big fan of insta-love (it isn't exactly insta-love in Endless but I can't say more without posting spoilers). BUT I liked the concept and found the romance as dramatic and all encompassing as it should seem for teenagers. I found Ben more intriguing than Nikolai and would like to see this developed more in the next book.

Amanda Gray has written a great start to their story and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with the brotherhood, Nikolai, Ben and his Mum, Jenny and her abilities.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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