ARC: Endless by Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray
Month9Books September 10, 2013
Pages 384
ISBN13: 9780988340954
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest view

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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.

17 year old Jenny is a ‘seer’ she can see the past. She can look at people and visualize their sadness and loss, the things that are still unresolved. Jenny ‘sees’ by physically touching others. Nikolai a mysterious boy appears in Jenny’s paintings. Realizing reincarnation and time travel has reunited the two soul mates. Through visions and from conversations with Nikolai Jenny understands she is the reincarnation of Maria Romanov and Nikolai was her suitor. A group seeks Nikolai to return him back to the days of the past. Jenny and Nikolai understand fighting this ominous group could separate them forever.

Endless takes place more in the present than the past. The visions and the time travel are inserted appropriately throughout the narrative. I really enjoyed Gray’s approach adding snippets of the Romanov family and their tragic fate. I hope there was just enough history to pique the readers interest to explore the history of the Romanov’s.

Gray did a great job with the present part of the narrative as well as mixing Ben with Sergei of the past. The combining of the split narrative was well done, a balance was achieved especially since the time travel plot has been a bit overdone. The friendship between Jenny and Ben was well played out, fascinating how Gray intersected their past, well executed.

Jenny, Ben and Nikolai – not forgetting Tiffany are likable and blend well together as the story progresses. Endless did a great job with the friendship angle, explaining the importance and acceptance of a true friend.

Great story the younger set will eat up. A story of soul mates, friendship, love and loyalty. The Romanov inclusion added interest to the story and really made everything come together, not just an underworld paranormal, this was historical fiction paranormal creating a unique outcome.

3 stars



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