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Endless – Amanda Gray

Endless

Format: eBook
Published: 8th October 2013
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 337
Series/Standalone?: Standalone
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – thank you NetGalley!

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 Synopsis taken from Amazon:

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

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I absolutely love this cover – just beautiful!

This was an unexpectedly fast-paced and intriguing read – I was pleasantly surprised! Incorporating paranormal fantasy, historical elements and time travel, it was an easy read that took me only a few days.

I enjoyed the love triangle, although not traditional – the relationship between both Jenny & Ben and Jenny & Nikolai.  Jenny & Ben do not get along at the start of the novel, their relationship progresses in an interesting way. I could feel the tension building between Jenny & Nikolai from the start, although this wasn’t overdone and was totally tasteful. The romance in this novel is whimsical, entwined with historical facts, engaging characters and plenty of action.

Endless was a total surprise for me, I haven’t actually read many books that involve time travel so this really intrigued me. It was done in a simple, understandable yet completely enthralling way weaving Russian history and romance with danger, secrets and mystery. The novel flits from past to present effortlessly.

The details about the Romanov family were a great addition, making me feel truly engrossed within the world and constantly trying to figure out where the action was headed.

The ending wraps up the novel nicely, although it does leave possible options for a sequel. Overall, an enjoyable read that was different from the norm.

 

 

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