By Amanda Gray
Published on September 10, 2013
Published by Month 9 Books
Published by Month 9 Books
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.
First of all, this cover is just beautiful- absolutely stunning. I love the font work, the detail, the colors, and how it actually has something to do with the story (which for some reason isn't a common occurance.) Endless is a story about love, about reincarnation, and about finding the one person that your soul is meant for.
First of all, unless I read something incorrectly, the blurb above (which was taken from Goodreads) gives a ton away about the book. It actually pretty much tells you the entire plot, especially since we only know that Jenny sees painful past events- not past lives. I was debating putting it up there, but there it is.
I enjoyed Endless. The pacing was a bit slow, but did pick up nicely in the last third of the book. It is the first book in a series- so there were no plot lines tied up in this book. It felt like a first book. I was just being introduced to the characters, world, and incredibly interesting plot when it ended. I found the plot to be interesting and exciting, and I typically really dislike reincarnation books (Jodi Meadow's series is the exception to that rule). The relationship between Nikolai and Jenny got intense fast and there were a few parts that smelled of other paranormal books, but luckily the author did not give Nikolai the creepy factor that other series suffer from. Jenny seems to be a pretty strong character, even though she is a loner. I enjoyed reading the story from her perspective. I found her to be relatable and I loved that the author didn't info dump- she told the story through flashbacks.
This was a pretty good first book in a series. I am looking forward to the next book, and I do hope we get to see more of Ben in it- he was probably my favorite character. He has such an interesting background and a believable personality. All in all Endless was a solid read, and I look forward to continuing with the series!