Monday, January 6, 2014

Endless - Review

Title Endless
Author Amanda Gray
Genre YA fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher  Month9Books
Publishing Date September 10th, 2013
How I Got This Book NetGalley
Paperback 384
Standalone or Series Standalone
   My Average X pg/day
   Reading Difficulty X
(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)

Endless love

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.

"Give me some credit. There are all kinds of unexplainable things in the world--ghosts, psychics, those knives on the Home Shopping Network that can cut through anything. Why not time travel?"

Endless is a cheese-eating love story that spans the test of time, coupled with a whiplash-educing plot change and a mystery that confuses the hell out of me.

The beginning of this novel was amazing. It drew me in right away with the mystery and horror of some ghost (or whatever) connecting with the main character. The way things were going, I was expecting Jenny to have some sort of specter encounter she'd have to deal with.

Anything about the Romanov family always interests me. I love the Anesthesia story, but had never heard of a story from Maria's side. Color me intrigued.

I felt like the author was just going through the motions throughout this novel. The romance was there, but I couldn't feel the overwhelming heat. The disaster was there, but there was a total lack of urgency with the characters...

Jenny has some sort of ability, but it is never really explained and it really doesn't have anything to do with the plot of the story, nor does it seem to help or hinder Jenny in any way. Just something to give the book a little paranormal kick.

I'm sorry, there are some "gag me" moments in this novel. You know when you're with friends who are in a new relationship and they start the "miss you already." or "you hang up. No you hang up..." crap. Bleck! Really?

The final push to the end of the novel started out with a half-assed plan that never should have worked, some more love-dove crap and a drawn out ending. All in all, I wish this novel kept true to the feel at the beginning. I think I would have really enjoyed it if that were the case.

If you were/are one of those in a tooth-decayingly sweet relationship and have an interest in time travel and creepy monks, this novel's for you!

Rating: C

About the Author
Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray believes in magic and fantasy and possibilities. She is a team of two bestselling authors who live only miles apart but have never met in person. They talk on the phone and are the best of friends and between them have written more than a dozen novels and novellas and have had their work appear on television.

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