Author: Amanda Gray
Genre: YA, romance, time travel
How did I get it? Netgalley (thanks @ Month9Books)
Summary: 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 traveled 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.
Review: I really enjoyed Endless, which wasn’t much of a surprise. Time travel, Romanov Russia (I love this time period), art, romance…it’s right up my alley. Not to mention, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I read it in just about one sitting, and it was an evening well spent. Jenny was everything a main character should be: brave, smart, quick on her feet. The chemistry between her and Nikolai was sizzling, but I also really enjoyed the connection between her and Ben. Ben made me want to hug him, and I actually teared up during a particularly ouchy scene with Nikolai.
The dreams/flashbacks/memories of their Russian past together were probably my favorite part. I’m a sucker for that era of Russian history, and the incorporation of the Romanov family was just really awesome. I loved the way it was written and the way it fit into the contemporary plot, and it had me on the edge of my seat.
I will say that I wish there was more character development. Jenny was great, but I would’ve liked a bit more…something. I didn’t have trouble rooting for her, but at the same time I felt a bit distant from her. As for Nikolai, I really loved him and his devotion to find Jenny, but by the end of the book he was still very much a stranger. I mean, I still think he’s the hottest thing since Dante’s Inferno, but I wish I’d gotten to know him a bit better as a human being. So far his only flaw that I can find seems to be his resemblance to one Edward Cullen, though admittedly a version far less inclined to behave like a psychopathic, controlling jackass. I’m really hopeful that the sequel will address that and allow the reader to feel more familiar with him, since I really think he’s an awesome character with a lot of potential.