Review: Endless by Amanda Gray

18157967Blurb from Goodreads

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.

Paperback, 384 pages (but Month9Books, Amanda Gray and NetGalley provided the ARC for me)
Published September 10th 2013 by Month9Books, LLC.
edition language: English
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
An intriguing blurb, eye-catching cover, time traveling, The Romanov, an unusual main character, on Read Now list in NetGalley, what’s not to like? Those things basically sold me to read it as soon as I click the send to my Kindle button.
So, I read it. On first chapter when the Ouija board was mentioned I thought this could be an interesting story. Coincidentally, I read a book that begins with Ouija board too before I read this book. I loved it and hope I will enjoy this book as I enjoyed it. After a couple chapters I have to say that I have to struggle to keep reading it. Although it’s well written, in some part the way the author describes quite weird for me. I don’t know, maybe it’s because English isn’t my first language and am still learning it but I have to read carefully or even reread the same scene more than once to understand it.

His words hit her like a tidal wave until she was drowning. Drowning under a truth she couldn’t accept or deny. I’m out of time…it echoed through her mind. She couldn’t think, couldn’t make sense of anything he’d said, anything that had happened. “No. It’s….it’s impossible.” She shook her head edging toward the door, her mind a tornado of confusion.

….totally unaware of the roar building in Jenny’s head, the warning bell clanging in her ears.

There was just too much sky up on the mountain. It was dizzying.

The pace is also too slow for my taste. Most of it is because of the characters. Jenny, the main character, a couple times annoyed me. She keeps denying weird things that happen to her and always feels stupid about it. Instead of look for the answer, she’s constantly wondering whether she’s crazy and when Nikolai, her love interest, comes and try to explain it she ran away. I also didn’t quite like some of dialogue with her in it. I feel it’s more like a one-way interview rather than a conversation. She often cuts others conversation and asks questions instead of listen to what they say and think about it. She, along with Ben and Nikolai have to figure out what happened with their past but for 50% of the story they only got a little bit answer, though I can already figure it out. They inability to see and connect the evidences right in front of their eyes really annoyed me. There are things that so obvious for me to draw a connection yet they seem oblivious, even to the simplest one. And the result was I got distracted by other things instead of reading it.

On 75% it finally takes pace when they can figure out of what happened to them. And also the Romanov story makes it more interesting to read. While Jenny, Ben and Nikolai sometimes annoyed me, I like Tiffany, Jenny’s best friend, she isn’t afraid to stand for Jenny. Basically, she’s best friend material. At this part I can connect to the characters and want them to get what they looking for, though I also think that *SPOILER* I kind of want Jenny to end up with Ben since I keep thinking the worst of Nikolai for first part of the story. I kind of wish him betrayed Maria to make the story more interesting for me 😀 and less of insta-love because I feel Jenny and Ben relationship more normal and natural for me *END of SPOILER*. I think this second part is way better, I kind of enjoyed it. I also like the way it ended. I think it’s the best for the characters and it’s more reasonable to me.
Result: 2.5 stars of 5 stars

5 thoughts on “Review: Endless by Amanda Gray

  1. I have this one from net galley too, not read it yet though. Looks pretty good. The quotes I read there do not bother me, it’s all metaphors and similes trying to create imaginary, it can get annoying if it’s too often though. Good review, I know now to lower my expectations a little. 🙂

    • I read this book with my friends, one of them and I didn’t quite like it but my two other friends really liked it. I think it’s a matter of our preferences. But I’m willing to read its sequel because it has so much potential and second part of the story quite interesting.

      I want to know what your thought about it. Thanks for stopping by 😀

      • Ye, I agree it all depends on person, but I like to know what other people think, if I lower my expectations slightly it will be a really nice surprise if I love it. 🙂 I’ll be reading it a week or two. 🙂

  2. I feel that way too, if I lower my expectations I won’t be too disappointed when the book isn’t as I expected and vise versa I’ll surprise and have good feeling when it turn out really good. But sometimes I just can’t help to not have high expectation if the book has an interesting blurb, pretty cover and whatnot 🙂

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