“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18157967-endless)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Month9Books for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
At this point, it’s not clear whether or not this will turn into a series. Given the fact that several important questions went unanswered, I’m inclined to think so.
Now to talk about the actual book. It had a really good start, involving an Ouija board and a crypitc message. After the first chapter, however, the book became quite slow and only picked up the pace again at the end. It was really interesting to see the glimpses into the past, and understanding how they played a role in the present.
My biggest issue with the story was Nikolai. His permanence in the present time was not well explained for me. But I’m not going to delve furhter into this question so as not to spoil the story. But whenever he’d talk about being in the present, I would get extremely bothered. I also wish we could have seen more of Jenny’s penchant for art and I really wishe she was not such an outcast. It’s not that I wanted her to be a popular girl, with hundreds of friends. But she has so few people in her life that it becomes far too easy to keep secrets.
Rating: 3 out of 5