Sunday, 20 October 2013

Blog Tour & Review: Endless - Amanda Gray


Welcome to my stop on the tour for Endless by Amanda Gray! Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Endless - Amanda Gray
ISBN - 9780988340954
Publisher - Month9 Books
Release date - September 10th 2013
Find - Goodreads/Amazon US

IN A RACE AGAINST TIME, HOW DO YOU KEEP THOSE YOU LOVE SAFE?


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 stumbles 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 -- the trio discovers a link that joins them in life -- and beyond death
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As soon as I saw the beautiful cover for Endless I was sold, that was only confirmed on discovering that the book was about Russian history, reincarnation and time travel. Russian history and time travel are two things guaranteed to get me to read something (I've been slightly obsessed with Russia since I was little) so I couldn't wait to start Endless.

Endless is the story of Jenny, a bit of a loner and different to the rest of her school friends with a wonderful best friend, Tiffany (one of my favorite characters) and an architect father who's reluctant to let her pursue her dream of being an artist thanks to her mother's erratic behavior. The story opens with Jenny being pressured to take part in a seance using a Ouija board, after blacking out she discovers that a message did come through - meant for her. From that night on Jenny can no longer pretend her life is normal, to living with the power of seeing people's past lives with a mere brush of the hand, she spends her days wearing gloves and avoiding touch. Thanks to her dad she meets Ben, the son of a client, who seems as much of a loner as she does. Exploring the attic of Ben's house they come across a music box and instructions for mesmerization. This leads to a shared dream/vision between the two of them and the realization that somehow their lives, along with of another boy, Nikolai, are inexplicably linked together. Things only get more complicated for the three of them as they fight to understand what is going on and in the case of Jenny & Nikolai, stay together. They face all manner of obstacles, not least a mysterious Order that live in an isolated retreat and may or may not have included Jenny's mother as a member.

For me, Endless was a great read which I enjoyed from start to finish. I loved how, even though there were two boys in Jenny's life (in the past as well as the present) there was no love triangle  - it was obvious, to me anyway, who Jenny should be with but considering the circumstances I would have liked to have seen more of their relationship development in the past as Jenny was very quick to literally jump into his arms in the present. I liked the snippets of Russian history and the inclusion of the Romanov family who must be both one of the most famous and one of the most tragic families in history. It was nice that at least in fiction one of them had a happy ending of sorts.. What I would have loved to see more of was the actual time travel although I did like the sections where how it worked was explained and how there were rules & consequences for using time travel, hence the need for the Order. I'm definitely hoping there's a sequel as that was one ending I did not like, it certainly appears to be set up for one anyway so fingers crossed! If you like mystery, time travel and Russian history with a dash of romance then you'll love Endless, definitely worth reading.


ABOUT 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.

Giveaway Information:
·        Two (2) print copies of Endless by Amanda Gray (US Only)
·        Two (2) eBook copies of Endless by Amanda Gray (INT)
            ·        $25 iTunes gift card (INT)

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3 comments:

  1. Well, this looks really good and I love the cover, too
    GREAT review
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  2. wow! Sounds wonderful!!!! :D im going to add it to my reading list! :D

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  3. I love the Russian aspect of this one. It makes it so much more intriguing! Too bad the ending wasn't great for you.

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