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.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this novel.
"Endless" started out strong - I was involved, enjoying both Jenny and Ben, liking the reincarnation piece. But as the book progressed, I started to lose momentum, and I think the main reason was Nikolai. There is nothing to dislike about him, but there's also nothing to draw me to him either. He was a bit too perfect, the cookie cutter hero, and really lacked personality. Usually, with love triangles, I'm rooting for the person the protagonist will ultimately end up with, but in this case, I was really hoping Jenny would see the light and end up with Ben, the guy who actually has some depth and dimension.
If you're interested in Romanov, history, I don't think "Endless" will satisfy your curiosity. This aspect of the story is not fleshed out in any great detail. I also feel a bit disillusioned with the whole time travel thing. Maybe it was all a bit much, you know - either stick with time travel, reincarnation, or freaky, seeing-into-the-past-through-physical-contact powers, but not all three.
So when all is said and done, "Endless" was just okay for me. It definitely didn't leave a lasting impression.
My rating: 2.5 stars