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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review - Endless

Book Review

Bookshelves: Paranormal, Romance, Time Travel, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Rating: 3 of 5 stars (It was ok)

Recommended Age: 15+
Some romance, Ouija board, domestic violence and family execution 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Endless was a good read from a very promising author. She wrote her story well. We are introduced to Jenny who is quite the oddball out who avoids human contact when she can and almost always wears gloves. When she can't avoid touching others she gets a glimpse into their past lives before their reincarnation. A devoted artist, she finds herself following her dad in architecture because she's afraid of being a little too much like her mom who would often disappear and died years earlier. Jenny is forced into angry teenager Ben's life while helping her dad. There's little connection at first, but through a mysterious music box they make a connection and the two find themselves as devoted friends. The music box and Jenny's special gift aren't the only connections she has with the past. As she finds herself dreaming of her own past life, one in particular, as a princess in Romanov, Russia. Quite the surprise for Jenny arrives when the love of her life as the Russian princess shows up at her art show, but there is little time because there are others trying to take him back.

The characters were decent, my favorite being Tiffany who turns out to be such a devoted friend. Jenny wasn't a particularly strong female lead, she also wasn't the someone-come-and-save-me-helpless-girl either. She was willing to stand up for those she loved. The romance itself was abrupt, but considering the love is already formed when she is a Russian princess it's hard to see how they fall.

I enjoyed the story. And I enjoyed the plots. There were however, in my opinion, too many plots at once. We have this really cool gift that Jenny has been given, historical fiction with a Russian princess who is brutally murdered, and time travel from her beloved after she has been reincarnated. I think each of these would have made a wonderful book on their own. The gift of Jenny's doesn't really go anywhere and I would have liked there to be more with it. It doesn't help or hinder or have any affect on the story line which was somewhat disappointing. 
Then there's the Russian princess. It was very well written and I was eager for Jenny to fall asleep so I could get these little tidbits, I found myself eager to do some research on the Romanov family and Russia after reading this book. The time travel seemed too easy. We only see Jenny's side of it, and perhaps that's why I felt this way, but I would've loved to see what Nickolai actually went through to get back to Jenny.   

I love the cover, just gorgeous.   

Happy Reading!


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