by Amanda Gray


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Endless 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and could not put it down. The story was engaging and the characters were very real. I highly recommend this book.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
she feels lost in time confronted and confused by her lack of connection to those she has known all her life. She thought it was her curse to see horrific events in the people she touched and she guarded her secrets close to her chest. She only had one person she could trust, and get guidance from... or so she thought until she learned her mothers secret and it opened the depth and breath of time... a great coming of age story with mystery, fantasy and myth blended in an unusual reality. Great book for young readers
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Time travel, reincarnation, soulmates reuniting in another time, but is this truly THEIR time? Endless by Amanda Gray is a lightly different twist in the “YA paranormal, soulmates meant for each other,” genre. Jenny has always been different, able to read others by touch, forcing her to wear fingerless gloves, often thought of as a quirky fashion statement, as part of her artistic ways. When working with her widowed father for the summer, she begins a journey into a dangerous world she never knew existed with an unlikely ally, the new boy in town, Ben. Together they find a family heirloom that unlocks a door into the past and a look into the last days of the Royal Russian Romanov family. Is the mysterious figure painted into Jenny’s artwork a key to the mystery of the Romanov princess, Anastasia? When Jenny meets Nikolai, the mystery deepens as they are drawn to each other as naturally as a hummingbird to nectar. Can Jenny believe Nikolai when he says they were lovers in a past life? That she is the reincarnated Anastasia? What of Ben, who has stood by Jenny through everything she has discovered? What do the monks hidden away in their secluded monastery have to do with Jenny? Why are they watching her? Amanda Gray writes with a touch of the mysterious, while tantalizing the reader with the mystery of the Romanovs and a secret love affair. She writes like a seasoned storyteller and her words flow along with ease as she paints wonderful backdrops, scenes and builds both romantic and action tension. The mystery of Nikolai is well-done, he is shrouded in a veil of the unknown. Ben has his own personal issues that he is dealing with as best he can, but never fails to be there for Jenny, loved his character, he was natural and realistic feeling. It was Jenny I had trouble with, she was, at times a cardboard character or puppet to the action and plot, but Ms. Gray brought in enough twists and a huge ending that still has me in a kind of shock and in awe of her ability to end on an unexpected note that felt right! I received a copy from Month9Books in exchange for my honest review.
H_mstar More than 1 year ago
I am a cover enthusiast, I am generally drawn to a book and compelled to read it based mainly on the wonderful art. This cover was beautiful and very eye catching. This was my first time reading a time-travel story, I wasn't quite sure what to expect and was a tad leery but I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was very excited that the Romanov family was a part of the story as I have always been drawn to their history, it was told wonderfully, with a unique twist. The plot was never predictable, I never would have thought of time-traveling monks let alone placed them in a Russian reincarnation love story but they added to the intrigue of the story rather than ruining it. The romance between Nikolai and Maria felt more genuine than the love between Nikolai and Jenny, theirs felt a bit awkward and over done. I can overlook this however, since I was very glad that their was no love triangle, I dreaded its appearance, but it never raised its ugly head. Kudos to that! Besides, I find the romance generally improves in the sequel, so here's hoping for that. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and am very much looking forward to a sequel. I recommend this to anyone seeking a gentle romance story full of mystery, reincarnation and a bit of history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this book for my honest review. Here it is: I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow starting, taking reading the first 40% of the book in order to start seeing some action. I felt at times there were descriptions that were superfluous, not contributing to character development, plot, or action, which again contributed to the slow movement in the beginning. I did start to cheer for the protagonists later in the book. I couldn't put it down at the end. The ending is a minor resolution, leaving it open for a sequel, which I would read. The plot has been done before involving first love and soul mates, time travel, mystics/psychics, and love triangles, but there were lots of twists and turns I didn't necessarily see coming. There were only a few typos in the manuscript. This is a good first book in the series. I didn't rehash the storyline as that has already been done, but I would recommend this to a friend. I'm anonymous because I can't get the B&N penname to work on my stupid computer.
KimTeamer More than 1 year ago
The first thing I need to say about this book is, " WOW!" I cannot believe how good this book was. Actually, this book was better than good. Why? Because it had all of the essential ingredients that I like in a book. It was about love and loss, tragedy and hope, and about a new beginning. It had conflict, drama, suspense, and action. There was a magical, mystical quality weaved into the storyline that was consistently present throughout. And there was a good versus evil, light versus dark flavor. Every character introduced was interesting in that there seemed to be more to them. No superficial filler fluff existed,which is common in many books nowadays. Each person had his or her own challenge. They were complex and layered. When I met each one, I became intrigued.  The friendship and loyalty between Jenny and Ben and Tiffany and Jenny was spot on. I am so glad she had them and that they had her. The love that the two main characters had for one another was...powerful. It was touching. It was epic. Monumental. (Sniff, sniff.) They endured so much, only to... Their final scene together was so moving. I cannot express how much what happened stunned me. I thought it would work out differently. I must say that I was left hanging and yet not. The ending magnificently led the way for a new story to take place. Dare I hope for a series??? I can honestly say that I want to see what comes next for all of our characters. In fact, I am particularly intrigued with the dad, Ben's family history, those monks and how they came to be in the first place, that book, Morgan, and Tiffany. I want to know about the significance of the rings, as well as whether or not Jenny's mom is really dead.  So many possibilities!  I am hooked, utterly and completely. Give me more of this...now. Please! By the way, this cover is spectacular. It is simple and elegant. It speaks volumes, pulling the observer right in.  Rating:5/5Recommend: YesBookshelf Worthy: Absolutely and then some!Love/Romance: YesSteam: Yes, but thankfully with no inappropriate sexual contentProfanity: Unfortunately yes, but only a light sprinkling (it was so not needed, however it didn't take away from the story) A complimentary e-copy of this title was made available by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Every word expressed is my own. I was not expected or asked to give a positive review. 
CelticDryad More than 1 year ago
This was a refreshing approach for the genre. Jenny knows what is to be an outcast, a freak; to feel different. When she sees a stranger at the gallery, she feels like she knows him. Things spiral out of control from there... I loved this book. It feels very rushed at some points, but was a good read and I would most definitely read future books if it becomes a series.
Mzeplin More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful story! Just like the cover. Even if I wasn’t completely intrigued by the summary, I would have read this book because of the gorgeous cover. 4.5 Stars! This was an exciting, fast paced and imaginative story. I was impressed with how the story progressed and how it wasn’t the normal predictable love story. The discoveries were uncovered thoughtfully and were so intriguing. I loved the back story and getting a sneak peek of the Romanov family. The idea of soul mates searching for each other in different lifetimes was so thought provoking (and extremely romantic). I haven’t read anything similar. The possibilities in this story were fantastic. The time travel and magic... It was enchanting and breathtaking. And once Nikolai appeared in the story, I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters. Not perfect, just everyday people trying to deal with unusual circumstances. They felt so real, troubled and lonely at times. Appearing socially awkward but full of love and understanding. I absolutely adored the underlying theme of true friendship throughout the story. It's not always about soul mates. There are other meaningful relationships in life like friendship. It was a very sweet bonus. And I sincerely appreciated that there wasn't a love triangle. I think that would have diminished the whole “soul mates” motif. At the end, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, willing the author to be kind to me, begging for it to end the way I wanted. It had enough closure at the end for a standalone novel, however, I’m hoping for a series. A magnificent story! Highly recommend. I received a free e copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I really liked the time travel aspect and the flashbacks. I've read other books that deal with the Romanovs, and this I think handled it in a different way, which was good. I liked the mystery, and the cult aspect. Secret clans are an exciting element to a story. I liked the main characters, I don't like pouty, why me!, characters, so it was nice to see how they handled their problems quickly and with intellegence. I hope there is a sequel! I will definitely read the next book! I need to know what happens!
S_Huston More than 1 year ago
*I received this in an eARC through Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way does that affect the thoughts and opinions in this review.* From the get go Endless is one surprise after another. There is a lot that seems to happen in just a few days. Seriously, I'm pretty sure everything happens within a week, maybe two. Talk about head spinning. The characters are well developed and even though it seems like the relationships should have no foundation the plot of the book helps to make it seem like they are all deeply connected. I do wish there was more time for interaction between them so we could make a bond with them as readers. In my opinion there seems to be a love triangle in the making. We don't really get a chance to grow attached to either of the boys, Ben or Nikolai, but I'm kind of inching towards Ben. I don't know why!! Nikolai seems like the dreamier of the two but there is just something about Ben. Though he is a bit jerky in the beginning. I also want to say, without giving away too much, that I seriously LOVE who Jenny is in her visions. I have always been interested in that family and I think the visions are my favorite parts. Which makes me wish for a YA book set in that family and time, with a happier ending of course, because it's a book and doesn't have to be based strictly on facts. So can a writer get on that please?? And then put me on a list for an ARC ;-) The book does come off a little rushed, like I said everything happens really fast, but because of this there really isn't a dull moment. Towards the end of the book things kicked into overdrive causing me to turn the pages faster. I must say the author did a good job of ending the book so that things are kind of tied up but yet you are left wondering what will happen next. I am definitely looking forward to the next book and finding out what Jenny discovers. I also can't wait to see what happens with Nikolai and Ben
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Endless' is a young adult fantasy/time travel novel that follows heroine Jennifer "Jenny" Kramer as she prepares for yet another dull summer in her small town. Although boring is something that Jenny cherishes, because she's not exactly normal. She can see and experience other people's past lives just by touching them. When a chance encounter introduces her to Ben and a mysterious music box with instructions on "mesmerization" - things for Jenny go from weird to full on crazy. Not to mention her incredibly vivid dreams from the past including a gorgeous guy named Nikolai; who just happens to appear in Jenny's life outside her dreams. Jenny's convinced that there are mysterious and life changing events happening around her, but she's not sure what to make of them. When Nikolai moves in next door, Jenny must finally come to grips with the fact that he has crossed time and space searching for her - and now the Order, whose task it is to keep people in their own times - is determined to send him back. Now Jenny, Ben and Nikolai are running from the Order and they just might realize they have a connection that defies time and death. This novel was a beautifully told story capturing both the present time and the historical Russian era of the Romanovs. I'm always intrigued by time travel books - especially ones that include soul mates searching for each other in different times and places. It definitely is one of my romantic downfalls. The plot wasn't completely original in the time travel aspect or even dealing with the Romanov era, but the author wrote the book with such vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that I was immediately drawn into the world she created. The characters were all interesting and well written with their own personalities. I liked Jenny as a main character - she was a typical teenage girl that had to deal with a unnatural ability and isn't used to having many friends. She's smart, strong and a loyal friend and daughter - and I easily found myself identifying with her early on in the book. Nikolai and Ben were both well written characters too - each with their own strengths and weaknesses, which made them more realistic. The plot, as I mentioned, wasn't completely original, but I loved learning as much as I could about the music box, the Romanov's, the Order, and the connection that Jenny, Nikolai and Ben shared. Apparently, like I mentioned above, I also have a huge soft spot for soul mates and all that too. The writing of the book was well done with a natural flow and a quick pace that kept me eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. There's a bit of action, adventure, history and mystery blended in with the time travel and romance, so the book has definite appeal for fans of multiple genres. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy and time travel fiction as well as those who enjoy great love stories. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
indiereadergirl More than 1 year ago
Jenny Kramer was accustomed to seeing visions from just a simple touch, but when the visions start to involve Maria Romanov and becomes intertwined with her real life, Jenny has to find out what the connection between Maria and her is. And, why a boy from her visions seems very much alive next door to her. She's can't seem to stop herself from being drawn from him, either. Is it love? Is it Real? For a majority of her life, it is just been Jenny Kramer and her architect dad since her mother died when she was young. Although she is close with her dad, the details surrounding her mom are vague. Jenny can't remember anything about her. All she knew was her mother would disappear for periods of time without saying why.  Jenny never pushed her dad for details, but when a figure from her dreams not only sneaks into the paintings Jenny made for an exhibit, but appears in the abandoned manor next door, Jenny starts to question who her mother really was. Why did she have a ring that resembles that of a secret organization in her town that helps people out of time. And, what is out of time? There are so many questions Jenny needs to find the answers for. The first, why the man resembles a boy, Nikolai from the Romanov Era? And, why he calls her Maria, the girl she is in her dream? Is she related to a Romanov?   There were so many layers to this novel that I can't do them justice. So much intrigue. I loved the historical aspect. It brought anew twist to the paranormal/fantasy aspect in the novel. I enjoyed that the chosen period wasn't that of the Tudors, or the like, but of the Russian Romanovs that have such a sad history. It made the book seem less cliche; Romanovs aren't usually on the top of peoples radar. Gray was able to weave together the tragic end of the Romanovs, focusing on Maria Romanov, into a timeless love story. Jenny/Maria was a strong character. The love story between her and the mysterious Nikolai was great. It wasn't a love that was forced down the reader's throat because it is supposed to be true love. It was natural; believable in the intensity for once. The way Nikolai finds Jenny/Maria was awe-inducing. I didn't cry over their love, but of all the true love YA books out there, this has to be one of the most original; and sweet, heart-warming, and not creepy in a It is Young Adult, but didn't always feel like that which was refreshing. You didn't think about how old the characters were. There was no High School moment. They were never in classrooms that would remind you you were reading a YA book. It all felt contemporary; and, the age irrelevant.  I am never a huge fan of reading soulmate books, but this one was one I would read again. It all felt more authentic than others. The dialogue in this novel wasn't the writers' strong point, but it was enjoyable enough that I didn't want to skip many pages. I loved the plot the best; the way it unfolded it a gradual pace that allowed me to hang on to my seat for a little while. I was definitely surprised, or shocked, at certain plot twists that I enjoyed. All the plot twists, or layers, were great. I really found this novel to be unique and original. Since Amanda Grace is a duo, I thought maybe I would read parts that belonged to one author and not the other, like some collaborations read. Not here. The novel was completely fluid, with no real style changes. The book may seem to be a little long at a little under 400 pages, but reading it feels like it is much shorter. I just kept turning the page as each twist appeared, an aw love moment would happen, and a funny line would appear. I loved this novel. I highly recommend this book. Just read it. You will want more. There is a slight cliff hanger, but I couldn't find out if it is part of a series. Makes me love it even more that it was so good I want a second one. I'm not even a real fan of series. It was that enjoyable for me. I want to find out more!
BerlsKS More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Initial Reaction... I absolutely loved the concept for Endless by Amanda Gray and am eagerly looking forward to reading the sequel. Gray does a great job weaving together a variety of elements to create a really action-packed story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. The Characters... Jenny Kramer is your typical quiet, artistic loner - except that she has the unfortunate ability to see people's past lives just by touching them with the palm of her hand. Dealing with this has made her a little more distant and she's consider a bit weird to her peers. Her mother died when she was very young in a hit-and-run car accident, and while her father tries hard, he's clearly uncomfortable with how much Jenny takes after her mother. And Jenny suspects this little talent of hers might have something to do with her mother, so it's not something she can talk to him about. Overall, I really liked Jenny. I enjoyed her relationship with her father - it was clearly a loving one, unlike so many of the relationships that seem to appear in YA books. It was refreshing to see a fairly healthy parent-child relationship, not scarred by parental neglect or teenage angst. Jenny also seems to deal with the mysterious things that happen to her really well - showing signs of being much stronger than she sees herself. At the same time she's vulnerable, afraid to trust anyone with her secrets. I also really liked Ben. When we meet Ben, he comes across as a jerk - but he's got a lot going on and in so many ways he and Jenny are very similar and can naturally connect. More than anything, I think I enjoyed seeing him and Jenny interact and grow closer. Their relationship was really believable and endearing. I'm on the fence about Nikolai, however. I think I wanted to love him, considering all the risks he'd taken and trouble he'd gone to just to be with Jenny. We get to know him primarily through Jenny's dreams and, for me, those little glimpses just weren't enough for me to be convinced to love him. It seems to be enough to convince Jenny and I think that's what really bothered me. Although there's a slowly developed relationship somewhere within the dreams, I didn't get to see it and as a result the feelings between Nikolai and Jenny felt a little unbelievable to me. All things considered, I still liked him as a character. I just don't know what I want for him and Jenny. The Story... Endless provides an fascinating new perspective on the classic story of the Romanov family, with a love story that crosses the barriers of death and time. Jenny is used to seeing weird things, but lately things are even weirder than normal. Someone tried to communicate with her through a Ouija board, she's started having very vivid dreams featuring the Romanov family and in particular, their clockmaker's grandson - Nikolai. She's also starting to see things in her own home town a little differently and it's raising her suspicions. And in the pit of her stomach she has a feeling that it all connects to a shared dream she and her new friend, Ben, had when they discovered an antique music box with instructions for mesmerization. I really loved this plot. There were so many different elements (including time travel, visions, and more - wouldn't want to spoil the surprises!) and mysterious to unfold and all the twists and turns kept me guessing. There were a few elements that were pretty obvious and I was shocked that Jenny didn't realize them earlier, but there were just as many more that surprised me. It's a story where you're not sure who can be trusted and what's real, making everything that much more exciting to try and figure out. Concluding Sentiments... While Endless ends with some resolution, I was left with just as many questions. After such an exciting ride, I'm definitely invested in these characters and this story line; very eager to see where the sequel will take Jenny, Ben, and Nikolai!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
So much potential. I had such high hopes for this novel because the premise was so interesting. But I guess I should have figured the book would turn out this way when the word "traveled" was spelled wrong in the blurb. Yeah, yeah ... I know that sounds mean but as a reader, I feel robbed. Robbed of the experience that I had so hoped would happen when reading this book. On with the slaughter! Haha ... mostly kidding. So the characters were okay ... I really didn't like Jenny. She seemed shallow and selfish and to be honest, her name drove me up the damn wall. I don't know why. I have friends that are named Jenny and it's never bothered me before ... but it really drove me crazy and I really couldn't remember who in the hell "Jenny" was when I would read it in the book. That lasted for close to 60 pages. Not good. I did enjoy one character and that was Ben. HE should have been the focus of the story because I loved ever Ben-moment that I got! He was just the perfect character, he had just the right amount of screwed up to make him interesting and urge you to root for him. I'll miss Ben. The part of the book that I really enjoyed and kept me reading was the stuff about Nicholas II, the last Russian emperor because it was the most interesting out of everything on those pages. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to redeem the book. There were just too many coincidences that helped out the characters or freak accidents that happened out of no where for no explanation. Could I have missed the explanation? Sure. I was having a hard time focusing on pretty much everything in Endless, so there is a possibility that these things were explained. But again, having things spelled out for me wouldn't have made the book better. It was, in a word, meh. But the cover is pretty ... it does have that going for it. Not for me. OOOH. And I didn't like the ending. It was a cop-out and too simple for what had happened throughout this whole book. I don't care if it will take the author an extra 20-30 pages. You make that ending count! I don't have to like the ending, I just want it to stand up with the rest of the book and tie everything up or have an epic cliffhanger. I don't ask for much. I should have consulted my Ouija Board before picking this one up.