Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (October 8, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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 onto 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 Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai 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—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life and beyond death.
This was just an okay read for me. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. I liked the concept and the characters for the most part, but some things didn't add up for me.
Jenny spends a large portion of the book getting to know Ben, a rather grumpy, but charming boy. Then Nikolai appears, and even though we never really learn much about him, Jenny falls head over heels in love with him from the moment she slaps eyes on him.
My other complaint with the book came toward the end when time wasn't accounted for correctly. According to the book, Jenny and her friends managed to fight off a psychopath, rescue each other from a burning building, give statements to the police, witness a kidnapping, drive for half an hour, have a serious conversation, and take another drive up a mountain -- all within 35 minutes. There were quite a few other instances in the book when the passage of time didn't add up, but that was the biggest one. I should mention that I read the ARC, and there is a chance that these issues have been (hopefully) fixed.
Other than the insta-love and impossible passage of time, I enjoyed the story for the most part. I liked the idea of time travel, reincarnation, and The Order. And I can't help myself, I love the idea of soul mates finding each other throughout time and space. While this book had some big problems, I would still consider it a good read and a fun way to spend a few hours.
Content: a few mild curses and some kissing.