Goodreads Review : 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.
My Rating : 4/5 stars
My Review : First things first, how beautiful is this cover? Probably one of the best ones I've seen this year.This is an amazing story about a girl named Jenny. Jenny is an artist who works at Books. She tries to be as normal as she can, but its very hard to be normal when you get visions of people's pasts. Throughout her life, she thought these visions meant nothing, but when she starts dreaming about a princess in danger, and starts drawing a strange looking man in her paintings at night, she realizes that something has changed.
Jenny begins working with her architect father on a new project, where she meets an interesting boy. What she doesn't know, is that this boy holds a key to her past. And a key to saving her future.
This book was really amazing! I loved reading about a girl so passionate about art. You can definitely tell the author knew what she was talking about, she used color, textures and values to completely describe the paintings and make you feel like you're in them.
The history in this book was just amazing and beautiful to read. European history is always so interesting, probably because it has Kings, Duchesses, and murder. I loved how this was based on true history, not something made up. The author definitely drought life to Maria. I definitely have a new love for Russian history.
The writing and the descriptions were detailed and perfect, the only thing that could have been improved would have been the beginning, because it was really long and hard to get into. Also i felt like the summary at the back of the book that lets the reader know a little about the book, was too informative. It goes very close to the middle of the book, so I knew what was going to happen and it kind of felt like it was being dragged on.
Either way this book was truly beautiful and amazing! I would definitely recommend it to people who love history, and fantasy. Like i said the history was true and beautiful, with a lovely fantasy spin to it. I'm hoping there's another book, I want to read more.
I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an opportunity to read this book beforehand, I really appreciate it. And a special thanks to the author Amanda Gray for writing such a lovely book.