Taking Back Forever — Book Review


The Deets

author: Karen Amanda Hooper

released: May 31, 2013

format: e-arc, e-book, paperback

pages: unknown

publisher: Starry Sky Publishing

Read: May 20-1, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com • B&N.com • Author’s Website

The Down-low

I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.

*Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature content.*(From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

Book Two in the Kindrily series packs in just as much mystery, action, and romance as the first.  Things heat up for the Kindrily family and new characters come to the forefront to tell more of the story.  This book is just as magical, if not more, than Grasping at Eternity and will leave the reader breathless and wanting more!

My Thoughts

*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of NetGalley*

I gotta say that I was looking forward to this book, but it still managed to blow my expectations out of the water.  The book starts off just about where book 1 ended and the family is trying to help Maryah remember her memories.  The process she goes through to remember her past is so interesting.  And the fact that it was so related to her connection with Nathan — I kept getting swept up in the beautiful romance of it

The premise of this story is still the biggest draw for me — a group of people who can choose not to reset their souls before returning to earth, thus remembering all their past lives.  I was so fascinated by the back story of this book, and the Kindrily processes & powers.  Everything wasn’t glossy and pretty — we really start to see what it means to have all that knowledge in your head.  At first you think, how amazing would it be to have all that past, but Hooper shows the grief and embarrassment that can come with the joy and bliss of knowing the past.  Just think — you have complete recall of every mistake and embarrassing action you took in not one life, but ALL your lives.  Not exactly pretty, if you know what I mean.

I loved that the book shifted focus from just Maryah to the other characters.  The first book had SO many characters in the background, and this one brought more of those characters to the forefront.  I also liked how we got to learn so much more back story of these people and who they were – flaws and all.  Harmony was such a dynamic character — book one left her so one-dimensional for the right reasons.  But in book two we begin to peel back the gruff exterior and see what an amazing person she is.

There is genuine pain, happiness, sorrow, and grief in the pages of this book — Hooper really knows how to bring a character to life.  Readers will love getting to know Harmony, Maryah, and all the other Kindrily.  And my favorite part of the entire book had to be the ending.  Hooper let the story end in the most creative way — it alone made the book.  This series has quickly become one of my favorites.

If you haven’t read book one, Grasping at Eternity, check out my review here.


Four point five out of Five Stars

Don’t forget to check out my Book Blitz post to win a copy of Grasping at Eternity & Taking Back Forever!


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