Stacking the Shelves (4)

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

From Netgalley/Edelweiss

 

From Book Tours

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Bought

*The last three were e-books on sale! I love sales.

Borrowed

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That’s all!  What did YOU get to add to your shelves this week?

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Taking Back Forever Book Tour & Giveaway

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Today Such a Novel Idea is proud to host its first book blitz with Karen Amanda Hooper’s Taking Back Forever.

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TAKING BACK FOREVER  (Book 2 of The Kindrily series)
May 31st 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing
 
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.

 

Excerpt from the book:

In the short week since Maryah’s momentary remembrance of him, Nate had come alive again. He smiled all the time. His eyes were brighter. I was happy for him, but it left me feeling more alone than ever. He had been my partner in suffering over our lost soul mates. But not anymore.
I gazed at the landscape of Sedona behind him. To myself, I could admit my jealousy of his and Maryah’s reunion, but I’d never say it out loud. “How’s it feel? To have her back after all this time?”“I don’t have her back. She hardly remembers anything. But I don’t have to hide who and what I am anymore, or that I love her. She knows who she was and where she belongs. I’m patiently waiting for her to figure out who she is now, and what she’s capable of.”“She loves you. I can see it.”

“I am ecstatically grateful for that. But I still feel the loss of her, of all the time we shared together. It’s like we’re getting to know each other for the first time all over again. We haven’t had to do that for hundreds of years.” His head drooped. “What if she doesn’t like what she discovers?”

“Oh, please. You two light up around each other. That girl is smitten, and so are you.”

His cheeks flushed. “It’s amazing how much more you appreciate someone after you’ve lost them. Her happiness means everything to me. I want to give her the world, the magical and beautiful one she can no longer see, but I worry that’s no longer possible.”

“Give it time. If there’s one thing Mary proved over and over, it’s that anything is possible.”

 

KarenAbout the Author – Karen Amanda Hooper

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She’s addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn’t until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

Visit Hooper’s website and her Goodreads page for more information!

You can also connect with this wonderful author on Facebook and Twitter.

Review

If you’d like to know my personal thoughts on both Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever, click on the book links below.  (Hint — It is one of my newest favorite series!)

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Buy Grasping at Eternity: Amazon.com • Barnes&Noble.com

Buy Taking Back Forever:  Amazon.com • Barnes&Noble.com

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Now comes the fun part!  There are not one but TWO giveaway chances today!  Please be sure to complete each item on the list, as they will be checked prior to giving out the prizes.  Good luck!

Click HERE to win a e-book bundle of BOTH Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever

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My contest will run May 31 – Jun 16th (12 a.m. Central Time).  There is no purchase nessecary and the contest is void where prohibited.  Open to & US/Int!  A big thanks to Karen Amanda Hooper and Xpresso Book Tours for this gift!  

Click HERE to win the Kindrily prize pack including a signed paperback of Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever with other kindrily themed gifts (book blitz grand prize).

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Taking Back Forever — Book Review

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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.

Overall

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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