Taking Back Forever Book Tour & Giveaway


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


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.


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


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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Dreamless — Book Review


The Deets

author: Josephine Angelini

released: May 29, 2012

format: E-book, paperback, hardcover

pages: 496 pages

publisher: HarperTeen

Read: May 16, 2013

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

The Down-low

StarHearts, as fans of Josephine Angelini call themselves, will stay up all night reading Dreamless, the second book in the bestselling Starcrossed series. The saga mixes mythology, romance, action, and intrigue in a completely original way.

Dreamless continues the story of Helen Hamilton, a shy girl living on Nantucket Island whose desire for an ordinary life was thwarted when she discovered she is a Scion, a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a power, and Helen’s is the ability to travel to Hades.

Helen is determined to use her talent to stop a war amongst the gods and change her destiny, which is to live a life patterned after that of the tragic Helen of Troy. But her quest may cost her Lucas Delios, the boy she loves. (From Amazon.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This second book in the Starcrossed trilogy takes Helen, Lucas, and all their family and friends on more twists and turns through the modern world of greek mythology.  The mixture of mythology, suspense, action, and romance is a perfect blend of magic — it will keeping you hanging on until the very end.

My Thoughts

I had two issues with this book — the love triangle and the fact that no one could figure out Helen’s true parentage.  But, obviously these were major plot points that lead up to the final book, so I was able to accept them quickly.

This book wasn’t as fun as the first one — and I mean that in the best way.  I have found the true point of the second book in a trilogy is to add gut-twisting emotional issues that the protagonists have to work through.  The ‘happily ever after’ image has to be shattered so it can be remolded in book three.  And this book did hit me hard emotionally.  I just wanted to hug Helen all through the book.  And Lucas and Orion.  All three deal with more than any other characters and are still amazing characters.

I also have to say that the ending of this book was rather brilliant.  I sometimes hate how books in a trilogy have endings that seem thrown together — just to get you to the next book.  But this one ends perfectly.  Not that I wasn’t screaming “WAIT, WHAT ABOUT…” No, you still have questions and I wish some things would have been answered in Dreamless, but obviously we will see how they turn out in the final installment.

The mythology interwoven in this book is supberb.  Angelini really knows how to manipulate the myth into something that is completely realistic for 2012.  And that is SO important when writing about something that’s been around for thousands of years.

Overall, this book was an amazing addition to the Starcrossed series.  I for one can not wait for Goddess to hit the shelves at the end of this month!


Four point five out of Five Stars


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