Sunday, 16 June 2013

Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Karen Amanda Hooper, All Night Reads, and Netgalley.
Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Karen Amanda Hooper, All Night Reads, and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Kindrily’ series, and picks up where book 1 ‘Grasping at Eternity’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Grasping at Eternity.**
Maryah may have accepted the fact that Nathan is her soul-mate, and she’s accepted that something bad must have happened to cause her to erase, but that doesn’t mean that she’s back to how she was before.
Desperately trying to learn to ‘senseperience’, and to relearn astral projecting, Maryah feels like a clock is ticking down, especially given Harmony’s persistence in trying to locate her own soul-mate Gregory.

Things aren’t going to be easy for Maryah though, and she’s about to find that things are even more complex than she ever imagined.
Can Maryah learn to astral project at will? Can she rediscover her past lives with Nathan? And can she find Gregory before it’s too late?

This was a great, action packed second instalment in this interesting YA series about reincarnation.

This time our main protagonists were Maryah and Harmony, and the story is told from their alternating points of view.
Maryah continues to try her best to regain her memories and abilities, which is actually pretty tough considering that she’s not supposed to remember! I admired her strength and persistence, but it always seemed that what she was reaching for was out of reach.
I didn’t like Harmony much. She seemed like quite a prickly character in the previous book, and in this one she really is quite malicious and conniving. I totally get the troubles she was having, but she could have maybe been a bit nicer to people who were trying to help her!

The romance between Nathan and Maryah flared again in this story, and I really wished at times that they would just have sex instead of talking about it. I mean, they’ve obviously done it before in previous lives, they constantly want to rip each other’s clothes off, yet they’re going to wait ‘til they’re married? Do the previous 20 weddings not count?

I liked the storyline in this book, and this one certainly seemed more action packed than book 1. I did find that some parts dragged a little though, and sometimes the events seemed to work out a little too well for those involved. I was also disappointed that we still did not find out why Maryah erased!
I did like this story overall though, and I really want to know what will happen in the next book! The story is seemingly becoming more complex, and there are more factors coming into play, which should make for an even more surprising third book.
Overall; a great second instalment in this YA series about reincarnation.
7.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I still need to read the first book so I skimmed the review but I ma happy your enjoyed it.