Thursday, June 20, 2013

Double Review: Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1) and Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release.

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First line:
I wanted to punch a hole in the sky, rip it wide open, and fly out of this world into a magical one.
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Source:
Digital copy from Netgalley -- THANK YOU
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Rating:
4 peacock feathers out of 5
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Before I actually talk about the book, I have to put this out there. I absolutely ADORE this cover. It's so pretty and breathtaking. Sigh.

This book is full of twists and turns, right from the start. I did not see that opening scene coming O.O I also liked that both Nathan's and Maryah's POVs were included. Nathan's innner struggle to accept that the love his his lives doesn't remember those lives, or even who he is. So he ends up making things worse as he acts out in anger against her, and she despises him now.

I loved all the Kindrily members, including Dakota, even though he's not an actual member. Harmony struggles because her mate is missing, captured by the enemy. The whole "family" is so close, it's wonderful. They will do anything to protect each other.

 I generally don't like reincarnation books because they get too confusing for me, but I have to say, Grasping at Eternity is a wonderful book for anyone to read, whether you like readina bout reincarnation or not!

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 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.







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First Line:
Stars glittered down around the girl as the peacock feather in her hand fanned into more than a dozen blue and green quills. 
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Source:
ARC received from author -- THANK YOU!!
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Publication date:
May 31, 2013
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Rating:
4 peacock feathers out of 5
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In the second Kindirly book, we have Maryah and Harmony's POV, rather that Nathan's. I wish we could have had all three, but as it was I loved Harmony's POV.

Maryah is struggling to develop her powers, but she can't seem to control them. She knows that if she can master them, she can save Gregory. All she has to do is keep trying. But that's easier said than done. She works hours a day trying to develop her powers, make them stronger but nothing seems to work.

Harmony is desperately searching for her mate, Gregory, who has been captured by the enemy. She also feels like no one in the Kindrily knows how she feels anymore, because Nathan has been reunited with his mate. But in their conversations, you can see that Nathan still feels distance between him and Maryah. Yes, he loves her, but she's also not Mary, the person she was in her past lives.

The Kindrily is strong as ever. I love how Dakota becomes a member!!! He's adorable :)

Like the first book, there were so many unexpected twists it kept me on my toes. There were also several moments that made me laugh or say "awww."

Karen is also always looking out for her readers. She kindly leave a note before the last three chapters saying that if you don't like cliffhangers stop here.But I like to torture myself, so I kept reading and OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! I need Fighting for Infinity  RIGHT NOW!!!!!

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