Review: Kindrily #2, Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper

14062069Blurb 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.

Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published May 29th 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing
edition language: English
series: Kindrily
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
There are two opposite things I felt after reading this book.  First, I can feel and see Nathan and Maryah are soulmate. His love for her is unlimited, sweet and full of passion all at the same time. In some part I’m quite frustrated with his determination to take slow their relationship. He wants Maryah to know him first, take it slowly and the way he keeps saying that they better wait until they marry and it will be worth it remind me of Edward Cullen. In this part I can see that he has live long enough with so much control than the new Maryah. Yet, I can feel their sexual tension. They are soulmate who has live many lives with the same passion as they use to have.
The other thing is this story is slower than the prequel, make me quite bored. More than half of the story keeps me wondering whether or not there will be something happen and if it really happen when will it be. I think this book is about finding a way to regain Maryah’s power and bring back Gregory to the Kindrily. As much as I understand how hard to regain Maryah’s power, I think she doesn’t try enough. First, she is trained by Faith but she doesn’t take it seriously then Nathan trains her but most of it I see it as a make out session for them, to build their sexual tension. It doesn’t mean I’m complaining but I want something more from Maryah. I want to see Mary the kickass, as her friends always tell her. Although she doesn’t remember her life before and doesn’t realize how powerful she was, I kind of hope that she is more determine to bring it back and do something about it. In this part, they disappointed me.
Just like its prequel, this book also written in two different POV but instead of Maryah and Nathan this time Harmony who accompany Maryah speak to me. And the way Karen Amanda Hooper wrote is more than good. I can see how different Maryah and Harmony are. Maryah is powerless and clueless while Harmony is tough and fearless. Although she tends to act first then think, I begin to love her more than other characters. As for the other characters, they have more stories here. I love Krista and Carson, love Dakota, and even love Sheila.

Because of Maryah’s choice, she cannot remember her past. Hence, I rely on other Kindrilies to tell it. What really happen to her in her first life time together with the Kindrily surprised me. It really intertwines their life forever with their enemy, Dedrick. Although it makes me have hate/love feeling to Maryah, I love it that way, I think it is a reasonable reason for Dedrick and the Kindrily.

As a sequel, there are only a little bit clues to answer the big question, why did Mary choose to erase. But that little bit clue is effective, make me wondering so many scenarios of Maryah’s reasons. It makes me eager to read next book, Fighting for Infinity. But whatever her reason I hope it is a very good and important reason to do what she chose. I have questions after read this book that I hope I can get the answer in next sequel.

Note: To honor Sheila’s life I have songs I think suitable for her last life. It called Death is the Road to Awe and Xibalba, both are by Clint Mansell from The Fountain music score. Here are the link to YouTube:
Result: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
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Review: Kindrily #1, Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

13505141Blurb from Goodreads

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.

328 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Starry Sky Publishing (first published May 21st 2012)
edition language: English
series: Kindrily
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
The eyes are the window of the soul

Grasping at Eternity is a story about soulmates who reincarnated throughout their life. They believe that whenever and wherever they’ve been born they will eventually be together. To recognize their soul, all they have to do is look carefully in the eyes, because the eyes never lie to your soul. In their life, they have two choices, retain and erase and for a long time, there’s no one who chose erase, until Maryah. Now she had no idea who she really is. Not until she lived with the Lunas.

I don’t believe in reincarnation but the concept always fascinated me, including this book. Karen Hooper described it well written, although I find it was hard to understand in the beginning of the story. The way she wrote helped the story become less confusing.

Aside the story, it also had great characters. I like the way Nathan, Maryah’s soulmate, interact with her in their ‘present life’. He didn’t push her to love him immediately, he just watch her and protect her. To me, it made the story believable. Other characters are also lovable. Ms Hooper can mix different kind of characters, with their features and superpowers, in order to make this story interesting. Each character had own story I’m willing to read in the future.

But, I have to confess there’s one thing that quite annoyed me, Maryah clueless about River’s feeling made me wonder how come she couldn’t point it while it was so obvious to me. Despite of it, I love this book and can’t wait for its sequel.

Btw, I have a song that suitable for this book, actually I think this song perfect for its soundtrack. It called Losing Your Memory by Ryan Star.

Call all your friends
And tell them I’m never coming back
Cause this is the end
Pretend that you want it
Don’t react
The damage is done
The police are coming too slow now
I would have died
I would have loved you all my life

You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory, now

Where have you gone,
The beach is so cold in winter here
And where have I gone,
I wake in Montauk with you near
Remember the day
Cause this is what dreams should always be
I just want to stay
I just want to keep this dream in me

You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory

Wake up, it’s time, little girl, wake up
All the best of what we’ve done is yet to come
Wake up, it’s time, little girl, wake up
Just remember who I am in the morning

You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory

You’re losing your memory now

Result: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars