Title: Taking Back Forever
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Series: Kindrily #2
Previous Book: Grasping at Eternity
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 5/31/2013
Description 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.
I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley.
Taking Back Forever is the second book in the Kindrily series. I read the first book, Grasping at Eternity, back in January as part of a Read & Review in a group I’m in on Goodreads. I was kind of confused through a lot of it, but by the end, I liked it enough that I knew that I’d need to read the rest of the series. When I found out Taking Back Forever was available on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to request it.
I typically like to binge-read series, so the constant recap of what happened in previous books tends to annoy me. Taking Back Forever doesn’t have the recap, which is great if you’re reading it right after Grasping at Eternity. However, since I read Taking Back Forever 4 months after Grasping at Eternity, I had forgotten a lot of what happened in the first book. Luckily, though there is no real recap, there are enough references to events from the first book that my memory was jogged enough.
Like Grasping at Eternity, Taking Back Forever is told from two different perspectives, but this time Harmony replaces Nathan. It was kind of cool to see things from Harmony’s perspective, since she was one of the more enigmatic characters in the first book. Seeing things from her perspective really helped to get to know her better and to see why she is the way she is.
I definitely liked Taking Back Forever better than Grasping at Eternity. Both Maryah, and subsequently, the reader, know more of what’s going on, so it’s easier to get engrossed in the story. Also, there are a lot more emotional moments. There are some deaths and near-deaths that really had my heart racing. But a bigger surprise to me was that there were a lot more, um, steamy scenes. The romance between Maryah and Nathan heats up in a big way!
What’s really cool about Taking Back Forever is the ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but there’s an author’s note at the end. She couldn’t decide whether to end with a cliffhanger or not, so she left the decision up to the reader. There’s a nice ending with most things tied-up but enough open to make you eager for book 3 where you can choose to stop. Or you can read a few more chapters that give a little more info, but end on a cliffhanger. I always want more and actually really love cliffhangers, as they get me excited for future books, so I chose to go on. I actually was really happy with the ending. It did end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I didn’t think it was a major, heart-stopping, want-to-throw-my-book-at-the-wall cliffhanger. It did make me very anxious for the next book, though!
Overall, I thought that Taking Back Forever was a good read, and I thought it was better than its predecessor. If you liked Grasping at Eternity, I think you’ll definitely like Taking Back Forever. It comes out today, so get your copy!