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Taking Back Forever

(Kindrily #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 ratings  ·  201 reviews
*Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature content.*

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 kindril
Paperback, 365 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing (first published May 29th 2013)
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Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

I'm very biased. Don't go by my 5 star rating.

I'm running a little behind and had to push back the release date to the end of May, but I promise to try to get it in your hands ASAP.I swear I'm not slacking, I just want it to be as great as it can be, and don't want to rush it. You readers deserve better than that.

Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The stars are waiting for you

This book was lovely.

Maryah, our lovely lead is trying her best to remember her past lives with her one true love; her soul mate Nathaniel.

In the first book, Maryah was clueless as to who she truly was. Nathan and his family try everything they could to help her remember; remember Nathan and finally she remembered her love for Nathan; their love.
The first book was narrated by Nathan and Maryah. The second book is narrated by Maryah and Harmony. I missed Nathan's p
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

" When your eyes look like that, it's so..." I couldn't find a word powerful enough to describe it, so I went with,"magical".
"It's not me," he insisted."It's us. Our history. Every emotion, memory, and piece of our past together is stored in my soul."

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We meet our favorite Kindrily again...and this time Maryah finally knows the true about her and all of them. She remembers the love for them, her love for Nathan. She proves to them all, how their love is truly eternal and th
Reviewed by Inna @Inna's Little Bookshelves
I was counting down the days until this book came and when I got an ARC ( Thanks for that by the way) I actually did a little happy dance around my house before jumping into this book. The book did not leave my hands until I read the very last page.
While Grasping at Eternity was an amazing, fantastic, scream your head off good novel, in my opinion it doesn't hold a candle to Taking Back Forever. There was so much more action in this book, so much roma
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile

"The heart remembers."

First of all, I would like to thank Karen, Starry Sky and Netgalley for my ARC copy. It was like one of my happiest days that week.

For the review: I missed the gang. I miss the whole Luna family and the idea of soul mates having supernatural powers.
I was more enthralled when I found out the story will be told in dual POVs. In Maryah's and Harmony's.

I am not fond with Harmony's character. I think she's too dark and lonely. I guess losing your soul mate is the worst thi
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Edit: May 17,2013
"Perfect. Then imagine that you started reading the most interesting and fascinating comic book ever created. You fell in love with some characters, you hated others. Endless plots unfolded and every one was an emotional page-turner you couldn't read fast enough because you had to know what was going to happen next. You felt like the world would end if you didn't find out how the story ended. But then you get to the end and there was no end. The author didn't finish it. You don'
Jun 09, 2012 marked it as lost-interest
I want NEED answers!


2012.10.17 - omg! A cover! :D But the publication date has been pushed back to March :(


2013.02.09 - And now pushed to May! :( le sob.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Starry Sky Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

After really enjoying, Grasping at Eternity, I was so excited to be approved for this one. Taking Back Forever exceeded my expectations, and it was so much better than the first book. And after that cliffhanger ending, I know I'm gonna go crazy not knowing what happens next.

*Possible spoilers. But lots of them if you haven't read Grasping at Eternity. You've been warned.

This book starts off
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
To say I was blown away again by Karen Hooper would be putting how I feel mildly. I was just wrapping up a re-read on Grasping at Eternity when my email alerted me to new mail. I had received the much anticipated sequel to Grasping which I had waited for now over a year. I quickly installed the story to my iPad and started the story up as soon as the last line of GAE was fresh in my memory.

Where GAE leaves off and Taking Back Forever picks up, Maryah is struggling to remember anything about her
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Second Read Update:

So, not having to wait to know what happens next was MUCH easier this go around!

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Why You Should Buy It

Book Two in the Kindrily series packs in just as much mystery, action, and romance as the first. Things heat up for the Kindrily family and new characters come to the forefront to tell more of the story. This book is just as magical, if not more, than Grasping at Eternity and will leave the reader breathless and wanting more!

My Though
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't really know how to write a review but since I promised I would, here goes^^

First of all I have to say...WOW!!! I already loved GAE. But TBF took the story of Maryah and Nathan to a whole new level.

The first thing I liked: There was no big recap of GAE. For some that may be a thing not to like, but I don't buy the second book of a series in order to be told again and again what happened in the first one. I could hug Karen just for this :D

TBF is told from multiple POV. This was really well
Sarah Elizabeth
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
(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
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brief Summary: Maryah is working to recover her memories and strengthen her powers of astral projection. She's determined to help her Kindrily find Gregory. As Maryah learns more about her past she realizes more and more how her past actions have put things in motion which effect the present. And yet, she still doesn't know why she erased at the end of her last life or what Dedrick wants from her.

Review: Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers/author for a free copy of this book in exchan
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
I couldn’t help but start Taking Back Forever right after finishing Grasping at Eternity because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I’m totally addicted to this series, and this book was a great installment.

I’ve been suspecting since the first book that Maryah didn’t erase herself, but that Dedrick did something to her. I know it hasn’t been confirmed yet, but my spidey senses are telling me that I’m correct. The fact that she
Malu Nóbrega
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, english, soulmates
“I’d like to try a different tactic—the opposite of pain, but just as powerful.”
I bit my lip, tingling at the thought that pleasure was the opposite of pain. Please let me be right. Please let me be right.
“Pleasure,” Nathan confirmed. Yesssss.”

• It was brilliant to know that Carson was Rosalie's and Emmet's I mean, Harmony's and Gregory's son.

• That conversation about sex LMAO

• I like that even they being soulmates, they feel uncomfortable, keep secrets and are normal -- in thei
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Wow, finally we have a synopsis and a cover! interesting that it's Harmony on the cover and not Maryah, but I like it!

“Taking Back Forever“ is the second book in The Kindrily series. It’s a series where you don’t have books with a clear end but they continue directly where we left! So the reader doesn’t get a recap of what happened in book 1, which is good because it would afford to many pages! Therefore, if you haven’t read “Grasping at Eternity” or don’t remember all that was going on, r
Cynthia Stacey
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book continues right after the first book, however instead of the POV being Maryah and Nathan, you get Maryah and Harmony. I found this a little confusing at first since I read the books back to back. It didn’t take long to fix in my mind however and it totally makes sense once you read it.

The story is mesmerizing and addictive. I love the originality. I love the characterization. Ok I just love everything about this book! One thing I will say is that there are a lot of characters in this
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Maryah is not an ordinary 17 year old girl, she is an element, a person who can remember their past lives and has special powers. Even though she cannot remember much from her other lives she is sure that with hard work and the help of her soul mate Nathan she will be able to discover what is missing. While Harmony is happy that Nathan and Maryah have found each other again, she is a bit jealous as she misses her so
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenally well written novel that draws you in right from the get go. Hooper is a master storyteller who combines subtlety with intricate descriptions to captivate her audience with a story that takes the supernatural to a whole new level. There are also some hilariously, awesomely ridiculous moment pop up that make you laugh out loud.

Taking Back Forever is a much more personal novel the first book in the series. You get right inside the lives of the characters. As a reader, you’re
Wen Baragrey
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can happily say this is my favorite book of the year so far. I read Grasping at Eternity and loved it, and couldn't wait for this book to come out. Although I loved the first book, this one really grabbed me, and that doesn't happen often with sequels. I found myself so drawn to the characters and their world that even now, over a week after finishing the book, I can't stop thinking about it. It's definitely steamier than the first (a very good thing) and just as much of a page turner. I was u ...more
Leigh Moore
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excitement, action, romance, and a family of what amounts to superheroes.

Loved this story that continues where Grasping at Eternity left off.

Mary/Maryah is slowly getting her memories back, Nate's helping her in really HOT ways... *swoon*, and what's cool about this installment is getting to know Harmony more. She was sort of a secondary character in GAE.

Also, Carson got a lot more fun in this book.

Great writing, great story, can't wait for MORE! :o)
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the TORUTURE! WHY!?!?!
Let me compose myself first because I was literally running around my house after reading this book. I have gone stir-crazy when the story ended; and I knew right after reading this, it was really possible to fall in love with a book as though it’s a handsome guy you bumped in to on the sidewalk.

I did regret that I let I guess three weeks passed before I start reading this because I read the book 1 Grasping at Eternity, for yes, like 3 weeks ago. I regret it! I shouldn't let school stuff got in
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
I still cant start it until at least next week :( But while drawing, this song started to play and its exactly how I imagine Nathaniel is when Grasping at Eternity ends and (hopefully) a few things might be in Taking Back Forever. The song is I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz and I'm all giddy because it goes so much and asdfghjkl <3

Review Edit

Ebook copy provided by author in exchange of an honest review

Rating: ALL THE STARS! Okay no it's only five, but I'd give more if I could <3

Taking Back Fore
Jhed Parico
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
"Not every star is destined to shine forever. Some of us are meant to quietly fade away."

*I might reveal something you wouldn't want to know. so if I were you, read the book first*

The story picked up from where it has ended in Grasping for Eternity. Reading this as a stand-alone will get you to nothing as it will send you to a whirlwind of story.


It has been forever since I posted some review. Lucky me, I get to have the time today so yeah. I've been very busy lately (studi
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A review copy was provided for an honest review. It pleases me to say that Taking Back Forever was worth waiting for. Hooper yet again writes with sophistication and aptitude. Maryah's story continues on its engrossing path of trying to figure out why she erased. Diving right in it felt like I've never left the world where Kindrily's exist and soul mates reincarnate together. This series pulls you in swiftly and engages you from page one. I thought reading Grasping at Eternity was such pleasure ...more
Can I say that I was over the moon to receive this book from the author herself and I couldn't wait to jump right into it. I had missed the characters I fell in love with and also wanted to shake senseless (SNOW GLOBES - inside joke *big grin*). And boy, did this reference to the snow globes become so relevant to the story *another big grin - love that Karen!!* But, what is most wonderful about revisiting these old, familiar friends is that we get to delve more into them as characters and the st ...more
3.5 stars

There are two opposite things I felt after reading this sequel of Grasping at Eternity from Kindrily series.

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
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“I had cheated death up until this point because this was how I was meant to die: a glorious delicious death by chocolate. And I was ready.”


The characters:

I’m going to stick to the same format of Grasping at Eternity, I’m only going to mention the POVs.

Maryah/Mary: she has a lot of growth in this book, she’s not the same scared and insecure girl, she’s stronger, more confident and willing to explore her power.

Harmony: she’s angry, frustrated and bitter with justifiable reason, but she
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I didn’t think I could love this book more than the first one! There have been many times I loved book 1 in a series and can hardly wait to pick up book 2, only to be disappointed. Well, this was not the case with Taking Back Forever. I was trying to take my time and read this one as slow as possible so that I could process this little gem… didn’t happen. I was glued to my nook!

It starts of pretty much were we left off in Grasping at Eternity and it is written in two perspectives, Maryah’s and H
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