Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Source: Personal Copy
Edition: eBook, 368 Pages
Genre: Fantasy, Previous Lives, Eternal Love
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Published Date: May 25th, 2012
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.
Date Read: May 23, 2013
This was one of those where I loved the story. The beauty of soul-mates and souls finding each other over and over again is a story I never tire of reading.
I had a hard time connecting with the MC and it wasn’t just because I am nearly ten years her senior. When I was a high school-er I just didn’t think as little of myself as the majority of teens in this genre seem to. Maryah lacks confidence, continuously doubts herself and is very insecure. Maybe for the sake of the plot, there needs to be a character like this. A character that would rather bury her head in the sand than accept what is going on around her but it still never fails to annoy me while I’m reading. Though because it is so common I am usually able to overlook this in favor of the book as a whole.
However, it is because of characters like these I have a hard time believing in their supposed inner strength. They’re marked for greatness, but they have a long way to go before they get there.
Okay that’s enough negative, beyond my issues with the main character, I was really excited about the family she moves in with and their background. It’s these secondary characters, that in my opinion, really breathe life into this story. I am really attached to each and every one of them. Though odd-ball Nathan took a little time and that probably had more to do with how the author describes his hair. Okay, moving on…
I thought the pacing was perfect, which is a comment I rarely give in my reviews. Pacing is usually a very hard sell but Hooper did a really good job keeping everything flowing naturally, nothing really felt forced or on the other end took too long.
There was also some really fantastic imagery Hooper weaved together throughout the story that left a lasting impression. There is this one part towards the end… Yeah, I cried. Hooper’s writing itself is top-notch.
Overall I recommend this to fans of soul-mates, that kind of never-ending love. Also, fans of Laury Falter’s Guardian Trilogy will enjoy this as there are various similarities, while enough differences that you’re not reading the same story and it doesn’t feel like you are.