My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked this first read I’ve had from Karen Amanda Hooper. The story started off on a very strong note of grief for Maryah as her family’s murdered, but she’s taken in by a supportive family that has a number of interesting characters who wish to protect her. What Maryah doesn’t know is that she’s a reincarnate, called an Elemental, and that she possesses special powers and a measure of being reborn over several lifetimes. Yet her current vessel doesn’t share any memories of this, which frustrates Nathaniel (Nathan/Nate). Nathan’s her soul mate, and he’s frustrated that he’s lost his former love, but will do anything to protect Maryah from harm. Maryah has to navigate her new life and adjust with her new family while coping with the loss, but she doesn’t realize that danger’s closer than she thinks among people who are close to her.
It’s an interesting story, with some caveats. It takes quite a while for the story to build it’s momentum to answer some of the questions about Maryah’s identity, and it seemed like that point could’ve come sooner than it did. There were also points where I did get frustrated with Maryah and Nathan on behalf of their attitudes and actions, but they did arrive to some coming to terms along the way. I think the first half of the book had a bit more fire than the last half where – even with the answers given – some of the tense moments were a little uneven, but I found it worth the read. I think I would like to see where this series goes and how it improves upon what Maryah and Nathan do from the knowledge they have from this point on.
Overall score: 3/5
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher All Night Reads.