Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1)
Karen Amanda Hooper
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication date: July 15th, 2012
Number of pages: 368
Format: E-book
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository
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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.
How would you feel if the love of your life has simply erased you, as if you or your lives together didn't matter or existed?
This is what Maryah did. She might not know it right now, or understand why, but before entering this life, she existed prior but erased every memory of those closest to her.

After the death of her parents, seventeen-year-old Maryah Woodsen has no idea the people who have taken her in are no strangers to her. They are more than family, but since she had erased her previous lives and memories for whatever reason, she doesn't understand why they act like they already know each other.
The relationship between Maryah and the son of the woman she is staying with was the main drawing point for me for this book. The love that he has for her is just insane. It's so.. undescribable that it would make even the most unromantic person weep with tears at the nature of their story.

The characters that Amanda has shared with us in this story are so full of so many characteristics. I feel drawn to every single one of them. From Maryah and Nathan, who I like to think are my babies of this series, as their story is the one main draw for me, and one I connect to most. Or maybe, because I just love these kind of love stories, as they really tear up your heart strings and yearn for a love like Nathan feels for her.

There is also a mystery to the plot. Yes, it's not all about the romance. The people or person responsible for killing her parents, they soon discover they aren't done. That she might have been the real target during this horrible incident after all. Will she rediscover her memories in time to find out who was responsible and why?

This was such a fantastic book. I would recommend it if you enjoy an amazing, re-incarnation type romances that will claw you at the heart at any given change. A good mystery that follows, and a great set of characters that you can feel for, and relate to. Each character is special and unique in their own way and serve a greater purpose in the long run.

I look forward until book 2 gets released. But I do have to say it's one heck of a starting novel.



  1. I'm a fan of reincarnation stories, something about them is so fascinating. I'll definitely check this one out. Thanks!

  2. Wow, sounds really good and interesting. I haven't heard a lot about this book, such a shame. Thanx for putting it on my radar!