Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1) by Karen Amanda Hooper
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Number of Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
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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.

Maryah's life it turned upside down the day her parents and her twin brother was murder. Not to mention she barely escaped with her life and ended up in a coma for two weeks. She decides to leave her old life behind, and what little family she has left; her aunt, uncle, and cousin and best friend Krista behind and live her mom's best friend from childhood who was left her appointed guardian.

It's an adjustment, especially since it seems like certain members of the family hate her for no reason. Or why everyone seems to keep mentioning Nathan. Which when Maryah comes face to face with, is completely shock to realized he's her death angel she keeps dreaming about. Which he actually stays away from Maryah for majority of the book, which is fine by her since she can't stand him. But who could really blame him? It must be torture to be near your soul mate and for them not to remember you or your past lives together.

I've always loved the concept of reincarnated souls, especially soul mates. This book is definitely a page turner. Another book I couldn't put down and read in one day. I will say throughout the book I was confused on how some of the members of the kindrily were related to each other in this life in regards to human terms. I was hoping that her parents were reincarnated souls, but turns out not to be the case. There's another person that turns out to be part of their kindrily which I suspected from the beginning.

The book was broken down in two POVs, Maryah and Nathan's. I'm not big on multiple POVs in YA, especially when authors tries to do one as a guy. It's tricky, and most can't get it down. Comes off as juvenile and annoying. I'm happy to report that this isn't the case. I adore Nathan, and how whatever he does is for Maryah. Maryah did make friends with River, the school's most popular guy, not to mention all the girls swoon over him. I never understood the friendship. River has an ego the size of the United States, not to mention he's a douche. Or how he keeps pressuring Maryah to date him when it's obvious she just wants friendship. I did get excited one of the minor characters share the same name as me. Wasn't thrilled that I was initially River's girlfriend.  But River has ulterior motives for getting close to Maryah, and it just may put her life in danger again.

Not sure if everyone else feels the same, but I felt a Twightish vibe to this book. Now don't let that scare you off, I just noticed similarities. But this book holds it's on, and really is nothing like Twilight. There was a part where Maryah goes four wheeling, but it ends up being dirt bikes, and uses the word four wheeling one more time. It shouldn't bug me, but for a person who loves four wheeling myself, there's a difference.

I do love how in the end Maryah remembered Nathan. She didn't get all of her memories back, but it's a start. And her twin brother, Mikey, comes back in an unexpected way. Which I felt how he came back was a little weird.

I'm anxious for the next book to come out. This easily in one book made my favorites list. I'm looking forward to finding out the answers still lingering, especially why did Maryah erase in the first place.

Rating: 5/5


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