Review: Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping At Eternity
  • Pub. Date: May 25, 2012
  • Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
  • Pages: 368
  • Series: The Kindrily Series

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.

First Line:  I wanted to punch a hole in the sky, rip it open, and fly out of this world and into a magical one. 

Review: Ever since I heard about Grasping At Eternity I knew I had to read it, and I really enjoyed it. I actually wanted to give it 4 stars but had to drop it down half a star due to one major thing which I'll get to later on in the review. Anyways if you love reading about books that involve reincarnation and soul mates you will probably enjoy this one. 

Nathan and Maryah along with the rest of their "family" are elements, they have special powers and choose to remember all their past lives. Only thing is this lifetime Maryah erased she doesn't remember any of them and has a new family who are within the first few pages  brutally killed, leaving her the only sole survivor. 

The book is in two point of views and it worked. We get to see Nathan's point of view as well as Maryah's and you could really see the pain and heartbreak Nathan was going through. He remembers all their past lives and doesn't understand why she chose to erase. I liked Nathan there is nothing bad to say about the guy, especially since even though he is enduring all this heartbreak he is still protecting Maryah from someone who is after her, the same person who  killed her in her last lifetime.

I'm not going to lie it took a minute for my mind to wrap around the reincarnation concept that was going on in this book but once I understood it fully I loved it, it was unique and the fact that it wasn't all romance thanks to these evil beings trying to kill the "family" it made things more interesting. There is also a ton of characters the "family" is pretty huge and it was a little hard to keep up with who is who. My only real beef with this book and what frustrated me to where I knocked it down half a star is throughout the whole book everyone is wondering why Maryah chose to erase and you would think that we would learn why at the end of the book since it was such a big deal but nope... nothing we obviously have to wait for the next book to find out. 

Overall Hooper created a very enjoyable read, I literally read the book in a matter of hours and can't wait to check out some other titles by the author.

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