Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series #1) By Karen Amanda Hooper

                                     Grasping At Eternity (Book 1 of the Kindrily Series)
                                                        Karen Amanda Hooper
                                                             May 25,2012
                                                        Starry Sky Publishing
                                                            e-book 285 pgs
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
        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.

       I truly loved the premise of this book. Soulmates, being with someone for centuries, each life different but with the same family and shared history. I am such a hopeless romantic. The story starts off with a bang but then I think it slows a tad and dragged until about halfway though when Maryah and Nathan finally actually meet face to face when they are both conscious.I think what took me a little getting used to was the fact that the author kept alternating between points of view. One chapter would be Maryah then the next would be Nathan. The author did a great job right at the beginning of each chapter letting you know whose point of view it was but it still took me a little bit to get used to. I felt Nathan's pain. He loves Maryah so much and she chose to erase him, he is just so tortured by needing to be near her but not wanting to see her without the love for him in her eyes. Once the story picks up it was hard to put down. As you read you feel the need to get all the answers to so many questions, Why would you choose to forget hundreds of years with your soulmate? Can Maryah get all her memories back? Why are they being hunted? This book was a great start to this series and I am eagerly looking forward to the next one in the series to hopefully get the answers I am looking for.   Oh and I think the cover is just lovely. As you read the story you get the significance of all the parts of the cover and I just think it is done beautifully. 

There is currently a giveaway for this book on Goodreads (until August 18th)

Grasping At Eternity:  3.5/5  stars
Cover:  5/5  stars

**Special Thanks to the author, Karen Amanda Hooper, for providing a copy for review. This in no way affected the review content.

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