E-ARC Review: Grasping at Eternity

Friday, September 27, 2013
Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Release date: May 25th 2012
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Series: The Kindrily # 1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Add to your library: 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. (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Starry Sky Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reading 'X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY' in the blurb made me so excited for this. I haven't read My Name Is Memory but I know the main plot of the book (it's somehow like Fallen by Lauren Kate). So imagine superpowers plus soul mates? It's pretty weird but you know, cool and awesome.

I'd be honest that I was afraid to read this despite my excitement. I got a bit bored reading some books with the same idea. Female character cannot remember their love. Male character doing his best to stay away or to make her remember. What set this apart was the X-MEN touch and the way the story unfolded. 

The connection between Maryah and Nathan was undeniable. For me, anyway. I don't know with you guys. But I felt that there was some hidden electric string between the two of them. Yes, it was something like that. Sounds funny but whatever! It was especially funny when Maryah realized who Nathan was. For the first few chapters, he was just in her dreams then she learned that he was real. Talk about funny! Her dreams gave me an idea as to what her superpower is. Of all superpowers mentioned, I liked hers and Nathan's the best. Her gift is so powerful in a way. It can either destroy or make her. It was also written in a way that I was able to feel how creepy it is somehow. While Nathan's gift is so convenient and just really helpful. And one of my ultimate wishes! HAHA.

Maryah's gift was actually a big help for her to remember things. Though she didn't know it at first, she immediately put the pieces together once she actually learned the first few bits of it. The way things were revealed to her wasn't that much surprising or dragging. It worked for her well. I didn't feel awkward about it or anything. I didn't think that it shouldn't have happened that way or something. For me, it was really appropriate in all places.

I'm so excited to know more about their Kindrily. Their history was a lot to take in. I'm waiting for more in the next book. And more action too since there's got to be a war or something as much as I understand it. Of course, I want to know why Maryah decided to erase her memories!!!

Grasping at Eternity is a cool fantasy read about superpowers, soul mates, and Elements. It has the right amount of romance and mystery.



  About the Author
Karen Amanda Hooper

I was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and I'm currently sunning and splashing around Florida with my two sweet and adorable dogs. I'm addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters. 

If a book is on my Read list then I enjoyed it (3-5 stars). I only rate 5 star books (those I loved so much I will read again and/or because they are by authors I know personally and adore) because I usually don't do reviews and I'd feel bad giving an author 3 or 4 stars without explaining why. 

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