Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1) by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1)
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.

Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication Date: May 25, 2012

Kat's Review

I was first drawn to this book because of the cover.  The colours caught my eye, and then the description of the story sucked me in.  I liked that I didn't have to wait long for the action to begin, even though I did find that at first it took a little bit to orient myself around the storyline.  Information about Maryah's past lives are revealed slowly throughout the book, but it takes a bit of a leap of faith at first to go with the flow and see where the story goes.

I see the potential for a great series here.  There is a pretty large and varied supporting cast, not to mention the engaging storyline between Maryah and Nathaniel.  Add some danger to keep things jumping, and this is one exciting read.  On top of everything is the largest mystery of all- Why did Maryah erase her memories after her last life?  This question is left unanswered in the first book, and I have the feeling that the answer has some pretty serious implications for everyone in Maryah's kindrily. 

There are a few spots in the book where I found some of Maryah's decisions to be frustrating, particularly regarding her relationship with River.  As their friendship progresses and River pressures Maryah to take their relationship to the next level, Maryah tries to continue as though nothing has changed.  She makes some poor decisions that are necessary in order to move the plot along, but that I wasn't convinced were completely realistic.  It's not enough of an issue to take away from my enjoyment of the book, however, and for the most part I really liked most of the supporting cast.  I have a soft spot for Carson in particular, with his sarcasm and willingness to say whatever's on his mind. 

Rating: A Good Read

This is a well written story with a fresh take on the paranormal/supernatural genre, with some romance thrown in.  I finished this book wanting more, and continued to think about it for a few days after I was done. 

I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review. 



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