Sunday, February 17, 2013

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

Goodreads Book Blurb:
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.


Genre - YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

I read this as a R2R with David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

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5 Fantastical Stars!
Sweet and Romantic…A Extraordinary Read From Beginning to End!


The Review:
I did not want this book to end, that’s how much I loved it! When I got to the last page I immediately went to look up when the next book would be out so I could grab it up as soon as it’s released.

This was an amazing story that made me smile, made my heart sore and literally captivated me from start to finish. It also made me really think about what it means to have a soul mate, reincarnation and the universe at large. I loved all the remarkable characters, their past lives and their present incarnations. This book was incredibly well written and held solid back stories and an exciting lead into future books for the series. The idea of reincarnation to your soul mate is a heartwarming thought and one that was woven perfectly by the author into this story.

I loved the concept that the Kindrily are a special brand of human’s who can choose to erase or retain their memories upon reincarnation and are born with an individually special gift but they can get sick and die just as humans do. This makes them unique but also vulnerable so even though their souls are essentially immortal, each life is precious and rewarding.

I loved Nathan and Maryah’s story. Maryah’s introduction to the reader is heartbreaking and painful. She’s goes through a traumatic event that would cripple most people but she carries on and moves forward. Nathan's circumstances are touching and you can feel yourself being pulled in by his sadness as he wonders the world without his soul mate. Maryah has chosen to erase her memory at the time of her last death for reasons unknown but we the readers are promised it was for selfless reasons which Im sure will lead into a bigger mystery hopefully revealed in the second book.

The Wrap Up:
Grasping at Eternity left off with many unanswered questions and a subsequent story that’s brimming with conspiracy. I can’t wait for the second book, Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2), when it comes out in May, 2013. Sign me up, I’m now and forever a fan of this series and I’ll definitely be there for its release!

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