Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper. Published May 21, 2012 by Starry Sky Publishing. CDN $3.06 Kindle edition.
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. (Goodreads Excerpt)
Original, thought provoking and wonderful to read are the first words that come to mind when I finished this book. I mean I was blown away with how well this story was put together. The beginning of the story is a little confusing with the many characters that are introduced and the first chapter on Nathan is a little vague, however after about chapter four it all made sense and I loved every minute of reading. I couldn’t put it down I was so mesmerized by the characters, the development and the unique story.
I loved the tension between Nathan and Maryah and felt the characters were true to form. I was so immersed in the story that I felt sorry for Nathan and his predicament of being unable to tell Maryah what they mean to each other. He is so sweet and kind and I love the romantic gestures and old world charm that befits his many years of reincarnation. All of the characters were unique and very true to the story. Maryah, being erased is still very young and immature and very confused by the events in the story.
Reincarnation is something that I have always been fascinated with and Karen has done an amazing job with her version of what happens when we die. I love the idea of the Kindrily and all it represents. I don’t want to give anything away but this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to get started on the next book, Taking Back Forever.
I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this story as well. I love stories about magic or supernatural powers. The Kindrily all have special powers and reasons for them. The bad guys have power too and the conflict is real and believable. There are still a lot of unanswered questions in the story but I knew going in that it was a series so I assume they will be answered in the next book. I am looking forward to a big showdown of supernatural powers.
5 stars for me.