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Review: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)

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

Published: May 25th 2012

Purchased: Amazon

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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.


This book was awesome with a side of can’t put it down and how long do I have to wait for dessert… I mean the sequel?? To say I loved and adored reading “Grasping at Eternity” is a complete understatement. I fear that I don’t have the words to convey how much this book needs to be on everyone’s To Be Read list. But I will try!

Maryah is shocked and devastated the night men broke into her home and killed everyone in her family. Amazingly she survives and now she lives with her Godmother and her family. These strangers act as though she has been a part of their lives for a long time. She has no idea how long they have known her soul…

Nathan has waited a long time for Maryah to reenter his life. She is his other half and for some reason she has erased those memories. So now it is up to his Kindrily family to help her return to herself and to return to him.

The synopsis mentions that this book is a mixture of X-Men and “My Name is Memory”. I have never read “My Name is Memory” but I am a huge fan of X-Men and I can totally see that is this book. Most of the Kindrily have a ‘special power’ that has grown and their souls have reincarnated. That is something I found so interesting in this plot: the reincarnated souls retain their memories and come back recognizing their special Kindrily family.

The characters all grow on you but I have to say Maryah was my favorite one. There is just something about her that really touched my heart. I really cannot wait to see her grown into the character I think she will be in the coming books.

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for and honest review.)

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