Saturday, 1 June 2013

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

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)
Blurb (from 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. 

Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Karen Amanda Hooper.)
17-year-old Maryah is horrified when armed thugs break into her parent’s home, kill both of her parents and her brother, and put her in a coma.
Struggling to come to terms with what has happened, Maryah goes to live with her Godmother Louise in Sedona, to finish recuperating from her injuries, and to maybe move their permanently as was her mother’s wish.

Although she can’t ever remember meeting Louise, the whole family acts as if they have known her all her life, and when Louise’s son turns out to be the gorgeous boy that she has dreamed about since her coma, Maryah is even more puzzled.

What Maryah doesn’t know is that she is an element. A soul who is reborn after death, and that Nathan – the boy she has been dreaming about, is her soul mate. For some reason, the last time Maryah was reincarnated, she chose to erase her memories, which means she has no memory of Nathan or her previous lives at all.
Can Maryah ever remember her past? Can she remember Nathan? And why did she choose to erase?

An enjoyable YA love story about reincarnation.

I really enjoyed this book, I liked Maryah, and I liked Nathan, and I was hoping all the way through that Maryah would remember and they could be back together. I liked the whole soul-mates thing, and I liked how Nathan held himself back, even though he had been missing her for years.
Maryah did have moments where she should probably have asked what people meant when people said things that hinted at the whole reincarnation thing, but she was still grieving so I’ll let her off. I did like the way that Nathan seemed a lot more mature than 18 though, which obviously fitted in well with the rest of the story.
The other characters were all very real and likeable, and it really did seem like Maryah had a good support system in her Kindrily.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked the ‘will she, won’t she?’ regarding Maryah’s memory loss. I was surprised that we didn’t find out why Maryah erased, but maybe that will be covered in the next book. I liked the little twists in that story, and I thought that the whole thing came off as really believable, which is difficult when you’re talking about reincarnation! I did like the little surprise at the end, and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book.
Overall; an entertaining and believable YA romance about reincarnation.
7.5 out of 10.



  1. Memory loss is always tricky it sounds like this was well done and I always like a good reincarnation story. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. OMG, this sounds so cool. I like memory loss books. I know, weird, right? The cover is pretty too.

  3. I agree with Jennifer, this one does look good!