Book Review: Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Title: Grasping At Eternity

Author: Karen Amanda Hooper

Series: The Kindrily #1

Page Count: 366

Publish Date: July 15, 2012

Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing


He has loved her for eternity, but she chose to forget their lifetimes of history together.

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. Both need to grasp the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

Grasping At Eternity

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My Review:

The author provided me with a copy of this book to review.

Young Adult is a genre I have little experience in. However, it’s something I have wanted to get into more. There seems to be an endless supply of books being published. When the opportunity to read Grasping At Eternity came up, I lept at it. Not only would it allow me to delve into this genre, but the premise of the book sounded amazing. Despite having tons of books on my TBR, I think this is the first book I have read that involves reincarnation. That alone had me intrigued, but by adding all of the other elements of the book into the mix, I knew I was in for an amazing read.

This book starts off with a bang. Maryah’s family is brutally murdered and she is nearly killed as well. Such a dramatic opening scene certainly clenched my attention and I was ready to gobble up everything else the book had to offer. After recovering from her injuries Maryah moves in with her godmother’s family and struggles to find her place among them and among the rest of the general populace. To make matters worse she keeps having these vivid dreams involving a man she believes is the angel of death as well as seeing other events that make little sense to her but leave her freaked out by them for the most part. At this point, I easily gave the book a five-star rating.

But then something happened.

I don’t know if it was a lull in the story or just a slow part but I kind of lost interest mid-way through the book. Perhaps I got tired of Maryah bouncing around thinking everyone hated her, or how her life was terrible and that she wanted to die. Though I think I simply grew a little tired of her having these dreams about the “angel of death” and other events but constantly refused to tell anyone about them fearing they would think she was crazy and ship her off to the looney bin. Not to mention that it seemed she was constantly telling everyone that she was fine when she clearly was not, but no one could break through that shell of hers. This was when my rating dropped to a two, perhaps a three.

However, remembering how amazing the beginning of the book was I soldiered on knowing that things had to pick up soon and that this slow part would be worth it.

And let me tell you that is exactly what happened. When the pace of the book picked up once more I was thrilled, more than thrilled as the events began to fall into place, things I had wondered about happened and some very pleasant surprises surfaced along the way as well. Suddenly I felt the book once again deserved the five-star rating it had started with. Those things that happened during the slow period had a great impact on the ending. I won’t go into details about the events that turned my impression of the book back to a positive as I really dislike giving out spoilers, but let me tell you they were great.

As the end of the book came flying up I was disappointed for a single reason. I knew it would end on a cliffhanger, which it did, and that the next book wouldn’t be out for some time. The final chapters came to rise to a great ending, though as the book said, it is not the end as there is much more of the story to be told. When I finished I was left was a great feeling, the book had been a great experience even with that slow portion and I will definitely be on the lookout for when the next book of the series comes out sometime next year.

Have you read Grasping At Eternity? What did you think of it?


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