Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
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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.  - Goodreads.com
The concept for this book is one I had not seen before.  So that alone made the book worth reading, as it's really hard nowadays to find a fresh concept that hasn't been done before.  I see a lot of books where the concept has been used before but at least the author is able to bring something new and interseting to it.  In the case of Grasping At Eternity, though, I truly had never seen this before, so that sucked me in right away.

I loved the characters in this book, especially the family members of the Kindrily.  They made the entire book interesting, and really, I was more interested in them than I was the main character, Maryah.  Not that Maryah wasn't interesting, but just that the Kindrily members had so much going on, and clearly know almost exactly what's going on, when she herself has no clue. 

I especially loved Nathan.  This is a great guy!  And he loves her so much.  From the very first page, you understand that Nathan loves her and always has, but for some reason, instead of being reborn to their Kindrily, she chose to erase her memory so that she would have no knowledge of them when she returns.  (Which is the neat little concept I mentioned above.)  So obviously, Maryah doesn't even know she's been with these people before.  As far as she's concerned, she's just a typical school girl like any other. 

There were times during the story that I just wanted to knock Maryah in the head for being so stupid and not seeing how great Nathan was and for pushing him away.  But, in her defense, again, she has no idea that she's supposed to love him.

Again, the concept to this story was what really kept you reading.  You really wanted to know why she chose to erase, especially when you meet Nathan and see how great he is.  I was left thinking, "you chose to leave him?"  But there's got to me more to her choice than that, right?

The author did a really good job keeping you interested and focused and wanting more.  The writing was great and fast paced and the characterization was the strength.  Good first book for this series.  Looking forward to the next.

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