Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)

Publication date: May 25th 2012

Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing

Number of pages: 328

Series: Kindrily (1#)

Source: Kindle copy for review. In no way was my opinion influenced.


Goodreads synopsis: 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.


You know a book is going to be fantastic when the first couple of lines you see are fantastic.

The quote below is found just above the first chapter. It is now one of my favourite quotes.

“If you love someone, put their name in a circle because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.” – Anonymous

Isn’t that really sweet? In fact, most of Grasping at Eternity is. I loved the way that the family was actually really close, in so much YA these days there are family ‘issues’.

If you are considering (don’t consider – just read it!) reading this, be prepared to be sucked into the story from page one. I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I did, I have recently read SO many reincarnation books that I wasn’t prepared for it to bring anything different. But it succeeded in both bringing in that tiny bit extra and engrossing me in the story.

The writing style suited the story very well. It was another way that Grasping at Eternity can be distinguished from other YA books on similar topics. It wasn’t told in constant lyrical writing but in a down to earth, kind of believable way. Seriously a lot more realistic than others of the sort. That isn’t to say there wasn’t any beautifully written, quote-worthy lines involved.

No books can possibly earn a high rating with me without some form of action or a twist. Actually, with me, that is a necessity for me to enjoy a book. I have been known to alter a rating dramatically due to twists and endings. I must say, I didn’t predict a major twist in there, it really didnt cross my mind. I got a little confused at some points in the story but I usually found the pacing to be alright.

Unfortunately, I felt obligated to dock half a star due to a couple of minor issues I had with the book that weren’t too bad but just annoyed me a bit too much to ignore. First off, the main character Maryah seemed to barely grieve at all at some major sad parts of the story (I can’t say which without spoilers). Secondly, I did not really like Nathaniel’s point of view, or him as a character, because what we saw of him before the last third of the book wasn’t particularly positive. I am hoping that in the sequel we will learn more about him.

I would recommend this to everyone who reads YA! I enjoyed reading Grasping at Eternity a lot and can not wait to continue on with the story.

4.5/5 stars!

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Goodreads author bio:

Karen Amanda HooperI was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and I’m currently sunning and splashing around Florida with my two sweet and adorable dogs. I’m addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.


2 thoughts on “Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

  1. I forgot to add that Maryah barely grieved! I thought that was pretty horrific. And then she lost Mikey’s hat, and she wasn’t even bothered. Pretty sure I would have been a screaming banshee trying to find that thing.
    Lovely review 😀

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