Review: Kindrily #1, Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

13505141Blurb 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.

328 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Starry Sky Publishing (first published May 21st 2012)
edition language: English
series: Kindrily
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
The eyes are the window of the soul

Grasping at Eternity is a story about soulmates who reincarnated throughout their life. They believe that whenever and wherever they’ve been born they will eventually be together. To recognize their soul, all they have to do is look carefully in the eyes, because the eyes never lie to your soul. In their life, they have two choices, retain and erase and for a long time, there’s no one who chose erase, until Maryah. Now she had no idea who she really is. Not until she lived with the Lunas.

I don’t believe in reincarnation but the concept always fascinated me, including this book. Karen Hooper described it well written, although I find it was hard to understand in the beginning of the story. The way she wrote helped the story become less confusing.

Aside the story, it also had great characters. I like the way Nathan, Maryah’s soulmate, interact with her in their ‘present life’. He didn’t push her to love him immediately, he just watch her and protect her. To me, it made the story believable. Other characters are also lovable. Ms Hooper can mix different kind of characters, with their features and superpowers, in order to make this story interesting. Each character had own story I’m willing to read in the future.

But, I have to confess there’s one thing that quite annoyed me, Maryah clueless about River’s feeling made me wonder how come she couldn’t point it while it was so obvious to me. Despite of it, I love this book and can’t wait for its sequel.

Btw, I have a song that suitable for this book, actually I think this song perfect for its soundtrack. It called Losing Your Memory by Ryan Star.

Call all your friends
And tell them I’m never coming back
Cause this is the end
Pretend that you want it
Don’t react
The damage is done
The police are coming too slow now
I would have died
I would have loved you all my life

You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory, now

Where have you gone,
The beach is so cold in winter here
And where have I gone,
I wake in Montauk with you near
Remember the day
Cause this is what dreams should always be
I just want to stay
I just want to keep this dream in me

You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory

Wake up, it’s time, little girl, wake up
All the best of what we’ve done is yet to come
Wake up, it’s time, little girl, wake up
Just remember who I am in the morning

You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory now
You’re losing your memory

You’re losing your memory now

Result: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
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