Wednesday, 5 March 2014

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

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 25th May 2012

Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing

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.

My Opinion

I have put this book to the back of my pile numerous times. It was nothing against the book as when I first saw it I loved the cover and was intrigued by the descriptions. However, I forgot what it was about and therefore wasn't sure what I was getting into so I just kept reading other books first. Now I've finished though, I wish I hadn't pushed it away because it was a surprisingly enjoyable read.

I didn't know what to expect going into this book and therefore I was dubious to start with. With the first mention of souls mates and reincarnation I did sigh and assume it was going to be like other books I've read and although parts like Maryah not remembering her past lives were, the overall concept was different which I was glad for.

I will admit the start hooked me but after that up until the half way point I really wasn't sure what to make of the book. A part of me wanted to read on because I love soul-mate romances and was wishing for a happy ending but the other part of me just wasn't connecting. I think it might have been Maryah because I loved Nathan's chapters. I could sympathise with him and thought his emotions were crafted extremely well but I just didn't feel the same about Maryah until the ending.

This book definitely did pick up, and I'd say it's a grower. By the end I didn't want it to stop and I enjoyed the action and twists. I would have liked a little more action but I feel this book is more of an introduction to better things to come in the sequel (which I will be reading when I get the chance) and therefore set everything up well. I'm also happy about the ending. I needed a feel-good romance today.

Overall I didn't expect to like this book but I'm glad I gave it the chance as it turned my opinion around. Although not totally original there are quite a few aspects that make it different enough to separate it from the other books like this out there. It was an enjoyable and quick read and I'll be looking forward to the sequel.

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