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

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 how you decide to read a couple of chapters before you go to bed and the next thing you know it's 3 AM as you turn the last page. Yeah, so that's what has happened here , I don't think I have any better way to say how good this book was.

"How ironic if I returned to my birthplace only to die of heartbreak."

The story starts of very strong and nearly had me crying within the first ten pages. After tragedy strikes Maryah's family, she has to move to Sedona, Arizona with her guardian and her family, whom she has never met before. Her newly adoptive family isn't your average family and Maryah notices some weird things happening around the house, but doesn't really know what to think of it. Still lost in her grieve, she tries to ignore it and slowly moves on with her life.

After the attack she also started to have these dreams about this really handsome guy, whom she thinks is her angel of death. That is at least until she meets Nathaniel, who is that guy from her dreams. Maryah thinks she is on the break of losing it and decides to keep her "dreams" of Nathaniel to herself, afraid she's becoming mentally unstable.

"She had let go of our eternity, and I couldn't stop grasping onto the memory of who she used to be."
The first time Nathaniel looks back into Maryah's eyes, he knows she's not the same person anymore. His heart is broken over and over again, but his never ending love for her keeps him coming back. He's mad at her for erasing her memory and losing them in the progress, but he can't help to keep hoping she might come back to him, that she can remember their love for each other.

Unfortunately he doesn't have the best way in showing this. After nearly (accidentally) killing her, Maryah is convinced Nathaniel is a lunatic. Still she feels some kind of connection to him and slowly things might change.

I like the theme of reincarnation and having the choice to start fresh or to keep all your memories. Combine this with a possible soulmate and I'm game. But the way Nathaniel and Maryah sometimes act, just makes me want to bang their heads together. Maryah is kind of being difficult and contradictory when it comes to Nathaniel, her dreams and all the other weird things happening around her adoptive family. Instead of facing the truth and talking about it, she simply ignores it and hopes it goes away. This makes life for her more difficult than it should be.

"If anyone can recover from erasure, it's her."

Nathaniel is just being idiotic, instead of believing in his love for Maryah and giving her a chance, he's very much in denial. He's gloomy, depressive and always thinking the worst. He doesn't even Maryah will ever be the same, so he rather stays out of the way, instead of staying close and taking what love he can get. Luckily some things change during the course of the story.

There is definitely plenty of drama to keep it interesting. Like I said you will be reading this in one stretch. I can't wait for the sequel, because one question still remains, 'Why did Meryah erase?'.

For those of you who can't wait (like me), here's a sneak peek of Tacking Back Forever (Kindrily #2)

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