Grasping at Eternity

Grasping at Eternity

by Karen Amanda Hooper
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Grasping at Eternity 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014362870
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: The Kindrily , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 337,191
File size: 476 KB

About the Author

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters. She is a co-founder of the teen focused blog, YA Confidential, and a proud member of The Indelibles.

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Grasping at Eternity 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Jenna14 More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. The whole girl-who-can't-remember-her-past-lives-but-her-love-interest-remembers-everything-and-he-protects-her-without-her-knowing thing isn't exactly new, but I thought it was really well done here. The whole idea that people can choose, at the end of their lives, to retain all of their memories or erase them and start from scratch was really interesting to me. Wouldn't that be amazing?! Anyway, I ended up buying this eBook because I had read Karen Hooper's other book Tangled Tides (which is also super good and highly recommended by me) and I really liked it so I thought I'd give this one a go. I'm so glad I did! The only downside? It's only available in eBook, so I had to read it on my computer. But that was only the tiniest of inconveniences. If you have a nook or any other kind of eReader, it'll be less cumbersome. If you enjoy reading books that have great action, witty dialogue that will make you laugh out loud (at least I did) and a really super-sweet romance, this book is definitely for you! Give it a shot!
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Karen Amanda Hooper Grasping at Eternity Kindrily #1 Wow, amazing, astonishing…..I could carry on but you get the point. This book just would not let me get anything else done other than finish it, only problem now is that I have to wait for the next one to be released before I can find out what comes next. Incredibly well written, be prepared to be so drawn in you won’t notice the hours disappearing as you read. The start may throw you a little, but once you get past the tragedy its more than worth it. The characters develop significantly as the book continues, and I fell in love with more than one of them. Finishing in a good place, it’s enough to leave you wanting more but not cheated out of a good ending. I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
pinkladyroses More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about family, love, eternity, choices and consequences. I loved the characters and felt so bad for Maryah who is so clueless and lost in her life. Everyone around her loves her and knows her and she just doesn't understand why. I also felt for Nathan who loves her so much and she doesn't even remember him and all that they have shared together. This was a fun book to read and I loved how she showed the back stories through out not giving away too much so that you had to read on and find out what is really going on. I had hope for Maryah all the way through the book even though it seemed hopeless. When the ride was over I set it down and thought, when is the next one. I wasn't ready to let go of this story or its characters. Thanks to Karen for a great read and hurry up with the next book please.
StarDancer1 More than 1 year ago
An enchanting love story about soul mates. I loved all the magical elements and the supernatural stuff. I want my own kindrily. This book makes me wish soul mates were real (and that Nathan was mine...SWOON). I can't wait for book 2.
8886 More than 1 year ago
I received this e-book from the author for my honest review, so here it is. Grasping at Eternity is a truly captivating story. The book starts with the vicious attack of Maryah's family that leaves her the sole survivor. After recovering from her own injuries, Maryah moves to Sedona, AZ to live with her godmother, Louise. Maryah struggles with the loss of her family while finding her place in her new home. Every night she dreams of a mysterious green-eyed boy that appears in her most desperate times of need. Maryah learns that Nathaniel, who she has dubbed her angel of death, is real. Nathaniel is Maryah's soul mate who has reincarnated with her for several generations. But the last time Maryah died, she choose to erase her memories of him and the family she belongs to. Nathan suffers watching the woman he loves so deeply not have one ounce of recognition of their shared past. While Nathaniel searches for the threat against Maryah, Maryah slowly realizes that her new family aren't what they seem and must find her place with them. Grasping at Eternity is a sweet story that is written well. I enjoyed this story and can't wait to find out what happens next. This isn't a fast past novel but kept me intrigued until the very end.
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This was such a creative book. It was so beautifully written i couldnt stop reading. I loved the pick and choose where you want it to end and the authors notes, very personal.
CiannaElizabeth More than 1 year ago
A+ - 5 Stars Review by Cianna for Sunshine & Mountains This is such a refreshing book! I’m so annoyed it took me so long to read and enjoy this story, but glad to hear that the next two books in the series are already out! That means I don’t have to wait. Elementals is a really interesting territory for a book, I like freedom it provides, diving into something that hasn’t been covered as often as other characters, and I love the backstory, the soul mates, de ja vu, and the past lives. These are all things that interest me quite a bit, so I really dived in, and loved every minute of it. I liked the way Maryah developed, and how her relationship with Nathaniel came about, which just really illustrates the very fine line between love and hate. I like that the author played around with first impressions in this book, and what we get when we look a little harder. I wish more of the major storyline was introduced into the book, but I can see the need to address Maryah before we can jump into any of the other action, but I like the places it did connect to the big storyline, and those moments where you find out something critical, and you are just picking your jaw up from the floor. In a world flooded with YA books, both great and terrible, this book shines as a well written, well thought out debut novel, which really pulls in the reader and makes them anxious for the next book, and the furthering of Nathaniel & Maryah’s story! Plus, it didn’t hurt all the mentions of Colorado and Colorado Springs, where I live. I love when books pull from things I know! It makes everything a little more real! Thank you to the author for making my life a little more exciting for a few hours, and giving me a new series to love!  I can't wait to get my hands on the next ones!! :) *I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
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Wow, what a great book. I have already bought the next book #2 in this series. COULD NOT put this book down!
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Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One thing you should know about me before I start my review is that, I do not like “soul-mate” books. Just saying “soul-mate” sends off alarms in my head. However, I kept going back to this book because not only did it sound good but the second book sounds amazing. So I sucked it up and gave this book a go. I’m glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it, soul-mates and all. The majority of the book is about Maryah stumbling around her new life with her Godmother after Maryah’s family is murdered. She has to not only adjust to a new family but a new school as well. She has no idea that she is a reincarnated soul who not only had a soul-mate but gave up everything to erase her memory when she last past away to start her life fresh of memories instead of remember past lives. This may not seem like a horrible thing but when she erased, she not only lost her memories for Nathaniel and her other kindrily (reincarnated family) but she also lost her power that made her who she was. Nathaniel was an interesting character. He does a lot of careless things in the book and tries to keep his distance from Maryah as much as he can. He’s hurt by the fact that she would erase him from her memories. He’s lost without her and doesn’t know how to cope with the new reality that his soul-mate is no longer his. It was nice that the book is written in both Maryah’s and Nathaniel’s pov because otherwise the reader would view him as a huge jerk with a split personality disorder but with reading parts in his pov, you get to understand what he’s going through. Throughout the book, the author hints at monumental things in the story that are later brought up in the book. So if you pay careful attention to everything that happens, you can figure out what’s going to happen early on. I was not paying close enough attention. HaHa. I knew that the pieces I was reading had significance but I didn’t start to piece it together until I was closer to the end of the story. A lot of this story is character and story development. It isn’t until about three quarters of the way through that pieces start to slowly come together. I’m really glad that there is a sequel because I feel like we’re just starting to scratch the surface of this story. Not to mention the tearjerker ending that I will admit, I did not see coming. I loved that Karen added that in there. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it. I may not be a soul-mate person but Karen did such an amazing job with this story that I didn’t even notice. I cannot wait to continue the Kindrily series and find out what happens next with the group.
Rumor_Has_It More than 1 year ago
I haven’t been this wow’d with a book one of a series in a very long time! It had absolutely everything I look for in a book! Everything about this world is unique and believable. The writing was very good, intriguing and entertaining. I was hooked within a few pages and didn’t put it down until I was done. There was so much going on yet it all flowed and panned out nicely. I love the fact that we get introduced to many themes and I loved how they were tackled in such a way that it felt natural to have one go with the other. There are reincarnated souls, kindred spirits, soul mates, special powers, sprinkled with determination, passion and love. Not once was I bored. It was truly an exciting read. There’s plenty of action and plenty of clean romance. The romance was incredibly sweet, heartbreaking and painfully suspenseful. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a very unique story. You won’t be able to put this book down and you definitely won’t regret not doing so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book, rich in imagery. Would highly recommend for readers young and old, and especially for those that believe in love and magic.  Characters: The book follows two points of view, which allows the reader to see characters from different angles. The heroine, though clueless most of the times, was relatable and not the weak sap that is seen in many YA novels.  Although there are a lot of characters introduced, enough time was spent on each of them.  Each has a unique personality, but merge together into a coherent team.   Plot: The concept of a kindrily seemed intentionally difficult to grasp, which was cleverly done so that you feel sympathy for the heroine. All is explained at a pace that is realistic for the heroine.  It was magical while adding elements of the "real world". Pace: Enough information was given to keep reading and kept the plot steadily moving. Ample time was spent discussing imagery, and while this would normally bore me, it added depth to the story.  It is one of the most visually stimulating novels I have read in awhile. Absolutely exquisite.
kitlina More than 1 year ago
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE READ This was beyond my expectations. I hurt with Nathaniel, and loved with him an I was confused along with Maryah. And I hoped and I was hopeless. This was a whirlwind of emotions and I am so glad I had the pleasure of experiencing it. The incremental growth of Maryah was so subtly made that nothing felt forced. Nathaniel's POV was a wonderful addition to the storytelling because it gave an insight into his thoughts and feelings and made the book more real. To have to watch the love of your lives as she doesn't remember anything it has to be excruciating and unbearable. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes. The thing that effected me the most about the couple is that neither know why she did it but it has to do with that evil mastermind Dedrick, and what he told her before she died. I hope this question is answered in the second book because I'm going nuts over it.
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper is a great story. I could not put this story down. I was captivated by the characters and concepts in this story. The main character suffered from a horrific experience, and her world was changed forever. The result of the experience resulted in her discovery of so many things that she most likely would not have discovered any other way. I find it hard to write about this story without writing any spoilers, but I highly recommend this story. I am also anxiously waiting for the next book in this series. 
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
The story of soulmates  reincarnate life after life, who have lost touch with each other ... Obviously, this romantic plot as everything to be touching. Who has never dreamed of eternal love ? Added to this love story, drama and lost memories of one of the lovers that keep them separate and you can get the kleenex! To spice things up, murders, some supernatural powers and all secondary characters more exotic one than the other and you should have a good time reading this serie. But I found some lengths and some lack of action. The secrets are kept too long before being revealed. And, it's a shame because when they are, it infuses great energy in the story. The heroes have potential but have not really moved me.  Nathan is too silent and too cowardly to face reality. He fled too often when he promised to fight. He expects a lot from his beloved. I tended to believe that he was more in love with their past than its present. Maryah lacks a bit of color and intensity by playing the innocent. But the end is well tied. I forgot all the lengths because the ending gives a second breath to the action. A shot of adrenaline boosts the story and makes you want to know more about the powers and plans of the enemy. After secrets are revealed, Maryah  takes the bull by the horns. I really like the reincarnation part with the baby ... "Taking Back Forever" seems full of promises and I can not wait to start my reading... Lucie
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Karen Amanda Hooper.) 17-year-old Maryah is horrified when armed thugs break into her parent’s home, kill both of her parents and her brother, and put her in a coma. Struggling to come to terms with what has happened, Maryah goes to live with her Godmother Louise in Sedona, to finish recuperating from her injuries, and to maybe move their permanently as was her mother’s wish. Although she can’t ever remember meeting Louise, the whole family acts as if they have known her all her life, and when Louise’s son turns out to be the gorgeous boy that she has dreamed about since her coma, Maryah is even more puzzled. What Maryah doesn’t know is that she is an element. A soul who is reborn after death, and that Nathan – the boy she has been dreaming about, is her soul mate. For some reason, the last time Maryah was reincarnated, she chose to erase her memories, which means she has no memory of Nathan or her previous lives at all. Can Maryah ever remember her past? Can she remember Nathan? And why did she choose to erase? An enjoyable YA love story about reincarnation. I really enjoyed this book, I liked Maryah, and I liked Nathan, and I was hoping all the way through that Maryah would remember and they could be back together. I liked the whole soul-mates thing, and I liked how Nathan held himself back, even though he had been missing her for years. Maryah did have moments where she should probably have asked what people meant when people said things that hinted at the whole reincarnation thing, but she was still grieving so I’ll let her off. I did like the way that Nathan seemed a lot more mature than 18 though, which obviously fitted in well with the rest of the story. The other characters were all very real and likeable, and it really did seem like Maryah had a good support system in her Kindrily. I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked the ‘will she, won’t she?’ regarding Maryah’s memory loss. I was surprised that we didn’t find out why Maryah erased, but maybe that will be covered in the next book. I liked the little twists in that story, and I thought that the whole thing came off as really believable, which is difficult when you’re talking about reincarnation! I did like the little surprise at the end, and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book. Overall; an entertaining and believable YA romance about reincarnation. 7.5 out of 10.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
Why You Should Buy It This book has a bit of everything: tragedy, romance, paranormal, mythology, fantasy, action, and mystery.  The beautiful world of reincarnation that Karen Amanda Hooper builds in this book is something special. My Thoughts *I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of NetGalley* I am a sucker for reincarnated love stories.  I never read one until Incarnate, but I connected with the story line, and have found myself seeking out more like it.  So, when I had the chance to review this book, I was nothing short of thrilled. And I have to admit, at first this book let me down.  I found myself rolling my eyes and trying to keep up with what was going on.  But very quickly, I got sucked in.  And by the end I was smiling and hugging my Kindle close, wishing I could read book two right away.  I love stories like that! There are some technical issues with the beginning of the book — things seem forced and rushed, but it is something that ultimately vanishes.  Another thing is there are a LOT of characters to keep up with, some that come and go so fast you almost wonder what their true purpose was to the heart of the story.  One redeeming quality is that the shift in POV allows you to get the back story at a smooth pace, rather than all at once as Maryah does. But, the story that Hooper creates is unique — while many elements can be found in other books and genres, this one sets itself a part.  And it is definitely a different situation than the typical ‘boy is madly in love with the girl’ scenario we see in so many other series, because obviously he has a REASON to be in love with her. With a fast-past thrill, this book will leave you wanting more. Overall Four out of Five Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book, when will the second book will be coming out? I hope it comes out soon its killing me waiting to see what will happen next...
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Romantic…A Extraordinary Read From Beginning to End!  Grasping at Eternity is the first book in the Kindrily series and is a YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance written by Karen Amanda Hooper. The Review: I did not want this book to end, that's how much I loved it! When I got to the last page I immediately went to look up when the next book would be out so I could grab it up as soon as it's released. This was an amazing story that made me smile, made my heart sore and literally captivated me from start to finish. It also made me really think about what it means to have a soul mate, reincarnation and the universe at large. I loved all the remarkable characters, their past lives and their present incarnations. This book was incredibly well written and held solid back stories and an exciting lead into future books for the series. The idea of reincarnation to your soul mate is a heartwarming thought and one that was woven perfectly by the author into this story. I loved the concept that the Kindrily are a special brand of human's who can choose to erase or retain their memories upon reincarnation and are born with an individually special gift but they can get sick and die just as humans do. This makes them unique but also vulnerable so even though their souls are essentially immortal, each life is precious and rewarding. I loved Nathan and Maryah's story. Maryah's introduction to the reader is heartbreaking and painful. She's goes through a traumatic event that would cripple most people but she carries on and moves forward. Nathan's circumstances are touching and you can feel yourself being pulled in by his sadness as he wonders the world without his soul mate. Maryah has chosen to erase her memory at the time of her last death for reasons unknown but we the readers are promised it was for selfless reasons which Im sure will lead into a bigger mystery hopefully revealed in the second book. The Wrap Up: Grasping at Eternity left off with many unanswered questions and a subsequent story that's brimming with conspiracy. I can't wait for the second book, Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2), when it comes out in May, 2013. Sign me up, I'm now and forever a fan of this series and I'll definitely be there for its release! NOTE:: I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
MrsO822 More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.* This book was another that was really hard for me to rate and review. Both during reading and even after finishing, I just wasn't sure what I thought of it. Honestly, it wasn't until I sat down to write this review that I was able to figure out my feelings! The beginning was amazing. The prologue just kicked off with a bang, and by the end of it, I was literally thinking "Woah. Did that really just happen?" From there, though, I felt that it was more of an up and down journey. There were some really great, interesting scenes, but there were also some parts that just felt a little slow-moving. There were also some scenes where I was confused, but I think that was intentional, as we were seeing them from Maryah's perspective, and she had no clue what was going on at the time. There was plenty of mystery in this book.  There are several big questions permeating the story as a whole and smaller things that pop up here and there. Most of the smaller things just have to do with learning more and figuring out the world of the Elements. These were actually some of my favorite parts. My biggest complaint was just that there were a lot of characters, specifically within the kindrily. It took me a long time, probably until about halfway through, before I could keep them straight. Though I still found myself getting them mixed up at times. The two main characters are Nathaniel and Maryah. I LOVED Nathaniel. He was so heartbroken, but completely fully of love. He was sweet and caring, but also fierce and strong when he needed to be. Maryah was a little bit frustrating to me. This may have been intentional, since we just want her to figure out what's going on! Don't get me wrong. She wasn't unlikable, just had some stubborn moments where I wanted to smack her! lol Harmony and April were good for a few laughs, and Louise was just an awesome mother figure. I also loved Carson, and his hot and cold attitude toward Maryah. Grasping at Eternity has a big twist towards the end that I didn't fully foresee, but I definitely had a feeling that something was going to happen. I thought it was really good, and the resolution was even better. There was also another scene that literally choked me up. It was actually a scene that I thought might come up (only toward the end), but it was one that made me so glad I was right! Grasping at Eternity left with a few things tied up nicely, but left a lot more loose ends, making me anxious for the next book! Overall, even though Grasping at Eternity was a bit slow at times, I thought that the storyline was very interesting, and that it was a very good start to the series. I would definitely recommend reading it, but maybe AFTER book 2 is out! lol I was left with so many questions that I'm mad I can't read the next book right now!