I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
Published by Starry Sky Publishing on May 25th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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"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."
X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release
Sad to say, this is one of those books that grasped by attention because of the cover. After reading the blurb though, it snagged my attention more. I mean, reincarnation! Cool, right? This started out with a BANG! But one of those paper popper bangs. It pushes out a good punch but deflate instantly.
Right off, Maryah’s life is throw into chaos by a devastating event. In dealing with her grief, she goes off to visit her godmother in Sedona. There, along with an ASTRONOMICAL amount of people, she discovers the truth about her past and her family.
This book was confusing, frustrating yet fascinating at the same time. For starters, I was temped to make a list of all the characters. There were WAY TO MANY introduced right off and I was forgetting who was who. It got to the point where I just stopped trying to figure it all out. The entire concept as a whole was fascinating. Having powers, old souls and the “soul mate” part actually WORKS. Which I have trouble with most times. Then again.. the info-dumps left me reeling EVERY.TIME. There is so much to learn about them and their powers I had a hard time keeping up. Actually re reading a few times just to make sure I understood what the blazes was going on.
With dual POV switch, between Maryah and Nathan, we get a good look at Nathan’s character as well. I honestly wasn’t a fan of this. I hate knowing what’s going on and the protagonist doesn’t. Mainly because when something happens and we know WHY and they don’t, the frustration builds and builds. Maryah is SO dense. I was just hoping someone would TELL HER already. There is still the mystery on WHY she erased, which I can only assume will be addressed in the next book.
There were times when I thought Nathan was sweet, and my heart ached for him losing Maryah, then again, other times I wanted to smack him. He plays this love-sick puppy, always so full of angst, he never even really thinks about WHY Maryah erased. His sole focus is “HOW COULD SHE DO THIS TO ME?” Ugh. As for Maryah, had she talked with ANY of the many people around, things would be sorted out sooner. Other than that, I don’t really have much to say about EITHER of them. *shrug*
With all that info-dump, I was pretty confident I could walk away from this knowing pretty much all there is to know about this fascinating world. But I don’t. I mean, how do they get their powers? WHY do they have their powers? This “bad” guy. What’s his deal? What’s his plan? And WHY did Maryah only remember what she did? I could just be confused in all, but It seems like this wasn’t explained. Again, things that’ll probably be addressed in the next book- but also things I feel I should KNOW walking away from this book.
Overall- I love the concept. Reincarnation, powers and the like. But my love and excitement just dwindled the more I read. Will I be reading Taking back Forever? Probably. I am too curious about all my unanswered questions.
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