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{May 29, 2013}   {Review} Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

???????????????????????????????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.

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This novel starts off with a pretty quick jab to the gut as a fairly gruesome murder scene takes place, instantly gripping the reader and piquing interest while also creating sympathy for the main character, Maryah.  From here, the reader is whisked away on a journey of self discovery as Maryah must come to terms with the loss of her family and the truths that surround her concerning her past. 

The fantastical side of this story was absolutely amazing, and I loved getting to know all the characters and their special powers, but truth be told, Maryah and Nathan drove me a bit insane.  Between Nathan’s mopiness and Maryah’s continues silence and trust issues, the two dance around one another in a way that I felt was a bit too drawn out for my liking.  Nathan is rude and sulks a bit too much for me, and while it was plain to see that he loves Maryah, he has a very strange way of showing it to her, and some of his actions made me really angry.  The fact that he disappears from the home for so long also makes him seem childish, and I couldn’t wait for him to finally tell Maryah the truth because his actions were killing me.  Maryah also made some choices that made me upset, such as her silence and lack of trust, even in her best friend.  If I had dreams or believed I had an angel of death following me around, and then I saw him in the flesh, the first thing out of my mouth would be that I knew this guy.  I mean, maybe I’m just bold and don’t care what others think, but if I’m pretty sure someone is out to kill me, I’d hoot and holler as soon as I saw him in the flesh.  And, this would have saved much time in the storyline because what I really wanted was for Maryah to remember and Nathan to help her do so. 

Of course, the plot drives itself and, main character antics aside, the story was very well written and fairly captivating.  There is much foreshadowing leading up to the climax of the novel, which was nice because I knew what was going to happen without knowing exactly how or when, and I was extremely excited by the last fifth of the novel, especially as many of the questions I had as a reader were revealed, and Maryah and Nathan stop dancing around each other.  So, although I didn’t care for the main characters in this first installment, they grew on my as the story concluded, and I’m excited to read the sequel and see what happened next, especially because the characters are now exactly where I want them to be.  Three stars. 

3 stars

All Night Reads and Starry Sky Publishing have been extremely gracious in allowing me to read this novel, via Netgalley.
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