Sunday, May 26, 2013

Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper + Featured Freebie

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)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 Rating: 3 Roses
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Eh. This was an okay book for me. Liked the concept, but the execution wasn't perfect. But, with the sweet ending that was the saving grace of the book, this book was a solid read.

I've read a couple of books with a concept similar to this one. The whole immortally reincarnated lovers with the issue of one of them forgetting the past (Shattered Souls anyone). I liked the idea in the past, and I was hoping to like it again. But, it wasn't a total winner for me.

Maryah was my problem with this book. I didn't particularly like her. I didn't actively dislike her, but she wasn't my favorite person. She was extremely oblivious. You'd think with her dreams, the odd happenings around her, being attacked, and having everyone around her talk about a different reality, she's catch on to the fact that she wasn't normal. Totally went over head. She didn't suspect a thing. Seriously? And it annoyed the hell out of me that she hated Nathan and didn't get over that until the end of the book. Sure, he was coming on weirdly strong, considering he has known her for centuries and loved her as long. But, with everything he was doing for her, she should have given him the benefit of the doubt. If you're going to have immortal lovers, you can't have one of them despising the other for most of the book. It was a huge source of frustration. Especially because I think that if the theme of the book was that love transcends all, then Mary and Nathan's love should of overcome Maryah's loss of memory immediately because there would have been a bond centuries in the making between them. Instead, Maryah didn't fall in love with Nathan again until she remembered him. Maybe it's just me, but that didn't hit the right note for me.

On the other hand, Nathan was a darling. You immediately feel bad for him because the love of his multiple lives doesn't remember him and doesn't appear to like him. Yet, he was still so sweet with her, willing to do anything for her safety and happiness. I adored him and he made the book for me because I wanted to keep reading just so that I could see him get to be happy. Honestly, I want to read the next book so that I can see more of Nathan.

The romance was not enormously developed, which was kind of understandable because there was already a very established relationship in place. Though, if Maryah hadn't been so hateful, we might have been able to see more of him. Oh, well. Maybe in the next book.

The plot was okay. I wasn't riveted, but I was kept interested throughout the entire story. And the ending was very sweet for Maryah and Nathan while leaving me curious about what will happen next.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Starry Sky Publishing for a copy!
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After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart. Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he want to spend as much time with her as he can? He knows she's going back to Boston eventually, but he just can't resist the lure of Mallory. Even if it means he's heartbroken again when she leaves. 

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