Thursday, August 29

Grasping at Eternity: Book Review

Grasping at Eternity

Karen Amanda Hooper

Starry Sky Publishing
May 25th 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Official Blurb - 
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.

The characters seem a bit odd or maybe shallow. Yet even so I wanted to know what happened to them. But they really inspired me with a case of please slap these idiots. For being so wise and old Nathaniel is a git. I was totally voting against him. I mean is it really such a hard thing to grasp that he should court his true love? Does he have no game and has to rely on an eternal sold bond to get a girl? How pathetic. I really wanted him to put us all out of our misery or man up and act normal. So never happened. He gives up way too easily for being made solely for the purpose of loving her. Very sad.

There are some corny and cheesy moments. Overall the story and characters were decent. The whole eternal power things was weird. They had some of the strangest powers. But when push came to shove in battle all those odd ball talents seemed pretty cool and believable.  I think a few improvements could have really made this a stellar book.