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Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
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Jul 04, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

Nathaniel and Maryah are soul mates who find one another across the centuries each time they are born anew. They are part of a kindrily or family unit that keeps their secret of superhuman powers. Every lifetime brings new joys, sorrows and conflicts for the kindrily and evil forces strike them hard when Maryah's mother, father and brother in this lifetime are killed and she is left gravely hurt. While parts of the puzzle are unanswered, her reason for erasing her past memories may be what saved her from death by the evil Dedrick. He searches for her, but ultimately fails to make sure she is dead because her soulless eyes indicate she is not one of the "old souls".

Nathaniel, on the other hand, is tortured because of Maryah's lost memory of him. He is torn between being close to Maryah to force her memories of him and staying away because of the agony he causes them both with his anger and frustration.

Maryah is sheltered within the kindrily, but also has to deal with their distrust and their open hostility in the wake of her decision to forget them. The elders of them are her steadying force as she grieves through all she has lost in this life. Will it be enough to enable her to find her way in an unsteady future? Self discovery, maturation and her undeniable need to help others is much of the books premise even as she struggles with her own issues of inadequacy and despair. She is also fighting a love/hate relationship with Nathaniel in what she thinks is either a dream state or hallucinations. Is he there at all the worst times in her life, when she needs him the most or is it just her imagination? Her fascination and draw to Nathaniel confuses her because of the hostility and despair she encounters whenever he is close. How does the near God-like young man fit into her life and how should she manage her emotions concerning him?

This book is written in alternating view points so we are introduced to each characters thoughts and experiences in a pleasing way. Strongly developed characters and a thoughtful storyline kept me entertained throughout. I enjoyed reading about their superhuman abilities while struggling with normal teen angst along with the reincarnation theme to give the fantasy a lively punch. Some questions are still unanswered leaving plenty of issues to deal with in later novels. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.Karen Amanda Hooper
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