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Grasping at Eternity

(Kindrily #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,478 ratings  ·  480 reviews
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
ebook, 328 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Starry Sky Publishing (first published May 21st 2012)
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Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Will readers of supernatural be drawn to my story even though there are no vampires, werewolves, or merfolk? Only time will tell. I could have followed popular trends and thrown in a blood sucking or howl-at-the-moon moment but that wouldn't be true to who these characters are. So with that in mind, vampires, werewolves, wizards, fairies, leprechauns, even merfolk and selkies watch out! There's a group of extraordinary and complex characters patiently waiting in the shadows, ready to give you ma ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Every soul is a story shelved away in an infinite library in the sky."

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What if I told you there reincarnation is a reality? That our souls are bound to come back at earth through several lifetimes?
Most of souls erase their past, starting the new cycle, with the page blank. But they're others, called Elements, that can remember it all. And some of them started a kind of family,united by the love they share and also the powers they have. Above all, the Elements have soul mates, that go throug
"When it's dark enough, you can see the stars."

What I felt after I read this book:
2)I love this book!
3)This book took my breath away!
4)I will love it forever.
Conclusion: It's so beautiful.

I would give this book an infinite amount of stars. I would give it all the stars in the universe.

"If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end."
I was squealing with delight till the very end of this book. This story was completely differ
David Estes
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just finished this novel, and I must say, I was blown away. The writing was really good, the characters were well-developed and had distinct voices--but most of all I loved the bits of backstory that were expertly woven in and the huge POTENTIAL for way more backstory. This series has so many directions it can go, I can't wait to see where the author takes it!

I'd probably give it 4.5 stars but I gotta give Ms. Hooper the Indie Bump to round to 5 as I know from experience how challenging it
Jacqueline's Reads
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

4 Stars

When it comes to fantasy reads, I’m a tough cookie. There has be the right combination of nice writing style, character development and whimsical story telling that makes it a good read for me. I wanted to read Grasping at Eternity for a few reason, 1.) the rave reviews 2.) the cover (I know I shake my head in shame) 3.) book 2, Taking Back Forever comes out at the end of the month.

This is my first Karen Amanda Hooper novel and I have to say, I’m imp
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author, Karen Amanda Hooper, in turn for an honest review.
This was truly a totally different story than I have ever read before. At first, I was very confused, I have to say. But once the story really started to unfold, it was like a roller coaster. It completely took me on a ride that was scary, exhilarating and joyous. I really enjoyed that the book was written from two different points of view. It was nice to see the contrast between the male and female character
Oh WOW! This book had my head spinning in all the right ways. From the moment I started reading, the story captivated me instantly, and I have to say that Karen Amanda Hooper has written a book which brilliantly ensnares your heart and tugs at your soul. It has me mesmerised and enamoured, and I found myself at the edge of me seat for quite a few moments.

The story is very unique and highly original and I have to say I don't think I have read anything like this yet. The story centres around Mary
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Truly, I didn't set my expectations very high as I began this novel. I wasn't expecting a book as unique,

as magical,

as romantic as this.

Karen Amanda Hooper manages to make the romance lovely and enchanting while not crossing the fine line of cheesiness.

Maryah and Nathan are supposed to be soul mates, throughout their different lives, but this life is different.

She can't remember him. She erased, for reasons unknown to everyone.

The story starts, and I was hooked. I'd rather not say what happ
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
It's funny after reading this the second time, all the issues I seemed to have with the book the first time around have gone away. I was just completely smitten the entire time, and wanted to hug all the characters. SO much love for this series!

For more information, visit my blog, Such A Novel Idea.

Why You Should Buy It

This book has a bit of everything: tragedy, romance, paranormal, mythology, fantasy, action, and mystery. The beautiful world of reincarnation tha
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile

Soulmates. with Superpowers.
Yeah, this is what this book is all about. And I love it!!

The first chapters are dedicated to Maryah Woodsen's POV. (They alternate with Nathan's PoV.) She talked about the night her whole family was murdered by creepy men and how she survived. There are parts wherein she appeared confused and gloomy. I mean, she's quite irrational and stubborn. And VERY frustrating! She doesn't even bother to notice the starngeness surrounding her. It's like everything is on s
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As soon as I started reading Grasping at Eternity I could immediately tell I was in for something AMAZING . The descriptive details and style of writing were incredible. I felt like I was part of the plot. Each character was compelling in there own way and even more complex than they appeared. It was like unraveling a mystery within a mystery, you dream of books that give you such delight. I sincerely LOVED IT . The story was soo beautiful and heartbreaking at times but nonetheless immersed ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nook, new-adult
This was such a beautiful love story! I have been up all night finishing it, and it is now 5 am! That is how crazy I am! And how much I loved this book!

Maryah is a young woman that starts out with her twin brother and parents getting murdered. Of course she is heart broken and depressed, but she decides to go live with her godmother. Here is where she finally meets Nathaniel and the story gets so good. This story is about soulmates, which actually made me frustrated with Nathan half of the book.
4 1/2 Forever Soul Mate stars
(Deducted half a star for the heroine's facepalm moments....she was otherwise a great read.)

From page 1, the book starts out action packed. Maryah is home with her parents and brother when intruders attack and her family is murdered. She is caught and brutally attacked as well and as she is laying there waiting for death to claim her, she has some very odd visions.
A green-eyed, heavenly "angel"
Faces blurred.
Colors Faded.
Lost in eternity.
Sarah Rooney
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
To say I was shell-shocked that I won a GoodReads giveaway would be a gross understatement. I was beginning to think it was impossible to accomplish, as I had entered countless of them to no avail. Lo and behold, an e-mail popped up in my inbox a few weeks ago deconstructing any suspicions I had accumulated. I had won a First Reads giveaway.

I walked on clouds for the rest of that day.

Flash forward, about two weeks later, and a package waits for me calmly at home. My fingers were tearing at the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

"Grasping at Eternity" has a 4.22 average rating on GR right now. Keep that in mind. Maybe my annoyance with this book is just my personal taste and everyone else will love it. That being said, this book didn't work for me.

I read a LOT of YA paranormal romance. For a book in this category to really impress me now, it has to bring something very special to the table. Truthfully, I was excited when I read the blurb for this book. The concept of reincarnation and erasing one's memory was prett
Sarah Elizabeth
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah Elizabeth by: Christina Rodriguez
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book, which I told the author I would review. Thanks to author Karen Amanda Hooper.)
17-year-old Maryah is horrified when armed thugs break into her parent’s home, kill both of her parents and her brother, and put her in a coma.
Struggling to come to terms with what has happened, Maryah goes to live with her Godmother Louise in Sedona, to finish recuperating from her injuries, and to maybe move there permanently as was her mother’s wish.

Although she can’t eve
Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily) After the brutal murder of her family 17 year old Maryah moves to Sedona to live with her god parents who hide a secret - they are perpetually reincarnated souls with supernatural gifts who have chosen to live all of their lives together. Maryah unaware of the fact that she has known them all for hundreds of years as in her previous life she did the unimaginable, she chose to forget everything.
For her soul mate Nathan there is nothing more painful than lookin
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
**I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an egalley of this book**

Actual Rating: 3.8 stars

My Opinion Of This Book: I liked it and would recommend it!



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The Characters

Maryah is the main character. I didn't like her. At all. She's so very clueless. I'm pretty positive she's the most clueless MC ever.

Carson’s mad-at-the-world look resur
Nickle Love
[July 20]

First of all, I would like to thank Karen Amanda Hooper for providing me an epub copy of Grasping at Eternity. I just finished reading this lovely novel. I'll write a decent review after I've gathered my thoughts and emotions. Karen, you are one awesome person. Thank you for introducing me to Nathan and Maryah and the rest of their Kindrily. <3


[Aug 6]

The first time I read the synopsis of Grasping at Eternity, I was instantly intrigued with the plot.
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:

“If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.” -Anonymous

Maryah and Michael had the perfect family; a mom and dad who were madly in love, both with them and each other. Everything is as it should be until one night, tragedy strikes and Maryah not only lives through it, but thanks to her gift of memory, she remembers it all…especially him.

“No, death is a gorgeous m
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May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maryah Woodsen is just like any other seventeen year old girl. She believes she is just an ordinary American teenager with no special qualities. Her world quickly spins out of control when she finds her family has been murdered and has their killers standing over her as she tries to run for her life. In what she believes to be a hallucination as she is passing out from being attacked she comes face to face with her "angel of death" as she refers to him. She has no idea that this "angel of death" ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!

Karen Amanda Hooper gave me the opportunity to read her book and in return I was to give her book a review, so obviously I snapped her up on it. I'm not the kind of person to give big reviews because I don't see the point of rewriting the story for you, especially because the writer has done a better job already. 

So, if you read the first chapter of 'Grasping At Eternity' and are not drawn into it from the  very beginning, well the book just isn't for you. But to me
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Karen Amanda Hooper’s first book in the Kindrily Series, Grasping at Eternity, tells the interesting story of seventeen-year-old Maryah Woodsen. After a brutal attack that left her parents and twin brother dead with the attacker leaving her barely alive, Maryah must recover with the feeling of her whole world being shattered. She’s sent off to live with her godmother and her family who has a deep dark secret – they are reincarnated souls with supernatural abilities. During these times, peculiar ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper Grasping at Eternity gave me everything I wanted out of this book and more! If I wasn't already a huge fan of novels about Reincarnation, Grasping at Eternity would make me one. Karen Amanda Hooper adds some twists to the idea that really add to the story and helped keep me interested.The characters are all vibrant and all have very different personalities. I fell in love with them and really enjoyed finding out more about their past lives. Reading abo ...more
This book is GREAT!
It's like Twilight but better. Epic love mixed with cool X-men powers (sort of) and a main character that isn't annoying as hell. Not to mention it's way better written then Twilight. So it's an awesome version of Twilight mixed with X-men. (And I love X-men, so.)

I really really really loved this book. Once again I am so thankful that I have found Goodreads, otherwise I would have never known about this book. The story is great, the plot and characters well-developed,... It's
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kath
This one was free AND good! Those two things can be rare at times.

This was an interesting story. The whole reincarnation element was an idea that I don't think about much. The thought of my soul mate(who I totally believed I married) not knowing me anymore and not remembering us anymore but I remembering everything sounds like pure torture. I know this book is a series but I was pretty pleased with where this one left off and I'm not sure if I need to keep going. I'm not a lover of series at th
Wen Baragrey
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read from Karen Amanda Hooper, and she's swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, and the last half in particular kept me turning pages until I finished at nearly 3am. As an added bonus, the last chapter made me cry--which doesn't happen often and which always makes a book jump a couple of stars in my view :) Thanks for a great read, Karen! ...more
This was another book with a terrible main character. Maryah tells Nathan that she wants to die. She even tells him that she prays to die everyday. He wants to show her that she doesn't feel that way. So he does something and unfortunately it backfires and they really do almost die. She then starts screaming at him and calls him a psycho for most of the book. Really? You tell him that you want to die and you almost do then YOU call him names. Her stupidity was just too much for me. ...more
Heather McCorkle
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel is an outstanding sojourn into what it means to truly love and the depths of sacrifice one will go to for that love. I haven't read an opening this gripping since Across The Universe by Beth Revis. Once Grasping At Eternity had me in its grip, it never let me go. The stars will always seem brighter to me now.

Highly Recommend!!!
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