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GRASPING AT ETERNITY (The Kindrily Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Amanda Hooper
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"Brilliantly written! This epic love story had me turning pages late into the night. Truly one of the best books I've read in a very very long time." ~SARRA CANNON, author of the Peachville High Demon series

This book is now my number one favorite of any book I've read in at least the past three or more years
...I can't remember the last time I read a book so slow, just so I could cherish every chapter." ~KELA at Teardrops On My Book

"I did not want to put the book down. Hooper weaves a very refreshing tale putting a new spin on the classic star crossed love story. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a really beautiful love story and wants to hear it told from a new perspective.
" ~JENNIFER at Once Upon a Twilight

"Karen Amanda Hooper continues to astound me with her incredible gift of storytelling. Her style of writing is by far one of my most favorites. She has this amazing ability to draw out such emotion from her characters it literally drips off the page."
~ JEN at Making the Grade

"A new twist on the idea of reincarnation and the process.
Hooper has proven herself as one of the best young adult authors currently in the field." ~JESSICA at A Midsummer Night's Read

"Grasping at Eternity is a beautiful book about the power of love and family. Hooper is definitely an author to look out for as her original plots and believable characters make all her books that of a five star standard." ~LAURA CARTER for Readers Favorite

From the Author

It took me almost four years to get Grasping at Eternity to a place where I felt it was ready to share with the world. I hope readers love the kindrily characters even half as much as I do. I have put my heart and soul into this book. I will continue to put that much passion into the rest of the series. They have lifetimes of stories to be told. And I'm more than happy to tell them.  

Product Details

  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing (May 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085CI5IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't been this wow'd with a book one of a series in a very long time! It had absolutely everything I look for in a book!

Everything about this world is unique and believable. The writing was very good, intriguing and entertaining. I was hooked within a few pages and didn't put it down until I was done. There was so much going on yet it all flowed and panned out nicely. I love the fact that we get introduced to many themes and I loved how they were tackled in such a way that it felt natural to have one go with the other.

There are reincarnated souls, kindred spirits, soul mates, special powers, sprinkled with determination, passion and love. Not once was I bored. It was truly an exciting read. There's plenty of action and plenty of clean romance. The romance was incredibly sweet, heartbreaking and painfully suspenseful.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a very unique story. You won't be able to put this book down and you definitely won't regret not doing so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It NOW!! It is well worth it. October 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To tell the truth, I read all 3 of the books before I wrote this review. Not because I couldn't decide what to say but because I did not want to take the time to stop reading. I was drawn into the story line from the first. Each book takes you to that appropriate moment to take a breather or to step neatly back into the weave of Maryah and Nathaniel. Enjoy. I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Up Reading All Night, It's That Good! May 26, 2012
By Lavon
Format:Kindle Edition
WOW, this book is AWESOME!!! I read every single word. Every time I got to the end of a chapter I wanted to stop because I didn't want to get to the end. But then I had to keep going because I wanted to know what happened.

Want to know a little about the book? Hmmm, what can I say that won't give away too much?

Well, the MC is a seventeen year old named Maryah. There's some romance, some love, some sadness, some pain, and some trials. This isn't your 'typical' supernatural book. There aren't any vampires, shape-shifters/weres, demons, or angels. There aren't any plot holes and the concept is clear. The book is well written. The plot isn't rushed. Things start happening from the very beginning, but they happen gradually and at a perfect pace. There was no slow reading for me in this book.

I absolutely love this book and I highly recommend it. I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series (which is planned for 2013 :(
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Start to a Great New Series May 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Karen Amanda Hooper's Grasping At Eternity is the story of Maryah who erased her memories of her previous lives before beginning her current life. Now Maryah is living with her new adoptive family and has no recollection of the past they share. She also doesn't remember Nathan, her soulmate.

I really enjoyed Grasping At Eternity and finished it rather quickly. I loved Hooper's other book, Tangled Tides, so I was really excited to read another book by her. I love the way that Hooper writes because once again her story quickly hooked me in. Maryah was a really interesting character that I found that I connected with very easily. I especially found that I related to her in many ways. She not only finds herself living with a new adoptive family, but she is discovering that there is so much more to them. I like that her reactions to all of it were honest and realistic.

Nathan is Maryah's soul mate and he still remembers all of their previous lives together. I liked that the chapters alternated between Maryah and Nathan. It not only helped move the plot along but it helped develop the characters more deeply.

There were so many side characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. I especially loved Carson, Harmony, and Faith and wanted to know even more about their characters.

The concept of reincarnation that Hooper incorporates into the book is really interesting and different from anything that I have read before. It was a bit confusing at first, but as the story progressed it became much easier to understand. I really enjoyed how this story unraveled and I found it to be paced well. The plot was exciting and filled with twists. I especially was not expecting that ending. I'm really looking forward to the second book now. Overall I thought that Grasping At Eternity was an excellent start to what will sure be a great series!

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love eternal May 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Another adventure out of the Regency period. Gasp, I know. Yep, this time my adventure is off to a new young adult book. Today's review is on Grasping at Eternity. I was amazed on how much I liked the story. I would call this book the essences of true love.

We have two main characters that have been together for many lifetimes. However, Maryah has no recollection of her previous lives with Nathaniel and the other kindrily. Nathaniel is coping with a broken heart and wondering why Maryah has erased her memories of their life together.

A sweet story of soulmates and everlasting love. As I said at the beginning I liked the story, I would even say love the story. Since this is the first book in the Kindrily series, I'm so excited to see more books to come out. However, I need to learn patience, because I have to wait. I hope that you will go check out this book, because it was such a wonderful read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't enjoy it. May 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition

"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 pretty fascinating to me, and I was pumped to see where the author was going to take this story.

The book actually starts out pretty well. Maryah is attacked at her family's home in Maryland, and in that attack her parents and brother are killed, leaving her homeless and an orphan. Devastated, Maryah goes to live with her god family in Sedona, whom she has never met. She is taken aback at the way her god family interact with her, as if they have known her forever. She especially does not know what to make of her uber-intense god-brother Nathan, who she swears is the same guy that has been haunting her dreams.

The book really started to fall apart for me in Arizona. I hated how the god family in Arizona (there are so many of them it was hard to keep track) kept not so subtly hinted that they all knew her from past lives. It was like a constant "wink wink" thing between everyone and Maryah had to be the densest person alive not to get all of the clues. The author also kept re-emphasizing the same concepts over and over again to the reader. Okay, I get it. They are all re-incarnated and soul mates- ENOUGH. It irked me to no end. Strangely, even though the author kept bringing up the same points, I felt like the world-building was sloppy and not convincing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very intriguing
Loved Every page. Never a dull moment. I am dying to read the next one. If you like supernatural abilities and love stories this is for you.
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Published 6 days ago by Hatbox121
5.0 out of 5 stars omg
IM SO GLAD! I wish her and nathan tho were the ones who got pregnanto.

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im so glad she got her memory bck! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
Took a chance with a new author and I am so glad I did. This book has everything love. Mystery, touch of suspense. Very enjoyable book.
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More About the Author

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn't until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

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