Review: Incarnate by Jodi MeadowsIncarnate by Jodi Meadows
Series: NewSoul #1
on January 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
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Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Literary Thoughts:

This book is one of the best I have gotten my hands on in awhile. Simply because it was different, unique and I absolutely adored the characters. Jodi Meadows creates a world that I became immersed in, and the development of the story kept me  on the edge of my seat the entire time. I devoured this book in one afternoon, and I found myself reading as fast as I could just to find out what happens next. I love when you get your hands on a story like that…one that sucks you in and you can’t put it down until you find out the ending.

What I liked about the book was the characters. Ana and Sam meet and develop a relationship that is built on them discovering new things about each other, and being delighted in what they find. I found myself just grinning at the sweet parts, and being frustrated when they couldn’t make it work at first. Meadows takes her time though, and dangles the love story just out of reach as they get to know one another. I adored it. No instant love and starry eyes, it was just perfect.

The plot involves reincarnation, and the society that just keeps getting reborn for thousands of years, until Ana is born. She is a newsoul. She is not someone that has been reincarnated, and because of that she lives the first eighteen years of her life separated from the rest of the community, with just her heartless and cruel mother as a companion. Somehow, she has replaced another soul and it freaks everyone out. It has never happened before, so they pretty much exile her from the city.

As she get older, she decides she wants to know what happened for herself, and she hates her mother, so Ana sets off to the city to find some answers about her origin, and why she is the only Newsoul to ever appear. We follow her on her journey as she discovers the world around her, and learns more about who she is as a person. Ana has so many questions, and such a passion for knowledge, that she just soaks up everything like a sponge. She is childlike in her learning because everyone else has been around for 5,000 years and she has only lived a short eighteen. I thought the whole concept was fascinating, and I appreciated the world building and creativity of Meadows in this book.

To sum it up….this book was fantastic. I loved everything about it. I have had to really keep myself from gushing, and force myself to really write down some intelligent points about why I liked it instead of just….OMG I loved this book so, so much! I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and dystopian. Its a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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