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Monday, January 30, 2012

My Thoughts: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

NEWSOUL
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.

NOSOUL
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 suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
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?



**EArc received from NetGalley**

Wow- What an amazing book!! That's all that you are going to hear from my mouth right now. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows was one of the most imaginative novels I have ever read. It wasn't just the plot that made me fall in love with this book, it was the way that Meadows went about telling Ana and Sam's story and that way she made me fall in love with Ana and Sam.

Incarnate tells the story of Ana, who was born into a utopian society where no one actually dies- they are reincarnated and retain all the memories from their previous lives. Ana in an anomaly in this world. She is a newsoul; which is basically what it says, someone born with a new soul. She has not been reincarnated and she has no old lives. In fact, she is blamed for stealing the life of another who was expected to be reborn. For this reason Ana is persecuted and essentially shunned from society.

The story that is Incarnate is so imaginative and different, it was SO fun to read and I could barely put it down. But, even with a great idea for a story it would not have been successful had Jodi Meadows been a terrible writer. But she's not, she is a beautiful writer. She has the ability to write a fast pace, intense action scene that has you holding your breath as well as an emotionally intense romantic scene that has you fighting back tears. She did such an amazing job at making readers feel everything that her characters are feeling. It was amazing.

The thing that I loved the most about this novel was the characters. They were truly amazing and complex individuals. Ana was eager and sweet- she wanted to figure out the mystery of her birth. She was smart, really smart, however, she was unfamiliar with just how brilliant she was. I really liked Ana, I never found her annoying or whiny. She was fantastic and it was refreshing. Sam-Dossam- was an interesting individual. I can't imagine him being an easy character to write. Sam was a 5,000 year old man in an eighteen year old's body. He was wounded, and moody, he was also incredibly sweet and caring. The relationship that Sam and Ana have made me happy. Really happy. For those of you who have read Unearthly, Sam and Ana's relationship and how it develops is comparable to Clara and Tucker's. Which is saying a lot. There are a million other amazing characters in this book, but I can't possible talk about all of them, not matter how hard I tried.

Overall, Incarnate was an amazing debut by Jodi Meadows and I can barely wait to read more by this author.

~Happy Reading Everyone!



18 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this review, the book sounds absolutely lovely!
    I'm glad you liked it so much!

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  2. I was a big fan of the setup and the exciting action, but I wish we'd gotten more answers at the end! The last third of the book was so disappointing for me.

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  3. I'm happy to hear that the character development was strong in this one. And you sold me with by how much you loved Sam and Ana's relationship. Sounds like it will make me swoon. :)

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  4. This sounds like a really cool story and I will put it on my list. I will keep in mind what Logan said above though. Sometimes being forewarned makes the disappointment less.

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  5. Yet another case of a book sitting on my shelf that I've yet to read. All I've heard are amazing things about Incarnate but I still haven't read it yet. WHY are there so many books and so little time?

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  6. Great review! I haven't read this book yet, but it sounds great!

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  7. Rebecca HipworthJuly 19, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Squeeee!! I love this book soooo much! :D I'm glad you enjoyed it too.

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  8. I haven't read Incarnate yet but it has been on my TBR list for ages, after reading your review I really want to read it!

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  9. I read this book and I liked it! Its very creative and colorful and full of music! And that cover is just as beautiful.

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  10. Wow, the premise of this book sounds intriguing! I've heard lots of good things about it :)

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  11. This sounds so amazingly fun! I'm adding it to my "To Read" list because it sounds so unique.

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  12. I've heard some mixed review so I wasn't sure if I wanted to get it or not. But according to you, there are no negative aspects! I'm more excited than ever to get my hands on it!

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  13. I haven't read this one *hides* I have an ebook and I just...huh I don't have an excuse. I'll read it soon!!! :D
    Great review btw! :)

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  14. A fascinating premise. This sounds like an adventure I'll have to explore. Thank you for introducing me to it.

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  15. One book i've been wanting to buy and read! I just need to buy this after this review! You sold it to me!

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  16. I can't wait to read this, and I absolutely LOVE the cover!

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  17. This cover is so amazing! It reminds me of a Mardi Gras mask. I think the story idea is so original and am glad to read that you liked it so much! I can't wait to read it!

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  18. I've seen this book around a lot and I've heard great things, it sounds exciting and adventurous. I liked the way you described the relationship in Unearthly so I definitely think I would like Sam and Ana. :)

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