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Review: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

Posted by on January 30, 2012
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)
Jodi Meadows
384 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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 suspicious and 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?

   Debut author Jodi Meadows weaves a unique tale within the pages of Incarnate. Its a story where a girl finally sets out to find if she actually fits somewhere in her small world.

   When I first began Incarnate, I was already thinking up my review, which began along the lines of: I liked it, but didn’t love it. Now, after I’ve flipped over the last page and read past the last word, all I can think is, I loved it. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. And I already want to go back and read some parts all over again.

  Incarnate can’t be described as action-packed. Though there are some action scenes, they are very few. But Incarnate can be summed up in one word: beautiful. The whole story had a flow and plot that just can’t be described any other way.

  If you’re still not sold on the idea, I’ll tell you this: there’s a masquerade scene. A scene that I just had to read twice. I’ll leave it at that.

   Ana is a nosoul, or in Sam’s words, a newsoul. Either way, Ana isn’t supposed to exist. Not even her mother cares for her. She was supposed to be someone else, someone who will never return because of her. On her eighteenth birthday, Ana sets out to reach Heart, the city where almost everyone lives. She hopes to find out more about her lost father, and maybe even the reason for her existence.

  Ana was easy to relate to. I know how it feels to have everyone judge you before you even speak. To have people like you, hate you, or not even care before you even open your mouth. I know how it is.

  Ana’s story doesn’t end within these pages, but the ending of Jodi Meadow’s debut won’t leave you hanging by a thread. Incarnate is a must-read. A read that will linger long after you flip over the last page.

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  1. Actually, I was surprised by how much I did like it, even though I was left with a kazillion questions…in a good way. Not so much a cliffhanger as a hook for the next book. And what a gorgeous cover. LOVE!

  2. (Eep, this is my first time seeing your new design! I love it! SO CUTE.)
    Anyway, I loved Incarnate. Its originality just blew me away! Plus, Sam was so sweet. <3 Great review, Hafsah! :)

  3. I thought the same thing in the beginning but by the end I didn't really enjoy it. There never seemed to be a legit story line. I felt like the author took a bunch of different and unrelated ideas and tried to force them to fit together. I would read more from her but cautiously.

  4. Im glad you loved it, but it just want the book for me :/ For me, Ana wasn't easy to relate to, because if i was her, id think that it wasn't my fault that i was born, and i should stand up to those who think so. Though great review!! :)

    Farah @MajiBookshelf

  5. I got an ARC for this book months ago (like, December), and have wanted to read it since, and never seem to pull myself into the story. I'm not sure if I want to finish it. I hate clichés and stupid heroines and predictable plotlines. And insta-love?! No chemistry?! While I should probably actually read the book, I can't seem to bring myself to it. But I’ve had this book since December, weeks before if came out. And I could not. That’s a huge red flag for me, because usually I can read through poorly created book. I’ll try really hard to read it. But chances are I probably won’t read Asunder. To each their own. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for th review!

    Alyssa Susanna

  6. You are 100% right. The best way to describe Incarnate is just one word: Beautiful. It was a heartbreaking and uplifting, emotional journey and I loved it so very much. I cannot wait for Asunder.

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