Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.