Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: Own
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New soul

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.

No soul

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?

My Thoughts

I was initially drawn to this book because of the amazing cover, but then when I read the synopsis, I knew I needed to read this book. It is creative, original, and amazing!! The fantasy is fantastic. I mean there's dragons in it! How cool is that? The romance was sweet, and at times a little heartbreaking. The pace of the book was great. It picked up little by little and built up to a tense ending. I found myself gripping my nook in suspense. It touched many of my emotions and kept me hooked from beginning to end.

As you know, Ana is a Newsoul. I won't go into that since you already have the basics of it from the overview. I really liked Ana. She turns eighteen and leaves home to go to Heart. She wants to find out why she has been born, and if she will be reborn again after she dies. Ana has been treated horrible her whole life and told that she has no soul and can't love or feel. Nothing could be further from the truth. She is a very strong, determined, and passionate person. I really loved her character. She goes through a lot, but keeps pushing forward.

Now onto Sam. *sigh* It only took me a few chapters to love Sam. He is the sweetest. He believes in Ana, and never thought of her as a Nosoul the way so many others do. He only wants to help her and protect her. He see's her for who she really is, not as an Oldsoul or Newsoul. I suppose when it's the only person you have never known it's easy to see them for who they are, but he never judges her like others do. Their relationship is sweet and gradual. It made my heart melt. I found myself smiling at many of their interactions. 

There were a few things that were unclear to me in the story, but maybe we will learn about them more as the series goes on. I would love to know more about the years. They have fifteen different ones I believe, that are all named different things, like the year of hunger. We didn't really get to know much about any of them, and I would have liked to. And also Soul Night, but I don't think we are supposed to know about it yet. Ana is also wondering what it's about so we probably learn that in the next book. (Hopefully) Also I found the concept a little weird that as you are being reincarnated into different people you could be lovers in one life, and then potentially a parent to them in another life. It's all very strange, but I understand why it works that way. People live and die at different times, so it's inevitable over 5,000 years that it would probably happen at some point. Overall I really loved this book, I am hoping that in the next book we get more information on things that I felt were a little unclear in this one though. This is definitely a fantastic start to a series! 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. I'm really curious about the years too but I have a feeling we,ll get to know more about them. I'm glad you enjoyed this Amy I really loved Ana and SAm too it,s very sweet!

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    1. It seems like it's pretty important, so I'm sure that the next book will give us some answers. I think that this series is going to be very interesting. :)

  2. See I LOVE the AMAAAZING cover... but I know this just isn't for me...

    1. Yeah, it's pretty heavy on the fantasy elements. I loved it, but really wish we knew a little more by the end of it.

  3. Ahh, this book! I loved it SO much. Glad to hear that you did, too! I agree that there were a few things left unexplained, but that only makes me more excited for book two! :)
    Thanks for the review, Amy.

    1. Thanks Lauren. It makes me really look forward to the next book for answers to my burning questions. :)

  4. I loved Incarnate just as much as you!!! Sam!!! Swoon!!!! I am so excited to learn more about this world in the next book. =)

    1. I know!! I love Sam! I think that this book is a great set up for book two.

  5. I wasn't a fan of Incarnate. There was too much going on. But really happy it lived up to your expectations.
    Great review!

    1. This seems to be one of those love or hate books. It's definitely not for everyone.

  6. This sounds really interesting... I just won a copy so I'm really excited to start! :)


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