Review: Incarnate

1.03.2012
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: January 31st, 2012 by Katherine Tegan Books
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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?

This book stole my heart, broke it in half, stomped on the pieces, and then mended it. Incarnate isn't just about a girl with a new soul in a society of people thousands of years old - it's about a girl learning to accept herself even when most others won't.

Ana is, by far, the best part of this book. (And that's saying a lot, considering how I thought the entire thing was pretty much perfect.) She's grown up with only Li, who's always told Ana that she's a mistake. That she can't have feelings because she's a nosoul. And when Ana leaves Li and travels to Heart, she's treated almost the same way - like she shouldn't belong. Ana isn't unaffected by this, not at all, but somehow, she still manages to find good. Find the strength to go on and keep searching for the answers she wants. If I had been her, I probably would have crawled into the forest and let the sylph get me O_O

Ana's emotions were practically mine. My heart ached for her. She's easy to relate to, too. Ana is an outcast in her society; she feels like everyone hates her. (And most of them do.) Feeling like you don't fit in is such a common problem for teenagers, and regardless of how much more extreme Ana's case is, I think Incarnate can show you that it's possible to be strong no matter what.

I don't even know what to say about Sam. Except that he's awesome and I think I love him just as much as I love Jodi Meadows. I liked how everything brought Sam back to music. (And he plays the flute! Bonus.) And I especially loved that he had flaws. He brought fears from his past life into his new life, he was afraid to love Ana, and he wasn't perfect. Which, if you ask me, made him a perfect character. The romance between Sam and Ana was perfect, too - no insta-love, but it's not like the romance just came BAM! right out of the blue. They started off as friends, and though the potential for romance was always there, you still got to see their relationship grow in a healthy way.

And the plot was just . . . I can't even explain it. I'm not a fan of reincarnation. But somehow, Jodi Meadows made me love it. I've never seen any plot like this before. And the twist at the end involving the man who was supposed to be Ana's father - I did not see that coming at all O_O There were dragons, there were souls, there was a creepy temple, and there was even a different form of God. Incarnate is full of things I would usually have problems with, but I didn't have a problem with a single one of them. They all added to the story, and the way Jodi writes all of it is just . . . amazing.

Overall: I don't know how I can ever to describe to any of you how much I love this book, but I think I can honestly say it is one of the best books I've ever read. It's so much more than just a book about a girl who's "replaced" another soul. It's about strength. Accepting yourself. (And yes, maybe it's a little bit about falling in love, too.) Incarnate will stick with me for a long time. (And I will be stalking Jodi Meadow's online to find out whatever I can about the sequel. :P) 5 stars. I'd give it 6 if I did stuff like that. 



12 comments on "Review: Incarnate"
  1. Great review Zoey! Another dazzling review of this book! :) I'm not a fan of reincarnation either but I'm starting to be. I just read one that was great so I can'tw ait to get into this one as well!

    Giselle
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  2. Ahhh this is the best review so far I've read for this book! I really enjoyed reading this review, you make it sound so fantastic. I hope I'll love it as much as you. I think the book has a really interesting premise and definitely a pretty cover. I can't wait to read it.

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  3. I'm not really sure what it was about this one that really didn't suit me. I just had a hard time getting into the story. It really dragged for me. Glad you liked it though. Hopefully the next one will answer some questions for me.

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  4. Great review, Zoey. I loved Sam, too! Though it was a little strange seeing as though he had the same name as me. ;P I can't wait to read book 2 now. :)

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  5. Remind me why I haven't already read this?

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  6. Lexie: Because it's not out yet. xD

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  7. AND BECAUSE HARPERCOLLINS DOESN'T LIKE LEXIE.

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  8. OMG! I am so jealous that you got to read this book!!! I can't wait for it to come out and this review will make the wait longer haha! Loved the review though.

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  9. Yay! I've been aching to read it--I'll probably buy it on release day! :D

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  10. aww Lexi, Harper Collins doesn't like me either. :( I am really looking forward to this when it comes out! Great review!!

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  11. I read an ARC of Incarnate, but I wasn't as enthused as you. I love the idea of the book, of 1 million souls reborning until one new one comes through. That's just awesome. I thought the relationship between Ana and Sam was sweet, but I kinda want more tension/problems to make it more interesting. I actually wasn't expecting to see dragons and gods and stuff.

    I did pass my ARC on to my friend. Maybe she'll like it more :)

    Chen Chang

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  12. Great review! I can't wait to read this book. This is on my to read list.

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1.03.2012

Review: Incarnate

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: January 31st, 2012 by Katherine Tegan Books
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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?

This book stole my heart, broke it in half, stomped on the pieces, and then mended it. Incarnate isn't just about a girl with a new soul in a society of people thousands of years old - it's about a girl learning to accept herself even when most others won't.

Ana is, by far, the best part of this book. (And that's saying a lot, considering how I thought the entire thing was pretty much perfect.) She's grown up with only Li, who's always told Ana that she's a mistake. That she can't have feelings because she's a nosoul. And when Ana leaves Li and travels to Heart, she's treated almost the same way - like she shouldn't belong. Ana isn't unaffected by this, not at all, but somehow, she still manages to find good. Find the strength to go on and keep searching for the answers she wants. If I had been her, I probably would have crawled into the forest and let the sylph get me O_O

Ana's emotions were practically mine. My heart ached for her. She's easy to relate to, too. Ana is an outcast in her society; she feels like everyone hates her. (And most of them do.) Feeling like you don't fit in is such a common problem for teenagers, and regardless of how much more extreme Ana's case is, I think Incarnate can show you that it's possible to be strong no matter what.

I don't even know what to say about Sam. Except that he's awesome and I think I love him just as much as I love Jodi Meadows. I liked how everything brought Sam back to music. (And he plays the flute! Bonus.) And I especially loved that he had flaws. He brought fears from his past life into his new life, he was afraid to love Ana, and he wasn't perfect. Which, if you ask me, made him a perfect character. The romance between Sam and Ana was perfect, too - no insta-love, but it's not like the romance just came BAM! right out of the blue. They started off as friends, and though the potential for romance was always there, you still got to see their relationship grow in a healthy way.

And the plot was just . . . I can't even explain it. I'm not a fan of reincarnation. But somehow, Jodi Meadows made me love it. I've never seen any plot like this before. And the twist at the end involving the man who was supposed to be Ana's father - I did not see that coming at all O_O There were dragons, there were souls, there was a creepy temple, and there was even a different form of God. Incarnate is full of things I would usually have problems with, but I didn't have a problem with a single one of them. They all added to the story, and the way Jodi writes all of it is just . . . amazing.

Overall: I don't know how I can ever to describe to any of you how much I love this book, but I think I can honestly say it is one of the best books I've ever read. It's so much more than just a book about a girl who's "replaced" another soul. It's about strength. Accepting yourself. (And yes, maybe it's a little bit about falling in love, too.) Incarnate will stick with me for a long time. (And I will be stalking Jodi Meadow's online to find out whatever I can about the sequel. :P) 5 stars. I'd give it 6 if I did stuff like that. 



12 comments:

  1. Great review Zoey! Another dazzling review of this book! :) I'm not a fan of reincarnation either but I'm starting to be. I just read one that was great so I can'tw ait to get into this one as well!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. Ahhh this is the best review so far I've read for this book! I really enjoyed reading this review, you make it sound so fantastic. I hope I'll love it as much as you. I think the book has a really interesting premise and definitely a pretty cover. I can't wait to read it.

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  3. I'm not really sure what it was about this one that really didn't suit me. I just had a hard time getting into the story. It really dragged for me. Glad you liked it though. Hopefully the next one will answer some questions for me.

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  4. Great review, Zoey. I loved Sam, too! Though it was a little strange seeing as though he had the same name as me. ;P I can't wait to read book 2 now. :)

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  5. Remind me why I haven't already read this?

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  6. Lexie: Because it's not out yet. xD

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  7. AND BECAUSE HARPERCOLLINS DOESN'T LIKE LEXIE.

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  8. OMG! I am so jealous that you got to read this book!!! I can't wait for it to come out and this review will make the wait longer haha! Loved the review though.

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  9. Yay! I've been aching to read it--I'll probably buy it on release day! :D

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  10. aww Lexi, Harper Collins doesn't like me either. :( I am really looking forward to this when it comes out! Great review!!

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  11. I read an ARC of Incarnate, but I wasn't as enthused as you. I love the idea of the book, of 1 million souls reborning until one new one comes through. That's just awesome. I thought the relationship between Ana and Sam was sweet, but I kinda want more tension/problems to make it more interesting. I actually wasn't expecting to see dragons and gods and stuff.

    I did pass my ARC on to my friend. Maybe she'll like it more :)

    Chen Chang

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  12. Great review! I can't wait to read this book. This is on my to read list.

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