Incarnate - Jodi Meadows

Published: Incarnate is being published tomorrow - January 31st 2012!

Synopsis: 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.

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?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Review: Incarnate is best described as a part fantasy/part dystopian novel. It features creatures like dragons and mysterious shadow creatures called Sylph that are equally as dangerous with their burns. The only way you can kill the dragons is with these lasers which bring them down, but you need to be able to dodge them fast… dragons spill acid everywhere. And the dystopian aspect is due to the council which governs the town of Heart and it’s citizens. The High Council is corrupt at best.

Everyone in Heart is reincarnated. There are 1000000 souls that have been reincarnated over 5000 years. Once they die, they are reborn again with full memories of their previous lives. Except Ana. Ana is a NoSoul. It’s the first time she’s been born. That’s never happened before, and so she is outcast by everyone - but most importantly by her own mother Li. Li was absolutely cruel and manipulative and she made me so angry at certain points in the book! She was the perfect villain.

Ana leaves home and almost drowns but is saved by a boy named Sam. He sticks by her side and we see this relationship blossom as they make their way to Heart.

Ana is represented on the cover of the book in her butterfly mask that she wore to the maskerade ball. I could not agree more with that metaphore for Ana. At the beginning of the story, she was cuccooned - shy, untrusting and cynicle. Li had not exactly been a good parent to Ana. My favourite part of the book was seeing Ana slowly learn to trust, build relationships and friendships, until she blossomed like a butterfly would.

The tenderness and patience Sam showed Ana was just beautiful. I absolutely adored the electricity between these two. Sam nurtued her as though she were a broken baby bird bringing her back to full health, and until he knew she trusted him. It was SO well written. And their romance was amazing. I actually really love these types of books where nothing happens for the most part, but then when it does it crescendos into a huge climax. This couple has spark!

I really loved the way in which the characters were written, they had such depth that I really cared about them. Towards the end of the book where the action kicked in, I stayed up late just to find out what happened - I couldn’t bare the thought of something happening to my beloved characters! I was completely satisfied with the ending too - sometimes it’s refreshing to NOT be left on a cliffhanger!

I truly believe that Jodi Meadows is on to a great thing here. I am sincerely anticipating the next book in this series (already!). There is love, humour, action, danger, violence, friendships and the makings of one really kick ass female lead in this book. This is a must read for 2012!

Rating: 5 out of 5


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