Jan 19, 2012

Review - Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
January 31st, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books

Ana (which translates to nosoul) should never have been born into a world of 100 million souls that have been reincarnated over and over again for centuries. Make that 99 million now that Ana was born and a reincarnated soul didn't come back. To say the least, her birth wasn't taken well. Ana is taken from Heart to live with her "snake-hearted" mother far away, ostracized from the others. At 18, she is ready to go out on her own and make her way to Heart to find out who she is and why she was born. Her journey starts out more than rough and she ends up being rescued by a boy named Sam. A boy who doesn't ridicule her for being a nosoul. In fact, he sees her as a newsoul and vows to help her find out what/who she is.
The concept of this book is totally original and captivating. Just the thought of a new soul being born into a world where everyone has been around for thousands of years is interesting enough. Throw in a truly wretched "mother" and "boy" who is a zillion years old and willing to give this girl a chance at living the life she was born into, puts this story into the awesome category. The cover....icing on the cake. The plot alone is not the only thing new and inventive. Character names, creatures, settings, language - all are creative and draw you into the fantasy world of Range.

Ana is one of the strongest and bravest characters I have read about. She reminds me of Katsa in Graceling. Ana is independent, not by choice, and has done what it takes to survive. Including, teaching herself how to read. When Sam rescues Ana from drowning in a lake while escaping a Sylph, she has a hard time accepting assistance. Eventually, she learns to trust her rescuer and although she fights her feelings, she finds her first friend. Sam is patience, understanding, and sympathetic - something Ana has never experienced from another. Watching their relationship teeter and blossom (and repeat) was entertaining and I was pulling for them the whole time. Often in a first-person novel, we don't get to know the other characters as well. That is not the case in Incarnate. For me, Sam had a starring role as well. His story is mesmerizing and I was just as interested in his past lives and role in Heart as I was Ana's.


Incarnate is original, fantastical, and you will be hooked! Props to Meadows for giving us not one, but two well-rounded characters with heart and soul. Pun intended!

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I was lucky to do an interview with Meadows about that gorgeous cover. Check it out HERE


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29 comments:

  1. I love the idea of reincarnation. This story sounds epic. And Ana is like Katsa? As if I needed another reason to read this one!

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  2. I so agree! I loved that this story had so much originality--from the storyline to the names. I think everyone should read it, lol. :)

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  3. Great review! I look forward to reading this book once it is released. I love a story containing the same themes that I am writing about!

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  4. Awesome review! I have been hearing all kinds of amazing reviews of this book and I can't wait until it comes out so I can read it!

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  5. I love this idea! Great review and I can't wait to read this book myself.

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  6. I love this review! The idea of this book is really interesting and I'm glad it pulled it off. It really is original! I can't wait to read it.

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  7. Incarnate was such a great read, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree, this book was really original!

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  8. Awesome review. I can't wait to get my hands on this book :))

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  9. The premise on this one has been tickling me. Plus the fact the book's cover sticks in my head. Like PEANUT BUTTER STICKS.

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  10. I'm always curious to read a book about reincarnation. There's so much that you could do with it. Really, just about anything! Plus, who doesn't love that cover?

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  11. I haven't read too many books about reincarnation. Though the ones I have read I have definitely enjoyed!! This was a great review and I really am looking forward to reading this book one way or another! :)

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  12. OMG, I LOVED Graceling (still have to read Fire)! And Ana is like her? Yep, I'm going to like this book. And the cover is gorgeous. :D

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  13. I love the cover for Incarnate! I put this book on my to-read list as soon as I heard about it a while back. I'm so glad its publishing date is so close so I can get a copy to read. Great review!

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  14. Reincarnation is such an interesting idea. I hope this book does it well!
    (My favorite is The Eternal Ones, and I hope this lives up to expectations after that one.)

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  15. Great review! Ive been wanting to read this!!

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  16. what a great review! makes me want to read the book that much more :)

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  17. WOW! Awesome review! I so want to read this now:)

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  18. I have been dying for this book!! Reading about 2 amazing characters and reincarnation sounds so intriguing! Thanks for the review!

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  19. Woah, that book sounds sooo good, I'm dieing to read it now after reading your review :)

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  20. If I wasn't hooked in by the awesome cover, I definitely am intrigued now!

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  21. The No Soul concept is definitely not one I've read about before and am so excited to read this book!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  22. Wow, another great review for Incarnate! I can't wait to read it!

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  23. You had me at "reminds me of Graceling"! I loved that book so much and anything that can be compared to it is totally on my must read list. This book just sounds so original, which is such a nice change of pace.

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  24. She reminds you of Katsa from Graceling? I lthink I love her already. And I'm totally digging the whole reincarnation and soul thing going on.

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  25. Great review!! I have only heard good things about this book! Cannot WAIT to read for myself. :)

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  26. Having a strong character is good for a book. Thanks for the great review!!!

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  27. Can't wait to read this book...

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  28. From the cover, to names, to the book summery; everything about this book is enticing! Can't wait to read it, win or not!

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  29. I'm just finishing this now, and I love it. It's really a beautiful story. Brilliantly original. The worst part about reading advance copies is waiting that much longer for book #2! Great review.

    Karis @YA Litwit

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