Monday, April 23, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows


Title:   Incarnate (Newsoul #1)

Author: Jodi Meadows

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Published: January 31, 2012

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From Goodreads:

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?

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?

My Review:
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I loved every aspect of this book, from the gorgeous cover and the fascinating details of reincarnation, to the amazing characters and all the descriptions that fill these beautiful pages. This was a very unique book for me, and I was easily lost to the story that Jodi Meadows told.


In the Range, souls have been reincarnated for thousands of years... at least, that’s the way things were until Ana was born. Ana is not a reincarnated soul, and no one knows what happened to the soul that vanished. Most of the Society blame Ana for the loss of their friend, but no one detests Ana more than her own mother.

“‘Who am I?’ My first spoken words.
‘No one,’ she said. ‘Nosoul.’”



Ana’s mother only took care of her because the Council forced her to. Not exactly mother of the year material, to say the least. Ana’s upbringing was heart-breaking, but I love that it didn’t break Ana - it only made her stronger and more determined.


“I’m not going to waste time being angry about things I can’t control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.”



Then, there is Sam. I love Sam, and it took me by surprise that I fell for him the way I did. I admit it, I like a bad boy in my books. You know the kind... tough, sarcastic, tattooed, dressed in head-to-toe black with a droll sense of humor. Well, that’s not Sam. Sam is... beautiful. The sweetest, kindest, most patient man. He’s not without his humor, though, and he and Ana were awkwardly funny at times. One of the things I loved the most about Sam was that he never referred to Ana as a ‘no soul.’ He called her a ‘new soul.’


“There's always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you'll become.”



My favorite part of this entire book was the music. I am a music lover. I sing and I play the piano, so you can imagine how thrilled I was with the parts of the book that focused around a piano. Composing, piano lessons, and just Ana’s awe of the music and the instrument from which it flows have made this book dear to my heart. When Ana sat in front of a piano for the first time, her excitement was palpable. Her love for music was this tangible thing that brought not only her, but myself as the reader, to a state of pure bliss. I don’t think I’ve ever related more to a character than I did with Ana.


“Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.”


If you’re not a big piano/music fan, don’t worry - it doesn’t take up huge portions of the story. There is romance, action, adventure, and... dragons. That’s right, people - dragons! Incarnate has a little something for everyone.


Jodi Meadows has made a fan out of me, and I can hardly wait for her next book! 

Quotes I just can’t stop thinking about:

“He held on to me like I was a rock, the only thing keeping him from drifting out with the tide of dark memories. It was the first time I realized he needed me too.”
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“It wasn’t an easy, sweet kiss like I’d imagined my first would be, but frustrated and hungry. That was good, better than easy and sweet, because after everything, I was frustrated and hungry for him, too.”
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“‘I don't want to lose you,’ he whispered again. And I didn't want to be lost.”

 





16 comments:

  1. I loved this novel too, it was beautifully written, excellent review!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kimba! I'm so happy you loved it, too!

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  2. Eeek! I knew you loved it, but now I finally get to see what you really thought of it! :D It was a ton of fun, right? Great review! I loved the musical aspects, too. :)

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    1. Thank you, BBS! I know, I have to STOP hoarding my reviews and remember to publish them! Thanks for the comment and for loaning me the book!! You're the bestest!

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  3. This was,definitely a thought provoking read. I loved all the ideas of reincarnation, they made my head spin. I struggled a bit with the lack of detail in the world building and the abrupt ending but overall another great DA.

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    1. It definitely was! I've had great luck with the books on our DAC list!

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  4. Awesome review! I'm so glad you loved this book - I did too! The music was also a great part of the book for me and I'm eager to see where things go in the next book. :)

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    1. Thank you, Sam! I can hardly wait! I hope music will play a big part in the next one, too! :D

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  5. Oh my, the reviews for this have been all over the place! I even have a copy, but something always gets in the way. However, I had no idea (or I forgot) that music makes such an important part. That makes all the diffrence for me.
    Thank you so much for reminding me!

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    1. They really have! It seems to be hit or miss, and I was afraid of which category I was going to fall into, but it was a definite hit for me. I really hope you love it. As a pianist, it was a dream to read. Thank you, Maja! I look forward to your thoughts!

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  6. Great review, I've really been considering reading this book. I think I will just bump its to be read date.

    I just started a book reviewing blog of my own. You should check it out if you are interested! http://readingtostayalive.blogspot.com/

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    1. Awww, thanks so much, Kelley! Welcome to the blogging world - I love making new blogger friends! :D

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  7. I love that I came to visit your blog and you had this review up here because I totally forgot to tell you that I bought this Tuesday from Bull Moose ;)!!! I remember you telling me how awesome it was :) I can't wait to read it and gush with you as always! <3 Your review just made me want to read it even more! You are so fantastic and I always love reading your quotes :) Have a fantastic day love!!! <3

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  8. Sam sounds incredibly sweet and this sounds like such an interesting book. I'm going to check it out for sure.

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  9. OMG *RUNS OUT TO BUY THIS BOOK*
    but seriously, must. have. this. one.

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    1. and omg I had no idea about the piano!!!! total book-yearning going on over here.

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