Saturday, January 21, 2012

REVIEW: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Welcome to the 4th stop in the Incarnate Book Tour. Thanks to Once Upon A Twilight I was able to read this book before its release date, January 31st. I am so glad I did not have to wait to read the highly anticipated book Incarnate by Debut Author, Jodi Meadows.

Title: Incarnate

Author: Jodi Meadows (Check out her website)

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of Harper Collins)

Ages: 13 and up

Pages: 384

Release Date: January 31, 2012

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? (From HarperTeen)


"Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut." *A Kippy is a cat.(From Jodi Meadows Website)

Incarnate is definitely one of those books that leaves you wanting more, but in a good way. You want more of this world Meadows has created that is filled with soul tellers (machines that map out souls), reincarnated souls, dragons, sylph, walls with heartbeats, and of course Ana (the New Soul). At the center of this story is this tragic girl who has been told her whole life she is nothing, a "nosoul." From day one Ana is an outcast. After being abandoned by her father, she is brought up believing that abuse is normal by her mother. At 18 Ana heads out on her own for the city of Heart to find out why she is the first new soul in 5,000 years. Then she meets Sam who treats her with kindness. It was like watching a TV show where someone rescues an abused dog. They are skittish at first but they steal your heart away before you know it. I felt Sam's hesitation and Ana's reluctance. Meadows does a great job of reminding the reader of all the small things that make up a person long after they are gone. People have this natural ability of keeping things that are important to them, that after they are gone, remind others that they were there, that they mattered. For Ana, who may only live one lifetime while others live many, she is faced with her own mortality at a young age. Her greatest fear is not being remembered, but isn't that the fear we all share? Do we all not strive to leave behind a legacy whether that be in our work, our kids, or just our on family? I thought Incarnate was a nice book to set you up for the second book in the series. It left me wanting more! Meadows does a great job of making you truly hate some characters (Li and Meuric), yet fall in love with Sam, Ana, and Stef. I hope to learn more about some of the other characters and life outside of Heart in the next book.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Want to meet Jodi Meadows? Well Texas will get their chance soon because Jodi Meadows is part of the Winter Dark Days Tour 2012 along with Cynthia Hand (Hallowed), Brodi Ashton (Everneath), and Courtney Allison Moulton (Wings of the Wicked). 
February 16, 2012 at 5pm: Barnes and Noble in Southlake, Texas
February 17, 2012 at 7pm: Barnes and Noble in Austin, Texas
February 18, 2012 at 4pm: Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas

I do hope that you will go out and pick up a copy of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows on January 31st and keep your eye out for the next book in the Newsoul series currently set to release in 2013. Also if you would like to see what others had to say about the book check out the first three stops on the Incarnate Book Tour:
Second Stop: Lauren Gets Literal 
Third Stop: Eli To The Nth

Happy Reading!


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1 comment:

  1. This is in my TBR! I will get to it because it sounds like an intriguing premise.