by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books Release date : January 31st 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
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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 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
Honest to goodness; Incarnate is probably my favorite Reincarnation novel. I haven’t read many but this far surpasses in originality, beauty and kick ass writing.
In a world with a million souls, all being reincarnated after they die, Ana is born. She’s a newsoul. Shunned and mistreated for being different, Ana sets off to the city, Heart, in search for answers. This is where she runs into some trouble and meets Sam.
This world is so vividly described and pictured I couldn’t get enough. My head is still spinning from the complexity of the world building, mythical creatures and wanting to know MORE about this place called Heart and the millions of souls who reside there. It’s just AWESOME. I felt like Ana, trying and failing to comprehend living and remembering 5,000 years of life. Good, Bad you name it. One of the things I love most is that; even the residents have their own theories and such on WHY they were created. There are some explanations but also many unanswered questions to leave room for your own interpretation and room for explanations later. I actually applaud this because I think if everything were to be explained in full detail right off –in the first novel– our brains would fry from info dump.
Ana’s character is written remarkable well. Her actions are realistic. She was never quick to accept anything and was constantly on her guard. I hated seeing some of her reactions to things, like flinching, but it’s real. It’s how I would assume anyone would react in her situation. She is smart, funny and solely independent. Yes, she suffers from a sad and traumatic life, which makes it all the more beautiful watching her learn and grow and a person. Her love for music was beautifully expressed.
Although there is a lot to learn and discover about this world, the romance is such a large part. I loved watching the interactions between Ana and Sam, their discussions on life and death. Not only was it sweet, it was realistic and slow building. Ana is not quick to trust even though Sam has never given her a reason not to. I wasn’t wigged out by the age difference. After all, he is 5,000 years old.
Aside from all that; there is a little bit a mystery tied into Ana’s already mysterious creation. So there really is a lot take in and weave together throughout the novel. I found myself with TONS of questions at the end. About their existence, the walls with heartbeats (HOW FREAKIN COOL), Heart itself and about the creatures–hello DRAGONS!– and I can’t wait to dive into book two and learn more. Not to mention; after the events of one particular night, I am anxious to see who returns..
Overall- Such an awesome book. Beautiful, touching and just awesome! I highly recommend it!