Thursday, January 26, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books.
Pages: 384.
Release Date: January 31st, 2012.
Source: Giveaway.
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?

Oh my gosh, how do I even begin to explain the contents of awesomeness that fill these pages? Reincarnations! Dragons! Romance! A hot musician! Epic action scenes! A strong heroine! I'm so excited to share my love for this book that I can't even form full sentences.

Let me start by praising Jodi Meadows for writing such a great character and heroine in Ana. 2012 seems like it'll be the year of strong female protagonists and Ana will most definitely maintain a steady place at the top of that list for a loooong time. Instead of being a typical damsel in distress, she's more of a knight in shining armor. And I love that she kind of grows into her own strength too. Her spirit is a bit wounded toward the beginning from her unpleasant upbringing, but her fierce determination to live despite the disapproval of her existence makes her such an admirable character to root for. And while we're on the topic of admirable characters, I need to also mention how much I love Sam and his relationship with Ana. THIS is a fictional romance done right. No instalove here. They start off as strangers, and then friends, and the way they develop from there felt so natural and realistic. Bravo, Jodi Meadows!

Everything about this story is so intriguing. As things unravel and we start learning more about their reincarnations and past lives, I got more and more curious. HOW does this work? WHY do they come back? HOW do they adjust to life in different bodies? HOW are they reborn? Incarnate is so unique and imaginative that I couldn't get enough of the facts and lifestyles and world that this author crafted.

And the action! This book is fascinating enough with Ana trying to figure out what she is, but the action was some added excitement. Dragons attacking a city! Sylphs! SYLPHS! I've never come across sylphs in YA fiction yet so I was extremely excited when Ana first went head to head with one.

Overall, I found everything about Incarnate to be wonderful. Jodi Meadows satisfied every hunger I have when it comes to a great fantasy - an original plot, exhilarating action, mythical creatures and a great love story. This is definitely a debut that I recommend everyone check out!

Other reviews for Incarnate:
365 Days Of Reading.
Makeshift Bookmark.
Books To The Sky.
Mundie Moms.


  1. I really enjoyed Incarnate and I'm glad to see you enjoyed it as well. I loved the writing and I thought the relationship between Sam and Ana was so well done. Great review!