Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA, utopia, fantasy
Series: Newsoul #1
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Pages: 374 (harcover)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed it
For More Information:Goodreads Link
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.
One star for the idea, half a star for the cover and another half for trying and getting somewhere in the plot. If you haven’t worked it out yet, that’s 2 stars.
Here was happy old (not really) me thinking how awesome it was that I liked 11 books in a row. THAT, IS A BIG ACHIEVEMENT. I was hoping for 12, but no, I didn’t like Incarnate. Despite the good looks and stunning reviews, I was not pleased to give anything more than 2 stars.
Ciana was meant to be incarnated. Everyone waited for her to show up, but she never did. However, instead Ana was born. Nosoul. A better term would be Newsoul. As Ana grows up, she gets excluded, singled out and rarely pitied. But that was until she left her mother, Li, in search for answers of what had sent wrong and made Ciana not incarnate. But of course, she meets someone, Sam.
Ana is the typical annoying yet demanding protagonist. From the beginning, everything was rather too fast paced but when I reached the middle, Ana showed her whininess. Sam, the antagonist, is mysterious (oh how typical!) doesn’t reveal much but I found it rather hilarious to think that Sam used to be a girl in dresses! *clams down*
Lets talk about the plot. Actually, then I’m just saying, lets talk about nothing because the plot was nothing. It small complications but there wasn’t anything sophisticated of in depth to pass as a plot. Therefore, this novel required more patience and persistence to get through. I loved the utopian world that Jodi created. It was so interesting to read about and discover, but the characters, plot and description definitely needed tweaking.
Another issue (small one) I had with Incarnate was the pacing. The start in end was super speedy and filled with either recaps or overdosed action. Hmm…not really the way authors should structure their books.
Now..for the GARGANTUAN issue that I almost screamed and gaged over. Pages 270-272 are the winners.
“Not like I could forget.” He stepped closer, blocking the wind.”I was so nervous after. I was afraid you’d be disappointed when you found out it was just me.” [Sam]
“I liked you before that. The piano was extra.” I waited, breath heavy in my chest, until finally I whispered, ” You didn’t say whether you wanted this.” AND
“I’ve wanted to kiss you since we met. Never out of pity. Only because I think you’re beautiful and amazing. You make me happy.”
No comment. *Takes a deep breath* There it is folks. Instant love/gag worthy insta-love at its highest most peck of the mountain. They met in the first 30 pages and didn’t kiss till page 270-ish. You could practically see them attracted and lusting each other from the time they met. “JUST KISS ALREADY! WE SEE YOUR LONINGNESS!” Me, demanding the hell outta myself.
If I had the choice of never reading this book, I might have to say I would not read it. I was thoroughly disappointed and expected so much more in so many levels. However, lovers of Neal Shusterman’s books could give it a shot. And this is UTOPIAN not DYSTOPIAN. BIG difference there!
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