Thursday, November 1, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows Review

incarnateTitle: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Pages:  374
Publishing Date: January 31st 2012
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Audience: Teen
Obtained: Borrowed

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 Thoughts:

I don’t know how to feel about Incarnate? There were some parts in the book that made me completely swoon and then there were so many other times when I thought “Really?” with the occasional eye roll here and there. I mean it was good romantic wise but I just wished it explained more into the complexity of the book. There were a lot of questions that I wish that were explained better.

I loved the concept of the book. Reincarnation is totally complex and such an incredibly cool thing. The fact that after “x” amount of years that this newsoul came about really intrigued me. Common questions that I found myself asking were, “how?” “why was she the first newsoul?”. The answers to those questions were never answered.

I felt like the entire book was just centered around Anna and Sam and their relationship. Although it’s difficult to picture Sam as anything but an old man. I mean how many times do we have to hear about his past lives. The cemetery scene was just a bit much for me to be honest. While ignoring that, their relationship seemed pretty good. I really liked how it took time for her to actually like him and it wasn’t abrupt like some of the other young adult novels I’ve read lately.

The thing I really like about Ana was the fact that she’s so sheltered but just hate that for 18 years she was mentally and physically abused. Wouldn’t that break a person down? There has to be side effect of this right? Am I the only one to think this? I mean just in the first chapter her mother sends her out to pretty much die in the wilderness with a broken compass. That girl should’ve known better.

The thing that bothered me the most was just the fact that although she wanted answers, there was little time that she actually looked for them. I mean there were times spent at the library and other little things here and there but other than that she didn’t really discover much of anything. It just kind of bothered me through out the book.

I’m kind of anxious to see how the next book plays out. Like I said, it wasn’t bad at all. I just wished there were more answers to the questions. Here’s to hoping #2 exceeds my expectations…

Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you believe in incarnation? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

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