Author: Jodi Meadows
Book #: 1 in the “Newsoul” trilogy
Publication: January 2012, by Katherine Tegen Books
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.”
The first thing that caught my attention in this book was of course the cover. I really love the colors of this cover and then I also heard a few people mention it and saying that it’s really good, so that’s why I decided to read it. Having read the book I can now say that the story is even more beautiful than the cover (What?). Yes! It was absolutely fantastic
The world of Incarnate is really original. I have read a lot of dystopians in the past month, but nothing quite like this. The world building is so amazing. I didn’t have any questions from the beginning. Maybe because the world was also new to Ana, we would always have the same thoughts and she asked the same questions as I would if I were in this situation. Thanks to Jodi Meadows I had a blast discovering this new world with Ana.
I really liked Ana. The first thing that made me think “Oh my God, yes! Finally!”, was the fact that she is 18 years old in the beginning of the book, instead of the YA-typical age of 16. I’m just kind of tired of reading about 16-year-olds. If I can mention one little thing that was a bit off for me, it was that I felt like I missed a couple of things from the evolution of her character. In the beginning she was so scared of everything and felt like she couldn’t trust anybody. She would get scared and just automatically assume that everything everyone did was either to harm her, or to just get something out of her. Then she slowly started trusting Sam (the love interest) and suddenly she was more open to everyone. I guess it can be normal that when you open yourself up to one person it then becomes easier to do the same with others, but still. I kind of feel like I missed a few things.
Nevertheless, I really loved her character and I think it’s the kind of character that everyone can relate to. Everyone feels like they’re different in one way or the other and I know I have felt like no one really understand me at times (especially when I was a teenager!).
Another thing I loved was the lack of any teen angst! Finally! A book about a mature young girl that doesn’t involve her being all about guys or having any friends that are all about guys etc. Not that I don’t like those books, but this was such a refreshing break from all that drama. I wish there were more young adult books like this one out there!
Sam is the cutest thing ever. It’s actually been a long time since I last read a book where the love interest is just a genuinely nice guy. Because I think that is exactly what describes Sam best. He was a really good guy that cared about Ana and was not being a jerk, was not a “bad boy” and was not always making witty, snarky comments.
I also loved the relationship between Ana and Sam and especially the passion they shared for music. It was just incredible to read about how much Ana loved music, it was like she was breathing it. Which made me feel like I was listening to a song and the pictures I created in my head while reading this book were all full of music and dancing and colors! It was just incredible.
Another little thing I loved about this book was the butterfly theme. It’s on the actual cover of the book, on the cover of the hardback version, in the beginning of every chapter, at some points inside the book and it also plays a role in the story. It was just an extra something that made me love the book even more!
Thank you to Jodi Meadows for creating this amazing story! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
I wasn’t reborn.
An amazing story!
I fell in love with Sam, he was sooo cute!
Ana is such a sweet and relatable character.
You should definitely read this book!
Recommend it for…
- Everyone wanting to read an original dystopian book
- Everyone who wants to read a different young adult book
You can also check out my video review of the book!