INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows | Review

Title: Incarnate

Author: Jodi Meadows

Book #: 1 in the “Newsoul” trilogy

Genres: Young adult, Dystopian

Publication: January 2012, by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 374

Author’s Website and Twitter

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NEWSOUL
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.

NOSOUL
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?

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.”

Review

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!

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Thank you to Jodi Meadows for creating this amazing story! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

First Line

I wasn’t reborn.

Mini Review

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

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You can also check out my video review of the book!

14 Most Anticipated Books of 2014

2014 is just around the corner, so here is my list of the books I am mostly looking forward to in the coming year!

Books mentioned (and Goodreads links):

  1. Defy by Sara B. Larson
  2. A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
  3. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
  4. Scrintillate by Tracy Clerk
  5. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  6. Elusion by Claudia Gabel
  7. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
  8. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
  10. To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  11. Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
  12. Oblivion by Sasha Dawn
  13. Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
  14. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Top 10 Young Adult Books I’d Recommend to a Male Reader

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Top 10 Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme created at the broke and the bookish

This week’s topic is to name 10 Books you would recommend to X Person and I chose to do this with Young Adult Books I’d recommend to boys.

Also, I decided to film it this week and post it as a video, so here you go:

Let me know which books you would recommend to male readers! 🙂

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green | Review

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Book #: Standalone

Publication: December 2006 by Speak

Pages: 231

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: comjbine_images

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” 

Review

There have been hundreds of reviews written about this book, so I’m just going to keep this one short. There are also hundreads of quotes in this book. The one above is just one of the many good ones I had to choose from.

The first thing I loved about this book was Pudge’s sense of humor and his character in general. I was practically laughing out loud with how sarcastic and cynical he was being towards pretty much everything. Then, when “The Colonel” (Pudge’s roommate) and Alaska make their appearence, the humor in the book becomes even better.

John Green’s writting style is, in my opinion, extraordinary. He manages to write stories with a deep meaning to them, but giving them in a way that is easy and fun to read. I also think his books apply to a very wide audience, from young adult to adult readers. In this case, I also liked the “before-after” style in which the book was written. It was leading to an important part of the book, that you knew was coming, but didn’t know exactly what it was going to be.

Generally, I liked the “before” part of the book more than the “after”. The ending though was also very good, so it just had a low curve in the middle. Other than that, there isn’t anything negative I can say about this book. An extraordinary young adult, contemporary standalone!

First Line

The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a give-away party.

Recommend it for…

  • an easy, but at the same time deep and meaningfull read
Add it on Goodreads

My Video Review (no Spoilers)

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