Incarnate- Jodi Meadows

Written By: Kellie - Feb• 23•12

New soul
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?

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? -Goodreads

Review: Incarnate is a really fun take on the idea of reincarnation, reincarnation 2.0. What if you and everyone else could remember all your past lives while moving on to your new life with a new body, new parents, new everything. Nah, that’s too simple. What if you are the only person who doesn’t have any past lives to remember in this world. You’re a whole new person in a world filled with  very old souls and everyone else knows it. That’s Ana, and her story is one you don’t want to miss.

I loved Ana’s character! Considering her upbringing and her unique circumstances, she is headstrong and clever, there are things she is passionate about and people she can’t stand, she also has a good sized number of insecurities that come from being told you are a nosoul and a mistake throughout your entire life. Ana felt real to me throughout the whole book and is absolutely someone I would to sit down and chat with.

Starting Incarnate I didn’t realize that this super awesome concept of reincarnation is also fused with a fantasy world that involves dragons and mysterious temples. It added an extra level to this story that made it really stand out from a lot of other recent YA titles.

I know this part has been said a million times over in every review of this book that’s out there, but the cover of Incarnate really deserves some love. Not only is it beautiful and oh so colorful, but after reading the book, it makes it that much better, knowing it is actually relevant to the story and not just another pretty picture

Another thing I don’t usually comment on but is really deserving for Incarnate was the setting descriptions. I could really see, and almost feel the city many of the souls live in, Heart. There is a heartbeat to this city that made me want to be there. Between the mystery of the cities origin and the masquerade ball, there was a feeling of whimsy to Heart that is hard to find and makes you never want to put the book down.

Overall, a really great YA read. I am dying to know more about the world Jodi Meadows has created (I would love to see a book of short stories from other characters previous lives), she really sucked me into her imagination right from the first page. Love, love, love!

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  1. Amber M says:

    Like you, I started this book not knowing it was actually a fantasy and it enhanced my reading enjoyment immensely. I love the idea of other novels off the characters different story lines. I’d totally read that. Great suggestion!

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