Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Written By: Kellie - Jan• 29•13

asunder by jodi meadows

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publish Date: January 29th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

Rating 4/5 Newsouls

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy. -Goodreads

Review: I was sooo beyond excited when I received this ARC in the mail from the beautiful people over at Harper Collins Canada. I loved Incarnate, and was thrilled to get an early peak at Ana’s next adventures in Heart. We jump in a fair stretch of time after the big, world changing event of the last book, but things are pretty much the same. Ana’s place within her society is still up in the air, and she’s definitely not at the top of the trust tower.

Quick recap (no spoilers). The Incarnate series is the story of Ana, a newsoul born into a world where the same 5000 people are continuously reincarnated. They also happen to live in a high-fantasy world with dragons and centaurs. Seriously, does that not sound awesome?!

The damaged, unsure Ana of the first book is gone by the time Asunder begins, but Ana still has quite a bit of character growth throughout this book, and it makes for an interesting read. She’s got a purpose now, and people in her life who really care about her, and as usual, that makes all the difference. I won’t give too much away though. Read it!

As much as I love Ana (and Sam), it’s the world building that really makes this series stand out. Asunder goes deeper into Heart’s history and mythology, but there is clearly still a lot going on that we aren’t aware of yet. I love seeing all the pieces come together. The mystery of the slyph is definitely a highlight though. Have I mentioned you should read this book?

My only knock against it, is that it took awhile to bring me back into the world, and get the story moving. Never to the point where I was tempted to give up, but with such a vibrant universe, it should be easy to fall back in after being away for a year or so.

Overall, Asunder is a great read and one I would highly recommend. If nothing else you should pick up this series by Jodi Meadows just so you can highlight these beautiful covers on your shelves.

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