Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher/Katherine Tegen Books
Release: January 31, 2012
Review: Five stars
This book Blew. Me. Away! I can't believe how amazing it was! It's another one of those I've been putting off reading because it doesn't look like my style, boy, was I wrong! The world was amazing and the development was superb. I don't know why I didn't pick this up earlier. I read it during my trip to California during which I wasn't feeling much of the urge to read (I know, gasp!) but that book said "Read me" and so I did. I'm glad I've discovered another amazing author and am already digging in to book two, Asunder. High Fantasy is a really hard genre to write, due to the fact that you have to create a whole new world, but Jodi does it perfectly.
The main character is Ana. While most of the souls in her world have been reincarnated for five thousand years, she's a Newsoul. All her life, Ana's had to deal with loneliness and the abuse from her mother. Yet she starts the story curious and excited for a new life. Physically, Ana is very week. She is behind everyone else, who have years of learning. Yet Ana does everything she can not just to catch up, but to get ahead. She taught herself to read when her mother wouldn't. She taught herself to listen when speaking was still to difficult. A central theme of the story is music. Music brings Ana peace and comfort. Plus, she's really good. Ana is super talented and can show that, if only given the option. The reincarnated souls seem stalled. While things still happen, the people don't grow or change. Yet this is Ana's first time around. She's learning new things, knows how to feel, and has created more than a bit of chaos, which is exactly what these people need. She's told that a Nosoul can't feel emotions, but I believe that she can feel and feels more and is more passionately than any of the other characters. Ana is complex and new. The chaos she brings disrupts their lives, and I hope, with her help, these Oldsouls will learn how to change.
Honestly, Incarnate is like Graceling and The City of Ember had a baby. It has all the aspects of a High Fantasy novel, yet it still feels like it has some Dystopian aspects. The technology in the book is more advanced than ours. They live in a world where there are aspects like dragons and centaurs. But at the same time, the character's day to day life is much like ours. They go to the market, visit friends, and have fun. The plot is fast paced and loads of fun. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2013. I give this book five stars! Now, on to reading Asunder!
*A Kippy is a cat.
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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 suspicious and 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.
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