Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Published: HarperTeen (January 31, 2012)
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
GoodReads Summary: 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.

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.

My Thoughts: Usually the whole idea of soulmates is hokey and boring and annoying. Really? Two perfect people pulled together out of 7 billion? Yeah right. But books aren't real life. They are some awesome person's imagination of what soulmates should and in Incarnate's case: THE PERFECT PLOT CENTER.

Once you get past that mesmerizing cover, you'll be introduced to Ana. Ana who is a newsoul and, instead of being reincarnated time and time again over thousands of years into different bodies, is an entirely new person. New brain. New thoughts. New SOUL (yeah, that's really the best description for it.) Everyone hates her, because they're afraid of her. Ana is pretty freaking strong for all she's put up with but eventually she peaces out and goes off on her own. Naturally, scary things try and force her to meet her demise. BUT don't worry. Because this is where Sam comes in.

OH, SAM. I would write a song that spanned 6 days time and it wouldn't be enough to fully encompass my adoration for you. He has the making of all the things that make my bookish heart fly: he's tortured. He's a musician. He probably has messy hair. And he's all secretive and introverted and has so many things he wants to say but cannot find the words for them because HE IS SO TORTURED.

The idea of reincarnation into different bodies, genders, ages? Freaked me out a little at first. But then I thought about it and it's like: it doesn't matter what age, gender, or body you have. It's all about WHO YOU ARE. And that's pretty rad.

Incarnate has everything. EVERYTHING! Dragons! Dystopia! Love! Masquerade Balls (SIGH!) Music! SAM AND ANA! Avert your eyes from this here blog and start lining up RIGHT NOW outside your local bookstore. Or set your alarm for midnight on release date so you can download IMMEDIATELY to your e-reader. You won't want to miss this.


  1. YES TO THE HOKINESS. I was all like nnngg reincarnation and soulmates? But Incarnate ended up being AWESOMEEEEE. Love your review <3

  2. Nice review! I really enjoyed Incarnate. The reincarnation into different genders/ages weirded me out a bit at first as well but I eventually got over it. Also, the masquerade ball was probably my favorite part of the whole book :)

  3. Masquerade balls? Okay, now I need to read this immediately. :D Luckily I have an eARC of this, so I might get to it before the release date. You make it sound so awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Fictional Distraction

  4. You can bet I folded over the corner on the masquerade ball page. SIZZLING! I looooove this book so hard.

  5. WHAT? Dragons? Masquerade balls? Be still my beating heart.

    Okay I gotta hope on the Incarnate train ASAP.

  6. * hop. Wow. note, i am not all hopped up on caffeine yet.

  7. I was pretty certain I wasn't going to read this, but your review has me convinced otherwise! Now I HAVE to get my hands on this book! (: Thanks!

    The Page Sage

  8. Dragons?

    Hell yes.

    And for the record, my husband is TOTALLY my soul mate. No cheese, no mush, no nothing. Hands down SOUL MATE! So shush yo mouth about real life, lady. :P

  9. I am in love with that musician. And I'm not ashamed to admit it.
    I haven't fallen this hard since Prince Ash.

    I'm so glad you loved this book because I was fully prepared to drive to Kentucky and force you to read it or read it out loud to you until you loved it as much as I do. Truth.

  10. A tortured boy named Sam? THIS IS LIKE WHAT MY HEART SOUNDS LIKE. Damn, glad I gots this book I am.

  11. First time commenter here...I am so excited for this book! Your review totally sells it!

  12. Two words - Masquerade Ball. Holy fan myself.