Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: Asunder by Jodi Meadows


DARKSOULSAna 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.SHADOWSMany 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.LOVEAna 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 Newsoul 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.

May I just say that Jodi Meadows' Incarnate series is one of the most unique and exciting I've had the pleasure of reading? Yeah, yeah, I know utopian societies, reincarnation, sylph, and dragons (DRAGONS!) aren't all that original. But see, this series has ALL OF THESE THINGS in one. Plus bad guys and SAM. (And also, Sam's scruff and penchant for making beautiful music.) Asunder was a fantastic addition to this series.

Highlights
  • Sam & Ana's chemistry smolders in Asunder. I was a little nervous that the sequel wouldn't live up to Incarnate (as is my fear with all sequels), but I was also afraid that Sam & Ana would lose their spark. That little zing that causes the butterflies in my stomach because everything is NEW! and EXCITING! No need to fear that our beloved couple has descended into the boring or mundane. These two keep it happening and keep it tension-filled. 
  • Familiarity. I'll admit that I had to read the last couple chapters of Incarnate to re-introduce myself to the point where Jodi Meadows left off. I'm embarrassed to say that I had forgotten a whole bunch of important pieces of information (HEY, when you read 100+ books a year, that is bound to happen, right?!) Luckily, after those couple chapters, it was beyond easy to immerse myself back into Heart. It felt like coming home. The surroundings and characters came alive quickly and it was like I never left. Jodi, you have skills. 
  • New drama. Okay, so everyone hates Ana because she's a newsoul and she's different and we already know that. That hasn't changed. But there are newer developments. Aside from Ana's strong backbone development (high five!), Meadows also introduces some serious danger. Like, scarier than the dragons. I love the fact that this story is fresh. Asunder doesn't suffer from the forgettable second book syndrome that so many series undergo. Sure, Asunder is a sequel, but it brings a drama and a strong plotline all its own to the Incarnate series. I'm completely satisfied and there's just enough of a cliffhanger to not make you want to throw your brain against a wall, but you're left with a very perplexed "hmmmm."
  • FEELINGS. Oh my gosh, my heart. It BLEEDS. The SACRIFICE.

Lowlights
  • Well, the time between books SUCKS. But that shouldn't be counted against the series. But still, I WANT BOOK THREE. 
To Wrap it Up

Asunder erased all my fears of "OMG THIS WON'T LIVE UP TO INCARNATE." (Seriously, that's why I put it off so long.) I'm excited, enchanted, and eager to see where this series will be taken next. And is it so sadistic of me to want my beloved characters to be thrown through the ringer? I mean honestly, it makes the happily ever after so much better.

Got it Covered

Okay, so I didn't like this cover as much as Incarnate. But after reading Asunder, it coincides perfectly with the story.

Asunder was published January 29, 2013 by Katherine Tegan Books. I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

8 comments:

  1. I am reading this right now and loving it!! Right now I am about the middle and I am sad about the souls lost!!

    Angie

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  2. That sacrifice broke my heart. Seriously. I didn't know if I wanted to yell or if I wanted to cry or do both. I ended up just hugging the book for a long moment of silence.

    Anyway. So glad that you ended up loving Asunder! I think it's a great follow-up to Incarnate, and it has left me eagerly anticipating the third installment.

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  3. I can't even tell you how much I love the fact that she's developing a backbone. That is like my FAVORITE development in any book series ever. EVER.

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  4. "Asunder doesn't suffer from the forgettable second book syndrome that so many series undergo." Sooo true! I was so worried that was going to happen, but it didn't!

    I'm super excited to see what the final book brings...hopefully more dragons! :D

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  5. Overall, an amazing followup to Incarnate, a complete novel in its own right, with beautifully written prose and terrific characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the last book.

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