Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: YA, 13+
My Copy: ARC
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: 1/31/12—Out Now
Review by: Alicia
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.
Reincarnation has always been a fascinating subject to me, so when I heard about Incarnate I knew I had to read it. I had high expectations for it because the summary made it sound awesome. Luckily for me (and you) Incarnate surpassed my expectations and I absolutely loved it.
Ana is a strong main character, though she doesn’t start out that way. In the beginning, Ana is alone, insecure, and doesn’t believe in herself, but as the book goes on, she grows and learns that she is loveable and that she can do things. Ana transforms and emerges from her cocoon, just like a butterfly.
Sam was kind and loving, and I loved his and Ana’s relationship. Though he did drive me a bit crazy with how hot and cold he was at times. Sam and Anna end up saving each other—whether it’s a life or death situation or just helping each other out—which I really enjoyed. I also loved that they made music together.
The world in Incarnate was fascinating. I loved learning about Heart, the people and creatures. There are dragons, sylphs, and centaurs in the book, which was very different from any other YA book I’ve read, and I loved that. I was disappointed that the centaurs didn’t show up in the book, but I’m hoping that they will show up in the next book.
The masquerade scene was probably my favorite part of the book. It was steamy and sexy and just perfect. Plus, who doesn’t love a masquerade ball?
I loved Incarnate and can’t wait to read the sequels! Book two will be out in early 2013 with book three to follow in early 2014.
Cover Comments: Sooooo gorgeous! And it has to do with the book!