Monday, October 3, 2011

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

(Newsoul #1)
by Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: January 31st, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062060754
Source: ATW Tours

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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. (Goodreads)
Incarnate is one of those rare reads that is really going to stand out against the other books in its genre. This book has it all; two amazing main characters, creatures of fantasy, amazing descriptions… All together, this makes for quite an interesting read.

The main character is Ana, who is a new soul. She is also the only new soul. All the others around her have been reincarnated over and over for thousands of years. Unfortunately, Ana does not know exactly why she’s the one and only new soul, but she’s determined to figure out why she is. I found Ana to be a very likable character. You had to feel something for her. She was basically shunned by most people for being a new soul. She’s a bit timid in the beginning of the book, but we quickly see her grow more confident in herself after she is sent away by her evil mother. Once she meets Sam, she really starts coming out of her shell.

Oh Sam… You’ve definitely won a place on my most swoon-worthy list of favorite male characters. He’s sensitive and caring, and he also has his flaws. I love the tension between him and Ana. It builds and builds as the story goes along. I love it!

I absolutely loved the descriptions in the book; not only of the scenery and location, but also for the people and the music. (I love music!) The author did such a wonderful job with all of the descriptions; the images in my head were crystal clear.

I also have to point out that the cover for Incarnate is super gorgeous! It definitely stands out, just like the book does.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. It definitely stands out from the crowd, and was a wonderful change of pace. I can’t wait to add this to my collection.

Happy Reading!


  1. I've seen a few reviews or this one, and it sounds like one that I would enjoy. I love the cover. I'm glad that it really stood out for you. I think that's important in YA.

  2. I'm so jealous of everyone who got an ARC of this, because it sounds sooo amazing. Is it January yet? :D
    Your review is really great and it made me want this book even more. Looks like not only the cover is gorgeous, but the story, too. :)

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Christy.


  3. I haven't heard of this one but the cover already has been convinced and your review sealed the deal. The concept is pretty cool and I'm sure Sam is going to be another book crush of mine!

  4. Lovely! I'm really looking forward to this book. It sounds very original and the characters seem very likeable.

    Xpresso Reads

  5. Oh yay. We are Waiting on this one, so we're glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I'm looking forward to reading this one eventually. I like the idea of the new soul/old soul concept. And I think the cover is gorgeous! Great review!

  7. This one sounds so amazing and the cover is just gorgeous! I'm so excited to read this one and I'm glad to see you enjoyed it :)

  8. YAY! So glad to know you think this one stands out Christy, I have it on my list to read soon and I'm so excited for something different. You have looking forward to this even more now! Love that cover, it just makes me happy:)

  9. This looks amazing! The characters sound so likable. Now I'm dying just to read the writing.

    Thanks for the great review!!

  10. Can't wait til this one gets to the UK!
    Nice review

  11. Gah, this sounds so good and now I want to get my hands on an ARC, haha. Not only does Sam sound completely enticing, but I'm really curious about the world building. I can't wait to get it!

  12. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one! I've been looking for something that stands out from the rest, and Incarnate, form your review, definitely sounds like an amazing read. I can already tell Sam will probably be on my list of swoon-worthy guys too! :P Great review

  13. Eep! I sooooo want to read this! Jealous. I love that she did such a great job with descriptions.

  14. I am SO excited to read this! It's such a unique and intriguing idea, I can't wait to see how Jodi weaves it all together. And aww... Sam sounds so sigh worthy!! Awesome review, so happy it lives up to the hype!

  15. I really need to get my hands on this. I love the concept and the cover is just stunning. Seriously.

  16. I'm excited to read this one. Great review.

  17. Great review. This book was my On my Wishlist post last Saturday and now I'm even more eager to read it.

  18. Awesome main character, swoon worthy boy, and an interesting story as well?! Sounds like a fantastic read that I should add to my TBR list.

    Amazing review! Thanks Christy.

  19. This is one of the books I've been pining for. Great review!


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