Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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 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: This one started a little weird for me. To be honest, the few reincarnation books I have read, well I wasn't really that interested in them. For some reason, I have a hard time really connecting with them.
We are introduced to Ana who is a newsoul. I wasn't sure what this meant at first but more or less it means that she is reborn but she doesn’t have the previous persons soul. When people get reborn, they keep having the same soul. Weird, right? Well Ana is a newsoul, basically a clean slate. Ana is raised by a women for the past 18 years and Ana leaves to find out more about herself and travels to a nearby city called Heart. Ana bumps into a guy named Sam on her way. He basically saves her life.
Sam and Ana form a friendship and even though everyone looks at Ana as a horrible thing, Sam sees the real her. He likes her for her.
As Ana gets closer to the truth, she finds out a lot of information that could harm her and everyone else. She finds out why she was born without a soul and she realizes the truth.
I liked this one, but I just didn’t love it. I felt like the middle got kind of slow and I had trouble to keep going. But I did, and I’m glad I finished. I got some of the answers I was wondering about, and I’ll be reading the next book soon.
Overall: I really liked both Ana and Sam. I loved Sam’s personality and I loved how stubborn Ana was. I liked that she didn’t give up. I had a hard time connecting with the reincarnation aspect of this one, but that is ok. I just have trouble following sometimes, I think. This one is probably more of a 3.5 for me.
Cover: Like it! Its pretty and fun!
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