Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (ARC)

Title: Incarnate
Series: Newsoul Series
Book #: One
Author: Jodi Meadows
Published: 2012
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
My Rating: 

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? (taken from

Just look at that cover. LOOK AT IT. It's absolutely breathtaking... I mean, how could I not desperately scramble to get my hands on an advanced copy of this one? I just adore the delicate butterfly mask and vibrant coloring. Behind the cover lies a story as rich and original as the artwork. Unique and unlike any other work of young adult literature, Incarnate is truly one of a kind.

Although the synopsis explains the basic premise, I was still unprepared for the utter weirdness of a world where every soul is reincarnated thousands of times. One lifetime a person might be a beautiful girl. The next, an acne-covered boy. How strange is that? Also, what if a boy falls in love with a girl, there's no guarantee that they won't both be boys/girls the next time. If they died at different times, they could even end up being related in the next life. Freaky. 

To be honest, I'm not a fan of extreme, out-there plots. As the story developed, I accepted Ana's world and its rules less and less. What started out as an intriguing concept turned into an unbelievable sci-fi tale. The climax... yeah, I'm not really sure what happened there. Freak show. 

However, the relationship between Sam and Ana was truly adorable. If you can overcome the fact that Sam is five thousand years old, Incarnate holds a riveting tale of first love. When no one else would accept Ana, Sam took her under his wing and loved her. I'll admit that I squealed quite a few times at his sweet personality. Also, I applaud the frequent referencing to Ana and Sam's mutual love of music, especially the piano. I've played the piano for years, and it was nice to see the characters bond over something I love.

In the end, I enjoyed Incarnate. It was just a little too... bizarre for me. I can understand what others see it in, but I don't think I'll continue the series. You never know, though ;) Feel free to delve into this exotic world of a million souls if you're a lover of strange, but original, tales.