Series: Newsoul #1
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC Tour
From the Publisher: NEWSOUL
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.
Don’t you just love books that draw you in so completely that you stay up half the night to finish them without even realizing it?
Incarnate is one of those books.
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since there has been SO much hype about this one. But from the very first chapter, I was bound to Ana and couldn’t put it down. I hadn’t realized that this was the beginning of a new series, so I very nearly ganked a whole star from my rating for the way it ended – I was going to be very upset if there was nothing after this one. But thank Google, because I found out there are at least two more books coming.
There is nothing about this book that I didn’t love. Even though there were definitely characters I didn’t like (I’m looking at you Li), they all served a purpose – to make Ana who she was. Yes, a lot of who she was (especially to start with) was an insecure girl who felt worthless – but she was always full of such wonder and passion that it was impossible not to fall in love with her.
Sam is perhaps one of my favorite boys now. I like how being 5,000 years old (though physically 18) gave him a depth of character that we don’t generally see in YA heroes. His experience in life – his own passion and wonder for music and things in the world – allowed him to see Ana as something of insurmountable value. And he treated her as such.
The best part of Ana and Sam, however, is that there is no love triangle in sight.
And, there are dragons. What’s not to love?
I still have so many questions about Janan and life in Heart. I really hope that a later book reveals how the souls came to be and who/what built the city they all live in. I imagine that it’s a fascinating tale.