Book Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Posted March 19, 2012 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments Tags: ,

Book Review: Incarnate by Jodi MeadowsIncarnate by Jodi Meadows
Series: Incarnate #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2012-01-31
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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New soul

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.

No soul

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.

I just finished Incarnate and I really liked it. I loved the premise and was not disappointed in the book. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The story starts right at the beginning and totally grabbed me. I wanted to find out right away what was going to happen to Ana and why she had been born. I wanted to learn more about the society where every soul had been reincarnated for thousands of years. And when we met Sam, I wanted to know everything about him too. I wanted to know everything but Jodi Meadows was careful not to reveal too much too soon.

Be warned that the Ana/Sam romance is a large part of the book, but the chemistry and tension between them was wonderfully written. Much of the time that Ana is suppose to be studying and researching her existence is actually spent playing music with Sam. It is also difficult to fit this book into one genre. Incarnate is filled with dystopian themes as well as dragons, sylphs and other supernatural creatures. And don’t forget the religious themes. But all seem to somehow flow together nicely and neither takes away from the other.

By the end of the book, there are still questions I have that were left unanswered. As this is the first book of a trilogy I will wait and hope that the answers come in later books. Because I will definitely be reading the rest of this trilogy.

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