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Asunder

by Jodi Meadows

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 19, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Asunder is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

Asunder. Apart. Alone.

Ana has always been the only newsoul, but after Templedark some hold her responsible for the darksouls lost-and the newsouls who may be born in their place. Then when sylph begin behaving differently toward her, the people turn violent and Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Love.

All Ana wants is to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection. When she discovers the hard truth about reincarnation and the hostility in Heart begins to escalate, can Ana find a way to embrace love and make her life meaningful?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.06 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062060791

ISBN - 13: 9780062060792

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Sequel Asunder is the second book in the Newsoul or Incarnate trilogy by Jodi Meadows. Since this is a review of the second book- there will be spoilers for the first book. So it might be a good idea to just go read Incarnate and then check out this review! But before I get to anything spoiler-y know that I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with Ana and Sam and company in Incarnate and was so glad that I finally got around to reading it (and just in time for book 3- Infinite which was released today!) I couldn't wait to see how their story developed especially since I had an inkling that everything was not as it seemed.  Jodi Meadows writes with a breath-takingly beautiful prose, there are so many beautiful descriptions in the book but the following is one of my favourites, "Then I was a shattered blown-glass blue rose, and every step away from him made my shards clatter and chime.”. Even as I was reading that sentence I thought- WOW- this is beautiful.  Asunder did have a little more romance than the books that I normally read but I actually didn't mind it because for every mention of romantic love there was another type of love mentioned. I absolutely adored how there was a focus on friendship love, love of things, love of music etc. I often find that these equally important types of love get ignored for romantic love. Asunder had both- in a beautiful mix! I could write praise of Asunder for days but instead I will leave you with one last quote: "I want to keep this moment forever, the way you're smiling right now." "You may." I placed the flute in my lap and brushed my hands over my mouth, pretending to grab my smile as though it were bits of wool or clouds. "Here." I pressed my imaginary smile into his hands. "This is for you." Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes romances, fantasy or is interested in reincarnation. Also I think that everyone should just read the series because it is amazing!
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Answers in Asunder are as Satisfying as the Secrets in Incarnate were Frustrating Following the same formula as Incarnate, Asunder took its sweet time meandering around the issues Ana was supposed to care about, without actually investigating any of those issues. With a lack of character development and a disappointing romance, Asunder’s saving grace was its second half where Ana finally started concerning herself with the things that mattered and the plot took off at a breakneck pace. Asunder is, essentially, the same storyline from Incarnate: Ana sets out to uncover a great mystery and, instead, she becomes distracted by a minor side-plot which involves a lot of angst surrounding a certain romantic interest. Once the dust settles, Ana remembers the big mystery she was originally investigating and is surprised to find information in abundance, just waiting for her to stumble upon it. Had this formula worked for me the first time around, I might not have cared so much. Instead, I found myself so frustrated by Ana’s inattention to plot points (how do you expect me to not question why Ana ignored the sylph and Menehem’s research, after having devoted the entire opening to those same subjects?), her inability to pick up on the obvious, and her slightly obsessive focus on her status of newsoul, that I failed to sympathize with her. After the explosive ending to Incarnate, I was expecting a much different version of Ana than the one presented in Asunder. Having found the strength to confront her inner demons, the courage to protect those she loved and the bravery to face down deities, I thought Ana had finally arrived; I thought she had found herself, and through that self-realization, her worth as a human being. While I was expecting for Ana to continue to experience some lingering self-doubts, I wasn’t expecting to encounter the same Ana that had been present throughout Incarnate; mostly, I wasn’t expecting Ana to be as insecure in Asunder as she was in Incarnate, especially when it came to her relationship with Sam. After 5000 years of life experience, Sam understood why Ana would have a hard time vocalizing her feelings for him. So after dropping the “L” word, he understood why it would be near impossible for her to say it back to him. It was also assumed that Ana did love him, even if she couldn’t say it back; numerous characters in their lives comment on this. What really boggled my brain, then, was how often Ana would not only disregard Sam’s opinions, but his presence. How often she would seek his reassurance for something small, but then discredit his genuine concerns when it conflicted with her desires. How often she would ask him to put their lives in danger for her needs, only to later hold his needs against him when it didn’t align with her beliefs. While I appreciated that they finally discussed the inappropriateness of their relationship, considering his life experience in comparison to hers, it only served to fuel the anger I had towards Ana and her childishness when she reacted selfishly after he didn’t give her the answer she wanted about progressing their relationship to the next level of intimacy. If anything, Asunder managed to further convince me that the relationship between Sam and Ana is destined to fail. While I felt their connection in Incarnate, in Asunder I saw only how Ana’s selfishness took advantage of Sam’s selflessness at every turn. Fortunately, Asunder managed to save itself just past the halfway mark. While I didn’t necessarily like how Ana acquired all of her information, I loved that we were finally given some answers. The true history of Heart and its 1 million inhabitants, their connection to, and history with, Janan, and the secret to their reincarnation were all uncovered in a shocking and gruesome twist that also served to explain why Ana was the first newsoul in over 5000 years. While I’m still a little confused as to the magic surrounding the inhabitants of Heart and its effects on their memories, and the behaviours of the sylph, now that we know their secrets as well, the answers provided in Asunder are as satisfying as the secrets in Incarnate were elusively frustrating. Much like with Incarnate, many of my issues with Asunder were only brought to life once I sat back to reflect on what I would say in my review. So while much of what I’ve said thus far has been negative, my overall experience with Asunder was a good one. While reading, I mostly enjoyed myself and found that, after the slightly slower beginning, the pacing was quite decent. Even though Ana was frustrating in her seemingly purposeful obtuseness, I enjoyed watching her race to uncover the secrets behind Heart, even if she often found herself sidetracked.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This. Book. Where do I start with this book? All my thoughts are clamoring to be discussed and I can't seem to pick just one. Everything about this book was beautiful. Every. Single. Part. Even the dark and horrific points were tinged with hope, with conviction. Jodi Meadows is a pure talent, and Asunder was more than I could have ever expected. I would love to study this book. To dissect the characters, explore the themes, and talk about the prose. The English major in me is just itching to dive deeper into this story. There is just simply so much depth to Asunder and I can't get enough of it. I want to read it again and again just so I can soak it all up. In Incarnate we saw the image of a butterfly being used to tie the story together. In Asunder roses were a central theme and by gosh, was it done well. It added an extra layer to the story and Ana's character. The fleeting life of a rose, its undeniably beauty, and its fierce will to live describe Ana and her situation perfectly. She doesn't want to just be a blip on the map. She wants to make a difference. She wants to break past the barriers set before her. As I said in my original review of Incarnate, the cruelty that marred this beautiful world is striking. These apparent "pure souls" are sullied by their hatred and bigotry. And in Asunder, this is taken to an entirely new level. I was horrified by what the People of Heart did, both to these New Souls and to the people they considered "friends". It was painful to read about and made me beyond livid. There was so much injustice and lies that I wanted to shake the book and those awful characters in it. But, while there was so much darkness there was also many moments that had my heart soaring. Now, let me gush about Sam and Ana. Individually, they are two moving characters with so much heart and strength. The musical Sam makes my heart melt because he is just such a good and loving guy. I loved his passion and dedication, his kind heart and his never ending love. He's the kind of guy I wish I knew simply because he would bring such joy to my life. And the protagonist Ana is such as kind and beautiful as her love. She is such a strong, passionate person dealing with many difficult obstacles. Ana is dealing with past and present abuse. She was raised by a cruel and vicious woman who told her time and again that she was less than a person. And now, Ana has to face the same hatred, mental and physical abuse at the hands of a community. Asunder really addresses the painful and damaging affects of that abuse, and how it alters her relationship with Sam. And that, despite all the hatred, Ana sends back out love. Together, her and Sam are such a realistic couple. They clearing care for each other, but they're both human. They make mistakes. They're scared. But, despite everything, they work together to create a strong relationship. I love how Jodi Meadows weaves music into the story. I felt like I can hear Dossam on the piano and Ana on her flute. The music just wraps around me, and gave me this inherent feeling for hope. Music plays such an important and powerful role in the story, and I could totally relate to that. It made me want to run out and listen to my favorite songs and just revel in the magic of them. Asunder sees a lot of plot progression as well. Lots of questions were answered, and lots of craziness ensued. Putting this book down was not an option. I was so entranced by the characters and the need to know exactly what was going to happen next! I was blind-sided by some of the twist and turns, and my heart swelled with pride every time the characters faced these challenges with determination. Asunder was one of the best sequels I have ever read. I was completely blown away. Jodi Meadows knows how to write, how to create a gorgeous and original story, and how to create characters that will become a part of you. Asunder, you were no fleeting rose. Your beauty will remain with me for years and years to come. - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2013-03-21

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Asunder

by Jodi Meadows

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.06 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062060791

ISBN - 13: 9780062060792

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Asunder. Apart. Alone.

Ana has always been the only newsoul, but after Templedark some hold her responsible for the darksouls lost-and the newsouls who may be born in their place. Then when sylph begin behaving differently toward her, the people turn violent and Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Love.

All Ana wants is to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection. When she discovers the hard truth about reincarnation and the hostility in Heart begins to escalate, can Ana find a way to embrace love and make her life meaningful?

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