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byJodi Meadows

Hardcover | September 19, 2013

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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.

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.
Title:IncarnateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 inPublished:September 19, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062060759

ISBN - 13:9780062060754


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite Young Adult novel This is a unique and interesting idea, the main character is relatable in her thoughts and reactions and I couldn't wait to pick up the second installment in the series after I finished it. The writing was quite good too.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky and Interesting In a world where you no longer fear death what DO you fear? You're reborn, again and again, you grow up with who you've grown up with for centuries. You know your neighbors, friends, parents and enemies names even if they've changed bodies, genders and roles in your life. So what would be the one thing to alter and shift your reality in a world where everyone knows you and nothing is ever new? A PERMANENT DEATH..............A BREAK IN TRAIDITION........ANEWSOUL !! And that is PRECISELY what Anna is !! A newsoul, a replacement soul .... a soul who was born instead of a beloved friend..... How would YOU react to such a person? Would you resent them for taking the place of your loved one?? Would you embrace them because they are new and exciting? Would you curse and condemn them because you fear change and the, eventual, alteration (and secrets) of history? This book explores all of that and more in a fantastical setting with walls that breathe and a "God" like entity who may, or may not, be all that he seems.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda weird, but good Ana is a newsoul, born fresh into a world where everyone has been reincarnating for thousands of years. Amidst dragons and ghostly, fiery Sylph, she must find her way, combat the prejudice and fear her existence causes, and discover what it means to be born new into a world of old. This book has one of the weirdest, coolest premises ever, and yet it didn't really try all that hard to explore it. While the emotional situation created for our heroine by the premise was explored in great detail, there was so much more I wanted to see happening or to get into. For example, the logistics of knowing all one million people; the chances of being parented by your friends or people you know or hate; the emotional repercussions of being born over and over again; the world and the jobs. How does murder work? How do people stay engaged and interested in life? How do relationships change when you're born into a different body all the time? What does it say about the souls that they're sometimes born into different genders? While some of these things were touched on, it was never quite enough for me, and I'm hoping that if I get around to the rest of the series, there'll be a lot more exploration into what is currently a bit of a neglected premise. That said, there was a lot of sweet emotion and cute, gradual romance. Overall, I liked it, but it wasn't my all-time favorite or anything.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aphonic Review - LOVED! I want a Dossam! Incarnate takes place in a world where souls are reborn. After someone dies, they are reborn/reincarnated with the same soul - The same knowledge and experiences they had when they passed. One day, something shocking happens. Ana is born as a New soul, someone who unlike the others, has not lived for hundreds of years. People are shocked, and scared with her entry into the world, even hateful. Her mother treats her in a way no child should be treated by her parents. She reminds Ana how different she is, how her worth isn't as great as the people before her - Not to mention a constant reminder that another girl lost her life so she could be born. This has a lasting impact on her throughout the book, and changes the way she sees herself. Forced to leave home at the age of 18, to head to the city of Heart, Ana learns just how different she is, in a world where everyone has lived so many more lives than she has. Not only are dragons and slyphs a threat to her in this world, but some people she comes into contact with, upon entering the city, leave you questioning their motives. Not everyone is comfortable with the situation that has taken place when it comes to her arrival. Enter Dossam ( Sam ), an amazing, charming, handsome, musical prodigy who happens to become the first friend Ana makes. From the point of their first meeting, until the very end of this book, their relation blossoms and takes flight in so many ways. I don't want to giveaway too much more on this amazing book. So much happens - It's full of adventure, love and finding yourself in a world where you feel alone. You get to follow the development of this amazing, strong female character as she finds her strengths and weaknesses in a world where she feels like she doesn't belong. On top of it - Ana and Dossam happen to be my favorite couple from a book to date. I love them so much. ( And really, who doesn't love a man who can read, write and play music. SO attractive.) It's amazing to see a love interest who isn't your common bad boy type. At the end of this book, I ordered the final two and plowed through them in record time. They have won a place in my heart, and so has Jodi. I absolutely love these books so much, and I greatly look forward to The Orphan Queen releasing March 10, 2015. ( Which has an amazing cover as well. ) And by greatly, I mean I REALLY wish it could come out now, so I could make the wait a little less painful.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Fantasy Book Currently I have read this book 3 times and each time my love for it grows bigger! Which is pretty amazing- but this book is that good. I love Ana, she is brilliant and beautiful and insecure (which I like because realistically most teenage girls are). She unique; different from the other people of her world. Because if this she has to deal with people who are afraid of her but also the people who love her uniqueness (like Sam). I also have a little crush on Sam so that helps me enjoy the books! He is just...amazing! Read the book to find out more about him! ;) I also have a fascination with the idea of reincarnation in Ana's world because some people just stuck to what they know when they reincarnate but others try to learn new things. Personally I'd want to learn as much as I could about everything
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Infinite was a stunning conclusion to a spectacular series. I laughed, I cried and I did both at the same time. It was so amazing to see Ana's transformation from Incarnate to Infinite. I loved seeing her in her element, in control and while she may have been afraid she wasn't scared of everything. Plus seeing her and Sam together makes me grin like a fool! Their relationship is so beautiful, but its also very complex and not 100% perfect- which in my opinion makes it even better. Honestly, this book is one of the my favourites that I have read in a long time. It was different from a lot of what I have been reading, and it seemed to really hit home some lessons that I've had to learn at this stage in my life.  Just another great thing about Infinite if I haven't convinced you yet. Music. Infinite had more music than the other two books and it just made it so much better. I absolutely love the idea of music as a universal language (it really is!).  I understand sooo well how emotions can become music and vice versa and how somethings can only truly be described with music. So overall I would recommend Infinite (and series) to people who like YA,   fantasy, romance, music, and dragons (oh yeah this book a has them too!)
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations 4.5 stars While Incarnate has been on my to-be-read list for over a year, I just finally got around to reading it during the Pitch Dark read-a-thon. I expected I would enjoy it, but almost immediately I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. The world in Incarnate is completely unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read. The concept of reincarnation is taken to a completely new level – not only are souls reincarnated, the same souls are reincarnated, and have been for five thousand years. Ana is the only newsoul ever to be born, and because she took the place of another soul, people are distrustful of her, and they resent her. Besides the fascinating concept, the world-building in Incarnate was really well done. It wasn’t confusing like some fantasy worlds, and Ms Meadows didn’t skimp out on details. I was able to picture everything, and I felt like I was discovering Heart along with Ana. As for the characters, I was really able to relate to Ana. I felt her pain and loneliness, and her insecurities and fears broke my heart. I enjoyed watching her growth, and while it took unexpected turns at times, I really ended up loving her. As for Sam, I absolutely adored him. He was quiet and intelligent and creative, and because he had been around for so long, he was so mature and sure of himself. His interactions with Ana warmed my heart, and made me swoon repeatedly. I loved the budding romance between them – while full of tension and sexy moments (so sexy, but in that lovely, innocent way that's often underrated these days), their friendship was sweet, and I loved that ever-present desire there between them and the potential for more. I also really liked that things didn't come easy for them - Ana was uncertain of Sam at first, questioning his motives at every turn, but Sam was so patient and steady, despite their issues and the external forces working against them. They're definitely one of my new favourite book couples. I also thought the supernatural elements were great. I loved the dragons and sylphs, and the mention of other creatures like centaurs. They're supernatural creatures that you don't see enough of in books, and I'm curious to see how they factor into the next installment of the Newsoul series. Overall, Incarnate was the best kind of surprise in every way. It was well-written, with characters I related and connected to, a romance that simmered slowly while still managing to take my breath away, and steady pacing with just the right amount of suspense. If you haven’t yet read Incarnate, you’re really missing out – go read it now!
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great debut novel (plus it has a pretty cover!) Ana is a Newsoul. Unlike other people living in Range, she is completely new instead of having been reincarnated many times over the last 3500 years of so. Unsurprisingly, Ana is considered different, even a bad omen. Her mother hates her. Her father abandoned her as an infant. And everyone blames her for the disappearance of Ciana, the soul she has "replaced." Of course, none of this is her fault. When Ana sets out to live her own life after 18 years of abuse from her mother, she only finds misfortunes. First, she realizes that her mother had given her a broken compass and she has traveled in the wrong direction. Then, in the middle of the night as she tries to sleep in the forest, she is attacked by sylph. As a last resort, she jumps off a cliff to avoid the sylph fire. But luck finds her, when Sam saves her from the cold water and brings her back to health. I love how we learn about the city of Heart and this world through Ana's eyes. Everything is new to her, since she has lived a sheltered life. Jodi Meadows is a genius for having created this world and I love how she has depicted it. She added so many enticing things to her world: Dragons, Masquerade, Butterfly, Music, Mitts... just to name a few. Although, it would be great to be reincarnated over and over again, I can't imagine how hard it would be to always try to surpass your previous self. Like Sam, I think I would get bored with some things and try to learn more, every reincarnations. Wonderful debut novel. I can only expect things to get better in this series. A must read YA book.
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new idea very well thought out I've never read an idea like this, and it was a little creepy and totally turned me off of immortality. I loved the concept and the story, answers/twists were different. It was nice to read something fresh. Ana did get annoying quick running away due to a misunderstanding rather often, but I've never been mentally abused, so maybe that's what you do after? I'd love for this to be a series, but I'm not sure if that could work since Incarnate was pretty much self contained, but I can hope. P.S. the romance aspect is creepy, try not to think about it too deeply.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filled With Soul (Originally posted at There are so many things I want to say about this book. I want to pour all my thoughts, feelings, emotions about this book onto the page and pray they do Incarnate justice. What a beautiful, beautiful novel. I think that would be the best way to sum it up. Even in it’s most disturbing, and painful moments Incarnate manages to be stunning. Originality is something I appreciate in a novel, as is themes apart from the story. Incarnate had both of these in spades. The story tackled issues like abuse, identity, and exclusion with precision, and passion. It was heart-wrenching reading about Ana’s upbringing, and enraging knowing the cruelty she had to face not only in her home, but in this warped society was well. I wanted to stand in front of Ana, and protect her from the abuse. But Ana wasn’t some down-trodden soul, but a determined and courageous one. Reading about her growth, and her journey made me smile, and made me feel proud of this beautiful New Soul. I loved her relationship with Sam as well. It didn’t seem fake, or cheesy but rather honest and refreshing. I couldn’t help but smile at their conversations, and felt my heart give a little squeeze in anticipation. Sam himself was such a genuinely great guy. Not perfect, but heartfelt and sweet, which I loved. The plot line of Incarnate was such a new idea! I loved the idea, and Jodi Meadows wrote a fantastic story to match. The idea of reincarnation was given new life, and made you question if this constant simply made the world stagnant. The edition of dragons and sylphs to the story was also great. Can’t say I’ve read about dragons in a very long time! But, the fantastical monsters were nowhere near was frightening as the human monsters. Usually “soul” is synonymous with the world “pure” but in this case, many of these souls were blackened to the core. It was amazing how such a seemingly “perfect” society could harbor such judgement. Overall, Incarnate blew me away. It was spectacular, creative, and simply fantastic. Jodi Meadows, you are on my must-buy list! Check out this book. You’ll feel the same way! - Ciara
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing! I really enjoyed Incarnate! I loved some characters, hated and feared others. Ana is a Newsoul at the prime of what could be her only life. She's got lots to offer the world she find herself in and wants to enjoy every moments she has with the amazing friends she's made. Some questions were answered by the end of the book but there are so many more things I want to know about Heart and its inhabitants. And hopefully there's lots more romance to come too! I'm very much looking forward to the sequel! ~~ Incarnate caught my eye not only visually, because, hello, the cover is gorgeous, but the plot sounded super interesting. A world where souls are continuously reincarnated...until one doesn't, and the first Newsoul is born. "Soul deep romance, fantasy, and danger." Sounds awesome! This book definitely kept me glued to every page. Incarnate is sort of a sci-fi in a historical setting. There's obviously advanced technology in the city of Heart, but it's also plagued by attacks by dragons and shadowy sylph. There're no televisions but people have laser guns. The dual nature of the lives these people lead is strange but curious. The history of the people and how they discovered Heart, as well as the mysterious godly figure within it was nothing short of intriguing to me. I feel like there's so much more to discover within Heart's white walls, as well as what lies beyond them! With every single person in Heart having been reincarnated over thousands of years, the sudden unexplained loss of one of their own and the birth of a Newsoul is shocking. Ana, though having had no part in her birth, is looked down on, even by her own mother. I liked that even though Ana grew up in such a cold home, she still turned out to be a genuinely nice person. At her core she just wants to be accepted for the person she is. Sam is the first person who does this. He not only saves her life, he shelters her, cares for her and fully accepts her for the amazing new person she is. They share a love of music and he teaches her to play piano and even helps her write her own piece. Their blossoming relationship is adorable and I look forward to seeing it develop further. I did find that Ana tended to overreact with Sam a lot. She would take things the wrong way or not understand sarcasm. It was explained by her lack of social skills but after the first few times it got a little frustrating. Sam had a little more patience with her than me! I also couldn't help thinking how much older Sam was than Ana. He may look like a hunky eighteen year old but he's lived over 4000 years. It was an almost creepy thought that I just couldn't banish. Underlying Ana's adjustment in Heart is the mystery behind her birth; how it happened, and will it happen again? There are attacks by fierce, acid spitting dragons (dragons!) and someone is trying to kill Ana. There was plenty of action and drama that had me biting my nails and romance that had me biting my lips to hold in my squees (the masquerade ball especially!) I was amused all the way through. Review from my blog:
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice mix of Myth and Science Fiction This book is so close to home at the beginning of the book, hearing what her mom did it made me cry a few times. I even had to try to stop myself from crying on the bus it was that sad for me. I was glad when it got happier after that though. I loved everything about this book, seeing with such low ratings on goodreads I just couldn't believe it. This book is really science fiction like because I know for sure it doesn't really take place on earth maybe a different reality though. In all this book took me two days to finish reading it. Ana is such a strong characters, to put up with how her mother treated her, to be brave on going out on her own when she doesn't know much. She is very brave and I would love to be just like her. When she meets Sam she doesn't know how she should act because when she was with her mom she couldn't do anything she wanted to do. She was even told she wasn't suppose to have feelings. Sam slowly made her open up to him and tell him things she loves. She is very passionate about music and Sam uses that to make her open up a bit more. Ana runs into Sam when she was running away from a mythical creature that can burn you badly with just a touch. Even though Sam is like everyone else who lived for over 5000 years he doesn't treat Ana differently. He takes care of her and even starts to feel something for her. He's a really nice guy who loves music as well and wants to take care of Ana any way he could. Even though he's old and knows a lot he does have fears that Ana tries to help him with and that probably brings them even more closer together. The romance in this book is very slow but it was a good built up. Ana starts to have feelings for Sam she never felt before and when she tries to react on those feelings Sam turns away. He doesn't know if they should be together or not because she might only be around for only a short while. You can see though that he also has feelings for her as well. I love how they interact and I love that Sam would do anything for Ana and will even be with her no matter what! The plot is so great I love it so very much. To see that these people can be reincarnated so many times and then someone new appears and no one knows what to do it's just so great. I love just about everything about this book and I can't wait for the second one. I highly recommend that everyone read this book if your into Science fiction, mythology and Romance.
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing debut in an exciting fantasy world with dragons, sylph, and reincarnated souls! I received this e-ARC for review from the publisher through NetGalley. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Range is an exciting fantasy world with dragons, sylph, and reincarnated souls! For millennia, the inhabitants of Range have been reincarnated over and over again by Janan who is revered as a god. When a child is born, its palm is pressed on the Soul Scanner so that the Soul Tellers can determine whose soul has been reincarnated. Souls can be measured as a series of vibrations, and the unique sequence remains throughout the soul’s lifetime no matter how many times it has been reincarnated. There comes a day when a baby girl is born and, when she is scanned, no data is available. Everyone was expecting the babe to be the reincarnation of Ciana, but she is not. Who is this child, and where did she come from? The child is dubbed “nosoul,” a derogatory name because she has no known soul and was not the reincarnation of anyone that is known. The kinder folks refer to her as “new soul” because her soul is new rather than believing that she has no soul. They call her Ana, and her name is taken from Ciana whose soul she replaced. Ana has a horrid upbringing and is both physically and mentally abused by her domineering mother, Li. When she turns 18 years old, Ana decides that she wants to travel to the city of Heart where it is her fervent hope that she will discover how and why she came to be and whether there is any chance that she will be reincarnated when she dies. Li tries to sabotage Ana’s quest by giving her a faulty compass, and Ana ends up wandering too deeply into the forests where the sylph roam. She tries to avoid a sylph attack by diving off a cliff into the freezing water below. She is rescued by Sam, who not only nurses her back to health but helps her to get to Heart. Once there, he receives permission from the Council to be appointed as Ana’s guardian. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the story given that reincarnation is not consistent with my own beliefs. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I loved Ana, and my heart just broke at the cruelty of Li and the residents of Heart. Ana and Sam have a lot of chemistry, and it was nice to see their relationship grow and change over time. Sam acts as a bit of an anchor for Ana, and she counts on him as she has counted on no one else in her life. I really enjoyed the snippets of Sam’s past lives, but it wasn’t nearly enough! I hope we learn more about him. To be Ana, a stranger in a world where everyone has known each other for thousands of years, would be terribly frightening! I thought that Meadows did a great job in playing both sides: Not only could I relate to how Ana would feel in such a situation, but I also could empathize with the residents of Heart who were distrustful and wary of Ana’s existence. I think that only a skillful writer can accomplish such a feat! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, which is expected to be released in 2013 which is just way too far away! With the way this book ended, the next one promises to be exciting and tumultuous! There are a lot of unanswered questions and lots of possibilities to explore, and I am eager to see how this plays out. And let’s not forget that gorgeous cover! That alone would suck me into buying the book. MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!! Thanks to both HarperCollins and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reincarnation taken to a whole new level! The gorgeous cover may have been the first thing that caught my eye, but I promise that it wasn't the only thing that kept my attention — Incarnate is more than just a pretty cover! My absolute favourite thing about this book has to be the world that Jodi Meadows created. Within the pages, there's a whole kingdom of souls who are reincarnated over and over again. I was constantly fascinated by how creative the author's mind was. Dragons? She's got them! Sylphs? They're in this book too! It was an endless cycle of creativity WOWs. After being physically and mentally abused by her mother for 18 years (and shunned by her society for just as long), I adored Ana almost instantly! She's so strong for someone who's been through so much. Even though it's hard to connect with her at times because of her protective shell, Ana opens her heart a little more near the end and that's what makes me adore her even more. And that leads me to Sam, who is honestly the kind of sweet guy we're missing so much of in YA! He didn't care that some people called Ana a nosoul — he just loved her for being her, and I loved that about him. Their romance was so pure and sweet and "aww"-worthy. Some things (like the fact that he'd been a girl in some previous lives!) felt strange and off at first, but it didn't bother me as much as I expected. Reincarnation is a tricky subject to approach and I thought that Jodi Meadows handled it gracefully! Beautifully written and wonderfully crafted, Incarnate is one outstandingly original utopian book that you won't want to miss! It ends a little rushed, but I can see so much potential in this series and I'm really excited to see where it goes! :) BUY or BORROW?: If you're looking for another breathtaking and unique book to add to your bookshelf (and 2012 is filled with them!), Incarnate is definitely one you need to get!
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lost in Translation Jodi Meadows' Incarnate has been getting a lot of buzz and consistantly good reviews, and I thought I'd jump the gun a little bit by reading it sooner rather than later. This is a YA title, and the first in a series by a first time author. As an adult, I felt the writing didn't translate. The plot, character development and world building felt lacking to me, not that is was terrible, it wasn't. I was just disappointed because I had such high hopes for this one based on the synopsis. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. However, that being said, I did like what the author was trying to do and definitely feel like she will connect with her target audience. I also really liked that she let her main characters feelings develop at a realistic pace, even if the push to end the book felt somewhat rushed and contrived. Recommended for Tweens and Teens.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! You wouldn’t think from the cover of this book that it has dragons. Lots of awesome dragons. But it does, my friends, it does. Oh yes. What else do you need? So, basically, I loved this book beyond the telling of it. Ana suffered so much in her early life I couldn’t help but cheer for her and need good things to happen to her. Good things, preferably carried out by Sam. I do not know how to describe the love that I have for these two characters. Their bonding over music, the way their relationship builds and is quiet and loud at the same time. That scene through the window of the jail cell. I just loved these two. But, I will say, the REAL star of this book is the world building. Not just the setting, or the idea, or the mythical beasts, but all of these things smooshed together into this fantastic, detailed world. There were just so many little things that I never would have thought of when imagining a world of people who get reincarnated over and over again. Two things of particular note stood out to me. The first was when Ana was born not being able to read and her mother thought she was stupid. This just touched a place inside me. This race of people being born over and over again with all their memories intact. So, they’re basically adults born in the helpless body of a baby, forced to be dependent on people who may have been friends or lovers in past lives. It’s so very strange. And the fact that Ana’s stupid b****face of a mother (I really, REALLY hate her) couldn’t even take the time to care for her daughter, or to teach her daughter, well, it was just disgusting. The second thing was when Ana is at Sam’s house and she sees his cemetery. All these graves that belong to him. All these past lives buried in the ground beside your house and you with the responsibility of taking care of them. There is something so very morbid and disturbing about this. And the fact that there is no escape in their world. The problems and pain of your past lives will always be with you, just piling on top of one another. Mostly due to the way Ana was treated by her awful mother (I’m doing my best to not call her some truly despicable names) I cried through the first half of the book. But, I’m a crier, so, that isn’t necessarily a bar you want to set for this book. I’m simply saying there was some big emotions at the beginning of the book, and because of this, despite their being a properly climatic ending (WITH DRAGONS!) it felt like it was missing something. Or something. I don’t know. I felt much more strongly about the beginning of the book than I did about the end of the book. Which has it’s pros and cons, I guess. Anything else I can think to talk about is spoiler-y. Lets just say I want Ana and Sam all happy and together and happy. With a pet dragon. Pet dragons are the best. Also, look at that gorgeous cover! I want it all hardcover and sparkly on my shelves!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Love Story This book was such an enjoyable read, I totally devoured it. Was hooked by the unusual synopsis on the back (a fixed number of souls, reincarnation, a new soul born...) and then fell in love with the characters and REALLY in love with their love story. There was a moment in this book where I stopped to hug it. Will definitely be watching out for book 2 from this gifted author.
Date published: 2012-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! Review first publised at Wow- What an amazing book!! That's all that you are going to hear from my mouth right now. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows was one of the most imaginative novels I have ever read. It wasn't just the plot that made me fall in love with this book, it was the way that Meadows went about telling Ana and Sam's story and that way she made me fall in love with Ana and Sam. Incarnate tells the story of Ana, who was born into a utopian society where no one actually dies- they are reincarnated and retain all the memories from their previous lives. Ana in an anomaly in this world. She is a newsoul; which is basically what it says, someone born with a new soul. She has not been reincarnated and she has no old lives. In fact, she is blamed for stealing the life of another who was expected to be reborn. For this reason Ana is persecuted and essentially shunned from society. The story that is Incarnate is so imaginative and different, it was SO fun to read and I could barely put it down. But, even with a great idea for a story it would not have been successful had Jodi Meadows been a terrible writer. But she's not, she is a beautiful writer. She has the ability to write a fast pace, intense action scene that has you holding your breath as well as an emotionally intense romantic scene that has you fighting back tears. She did such an amazing job at making readers feel everything that her characters are feeling. It was amazing. The thing that I loved the most about this novel was the characters. They were truly amazing and complex individuals. Ana was eager and sweet- she wanted to figure out the mystery of her birth. She was smart, really smart, however, she was unfamiliar with just how brilliant she was. I really liked Ana, I never found her annoying or whiny. She was fantastic and it was refreshing. Sam-Dossam- was an interesting individual. I can't imagine him being an easy character to write. Sam was a 5,000 year old man in an eighteen year old's body. He was wounded, and moody, he was also incredibly sweet and caring. The relationship that Sam and Ana have made me happy. Really happy. For those of you who have read Unearthly, Sam and Ana's relationship and how it develops is comparable to Clara and Tucker's. Which is saying a lot. There are a million other amazing characters in this book, but I can't possible talk about all of them, not matter how hard I tried. Overall, Incarnate was an amazing debut by Jodi Meadows and I can barely wait to read more by this author.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows I haven't done a review for a while. Most of you are probably aware of the reviewer/author drama that was ongoing at the beginning of this year, and if you have no idea what I am talking about, be thankful, because I am not going to rehash it all over again. But needless to say, it put me in a cruddy and miserable place and I honestly had no urge to review anything for anyone...I read a lot of books, I just didn't feel like sharing my opinions with anyone while everyone was still sensitive. But Jodi Meadows and her debut novel Incarnate changed all that for me. It was the first time in quite a while that I had so thoroughly enjoyed a book that I felt I just had to share it with anyone willing to listen. Not since Divergent by Veronica Roth has a story captured my attention with such unique ideas and vivid characterization. And not since The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater has a love story felt so true and realistic, and sometimes heart-breaking. Incarnate has this wonderful world where dragons attack cities made of seemingly living walls with acidic breath and sylphs can literally burn the flesh from your body with the briefest of touches. Everything is new and exciting and you feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store as you turn around slowly in circles trying to take everything in. It took me less than 24 hours to devour this book. The only sad part is now it will feel like forever as I wait for part two... My only minor complaint with the events near the end of the book. I won't spoil anything at all but I just have to share that it felt so rushed and confusing I'm still not actually sure of everything that happened. Perhaps that was done on purpose as more things unravel in future books. Once I pick up my physical copy on release date I will most likely re-read at least the end to see if it makes more sense to me. But it made me very happy to not have to be subjected to a horrible cliffhanger of doom that often accompanies most series books in ya right now. I suggest every single one of you rush out and buy this as soon as your local book store opens tomorrow. No excuses!
Date published: 2012-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows Is So Much More Then Another Pretty Cover *A copy was provided by the publisher pre-onsale date for review* I'm a horrible person! There, I admit it! I'm a cover sleaze. I am unfaithful to beautiful YA covers everywhere! One moment I find myself lusting after one gorgeous book cover, and the next moment I'm drooling over another. Dearest Jodi, Incarnate is my latest notch on the belt. It's absolutely gorgeous, I highly doubt anyone would ever disagree. What could have been a boring cover, featuring another glam shot, is instead beautifully decorated with a butterfly in what looks like a mask. Needless to say, come release day...I'll be running off to buy myself a gorgeous finished copy! Incarnate by Jodi Meadows was an instant sell for me. It's not everyday a reader comes across a novel about reincarnation that sounds so incredible! In Incarnate, readers meet Ana, a newsoul in a world filled with old souls. After being branded a nosoul, Ana is put in seclusion from the outside world. In search of answers as to why she's a newsoul, Ana leaves in search of Heart. On her way there, and amidst being attacked by a dreaded sylph, Ana meets Sam, someone who unexpectedly accepts Ana for who she is. I loved Ana! Brave, charismatic, eager, REAL; all words I'd use to describe Ana. Upon beginning Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, I quickly discovered how fun a narrative voice Ana truly was. I felt as though I was thinking on the same wavelength with her. Unfortunately, I couldn't predict any of the events in the novel despite my connection with Ana. Though, that's not to say that's a bad thing. With unpredictability comes intense excitement, and that's exactly what Jodi Meadows delivered with Incarnate. Incarnate features a fresh and interesting world setting, one who's history could trap a reader into a trance of endless thought for hours. Reincarnation, as I mentioned before, is a difficult subject for me to read. I've come across several novels that ignorantly flail it around to create rather unbecoming romances that end with similarly unbecoming endings. With Incarnate, however, I was instantly enamored! Yes, there is romance in Incarnate, but it's so much more then that. There's an overwhelming feeling of mystery and suspense that lures the reader into playing a game of detective. There's so much more to Incarnate then meets the eye; it's incredibly rewarding! Dear Jodi, I need mittens! Warm, fuzzy mittens! Why? You left me in the cold, shivering for more, with that ending. How do you expect me to survive until book two?! Irregardless, Incarnate by Jodi Meadows is NOT just another pretty cover being used to lure you in. This time the gorgeous cover captures the true beauty within it's pages. I highly recommend Incarnate by Jodi Meadows to all readers who love unique world settings and fantasy.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reincarnation!! This book was sooo AMAZING!!! I was head over heels in love with Jodi Meadows characters, Ana and Sam <3 From the first moment I saw the cover of this awesome book, I knew I had to read it. Am totally into reincarnation and dragons, sylphs and music! It had the best romance scenes, that I was fanning my self with what Jodi was writing. I was also chatting with her on Twitter when I was reading it! Its so awesome to talk to Jodi:) Sam is my new love interest..... he plays piano and he takes care of Ana and its a hot dancer/kisser, I call that my perfect man! What I liked most about this book was the way the book flowed. I practically devoured this book in two days, because the writing was addicting and also the characters were so likeable that you can relate to Ana and her personality. Her fast friendship with Sam that grows into romance was fantabulous and steamy that this scene was sooo romantic and hot that I wanted to marry Sam. I adored the whole entire storyline with reincarnation. My favorite part was the masquerade ball, it made me speechless and wanting more. This scene is sooo swoon worthy I can still remember what happened! Sam may be an old soul, but he has lots of heart. The romance, this is my favorite part. Sam and Ana have strong chemistry that you are waiting from the beginning where is Sam!!! Yes I <3 Sam!! Ana is a new-soul and is the only one out in this world. The city of Heart are worried that she will infect them when she comes, and she actually has to be supervised into coming to the city Heart. The masquerade scene is the best scene EVER, the writing was perfect and you can envision this scene from your head, heres a sneak: (it maybe a spoiler but it is steamy) "Three long seconds and he only gasped and tightened his hands on my back. Then, with a moan, he opened his mouth and kissed me. It wasn't easy, sweet kiss like I'd imagined my first would be, but frustrated and hungry." ( Page 167 E-ARC) The setting was written beautifully, I could picture everything that was described, when Ana and Sam were traveling to the main city. The town itself was really cool because the city was already built and ready for them when the Old Souls got there. It got me more interested when Ana was trying to figure who she is and how she became a New-Soul. She does go to the library to learn of her "former" person and discovers some interesting things, including her "connection" with Sam. When uncovering this mystery of finding herself, she starts falling in love with Sam. From the very beginning after he saves her from the Sylph and also her love for music, she develops strong feelings for him. Sam is courageous, but a little stupid for fighting dragons, and in his past life he always dies by either Sylph or Dragons. The cover is so pretty that I practically love it! The butterfly mask is soo beautiful, that you want to have this on your shelves. I know I do because I loved this book from beginning to end. Incarnate is a MUST read, it definitely belongs on everyone's shelves. The story and romance will blow you away! Book 2 will be soo awesome!! I cant wait to read it!!! Be sure to buy this one on January 31!! Are YOU Team Dragon or Sylph ?
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written! Range is full of souls being re-incarnated over and over and over again. How many souls are being re-incarnated? About a million. These souls live their lives as a man or even a woman. Imagine having the ability to learn all that you can again. The people write journals to document their life which is set in the library to keep safe where anyone can read it. In comes Ana, an eighteen year old nosoul. She's different because she wasn't supposed to be born. Another soul named Ciana was supposed to be born instead but she dies, and Ana is born. No one knows why she is born, so on her eighteenth birthday she leaves her abusive mon's Purple Rose Cottage to venture in the city of Heart. On her way to the city, she meets Sam (Dossam) who rescues her from drowning and from the clutches of a sylph. Some people believe that the creator Janan has created all life. Including species such as: dragons, centaurs, phoenixes, unicorns, and giants. The story started out really slow, Sam and Ana getting to know one another felt completely real. It didn't feel rushed or fake like some novels do. Their relationship builds up and when they finally kiss..well let's just say it was pretty steamy. Can I just say how romantic it is having a rededication to your mate? After how many years of being together, one may still be in love? How pure and sweet love can be. I can't help but wish that is real. I'm such a romantic at heart and in our modern times I'd like to think this is what we call "soulmates." I wished Jodi added more of a plot in the beginning of the novel just because it felt broken in the middle considering Ana did not research more about her past as much as I would have liked to. She also turned a blind eye to who was trying to kill her. I mean if that was me, I'd be trying to figure out who was trying to kill me and what their motive was. I did love the ending though. The little twist wasn't suprising but it was still very entertaining to read. Needless to say, I loved this book for the endless romantic tone, action, and mystery. Jodi Meadows write beautifully and I can't wait to read more.
Date published: 2011-12-12

Editorial Reviews

An absorbing fantasy.