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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Awesome Debut!

I was initially drawn to this book because of the amazing cover, but then when I read the synopsis, I knew I needed to read this book. It is creative, original, and amazing!! The fantasy is fantastic. I mean there's dragons in it! How cool is that? The romance was sweet...
I was initially drawn to this book because of the amazing cover, but then when I read the synopsis, I knew I needed to read this book. It is creative, original, and amazing!! The fantasy is fantastic. I mean there's dragons in it! How cool is that? The romance was sweet, and at times a little heartbreaking. The pace of the book was great. It picked up little by little and built up to a tense ending. I found myself gripping my nook in suspense. It touched many of my emotions and kept me hooked from beginning to end.

As you know, Ana is a Newsoul. I won't go into that since you already have the basics of it from the overview. I really liked Ana. She turns eighteen and leaves home to go to Heart. She wants to find out why she has been born, and if she will be reborn again after she dies. Ana has been treated horrible her whole life and told that she has no soul and can't love or feel. Nothing could be further from the truth. She is a very strong, determined, and passionate person. I really loved her character. She goes through a lot, but keeps pushing forward.

Now onto Sam. *sigh* It only took me a few chapters to love Sam. He is the sweetest. He believes in Ana, and never thought of her as a Nosoul the way so many others do. He only wants to help her and protect her. He see's her for who she really is, not as an Oldsoul or Newsoul. I suppose when it's the only person you have never known it's easy to see them for who they are, but he never judges her like others do. Their relationship is sweet and gradual. It made my heart melt. I found myself smiling at many of their interactions.


There were a few things that were unclear to me in the story, but maybe we will learn about them more as the series goes on. I would love to know more about the years. They have fifteen different ones I believe, that are all named different things, like the year of hunger. We didn't really get to know much about any of them, and I would have liked to. And also Soul Night, but I don't think we are supposed to know about it yet. Ana is also wondering what it's about so we probably learn that in the next book. (Hopefully) Also I found the concept a little weird that as you are being reincarnated into different people you could be lovers in one life, and then potentially a parent to them in another life. It's all very strange, but I understand why it works that way. People live and die at different times, so it's inevitable over 5,000 years that it would probably happen at some point. Overall I really loved this book, I am hoping that in the next book we get more information on things that I felt were a little unclear in this one though. This is definitely a fantastic start to a series! 4.5 out of 5 stars

posted by Amabe421 on February 6, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An Adult Perspective of Incarnate

Oh, no! If you could see me, you'd see a very puzzled look on my face right now. I wish I could tell you this is a book to rush out and get for a good read, but I can't. I can't because it's such a spin-up of things. On the one hand, it's a deeply moving and poignant...
Oh, no! If you could see me, you'd see a very puzzled look on my face right now. I wish I could tell you this is a book to rush out and get for a good read, but I can't. I can't because it's such a spin-up of things. On the one hand, it's a deeply moving and poignant story of love and redemption. But, on the other, it's a fantasy tale that has so many loose ends it just doesn't add up! This is one that you'll just have to be the judge of yourself after reading my thoughts below.

Granted, this is YA fiction, but we've read a good deal of excellent fiction in this category that can stand up to anything in the general fiction genre. I'm reviewing this book from the perspective of whether an adult would enjoy reading it.

Jodi Meadows has real promise as an author. There are sparks of brilliance in her writing. Very magical and emotionally touching segments of this book that are exceptional and alive with feeling and truth. They are the very best qualities I found in reading "Incarnation," and they are found in the sections having to do with the direct relationship between the two main characters, Ana and Sam. The way Sam coaxed and loved Ana from an abused and unloved child to a young woman who is guided out of that darkness into being strong enough to find herself and find love, is an amazingly beautiful story. There is a depth of tenderness written here that matches any I've read.

What didn't work, and what leaves me scratching my head wondering why it was even a part of such a wonderful novel is all the falderall over dragons, sylphs and other fantastic evil creatures (which we didn't even meet!). I understand this was possibly written as a fantasy novel and there were some lovely Chinese fairytale quality passages to the book, especially early on, but this degenerated quite a bit to a sort of strange side-story that interfered with the better story of Ana and Sam. The time settings were strange, as well. I kept wondering if it actually was a fantasy or a dystopian/futuristic society...there were hints of both. Then, I felt there were hints of Hinduism because of the reincarnation theme, but that didn't mesh with the Christ-like figure of J. who was supposed to have built the City, Heart, and acted as a savior to their world. Nor did it fit with Ana's scientist, gene-bending father who had a part in creating her as a newsoul. Confusion reigned in the book. Just too many unanswered questions and too many non-directions to give the book unity.

I ran through to the end because I wanted to confirm that this was either a strange novel, or that Ms Meadows was going to ultimately enlighten us so that I could report to you my findings. And, of course, I did want to know what happened between Ana and Sam...sort of. I won't say this was a waste of my day, altogether. But, I can't recommend you buy this book right now. You may want to wait for it to come out in paperback, or to check with your local library. Sorry, it's not one of the best in YA fiction this year. Since I'm supposing there may be a sequel, I'll be thinking about the paperback/library copy of that, too, if I have time in my book stacks for the read.

3 1/2 stars because of its brighter love story parts

posted by Humbee on February 23, 2012

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    First of all, let me say that this is not a bad book nor a badly

    First of all, let me say that this is not a bad book nor a badly-written one. The storyline is nowhere near boring and the writing is actually very fluent and perhaps even the thing I liked the most. However I seemed to have a big problem with the book every since the beginning and at first I didn't even know what it was, but then it finally got me - the main character wasn't all that likable to me.

    There are only one million souls in the world, they are constantly reborn after they die but the number never changes. But then something strange happens - soul Ciana dies and doesn't come back, instead a newsoul is born and is immediately the center of (shall I quote the new-soul) 'disgust, hate, etc.' She is named Ana and unlike all other souls, she has to learn everything from scratch. Living with a hostile mother makes it even harder than it already is. But she learns herself how to read and everything, despite the fact that her mother utterly hates her and is constantly calling her a no-soul and is doing her best to make her life easier.
    When she's eighteen she finally has enough courage to leave her home and start a life of her own. And so she goes into the wild. But nothing goes according to plan since the very first night of her departure she gets attack by the sylph (a creature of shadow whose touch burns) and is forced to jump of a high cliff in order to get away. Next thing she knows someone is pulling her out of a lake and then trying to warm her up with blankets and body heat. It's Sam. That's when she first starts feeling like she deserves her place in this world and I guess that's the real start of her journey that takes her to Heart, a city that was always just there, created by a mysterious god Janan.

    Ana is... ugh. It might not be fair from me to label her as whiny and weak, since by the end of the book she's nothing like that. And I'm trying really hard to fit in her shoes and try to imagine how she felt like. But the fact is that her personality is just too much of everything for me. All the time it's just: ''I don't deserve this. I can't say I love honey because I'm a no-soul and I don't matter. I can't believe he hugged me. Why would anyone help me? I should have died.'' And so on. It gets annoying because when I finally thought that she'll get strong and GROW UP, she falls into that vicious cycle again. Her choices always seem so rushed to me and often I can't really understand her mood swings, because one minute she's cuddling and the next she's screaming and throwing things around.

    I would recommend this story though, to those who like fantasy novels. It's a nice story, quick read, a lot of talk about music and how music can influence you. It wasn't my cup of tea, but as said before, if you like fantasy/science-fiction, try it.

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