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The thrilling and romantic second novel in the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy series about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.
As a Newsoul, Ana has always felt alone. Some residents of Heart are afraid of Ana's presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable change and the unknown. When the people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself, but also for those...
The thrilling and romantic second novel in the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy series about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.
As a Newsoul, Ana has always felt alone. Some residents of Heart are afraid of Ana's presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable change and the unknown. When the people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself, but also for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Romantic and action-filled, the rich world of Asunder is perfect for fans of epic fantasy, like Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, while Ana's courage to expose the cracks in society and fight for what is right is ideal for fans of dystopian novels.
Posted August 2, 2013
fr ASUNDER is a stunning sequel with a great plot and surprises at every turn. Jodi Meadows is a master of stories!
If you don't know this about me, INCARNATE (book one) is my favorite book of all time. ALL. TIME. So when I got ASUNDER in the mail as a RAK, I was freaking out and started reading immediately. I was sucked back into the world of Range and all of its inhabitants: speaking of which, the sylph were super eerie in this book! I don't see how Meadows managed to make them even more spookier, but she pulled it off excellently.
Ana? She became such a fierce and kick-butt character in this sequel. I will admit that she does have her flaws in book one, but oh my, she absolutely redeems herself in ASUNDER. And Sam is just so nice to Ana, it makes even more cooler in my book. Plus, anything with piano/music in books adds extra bonus points for me, and Ana and Sam do duets in the book!
But I did have one slight problem: I absolutely adore ASUNDER, but there was something about INCARNATE that gave me some kind of spark of reading-love and hope for other fantasies like it. So I guess I like INCARNATE just a little bit more than ASUNDER.
ASUNDER is a fantastic sequel. I will admit that I sometimes have troubles with sequels, but I had zero trouble with this one. The writing style was just as great, and the stakes are raised even higher. Speaking of which, THE PROBLEMS ARE RAISED SO MUCH HIGHER IN THIS BOOK. There are a lot of evil and cruel jerks in this book that Jodi Meadows put in there that made me cringe because of how twisted they were, and gosh, they were so evil to Ana and Sam! And because of the ending of INCARNATE, we have a new problem in ASUNDER: newsouls are coming into the world, filling everyone with fear. And let me say that the newsouls are probably my favorite addition to ASUNDER.
And once again, Meadows packs an insane ending! I was on my seat the entire time, because Jodi knows how to write an ending!
Overall, ASUNDER is just as brilliant as its predecessor. I don't know how I'll be able to stand the wait for book three!
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Posted January 8, 2015
Holy mother of books! I enjoyed reading Incarnate but Asunder took my breath away! Way back to Incarnate, we met our heroin, Ana and her hero, Sam. We followed them throughout their journey, music lessons, and how Ana made new friends despite of being the only Newsoul. She later on discovered about her mysterious birth, a secret that Menehem, her father did before she was born. During the Templedark that Menehem created, Ana discovered that more Newsouls will be born soon, replacing the darksouls, or those who died during Templedark.
In Asunder, the relationship of Ana and Sam grew stronger and deeper. You will definitely savour every moment of the two of them. Even there are some confusions for Ana about the way she really feels, Dossam patiently waited for her to understand what she truly feels about him, and what their relationship is for her.
“It was our relationship, so what other people thought shouldn't matter.”
Jodi Meadows once again captivated me in her writing. Ana never looked pathetic in any part of the book. She became braver than she was before. She wanted to prove that she can do what the oldsouls can do, and that she will do whatever she can to protect the newsouls and not give them the same childhood she suffered under her birth mother, Li. This will be made possible with the help of Sam and their friends who believes in her and trusted her with all their heart. There were times when she felt like giving up but her friends gave her hope. Asunder also gave answers to the questions that Incarnate left behind. Also, a lot more about Heart was explained, about the reincarnation, the sylph, the temple, and Janan.
“Just accept it, Ana. You can't stop your friends from loving you. You can't stop Sam from feeling the way he does. You know I admire that you question things, but this - this doesn't have to be one of them.”
And Dossam. Sam. Reading his name is like listening to music. Spelling out his name is like reading notes from a musical composition. Asunder made me fall inlove with him even more. Every girl who feels alone need a guy like Sam. Ana is very lucky to have Sam by her side. Sam supports her in every way he can to make her strong and for her to believe in herself and what she can do. Sam deserves to be in a Swoon Worthy Saturday post!
Asunder really took my breath away. There is so much more to discover in Range and in Heart. I just feel sad one of my favorite characters need to leave physically, but I understand why he needed to go. Yes, he. Anyway, the cover justified the story. Even though I liked the cover of Incarnate more, this cover still gave me covergasm! I received an ARC of the next and last book in the series, Infinite and the cover is just so awesome and lovely! I can't wait to read it. I just hope that the title means infinite love between Ana and Dossam. :)
Posted January 5, 2015
New soul, no soul, reincarnation. You see, the concept and meaning of the essence of a human being, the characteristics, the emotions, the memories that define a person, are a very prominent and recurring theme in Jodi Meadows NEWSOUL three-book series. Numerous discussions about and unsettling discoveries of a godlike being and the temple in the city's center are inevitably connected with Ana's efforts to find the origin and reason behind the reincarnation of Heart's one million souls. Conflicts of various forms resulting from the idea of God Janan were fast becoming parts of the story I would've wished to skip altogether instead of reading even more about them from the first to the last book.
With Ana, Jodi Meadows introduces us to a main character whose journey has only just begun. Her upbringing was anything but kind and loving and so Ana is someone who doesn't easily trust and love. Ana is a delicate, yet strong character and hers is a story of significant emotional development. How could it be different, the bonds of friendship and Ana's love story with Sam, her beloved musician, were my main reason and motivation to finish the series as a whole.
When I look back at the entire series, more than thousand pages worth of story, I don't have the impression that very much happened beside the main conflicts with Janan, sylph, new soul opposers and dragons. Characters were likely to be followed in their repetitive quests. In addition the story's overall ending was one of the most anticlimatic I have encountered in a dystopian novel.
Phoenixes, dragons, sylphs, reincarnation, the God of souls. There are many different things to be discovered in Jodi's fantasy world. The world map had so many incredible possibilities and enticements like the mentioned jungle, islands, the ocean, but they were left unexplored in the end.
Notes, melodies, music. They are the heart of Jodi Meadow's trilogy. Music is always something that's very hard for me to work with in a story. Books with affinity for music are often those that don't enchant me as much as they could. Ana and Sam are practicing all the time, talking about music, learning new instruments, composing new songs. Their lives are so centered around it that their characters are irrevocably linked with the music inside them. It defines them and who they are or want to be. Beside the people in their lives, music is the most important thing for them. Something I just couldn't be as enthusiastic about as they are, creating a slight discrepancy between the characters, story and me. Even so I'm sure many people will like this series especially for its great musical finesse, for its many songs and moments of euphony and friendship.
3/5 *** NEWSOUL series - A colorful, melodic dreamland of souls and magical creatures for music aficionados. A YA symphony slightly dissonant for me.
The NEWSOUL series is different and doesn't follow the same patterns of action that other standard YA novels do. Jodi Meadows came up with a very unique concept of reincarnation and invited us to her wide and wild, beautiful and dangerous, dark and multicolored world. In the end her explanation for the enternal reincarnation process of souls, the godlike being of Janan and the temple were a bit too far fetched for me. I missed many adventurous chapters that could've been waiting for our characters out there exploring the world outside of Heart instead. I'll be waiting for Jodi's next project, THE ORPHAN QUEEN, to throw me off my feet then.
Posted January 23, 2014
I'm having a hard time deciding where I'm going to talk about Asunder because I actually haven't even finished my Incarnate review at this point. Incarnate left me with so many amazing feelings that I don't really know how Asunder could have been better, but it was, I just wasn't left with as many good feels because it was ended on a note a little darker than the last book. (In my opinion at least).
I loved how this book drew further into the complexities of newsouls and nosouls and darksouls. When we left Asunder, we had a lot of questions as to why reincarnation happens and what Janan is and what in gods name is just happening in this world. I have read books that will leave you with a ton of unanswered even during the second book, but Asunder is not one of those. While we are introduced to a lot of new content, we get a ton of questions answered. Like if Ana will be reincarnated.
I think my biggest problem with this book was that I was mad at Sam the entire time. All he did was keep things from Ana and she didn't deserve that she deserved his honesty since she didn't keep anything from him. She told him all about her father and what she did to Meuric, and she laid her soul on the table for him and yet he kept things from her and that aggravated me, especially because he has a hell of a lot more history to keep than she does.
I liked how more complex and darker this book was. While it still had its love themes and happy bits, it was overall a darker book. There were a lot of darker parts, that made it edgier and I loved it. I so cannot wait for book three, although I will admit I am sad for the story to end.
Posted January 23, 2014
Asunder is a worthy sequel with its own charms, perhaps even better than its predecessor. We return to a Heart riddled with signs of civil unrest, full of new mysteries and challenges. I read Asunder so close to Infinite that I must remind myself where the division was, because so much happened in this book. Rather than being overwhelmed, I was excited. The stakes were higher on every count. There's the mystery of Templedark to deal with; the prejudice against new newsouls; the outcry against Ana's and Sam's romance; the secrets of Ana's past. Here, Ana really becomes her own person--not just a trainee, but a young woman strong and capable enough to fight her own battles. I also found answers to many of the questions raised in Incarnate, and am still reeling from Meadows' cleverness and originality. This sequel is breakneck to the shocking end, a perfect middle that doesn't suffer from the "filler" feelings of some 2nd books. It's stands on its own.
plot . 5/5
I wanted answers after Incarnate, and I got them--only they weren't what I expected, in the best way. Meadows shows just how masterfully she crafted the first book with its forehadowing and secrets by pulling it all together in this book. Discovery is a huge theme here, with much of the plot revolving around Ana working out the mysteries she discovered during Templedark. I won't spoil, but the answers reveal a depth of worldbuilding rarely seen in young adult fantasy. And that wasn't all. Each page is a careful thread in the tapestry of this plot, all building to a startling conclusion. When Ana isn't mining for the secrets of Templedark, she's protecting young newsouls, confronting sylph, testing Sam's inhibitions, campaigning for the rights of her people, or being threatened and attacked by oldsouls resentful of their New brethren. There's also a nice twist on a love triangle that seems realistic rather than infuriating. By the time I caught my breath, I was using it to beg for the final installment.
concept . 5/5
The issues presented in Incarnate gain depth and prominence here. Meadows deals with a huge number of issues without it seeming chaotic or overwhelming. Death, prejudice, religion, love, loss, growing up. The tragedy of Templedark has sparked feelings of loss and grief in those who lost loved ones, and fear in those who envision it happening to them. Before, Ana was one newsoul, feared because of her uniqueness but gaining acceptance. Now, there are those who see her as a harbinger of doom, who see the possibility of more newsouls as a death sentence for themselves and their whole culture. The effects of fear and uncertainty, and what desperate people will do, become central to this book in a way that carries through beyond the last page.
characters . 5/5
Ana and Sam were the main players in book one, but some of the lovely side characters find their own voices here. Stef, the clever engineer, becomes vastly important. We're shown her sweet side and her dark side, which comes to a head in the final chapters. Then we meet Cris, grower of purple roses, a quietly complex character I adored from his first page. I would have liked Sarit to be more prominent in book 1 before being called Ana's best friend here, but Meadows does a decent job of making up for Sarit's limited introduction. In this book, she's more present and also shows a playful side to Ana. We also get way more of Meuric and other baddies; again, I would have liked more introduction to them earlier, but I was excited to see them here, though some of them could have been more complex. So hard to describe without spoiling! Suffice to say, clashes between characters are so crucial to this plot.
Of course I can't forget Ana and Sam. I loved Ana in book 1, but in Asunder is where she began to shine as her own person. Some of the fear and timidness has worn off, allowing her to make a place for herself as her own person. I enjoyed watching her struggle between her love for the oldsouls and her empathy for the newsouls, leading her to become champion and protector of those like herself. Some people complained about this, but I enjoyed her musings on love and whether she was capable of it. She experienced such torture with her mother that I would think it unrealistic for her not to struggle with her worth as loved and lover. Sam became deeper too, more lively and more complex with his battle between being proper and following his heart. In learning more of his origins and past relationships, I found some of the vulnerability in him that was more shadowed in book 1. The only thing that annoyed me? Ana got kind of preachy. I understand her motivations, but I still wanted to punch her in the face.
style . 5/5
I think Meadows really comes into her own in this book. Some people suffer from sophomore slump; she just shows her growing maturity as a writer here. The lyrical quality of Incarnate is still intact, but everything is even tighter and more polished than before. She also has a much stronger grasp of the voices of every character, not only Ana. Asunder proves that she is far from a one-hit-wonder.
mechanics . 4/5
The pacing was phenomenal for a book with so many threads. Everything happens at the right time. It lulls at the right time, races at the right time. What I couldn't stand was the excessive use of "asunder." A title word or key word should be sprinkled carefully. It's power comes from being unexpected, rare. It felt like Meadows was just throwing it in sometimes to hammer home the main message--and she hammered the nail until it fell through the wood. It's not enough that I didn't love the book, but by the end, I was getting angry claw hands.
take home message
A stunning sequel that takes fantasy and romance to new heights, leaving the reader breathless and dying for more.
Posted October 15, 2013
Asunder picks right back up where the excitement in Incarnate ends. Right from the beginning, Jodi’s writing grabbed a hold of me and refused to let go until the final page had been read. As a musician, I love Sam. As a female, I love Sam. Every scene that involves musical teaching or experience between Ana and Sam, I just melt. I love how continually patient he is with her as she learns to bloom in a world that is so against her. As the first Newsoul, Ana is always met with apprehension and eventually with straight out disdain and violence.
Asunder is the journey in which Ana learns the truth behind her existence and why the Oldsouls are reincarnated. The discovery makes her question everything about what she has so far learned. Before she makes this giant discovery, she and Sam spend some time away from Heart in the depths of Range to study her father’s study of the sylph. They are surprised to discover the sylph begin to act strangely toward Ana. They immediately decide that with the way Ana is received in Heart, this is a secret that must be kept at all costs. Ana is feared and misunderstood enough without adding on suspicion of the sylph behaviour.
Despite all of the time spent on the research and music, Sam takes the time to tell Ana how he really feels about her. He confesses his love, and does not get upset when Ana doesn’t immediately say it back. He understands that as a Newsoul, she must sort out everything in her own time as she is learning to understand herself. Ana had always been told that she was incapable of feelings of any kind – especially love. As a Newsoul, she obviously didn’t have the capacity to understand such things after the Oldsouls had been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. they’ve had lifetimes to learn and understand emotions and relationships, how could a girl possibly learn to understand it in less than 20 years? Because of these hateful beliefs shoved down her throat her entire life, she must learn to accept that these things aren’t true and she’s just as capable of emotions and maintaining relationships as any of the Oldsouls.
Through the entire adventures, Ana goes from a timid girl unsure of the world around her, to a young woman who is ready to fight and defend for those she loves. With the people of Heart turning quickly against her and the Newsouls that are born and are to be born, Ana takes it upon herself to become their champion. She must fight for them and for herself and she rises to the occasion beautifully.
Meadows has definitely out done herself again. Questions are answered, and the drama and action continues to rise. It all builds and builds and sets up perfectly for the conclusion of the series: Infinite due out in 2014.
It is hard to say which I enjoyed more, Incarnate or Asunder. I do know this for sure, this is definitely a series that now has a special place in my heart. The author also has a special place in my heart! Many wonderful chats have happened on Twitter, and I am greatly looking forwards to the Infinite book tour and hope that I will be able to go to a location if one is close enough!
Recommended for: Readers who enjoy science fiction, dystopian/utopian societies, fantasy (there are dragons!), and a bit of Sam romance.
Not recommended for: Those readers who do not enjoy reincarnation, futuristic civilisations, or romance
Posted October 14, 2013
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It was FREAKING AWESOME!!!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It was the second book of the Incarnate sires, and I think this was better then the first More action, mystery, romance, a LOT more betrayal, and just utter awesomeness ;DWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2013
I must admit it took me several chapters to get into this novel, and sometimes when I did get into it, I would lose interest again later on. I'm not really sure what it was that made me not have interest in it originally. Lack of interest in the story line and what was happening? Lack of description? The fact that I read this after reading an amazing series and was still experiencing a hangover from it? I think it was a combination of all three. Fortunately, that ended and I was able to enjoy the story.
There seemed to be a vague description of everything, from the description of the settings to the description of Ana's emotions. I'm used to reading books that go on and on with lots and lots of details. Even though I've read Incarnate, I'm still not quite used to the vagueness of it. I guess I shouldn't complain because I'm not very descriptive in my writing either. Also, I have come to appreciate the information Meadows incorporated into the story that most readers wouldn't even notice. What I'm referring to is the music and flower element of the story. Meadows must have done a lot of research to assure the accuracy of everything. I admire Meadows a lot for that because I'm lazy when it comes to doing research for my novel that I'm writing.
As I said in my review of Incarnate, the plot and overall premise of this story is very unique. I've never read any novel like it before reading this series, and I love reading original novels/series. Jodi Meadows has a very creative mind. Not only that, but I found it interesting, and enjoyed learning the information that Ana and Sam discover throughout the book.
I also still have a growing fondness for Sam. He is definitely the type of guy I would like to date. He's kind, selfless, brave, understanding, honorable, helpful, and not to mention, attractive. I really like him a lot. I did get annoyed with him during one or two occasions in the book when he and Ana were fighting, but I got over it when Ana did. I loved it when he practically bragged about her during one scene in the book. He's just so sweet! My favorite part with him was definitely chapter 25!! I also like Ana as well. I admire her willingness to stand up for the other Newsouls, and the way she handled herself during difficult situations. In addition to Sam and Ana, I also liked Cris as well. He reminded me a bit of Sam himself, and I love his kindness. The character Sarit was also likable as well. She was very funny!
Overall, I liked this book, but it wasn't "I have to find out what happens next" type of book. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and the novella, Phoenix Overture, written about Sam!!
Posted August 31, 2013
Asunder was really something. While I loved the first book, see my review here, I still enjoyed the book. The plot was slower and took longer to pick up, but the characters and background is still stellar. I had fantasy after fantasy about how the book would turn out, and not a single happened. It's not say that nothing happened, I'm saying something unexpected happened. It was the perfect ending for the book and leads perfectly into book three, Infinite, which comes out January 2014. While I didn't tear through the book, it built on a spectacularly immense world with ease. Nothing felt out of place or awkwardly inserted.
The main character is Ana. While she's determined not to be, as she's deemed it, a butterfly in book one, she proves it in book two. Ana does what she believes is right, even when no one stands by her side. Not once does she falter from her task of created a world safe for Newsouls like herself. When terrifying information is thrown her way, Ana uses it to her advantage and does all she can to come out on top. She has as many, or more, enemies then she does friends. At times she feels weak and hopeless, yet her friends are able to lift her up and remind her of her self-given duty. Her fear changes to hurt. Hurt changes to anger. Anger changes to hope. And hope, lights a match. She's a fierce protector of those she cares about and refuses to give up on them, even when it seems she's been betrayed.
The end of the book was a HUGE surprise. To make sure you read the book, I won't spoil it for you here, but oh my. It is amazing. The book is a bit of a struggle, but those last twenty pages are worth it. And even in the parts that seem slow or even forced, the writing itself is amazing. Jodi Meadows weaves an intricate story that even now I can't see the end of. Characters struggle and sacrifice. Ana constantly wavers between to sides of an equally difficult spectrum. Life and death are contemplated and the true meaning of immortality is revealed. Is immortal life worth it if someone else has to die?
Posted August 31, 2013
I'm a big fan of Incarnate, so as soon as I could get my grubby little hands on Asunder I started reading. Asunder is the second installment in the Jodi Meadows' Newsoul series, it continues Ana's journey of discovery. Once again, I found myself on an emotional roller coaster
and experiencing the story through Ana's eyes. Jodi Meadows does a fantastic job of bringing Heart and its inhabitants to life. Asunder is full of romance, suspense and action. In the end I was left wanting more.
Posted August 31, 2013
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To start out, this won’t be much of a review. I loved ASUNDER. No surprise there. INCARNATE, book one of the Newsoul Trilogy, was one of my favorite books of 2012. Right now, I’d do about anything to get my hands on book three. I’ll ferret sit, Jodi, if you let me read the manuscript!
I reread INCARNATE before reading ASUNDER, and I noticed something that I hadn’t noticed on my first read through: the author puts some thought into age differences. Can a relationship work when there are five thousand years between the two people? I was happy to see this, and also happy that the theme continued in ASUNDER. It reminds me of vampire novels — there’s usually at least a hundred years difference between the vampire and girl, yet the girl rarely thinks about that difference. Ana and Sam do think about it, and it brings up some valid questions about if such a relationship can succeed.
I really like Ana and Sam as a couple. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll know that romance isn’t my favorite thing, but Sam is just so damn sweet and protective of Ana. In INCARNATE, I thought the romance came on a little early, but the author further develops their relationship in ASUNDER. I was definitely cheering for them by the end of the book, and they needed cheering. Some sad things happen between them.
I have never been an audiophile. I only listen to music when I’m driving or working out. However, I know music is important for many people, and I finally understood why because of ASUNDER. Music is incredibly important to both Ana and Sam. Music allows Ana to speak in a way that the citizens of Heart can understand, and also lets her leave a lasting legacy. Music is also something they turn to when emotionally distraught.
There are some great questions in ASUNDER, some that I doubt teens usually think about, such as “What happens after I die?” and “What does my life mean?” I know I didn’t, at least not when I was younger. Ana thinks about these questions because she is the only non-reincarnated soul (at the start, anyway). It’s pretty hard to be the only one who hasn’t already lived five thousand years.
The worldbuilding also continues in ASUNDER, with the blend of fantasy and high-tech that I liked from INCARNATE. The sylph are a very interesting creation of Jodi’s, and I liked how she slowly revealed more about them and their background in ASUNDER. Sadly, there are no dragons in this book, and though I missed them (sadface), the sylph and more on Janan made up for their absence.
By the way, ASUNDER doesn’t feel like a middle book. The story moves along rapidly, with lots of big events, and I loved that I had no clue what was going to happen at the end. And the ending left me wanting the last book of the trilogy RIGHT NOW, like I said at the start of this review.
Lastly, ASUNDER is a beautiful book. I HAVE to say how much I love the cover. All too often with YA, the pretty cover doesn’t correlate to the book, but that isn’t the case with the Newsoul Trilogy. Those roses you see around Ana’s eyes? They show up in the book, and they’re an important part of ASUNDER, just like the butterfly motif was in INCARNATE. I can’t wait to see what’s on deck for the last book of the trilogy.
Posted August 23, 2013
Asunder, like Incarnate before it, captured my attention and heart from the first pages. The main character, Ana, is so likeable and relatable, despite her unique life and circumstances. The book itself is filled with love and hate, secrets and scars and so much emotion the way a book should be. I've added the upcoming Infinite to my Must Reads list, right at the very top.
Posted August 20, 2013
Asunder picks up a short time after the chaos of the end of Incarnate. The citizens of Heart are busy picking up the physical and emotional pieces of the combined sylph and dragon attack and preparing for the ramifications of that night, namely that the souls who died during Templedark won't be reincarnated. Sam and Ana take a trip away from Heart, first to Purple Rose Cottage, where they meet Cris, and then to Menehem's research lab to study sylph. After a while, the duo heads back to Heart, where they witness the birth of another Newsoul, Anid, who faces as much persecution as Ana. The entire novel is a mystery that leads up to a truly shocking confrontation, where one character makes the ultimate sacrifice. Then, as the action settles, at the very end is another fairly significant shock. Jodi's good (or evil depeding on your viewpoint) like that.
Throughout the novel, old characters stick around like Stef and Sarit, but some fade into the background. Meanwhile new characters, both friend and foe, make an appearance. It's hard to discuss the characters of Asunder fairly because everybody wears a mask, like the ones depicted on the gorgeous covers. There are so many characters who appear to be friends but are later revealed as antagonists. I will always have a problem with Stef because she's Ana and Sam's friend, but her feelings for Sam often get in the way of the friendship, and I don't like that. I mean, it makes sense and is totally realistic, but Samana forever, guys. Then there's Cris, who is Sam's other best friend. Cris is by far the most confusing character in Asunder. I just could not figure him out AT ALL. Like with Stef, there's a lot of unseen and unknown history. On one hand, Cris is a friend, trying to help Ana out with her mysterious symbols and the like, but on the other, Cris is enigmatic and closed off, which made me wonder through the whole novel what Cris is hiding. I'm quite glad for the upcoming novella "The Phoenix Overture" because clearly, the reader needs some context as far as Sam's history is concerned.
I give Jodi an A+ for all the twists, tricks, and turns throughout the novel. Kind of like in the temple, sometimes I felt like up was down and down was up. I am not usually very surprised when I read because I have read a lot and watched a lot of movies and tv, and I have been blessed with the ability to usually guess where the plot is going. Not this time. Although everyone finds Ana's symbols somewhat familiar, no one is able to recall them perfectly. Like a half-remembered dream that slips out of your mind when you wake, only leaving tantalizing fragments that float around your memory. Yeah, Asunder is like that. I found myself constantly surprised, which is really exciting for me. Bravo, Jodi, you tricksy little hobbitses, you!
My favorite aspect of the novel is Sam and Ana's blossoming romance. I mean, how could it not be? I really love it because ALL THE KISSING. I found myself having to put the book down several times because the kissing was so HOT. I mean, I've read books where the characters just get right down to it, and I'm just like, "eh, whatever." Jodi is truly a master of romance because she can do more with a small kiss and subtle caresses than some authors can do with a home run. Plus, if Sam and Ana just fell into bed, I'd find it disgenuine. Ana is still trying to find herself, and if Sam pushed her, I would like him less. Their relationship is still in the early growing stages, which means yes, all the kissing, but also the part where you do have to have some difficult conversations, which at first the two avoid fastidiously.
I find this romance wholly realistic, despite being set in a fantasy world, which is awesome. Just because you write in a genre doesn't mean you should ignore believable romance! This relationship is at times difficult because of the significant age-gap (or knowledge gap, maybe), Ana's supreme lack of self esteem, and the pressures of society. Also, as I state above, Sam's history is a significant player in this relationship because Stef and Cris both pose as opposition in one way or another. But Sam and Ana work at things, and I love them for it. It's not easy, but it's real. <3
Overall, I thoroughly recommend reading Asunder, but only after you've read Incarnate, obviously. Sometimes you can get away with skipping a novel in a series, but I really don't recommend that here. This trilogy is so wrapped up together that you won't want to miss a word.
Posted August 19, 2013
AH-MAZING book!! I loved INCARNATE, and I was so excited to finally be able to read ASUNDER. (school got in the way) and I enjoyed every mintue of it! It had enough romance and action, it was perfect. And a hint of mystery as well! Which I love! I cannot wait to read INFINITE and PHOENIX OVERTURE! 5 stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2013
We pick up pretty close to where Incarnate ended. The residents are essentially picking up the pieces of their life both literally and figuratively after Templedark now that they have to rebuild Heart and bury the many who have died. The worst bit of grief for a lot of the residents come when the first birth after Templedark occurs. The first birth is a Newsoul, which causes more problems for Ana.
I had some problems with Asunder. The cover didn't pull me in, much like Incarnate. It's an interesting concept, but it comes off a bit cheesy. Almost like Lisa Frank or something from the 90′s. I really loved this book, but it felt a bit clunky to me. One of my biggest peeves to me was all the music terminology. I felt like there was a disconnect as this didn't seem as central in the first book.
Like Incarnate, I couldn't put this book down! I just had to find out where Ana's story would take her in this book. I felt more connected to the secondary characters in this book than I did in the first one, which was unexpected and wonderful. I loved that many of the unanswered questions from the first book were answered in this one. Of course these were replaced by new questions, but the author kept me on my toes for sure!
The last bit of Asunder felt a bit underwhelmed and had a bit of the middle book charm. I'm eagerly awaiting Phoenix Overture, a novella told from Sam's perspective, and the third book in the series, Infinite.
Posted August 12, 2013
Jodi Meadows blew me away last year with her debut release, INCARNATE, and while I really enjoyed this sequel, I think the first book of the series was just too hard to beat. In ASUNDER, we learn so much more about the fantastic world the author has created so I can’t really complain. Many of my question after book one were answered here, yet so many other questions arose. Jodi Meadows knows how to keep you interested because after ASUNDER, I’m definitively still hooked.
While I like that there are so many different and great characters, personally, I find them too numerous. Some of them are unmemorable and I just get confused when they are reintroduced after being “forgotten” for a while. However, the dynamic between the dominant characters is absolutely a win. Ana and Sam are simply adorable but I did find them a bit clingy. It’s almost as if they can’t be without one another and as the main character, Ana should have shown a little more independence and self-sufficiency. As a new soul, I understand she might not be as educated as the rest of them, but her naivety still bothered me. However, she made up for that by being very curious and inquisitive, which are qualities that a really admire. Sam is so patient with her and that makes me love him even more. Their romantic relationship might not be typical when you compare it to most YA novel, but I think that’s what makes it so interesting.
While most of the story is held in the city of Heart, it would have been nice to learn more about what’s beyond the city and beyond the country of Range. So many other beings and creatures exist this world, and while be do get some snippets from time to time, I’m really anxious to know more about this fictional world. I think Jodi Meadows is holding out on us and saving it for the end of her trilogy.
The imagery in this novel is one of my favorite parts. Not only is the world beautifully described, Jodi Meadows also has the talent of serenading her readers with musical scenes. Because music plays such a huge part in the characters lives, music and instruments have a near constant presence in the story. The only thing I regret is not being able to actually hear the amazing musical pieces, but the way the author describes them, it’s almost as if you can truly hear it through the emotions of the characters.
Overall, ASUNDER is an absolute win, even if I did prefer the first book of the series a little more. With a cover like this, I had to purchase a physical copy in order to add this gorgeousness to my shelves. It’s hard to imagine that this series will end in a trilogy next year, and while I’m looking forward to it, it will be sad to say goodbye to Ana and Sam.
Posted August 8, 2013
Incarnate was hands down the most unique book I read last year. It had dragons, fantastical equivalents to iPhone's (the SED), music, reincarnation, music, a mysterious higher power, a masquerade ball, music, and a to-die-for hot guy. Seriously, you can’t get any cooler than that. And while I had a couple issues with it, mostly concerning unanswered questions, I loved it and went into Asunder with high hopes and a long list of questions. I was so happy to discover that what awaited me exceeded my expectations and answered every single question, while raising even more.
I liked the plot even more in Asunder than in Incarnate, because now that Ana has come to terms with who she is and learned more about the secrets of the temple, she’s putting her knowledge to good use. One problem I had with her in the first book is that she seemed kind of whiny, but not anymore!
Oh Sam. You’re amazing! Even though Ana pushes you around sometimes, you’re amazing. You might even make mistakes that bug me, but that’s okay. I still think it’s weird that you used to be a girl, and were in love with a bunch of other people, and still claim that you’re in in love with Ana, but actions speak louder than words. You treat Ana like a gem. You respect her and protect her and I love that about you. But if you stop it with Ana, I’m still available.
*ends swooning over fictional boy*
I love the symbolism in each of these books. Incarnate was obviously butterflies, and in this one it’s roses. That symbolism is played throughout the story. The way the roses came into play was very interesting, and made me curious as to what symbols we might find in Book #3.
I loved learning all the mysteries behind the Sylph, Janan. and the Temple. My jaw was literally dropping as I read. I’m still trying to figure out some things, but I think it’ll take until Book #3 comes out for anything to be settled. Seriously, my head is still spinning and I read this a month ago!
Posted August 7, 2013
Characters: Ana has always felt alone in the world because due to an experiment gone wrong she has taken the place of someone who should have been reincarnated after death. Now, even though she has a great group of friends and the love of Dossam, the musician who stole the heart she didn't think she deserved, she still doubts her place in the world and the city of Heart. She is blamed by many for Templedark, the night when many oldsouls became lost and unable to reincarnate, paving the path for newsouls to get a chance at life. Ana is no longer as self-conscious as she was in the first installment, however she does doubt the blessings she has and needs to find a way to trust not only others but herself as well.
Romance: This is the first book I've ever read where there has been a true love triangle. Most other books have two people fighting over the same person but in this book, it's three people two with a past, two with a present, and two that have a very vague and subtle attraction. I loved how the author was able to create this without it feeling weird or unnatural. It was a great refresher from typical love triangles and help progress the book in slower, less action packed, parts.
World-Building: This installment delivers so much backstory and answers that I was giddy with excitement at every new discovery. The ending has the most exposition which was awesome. We learn more about Janan, the city of Heart and it's inhabitants. Some oldsouls begin to remember things that explain how the incarnation cycle began. We also explore more of the temple with Ana and learn what happens to the newsouls when an oldsoul is reincarnated. We learn more about the origins of sylph and who they really are, this was probably one of my favorite parts since sylph are creatures I've never heard of before reading this series.
Predictability: This led me to false beliefs more than any other book I've read. There would be times when I was sure one thing would happen, but in the end it was something so different and way more exciting than my theory. I loved being surprised by this installment and learning about the old and newsouls. There were times when I literally couldn't believe what I just read, in a good way. I just.. I can't even describe properly how much this installment blew me away.
Ending: Speaking of being blown away, this ending was such a game changer. The things we learn and the things that happen change everything for Ana and co. The ending was fairly cliffhangery, but not something too epic or heart-wrenching, considering I'll have to wait another year or so the read what happens next I think I'll be fine until then, but without a doubt the ending definitely leaves me wanting the final installment.
While the beginning is a tad awkward, it only lasts for a few pages and after a chapter or so the plot begins to speed up. I was so happy with the way this installment turned out, Jodi Meadows sure knows how to avoid a sophomore slump.
Posted August 7, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book!! There was never a dull moment and some of the twists, and almost turns were amazing! I was shocked and amazed. I found myself yelling at the book several times.
Everyone must read this book!
Posted August 3, 2013
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
If you read my blog and my reviews, you may recall that my issue with the first book, Incarnate (though I really did love it), was the pacing. The beginning was too slow, and the end was a jumble, while the middle was absolutely terrific. Asunder has none of those issues. As I predicted, Meadows has only ripened her craft and improved with time.
Asunder by Jodi Meadows continues where Incarnate has left off. Ana, the NewSoul, is still an outsider in Heart. Havoc and destruction have come down on the city, and because of this, soon Ana will not be the only NewSoul. There will be more born. Ana makes it her mission to prevent NewSouls from having the same awful childhood that she had. Along with Sam, the OldSoul who loves her, and a few other close friends, Ana learns more about herself and what she truly believes in.
The pacing was terrific. It starts off strong and ends even stronger. This book definitely does not suffer from middle book syndrome. If you loved Sam in the first book (I did!), you'll love him even more in the second. At first, I was worried he would be portrayed as too perfect, but then he would do something silly, and I would be relieved. I love all the descriptions of music and how this plays such an important role in their relationship. The plot kept me interested the whole way through, and secrets are revealed at the right time and place. We get to see more character development of some side characters, which I enjoyed. And we get to learn more about sylph and the mysteries of the Temple. Now, I'm dying for the finale.
Overall, an amazing followup to Incarnate, a complete novel in its own right, with beautifully written prose and terrific characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the last book.