Incarnate (Incarnate Trilogy Series #1)

Incarnate (Incarnate Trilogy Series #1)

by Jodi Meadows

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062060778
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Series: Incarnate Trilogy Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 504,747
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and the Fallen Isles trilogy and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller My Lady Jane. Visit her at

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Incarnate 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
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
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
I've always been a skeptic about the conceptions of reincarnation. I have even had moments where I wondered if IT IS true, what would be the possibilities of being reincarnated into a person or an animal? And ironically, how it would also be awesome to remember your past lives and carry it on to the next. It would be a great way to never make the same mistake twice, right! Incarnate by Jodi Meadows is captivating, delightful, and will become an extension of your arm because you won't be able to put it down! I LOVED IT!! I was so wrapped up in the story that there was barely any moment where I let it go. The story is very unique and you don't often come across books that have reincarnation as its premise. The characters were easy to remember because each one played a distinctive role and stood out from each other. Some where very easy to fall in love with and befriend where others you just wanted to strangle or hoped to get chewed up by a dragon. When I say this, I'm hinting on Li whom I'm hating with a passion. =) Which goes to show how well Jodi's written words pulls the reader's emotions right into the story! The romance between Sam and Ana is a kismet that any girl would die for! I was swept off my feet right from the beginning and swooned over its progression. Hearts were a flutter when I got near the end. I'm still giddy way after I've finished reading it. The society and story-line are intriguing and I really want to know more, I'm hoping to get MORE! I'm really wishing that there will be a sequel. As for the ending, it made me a bit wary of Sam, but I think I'm just being cynical. hahaha I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this beautiful 2012 debut!! YOU MUST READ 'INCARNATE' by Jodi Meadows!!
lilberry More than 1 year ago
In Range for millions of years souls have been reincarnated, everyone knows everybody and they all know one thing for certain, once they die they will come back. Everything is shattered when Ana is born, the little girl that came into this world when everyone was expecting Ciana reincarnation, but she never came back. No soul, that's what Ana's been called her whole life, she's been told she isn't allowed to love, that the feeling she believes to feel aren't real, that she isn't even worthy of being alive. That is what Ana has been led to believe her whole life, that because of her Ciana disappeared for ever she is one with out a soul. Everything changes on Ana's eighteen birthday the day she is finally free from her mother Li and all her horrible cares, Ana embarks on a journey to find out who she is and why she is now part of this world. Ana is an incredible character to read, she is strong, curious, loves music and has a thirst for knowledge. Jodi Medows portrays in her book the feeling that she was having fun while she was writing Incarnate and she passes it along to the reader, that is one of the reasons why this book not only gets the top grades, but it also goes up into my favorites shelf in goodreads. There is something about Ana and her story that is so... pure, she comes into a world that is jaded, while she is full of curiosity and will to learn about this world that she now forms part of she brings freshness into Heart and just the mere fact that she exist starts to shake things up. The only real weirdness in this book is that Ana is a new soul, she has never lived before or loved, so everything about her is pure and it doesn't matter who the love interest maybe, there will be weirdness because the love interest will be a person with so many lifes of experience ahead of her. Once you get past this awkwardness you get to enjoy this book and see its true potential. And that same awkwardness and other elements of this book gives us not only a story but also something to think about.
Tawni More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start...maybe OMG will do for now! I really loved Incarnate. Such a fresh and exciting debut that's sure to knocks your socks off! Meadows writing is so unique. The detail is fascinating and it really helped set in stone the world Ana is from. The romance, world building and characters are to die for and I just couldn't get enough. The world of Range and Heart is so beautiful that I couldn't help but to fall in love with it, just as Ana does. Ana is a tough cookie, although it seems as if she's easily knocked down, she's not afraid to get back up. She has a passion for learning and figuring out why she's the only newsoul and how she replaced another soul. As she ventures to Heart, the main city, she meets the young and good looking Sam who makes her feel worthy of friendship, love, and life. Finally...a book that has a slow paced, realistic romance that buds from a strong friendship. I absolutely loved how Meadows brings Sam and Ana together. They stuck it out together and I have huge hopes for them in future books!! I've heard some folks were hoping for more out of the characters and the world, like what time period it was. I definitely see where they are coming from, but in Range years are not consecutive numbers, like 2012 and so on. There are years for specific things, such as The Year of the Songs. Like I *might* have mentioned before, Incarnate is so unique and exciting. It has quickly made its way to the top of my favorites and I can't wait to hear more from Jodi Meadows as well, a very talented writer!! Review based on ARC
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Incarnate is incredible. I have to give enormous praise to Jodi Meadows on the main character, Ana. I loved this girl. Ana doesn't hold back. I’ve read so many books where the girl has a problem with the guy, but she just keeps her mouth shut, when what they want to do is to ask what’s going on, but they never do. They just hold it all in. But not Ana. She takes the guy by the…Oops can't say that. She takes the bull by the horns and lets it all out. YAY! No melodrama here. I love that Jodi Meadows gives Ana a no nonsense voice. Ana speaks her mind. Oh, yeah, I love this girl. Jodi Meadows also created a fantastic supernatural world where the people of Heart have immortality by being reincarnated. There’re also dragons, too, with a few more supernatural creatures, and plenty of action with beautiful romance that kept me glued to this awesome storyline. Ana is eighteen and needs answers about her life, like why she’s a newsoul when everyone else has been reliving their life over and over for five thousand years and she hasn't. On her way to the city of Heart where she will find these answers, Ana meets Sam, who ends up taking her to Heart and helping Ana try to find out who or what she is. Sam is five thousand years old, but his body is the body of a eighteen year old. I fell in love with Sam. His love for Ana is beautiful. A mind of a mature, tender man, in a gorgeous eighteen year old body. How much more prefect can it get? And Sam has a thousand ways to show his love for Ana. Incarnate is a fantastic fantasy adventure into a dystopia world with a beautiful love that will never die. I recommend Incarnate as a must read.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Jodi Meadows' debut novel Incarnate is the first book in the New Souls trilogy. This fantasy offers a unique world filled with dragons, slyphs and a city called Heart. The tale has danger, battles, suspense, romance, a divine being, mystery and intrigue. Book one centers around the romance of Ana and Sam; as we are spoon-fed details about the world in which they live. While at times I found this frustrating, it was enough to keep me engaged. Protagonist Ana is born on the eve of Ciana¿s expected birth. In Ana¿s world souls are reborn over and over. At her birth it is the first time in recorded history that a new soul is born and an old soul is lost. This causes panic throughout this tightly woven utopia. Her father is embarrassed and quickly leaves town. Li, her mother, reluctantly raises her away from the community of Heart. The first seventeen years of Ana¿s life are bleak, as her mother inflicts her fears and hatred upon her. She calls her a nosoul and convinces Ana she is nothing. Despite this Ana secretly teaches herself to read and develops a passion for music. When Ana is eighteen, she leaves her childhood home to return to Heart. She is determined to find answers and escape her mother. Ana's journey is filled with danger and it is here that she first meets Sam. I love how they meet, and the dance they do trying to figure each other out. It is evident that Ana's upbringing has effected her, but slowly Sam builds Ana's confidence and the real Ana begins to emerge. They travel to the city of Heart and the tale that unfolds is beautiful, captivating and shrouded in mystery. I know some readers will be frustrated by the limited world-building, but because this is a trilogy, I am giving the writer some slack. The main focus of this novel was the relationship between Sam and Ana and it was beautiful done and totally believable. The romance progressed slowly and the way they interacted had me giggling, pulling my hair out and flipping the pages. The author begins to show us the character growth we can expect from Ana as she gains more confidence and validates her existence. I give Meadows kudos for her grasp of the complex psyche an abused soul exhibits. We see insight into Sam's former lives, his loneliness and his regard for Ana. Most of my frustration came in the form of questions involve the world, the city of Heart, Janan and the souls. Meadows gave me just enough details to wet my appetite and equally frustrate me. I blew through Incarnate simply because I could not put it down. The romance was wonderful, but I am really hoping that books two and three give us more detail regarding Heart, Janan, the Tower and Souls. I consider Incarnate (Newsoul #1)to be an appetizer and I am still hungry. Hopefully book two will provide the main course. I am looking forward to the next installment and will be keeping an eye on this talented author. I want to thank netGalley and HarperCollins for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome!!!!!! I love Ana and Dossam together are so sweet and their first kiss is awsome!!!
Ashelynn_Hetland More than 1 year ago
Incarnate is a refreshing utopian-romance in the sea of dystopians, one whose words match the pretty cover, and will leave you wishing for a time machine to go into the future for the sequels. But in the meantime, I will be rereading the masquerade scene, thankyouverymuch. FAVORITE EVER! So I’ve heard good and bad things about Incarnate, to the point where I was terrified to read it. I really wanted to like it! JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. It begs to be a likeable book! And for me, it was. I think what a lot of people didn’t realize was it wasn’t just a story of Ana learning why she is a “nosoul” as Li calls her, but is also a story of Ana feeling emotions—falling in love—when Li says nosouls don’t have emotions. Those people hadn’t realized it was a romance story and expected so much more out of Incarnate. Meadows’ prose is delicate and subtle. I loved it. I had an image of Range in my head as soon as I read the first paragraph, and it only grew from there. The worldbuilding is amazing. The subtlety of it is, too. Ana doesn’t ask questions, or even a simple “Huh?” when she doesn’t understand. No info-dumps. Just a relief and an amazing break from books that do the info-dump so readers understand the world. I hinted above about a masquerade scene. Oh, man. OH MAN. That scene killed me. I’m not alive anymore, just typing from the beyond. What happens after that scene… oh my lanta. It was scary and amazing. But, a little hint as to why I loved the masquerade scene: there’s kissing involved, but you already guessed that, didn’t you? I LOVE KISSING SCENES. And this one is hot, hot, hot. And did I mention hot?? *G* Incarnate is full of twists and turns, and I loved every bit of it. There is a scene in the book that made me squeal out loud because I HADN’T realized it was coming and it was so, so amazing and I felt so happy for Ana. (if you’ve read it, it’s the scene where her and Sam are in his house in Heart and Ana’s uncovering everything downstairs.) And the ending; wow, that ending. Amazing and I hadn’t expected it. This is a book you WANT to read. Put it on your wishlist and toss your schedule around when you get it, because once you dive in, there’s no turning back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soooo good. The thought of souls reincarnating for over 5000 years and retaining their memories just blew my mind. Will there be a sequel?
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Completely and utterly unique. All books are unique, in their own way, I think. But Incarnate, with its Souls who are reincarnated after death into new bodies with the same memories and experiences from their previous lives was definitely a creative new story. 2) Ana. Ana, unlike the rest of the souls is a newsoul. Some call her a nosoul, and treat her basically like a pariah. It was interesting to experience her life alongside her, with everyone else already knowing so much about the world, and she is learning everything new for the first time. And to watch her come out of her shell of who everyone has told her she's supposed to be and who she isn't, and instead embrace who she wants to be. 3) Sam. Sam is kind of a mystery throughout the whole book. He seems kind of calm and collected throughout the whole book, but you can't help but wonder what's behind that facade! I also thought he was a really sweet guy and I kept begging for more emotion from him. 4) Descriptions. This entire book is full of beautiful descriptions that make the book really come alive. My imagination was just exploding with all the colors and scenes that I was seeing as I read. 5) The party scene. This was probably my favorite scene of the whole book. There is so much going on, and so much mystery with all the costumes and masks that I really wanted to be right there with Ana and Sam and the rest of the characters. What I Didn't Like: Nothing! Overall thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed Incarnate, and thought that Jodi Meadows' writing was refreshingly creative and fun! The characters are lively and well-developed, and the imagery is astounding. Incarnate is one of those not-to-be-missed novels this year, and I'm already looking forward to book 2!
whatchYAreading More than 1 year ago
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!
AlisBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Simply irresistible!!! That are the two words I would use to describe this incredible book. The world that our main characters live in is so amazingly developed that I felt as if I was living there with them. Our main character in this story, is Ana and she is pretty much an outcast in this incredibly developed world. She lives in a place where everyone around her has known each other for thousands of years, each soul has been reincarnated, but when Ana is born she isn't a soul everyone knows. She is brand new and that freaks everyone out, well almost everyone. I loved reading every page of this book and as Sam's and Ana's Relationship grows, I found myself smiling while reading every sentence. Sam sticks up for Ana, saves her life, and...well falls her the beautiful Ana. He also teachers her so much and shares the love of music. So much comes up against Ana and Sam in this story. Sylphs, dragons, people angry about Ana being in the city, the council, Ana's Mom, and so much more. Plus, they aren't sure, if she dies if she will actually come back. She might die and never be reincarnated, she could be gone forever! That's something they both fear. Another big problem is that everyone in the city is so scared of her, yeah she starts to make some friends, but some of the people wont even give her a chance. Even Ana's Mom is so terrible to her in this story, so bad that I was yelling at her while I was reading. I wanted to jump in there and deck her myself. All in all this was a beautiful and amazing story. Very original! Very different! The great thing is Incarnate is only the first book of this series. We get more of this great world, story and characters. I loved how the author, Jodi Meadows, kept the reader (me) on my toes the whole time. I asked so many questions reading this book and throughout it she answered some of them and some she didn't, when she did it wasn't the answer I was expecting. Incarnate is defiantly one of my favorite books of this year! Jodi Meadows, created a well thought-out world and brought it to life through her words and her characters were so lovable that I wanted to reach out and hug Ana. I so wanted to tell her that her mother was so wrong and she isn't a Nosoul she is a beautiful soul. As for the Cover, it only takes me one word to describe it: Breathtaking! It fit the book perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous New World that Jodi has created. As I continue my explorations into new authors & genres, I can honestly say I was NOT disapointed with this book. Ana is an amazing character that was dealt a crappy hand by being born into a "new" life that she had no control over. You'll learn to love her & the friends she makes on her journey while you come to hate her mother with a passion. You'll find you come to trust some & wonder about others.....definitely worth reading.
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
Insanely jealous. That's how I felt after reading Incarnate. How can a writer use words and phrases I've read and heard all my life and put them together so differently to tell a story so mesmerizing that I didn't feel time go by, I didn't eat, I didn't acknowledge anyone. I was immersed in this new world and the people in it and mostly, in the private world of Ana and Sam. To say I liked this novel would be an understatement. Part high fantasy with dragons, centaurs and other monsters, part dystopian with the High Council making decisions about the citizens of Heart and part Science Fiction with drones and lasers it is completely fascinating. The characters are well developed beginning with Ana or NoSoul telling us bits of her early life from her eighteen year old self as she leaves Li the woman that raised her, that gave birth to her, but certainly not the woman that deserves the title of mother. Not as we read further about how she treated Ana and see how undeserving Ana feels of even the smallest kindness. Li festered under my skin like a wound I wanted to cut open and bleed. She was a warrior, yes, but heartless and cruel. And when she sets Ana out for her trip to Heart by herself, she sends her the wrong way with half truths and a broken compass. Sam, who has lived for thousands of years as a man and as a woman has the most compassion and empathy for Ana and seems to understand her almost immediately. When she acts like a frightened deer, he takes more time, never turned away by her harsh words, when she lashes out before he can lash at her. He slowly comes to understand her more, but learns how to treat her, very early on, so she doesn't run away. Music plays a big part in this story. It's always been Ana's comfort and Sam enjoys it too. The way it is developed into the story as more is very interesting. I know the piano a little, but have never written music. I was fascinated at how the description of the music sounded. It's something you'll have to read to discover and enjoy. Heart, is not an accepting place, despite it's name. There is very little acceptance of Ana, but then don't people always fear the unknown, differences. And she is unique, one of a kind. No one knows why she exists. Or how. And more importantly if they will be the next to not reincarnate. They are afraid and place all that fear into anger against her. The world Jodi Meadows paints is slow to be revealed, exactly as I like it. Some of it could be our world. Some of it could be what I've read in history books. Sam describes the time of cave people. And then there are the fantasy elements, the reincarnation, it's not hard to grasp or believe. It's not filled with rules I don't understand or complex societies. It's very basic. And that's Ana and Sam's problem. Jealously, greed, fear. There were elements of danger, romance, violence, war with dragons and sylphs. Ana finds herself in unusual and unlikely places. There are attacks and accusations. A lot of danger in Heart, some place you'd think would be peaceful. The conclusion is satisfying in that there is no cliffhanger, but it definitely leaves you wanting more.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must have thought that Incarnate was going to be something else. Perhaps I had gotten a completely different idea into my head about this book due to how it was presented on certain websites. Honestly, I was under the impression that this book was a dystopian novel, partially after seeing it presented as such on various blogs and websites. And as a huge fan of the dystopian genre, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I was sorely disappointed because, first and foremost, Incarnate is NOT a dystopian novel. It is nowhere near a dystopian novel. It is a teen romance with a thin science fiction/fantasy backdrop, but with a heavy emphasis on the romance part. No dystopian. Not at all.In the world of Incarnate, souls are constantly reincarnated every generation, and the same souls have been reincarnated for thousands of years, so nothing is ever new. Except for Ana. Ana is a completely new soul, something that was believed to be impossible. Because of this, Ana spends most of her life completely ostracized from the rest of society, until she meets a boy named Sam and journeys to the city of Heart.Though I usually enjoy science fiction/fantasy novels, Incarnate was so heavy on the romance that I spent much of the novel incredibly board, wondering if anything was going to happen. And for much of the novel, nothing really happens. After the initial concept/setup of the novel is explained and Ana is introduced, Incarnate quickly gets caught in a rather dull rut of relationship development and romance between Sam and Ana. Though this isn't a bad thing, it is not balanced out well with other subplots or conflict. Sure, Ana is trying to deal with the fact that she's not like everyone else, but she doesn't seem to care much after meeting Sam. Then, there's a dragon attack, a buildup to something that seems like it will be important to the plot but really isn't, and even more romance. Finally, near the end of the book, Ana really digs into the roots behind her unexplained origin and what it means. Then, all too soon, facts are revealed, mostly in a manner that doesn't make much sense, conflicts to keep Sam and Ana apart are thrown in, and the story comes crashing to the end.Once I got over the fact that this book isn't a dystopian, I became bothered by the hazy setting and somewhat undeveloped concept. First, there's a science fiction element and a fantasy element, but neither piece seemed to fully penetrate into the society, and I frequently had trouble seeing the setting in my head. Then, the whole reincarnation concept seemed like it wasn't completely thought-through to me. If souls were the same every generation, what would happen to people who have feuds with one another? Wouldn't they constantly be trying to kill each other? What about murderers and other criminals -along the lines of the book's idea that souls are essentially the same every generation, then wouldn't these people constantly be a threat to society? Wouldn't you always be locking them up? What about married couples, wouldn't they be fated to always end up together? And if people were always the same, wouldn't the world have advanced more than this, if people have essentially had centuries to solve the world's issues? Some of these issues are briefly touched upon in the book, but waved off with thin attempts to explain them- you could always try the argument that souls cannot always find one another, but it is established early on in Incarnate that souls are identified as soon as they are born, so this isn't much of an issue.More than anything, I felt like Incarnate was something of an exploration of two concepts: the one lone teen who is not a member of any high school cliches and the jealousy people encountered when they know someone who seems to have an innate knack for something, like art or music, while they must work incredibly hard to produce anything that is passable. This is evidenced by Ana's drive to learn music, but her small despair at others who have c
eheinlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave up on this book. About 6 chapters in, I realized that I hated the main character and didn't really care what happened to her or in the rest of the book, so I stopped reading it. I loved the concept of the story though. I'm not quite sure what turned me off so much about the character.
usagijihen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think what everyone is reacting to, and what makes Meadows' story so unique is the fact that she takes a very old idea (reincarnation), and makes it completely new. "Incarnate" is definitely one of those reads that is going to stand out in 2012, and it feels like someone's breathing new life both into the paranormal and dystopian/utopian genres (because really, the book contains both, even though one is far more veiled than the other). Here comes a trilogy, guys, that I'll be happy to read - because this awesome story really does need three books to tell.What I like about Meadows' heroine Ana is that not only is she a fighter, but she also knows when she needs help, and when to ask for it (albeit stubbornly). Because of her mother and the society that has shunned her for not being someone they've known for thousands upon thousands of years, it's made Ana very self-reliant, but also very vulnerable. No one likes her very much, and she's suspicious when someone's friendly toward her - mostly because it feels like a ploy to get abused yet again by the soul society that rules her world.And the love interest - look guys, no love triangle! This made me so happy that I practically danced my way through the last parts of the book. I'm getting so sick of them when so many of them are so clearly not needed, though there are exceptions to this. Yes, there is a love interest, but I felt that their relationship grew very naturally, and took the path that most relationships take - one step forward, two back. The way relationships actually happen as opposed to the way we think or want them to happen is so very rarely highlighted in YA lit as a whole, much less a fantasy sub-genre book, and I'm so very pleased with the way Meadows built this romance. It was easily digestible, but not full of pap. And that's a hard balance to strike. Meadows nailed it on her first try. Both characters are so round and full, and the world-building so complete that the relationship just kind of came along, and wove itself back into those characters and that world in one big circle. I love it when this happens, and I want to see more of it in YA lit as a whole.Which brings me to one of my favorite parts of this book - Meadows' huge strength - the magical reality she brings to the story through her gorgeous use of sensory/descriptive language. I could practically hear the music, dance at the ball, and see the sylphs the entire time. For being a YA book, it was surprisingly sensuous, and I love it when YA books turn out that way. The pulsing, living building, the dragons, the dresses, all of it. I wanted it all! ALL THE THINGS.And then there's the society itself - it's not a dystopian society, guys, though it may appear like one at first for hating on Ana so very much for being a newsoul/nosoul. Through so much trial and error, it's become a utopian society, and it's so nice to see something like that finally pop up in YA lit. That's another thing, I think, that YA really needs right now amidst a tide of dystopian books. However, the utopia that this world has built is not 100% perfect (though I'd say it's closer to 95-98%), and Meadows makes that abundantly clear at the end of this first book, making it a very strong first book as a whole. She could have waited another book or waited until the last book to point this out, but she doesn't, making for a very explosive ending. As humans will still be humans, a perfect utopia can't be achieved (we're just too flawed, even if we do get so many thousands of years/lives to get it right), and Meadows subtle message of that reality was wonderful once it shoved its way to the surface at the end of the book.But she could have pushed it further, and she didn't, which disappointed me. Give us something that's going to shock us, make us weep or gasp with the rest of this trilogy when you're ending one of the books, Meadows! While I like how she held back, she could have really left us on the edge. Regardless, this definitely
breakingdownslowly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, guys. This. Freaking. Book.So, Ana is one of my favorite heroines. I feel like maybe I say that a lot, but hear me out on this one. Ana's got one of the worst parents ever and she has very little education. She has no reason to trust people and every right to not care. But she doesn't. She learns how to do dozens of things. She learns how to make friends and she cares about others. Ana is this well rounded, clever girl with a big heart. I wanted to hug this girl, I wanted her to be one of my best friends. Ana is just incredible. Sam is this mystery, but he's also very open. It's hard to explain without giving things away for you. He's a constant support for Ana and he stands by her. Sam doesn't give up. He lets Ana do what she needs to do, but in the end, he's always going to do what he thinks is best for her. The other characters are all important, as well. Each plays a role in Ana's life, even if it may seem small. I highly suspect that Jodi will make their roles more important in the next book. They were each unique, well created. They had their own personalities, instead of just being cardboard cutouts or copies of the others. Jodi created a wonderful, diverse cast of characters, ones to hate and ones to love.Two of the big recurring things in this book are music and butterflies. I'm a music junkie, I'll admit it. I'm always looking for new music and I can obsess over certain songs/CDs/artists. I'm also a semi-musician, having played piano and sang for a number of years. Basically, I love finding music in books. Seeing the two worlds cross is fun, and when it's done right, it's like finding a unicorn. Not many books can do it really well. I also loved how Jodi uses butterflies in this book as a symbol. It's beautiful and true and I was so well executed. I loved the whole butterfly theme so much, I had to point it out so you guys would pay attention to it.Jodi's writing is fantastic. I've read this book twice already, but it's just as enthralling the second time. Addictive and rich and descriptive. I could see Heart in my head; the people, the buildings, creatures that come up were all well painted in my imagination. The story is beautiful and full of wonderful descriptions.If you guys haven't figured it out yet, I freaking loved this book. The way I love Hourglass, the way I love Shatter Me...that's the way I love this book. Incarnate is simply magical. Fantastically created characters, rich description, and some incredible symbols and themes blend together to create an experience that is not to be missed this year.
Jibar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picture me confused. Because that's the way this book left me last night. Okay, I was feverish, but still.The book starts when Ana leaves her mother. What the blurb does not make clear at all is that Li - Ana's mother - hates her daughter more than anything in existence. It's pretty bad, so much so that Li would rather see Ana dead than alive. So Ana leaves "home" when she turns 18 and sets off to find Heart. On the way - or not - she meets Sam, someone who's been reborn hundreds of times. They like each other, he offers to go to Heart with her. Some chaos ensues. I'm not actually going to go into the plot much. There were some holes, but nothing of great importance in my opinion.What did bother me, though, was the fact that Incarnate is set in an alternate universe. At least I think so, since last time I checked dragons and centaurs did not live in my backyard. And something like that should be mentioned in the blurb. A lot of people might be turned away by something like that. Sure, the fact that people are being reborn could have been an indication, but who knows what possible dystopian scientists would come up with to ensure their immortality, one way or another?Also, we have the well known Twilight-lover-problem in this book. The guy is older than the girl. Okay, I can deal with that. But 5000 years older? Sorry, that feels like Grandpa rape to me. Also, he should know better and shouldn't have acted on his feelings. Maybe that's just my opinion, or maybe I'm too conventional in my thinking but a romance between two souls that were first born five THOUSAND years apart? I just can't accept that. It feels weird and icky. And somewhat, unbelievable. Sam doesn't behave like a guy that age should. In fact, he behaves just like any other teenage guy. And a teenager he is not. Not to mention the sudden appearance of certain missing characters, and totally groundless accusations ...Well, there were a few things wrong with this book. Still, I did like it enough to read it when I was quite sick and had a headache. The actionpacked end kept me reading well into the night, so Meadows definitely did something right.
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book started off incredibly slow. I almost put it aside. I'm glad I decided to keep reading. There were many wonderful things about this book, originality, dragons, slyph, reincarnation. The characterswere full of life and fun to read about, although we would all probably be full of life if we had lived over and over in different bodies. The idea of remembering past lives was very strange. The entire reincarnation thing was difficult to comprehend.The relationship between Ana (the newsoul or 'nosoul') and Sam was very strange. I kept thinking of Sam as more of a patientolder teacher. I could not see a romantic relationship between these two. It was very strange reading about Ana wearing Sam's'girl clothes' from a previous incarnation. Overall, I loved the originality of this story. I anxiously await the next volume in the story.
pandaris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I wanted to tear through it to know what happens, and to take my time and savor it. This is YA fantasy at its best. Incarnate is set it in Heart, and the people of Heart have mostly modern technology, but are surrounded on the outside by fantastical creatures like dragons and sylph, among others. A seamless blend between the real world and a fantasy world, Jodi Meadows is great at worldbuilding.Great questions are also introduced in this book. Where did Ana come from, will there be more like her? Even though we know about evolution and/or creation, depending on your viewpoint, there's still that eternal question of how and why. Ana's quest to find out who she is and why she is there is one we're all on at some point in our lives. I've never read a book quite like this, and I love that reincarnation is featured. Ana's quest of course takes her to Heart, and she meets Sam on the way. And while she does eventually find the information she seeks in a twist near the end, the book mainly focuses on the romance between Ana and Sam.And boy let me tell you, that was my favorite part about the book. Ana and Sam have made my nonexistent list that I need to write down of YA couples I absolutely love! It's not insta-love, but it is insta-attraction that leads to love throughout the book through small touches and looks, and eventually at a masquerade ball it finally becomes evident that despite what everyone else might think, they want to be together.I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed and came out of nowhere. Some questions are answered, but a few new ones pop up as well, which is to be expected with a series. I seriously cannot wait until I can devour the next book though. This is a definite must read for any YA fantasy fan!
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the World of Range. Where there have always been 1 million souls. Some are walking around right now, others are waiting to be born. But there have always been 1 million souls¿that is until the day, some 19 years ago, when the temple went dark and Ciana died. When the next child was born, everyone was expecting Ciana, but what they got was a new soul¿on that had never been born before¿her name was Ana, which means ¿without¿, also part of the name Ciana, who wasn¿t born!See, in Range, all those souls continually reincarnate, remembering who they are and what they learned in each previous life for the last 5000 years. Poor Ana was born a blank slate, the first in eons. Her Mother couldn¿t be bothered to care for her, let alone teach her anything¿everything Ana has learned she has figured out on her own. Now she is 18, her mother is kicking her out, even giving her a faulty compass, and Ana is to find her own way in the World.This book was so different than what I was expecting. It had a very leisurely pace¿it felt like a cruise down a lazy river. So often the books we read are building fast and furiously towards the climax¿this book doesn¿t¿which took a bit of getting used to. But the pacing of the story fit with storyline¿I¿m not sure if that makes sense. Maybe the rest of my thoughts will clarify it.Poor Ana is off to see the world and try to find her place in it. We learn so much about Ana¿s spirit and attitude as she sets off and comes to the realization that the woman who gave birth to her gave her a bad compass, on purpose. But Ana carries forth and is almost killed by the time she realizes that the compass is bad. No wonder Ana is so untrusting, defensive and leery of people. Fortunately she meets Sam, actually he saves her life. Personally, I fell in love with Sam as soon as he uttered his first bit of dialog! Sam has heard of the ¿nosoul¿ Ana. He prefers the term ¿newsoul¿ and thankfully he takes Ana under his wing and makes it his goal to see her safely to Heart (the capital city) so she can find the answers she is after. Where Ana is distrustful, Sam is honest. Where Ana is defensive, he explains what he means so as not to take offense. Where Ana is so leery of everyone, Same introduces her to his friends and family and they treat her as a ¿newsoul¿ like Sam does.It was beautiful to watch their friendship build and flourish¿slowly over time. It was equally beautiful to watch Ana blossom and flourish in a positive environment rather than the one she¿d been subjected to for her first 18 years.There was plenty of mystery to drive the story along as well, but I think you can see which part I preferred. Now there was a whole big cliffhanger ending that will drive the story into the next book. Ana has lots of unanswered questions that still need answering. Can¿t wait to see what answers come and what other mysteries those answers my start. It was a beautiful read I will be rereading again and again.
booknerdcanada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. RATING 4/5 QUOTES "Some people believe souls were made as matching pairs. It can take torn for them to realize or grow into their souls to each other for every life. And because everyone likes a party, they dedicate every time they're reborn."¿ page 89 "But the real fun of the reeducation is the masquerade. See, the idea is that when you passionately love someone and feel like your souls are a matched pair, you should be able to find that soul, and love them, no matter what body they're in."¿page 89 "Rarely does romantic love transcend incarnations. Rarely. Some souls, however, we're created as matching pairs. Those Janan-blessed partnerships have continued over centuries. Millennia. Every generation, these souks are drawn together, regardless of their physical forms. Their love is pure and true."(less)
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, let me clarify something: I'm giving this book 5 cheeses but, if I could I would put six or seven. That's how amazing it was.And I'm afraid I won't be able to write coherent things in this review and that the only thing you are going to keep reading in every single line is that I LOVED this book.But I promise I'm trying to take deep breaths to calm myself down.I think it's working. Now I have to put order in my head (to many things I want to say, sorry). Facts:- Since I discovered how to highlight quotes in my readers I've been doing so a lot. But with this book I didn't highlight quotes, at all, I kept highlighting paragraphs, PAGES. Really. I was completely amazed too, they are 94 highlights in total!- I started with Incarnate at 10:00pm and I went to sleep at 8:00am (after my hubby left). I had already finished the book at 6:00am but I couldn't stop myself, I needed to re-read the quotes, paragraphs and pages I had marked.- I even had a dream about the book.- I should be writing 3 reviews before this one but I had to share this book with you all.- Jodi Meadow is now in my list of Amazing-Wonderful-Incredible Authors.- Incarnate, the hardcover edition, will have a special place in my bookshelf.- I can't believe I have to wait until 2013 for the next book. That's just wrong...Proper review:Everybody was expecting Ciana to be born. That how things worked: once you died you were reborn again, over and over again. No surprises, no new souls, everybody knew that after a lifetime they would gain another one remembering everything that had happened before (and if they couldn't remember something they had the diaries they always wrote).Things had been like this for the last five thousand years.That's why when Li gave birth to a baby no one could recognize their perfect world crumbled. Menehem, Li's husband, left the city ashamed of himself and Li had to take care of Ana, the new baby, the nosoul, even if she didn't want to.And Ana always knew, thanks to Li, that her life was a mistake and that no one would ever love her. Li even assured her that she could never love because how could a nosoul feel love?! But she was wrong and Ana knew, deep down, that she loved music (she had once sneaked and listened to music. It had cost her Li's rage but it was worth it). Her favorite musician? Dossam, who could make her feel emotions she didn't even understand As soon as Ana reached eighteen she left Li behind and marched to Heart, the city that held, hopefully, all the answers she sought.But her trip to Heart almost cost her everything when sylphs cornered her: she coud die a horrible death with fire and pain with the sylphs or jump to the river and die of hypothermia.She chose hypothermia (who wouldn't?!).It was then that Sam saved her. A stranger that didn't look at her with disgust, a stranger that decided to help her get to Heart, a stranger that introduced her to new people who liked her. He shared his roof with her and always reassured her that she was a newsoul, not a nosoul.But things in Heart weren't easy for her, of course. How could they be? A lot of the population blamed her for Ciana's death and were afraid that more "nosouls" would be born and replace some of them in the process.And to make matters worst Li was back in town and the Council was considering gave Ana's custody to her again...Personal opinion:The way Jodi writes is mesmerizing, you won't be able to put the book down. The words will flow from the pages to your head and create the whole story for your eyes to see. When Ana struggled I struggled, when she discovered new things I discovered new things with her. Her feelings were one with mine and it felt incredibly good.The way Sam and Ana's relationship develops is just perfect. No rushing at all, just what she needed and what he could give her in every step they took. I valued their friendship like a treasure and I'm sure you will feel the same.The ending is just great, everything happens fast but well exp
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking and mesmerizing, Incarnate is the story of a new soul born into an ancient civilization where everyone else has been reincarnated for thousands of years. Before reading Incarnate, I never thought about what life would be like if my soul were to be reincarnated life after life and what I would do if the cycle of reincarnation were threatened. Upon leaving her mother for the first time in her eighteen years, Ana is about to find out what people will do when their utopian life is jeopardized.It was interesting to see science fiction blend with fantasy in the sense that humans have advanced technology from lasers to SED's and Heart is set in a fantastical realm with mystical creatures. Nevertheless, the heart of the story lies with the character development, an area in which Jodi Meadows excels.Ana is a sweet girl, insecure because her own mother mistreats her, believing that she is a mistake. In spite her introverted nature, however, Ana is a gutsy girl. She doesn't give into despair. Instead, she fights to find a reason for her existence and for a meaning to life, and she expresses the same attitude when faced with physical danger. It is because of this determination that she is able to meet Sam and other people who believe in her.Sam. He is a beautiful, beautiful soul. From the beginning, he accepts Ana for who she is, goes at her pace, and takes a stand for her. The romance develops at a realistic pace, with both sides having their own doubts and hesitations. When it does bloom, it is impossibly sweet and passionate. I love how the two come to fit together, as though they're destined to be together.Angry souls. Sylphs. Dragons seeking the destruction of an ancient temple. Danger looms over Heart even as Ana searches through records to find the reason behind her birth and another soul's death. I'm looking forward to were Jodi Meadows takes the Newsoul trilogy next!