Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Incarnate and Asunder by Jodi Meadows




Publisher: HarperTeen

Incarnate (book 1)
Number of Pages: 374
Type: Paperback

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?

HEART
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.



Asunder (book 2)
Number of Pages: 416 
Type: Hardcover 

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.



Reviewed by Ellie, age 16
Incarnate           
How many worlds are there in fiction? Infinite, right? That’s the point of fiction-you can write whatever you want. However, sometimes in YA fiction it feels like there is a certain mold that authors follow. I mean, who hasn’t read a book that at least reminds you of another?
            That changes with this book.
            Incarnate by Jodi Meadows completely breaks the stereotypical bonds YA fiction. Though still about a young woman struggling to find herself, Meadows creates a fantastically new world. In “Incarnate,” there are exactly one million souls. Each soul is reincarnated when they die…until now. Now there are 999,999 reincarnated souls and one newsoul-Ana, the protagonist.
            This book is probably one of the best examples of world-building I’ve seen in YA fiction, right up there with Shadow and Bone and The Hunger Games. Meadows does a fantastic job of showing (not telling) the reader about the Range and it’s various inhabitants, quirks, and happenings. Similarly, she does not force information on the reader, instead letting the cards fall where they will and letting the reader pick up the pieces and figure out what the heck is going on. Ana, our main protagonist, is a lovely narrator and is remarkably down to earth and relatable. She makes mistakes, figures out the most complicated of puzzles, and yes, even falls in love. And that romance isn’t cheesy or plastic-in fact, I actually found myself rooting for Ana and her beau (and that rarely happens). Along with Ana, Meadows creates a whole host of secondary characters that are just as interesting as the main leads.
            As I mentioned before, Ana is sounds very human. In most cases, this is refreshing and awesome-but not in all cases. Throughout the book, I found myself getting vaguely annoyed with Ana for being…whiny. This is not a huge problem, but I found myself noticing it more than I wanted to.
           Overall, I really loved this book. A fantastic example of world building, intriguing characters, and a plot with non-stop action…this book is a must-read for any fans of fantasy, sci-fi, or just plain old adventure. 

Asunder 
It is rare for a sequel to be just as good as the original, but somehow Asunder by Jodi Meadows, the second in the Newsoul series, lives up to the original book, Incarnate.
            We rejoin Ana and Sam just as an anti-Newsoul movement is starting to brew. Desperate to figure out what exactly happened the night the Temple went dark, Ana and Sam have to race against time to find what caused that tragedy and deal with the relationships that form throughout the community.
            And sylph. Lots of sylph.
            I loved Incarnate and am happy to report that Asunder is fantastic as well. I still love Ana and her lovely personality: a mix of spunk, courage, and humbleness. The plotline, too, is fantastic. New characters, storylines, and back stories make the entire book new while also keeping the original plots intact. Meadows does a good job of adding onto the old plot with new layers of mystery, magic, and romance.
            Speaking of romance: I am still loving Ana and Sam’s relationship. Now solidly a couple, they are past the awkward “I like you” phase and are able to deal with the challenges that being a couple brings.
            I feel obligated to include my small complaints: the ending bothered me a little. I know that it is very difficult to end a second book in a trilogy, but…it was unrealistic in the sense that the martyr-ing that gets done in the end would probably never occur in real life.
            This small complaint aside, I loved Asunder. This book is a definite recommendation to anyone who liked Incarnate and to those who like books with romance, adventure and fantastic female leads. 

Incarnate is in stores now and Asunder hits shelves January 29th of 2013! 

Happy reading!
Ellie, age 16


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