Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Review: Incarnate

Book being reviewed: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
I give this book:
4 out of 5 owls.
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.
So first of all, I feel like I have some 'splaining to do.  I haven't been around much lately due to the craziness of life.  I actually finished this book review a while ago, but because of of spring cleaning, family coming for a visit, and a sickness that could only be compared to as a plague of sorts traveling around my family, I haven't had much time to even power up the laptop.  And what about reading? This must be a record or something because it took me well over 2 weeks to finish just one book.  And it's quite a short novel, might I add.  But I did finish it yesterday, and I'm hoping to write up the review in the next coming days.  I'd like to get back into a bloggy routine again.

Anyhoozle, bookworms, thanks for lending an ear to my mental chatter!  Now let’s get on with my review, shall we?

I truly, truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Granted, there were a few parts that were a little fuzzy because I only wanted the story to “get on with it already.”  But even so, the book was great.  I commend Ana on being such a strong person after all that she’s went through in the past and all that she goes through throughout the book.  The poor girl just never seemed to catch a break!

There happened to be a few aspects of Ana’s character that didn’t sit well with me.  The first being how she was always trying to convince the reader and herself that she was so sure of how strong she was, how she was on a mission and no one would interfere with that mission.  Yet, Ana seemed to always completely contradict herself shortly after when she’d second guess herself.  I know this seems like a harsh judgement when you consider all that she’s been through, but this flip-flopping happened A LOT throughout the book.  It became very redundant and unnecessary.

Another thing, Ana wanted to hear straight from Sam’s mouth how he felt about her, how he meant to kiss her when they finally did kiss. And when he voiced this, she shot it down by saying it was hard to believe. The girl could never make up her mind. She wanted one thing, then would completely act another way.  Once again with the flip-flopping -- it was absurd.

As for Sam, he seemed to be one of the very few people who genuinely cared for Ana the moment he met her, and didn’t try to punish her for being a newsoul.  He was always sweet and considerate towards Ana and her feelings.  The only oddity about him that I noticed?  He had a tendency to be somewhat feminine.  I guess when you consider his past lives as a female, this does make sense. It was only odd to me since I don’t think I have ever read a book that had the lead male character living past lives as a female.

What I really liked about that book was how it seemed to be based off of the realities of our world. There was some who believed in the higher power Janan, but there were also others who didn’t, or even some were not sure if Janan was truly there.  There was also the issue of discrimination against Ana because she was different. Some people chose to see past her being a newsould and became her friend, others couldn’t because they were either scared of the “nosoul” or they just simply hated what she was.

In the end, I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends. I enjoyed it thoroughly and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Happy reading, my fellow book lovers,