Release Date: January 31, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
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 suspicious and 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.
Jodi Meadows has created a completely unique and intriguing world in Incarnate. The idea of only one million souls being reincarnated over and over again is very compelling. Add to that a world that has much more of a high fantasy feel than I was expecting and it sounds like something I would completely adore. I wanted to be swept off my feet by Incarnate. I kept waiting for it to happen, unfortunately it never did.
There were things about the book I really liked. Like I said, the world was very richly created. There were a lot of high fantasy elements like dragons and sylphs. What didn’t work for me though was the characters. Ana fell flat for me. She came off as a little silly and naive.Which is kind of understandable since she is a New Soul, but I just felt like there wasn’t much growth for her throughout the book.
I also found Sam to be a tiny bit underwhelming. I just couldn’t get on board with the romance between them. Maybe it was a lack of connection on my part, or maybe it was the fact that Sam felt more like a father figure than a love interest. Whatever it was it didn’t work…for me.
Overall, I just really wanted to like Incarnate, but couldn’t. I found the pacing to be slow and the characters lackluster. But notice throughout this review I have used the words ‘for me’ a lot. That is because lots of people do like the book. So don’t let my thoughts sway you.