Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Review: Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by: Jodi Meadows

Release Date: January 31, 2013
from Katherine Tegen Books
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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 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."

My Thoughts:

If you had to ask me one word to describe Incarnate, my immediate answer would be sweet. All I could think about as I read this book is how sweet and adorable the whole story is. It is hands down one of the sweetest books I have ever read. I loved the story and the romance and the characters.

Ana was a great heroine and it’s hard not to feel for her. She is the first of her kind and feels alone in the world. She is either a nosoul or a newsoul depending on who you ask. She was raised by a mother who clearly didn’t want her and abused her. It has made her feel worthless and very defensive. At the same time though, she is strong. She wants to find a place to belong and is determined to take care of herself. I can’t help but admire her. 

The character that I absolutely fell in love with was Sam. Oh my heart, how I loved him. After a series of circumstances, he ends up accompanying Ana. He doesn’t judge or condemn her, but wants to get to know her. He takes care of her when she needs it and helps her discover who she is. He treats her how she deserves to be treated. He is sweet and good and just so easy to love. And the masquerade scene left me swooning and sighing. 

The whole premise of this story and the world created is intriguing. The idea of reincarnation in itself isn’t original, but the way it is done here is. With each reincarnation, you remember everything from your previous lives. Really its immortality since your life just continues with each reincarnation into each new body. The idea itself is a bit hard to wrap your head around initially, but as the story progresses it begins to make sense. I found it so interesting. But now I have questions as to how and why this all began. It left me dying for more to the story. 

Along with all this, we have Ana’s search for how she came to be. Not everyone wants her around and she isn’t exactly safe. There are so many layers to the story that keep your turning pages and dying for some answers. Then add in fantasy creatures such as dragons and we have a winner. 

All in all, Incarnate was a great read that kept me glued to the pages. I loved the world and character and cannot wait to make time for the next book.


  1. I enjoyed this one too! It was like you said a really sweet and enjoyable read. I also liked the whole concept of the story. Unfortunately the sequel was a bit disappointing for me but I hope you'll enjoy it better. Great review :)

  2. Thanks for the honest review. For some reason i never got intrigued enough by this series to read it but maybe soon :)

  3. I fell for Sam too and agree with the sweet assessment

  4. That's funny bc when I look at the cover, I wouldn't think sweet, lol. Good to know it's like that though bc I need that from time to time. I have this but haven't read it yet. Might have to move it up the list! Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  5. This book just didn't work for me, despite how much I wanted it to. I just couldn't wrap my head around everything. I did like Sam, though!
    Nice review!

  6. Incarnate caught my eye with that fabulous cover, Teresa! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it so much. A sweet read is always welcome. ;) Plus, I like having reincarnation incorporated into stories.

  7. I have been wanting to read this book. I'm glad to hear you really enjoyed it, and that it was such a sweet read! And though the story isn't that original, glad the author made it feel like it was though.

    I love the sound of the characters, and I think I need to meet this Sam ;)

    Great review! I know I have to get to this one soon!!

  8. YAY! This makes me so happy you liked it! Yes, sweet is the best word to describe it! I loved Sam to pieces and that masquerade scene? Yeah, I read it over and over again!!! WHEW!

  9. Oh, Sam! I heart him SO much! I'm tickled that you loved this one, Wifey! Your review is fabulous -- makes me want to read it again! *smoosh*

    1. I cannot thank you enough for recommending this one! I never would have picked it up otherwise and I absolutely adored it!

  10. Oh, Sam! I heart him SO much! I'm tickled that you loved this one, Wifey! Your review is fabulous -- makes me want to read it again! *smoosh*


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