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Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

January 13th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Downloaded from NetGalley

Publication date: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

I give this book 3.5/4 out of 5 stars

Summary from

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?

The cover of this book is what first pulled me in and I will admit the synopsis did not really grab me but yet sometimes I am a sucker for a cover so I had to read it.  Let me just say that Jodi Meadows is a master world builder!  The idea of a set number of people reincarnating over and over for 5000 years and just waiting for their bodies to grow up in order to carry on with a life full of the knowledge they possessed in a previous life was fascinating.  It’s mind boggling to imagine how Ana must have felt having to try and live in a world where everyone knows each other and has had thousands of years to accumulate knowledge.  It must be like constantly viewed as a child by adults who have a hard time remembering what being a child was like.

I also enjoyed seeing how this society has had to adapt to such a life where your “mother” could end up being younger than you in this lifetime or how the love of your life could be reborn as the opposite sex from how you first met them.  Talk about making your head spin.

The reason why I was torn about the rating on this book was despite being enthralled with the world Meadows created and wanting to know more details I never really felt enamored on either Sam or Ana.  While I wanted to empathize more with Ana and I felt like her confusion was realistic I don’t understand why she didn’t question more things like why she never questioned Sam about how apparently he lied about the year he was born.  On the other hand I also found it hard to imagine Sam falling for Ana.  Yes, I can imagine she is fascinating to watch because her reactions to everything are so different from everyone else since everything is new to her but I would think that would give someone a more paternal feeling rather than romantic feeling.  I get that many books are just expected to have that romantic aspect but I would have really rather this stayed more of a fantasy story with the two being good friends as they feel out this new phenomena of “nosouls” or “newsouls” being born and what it means to the world.

The other issue I had with the book was the ending.  It felt a little anti-climatic and unsatisfying.  With the constant mention of how uneasy Ana felt about the temple and the city walls I expected there to be more to do with the “god” that the people can’t decide if he really exists or not.  The ending barely touches that question and I still felt like I was left waiting for more.  So yes I will definitely be reading the next book because I have so many questions I want answered but I am hoping to feel more of a connection with Sam and Ana in the next book.

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