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Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication Date: January 31st, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 384
Format: ARC
Source: From the publisher
My Rating:
Pre-Order from Amazon: Incarnate
*I receieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*
NEWSOUL
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.

NOSOUL
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?

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.
If you follow me on Twitter then you know how excited I was to find Incarnate on my doorstep. This book was on my wishlist for AGES, and I spent a lot of time talking to Jodi online about how much I adore her and the gorgeous cover of her debut novel. Let me just say, she did not disappoint!!! Incarnate really deserves 5+ stars, but I only have a 5 star rating system. The only downfall was that sometimes things got a bit jumbled and I became a little confused, but otherwise, I have no qualms!!

The characters are freakin amazing! Ana (yes her name is just like mine!!!) is just adorable, and I felt so bad for her, not knowing who or what she is and having to live with a woman like Li, who is just AWFUL! She was like a sad, lost, puppy dog trying to find her way home, and I just wanted to reach out and give her a hug and tell her everything is going to be okay. Thankfully, I didn't need to do any of this (or feel bad about the fact that I couldn't) because Sam was right there, providing hugs and compassion! Oh Sam.. I have a special place in my heart for you! Sam is such a lover, he's so kind and takes such good care of Ana that I just loved him more and more with every page!! There are a lot of other characters that I really enjoyed too, like Steph! He/she is hilarious and awesome!!

The story itself is so original and crazy interesting, I don't even know where to start. First of all, it's pretty unlike anything I've read before. At first I thought it was a dystopian novel, but reading into it I discovered it's more fantasy than anything. There are dragons!! Albeit, acid spitting dragons that kill everyone, but still! DRAGONS! And there are creepy ghost-like creatures called sylph that burn people to death, and are basically unkillable! Jodi's writing is fantastic as well, I really felt like I was in Heart, and the world that she created.

I feel so lucky to have gotten a copy of this book for review, it was an amazing and beautiful read, and I absolutely cannot wait for the next one! The writing is fantastic, the characters are so relatable, and the world that Jodi Meadows creates is just awe-inspiring. If you're a lover of fantasy, romance, and some adventure you're going to fall in love with Incarnate just as much as I did!

62 comments:

  1. Great review! I've already preordered my copy of Incarnate and I've read about 100 pages of it already which was available on one of the Harper sites.
    The book has mixed reviews but mostly great ones - including yours - so I'm looking forward to reading this book. Talk about a beautiful cover!

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  2. I just had the chance to read this great book for I tour that I am lucky enough to be a part of. All I can say is...OMG! I love this book! I hardly EVER read my books more than once, bu this is one for the re-reads! 5STAR+

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  3. Her name is Ana? WIN!!! I plan to read this next week I'm really looking forward to it. I've been seeing people raving on it and how original it is so I'm def. curious. Great review!

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  4. I am really excited to read this one also!! I love the whole Dragon bit, and the sylphs sound interesting too! I love the mix of Dystopian and Fantasy -- since I've been reading dystopian a lot lately and the fantasy aspect sounds like a good mix up!

    Thanks for the great review :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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  5. Interesting, and great review! Doesn't sound like my type of book, but thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

    Alexandra~
    http://www.wordsoftheworlds.blogspot.com

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  6. Love this review! I am so excited for this book as well and I am glad to hear it is amazing. It definitely sounds like my kind of book and I can't wait to read it!

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  7. Awesome review Anna! I can't wait till this comes out, I've read the excerpt for Incarnate and it's just so damn good!

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  8. I remember when you got it on Twitter, you were so excited! I'll be pre-ordering it tomorrow when I get paid and cannot WAIT to get it! I was really excited when I first discovered it, then got a bit worried because of the whole soul thing making me think of 'The Host' which I didn't like at the start (and should finish it) But your review has set me at ease once more!

    Great Review!
    -Kate
    Nomalicious Reads

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  9. I'm glad it lived up to your expectations! I can't wait to get my hands on it. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds so fascinating!

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  10. Saw your tweet and stopping by to say hi! Looking forward to learning more from your blog - I haven't had time to read in YEARS and don't even know what's out there anymore :p

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  11. I am so so so impatient to get my hands on this now! It sounds amazing and Sam definitely sounds like he's going to top my list of most swoon-worthy guys! Love that it's part fantasy as well :) Great review!

    Kim @ The Paper Planes

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  12. Eek I can't wait to read this book and it's so good to hear that it lived up to your expectations. I've seen the word "kind" applied to Sam a lot and I really enjoy that. I'm not really a fan of those jerk characters. I hope to fall in love with this book too!

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  13. Anna!!! OMG I am swooning while reading this review. So awesome. The cover + the summary = I AM SO READING THIS BOOK! I can imagine how excited you must be when you got an ARC of this book. So glad you enjoy this book and awesome review! :)Oh wow, Anna! You are only 11 followers away from 1000! Congratulations <3

    Celine @ Forget-me-not
    http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm in Love with your review! I also Loooooved this book!
    Great Review! Can't wait for the next book in the Incarnate series :)

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  15. Aw. Now I want to get my hands on this book even more! Plus, I love fantasy stories. Can't wait for this book to come out!

    And belated congrats on reaching another blogging milestone!:)

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  16. I remember when you tweeted about getting your copy, your excitement single handedly made me check out this book! It was fab, by the way, and I love Ana and Sam! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review :0)

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  17. Ahh, this book just sounds so exciting! Can't wait to get my hands on it! :D

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  18. Wait... there are dragons too?! Wow, I have been dying for this book and cannot wait to finally get to read it! Thanks for the review!!! (Also, I think all your excitement for Incarnate on twitter months ago is what made me discover this book!)

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  19. As if I wasn't already DYING to read this book...now I read this review. And I CAN'T WAIT, Anna. I remember how jazzed you were to get Incarnate, and I can definitely understand just why. I NEED this book in my life. I have a thing for the name Sam, so I am expecting to fall head over heels for him.

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  20. I am so excited to read Incarnate!! I am glad that it finally comes out tomorrow! After reading so many awesome reviews it's like torture waiting for it. Great review!!

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  21. Acid spitting dragons (but still!)...IM IN!! Cant wait to read this!!!!

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  22. Acid spitting dragons (but still!)...IM IN!! Cant wait to read this!!!!

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  23. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the great review! = )

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  24. Great review! I have been wanting to read this since I read about it on one of the YA hops!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. I'm totally excited for this book. I love the premise, and well, you had me at DRAGONS!

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  26. I am so so so excited for this book! I am like jumping up and down from excitement! This is such a great review and the book looks like its going to be great too! Can't wait to read it!

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  27. Thanks for the review! It sounds AWESOME!!

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  28. Thanks for giving us such a good look at the book. Now we all want it even more.

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  29. I've been wanting to read this book for so long and Jodi is coming where I live for a signing next month so I really want a copy! :)

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  30. Great review! I have been wanting to read this one ever since I read the summary. There is just something about Ana that seems so fantastical yet also so relateable. I think she will be a character that will make a big impression on me.

    Shanan
    http://thebookaddictnet.blogspot.com

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  31. Great review! I'm looking forward to this book. I'm glad you had good things to say about Ana and Sam. If the characters are lame then the book will be lame.

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  32. I've heard a lot of good things about this book and hope that I'll get the chance to read it in the future :D

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  33. This is definitely a very unique and original read. Ok dragons and ghost creatures and souls. Sounds so cool. I am seeing this all over blogs and the more I see it the more I want to read it. Sam sounds like such a sweety so I can't wait to meet him lol.

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  34. Dragons! I love Dragons!!!! The slyph (ghost creatures) sounds cool too! I can't wait to read this!!! Great review

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  35. This sounds like an amazingly original read for a YA book! Great review!

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  36. This book sounds fascinating! Definitely going on my wish list

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  37. This book sounds so good!! I've been dying to read it for ages, and your review only makes me want it more!! I definitely need to read this as soon as possible.

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  38. This book is amazing and I love hearing when people have loved the book as much as I have. I can't imagine how someone could possibly read this and give it less than three stars.

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  39. Awesome review! Now i want to read it! XD

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  40. I have been wanting to get my hands on Incarnate for SUCH a long time and this review did not help at all! No I want to read it all the more!

    I agree with you completely, Dragons make everything better :)

    Plot and Characters; two most important things in a book that require the most development (duh) and I'm glad to hear that the characters are well developed.

    Ah! I can't wait to read this!

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  41. Your review would have me hooked if I wasn't there already! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  42. Oooh, sounds like an awesome book! Nice review!

    ~Mag at Geek Chic

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  44. I really must read this! it sounds amazing!

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  45. My copy is ordered and n the way! I cant wait to read it!

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  46. Ugh! I have gone to B&N countless times to find out its "Sold out" . . .UGH! It's not fair lol :) Awesome review

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  47. Wow, it sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it!

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  48. I've already pre-ordered my copy but every review I read just reaffirms my excitement for this novel.

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  49. Sounds like a Amazing read! Great review. On my TBR list.

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  50. I'm a lover of fantasy, romance and ADVENTURE! :D Can't wait!

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  51. I just started this one. Great review!

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  52. This book is wonderful as was your review! (:

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  53. Reincarnation is always interesting! Great review, thanks! :3

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  54. AHHH Anna! Loved the review! I can't wait to read it!

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  55. I love the idea of recarnation! Not many books about it...

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  56. Loved the review! Can't wait till I get paid, so I can get my hands on this book.

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  57. I love this book! ♥
    Thanks for reviewing it :)

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  58. How did I not know that there are dragons involved?! I must not have read the synopsis as carefully as I should have... My copy just got here today-can't wait to start it. I've heard nothing but awesomeness about this one!

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  59. This probably the first review I read that has so much enthusiasm for one book! I totally love it. I have Incarnate, but I just haven't had the time to read it. I was definitely intrigued by the story too. I think I'll be able to relate to Ana and I think I'll love Sam too. He already sounds great! That's so awesome there are dragons and ghost-like creatures! Makes the book a lot more creatively unique. Can't wait to finally open this one up. Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts! :)

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  60. i've had this book on my tbr list because i've heard good things about it, but i really didn't know what it was about until reading your review. dragons, and a crazy interesting story? i'm in. thanks for the great review!

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