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Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows


Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 416 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Work; Not Your Mother's Book Club
Goodreads | Books Inc.
DARKSOULS Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
I was lucky enough to get Incarnate as an ARC last year, and once I finished I knew waiting for the sequel would be torture. Unfortunately, Asunder came right in the middle of a busy school year, so when I finally had the time to pick it up, I devoured it. Asunder is probably ten times better than Incarnate and I am pretty positive that the next installment will be ten times better than Asunder. Not only are there fantastic new characters, but our old favorites are changing in the best of ways. Even the writing style has become more poetic and graceful, flowing together without leaving plot holes and questions unanswered. I absolutely adored Asunder and I can't believe I have to wait another year for the final book!

I really loved Ana's character development in Asunder, she seems like she's got a lot more confidence and a new backbone which I so loved and she so needed. She actually stands up to Sam and Stef and the council members on more than one occasion, and I just wanted to cheer for her the whole time. Even Sam shows his less confident side, breaking down and proving he doesn't know everything. We're introduced to some new characters who really added a new depth to Heart and Ana's world and I'm looking forward to learning more about them and how they have contributed to Heart and Range in their past lives.

The story lines from Incarnate are continued and there are plenty of new and crazy revelations that totally blew me away. We learn more about all the creatures living in Range, as well as where Ana came from and what will happen to her. Jodi's writing style is still beautiful and elegant, if not more so than before. The different plot points also connected together better in Asunder which helped the story flow more smoothly. The descriptive way that Jodi created this world is fantastic, I felt like I was truly there, standing in the town center, or with Ana in the tower. I could always vividly picture whatever scene was being painted in my head and that really hooked me into the story.

Just like last time, I completely fell in love with Jodi's story. I'm falling more in love with Ana and Sam and I love that questions are getting answered while others are arising. The world-building is going a little deeper and I'm really looking forward to the way everything will be wrapped up. Plus, there is tons of kissing!! If you loved Incarnate, you'll love Asunder even more and if you haven't started this fantastical series yet, you really need to. There are dragons! Fans of fantasy, soft sci fi, and romance will love this one!

9 comments:

  1. I need to get on reading these books! They sound so great and the covers are gorgeous. Plus, the concept sounds very interesting. Great review! I really sounds like I'd like this series.
    Cheers!

    Millie @ Millie D's Words

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  2. I STILL have to read the first book! I'm definitely excited to get started on this series, the books sound great!

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  3. Wonderful review as always Anna. I need to get my nose in that first book. The cover is stunning as well :) Glad you were able to stay in love with the story. It's a great feeling when a book can keep you reeling for the characters and the excitement of the plot.

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  4. TONS OF KISSING? You should have just led off your review that way. ;)

    This sounds so good! I still haven't read the first book yet, ugh. I'm so glad you liked the second book as much as the first one.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  5. Oh, I can't wait for this one to find it's way into my hands! I loved the first book last year so I have high hopes for this one! So happy to hear that Ana's character developed in Asunder. Great review! :)

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  6. Great review! I loved Incarnate and now your review makes me super excited for Asunder! It's great to hear that you loved it even more. I can't wait to jump back into this world with these characters!

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  7. I wasn't a huge fan of Incarnate but I'm very glad you enjoyed this sequel. I now want to read it! Great review!

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  8. Ten times better? Are you sure? I don't believe that's possible! I guess I'll have to find out for myself. Why can't it already be the 29th?

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  9. I completely agree - I LOVED Asunder. It was so well-done, especially the character growth! Plus, I loved some new characters that popped in :)

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