Review: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062060759
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥

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.

My Thoughts:

I read INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows upon the suggestion of many. It's premise appeared unique and my interest was piqued, so I decided to give it a try and was pleased with the results. 

One of my favorite things about INCARNATE is the relationship between Ana and Sam. I relished witnessing their interactions, the old push and pull of romantic tension that was well displayed. It has been a long while since I have read a book that has an unabashed love story that is truly heart warming and genuine. My jaded personality would normally roll my eyes at the very sweet nature of their connection, but all I could do was smile. I also think Jodi Meadows did a good job at setting up this unique world, the concept of regenerated souls is not new but she presented it in a manner that sparked your interest.

Yet, despite the fact that I enjoyed this novel I did find certain aspects of the story a bit repetitive. I did not take me long to understand what a "new soul" was but did it have to be religiously repeated? NO! but you were left with no doubt to what Ana was. But when you try to arrive at the decision as to who she is and why she came to be then you find yourself in a bit of a pickle. As the story progressed and truths came to light I was still a bit perplexed.

INCARNATE is a good read if you don't mind a story with a good dose of romantic tension and fantasy. A great debut effort and I am eagerly awaiting it's sequel.

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