Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul # 1
Published: January 31, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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?
Lately, the books that I’ve read offered a good story plot but the characters ruined all the fun in the book. And Incarnate is one of them. I am quite surprised to find myself one of the minorities who does not like this book because everybody seems to love it. I am actually expecting to really love this book but I just can’t do it. I am disappointed.
I had a hard time liking Ana. I thought I am going to like her as the story progresses but I did not. Her inconsistencies are just plainly irritating. I know and do understand why she is having a hard time trusting somebody because of the way she was raised but the way she acted is just too much. There are times that she acted like an ungrateful bitch after all the kindness Sam showed her.
Now Sam is pretty darn good. I love his weirdness and mysteriousness that makes his character more interesting. But there are times that he is just too kind and Ana doesn’t deserve him. Ana’s obsession with Sam is just absurd considering the fact that she cannot trust Sam completely.
There is no plot direction; a lot of time was wasted on nonsense things like dancing. No improvement in the story whatsoever. No explanations in the society that much and why there is a reincarnation. Ana left her home to do a research why she is a NO SOUL but the only thing she does is spend most of her time dealing with Sam’s music. Did she try to do some research? Yes a little bit not sufficient enough for the story. Any major discoveries? NONE at all. This is just pure romance, nothing else.
And what’s with the Temple thingy? There is no explanations why that is such an important part of their society.
So in the end instead of liking the book I almost throw it off but good thing I didn’t because I know for sure that I am going to regret it because I love the cover and I pretty much do not want to ruin it. Not sure if I am going to read the 2nd book in the series though.
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