Title: Incarnate (Newsoul #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Format: E-ARC ( Katherine Tegen Books | Borrowed)
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?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
My Thoughts: Before I got hold of this book, I keep hearing people talking about this book and nothing but good things about this book. SO i decided to read a see for myself what the hype was all about and yeap I’m glad this book did not become categorized as “overrated hyped book”. It is a whole new thing for me, reincarnation plus dystopia its pretty interesting and instead of a government who is behind all this it is a kind of religion thingy. And the person whom the people of Heart look up to was Janan. They regard him as their creator and it was also because of him they were able to reincarnate. Moving on to the people of Heart. I can’t blame them for being narrow minded since they knew very little of the world outside theirs so when Ciana did not reincarnate and Ana took her place, they treated her like plague and i must say Jodi Meadows did a good job in writing it in such a manner I hated the people who ostracized Ana to the core. And it was kind of fairy-tale-ish when we have the Ana’s evil mother — Li chased her out of the house and purposely gave her a broken compass just to get rid of her. And along the way she met sylphs and she fell into the winter waters and thats where Sam came in. Things were getting interesting here as from their conversation, we get to know more about Ana and Sam. Things were starting to go well until Li step in to claim Ana back. I just can’t understand this woman. Of course the Council allowed that since Li is still Ana’s legal guardian. And that’s when the action starts. I found it to be a bit late as this happened in the last 6 chapters of the book. But i guess without the front parts, the ending would not be wonderful. Ana was able to get into the Temple although there really weren’t any doors and that where she heard Janan’s voice. He called her a mistake and that mistake was caused by Menahem’s experiments. Menahem also called upon dragons and sylphs to attack the Heart when the temple was dark and anyone who died when the temple is dark, will not reincarnate and will be replaced with new souls. I really liked the whole concept of this series. And the plot really gels well with this ideology. I’m currently reading the second and it continues immediately from where the first book left off.
Rating: 4/5 stars