Incarnate ARC review

By Jodi Meadows
To be Published on January 2012
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

This is a book that I wish that I didn't have to give up as part of an ARC tour.  I would have loved (and benefitted from) reading it again to really soak in all the details.  Take your time with this book- there is so much, even from the very beginning.  There are small details that you don't want to miss, because they come into play later in the story.

Incarnate started out slow.  The author takes her time, only introducing the reader to small amounts of the "world" at a time.  We don't get explained everything right away (and you will still have many unanswered questions at the end of the story).  The author has weaved a very intricate and complex tale that will undoubtedly take more than a sequel to explain - unless that sequel is 900 pages!  I will admit- I was a little frustrated to start out with.  Enjoy how slowly it moves at the beginning.

A little over halfway throughout the book there is a masquerade.  Please pay attention:  read this twelve times!  Holy cow!  The passion.  The romance.  It is a very steamy scene!  And after the masquerade- the author becomes relentless.  The story moves at a breakneck pace and has no mercy for the reader.  You will finish the story and have to read it over again just to begin to comprehend everything that happened in the second half of the story.

I enjoyed Incarnate, and I really feel that it lives up to the high expectations that the cover creates.  If you are a fan on fantasy, sci-fi, or dystopian- you will enjoy Incarnate.

Thank you to Around the World ARC Tours for this book.

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