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Short Description for Incarnate After 5000 years of the same souls being reincarnated, Ana, a new soul, is born and on her eighteenth birthday sets off on a mission to learn the truth about her existence.
- Published: 01 January 2012
- Format: Hardback 384 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062060754 ISBN 10: 0062060759
- Sales rank: 27,198
Reviews for Incarnate
review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
It started right with action and by connecting me to the main character. I liked Ana because she is different, that she questions instead of blindly accepting things, and also because I felt for her because of the way that her mom treated her.
I like that Ana doesn't just blindly accept anything. She digs and finds the answers for herself. She is also relatable though because she is a good person but she's not perfect. She has her insecurities and lashes out at Sam some. It is understandable because of how she grew up that she wouldn't easily trust. It was quite an adventure to watch her discover her passions, and how that connected her with Sam and brought out his emotions and realized what was beneath the layers.
Sam is a mystery right off the bat, because I wanted to know why he was in the middle of nowhere, how he rescued her in the freezing cold water, and just because he is elusive. He is kind of course helping Ana, and encouraging her. He was just another hook that got me within the first three chapters.
There is also the great premise, and it got going right away. I was so curious why a soul would disappear instead of coming back again, and what made Ana special that a new soul or a no soul would show up.
I loved the twists and how the people have such personalities, how their pasts factor into who they are now. Especially about Sam, the things that Ana didn't realize right away, I just thought it was amazing going full circle like that.
The Heart, the town where they live is well thought out. It adds to the awesomeness of the world building and the setting. I enjoyed the mythical creatures involved and their powers even if they were usually on the "bad" side. It shows so much creativity and added action and adventure.
Another thing I absolutely loved was the slow build of the romance. It is so satisfying to read about. The friendship and the back and forth, the flirting and the uncertainty. It is beautiful to watch play out and just what I love.
There is a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Steph and her take charge, no-nonsense attitude really made me like her a lot. I like that she told Sam how it was and stood up for Ana even when she didn't know her. She is very perceptive and I like that.
And holy twist of doom. You feel the storm building, and then the unthinkable happens. Or does it? But we realize so much all at once and some of it is good and some bad.
It ended at a pretty good place, but I am still super anxious to get the next one. So if anyone has a kindle or epub I can borrow, I will be your friend forever :).
Bottom Line: Great start to a series I can't wait to keep reading. Action, romance and a courageous main character. by Brandi Kosiner
Boring characters but good ending
Incarnate is about a girl named Ana who lives in a world full of people that always get reincarnated except for her. She's never been born before and frankly no one knows where the crap she came from. And no one likes her either. It sounds like an exciting start to a book which is why I was so surprised that I found this book slow and the characters boring. Sam was the most boring character of all. Apparently being 5000 years old makes you dreadfully dull. He seems to have no faults, he never gets surprised or shows emotion to anything until almost the end of the book, but by then it was too late because I could have cared less about him. The plot did not have much going on. A lot of the story focuses on Ana and Sam's relationship which would have been interesting if I had cared about Sam. There is a very anti-climactic fight scene but in the grand sceme of things, nothing really happens.
This book would have gotten 2 stars if the ending hadn't been good. We finally get some interesting conflict towards the end. I thought the idea of living walls was very new and creative and also creepy. I was full of questions and theories by the time I closed the book, so I will most likely be picking up the rest of the books in the series eventually. My biggest question that was conveniently never brought up was if animals were reincarnated, too. This led to my theory that I have. I think that Ana used to be a butterfly. Like, literally a butterfly.
Overall, this was one of those books that redeems itself at the end with some interesting conflict and ideas, but I had to plow through 300 pages of boring Sam to get there. by Jessica B
A Different Dystopian Novel That Touched My Heart
There's always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you'll become.
Do you believe in Reincarnation? I do. This is the first reason why I chose this book. Of course the cover is Epic, most beautiful cover I have ever seen. The complete theme of reincarnation of souls was innovative and refreshing. This book is definitely a page turner.
A Vague Indication
The story was set in a dystopian world where souls reincarnate million times, each time in a new body. The body may change but the soul doesn't. The night Ciana died the soul temple went dark. After few years Li gave birth to a daughter, Ana. Everyone thought Ciana has returned, but this soul was different, never been born before, a Newsoul. Ana replaced Ciana. Being a new soul Ana's life had been tougher than any one, her own mother was ashamed of her, hated her, and called her a Nosoul. Incarnate is the quest of Ana to find the answers behind her birth.
The Love Birds
As for the characters, I am confused with Ana, I really am. Sometime she was brave as hell, strong as a steal, and sometime she acted dumb, fragile like a delicate butterfly, if you try to tight your grip on its wings, it will be broken. When she's with Sam, she got all the courage to fight out anything, when she came face to face with Li, she became just like a small little kitten trying to hide itself from the paw of big cat. I can understand her situation. Living in isolation outside the range for 18 years of her life, she had been lonely, unlovable and friendless. When she escaped Li's and set foot on Heart, where everyone has previous lives and lot of memories, she felt unconnected, detached to the society and surroundings. That's why I wanted her to be braver, which she wasn't enough for a main protagonist. In the beginning she was not much enjoyable, I found her sorrowful, whimpering and complaining over and over about her life, but I liked how her character unfolds slowly with the progress of the story.
I'd give anything to make things right for you."He caressed my cheek, my hair, my back. Everywhere he touched, the angry fires cooled. I wished he'd touch my heart. "But I can't. I can help, but the hard work is all up to you, If you don't feel real, no one else can do it for you. I promise, though you've always felt real to me.
Sam was a sweetheart, just my type of guy. Determine, modest, intriguing and passionate would be the perfect adjectives for Sam. He's a sweet and gentle guy with a very kind soul. He did every possible thing to keep Ana safe and sound, didn't care how much it would cost him to help Ana. He always stood by Ana in any situation which was very brave of him. Sometime I found him complicated, hard to understand what's going on inside him, but that doesn't matter much.
The writing was lyrical, each word was chosen very carefully and beautifully by the author. The writing style is very neat example of well organized literature.
The book was supposed to be based on Ana's quest, instead the book was more focused on romance and the story derailed and lost its track in middle. At least 60% of this book consist description the time period Ana spend with Sam, learning music, those almost but "never happening" kisses and awkwardness between them.
The author must have added all these romantic tension just to enhance the romance, but truly speaking it did nothing other than slowing down the book. What could have done in 50 pages, the author took 150 pages to write down the same thing, what a waste of 100 pages. If it were only a romantic book I would have praise all that romantic moments, but as the book is dystopian, based on complete different subject, I felt the romantic drama was too much for this story.
Why I'm Rating it Four Stars
Other than that Incarnate was flawless. In the end all the answers to Ana's question was solved in very satisfying way. We were given only one climax in the end and which was terrifying. The last few chapters of this book were breathtaking that you will be compelled to read and bite you nails off. I liked the idea of dragon attack and sylphs, a good mixture of modern technologies with mythological creatures and old belief of reincarnation. I liked Incarnate but I can't say I'm in love with it. by Soumi Royunder review
First off, to get it over with, oh! the cover! the cover!
Alright, now that we're done with that, my favorite things about this novel included the world building and the fact that it felt much more unique then a lot of the YA I've read lately. Meadow's really makes me want to learn every single thing about Heart and the world the inhabitants live in. The Range and Heart are magical (dragons, sylphs and centaurs, oh my!) and it holds enough intrigue to keep me interested. I was captivated by the world Meadow's created and could not wait to dive in.
However, I didn't learn as much about the world as I would have liked, which was disappointing. I think this goes along with Ana learning basically nothing about herself or reincarnation while in Heart, which was her original goal. I think all of these disappointments occur because the author is setting up the sequels. If the author had found a way to give the reader and Ana more answers while still setting up the next books I would have given this book five stars.
The romance builds steadily and wasn't instant infatuation which was also refreshing, but at times I felt like it sidetracked the plot. Also no love triangle! Yay! I also liked that Sam wasn't a jerk. It seems like every YA novel lately has a "bad boy" love interest who is a horrible example for relationships and so finding a genuinely nice guy was great.
Though there was a few problems with this book, overall it pulls you in and leaves you to awaiting the sequel in order to discover the answers the reader, and Ana, need to find. by Natalie S.
- Top review
The book starts off with Ana leaving home and right away her troubles start. Actually I guess her troubles started at her birth when she became the first new soul to be born into a world where the same souls were recycled over and over. Her mother..grrrr....deliberately sends her into danger but she ends up rescued by Sam who chooses to befriend her. Her first friend ever. Ana is skeptical at first, who wouldn't be with the crazypants mom that she had, but eventually she comes to trust him.
Sam. Oh Sam. He is such a complete sweetheart. While he doesn't know why Ana is the first new soul in forever, he doesn't believe she is evil, and helps her to try and find her place in Heart.
Music plays a big part in Ana's self-discovery which I can totally relate to. Then there is the masquerade scene. LOVE! That's all I'm going to say about that.
But when Ana's mother shows up in Heart...man. Just get ready for a whirlwind of an ending. Also, there are dragons. Mean, people-eating dragons. Awesome.
So if you enjoy fantasy and a story-teller who can spin a good yarn, go pick up Incarnate before Asunder hits shelves. by Putting Pen to Pageunder review
Incarnate, by Jodi Meadows
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
Wow. That is the word that still comes to mind when I think about this book. I finished this book on the 3rd of this month and the power of this book still stays with me. It completely blew me away and makes me want to go back right away and re-read it. I wish I would of been able to read this sooner!
As some of you may know, I'm a sucker for the Dystopian genre. And this Dystopian? Wow! This book was SO unique! I love Dystopians, but if you read a lot of Dystopians you see that some of them may be unique, but also have around the same type of things in them. (If that makes sense!) But I can't think of ANYTHING that is anywhere near this book.
Another thing that I happen to love and be really interested in is reincarnation. Which is also something that really drew me to this book. (Other than that GORGEOUS cover! I mean look at it! Every time I see it I have to stare at it for at least 5 minutes straight.) There is just something about reincarnation that is really interesting. And the people in this book know everything about their past lives! It's SO cool!
One thing bad about them knowing, is that they have all known each other for millions of years so when it comes to a random person popping up with a new and fresh soul, no one really signs up for the welcome committee. Except, for you know, Sam. *swoon* Saaaammmm. Him alone makes me want to grab a copy of this and read it again. He's so sweet and caring and hot and smart and is it getting hot in here?? *Shakes head to clear it.* Anyway, I absolutely LOVED his character. LOVED. I can't wait to see what will happen with him and Ana in the sequel. ( I am dying for the sequel SOOO bad. Anyone have an extra copy they want to send me as a Christmas prezzie? :P)
Although Ana bothered me sometimes, I really liked her character. She kept her guard up when it was needed and she was really smart. She may have been a newsoul and didn't have millions of years of experience, but she was really smart. And even when a lot of the people didn't welcome her with open arms, she still put her life at stake to help protect them when it was needed. She's extremely brave, and I really liked that about her. Plus, she was just fresh. You know what I mean, right?
Also, just to let you know, a lot of characters in YA nowadays are falling in love at first sight, which gets really old. That didn't happen with Sam and Ana. Yes, Sam was friendly toward Ana and they both put their lives at stake to help each other. But their relationship grew and grew after spending time with each other and as they learned more about each other. And their relationship was so pure and beautiful and after a while I was BEGGING for something to happen with them. It drove me CRAZY, but in a good frustrating way.
Overall, this book was amazing. I am definitely getting my own pretty copy soon so I can read it over and over again. It had everything in it that a great, amazing, and just beautiful book needs! Oh, and some dragons and sylphs too! :P If you haven't read this book, you need to ASAP. And if you don't have it on your TBR list yet, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! :O by Amanda
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Incarnate tells the story of Ana, a nosoul, a newsoul - which ever way you look at it, she's not like everyone else. Ana's only ever had the one life - the one she's living. Everyone else has been around for years and centuries and decades. Everybody knows everybody, which means everybody knows who Ana is. Or more specifically, what Ana is.
Incarnate was an interesting read. I've been looking forward to reading this novel since I first heard about it, and I can say that I was definitely surprised - but in a good way. Just like Under the Never Sky, this novel took more of a science fiction/fantasy role, with all the great trimmings and more. Usually I'm not great with the scifi/fantasy genre - dragons and trolls and slyphs oh my! - but as mentioned before, Incarnate was a easy read.The concepts of a person being reincarnated into a different person but still with the same mind and perceptions as the last time they were alive is a new thing for me, something I found I enjoyed quite a lot.
Our main character, Ana, was extremely interesting. Shut away for most of her life and being told she was an inconvenience and a mistake, it's hard for her to understand how some people could be interested in her - especially Sam, who turns out himself to be more than she originally thought. Ana puts herself down a lot - for example, many souls have particular skills that they take with them as they are reincarnated, but Ana doesn't see that she has one. However she has incredible talent in learning things - she teaches herself how to read when her own mother doesn't, and even teaches herself how to identify sheet music - not an easy feat, I can definitely say! Ana's not a character that immediately falls into the typical pattern of agreeing with whatever she's just learnt. She questions things, the way the Reincarnates live, why Sam says good things about what she is towards her etc. Her reactions to the soul that should have been there instead of Ana as well make for an interesting read.
The romance, as well, has a nice tone to it. It's not rushed, and it's not a complete "I hate you, no I hate you, no I hate you more, let's make out I think I'm in love with you" scenario that most YA romances tend to follow, so the romance between Sam and Ana was refreshing. Plus for Ana, who has grown up without emotions apart from anger and disgust in her life, it's great to see how she adapts and her reactions to these feelings. I did think, however, that this seemed to take major priority over the novel. For example, it was important that Ana keep up her studies, especially as she was due to have a progress report, but we didn't really see her studying that much. And at the times that we did, it was skipped over so fast you'd blink and miss it. And now me being a completely cynical person - Ana seemed to have too much faith in Sam. When he lied about their birthdays, Ana didn't really question it. After she found out that it was Sam who had stolen the books on her family, she again didn't question it. We rarely see her feeling upset or cross with Sam. To me, that's just weird a touch...
While also not a major aspect of the novel, the undertones of religion come into play, especially with the climax of the novel, yet I couldn't help but feel that it was more anti-relgious (especially on Ana's part) than anything. The main question raised in the novel was should you be believing in something that you can't see? Why should you accept what you don't really know when you don't have infinite proof? I'm hoping that this gets carried on to the next books to see where it all leads.
While at times I felt a bit lost - this story literally has everything - especially with the fast paced writing at the beginning, I found myself fast slipping into the world that Jodi Meadows has created and not wanting to come up for air. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where Jodi takes this series! by Hannah
Review from Book Nerds are Pretty Too
==Original Review at www.booknerds-are-pretty-too.com==
In this book we are introduced to Ana, who has spent her whole life thinking she is a no soul, lacking confidence and self esteem thanks to her abusive mother, who reminds her that since the day she was born she's worthless. When Ana turns eighteen she packs her bags to go out on her own looking for answers, knowing the only place that possibly have them is the main city, the city of heart.
Her journey is not off to an easy start, but Ana needs to know her purpose in a community of souls that have been reincarnated for centuries. Sam her love interest, doesn't think Ana is a no soul instead he thinks she's a new soul. Sam offers Ana the friendship she never had and desperately needs, the relationship between Ana and Sam was full of chemistry.
As the story unfolds she finds herself tangled in rules and misunderstandings. Those difficulties are the ones that help her become a stronger, more confident character, and that's something I truly appreciate. Incarnate is set in an amazing world that Jodi Meadows created, however, I would have loved if the world building was more balanced with the romance. I liked the premise and enjoyed the book but was not able to love it.
Overall I loved the concept behind this book and I believe it has a lot of potential for the next installment of the trilogy.
Review based on an Advanced Reader's Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. by Shantal
A must read!
What if everyone could live forever, except you?
In five thousand years, every soul is reincarnated. Everyone in Heart city rejoice in their forever existence. They will die and born as a baby in new body, but their soul will remain the same. The promise of living forever has made people gone stagnant until a woman named Ciana died. The horrible thing is, she never comes back to life. In exchange of her soul, a new soul is born. Her mother named her Ana, a word that means 'empty'.
In eighteen years of her life, Ana has been living with her cruel mother, Li. They are living outside Heart because Li can't bear the humiliation of having a newsoul as her child. Li convinces Ana that because of her, Ciana is dead. She is a mistake. A nosoul. Everyone in Heart hates her. A nosoul doesn't need her private things. A nosoul has no skill to help community. A nosoul has no right to love.
Ana rarely meets people other than her mother. Li never teaches her anything, so Ana learns from observing. She teaches herself to speak, read, and enjoy music. Music is everything for Ana. One of her biggest dream is to meet her favorite musician in Heart, Dossam. Ana is practically worshipping Dossam's music and she longs to learn about music, even when Li snatches music from her and tells her that a nosoul can't understand about music. Finally, in her eighteenth birthday, Ana decides to go to Heart city. She yearns to learn about her origin. There has to be a reason why after five thousand years of the same souls being reincarnated, Ana has been born.
Unfortunately, there are many pebbles stumped Ana along her journey to Heart. Chased by sylph and forced to jump from the reef to a lake in midwinter, she may as well die if she isn't saved by someone. Sam, her savior, doesn't seem to mind that Ana is a nosoul. He is the first person who treats Ana nicely. He is her friend, as bizarre as it sounds for Ana.
Ana's plan was simple. Get rid from Li, learns about the reasons why she was born, and lives away from people in Heart. But when she meets Sam, her hidden feelings start to appear. Ana is not ready for a friend, let alone for anything beyond that. While five thousand years of living doesn't teach Sam how to not fall for a girl who might only live once in a lifetime...
I admit that I put much expectation to this book, and I gladly tell you that this book doesn't fail me! The idea of reincarnation is very creative so it depends to the author to make it into a good book. The details are vivid and beautiful. I can easily picture Heart city in my mind. It isn't hard to feel how hopeful Ana when she finally reaches Heart and how excited she is to meet so many crowd after. I'm especially glad when she starts opening her heart to others and learns to trust people.
Ana is a believable character with her cynical thoughts and quick mind. She's one of the most defensive characters I've ever read. Sam is also a great character, he seems very alive to me. He's cute and his kindness makes me melting inside out. I appreciate his concern to Ana's safety and how he always tries to protect Ana whatever happens.
"What was that you played?" I edged closer. To the piano. To him.
Same wide-set eyes, same shaggy black hair. Same hesitant smile. "It's yours," he said. "It's called whatever you want."
I staggered back. So much for collecting myself. "Mine?"
He took my shoulder, stopping me from crashing into something. "Didn't you hear?" he asked, searching me. "I used the notes you picked, things that remind me of you."
Sam is an awesome character. He's not overly nice or annoyingly nonchalant, just simply kind and protective. Ana and Sam make a great couple, I enjoyed reading about them so much. Definitely a recommendation!
Shivers crawled up my spine when he said my name. And what a name. When I'd gotten the nerve to ask Li why they chose that, she said it was part of an old word that meant "alone" or "empty." It was also part of Ciana's name, symbolizing what I'd taken from her. It meant I was a nosoul. A girl who fell in lakes and got rescued by Sam. by Hildaunder review
--Original Review at www.gothicangelbookreviews.blogspot.com---
As soon as I saw this book, I was in love with the cover. When I looked at the blurb, I knew I needed to read INCARNATE. I was on edge for weeks knowing it was so close, yet so far.
I ordered it and waited in anticipation for it to be delivered.
It wasn't until about the 6th of February that I received it. At which point it had already been out for nearly a week and I was itching for it to hurry up.
Thankfully, I had just become free to read it when it got here.
I have to say, Jodi Meadows is one of my new favourite authors. I love the way she expertly crafted this story. It was something that had me hooked immediately and I had to read it every spare moment I got.
It took me longer to read than I had hoped. I had my son's birthday on Saturday so I had a few hours where I could not pick it up. But after he had gone to bed, I managed to finish it off. Now I am just dying for the next book.
I don't want to give too much of this story away, for obvious reasons. You need to sit and read it yourself. But let me warn you, make sure you have a few hours spare because you will NOT want to put it down.
There were things about INCARNATE that had me laughing. Then there were those that had me crying. Whilst other things made me so mad I wanted to punch someone in the face.
Ana is our main character and without telling you too much about her, I want to point out that I am amazed at the kind of person she became. She went through a lot and came out better than a lot of people would have done.
Her mother, Li (though I hardly think she deserves the title 'mother') is an awful woman who reminds me of my own mother,
Li thought very little of Ana, as she believes she took Ciana's place - Ciana should have been reincarnated and Ana should not exist. So when Ana decides to leave home and head for Heart, Li doesn't stop her. She gives her a compass and tells her to be on her way.
Only the compass is broken - it's just a good job Ana realises this before she gets too lost.
The struggles Ana goes through with Li are similar to struggles I had with my mother growing up, so I really empathise with her character. But I think that pretty much like myself, if it weren't for Li's awful ways, Ana may not have ended up the person she is today. It's our experiences in life that shape us for the future. So she may hate Li - and indeed she has every right - but that which does not break you makes you stronger.
On the whole this story was unique, intriguing and has you turning pages quickly because you are on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next.
The pace of the book itself, I would say it is fast-paced and full of exciting discoveries. Yet the pace of the world building and such is slow enough to give you the bigger picture.
I found myself falling in love with the sweet Sam. The relationship between him and Ana - it wasn't a rushed 'girl meets boy and BAM they fall in love' - it was sweet and slow building. I thought Sam was an incredible character. There's more to that boy than meets the eye.
There were some pretty great characters throughout this book. I liked a lot of them and hated a few of the others. Yet whether I liked or hated them, they were believable. What I mean to say is, it was as though they were real people. Not something an author creates, but someone you might come across in your everyday life.
As if this wasn't all enough, there were dragons and sylph and other things to add to the excitement and adventure.
So if you want something unique and refreshing, pick up INCARNATE. You won't be sorry you did. by Keren Kiesslinger