Monday, April 2, 2012

book review: Incarnate By Jodi Meadows

New soul
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.
No soul
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.

Jodi's Author Bio can be found on my 'Author Idols' Page.

My Review:

Characters: It's incredibly easy to fall in love with a lot of these characters. To root for them, or even against them. Even the monsters and mysteries (like the world's creator) are well imagined and fit seamlessly into the novel.

World: I read the Kindle version of this book, and I'm not sure if there's a map to the world in a physical book. I usually don't do much more than glance at book maps, but for this novel I would have studied it a bit. It's not so much that knowing where everything is is crucial to the story, but there are things that come up throughout the novel that having a map would be helpful to understand more.

Pros: The Plot twists in this novel were gorgeous. I didn't see any of them coming, and the emotional parts were just that--emotional. The characters were well-rounded, but more on them later.

Cons:  A couple characters (mostly the 'bad guys') were a bit cut-and-dry. It was made too obvious that they were bad, and there was no sense of sympathy for them. An exception here would be Ana's father, for obvious reasons we can't just label him 'good' or 'evil' like we can to some other characters.

Good Movie?  I believe it would make an exceptional movie. Not only that, but it would be a box-office hit because of it's action elements and near-fantasy genre. As far as movies go, I'd see this in theaters (as opposed to waiting for it to come on Netflix)

Rating: 5/5 stars and added to 'Author Idols'

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