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Book Review: Incarnate

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Author: Jodi Meadows

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 374

Summary: 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?

Heart

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.

Review: Jodie Meadows has done an amazing job setting up this strange world. The idea of people being the same souls, who are reborn over and over again, is new and intriguing. Adding in the idea of “what would happen if a new soul arrived?” brings more intrigue and mystery to the story.

Meadows has created some full characters as well. The main character, Ana, is defensive yet intelligent– a great combination for a strong female lead. Sam is more mysterious. With his many past lives, readers get the sense of who he is in each lifetime, but still aren’t sure of his actions and the reasoning behind them.

This book has wonderfully set the stage for the next in the series. Ana must figure out why she was born, what happened to the soul who never returned, all before she is stranded and alone until she dies, unsure if she herself will ever return.

Recommendation: Wonderful! Must read!