Jan 092012

Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley and HarperCollins

From HarperCollins:
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.

I have a feeling that this new Newsoul series is going to take us for one hell of a roller coaster ride. Incarnate (for me) was a bit slow at first, but once it picked up momentum I was enthralled. 

Cover comments – I love this cover. The butterfly over the girl’s eyes is gorgeous. And after reading the book, the cover totally makes more sense too, and you understand why these elements were included.

Now for the story – this is a bit more difficult to explain. By the end of the book I could say that I really enjoyed it, but there were some, shall we say, unexpected events that happened that totally threw me for a loop (but eventually I realized in a good way). I won’t share them here because I can’t spoil, but just know if you read the book that you must read it all the way through to fully grasp the storyline.

And I would be remiss to review this book without mentioning the sexytimes. Because whoa – this book was FULL of them. I had one favorite quote that I can’t help but share, but heads up that it’s from the ARC and may change in the final copy:

          “Saying I never thought about it would be a lie, but it doesn’t change how I feel. Ana,
           you make me ache in places that aren’t even physical.”

Um, yeah. I read that and had to stop for a moment to catch my breath. That’s going down in Tara’s Book of Hottest Quotes Ever. And just wait – there are even MORE quotes that will make you swoon just as much.

As with all first books in series, Incarnate ended with a cliffhanger and there is MUCH to be learned in book #2. The only bad part? We have to wait until 2013!

  12 Responses to “Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows”

  1. I liked it too. Can’t wait for the next one :)

  2. I really enjoyed this one as well and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 :)

  3. Swooooooooooooooon!

  4. I still laugh at the fact that we both picked out the EXACT SAME QUOTE from the book!! hahaha

  5. I have this one on my Nook from Netgalley. I’m hoping to get to it soon since all the reviews I’ve read have been really positive.

  6. *dies at that quote*

    I LOVED this one too, so glad you did as well Tara! It was just such an interesting concept I thought, the whole finite number of souls issue, and I just couldn’t put this one down:) Stupid long wait for the next book, I’m so not a patient person!

  7. I’m looking forward to reading this book! I can’t wait till the ARC comes my way :)

  8. Yum. This book sounds delicious. This is the first review I payed attention to on this book and now I want to read it.

  9. love that quote! I wonder what he means by that?.. maybe he has like a tiny black hole of ecstasy in his loins, and that’s where he feels it. though, that probably doesn’t sound very romantic, more like a creepy ulcer. scratch that then! lol :0)

    I wasn’s sure what to think when I saw this cover, I thought maybe she was a human / butterfly Hybrid. ?? is this right? that would be totally cool, I bet she was a catapillar fetus, then blossomed on her way down the birth canal.

    Minus my sillyness above, this book sounds pretty darn good! Hope your having a great Monday! :)

  10. Hey Tara. I love your blog! I can’t wait to read this book, I’m super excited for it.


  11. Fantastic review! I need to read this book so badly- it looks awesome!

  12. Great review Tara! I’m reading this book now and loving it!!

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