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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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DNF Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (It Doesn't Go Well)

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Newsoul #1
Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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 forgot all about Incarnate until I decided I was going to go through my TBR list on Goodreads and see if the book was available at the county library's ebook loan. My results of many failures?
  1. Strange Angels wasn't available. But they have all the other books in the series.
  2. I'm still waiting for 4 others to read Dorothy Must Die
  3. I wasn't in the mood to read the sequel to Paranormalcy, but Mind Games wasn't available and I prefer jumping on one hold at a time. Apparently the same goes for Dualed.
  4. Some of the books don't even EXIST in the ebook loan, and especially indie books. Unless, of course, you're a local author and you're recommended enough. Lucky you, Indie Missourians.
I was actually warned about Incarnate by Lupe, but let me just clarify she didn't have any influence whatsoever. Aside from predicting if I would like the book or not, and it's so accurate, it's really creepy.
I originally thought I would get Incarnate out of the way. After all, it was on my TBR, the ebook library had it available currently – unlike some peeps who just DON'T RETURN BOOKS – and it just seemed interesting.

Immortality and reincarnation for over 5000 years? If that were true, perhaps Bookwyrming Thoughts would be around for thousands of years! Passing from different hand to different hand... sort of. The ability to check who you were in your past lives? That would be awesome technology. Wouldn't it be weird if Hitler was reborn as someone really nice? Or maybe if Lupe and I were really siblings who were addicted to reading in our past lives? That would actually be cool. It'll explain why she's so intuitive about the books I read. Oddball who's apparently born as a new soul but accused of not having a soul and therefore YOLO? Interesting... wonder how that plays out.
Thus the last rhetorical question goes by the name of Ana, who's apparently shunned and ignored by the rest of the world because she doesn't have any awesome past memories to talk about. When she turns eighteen, she decides to leave and go to the City of Heart – really, that's what the city is named. Heart. – to find out WHY she didn't have a past life.

Sounds interesting, right? Wrong. The book was quite dull. Or maybe I was just tired, but that doesn't explain why I managed to finish up Remembrance by Michelle Madow and really enjoyed it. Or perhaps I just wasn't in the mood and Incarnate took the blunt of the blow, which isn't exactly true because I actually cherish the not inkly printed word (aka ebooks).
It honestly was boring. What I read in a nutshell, which was actually just a fifth of the book:
  • Ana leaves – great!
  • She jumps into a lake to get away from these evil air spirits called sylphs and gets rescued by this guy named Sam – okay?
  • He welcomes her and they travel together. Then she gets attacked by sylphs again and her whole hand gets burned – fantastic baby. And I mean the kpop song by BigBang.
  • She can't do much with her hands, so Sam has to assist her. Apparently they run out of painkillers and gauze,so the dude has to go to her old home just to get some. He returns with honey and they sit around to enjoy the sweet treat – way too sweet for me if I get a lot. FYI, I don't like vanilla frosting, but I like chocolate frosting. Why? – while telling stories.
  • Ana's basically depressed all the time – "OMG, I had this sucky life! And now it sucks even more!" She's so depressing, even I became depressed.
That was just a snooze fest for me. I mean, sure, she's trying to find out what happened to Ciana, which is what everyone expects her to be, but she isn't. The thing is, if there's anything interesting going on, it certainly hasn't caught my attention. Or it's later in the book, which I am obviously not planning on going to because I returned this book as soon as I was able to.

Incarnate certainly seemed promising though – I just think Jodi Meadows should work on Ana a bit more and the plot development. There needs to be more spice. The cover, on the other hand, needs no spice. It's GORGEOUS!

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