Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review: Incarnate (Newsouls #1) by Jodi Meadows

Title: Incarnate (Newsouls #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Released: 2012

Summary: Ana is an abomination in a world where the same souls are reincarnated from one life to the next. When Ana was born, she replaced the soul of another permanently. Ana is raised away from the city with a "mother" who views her as someone who was never supposed to exist. Ana can't wait to escape her "mother" Li, and on her 18th birthday decides to journey to the City of Heart. In the city, Ana hopes to discover why she exists and what happened to the soul she replaced. In Heart, Ana makes friends, enemies, and finds out more than she bargained for.
My Thoughts: I read this with my friend Ali, we were both excited to read it because we had heard so many good things about it from so many different people. Sadly, this book was overhyped and only ended up being an average read for me. It had an interesting premise and an interesting ending, but the majority of the book just kind of ambled along without much happening.
Ana as a main character was like an annoying teenager a lot of the time. She was moody, confrontational, and didn't really thing things through. There were times where I wanted to yell at her because of some decision or action she was taking. Thinking back, Ana felt more like a 16 year old than an 18 year old.
I did kind of like Sam's character, but he really felt like a middle aged man to me, so that kind of caused questions about his relationship with Ana. Although they were so hot and cold with each other that a true relationship was questionable in the first place.
The part I probably most enjoyed about this book was the world and the concept. The same people (essentially) coming to live life after life in this strange city of Heart, that just happened to be sitting in the middle of nowhere for them. The dragons, slyph, ogres, and trolls that are a menace to the humans. And why Ana came about in the first place. I still have questions about the city and temple though. It seems slightly sinister and that there's more to that story.
All in all, just an average book that sadly didn't live up to all the hype. Definitely a story with interesting aspects, but with a moody Ana and monotonous middle, it didn't end up being an amazing read. I'm still curious as to what happens next, so I probably will read the other books in the series eventually. 
Didn't live up to the hype.

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