Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 31st 2012
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.
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 am going to start off this blog post by saying – I absolutely love Jodi Meadows. There is this amazing feeling of falling in love with an amazing book – Having an amazing author behind the series is even better. I follow her on Twitter and we have daily conversations most days – Anything from Cookies, liking photos of her ferrets ( who are ADORABLE ), to her newly formed love of the movie ‘Interstellar’. She is absolutely amazing when it comes to her fans and it’s one of the things I admire about her.
I came across this book while watching a video from a booktuber on Youtube. ( I wish I could remember exactly whom it was, but do I ever owe you a massive thank you. ) As always, the cover drew me in the moment I saw it. It’s amazing. I went online to check out the book, and found it on sale, so I gave it a shot. That’s where the love of this series began. I love these covers from this series so much, which is why I tend to take so many photos of them. I can’t get enough of them. So gorgeous. All 3 covers were done by Joel Tippie at Katherine Tegen Books.
“There’s always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you’ll become.”
Incarnate takes place in a world where souls are reborn. After someone dies, they are reborn/reincarnated with the same soul – The same knowledge and experiences they had when they passed. One day, something shocking happens. Ana is born as a New soul, someone who unlike the others, has not lived for hundreds of years. People are shocked, and scared with her entry into the world, even hateful.
Her mother treats her in a way no child should be treated by her parents. She reminds Ana how different she is, how her worth isn’t as great as the people before her – Not to mention a constant reminder that another girl lost her life so she could be born. This has a lasting impact on her throughout the book, and changes the way she sees herself. Forced to leave home at the age of 18, to head to the city of Heart, Ana learns just how different she is, in a world where everyone has lived so many more lives than she has. Not only are dragons and slyphs a threat to her in this world, but some people she comes into contact with, upon entering the city, leave you questioning their motives. Not everyone is comfortable with the situation that has taken place when it comes to her arrival.
Enter Dossam ( Sam ), an amazing, charming, handsome, musical prodigy who happens to become the first friend Ana makes. From the point of their first meeting, until the very end of this book, their relation blossoms and takes flight in so many ways.
I don’t want to giveaway too much more on this amazing book. So much happens – It’s full of adventure, love and finding yourself in a world where you feel alone. You get to follow the development of this amazing, strong female character as she finds her strengths and weaknesses in a world where she feels like she doesn’t belong. On top of it – Ana and Dossam happen to be my favorite couple from a book to date. I love them so much. ( And really, who doesn’t love a man who can read, write and play music. SO attractive.) It’s amazing to see a love interest who isn’t your common bad boy type.
At the end of this book, I ordered the final two and plowed through them in record time. They have won a place in my heart, and so has Jodi. I absolutely love these books so much, and I greatly look forward to The Orphan Queen releasing March 10, 2015. ( Which has an amazing cover as well. ) And by greatly, I mean I REALLY wish it could come out now, so I could make the wait a little less painful.
I will be posting reviews for the next books in this series, but if you’re interested in seeing my photos of these stunning covers, click on this link here.