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INCARNATE was one of the best books I read in 2011 despite the fact it hadn't even come out yet. I sat on my review and meant to post it after an epic Treasure Hunt with Jodi Meadows, but it slipped onto the back burner...and then kept slipping. I kept thinking I'd reviewed this, but I never had. Since I just re-read INCARNATE in preparation for ASUNDER (Which I'll be reviewing tomorrow), I figured it was long past time for the following review:
Being completely candid, I will admit that when I first saw the cover to INCARNATE, I fell in love and was excited, but when HarperTeen was gracious enough to send an ARC and I read the summary, I just wasn't sure. Reincarnation, really? Been there, done that. Only...that's not what the Newsoul Trilogy is really about at all. Throw away all of your preconceived notions of books with reincarnation as a theme. Can you think of any other where every soul in the world is re-born again and again and again, century to century...until one soul winks out to be replaced with a brand-new soul? I can't, and this is the launching pad for Jodi Meadows' compelling series. It's completely original and innovative despite that initial use of the word "reincarnation."
Ana lives in a world where she is the only Newsoul. She hasn't lived multiple lifetimes and doesn't know things everyone else takes for granted. She's incredibly smart, and even teaches herself to read as a child when no one else will. Her mother is a woman who believes she is a Nosoul, an abomination for replacing a cherished soul that should have been reincarnated. One day, Ana has had enough and decides to venture out on her own. She's almost killed by sylph, only to be saved by Sam, a swoon-worthy character I fell completely and utterly in love with. If the mention of sylph didn't alert you, the fact that there are dragons and centaurs and phoenix surely lets you in on the Newsoul Trilogy's greatest secret: This is more of a fantasy series despite the fact that it's being classified as paranormal. The lore goes even more in-depth in ASUNDER, but even in INCARNATE, Meadows' world is rich and full. It is so easy to fall in love with Ana and her plight, to mourn at the abuse she faces over being the world's only Newsoul, to root for her happiness, and to feel chills when uncovering dangerous truths.
The biggest things that stand out to me about INCARNATE are the sheer depth of imagination displayed by Meadows and the lyrical description. I am a sucker for description, and Meadows' writing style pulls INCARNATE to the top for me. While on the surface, INCARNATE seems to be one thing, it's multi-faceted with twists and turns I never saw coming. I also love the fact that Meadows doesn't rely on insta-love, instead building something fragile and real, which lays a foundation for future books. There's also no love triangle, something else that's in way too many YA novels these days. There's a creepy villain, shady mythical creatures, characters who grow and blossom, and so many things about YA that I love. I've heard other readers say that INCARNATE starts out very slowly for them. Some have put it down, but those who have stuck with it and let it unfurl have really enjoyed the series, so if it starts slowly for you, I hope you continue reading as well. INCARNATE is truly an underappreciated treasure that I simply can't say enough good things about.
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my attachment, too... So this is a still from the video I filmed!!!
*Autographed copy of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows in paperback, complete with a butterfly drawing
*Signed bookmarks from Brodi Ashton (EVERNEATH, EVERBOUND), Cynthia Hand (UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, BOUNDLESS), and Teri Terry (SLATED)
*An EVERBOUND guitar pick necklace