Monday, August 20, 2012

Author: Jodi Meadows
Published: 1. 31. 12  by 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?

Heart. 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?
Inky's Blurbings:
This book caught my eye as soon as I saw the beautiful cover and fantastic premise. So when I won this in a giveaway I'll admit I was quite excited! However, this was one of those sad cases where the book doesn't live up to expectations. This book had tons of potential but it just wasn't fulfilled. Why?

Well for starters, the first chapter didn't hook me all that much because the writing was kind of spacey and just HUH?  And then it goes on and it's pretty good but mildly confusing. I just wasn't all that hooked on the story. I must have also missed the Fantasy memo because I start hearing mention of Dragons and Centaurs, and I was like....what? Either way the writing had it's flaws. Espescially when it came to being a little TOO poetic. PLUS, the first half of the freaking books was Way Too Slow! Talk about needing answers already.

Not to mention that Ana was a flat character. I really couldn't connect with her, I understood her problems and complaints (which happened a lot), but she just wasn't as alive and realistic as possible. Sometimes she would be fine and then seemingly fly into impulsive rages or actions. I'd be like 'where the heck did that come from?'. I can think of a few times she acted quite rashly, or didn't listen to her elders or just, was quite impulsive in a bad way. So she really could  have lived up to the role of heroine and storyteller SO MUCH BETTER.

Let's take Sam, the love interest. Can anyone spell CLICHE for me? What is this? He's was P-E-R-F-E-C-T. The whole hero-who-"loved-you-from-the-moment-I-laid-eyes-on-you" kind of guy. Shut. Up. I HATE HATE HATE insta-love with a passion. I just totally didn't work.  He was way helpful, and he put up with her complaints about life like it was nothing. Later in the book some of his struggles came out, but I still just felt like he didn't have enough depth. Near the end some accusations are thrown at him and even though parts of it were covered we never learn the whole truth about it all. Um can we get a resolution here?

So honestly this book really could have lived up to the potential story a lot more. I did like the best friend of Sam, who's name I forget. And I found learning about parts of the whole Reincarnating deal to be interesting. It wasn't a total slum, and had a few redeeming qualities. I mean there were scenes I liked and even enjoyed reading. But the development of characters and writing need more and now I'm not even sure if I care enough to read Asunder next year.

Content: Mild
(a few instances of substitute curses, swearing on their god Janan. Due to the fact that you could be reincarnated to the opposite gender, a pair of lovers, who have been every single life, have a special party to celebrate their love and in their current life they are both girls. some kisses. innuendo a couple times.)
2.5 Stars

Have you read Incarnate? What did you think? Do you agree, or did you like it better? I'd love to hear!





3 comments:

  1. I started this book twice. Neither time did it hold my interest enough to keep going. I used to force myself to finish every book I started. Now I let them go into the DNF shelf/pile. Not that I don't sometimes get tempted to go back and try again, sometimes. If I didn't think it was a writing issue. But there are too many good- even great- books out there to waste my time on mediocre ones. I'm kind of of the opinion that an author has an obligation to make me want to read the book- to hook me from the beginning. If they can't do that, then I'm under no obligation to keep reading. (Unless it's a classic or a group read.)

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    1. For me the whole dislike didn't start for a while. But yeah. Sometimes I force myself it was a book I was especially looking forward to. But I've started doing the DNF thing. It's sad when I have to though!

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  2. Thanks for the review. It's hard writing a review for a book you don't like. I'm not a huge fan for insta-love. It depends on my mood I guess because sometimes I don't mind it. I love when they hate each other at first or have a long background together.

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