Wednesday, May 2, 2012

YA Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Every once in a while I read a YA book that I would recommend to capable middle graders.This is definitely a book I can say would have appeal for older middle grade readers. 
About The Book:
 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? -Goodreads

First Line: I wasn't reborn.

One Great Line: I yelled until my voice became shards of glass whistling through my throat. (319)

Awesome Character Quote: Sam said, "Clearly this rule was made to keep Ana out of Heart. It's cruel and unfair to exclude her simply because she hasn't been alive for five thousand years." (89) My favorite character!!

What Others Are Saying: INCARNATE has an eerie and intriguing premise and I am looking forward to seeing where Jodi Meadows takes it next. - Robin McKinley, bestselling and Newbery Award winning author of THE HERO AND THE CROWN, SPINDLE'S END, DRAGONHAVEN, and PEGASUS

Lyrical and thought-provoking, INCARNATE is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've turned the last page. I loved it! - Rachel Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling author of HEX HALL and DEMONGLASS

What I Thought: I'd be lying if I didn't admit the incredible cover led me to move this YA to the top of my list. Gorgeous!! But, if that doesn't grab you then the premise surely will: A new soul in a world of incarnated old souls. When I opened the cover, Meadows grabbed my soul and pulled me in. Her narrative, sometimes lyrical, sometimes intense kept me turning the pages. Each chapter ended with a question to be answered which made it incredibly difficult to put the book down. This was my vacation book and it totally transported me to another world. I especially love the nuances of a souls worth, faith and control. She carefully leads you to ponder on these issues as you're swept up in Ana's quest to figure out who she is. Can't wait for the next one in the series!

About The Author: Jodi Meadows



Who: Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. -Meadows Website

Join us on May 16th when Jodi will be stopping by the blog for an interview!!

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