Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

2.5 out of 5 hearts

I will admit that Incarnate has a very pretty cover and sounded interesting.  Plus, this was another one I decided to read because everyone was raving about the 2nd book that was released earlier this year, Asunder.

For thousands of years, a millions souls have been reincarnated over and over in Range.  After someone dies, he comes back as either a male or female and keeps his memories from his previous lives.  Everyone reincarnates.  Except for one person.  She dies and doesn't come back.  But Ana is born.  She is a newsoul, but most think of her as a nosoul, even her own mother.  

As soon as she turns eighteen, Ana leaves home in the Range and begins her journey to Heart, the capital.  She plans to find clues or answers to the reason of her birth.  On a detour caused by her evil mother, she has a near death experience and is saved by Sam.  Sam knows who she is but still takes her with him to Heart and agrees to be her appointed guardian in the city.  Sam knows who Ana is and Ana learns Sam's true identity and their relation blossoms into something meaningful.  But as the official synopsis says:  "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?"

I really wanted to like this book.  I have to give Meadows some credit for this fantastical concept, but the ending was poor.  You know who you watch a movie, it ends, and you are sitting there thinking:  What in the world.  That was it?  The ending was so bad to the point that I didn't care how original the concept was (as you may have figured, originality is a big thing for me).  The beginning and middle were good but the ending hit rock bottom.  It didn't make any sense.  It wasn't even a proper continuation of the story.  It felt like it was randomly throw in there.  Maybe Meadows was aiming for the element of surprise, but it should make some sort of sense.  Or maybe I would describe the ending as jumbled, as if she rushed to write it.  If you already read it, read it again, slower this time and let me know if I'm mistaken.

I shouldn't have to come up with excuses as to why the ending was terrible.  

“There's always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you'll become.” - Jodi Meadows, Incarnate

Hardcover, 374 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN 0062060759 (ISBN13: 9780062060754)
Edition language:  English

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