HarperCollins Children's Books
[January 31, 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 suspicious and 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.
This book, guys. This. Freaking. Book.
So, Ana is one of my favorite heroines. I feel like maybe I say that a lot, but hear me out on this one. Ana's got one of the worst parents ever and she has very little education. She has no reason to trust people and every right to not care. But she doesn't. She learns how to do dozens of things. She learns how to make friends and she cares about others. Ana is this well rounded, clever girl with a big heart. I wanted to hug this girl, I wanted her to be one of my best friends. Ana is just incredible.
Sam is this mystery, but he's also very open. It's hard to explain without giving things away for you. He's a constant support for Ana and he stands by her. Sam doesn't give up. He lets Ana do what she needs to do, but in the end, he's always going to do what he thinks is best for her.
The other characters are all important, as well. Each plays a role in Ana's life, even if it may seem small. I highly suspect that Jodi will make their roles more important in the next book. They were each unique, well created. They had their own personalities, instead of just being cardboard cutouts or copies of the others. Jodi created a wonderful, diverse cast of characters, ones to hate and ones to love.
Two of the big recurring things in this book are music and butterflies. I'm a music junkie, I'll admit it. I'm always looking for new music and I can obsess over certain songs/CDs/artists. I'm also a semi-musician, having played piano and sang for a number of years. Basically, I love finding music in books. Seeing the two worlds cross is fun, and when it's done right, it's like finding a unicorn. Not many books can do it really well. I also loved how Jodi uses butterflies in this book as a symbol. It's beautiful and true and I just...it was so well executed. I loved the whole butterfly theme so much, I had to point it out so you guys would pay attention to it.
Jodi's writing is fantastic. I've read this book twice already, but it's just as enthralling the second time. Addictive and rich and descriptive. I could see Heart in my head; the people, the buildings, creatures that come up were all well painted in my imagination. The story is beautiful and full of wonderful descriptions.
If you guys haven't figured it out yet, I freaking loved this book. The way I love Hourglass, the way I love Shatter Me...that's the way I love this book. Incarnate is simply magical. Fantastically created characters, rich description, and some incredible symbols and themes blend together to create an experience that is not to be missed this year.