Incarnate Hardcover – Jan 31 2012
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Meadows has created a complex world but keeps all of the pieces together. The romance is captivating, as are the questions raised by the reincarnations. (School Library Journal)
An absorbing fantasy. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
About the Author
Jodi Meadows is the author of the Incarnate series and The Orphan Queen. She lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Range is an exciting fantasy world with dragons, sylph, and reincarnated souls!
For millennia, the inhabitants of Range have been reincarnated over and over again by Janan who is revered as a god. When a child is born, its palm is pressed on the Soul Scanner so that the Soul Tellers can determine whose soul has been reincarnated. Souls can be measured as a series of vibrations, and the unique sequence remains throughout the soul's lifetime no matter how many times it has been reincarnated. There comes a day when a baby girl is born and, when she is scanned, no data is available. Everyone was expecting the babe to be the reincarnation of Ciana, but she is not. Who is this child, and where did she come from?
The child is dubbed "nosoul," a derogatory name because she has no known soul and was not the reincarnation of anyone that is known. The kinder folks refer to her as "new soul" because her soul is new rather than believing that she has no soul. They call her Ana, and her name is taken from Ciana whose soul she replaced.
Ana has a horrid upbringing and is both physically and mentally abused by her domineering mother, Li. When she turns 18 years old, Ana decides that she wants to travel to the city of Heart where it is her fervent hope that she will discover how and why she came to be and whether there is any chance that she will be reincarnated when she dies. Li tries to sabotage Ana's quest by giving her a faulty compass, and Ana ends up wandering too deeply into the forests where the sylph roam. She tries to avoid a sylph attack by diving off a cliff into the freezing water below.Read more ›
Whatever impressions I had of Incarnate prior to reading it were absolutely blown away. This is an incredible, outstanding debut and the extent of Jodi's creativity and talent is extensive.
Reasons to Read:
1.A fantasy world:
I was expecting Incarnate to be another paranormal (a GOOD paranormal, but still a paranormal romance) but I quickly realized I was wrong; the world of Incarnate is this mystical creation positively oozing creativity! The world building and explanation of the background was nearly flawless, as it's complicated enough to leave some mystery but never becomes convoluted. And the setting is so unlike any other I've ever read about; it's honestly worth reading Incarnate for this reason alone. But thankfully, there are others to take it over the top. The story itself also raises some great questions about love and even faith, and that sense of not quite fitting in. So, so beautiful.
2.Truly swoon-worthy romance:I told Jodi this on Twitter, but she honestly wrote one of my favourite kissing scenes EVER. It was so well done, and I love that she took the time in Incarnate to build up the tension and anticipation leading up towards it. The whole romantic plot felt so natural but also didn't feel exaggerated; Ana doesn't spend all of her time obsessing over her new crush, which is a relief. Plus, Sam makes such a great love interest. He's really very sweet and totally crush-worthy. *melts into a puddle of lovesick goop*
3.Some well-rounded characters:
Initially I was on the fence trying to decide how I felt about Ana, but she won me over.Read more ›
Incarnate takes place in a world where souls are reborn. After someone dies, they are reborn/reincarnated with the same soul - The same knowledge and experiences they had when they passed. One day, something shocking happens. Ana is born as a New soul, someone who unlike the others, has not lived for hundreds of years. People are shocked, and scared with her entry into the world, even hateful.
Her mother treats her in a way no child should be treated by her parents. She reminds Ana how different she is, how her worth isn't as great as the people before her - Not to mention a constant reminder that another girl lost her life so she could be born. This has a lasting impact on her throughout the book, and changes the way she sees herself. Forced to leave home at the age of 18, to head to the city of Heart, Ana learns just how different she is, in a world where everyone has lived so many more lives than she has. Not only are dragons and slyphs a threat to her in this world, but some people she comes into contact with, upon entering the city, leave you questioning their motives. Not everyone is comfortable with the situation that has taken place when it comes to her arrival.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Currently I have read this book 3 times and each time my love for it grows bigger! Which is pretty amazing- but this book is that good. Read morePublished on March 15 2014 by The Kindred Reader
This book needs to be turned into a movie. This series is comparable to the same anxiety and investment that you feel when reading the Hunger Games... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2014 by E.G
A beautiful book inside and out. This book had wonderful character development and world building. I was completely invested from start to finish a one sit read you won't want to... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2014 by Brittany pustanyk
There are so many things I want to say about this book. I want to pour all my thoughts, feelings, emotions about this book onto the page and pray they do Incarnate justice. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2012 by Lost at Midnight
This book has such a unique premise and raises such interesting questions such as, "How can anybody live if nobody can die? Read morePublished on March 1 2012 by Elena
The gorgeous cover may have been the first thing that caught my eye, but I promise that it wasn't the only thing that kept my attention -- Incarnate is more than just a pretty... Read morePublished on March 1 2012 by Woodcat71
You wouldn't think from the cover of this book that it has dragons. Lots of awesome dragons. But it does, my friends, it does. Oh yes. What else do you need? Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2012 by Caitlin
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