Friday, March 30, 2012

Badass Books: INCARNATE

Guys. GUYS. You have to read this book. I don't care what you're doing right now, drop it, buy INCARNATE, and read. You will not regret it (unless you hate awesome story lines, enthralling characters, and beautiful that case, you're hopeless).

Summary (from Jodi Meadows' website):

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.

You guessed it. I'm swooning.

Image from Jodie Meadows' website.
Why I read it: Back in February, I saw a lot of people blogging about this book. The image and the title had me intrigued. I thought--oh a butterfly gets reincarnated as a teenage girl? Then I read the summary and realized it was way better than that. Seriously. So during my reading binge at the beginning of March, I got this on my Kindle. ZOMG Yes: Everything. Absolutely everything. Jodi does a great job building the world. She introduces fantastical elements alongside the familiar in a way that really draws you in. I love, no LOVE, that she includes technology in her story. Oh and the romance is swoonworthy.

My absolute favorite part of this novel is the writing. Jodi has a way with words. I wish I could write something that would even do this book justice, but I can't. So instead, I'm going to share some my Kindle clippings from this book. If that doesn't make you buy it immediately, you've either already read it, or you can't read. Spoilery sentences are in white.
"I must have slept for a little while, because the sky was clear and black, with a dusting of stars like snow."
"New silence, deeper like snow silence."
"Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water."
"Strings sang, long and warm as gold. Flutes sounded like silver, and clarinets like forests."
"He made me tremble, made me ache inside. My heart wasn't big enough to hold everything I felt, but I couldn't bear the thought of asking him to wait while I caught up." 
"There was a pause where I could have responded, but I left it filled only with starlight and misted breath."
Meh: Are you ready for it? Hold on. Just wait. Here it comes. There was no point while reading this book at which I said, "Meh." None. Zero. I've reflected on it for the past couple of weeks. I even looked at bad reviews to see if there was something wrong with the book. While I could see where some reviewers were coming from, the story wouldn't work any other way. I think Jodi ties the romance and the history and the fantasy together so well that there's nothing I would change. But maybe I'm just a sucker for love.

Five chiweenies to Jodi Meadows.


  1. I personally absolutely loath awesome story lines, enthralling characters, and beautiful writing.

    1. Then INCARNATE is probably not the book for you. :)