Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?
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.

My Non-Spoiler Review

This book was not what I had expected it to be. I was expecting it to be a book about faeries to be honest. The butterflies on the cover and inside threw me off. I didn’t read the synopsis mainly because I wanted to go into this knowing nothing. I like to be surprised, and I definitely was with this one.

No one in Heart actually dies; their soul is reincarnated onto a new body. It has been like this for five thousand years until, templedark happened and Li didn’t give rebirth to Ciana but instead to a newsoul, Ana.

It was something new and different and not everybody reacted the same way. Some were very upset for Ciana would never return. They felt as though Ana had been the one at fault and blamed her for the loss of their friend. Li took Ana away to Purple Rose Cottage, away from Heart, but not away from the cruelty, for Li also blamed Ana for the loss of Ciana.

Finally, Ana is allowed to leave Purple Rose Cottage and get away from Li who only caused her misery and pain. She expects to take the journey to Heart and find all her answers to why she exists in the books stored in the library there. What she didn’t expect was a broken compass and Sylph blocking her path.

Ana starts to truly feel emotions she thought for the longest time nosouls were not allowed to experience. Life for her changed the moment she was pulled from the water.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the writing and the little relations to butterflies all over. I thought I would be annoyed at Ana around the beginning of the book, she seemed so naive, but then that changed and I began to really enjoy her as a character. There was not too much world building thrown in my face from the beginning, instead most of it was shown through the actions of Ana, and not told.

The only thing wrong with this book was that some smaller characters became friends too quickly with Ana and there wasn’t enough characterization on them. All I knew about Stef and Sarit was what Ana said they were, I would have liked for them to be more presented in the story.

Other than that I truly enjoyed the book. The ending had enough closure but not too much that it would be strange for a sequel. Yet, it wasn’t a major cliffhanger that left this book just a part 1 to the series. On it’s own this could be read as a book, and that is why I liked it so much.

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