Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date:January 31st 2012
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The night Ana was born, the light in the temple at the centre of Heart went out and the soul scanner could not identify her soul which was supposed to have been Ciana's. As a result of this, she is disliked by most of the reincarnated souls who fear that they are next to be replaced and has lived all of her life tucked away in Purple Rose Cottage with her hateful mother who believes that she is a "nosoul", a disease that needs to be rid of. On her eighteenth birthday, she sets off on a journey to Heart with a mission to find out why she was born.
To be quite honest, it was extremely difficult to get into this book at first because the premise took some getting used to but moving past that, I think that Incarnate was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed reading Ana's story because she was such a relatable character and she was innocent so her interactions with new things and new people were intriguing. Also, I loved the abstract idea of love and how it can exist in any way, shape or form. Furthermore, there was so much action in this novel that I couldn't NOT like it.
It took me about two weeks to really sit down and force myself to power through this novel because I was so confused about EVERYTHING. Confused about the world and the terminology; "quindecs" and "years". I still don't fully understand the "years" but I'm hoping that the other two books clear things up for me. To top that off, I felt like the story just kind of dove into Ana leaving for Heart without much explanation of reincarnation so for the first fifty pages, I didn't know left from right.
Ana, as a protagonist, was well done. Props to Jodi Meadows. She was so inexperienced and ignorant of the world of souls and reincarnation. It made reading the story a lot more enjoyable because we, the readers, were learning and discovering and exploring alongside her. Ana was sarcastic and perceptive and somehow ridiculously good at overhearing other people's conversations.
Love was a major theme in Incarnate, from the rededication of souls to the growing relationship between Sam and Ana, it was everywhere. Jodi Meadows shows that love is not physical and isn't based on outward appearances and arbitrary things like age. Sam has lived for hundreds of lifetimes and this is Ana's first and despite the fact that he is over a thousand years her senior and she knows that he has had past forms and lovers, she is able to fall for him. It was heart-warming and an intriguing take on love.
Action littered almost every page of Incarnate, there was so much of it. It was honestly impossible to put this novel down. There were dragons guys! Dragons! It left my heart racing and whoa. Just whoa. No words.
In conclusion, I just want to reiterate how much of a ride this book was. The plot of this book was insane. Insanely creative and insanely well-written. Though I had trouble getting into it, it was still fantastic, superb, unlike anything I've ever read. I loved it and gave it four cupcakes (in case you were wondering).
A thousand years from now, even if I was never reborn, people would remember me: Ana Incarnate.
"What is a soul, but a consciousness born and born again."
"After I worked so hard saving you, I'd appreciate if you didn't try to kill yourself again." - Sam
"He held on to me like I was a rock, the only thing keeping him from drifting out with the tide of dark memories."
SIDE NOTE: I decided not to translate my blog posts into Spanish anymore. I know, I know, it seems like I'm giving up but they take so much time to do and are part of the reason why I haven't been uploading as frequently as I would like. I have posts written already, they just take hours to translate and I think that my blog is suffering because of that. I really like the idea of Spanish translation still though. Maybe I'll do then when I have free time, maybe during break from school? Idk? I never know. Keep your eyes peeled.