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Incarnate (Newsoul #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  15,650 ratings  ·  2,171 reviews
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 seclus
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Steph Sinclair

I am extremely disappointed with this book. It held so much promise with the story of souls being reincarnated, dragons, sylphs, and a utopian society! Doesn't that sound awesome? And that cover! It's simply gorgeous! Well, you know that age old rule, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" I should have listened to it. -_-

Ana, our protagonist, lives in a world where once you die you come back reincarnated in another body. Everyone always comes back, except on one night when the Temple flashes black
A gorgeous YA utopian tale! Nope, not dystopian. Do you know the difference?

This book blew me away with... a Masquerade Ball, reincarnation, slyph, dragons, music, souls, butterfly, slow burn romance, tension, laser pistols, massive library, war stories, dragon battles. Need I go on? I mean - Wow.

I read this in a flurry of addiction. I just couldn't get enough of the world and it's goings-ons. Completely entrancing.

The Rundown

Ana was born into a society of a million souls. A million souls who
Kat Kennedy
Incarnate had such an interesting premise that I rushed to request the ARC. The concept of a society of people constantly reincarnating and being reborn to each other was too good to pass up. Blue Bloods had a poor crack at it and I hoped Incarnate would fare better. Alas, no. What Incarnate had the opportunity of doing was taking philosophy by the horns and riding that bull like a cowboy at a rodeo. Instead, incarnate chose Philosophy!Bull's friend, Philosophy Show Pony and skipped along very s ...more
Can you say disappointment? I haven’t been this bummed by a book in ages. The cover was just too beautiful to resist and the premise was one of the most intriguing things I’ve seen all year. But, nope. It was all aesthetics and nothing else.

(On an aside note…) The cover totally reminds me of this:

And this:

ANYWAY. Let’s get on with the real review shall we?

By gods, this book was such a slow torturous read. I wanted some awesome worldbuilding with an astounding fresh twist on reincarnation and wha
Emily May

With a cover as pretty as that you'd think this book would be more dramatic, but unfortunately very little seems to happen for the majority of the novel. The story consists of Ana attempting to discover why she is a Newsoul and managing to fall in love along the way. You see, in this utopian world every soul is reincarnated into a new body once they die, this has continued on and on for thousands of years. Each time a baby is born, they search for a match in the soul database to find out which
Jan 26, 2012 Mith rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: God forbid
Gah. No no no no no NO!

What was this mess?

So there's this city, right? Every person in that city is a reincarnated soul, right? Except for this one girl, let's call her Bessie (I forget her name), who is a new soul - she was born in place of a to-be-reincarnated soul. So everybody hates her, including her own mother. So, the girl leaves home on her birthday to find out the truth behind her birth and what went wrong with the other soul, then runs into some shadow monster, then falls into a lake
Kathleen Peacock
Incarnate deserves to be placed alongside His Dark Materials and The Lord of the Rings as one of the most inventive examples of world-building ever set to paper. Not only has Meadows created a rich and detailed world for her characters to inhabit, she's brave enough to let them ask difficult questions of themselves, their world, and what it would really mean to live in a perpetual cycle of birth and rebirth.

Very rarely, five stars doesn't seem to go far enough. This is one of those times.
Oh, premise of Incarnate, you seemed a bit promising. You were tolerable.

What happened?

I'll tell you what happened.

Ana, the protagonist, is seriously one of the most naive, childish, and annoying girls I've ever read about. I don't care what she's gone through. I don't care how she was brought up. I don't care that I am insensitive. Sam is so utterly boring. I don't know how he attracts Ana. The whole time he was with Ana, I felt like he was an old man explaining his stupid daughter about life
Jodi Meadows
Jun 14, 2011 Jodi Meadows added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Since I wrote this book, I admit my love of it is not an objective and unbiased love. I would feel weird giving it stars.

Since I did NOT make the cover, I have no qualms about telling you how much I adore it! *touches face* *looks dramatic*

People seem to really love the cover. (Yay!) If you were curious, I answered a few cover questions in an interview here.
Oct 14, 2012 Laurel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who look for romance over plot
Recommended to Laurel by: Cover+Blurb

You know what I really hate about jokes with a story to them? They can be very hit or miss like Family Guy (except McFarlane has way more misses than hits IMO). There is so much buildup to some of the storyline jokes, that the punch line has to be pretty damn brilliant to make up for all the time spent by the receiver of said joke. I hate when they flop so hard that I regret ever listening in the first place. My dad has some pretty fantastic story jokes, and some that miss completely, but to my
Jillian -always aspiring-
Nov 26, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who value characters and their journeys over world-building and grand overarching plots
(Actual Rating: 3.5 stars)

In the growing world of young adult dystopian literature, Incarnate is an odd beast, blending elements of dystopia, utopia, fantasy, and even science fiction. Instead of reading like a seamless story, however, Jodi Meadows's debut novel sends many mixed vibes, to the point that the whole package feels like a mish-mash of concepts where some could have been cut as "excess." The novel actually reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I mean that in both good and bad wa
Aug 19, 2011 Arlene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker - ARC Tour Lyndsey
Overall, I have mixed feelings about Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. There were definitely aspects of the story I found creative and the narrative flowed quite well, but I think Meadows’s take on reincarnation was difficult for me to embrace. Putting it frankly, it goes against my belief system and at times I did feel Meadows was pushing some sort of agenda that I wasn’t quite willing to accept.

Now, I don’t know if I would classify this story as YA Utopian . To me, there were elements of the story t
Incarnate gives us a fresh, new soul in YA. Originality at its core, Jodi Meadows has written an incredible world with dragons, sylphs, laser pistols, temple with heartbeats; really- how much more imaginative can it get? I was blown away with the imagery that formed in my mind while reading this book. It's a gorgeous, but notably frightening world. I did have a bit of difficulty swallowing the fact that, since everyone is always being reincarnated, they give birth to people they already k
sunset shimmer
I don't know what it is, you guys, but I just can't explain how much I click with this book. I love the concept, I love the world and how aesthetically pleasing it is for me personally, with its mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I love how the writing feels so yummy to me and only amps up the overall visualization of Range. Heck, I even have an intense love for not only the covers of this series but the overall design aesthetic. It's just. So. Me.

I don't know how else to explain it. xD I've read this
As beautiful as the cover!

“If I only get one life, I don’t want to waste it by hesitating”

These days I’m a bit out of sync when it comes to the books I read.. I like some books that others don’t, and I don’t like the books the others love, I feel like I’m missing something.

This books is one of the books I loved, while some of my book fellows didn’t.. I don’t know what’s the element that really made me like it so much, but I know that from the very beginning I was hooked and couldn’t put it down
For all the hype and publicity that publishers and bloggers have thrown behind the dystopian YA craze that I'm convinced never really happened, few books released during this period exceeded expectations, or even met them. Many had strong initial premises that quickly fell apart or began to rely on well worn tropes to keep momentum. With Jodi Meadows's debut, the first in a planned trilogy, we are given a glimpse into a slightly different world, a utopia, with another promising premise. Does she ...more
There's always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you'll become.
Do you believe in Reincarnation? I do. This is the first reason why I chose this book. Of course the cover is Epic, most beautiful cover I have ever seen. The complete theme of reincarnation of souls was innovative and refreshing. This book is definitely a page turner.

A Vague Indication

The story was set in a dystopian world where souls reincarnate million times, each time in a new body. The body may change but
It's rare for me to become sucked into a book immediately. Typically I need time to feel comfortable with the narrator's voice and get my bearings within the story's world--but not so with Incarnate. I was immersed from the very first page, intrigued with a storyline I'd only glimpsed on the very surface, and immediately sympathetic to Ana.

In a world populated only by Reincarnates--those who have died and been reborn since the beginning of time--Ana is a nosoul. A newsoul. From birth she has bee
I should start on why I bought Incarnate in the first place - and I know for a fact that I'm not the only one who bought this for the same reason. The cover. It's gorgeous.
Before I read the summery I thought; "Oh my God. It's about Butterfly people! Oh my God that’s so cool!" When I read the summery; "OK, no Butterfly people. But people who get incarnated over and over again when they die, still cool!" And so, I bought it.
In hardback.

I’m actually really glad it wasn’t about Butterfly people. Th
'''Who am I?' My first spoken words.
'No one,' she said. 'Nosoul.'''

In this world every soul reincarnates over and over again. So, when a Newsoul is born, our main protagonist Ana, her mother keeps her hidden. Instead of Ana a soul named Ciana was supposed to be born, but for unknown reason's she was replaced by Ana. After 18 years of being abused by her mother, Ana decides to leave. On the way she is confronted with different issues, and is ultimately rescued by a boy named Sam.

''He hold on to

Incarnate blew me away. Seriously my favorite book in its genre so far. It was that good. And the cover is amazing! Now onto to the review:

I’m usually not a big fan of fantasy, since often times they tend to lack lack in depth, so the fact that Incarnate has the best female character I have read ever is astonishing. From the summary you know that Anna is different. She’s a Nosoul, and as such she was raised to believe she was not worthy of loving things or bein
This book stole my heart, broke it in half, stomped on the pieces, and then mended it. Incarnate isn't just about a girl with a new soul in a society of people thousands of years old - it's about a girl learning to accept herself even when most others won't.

Ana is, by far, the best part of this book. (And that's saying a lot, considering how I thought the entire thing was pretty much perfect.) She's grown up with only Li, who's always told Ana that she's a mistake. That she can't have feelings b
Zemira Warner
Wow,the cover is so pretty.
Incarnate has the makings of a great book, or rather the idea had merit, because it’s a different type of story that’s being marketed in the current YA being published. Unfortunately, Jodi Meadows is a weak writer and the way she tries to explain why things are the way they are in the world she has created is flat and doesn’t really make sense when all is said and done. I hate when an author expects readers to take things at face value and not question the why’s and how’s.Incarnate is a book tha ...more
Lenore Appelhans
In a world where all other inhabitants have been reincarnated over and over again for thousands of years, Ana is a new soul (or as her heartless mother Li likes to say, a “No soul”). Once she hits 18, she sets out for Heart to find answers about the origins of her existence. She’s not exactly greeted with open arms: Residents of Heart believe she threatens their survival, though she does make an ally in Sam.

INCARNATE is a utopia – that is if you disregard the sylphs and dragons that go on regula
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Range is full of souls being re-incarnated over and over and over again. How many souls are being re-incarnated? About a million. These souls live their lives as a man or even a woman. Imagine having the ability to learn all that you can again. The people write journals to document their life which is set in the library to keep safe where anyone can read it.

In comes Ana, an eighteen year old nosoul. She's different because she wasn't supposed to be born. Another soul named Ciana was supposed to
If you don't know this, Incarnate is my favorite book. Ever. Of all time. Words cannot even BEGIN to describe how much I adore and love this amazing and fantastic book. I want everyone in the world to read this - if you haven't read it yet, please do it! It's so amazing!

First read review; read from February 1 to 2, 2012

"Incarnate was beautiful and thought-provoking. Jodi Meadows is a master storyteller that crafted a gorgeous debut novel that leaves me begging for the sequel."

I've been wan
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

Ever since Presenting Lenore first featured this book in a prior dystopian month, I have been incredibly curious about Incarnate. Denied on NetGalley, I did not find time to read this until now. What I was expecting and what I got were entirely different things. It really kind of amazes me how little I know about books that I somehow still manage to be excited for.

Yet again, I'm deeming this not really a dystopia. Sad day. With the popularity of the ge
Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
I really loved this book. With each page I loved it more and more. The book was action packed from the very beginning and moved along smoothly and kept my interest throughout the book. I lvoed the world development and the character development. Both rich and fulfilling without leaving tons of unanswered questions.

Ana was a great leading character. Naive through lack of teaching, but learned quickly, and capable to take her life in her own hands. She radiated strength and was a great roll model
Four stars: This book has an amazing premise that will make your head spin with possibilities.

Incarnate, presents the idea of reincarnation. Imagine a river flowing through time. The water is filled with thousands of souls. They course through the journey of their lives, spinning and floating through time. The souls reach the end of their existence as they flow over the waterfall, plunging to their deaths. Yet, the waterfall isn't the end. Beneath the churning waters, the souls pause before they
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