Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Asunder (Incarnate, #2) by Jodi Meadows

Published date: January 29th, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 416 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads) 

DARKSOULS: Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS: Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE: Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Review:


Not much has changed since the first Incarnate book, picking up soon after where it left us. Being thrown back into Ana's world was such an amazing experience and I am glad to say I enjoyed it thoroughly. I never really remembered how much I loved Incarnate and its beautifully creative setting until I read the sequel.
Ana is a newsoul and she is hated with such an evil passion because of it. She has things done to her that are just horrible and the people of Heart show their racism in the way they treat her. Ana is ridiculed publicly and any friends that ally with her also. People even stoop so low as to throw rocks at her and she feels helpless. What I love about Sam, Ana's guardian and romantic interest, is that he tells her to turn the other cheek, to be the stronger person. While I agree with that, sometimes I just wish Ana would have gone madwoman on them. In all seriousness, she is the stronger person. Ana's drive to be equal to those who've been reincarnated is courageous and I look up to her for standing with what she believes in. 
I felt like Meadows lived up to my expectation of the "second book". The second book that not many authors can't write. I applaud her for that. In the beginning there was a lot of busy work though, where it was just a lot of scenery description, but it leveled out with the things revealed whilst looking at the scenery. Meadows revealed just the right amount of information about Ana's past to keep you on your toes. 
The romance in these novels is just gorgeous. (If a romance could be gorgeous I guess, then this one would be.) Sam and Ana relationship is tentative and gentle, but when they collide it’s all but that. 
Heartbreak and true friendship comes out in Asunder as Ana experiences what it feels like to be asunder because things are a lot bigger than she had thought before. 
Something deeper runs through the white wall around Heart.
And she is destined to stop the evil that glows inside them. 



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