Saturday, February 16, 2013

400 Follower Giveaway Winner/ Incarnate Mini-Review has spoken....And
Congratulations to ERIKA on winning The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath in my 400 Follower Giveaway!

And thank you, Followers! You people make me happy!


Incarnate by Jodi Meadows...

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.

(Prepare for a teeny-tiny review while my kids are distracted watching Brother Bear.)

I finished this book a week ago and I'm still pondering certain aspects. Which is, in a way,  a sign of a successful book.

 It hit me in the thinky bits, and I have so many questions...Here are a few off the top of my head.
(The natives are restless and have adbandoned their TV watching. I'll make it quick!)

1. The world Ana lives in: Is it medieval? Is it modern? A mixture? I am confused...

2. If there are a million souls reincarnated over and over, are they all living in Heart? Are they living in other places too? How big is this world?

3. Even if there are a sum total of only one million people on Earth, would 5,000 years be long enough to have a working knowledge of everyone's personality? It sounds that way in the book, but I'm not so sure...

4. Did anyone else end up staring into space wondering, "Would I love my true love if he/she showed up in  totally different physical packaging next time?"

5. Is anyone else more than a little troubled by the idea that you might be a soul's parent one lifetime, then maybe their child another time?

6. Is anyone else disturbed by Sam and Stef being sometimes BFFs, then sometime lovers, depending on what bodies they're in during any given life?

7. Does anyone else picture Sam--who is a muscian--like this and have to fight a tendency to forgive all that creepiness due to adorablility?

7. No? Just me? OK.

8. How much of who we are is dependent not on our souls alone but also on what we experience in life? And does the physical body we inhabit affect this to a substantial degree?

9. Why do I suddenly feel like I'm writing an Intro to Philosophy textbook?

I closed the book feeling muddled in several ways:
 On the one hand=Dragons. Always a plus.
 On the other=somewhat confusing world-building and philosophical questions bombarding me.
 Then again=way to write a romance, Jodi Meadows!

I sat and rambled about the book to my husband, who just gave me a "WHAT?" kind of look. Then I knew I'd have to take it to other readers to get a proper discussion going.

People who have read INCARNATE chime I the only one who had so many questions and unexpectedly DEEP THOUGHTS on identity and what makes us who we are while reading a book a girl in love with a five thousand year old guy ( who is sometimes not a guy, depending on his current incarnation)?? Are any of my questions answered in ASUNDER?


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