Incarnate – Review // Unique? Yes. Good? Yes. Otherwise? A Bit of Everything.

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Book 1 in the Newsoul trilogy
Genre: YA fantasy
Pages: 374
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 15 out of 20
characters: 15 out of 20
setting: 20 out of 20
relationships: 15 out of 20
twists: 10 out of 20
75 out of 100

Incarnate definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but in some areas it felt like it was lacking a bit. 😐

the plot

The story is very unique. I’ve never read a book about a society based on the members’ reincarnation. It was clearly well-planned and made sense, and I liked reading about it. I think the issue was that it lacked any compelling elements. Because while it was enjoyable, I can’t go as far as to call it gripping. I read to finish it, not because I had to know what came next. 😐

the characters

Ana was a very odd lead, in my opinion. Throughout the story she was brave at some points and scared at others; mature and whiny, understanding and stubborn. I understand having mixed emotions and that feelings change based on certain situations, but she was more hot and cold than reasonable. I liked her, but that temperament sort of threw me off. Hopefully that makes sense. :/

Sam was kind of the same way. He was cold and then caring, gentle and then frustrated, off and on. I liked him and I thought he was a great lead, but again, that attitude was kind of off-putting. I rarely understood his mood swings, because they were either random or just never explained. Hopefully you can understand. :/

(For some reason I always overuse “hopefully,” and can never adequately explain my feelings.)

the setting

I loved the world of Range and the city of Heart. It was a unique, curious idea that I thought was personally very fun to explore. That applies especially to Heart; a pristine, living (but not breathing, luckily) maze of a city. Even without the compulsion other worlds have, this was a very interesting setting. 🙂

the relationships

Ana and Sam’s romance is as complicated as their personalities are. I love the idea of them together and want them to be together, but they don’t seem to work. I’m sure they want it as much as I do, but one pulls away whenever the other tries to advance or express themselves. It was kind of frustrating, honestly, but if I continue the trilogy I’m hopeful they’ll work everything out. 😉

the twists

Like I mentioned earlier, I feel like this story lacked any compelling elements. For me, that also affected the twists. What was clearly intended to shock readers didn’t faze me too much. I didn’t expect any of it, particularly not the events of the last 100 or so pages, but it didn’t wow me. 😐


All in all, Incarnate was unique and good, but not much more than that. It had some redeeming qualities, but I’m not sure if I’ll read the other two books. :/

my rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂

I meant to get this up yesterday, but I didn’t plan well so instead I’m posting from a school laptop. *.* Anyway, I’m off to start Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (and finish school obviously). 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

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